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Who put the D in organized?

For those of you who know me, you might realize I have a problem with making a decision.  Glazed or frosted?  Cheese or plain? Sharp stick in the eye or one in my butt?
So imagine my surprise when I discovered today there are a lot of decisions to make in building a house.
Color of trim.  Color of cabinets.  Color of siding.  Color of wine I am going to need to drink on a regular basis to get through this.
And the stores we have to visit:  carpet place, appliance, wood floor guy, cabinet guy, The Rouge to load up on more wine to help me cope with the stress.
Now understand Jackie and I agree on most things.  Gosh knows after 42 years of marriage we should know each other pretty well.  So how come we have different tastes in cabinet pulls, door handles, interior paint, exterior paint, carpeting, appliances, selling all our investments and buying a home in France and just visiting Emily in the summer to watch the dogs....important stuff that seems to need to be decided and fairly soon.
I was…

Onward, we blindly slog

Houston, we have a builder!
  Jackie and I have settled on a builder for our house.  O'Rorke Construction will begin within three weeks and hopefully will be done in September.  All we have to do is sign the final papers.
  We asked for bids from three builders and all three were wonderful people to talk with, and all offered suggestions that we felt we could use.  It is too bad we are not building three houses.
  But the bottom line is dollars.  We looked at all the proposals, wrote down differences, compared similarities and tried to put apples to apples.  Builders have different suppliers, different vendors, different sources and those differences get reflected in the price.
  The palace will be a little over 2,100 square feet.  It will be one level and will be handicapped accessible throughout.  Zero barrier entrances on the front door and garage and a low barrier entrance into the shower are among the oddities the house will have.  Also, any passageway will be able to accommoda…