okay, I monitored the Stadium Floors guy - an older man who lives out in the country and has been doing tile work all his life. He helpfully replaced our tile broken by the city drainage project as well as a random one by the closet. So that's done.
I mopped most of the kitchen floor and had lunch and finished the Hugo-nominated Novella "Stealing Alabama" by Allen Steele (</i>Asimov's</i> 1/01). It was pretty darn good. unfortunately that makes for only one of the novella nominees for hugo I've read.
I' have read all the novel nominees, as well as the novelette "Lobsters" by Charles Stross (Asimov's 6/01) which I liked so much I'm sure I'll vote for it, and two short story nominees: Stephen Baxter's "The Ghost Pit", which I didn't like at all, and Michael Swanwick's "The Dog Said Bow-Wow", which I liked even less.
On the novels, I just finished Robert C. Wilson's The Chonoliths and was really disappointed. It's a very flat, simplistic book. The text leads you to expect events to have a high impact on everyone in the world and though intellectually you can see that described, there's little-to-no character or place sympathy that leads you to feel it that way. It's better than Passage and everything's better than Cosmonaut Keep but I find I prefered the complexity of Perdido Street Station, even acknowledging its inconsistency and momentary confusions, or the elegance and surprise ending of American Gods. There are few surprises in The Curse of Chalion but I still personally enjoyed even it more than The Chronoliths, which is not what I was expecting.