Money spent to date on the container cabin project: $5546.08.
I’ve gotten some random things done while waiting for my second run at the electrical work on July 31st. To keep the momentum, I’ve painted the floor (previous post), built a shelf unit, put up the ceiling beams, and cleaned the residue off of my mid-century modern crackle-glass kitchen table.
I’m running out of money, which seems to happen often with this kind of endeavor. I’m subbing at work for whatever comes up, which isn’t much. Summer is the hardest time of year in my industry, as educational interpreters are out of school and glutting the market. (I’m not faulting them; hell, some of my friends are educational interpreters.) It’s tight. Luckily I will be able to eke my way from payday to payday if I mind my Ps and Qs, which, it should be said, do need some moderate amount of minding.
This project has indeed disrupted my usual safety net to an uncomfortable degree. If I look at things from outside the project, the worst thing might be that I don’t have the money to insulate before temperatures drop below the required 60°F threshold for the spray-foam insulation. That would put the project on hold — and mean that I effectively don’t have a bedroom and workspace to myself — until at least May 2015. I’d really like to be done this summer.
One nice thing that could happen would be in the Veteran’s Administration would cough up our dependent money. It’s been two and a half years since I was married and we ain’t seen none of it yet. I know there are people who need their VA money much sooner than I do, who are truly screwed and injured and devastated, and I’m NOT saying we should get ours before them; NEVER. But for their sake and (later) mine, couldn’t the VA hire some more people to work on the backlog? That would help everyone a whole bunch, for sure.
Until then, I continue minor yard projects, embroidery, website maintenance for a motorcycle group, floating on lakes and in rivers, and watching reruns of 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation and The Office and Star Trek (all of them except Enterprise).
And I keep watching the email for sub requests.