Our architect Patricia has unveiled her first set of plans, which primarily consist of returning the home to its original floor plan. The one big change is an expanded back deck – it seems that it will be more cost-effective to build a glorious back deck overlooking the pool and river rather than ripping up and rebuilding the entire dining room floor for structural reasons. A bright spot in our structural miasma.

Unfortunately, my ongoing fantasy of doing yoga on my back deck gazing at the river, followed by a movie star bubble bath, has been interrupted. There is no bathtub in the plans we have just seen. And I have already purchased the rubber ducky. I’m off now to fight for my right to soak.