Two things I learned today:
1. I am not cut out for a career as a drywaller.
2. It's a lot better having your house cleaned than cleaning someone else's house
The rep from our builder and his crew came back today to finish up all the punch list work from our 1 year inspection. When they were here a couple of weeks ago, we walked the house and they mudded over the nail pops, patched the blistering drywall tape and repaired the giant settlement crack in our foyer. Today a crew of 6 returned and in about 15 minutes had covered nearly everything in the house with plastic sheeting. A half hour after that the dust from sanding down all the patches they made began to fly. Not knowing I should've geared up with a mask to hang out in my kitchen this morning, I suffered the consequences. The watery eyes, the sore throat, the sneezing. On the upside, because they trash your house with all this dust, they have a "cleaning crew" come in after the painters and clean everything up. So, we paid extra to have the foyer and master bathroom painted 'Shaker Beige' instead of 'builder's bogus antique white' and we got a complete house cleaning. They dusted blinds, the washed all the floors, they vacuumed, they cleaned our tub, they made the kids' beds for goodness sake! It brought back memories of my brief stint as a Merry Maid. I do not recall myself as very Merry as I scoured strangers' tubs. But these chicas today seemed quite pleasant though they didn't speak a word of English (other than 'ok'). And I was able to use enough smiling and hand gestures to convey "Please clean these drops of beige paint off our carpet".
When the boys came home from school I asked them what they thought about the new paint in the foyer. And Will told me, "It looks the same to me Mommy".