Another update on the basement: The insurance adjuster came out this morning and said that we need to replace all of the carpet and a fair amount of the drywall in the basement. She said that the clean-up company did what they were supposed to do – which is save as much as possible – but that the carpet is not really salvageable and that the drywall needs to be removed to replace the insulation in the walls. The silver lining I’m seeing is that we get to have the entire basement painted, and we hadn’t painted that part of the house yet. I don’t see new carpet as very exciting, since the existing carpet was only 3 years old and was in quite good shape. Now we need to get estimates for the work.
On the adoption front, we continue to make progress. The fire inspector finally signed off on everything. He did chuckle a bit at the state of our basement when I pointed out that the furnace room was empty, even though the contents of our basement are spread throughout our living and dining room. Craig had his physical today, so we’re just about done with the medical portion. Both of our police and FBI background checks have come back clear. Craig worked hard the past couple of days/evenings to complete most of the cement wall repair. I’m so glad that he was able to take on this project. It ain’t pretty, but it’ll be done soon. So hopefully we can get the health inspector back out next week to complete that inspection. Other than those things, I think all we have left is our autobiographies (and neither of us have started on that project yet) and the online program about medical issues in international adoptions, and then we can get started on the home study with the social worker.