Sorry I was quiet this weekend (and Monday). I kept meaning to put something up, but my mind goes blank on personal finance topics when I’m indolent.
Well, I did get a haircut and color on Saturday. Otherwise, I did almost nothing. Which is good because I’m storing up energy for the coming week. On Friday, I start overtime. I’ll be the only one fielding emails for the next 10 days, while the other gal is on vacation. The evening/weekend shifts are pretty quiet, so the main stress comes from not having a day off… and knowing that I need to keep checking for emails regularly.
I also need to save up energy because the insulation needs to be put in. This weekend I bought discounted Home Depot gift cards through Raise (1% cash back at Mr. Rebates). I’ll go ahead and purchase the insulation on Wednesday or Thursday, after I hear back from my grandfather about one thing. This needs to get done asap because temperatures are climbing.
The problem? We need 37 rolls. That presents a few issues.
First, I have to get it home from the store. Home Depot doesn’t deliver the item. We’re going to the store tomorrow to check out dimensions, but I think I’ll be lucky to fit 10 bags in the car at once. Even then, we’d be looking at four trips there and back. We only live a mile away, but it’ll still take its toll.
Second, and much worse, is that each roll weighs 14 lbs. Normally, I’d just rely on Tim, but he gets itchy just hearing the word fiberglass. (Seriously. He has, on multiple occasions, started scratching while we talked about things I could wear to help protect my skin during the installation.) I’m going to enlist Marc’s help on this project, but he’s not exactly in great shape either.
Third, it’s about more than loading/unloading a total of 518 lbs. We have to get them into the attic. The entrance isn’t the biggest opening in the world. It’s one of those flaps with a drop-down ladder. So I’m not completely sure we will be able to get the rolls up in bags.
Even if those bags do fit, I still have to balance well enough on a step ladder (the drop-down one is no good) to take 14 lb rolls from Marc and lift them up over my head, shoving them into the attic. Very worrisome indeed.
And once all that is done, then I can start dragging the rolls around and laying them out across the length and width of the house.
So, yeah, rest is the order of the day. Tim’s been very helpful running most of the errands for me. It will help me conserve as much energy as possible. Meanwhile, I also need to make sure I’m getting plenty of sleep for the next few days. And lots of ibuprofen on the day we bring the rolls home.
If anyone has any ideas on making this easier, please please please let me know. Otherwise, just send your pity. I lap that stuff up. (Mainly because, afterward, I may be too tired to chew.)