So here’s the deal: We moved.
This move culminates a series of (wonderful) events that have taken up the better part of the last two years. Now that the move is over the unpacking has begun and this takes time and meanwhile, the house is in a fair amount of disarray. I don’t work too well in disarrary and so we are working hard to get things unpacked in proper array. This includes the office.
The office/library is a pretty large room and once it is completely unpacked and organized, it will be a wonderful room. Bookshelves line the wall, filled with something on the order of 1,200 books and old magazines, including rare signed books, rare editions, and a complete collection of SCIENCE FICTION AGE magazines. Unpacking and then organizing those books in the proper order on the shelves is a slow and complicated process. In an ideal world, I would arrange the books alphabetically by author, and then chronologically within each author. However, given limited shelf space, this isn’t currently practical and the best that I can do is alphabetically by author. To do this, all of the books must be unpacked and then arranged around the room in roughly alphabetical order. Once that is done, I can start loading up the shelves, using my LibraryThing collection to help guide me along the way. In an ideal world, I would get the books on the shelves and the office completed this weekend. For three reasons:
- It would be nice to have it done.
- I’d like to use the office in the early mornings next week to complete a short story by Halloween.
Meanwhile, there are still other things to do. I’ve anchored to the wall 4 of the 7 bookshelves in the office. This is to ensure that when Zach is old enough to roam around and pull on things, he doesn’t pull a bookshelf down on top of himself. (Incidentally, I did this the right way: I got some corner mounts, pieces of metal bent at a right angle with a screw going into each end. I used a stud-finder (jokes welcome) to align the mounts to a stud and then drilled a small hole in the wall (and the top of each bookcase–though it pained me to do so) and screwed the mounts tight.)
Since we have an eat-in kitchen, we’ve converted our dining room to a kind of TV sitting room. We removed the chandelier and put in a light that makes the room look less like a dining room. We put a new 27" Vizio HD TV in there (the big TV is down in the family room). Still, the room can use a little work. As can the kitchen. And don’t get me started on the guest room, which is a complete mess at this point. And I still have to put the grill together, although I agree with strausmouse about grilling between November and April on the east coast. We have to mount all of the art work on the wall–which in turn will clear out space in one of our storage closets to put our bicycles.
And in between all of this there is a baby to take care of, a wife’s birthday coming up (tomorrow!!), Game 6 of the ALCS (and ultimately a Yankees/Phillies World Series), finally finishing the Stephen King novel that I’ve been reading for the last month, and of course my day job.
So yeah, things have been busy lately, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel that I can just barely see. But it is getting closer and closer…