A decoration of the mind

People are always asking me what I am currently reading.  In order to ease some of those questions, I’ve put a picture and link on the sidebar to the book I am currently reading.

I hope I can keep this up, and I’ll admit, I’ve also done it in order to force myself to read the unread books lingering on my shelves.  I need to get to a point where I can stop saying, ‘I have that book, I just haven’t read it yet’, because I often get strange looks when I say that a number of times to someone I am comparing titles to.

I always try to have a book with me, but sometimes I just don’t.  Point in case.  The book that is up there now, Good In Bed, by Jennifer Weiner, and has been for many days, was finished the day after I put it up there.  I just haven’t gotten around to starting a new one yet.

So, hopefully I stop re-reading my favorite books for a while, and get caught up somewhat on the others.  But hey, even if I do re-read something, I suppose I should put it up there anyway.

And through this door…

You probably thought this day would never come.  I wasn’t too sure it would come either.  But here we are, seven months after moving into our new house, and I am ready to continue on with the virtual tour.

We already saw the bathroom, which was the room in the most dire need of a remodel when we moved in.  Therefore, being completed first on the list.

The other day I finally buckled down and finished off the office.  This was a difficult room for various reasons.  First, it’s extremely small.  Like a twin bed would take up half the room small.  Second, the paneling.  Oh, the paneling.  I despise it.  I anticipate the day that I no longer have to look at it. 

So, here it is before we moved in.

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08-17-08 017 by you.

So, we painted the paneling an off-white, and the trim bright white.  My mother and I made a valance for the window and a curtain for the closet.  I finally got Derek to put up some shelves, and am rather pleased with how they turned out.

Derek’s beloved Fitzgerald print was the inspiration for this room, but it’s mostly an eclectic mix of things.  Some of my dad’s photography is on the shelves and the four elements fiber art next to the door is my mom’s handy work.

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03-15-08 007 by you.

03-15-08 009 by you.

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There you have it.  It’s an improvement at least.

For your reading pleasure

My sister and I went to the library the other day to find a book for her to check out.

We never made it through the library doors, only to the used bookstore located just off the main lobby.  She found her book for a dollar and I found myself standing there for twenty minutes, holding a stack of books no less than two feet, wondering if I already owned any of them, and then purchasing said books.

The amount of books scattered throughout my house that have yet to be read is daunting.  Every single time I walk into the office, where books are teetering from being stacked so high, I try to think of a solution to my evolving problem.

The local library has used book sales three times a year.  I usually don’t attend these until the last day, when an entire paper bag of books is only five dollars!  I can’t remember the last time I walked out of there cradling no less than two bags, ripping at the seams.  Not to forget the aforementioned used book store, open year round.

I am positive I will catch up someday.  But my organizational soul screams out every time I see the way they aren’t in order.  Not only do I need more room to organize them, I need them organized in a way that every time I go to grab one to read, I won’t end up coming across one that I’ve already read and loved and read that one again.

I’ll admit, probably half of the collection consists of love stories, cheesy (read: not trashy) to the point of entertaining.  Maybe if Nora Roberts quit writing, I’d have a real opportunity to read some actual novels.

But, I digress.  The library is having one of their used book sales this weekend, and I plan not to attend until Sunday, the captivating “paper bag” day.  We’ll just have to see how well those plans hold. 

I’ll let you know the outcome, and in the meantime I hope to work on upgrading our office to accomodate the world of books that live there.