Reading While Remodeling

Right now, my bookshelves are covered with drop cloths. Within the next week or so, all of my books will in boxes, the cataloging order destroyed even further. In the meantime, I’m figuring out how to read while remodeling.

I had a live Christmas tree this year – the first year I’ve had my own live tree since I lived with my parents. Brian and I went out and bought a tree stand sometime after Thanksgiving, put a tree in it, and left that tree up until about the end of January. When we finally took the tree down, we noticed a large, black and red spot on the carpet. Mold. Luckily we had stopped watering that tree sometime around Christmas! Long story short, the tree stand company is paying to replace the carpet – which has turned into getting new carpet; rewiring all of the rooms for cable, internet, and phone; removing popcorn ceilings; sanding those ceilings; painting the ceilings; painting the walls; replacing the floor boards; and adding crown molding.

Did I mention this all has to be done – and everything put away and cleaned and nice – by April 10th?

This process really started in earnest last weekend, which means most of the furniture is pushed against a wall and the bookshelves are all covered in very dusty drop cloths. Before they were all covered, I rescued a smallish stack of books and put them on the counter in the guest bathroom (since it isn’t as if I am going to have any guests over anytime soon) so that I can get to them without too much trouble when I finish the two I am currently reading.

It can be very hard, though, for me to pick books too far in advance, because I decide that I am in the mood for something different. I tried to take enough of my TBR books that I couldn’t get through them all, but I’m still worried that I won’t want to read those. I will probably either end up sitting on the floor in the kitchen tearing apart the boxes all of the books are going to go in before the carpet people come, OR I will end up making numerous trips to Half Price Books with my wishlist in hand.

The other issue is a lack of anywhere to sit. The sofa and the chair in the living room are against the wall with knitting stuff piled on top and other furniture in front of them. I am left with only my bed and the folding chairs set up around the folding table where Brian and I have been eating dinner.

On the bright side, once everything is put back together, I can export my handy dandy LibraryThing catalog into Excel, sort by tag and author, and put my library back in order!

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