Holy chaos, Batman!
This is the inside of our new ceiling. It looks kind of crazy, because electrical is just roughed in right now, but the fact is that our lighting is going to be kind of involved. (Recessed lights. Lots and lots of recessed lights!)
Since most of our ceilings will be drywall ceiling and we will have drop ceiling in only a few places, I thought it would be a good idea to take photos of everything before the ceilings go in. Hopefully, when I go to catalog the photos, I will remember which ones were taken where.
It's a good idea to do this when you're building, because when something goes wrong, it'll be easier to tell your service techs what part of your ceiling they need to destroy. Replacing drywall is pretty easy, but it's not something you want to do more than once, if it can be helped.
This may be a well known tip already, but I came to this conclusion without anyone else telling me, so I figured I'd pass the tip along, in case there is someone else out there who wouldn't have thought of it.
As for me, I'm stressed and elated at the same time. I have a lot of balls in the air right now, so I have made the decision not to even try to go back to work until August 1 or so. I have signed up with several temp agencies, but they have all told me that they don't get much part time work. One never knows, though, and once we are settled and once we get my mom home and settled, I'll be able to seek out part time work on my own and not through an agency.
I really don't see full time work in my near future. It would be unsustainable, from a health perspective. Though we will be hiring care for Mom, I will still be largely responsible. Plus, I will be managing this household and our Little Stone House back in Maryland. There needs to be time built in for me to just sit and stare into space for a while now and then. I am also hoping to build up my own business, and I want to do some writing.
Despite all that I have to manage right now, I'm happy, deep down inside. I know that this is the right thing to do, and though I have enjoyed being in close to DC, I think living in the country will be much healthier for me. DC is not that far, and I should be able to plan for my trips in.