NINE months? *faints* That's a pregnancy. They birthed a kitchen! I'm with you: I couldn't handle that much chaos for so long. It's great that you could rig a "intermediate kitchen" while the fixed the counter issue. It's cool you got to do work on your home! And I think landscaping can be tough, too. (Why doesn't my yard cooperate with me when I plant something lol?) It'll be nice to have a skill swap with your friend. You both get something great out of that! That description cracked me up! "no skills, just enthusiasm" lol! I bet you're a great cheerleader and assistant for him when he works! Yeah, plumbing and electric both scare me. DH and his dad, a retired engineer, put a new outlet plug in our family room (the old outlet had a prong from an outlet cover stuck in it). Anyway, I was a nervous wreck the whole time, and that was a pretty straightforward process.