So I will just go ahead and give an update as to why I haven't accomplished much in the past month or two...
My wife and I picked out a bathtub and a surround that we both liked at our local Menards. The tub was in stock, the surround was not. They gave us an estimated arrival date of about 4 weeks from the time of order to be able to pick it all up. I asked then if I had to pay for everything upfront, and pick up the tub now or if I could do it all at once when the surround came in. The associate LOOKED ME IN THE EYE and said I could do that. So I figured in 4-5 weeks, I would be ready to start working.
Fast forward to the week of December 5th. By now the 4 weeks has come and gone and we are on week 5. I call Menards and try to figure out what is going on. I give the name of the associate who took my order and I find out he is no longer working with the company, swell. So I give them my order number, and I am informed that because I did not pay upfront for both the tub and surround, that my order was booted out and never placed. I was not happy.
After a few days of de-stressing and focusing on the holidays, I go onto Menards website (mostly because my wife REALLY likes the surround) and place a new order. I pay for it online, with my credit card, and I get my paperwork, and all is right with the world. They tell me the tub is in stock and the surround has to be ordered and will be in after 4-6 weeks. Once again, swell.
So I am taking my bathroom apart, got the vanity out, had to get a little help replacing the shut-off valves since my house water would not shut off properly (few things are as exhilarating as the rush you get from bolting from a bathroom to a crawlspace while the wife is screaming), and I even learned the fine art of turning my hot water heater both off and on, when I get an e-mail from Menards. It basically states that I have not picked up my tub and I need to do so or I will be charged a re-shelving fee. Where is my surround at this point? In a warehouse in Terra Haute. So I decide since it's close to the holidays, and I don't want a criminal record, I go get the darn thing and it has been tucked in a corner in the garage since December 15th.
(side story, when I was driving home with it the sky looked like it was going to rain. This prompted my highly educated, hard working, extremely intelligent wife to say "Well, what if it gets wet?")
So about two weeks ago I still have a garage tub and no surround. Sitting on the couch, regretting about every decision I have ever made, my phone buzzes, new email. Menards.com!!! My surround has arrived in Springfield, IL and it will be available to pick up soon! I will get an email when it is ready to go! So I wait, and I wait, and I wait some more. I call and they tell me I will get the email when it is ready to go.
So finally today after work I just loose it. Maybe it was one-to-many smelly customers who made me think "bathtub" or one to many of my coworkers going "Hey how's the bathroom going?" or "did you finish the bathroom yet?" or "Hey, how do you stay so clean without a shower?" (2 bath homes escape the minds of some people). Either way, I snap. I assemble my ratchet strap collection, throw my traction sandbags on the floor of the garage, and high-tail it over to Menards with paperwork in hand determined to either leave with a tub surround or in handcuffs. I walk in there, and bump right into one of my best friend's wives working the customer service counter and she is about the sweetest girl in the world, so I can't stay angry. Either way, she takes my paperwork, looks up my order and says "oh this was ready weeks ago. Those shitheads never emailed you!"
Yes...the shitheads never emailed me...
So NOW...NOW...I have my tub surround. Which I still managed to get home in one piece despite sudden and constant 35 mph headwinds.
I think at the rate i am going, I am going to make a few phone calls and get an estimate or two on just having the install done professionally. I'll still do the drywall, floor, and vanity myself, but I just want this evil thing done.
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!