So... I guess it's not that big of a surprise. This time it started out as running a bit of heating duct to the basement. We asked a friend to give us some pointers, and his information-- while incredibly valuable -- led us to realize it would require clearing out the basement, and it would be smart to install the tub first. So, the project blossomed into 1) More Shelves in the garage for temporary storage of basement Stuff (and seriously, can you ever have too much garage storage space?) 2) Buying a bathtub/shower for the basement bathroom, 3) taking out the door and wall at the bottom of the stairs so we could fit the tub in, 4) replacing the door and wall with a header to support the joists and permanently open the bottom of the stairs to the basement family room, 5) move the light switch that was at the bottom of the stairs, meaning extending the wire, and while we're at it, 5.2) Put in a new box to house all the light switches for the family room even though the wiring and fixtures will come later, and 6) clean up the sheetrock dust, sawdust, and nails and other construction debris. Whoowee!
...oh wait... isn't that what we were supposed to be doing? I think we * might* have gotten a teensy bit distracted.