While there are lots of shingles attached to my roof, they are placed in exciting new directions and angles which, while possibly meritorious as modern art, are ill-suited to keeping rain out of my house.
Boundless optimism... a gratuitous Hold Steady reference... I was at least eight years younger last June...
This. Is An Ex. Gutter.
You are officially in for interesting times when your contractor says "You're in a Money Pit situation here."
Things went downhill from here.
Inside the house, part of the kitchen and all of the dining room drywall has been hung. It's even better than the lath, which had a certain Ma & Pa Kettle charm about it. I can hardly contain my excitement at the prospect of an intact floor.
Things, having exhausted the downward tilt of the hill, began to dig a trench at this point.
I suppose it's probably bad luck to say this, but... at least we're running out of things that can leak!
SPOILER ALERT: The first part of this assessment was correct.