Tomorrow morning at 9:30 am a contractor will be coming to look at the apartment and talk to me about the (somewhat minor) renovations I would like to embark on. I am praying that he tells me it will tell me that all the work I want to do will come in at less than $4000. Fingers crossed. I promise to post full and detailed reports about this whole process as it unfolds. I'll also put up a post with all my ideas for the renovation, and I'll catch up on all the work I have done in the last year, which is a lot!