update #11: recovered from the crazy
So things are better. I feel like we may actually live in our house again...something I was doubting before. I started treating the contractors like I treat folks at work--I badger until I get a response (in a relatively nice way, of course). It has actually resulted in--gasp--responses. And I told them that I was going with the more generous part of the date range they gave me during our last big meeting. So November 13th it is. Please ignore that that's a Friday the 13th. We're basing furniture delivery and leaving the apartment on that date so they have to stick with it. Or else we'll be camping in the backyard, I guess.
We've had a lot of progress in the last few weeks. We have all the walls textured and several rooms painted. All new doors and trim--all painted. Bathroom vanity bases in. About half the kitchen cabinets in. A new back patio (as the fire damaged the concrete--crazy). We picked out all the flooring and tile. Ordered odds and ends, which is an ongoing thing around here. So it's coming along. Finally.