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This is a bit on the first Gulf War – still rings true.

*Not safe for work*

RIP, George Carlin

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We continue to move forward, slowly but surely, on the kitchen remodel. Eric’s been working on the electrical for the past couple of weeks, and got all the lighting installed and switches wired. On Saturday his brother Ivan came over and they tore out all the old tile.  Poor Ivan – he always gets roped into helping us when we’re having a heat wave! It was miserable, messy, noisy work. Eric and I spent a good chunk of time yesterday cleaning up, and still have a lot to do. Even though they covered stuff up with tarps as best they could, there’s still a layer of dust over everything in that general area.

I’ll try to post some pics later this week – we’ve got our existing cabinets and appliances set up in a very rough approximation of the new layout so that we can live with it for awhile and see how it works. We haven’t ordered the cabinets yet, so we still have time to make some final tweaks to the plan.

So, I’m sitting at the Teen Center desk, reading the archives of Sweet Juniper because the library has been really quiet all day, and just as I’m reading a post about Jim helping a cow give birth I hear this mooing noise over in the corner. For a brief moment I was really disoriented. We have a display spinner in the Teen Center at the library that we use for graphic novels. It needs a little WD-40, I think, because when it spins it sounds exactly like one of those cylindrical cow sound toys.

A few months ago I read March by Geraldine Brooks, which tells the story of Mr. March, the largely absent father from Little Women. I thought it was interesting, but I was disappointed by the ending – it was a bit of a sucker punch. Lately I’ve been hearing good things about her latest, People of the Book, so I thought I’d give it a chance. I’m glad I did – I really enjoyed it.

The main character, Hanna Heath, is a rare book conservator who is called in to examine an unusual illuminated manuscript with religious and political significance. As she examines the book, she finds several tiny artifacts and deposits (a wine stain, an insect wing, etc.) that offer clues to its history. The story alternates between Hanna’s experiences as she investigates these clues, and the stories of how the book came to acquire the mysterious items. While Hanna’s research only gives her an inkling of how and where the book may have traveled, the reader gets to meet the various people involved and gets a richly detailed understanding of the history of the manuscript and the people involved in creating, preserving and passing it along. A very enjoyable read.