Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Minor Advances, Mostly Offset by Clutter and Disorganization

Ed took the kids to swimming today and I finished grouting the kitchen backsplash. Yay! I can finally check something off my list. We also finished the big bookcase in the backroom, only Ed tells me I can't put any books on it for a few weeks, 'til the stain/varnish stuff dries. I hope he is kidding. Now, we only need to knock out the old bookcase to the left of the fireplace, deal with any rot we find, put up insulation and drywall, and rebuild bookcases on either side of the fireplace and I will be ready to hang my maps & white board and use our schoolroom. Oh, and deal with the mountain of boxes and clutter that have accumulated in front of the fireplace and on top of our future school table. Ed and I always tell each other that we are not packrats, but we lie.
I finished Bill Bryson's The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir today. It jumped out at me from a shelf at the library last time we were there, so I had to read it. It was a very fine "pool read," and a nice change of pace from Dowling and his Latin noun cases, which I was also working on during swim lessons last week. Now that I am done with Mr. Bryson, though, and his tales of growing up in Iowa in the 1950's, I am dedicating myself to The Brothers Karamazov, which is my next book for the book group, and which I had intended to give myself a couple months to read. Nothing at all about The Brothers says "pool book," and I know with absolute certainty that I will Not have it finished by the second Tuesday in August. I didn't finish the last book, A Connecticut Yankee, either, so perhaps I will get tossed out of the group? I don't think they would, but my record is not looking so good.


Wisteria said...

Y'all sound as if you are making great progress!! Once you get your book shelves ready for books, maybe you won't seem like such a pack rat. Having a place for things makes a huge difference.

I got The Deathly Hallows yesterday, so that tells you how far behind I am on my reading. Will start reading today, so the ending won't be spoiled by over-zealous fans dying to chat.

Melora said...

That is what I keep telling myself. Almost all of our clutter is homeless books, so the shelves Will make a huge difference.
I am eager to finish Harry so that I can start reading commentary! There was an article in the Wall Street Journal today about how the book had a "spiritual" ending (or something like that) that I would have loved to look at! We are really enjoying the book, though!

Dy said...

Oh, pictures! Pictures!! WOOHOO. I love progress, no matter how little or how slow - forward motion is good motion. :-) Congrats.

Wow, um, yeah, I couldn't do Karamazov in under a month. I'm reading "Kim" right now, and I keep having to go back and re-read a few pages when I pick it up each evening. I swear by the time I'm done, I will have read 900 pages of it. (And it's only a 300 page book! ACK!)