Not up to the level of the discussion taking place elsewhere on I Cite, I remain preoccupied with the situation at Paul's Old House. Yesterday, my son and I moved all the books into the basement and into Paul's campus office. We also got light furniture, objets, plants, and art moved. Paul got the kitchen packed up and cleaned out. An artist friend who used to paint houses finished the first floor bathroom. Apparently a college student continued to sand the floors on the third floor. Friends are supposed to help today and or tomorrow with moving the heavy furniture into the basement. In terms of preparation for the tenant, then, things are progressing. The biggest task is painting the kitchen.
How Paul will feel in the upcoming weeks as he looks for his books and files and finds his habits completely disrupted is another matter entirely. With any good fortune, he will be able to move into the third floor before the end of September (I'm sure that the kids' early am schedule will start to wear him down, as will the feeling of not having his own space). But, will the demands of teaching, plus the fact that the department has 2 tenure cases (one of which Paul is chairing) and 2 tenure track searches going on make working on the third floor impossible?