Okay, it's driving me crazy that I'm not at home while the bathroom remodeling work is taking place. Here are summaries of the phone calls I've received from my husband today:
- He's locked the cats in the bedroom because otherwise they'd be underfoot or get outside.
- It turns out that the window in the bathroom is too close to the shower and we're going to have to cover it back up again.
- The reason the ceiling was lowered over the sink is that there are pipes up there. No, he doesn't know what kind of pipes, but the workmen are going to relocate them.
- "Hey, maybe we could put the shower in another corner, keep the window, move the toilet and sinks..." I absolutely could not picture what he was trying to describe and it sounded like a lot of relocation of plumbing, so the default answer was, "No, just plan to block the window again or wait until I can see it."
- We discuss the cats' unhappiness at being locked in the bedroom. I suggest giving them food, water and a cat box, but my husband prefers to keep his fingers crossed and hope they develop supernatural self-restraint. Husband also mentions that our friend, the contractor, is very allergic to cats and is experiencing a lot of symptoms. I tell him that there's nothing I can do about that, but has he considered taking a Claritin tablet?
- Husband wants to know if there's access to the attic from somewhere other than the ceiling of my junk-packed closet. I tell him that the guest room closet ceiling also has an access panel, which seems to come as a complete surprise to him. Admittedly, I've never so much as glanced into our attic via either access point, but that's mainly because I rarely bring a ladder into the house.
I'm just itching to go home early and "supervise," even though my husband is more than capable of handling things himself. When we did the studio remodel, I didn't really care about the details. The bathroom, however, is something I've been picturing a certain way for years and years. It drives me crazy to be out of the loop as they discover surprises in the walls and make adjustments to the general plan.
[Deep breath] I'm sure my input at 6 o'clock will be more than adequate.