August fundraiser is here [sticky; new posts below - TUESDAY UPDATE; final FRIDAY UPDATE]
As some of you have gathered, we are getting ready to move shortly — in fact, because of an unprecedented string of good weather (thanks, climate disruption!), the builder finished our new home early and has us scrambling to get our current house packed up, fixed up, and ready for potential rental — and the work has become overwhelming, particularly with my wife traveling often for her job and, soon, Satchel beginning fifth grade.
Fifth grade. Where does the time go?
At any rate, I’ve been trying to balanced parenting — Tanner has hit the terrible twos! — with the heavy work of packing and lifting and logistical planning (our cars have been booted from the garage so that we can store the packed up house until we close, and at the same time get things out of our current living space so we can make the minor dry wall repairs, buff the floors, do the banister refinishing, and rip out and replace the carpeting, in order that we can start showing the house to potential tenants) — while at the same time maintaining the site, keeping up a presence on Twitter (which evidently is something you have to do these days, even if that presence is you getting called a liberal by people so dumb that they almost certainly harm us more than they help us), and fighting off a sickness that has made its way through our family and settled squarely in both my stomach and head.
In short, though I have much to be thankful for, life is a real bitch right now.
Because we’ll be taking possession of the new house earlier than we anticipated, by close to two-months, in fact, our budget was thrown for a bit of a loop. Rather than go through the builder, we decided to do our finishes through a friend whose family owns a flooring / stone /cabinet shop, which means that even once we close, the first few weeks will be spent replacing the builder grade floors, carpet, tiling, and the majority of the counter tops. Additionally, we have to install the garage door openers I purchased separately, along with the laundry sink, the fans, a pair of fireplaces, a second hot water heater, a set of french doors, all the toilet seat lids, four sinks, a new faucet, new shower heads and wands, the exterior security cameras, and a pair of garbage disposers.
Our budget had us finishing up this work in November. But because of the early close, we’re going to have to do get much of it done sooner: the guys putting in the wood flooring, tiles, heated floor elements, etc., are all in the same crew and working under the same labor bid. The guy doing the carpet needs to begin once the wood is laid, or else we’ll be stuck moving in to a house with exposed sub floors on the entire second level (we’re tearing out and selling the builder carpet: 5000 sq ft, roughly, including padding, for $2500, if anyone is interested). I have an electrician friend who will come in and give me a GFI outlet and wire and hang the heated towel rack in the master bath for dinner and beer, which is great. Another friend of mine is a master carpenter, and he’ll be doing some custom built ins and a secret door for us, as well as helping replace the sliders with the french doors and, we hope, finishing the interior roof of the outdoor patio with wood planking.
This doesn’t even take into account the basement pub / entertaining space and in-law suite, which will be back to concrete slab until my wife and I can lay the flooring down there ourselves — a task we’d like to try to complete as the carpet is being finished up, but that we as of now can’t fit into our immediate budget. Furniture? Uh, yeah. Yoga mats and folding chairs.
Which is why these next two-to-three months of fundraising are going to be so crucial to us. This site used to generate more income — it’s no secret that requiring comment registration, coupled with certain actions taken against me that are outside of my control, has reduced revenue, and that fundraising itself is down rather significantly — but it’s not something I’ve worried much about, because on whole we’re doing just fine, thanks, and I’ve started an ancillary business that relaxes me somewhat and brings in a bit of extra revenue.
But that, too, takes time — and capital — to run.
So. If you can manage to contribute over the next few months, that would be, in a word, superb. It wouldn’t be just me who appreciates it. It would be my entire family, which is about to face a rather big life change.
Having said that, I do write a political blog, and I’m aware of the economic situation right now. So if you can’t do it, you can’t do it, and I understand.
Thanks in advance to those who can contribute, and to all of you who have long kept pw afloat. Sincerely.
Tuesday update: Going to spending a lot of time today packing and cleaning the floors; have a guy coming over to measure for new carpets today, and my wife is away on business, so it’s just me and the boys. Not sure how much I’ll be able to get posted, but I have been very active quipping on Twitter. Seems I’m almost as good at pissing people off over there as I am here!
At any rate, thanks to all of you who’ve contributed. Ideally, I’d like to raise another $600 this month. So if you can help me out I — and my family, which benefits by not having to walk around on concrete slabs for the first month of the move — would really appreciate it.
Friday update: Last day of the fundraiser. I’m about $330 short of my goal for the month, which I don’t expect to make. But I wouldn’t mind getting a bit closer. Thanks again to all who’ve contributed!