The upstairs has been painted and the wood floors put in. A few touch ups remain, but they'll be taken care of.
Before all this home improvement stuff began, my dad and I put lots of things downstairs for storage. I'm gonna have to psych myself up for helping get the stuff downstairs back up (and donating, selling or getting rid of stuff we don't need). It's annoying having to deal with my dad calling me to do things, but ultimately I put up with it because I can't just sit in front of a computer all day. I have to make myself useful.
Still applying for jobs, but I'm still hopeful. I've sent another paper to co-authors, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed hoping they'll pull through. I'll send a reminder on Monday.