Forgive me for going insane….but GAHHHHH!
The Iguana Man, for some unknown reason, decided it would be a positive and profitable exercise for me to reorganize my library in storage. Thus far, twenty five HUGE boxes (I don’t have to lift them…so what do I care?) have been removed from storage, and unpacked. The entire front half of my living room, approximately 200 square feet, is now consumed by PILES and PILES of books (every box, thus far, has been emptied). Having said that….I know in my black little heart of hearts that there at least four of five missing boxes…maybe many more!
As of this very second, I have repacked five (exceedingly smaller) boxes, carefully cataloging each book on an Excel spreadsheet…author, type, series, paperback/hardcover, etc. I am a bit of an Excel nerd, so I have actual numbers….thus far, approximately 130 books, 25 books per carton. Which means I shall be at this exercise for at least another three weeks…..because I’m doing the easy ones first (all of the “beach type” reading)…..reference books (one of which, my 1935 Funk & Wagnall Dictionary, shall certainly take up a half a box all by itself), history books, and other truly important literature is going to be packed last.
I had no idea I was such a book junkie. (Okay, not really…I’d rather cut my hair than let a half decent book out of my collection). But I know, with certainty, what has been unpacked, exactly which books I am missing! And going through this process, I mourn the books which I know I’ve discarded over the years. “Pitching” the excess in this little exercise, I am sure, is going to be a fight.
So for now, I soldier on….I’ve only tripped over the piles three our four times, and broken two toenails. It would be rather interesting to find out the gross weight of this little project. Not that I care, of course….books are books are books. Beloved objects!
~ Blonde Gator