We got a lot done. We selected the tiles for the floors, designed and ordered the kitchen cabinets, designed the bathrooms, had the windows made, selected the paint, and picked out the ceiling lights. We spent many days at the various home depot-type stores.
It is kind of frustrating--you can select something, agree on a price, and order it, and then they call and tell you that it is out of stock and to reorder it will cost more. I guess this happens all the time. Sard, who is building the house for us, just kind of shrugs whenever that happens.
When we weren't at the Home Pro, we were driving out to the house to get measurements on things, meet contractors, and take care of the million small details. One day I spent about 3 1/2 hours measuring every possible surface that could be measured, in anticipation of having to make decisions about how much tile to order, etc. I'm not sure why it was me that did this, as I have absolutely no skill in this area, but I mostly figured it out.
I was able to fairly accurately determine how much tile we would need for each room, which amazed me. The blotchy areas are where I sweat over this. It was kind of hot and humid. Once this project is done, I will be able to say I designed it, which is something I never thought I would or could do.
The guy who is doing our windows is also a police officer. He did measurements before we got there, and asked Sard if he wanted him to pad the numbers so they could split the extra money. Sard said no, and when we arrived, the officer assured us that the numbers weren't padded. This is how things work in Thailand.
We spent a couple of days in Bangkok before we came home, mostly doing nothing. There is a huge new shopping mall next to our hotel, and we spent some time there. We had a nice dinner along the river with Malida's niece the night before we left.
Sunset along the Chao Phraya. I love staying near the river when we are in Bangkok. I've gotten to know the neighborhoods near where we stay pretty well, and things are familiar.
I have all sorts of other observations and lots of pictures, but will save them for later. I have to go to work this afternoon, and I am still in the throes of jet lag. Interestingly, I decided to make yogurt yesterday, for the first time. It turned out great, and I am off to have a bowl of it with a bit of the 4 kg of muesli I brought back with me.