Thanks, @Nordly Beaumont! That makes me feel better since I was imagining a week-long disruption. The installers will have to remove wood shingles before the siding goes up but that shouldn't add too much time, I hope. Girl Cat will be most displeased with the noise, another reason for hoping the job is done quickly.
I had to have my satellite dish taken off the house and mounted on a pole, and now I'm wondering how they're going to work around the various cables and wires coming into the house. They have to deal with the electricity meter and fuel pipeline as well.
In other news, I'm so pathetic that I have ordered myself Christmas gifts online and requested gift wrapping just so it looks like I have friends and family. I mean, I do but the adults in my family don't exchange gifts and with my friends it's either a donation to an animal shelter in each other's name or a tin of baked goods...Maybe I'll also make a tin of muffins and cookies for myself and wrap that, too.