Well, it terms of the phone that is. It magically seems to have fixed itself. For now. Last week it worked for one day (the day before Comcast was suppose to come back so I cancelled the appointment) - then *poof* it was out again. Seriously, I have dreams about this phone issue. But, it's back again.
What I didn't mention before was that right before the phone went out we sent out invitations for a family party and were the point people for RSVPs. Yeah, not cool. But, this gave us the opportunity to learn to check our voicemail remotely, which was pretty helpful actually.
In the meantime, I have been spackling like a maniac. hopefully the bedroom make-over will be done soon!