I just realized I never did a post on April! You really missed it, right? Okay, let’s see…
I started the month by taking a week off work. March was crazy, so I needed a little R&R. I actually kept myself pretty busy–there was lots to do around the house and for school, it was nice to get a jump on my final month of the semester. I even wrote a blog post about my week off on my professional-ish blog here.
Richie went to DC for World Vaccine Congress, “where the global vaccine industry comes together to discuss science and strategy.” Sounds fancy, no? He says there’s nothing else to report on that front, so maybe no.
Oh, and something else: our house. I cryptically mentioned it in my 2014 in review post, and I’m able to talk about it a little more freely now.
Last summer, after moving into our house, we started a landscaping project that included drainage and some general beautification. The drainage part required a lot of digging, but the landscaper hit lots of trash pretty much immediately. And when I say “lots,” I mean decades worth of illegal dumping. So, we paused the project and brought out an geotechnical engineer who tested the ground under our house to see if there was trash down there, too. Sure enough, there is. This means that the ground under the house will settle in unpredictable ways. And we learned that it would cost nearly as much as the house itself cost to fix it, so that’s why we initially asked the builder to buy it back.
Well, that didn’t happen (though it still could), so we’ve filed a lawsuit against the builder (and a couple other entities). All parties have been served, and we’re waiting for their response.
It’s weird to even be in this situation, since suing someone was never anything I could see myself doing. It’s also really sad, especially because this is our first home and we’re trying not to get too attached to it. We saved really aggressively to put down a decent down payment, which was something I’m really proud of; but, now we have less in savings to pay all of the legal fees associated with this. So much for doing the responsible thing!
In other April news, we enjoyed about a week of spring in April. I’m pretty sure it’s summer now.