Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Renovation: New Carpeting

New Carpeting

We are getting carpet squares for easy replacement of spills and stains.
New carpeting for renovation, carpet tiles for easy replacement.

Old stairway.
New carpeting for renovation, old stairway

Boxes of carpet squares.
New carpeting for renovation. Boxes of carpet tiles.

Old stairway.
New carpeting for renovation, old stairway

Installation in Library Hall.
New carpeting getting installed.

Rolled carpet is for the stairs and landings.
New carpeting for renovation.  Roll carpet for stairs and landings.

Regular stairway.
New carpeting for renovation

Stuff. Nonsense. No Relation.

Ugh.  More Large Print.  Let's get through this quickly.

BridegroomWore Plaid by Grace Burrowes. Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck with Harriet Parke. A Time For War by Michael Savage.  Summerset Abbey by T.J. Brown.  Finding Home by Lois Greiman.  Out of Warranty by Haywood Smith.  The Importance of Being Wicked by Victoria Alexander.  Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin. Love Is A Canoe by Ben Schrank.  Truth In Advertising by John Kenney.

Audiobooks on CD

Vatican Diaries by John Thavis.  10 CDs at 13 hours.  Journalist who worked 25 years in Vatican writes book about the Vatican and Vatican daily life, Vatican scandals, Vatican history and tradition, Vatican personalities, and various Vaticaneers.  Vatican Vatican Vatican.

Triumph of Caesar by Steven Saylor (no relation).  7 CDs at 8 hours.  Saylor's (no relation) mystery novels set in Ancient Rome are always very good.  Saylor's (no relation) main character, Gordianus, is a hired troubleshooter, an ancient P.I.  Gordianus works for the snobby and wealthy patrician families and Saylor (no relation) often has Gordianus travel to different part so Italy and the Roman Empire while including real-life Roman figures into the plot.  (no relation).

Alone on the Ice: the greatest survival story in the history of exploration by David Roberts.  10 CDs at 111.5 hours.  In 1913 the greatest Douglas Mawson in history was a member of an Antarctic Exploration team.  Mawson's greatest dog team in history fell into a crevasse and left Mawson dangling by the greatest sledge harness in history.  On his crawl back to camp Mawson realized the greatest soles in the history of feet had "detached from the flesh beneath.

Cesar Milan's Short Guide to a Happy Dog by Ceasr Milan. 5 CDs at 5.5 hours.  98 short and happy lessons.  I don't know if this audio title is narrated at a whisper.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Food, Firearms, Fiction


Gun Guys: a road trip by Dan Baum.
  • Flyleaf version:  Dan Baum is both a lifelong gun guy and a Jewish Democrat who grew up in suburban New Jersey feeling like a "child of a bitter divorce with allegiance to both parents."  In Gun Guys he grabs his licensed concealed-carry handgun and hits the road to meet some of the 40 percent of Americans who own guns.
  • Short version:  Gun nerd takes a drive.
  • Gerard version: Who the heck writes a nonfiction book and doesn't include any photos?  He makes up for that absence with good notes, bib., and index.
Audiobooks on CD

Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang.  7 CDs at 8 hours.  Immigrant kid in Florida "obsessed over football, fought all-American boys who called him a chink, partied like a gremlin, and sold drugs with his crew" then opened a restaurant in New York City and wrote a book called Fresh Off the Boat.

The Heavy by Dara-Lynn Weiss.  7 CDs at 7.816 hours.  Weiss's seven-year-old daughter is obese.  Weiss has "her own food and body issues."  Weiss and daughter work to improve.  Weiss has to constantly spell out her hyphenated first name to everyone.

Slim For Life by Jillian Michaels.  7 CDs at 7.8 hours.  TV woman writes book.  TV Woman reads book out loud into microphone.  Fancy computer gadgets encode that recording onto thin plastic discs.  Those discs are packaged and sold.  LD Fargo Public Library buys a package of those discs.  LD Fargo Library advertises the availability of those discs.

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy. 9 CDs at 10.966 hours.  I've been reading a 1982 James Bond novel by John Gardner, IcebreakerIcebreaker is set in Northern Finland during winter.  I was in Finland in the summer of 1989.

Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse by Robert Knott.  6 CDs at 7.366 hours.  Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are hired to guard a train with Mexican prisoners.  Robbers arrive.