Books, Home

Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Rosemarie Urquico

We’re slowly unpacking.

And in the office closet stands the bookshelf my dad built me when I was ten. It is now crammed full with books, along with CDs and a few lone DVDs.

The books are in no particular order. A book about hiking and another about the history of zero sandwich a Kabuki graphic novel. A few spines over, Plato: Complete Works leans against a signed copy of Foxfire.

The kitchen still isn’t unpacked. It’s hard to cook. The blinds are still in their FedEx boxes. I’m living in three shirts, one pair of jeans, and a skirt. The dining room table is covered in papers I need to file. The house is a mess.

But I have books.

And it’s starting to feel like a home.

6 thoughts on “Books, Home

  1. It’s nice that you could keep the house empty while renovating instead of having to work around your stuff! Did you have to get storage or are you not yet moved out of the old place?

    • My friends kept saying, “You know, you don’t have to do everything at once.” But we knew this was the one time the house would be completely empty. So we crammed in work, work, and more work.

      We moved in two weeks after starting work (closed on July 9th, moved in on July 22nd), but Dad was here for six and a half weeks (left late August).

      Luckily, we have an unfinished basement of approximately 600 sq ft! So for almost four weeks we were sleeping on a futon ten feet away from my dad, who was sleeping on another futon. We were surrounded by boxes. So romantic!

      We’re still working through those boxes… And of course, although we got rid of a lot of stuff before we moved, we’re getting rid of more as we empty boxes. Ugh. Moving!

      • No, you definitely had the right notion… Trying to paint around a room full of stuff is a pain in the rear — so much better to have an open and clear floor (available to clutter with tools and materials and such). I still have a paint streak on my duster (long coat) from painting the doors in my old house in PA!

        • I still have a streak of Kilz2 on the shoulder of one of my t-shirts from priming the return vent that goes through the office closet. Ha ha ha.

          We’re actually not done painting. We have a tiny bit of touch up to do, the kitchen, and two doors. But in the kitchen, most things can be tucked away, which is easy enough. And I want to get more stuff unpacked before continuing the painting work.

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