The thing about being a book-lover (and a guy who works with books five days a week) is that the collection of said books tends to maybe get a little bit out of control. Back when we did the first Burgoine-Smith Book Merge, it was intense. We had a lot of duplicates, but not nearly so many as would make things fit. So we did the only intelligent thing we could do.
We renovated one of the spare bedrooms and turned it into a library.
That staved off the “too many books” until recently. We’d hit that point again, and it was becoming plainly obvious that there was no “creative” shelving solutions to be had. To be clear: there are bookcases in most of the rooms in the house, and a dedicated library to boot. And we’ve used it all up.
(By “we” here, I’m going to perhaps suggest that I mostly mean “I” but the reality of married life is that “we” don’t point out that “we” have a LEGO problem, so “we” don’t point out that “we” have a book problem.)
Today was the book purge day. It was painful. Even sticking to our rules, it was painful. But roughly thirty boxes of books later, there’s actually no books left that aren’t on shelves, and there’s even a wee bit of wiggle room on the shelves we have left.
The real trick is not to immediately go out and buy a few dozen more.
I’m totally going to make it to Monday.
“A Collection of Ill-Advised Facebook Status Updates,” by Kate Baggott
I keep saying this, but the creativity involved in Friend. Follow. Text.: #storiesFromLivingOnline continues to make me grin. This entire story is told in the form of Facebook notifications – either status updates or notices about who is messaging who, or who put what on someone else’s wall. And in the space of only a few pages, Baggott manages to transfer an entire tale to the reader with a wry sense of an almost voyeuristic cleverness.
What’s going on in the tale? Well – it’s the lives of a few key people, their families, and – of course – those who read and watch their Facebook updates. And when a relationship (or two) hits that ignition point and flames erupt, even something as innocuous as a status update can make everything just that little bit worse.