Live Real. Eat Real.

New Shelves and a New Obsession, Er, Hobby

So, we’ve got the new bookshelves up, locked and loaded.  For some people, new bookshelves might just mean putting books on them, but not us.  Nope – we must make a full-blown production out of it.  Fortunately, the men who delivered them set them up where I directed and bolted them together, so all we had to do was position the removable shelves and fill it with books.

Easier said than done.

I left most of the job to Beloved, because he’s positively anal about his books far more organized than I am; I helped out when he yelled at me to come into the living room needed, because I am a clumsy twit who can hurt myself as well as the house in situations like this was busy doing something else that I’ll go into in just a minute.

This is what they looked like right after we started – Beloved had only gotten the history section up:

Shelves 1

Shelves 2

This second picture is for perspective – you can’t tell they’re 15 feet long from end to end in the first.

It quickly became apparent, for Beloved anyway (I am a complete moron when it comes to anything spacial), that we were going to have a lot of extra space after we got all of the books on them.  I was astounded – I had visions of us agonizing over which books we were going to have to cull and take down to the basement to reside on the old shelves.  It also left us with a dilemma – how do we fill the empty spaces?

We stood back and scrutinized Beloved’s our handiwork, and after a few moments consideration, Beloved said the wonderful words:

“We’re going to have to go to the craft store, aren’t we?”

Well, twist my arm; I may be a clumsy twit with no sense of direction or size/space, but I am a great decorator.  And I love the craft store, which just so happens to have a new home furnishings addition and garden center.  Woo-hoo!  So off we trot to the craft store, and we return with vases, baskets and enough fake greenery to decorate a Rain Forest Café.

And this is what we ended up with:

Shelves 3

Shelves 4

You can see the greenery garland Beloved put across the top, as well as the arrangement in the basket on the shelves (Beloved’s handiwork) and the arrangement in the  vase on the table at the end (mine).   We also had another empty shelf, so I took some of my Jim Shores out of the curio and put them out as well.

Which brings me to the lovely pictures.  If you care remember from last Monday, I was reduced to taking photos with my phone, for I could not find the power cord to my little Sony Cybershot point-and-shoot camera.  By Saturday, I still couldn’t find it and was getting horribly frustrated – I didn’t want to be reduced to taking pictures of the furniture (to say nothing of our trip to Washington D.C. with Miss Jacki and The Young One next week) with my damn cell phone.  So Saturday morning we walked into Best Buy to purchase a power strip (the shelves cover the outlet we use on that side of the room) and a couple of other minor necessities, when I wandered over to the camera section.

I’ve been wanting a “real” camera for quite some time; I enjoy taking pictures and editing them in Photoshop.  And while I’ve had reasonable success printing some of the pictures taken with my little Sony, I’ve been wanting to make it a more serious hobby – especially with Jolly’s Little Bundle Of Joy on the way (yes, I can already tell you I’m going to be one of THOSE grandparents).  So after a brief consultation with one of the sales people, I found Beloved perusing the jump drives and dragged him over to the cameras waited patiently for him to finish his shopping before I asked him to look at cameras with me.

After a further, more in-depth, consultation with yet another sales person (Jared at the North Podunk Best Buy, you are a GEM and they don’t pay you nearly enough) I walked out with a brand-new Nikon D90 digital SLRS (Me, practically sobbing:  “Thank you!  Thank you for letting me get my new camera!”  Beloved, cheerfully: “No problem dear – now you’ll NEVER HAVE TO BUY ANOTHER ONE.”).

So, faithful readers, now you get to be bored shitless join me on my journey as I learn about things like exposure and aperture and shutter speed and ISO and depth of field and perspective.  Aren’t you thrilled???

Okay, maybe not so much.  But I am, and I promise not to bore you.

Too much.

But I took a picture of a bowl of Reese’s Pieces last night.

Don’t believe me?

Reese's Pieces


Be says:

We paid HOW MUCH to take a picture of Reese’s Pieces?

But really dear, they are the most lovely Reese’s Pieces I’ve EVER seen!

Michele says:

Oooh, I am so jealous. Of the shelves and the camera. I shelved the first 50 of my cookbooks and have run out of room for the other 75.

Micheles last blog post..Won’t you be my neighbor?

Linda says:

Jealous! *stomping feet* I want a REAL camera too! Waaaaaaa!
Nice Reese’s:)

Lindas last blog post..The Maggie Wrap is Complete!

Di says:

Hubby has three shelves just like this in his home office filled to the brim…. I’m sure #4 is not far behind since he’s a book nut as well.

Yours look nice!

The Blue Ridge Gal

Dis last blog post..Sharing The Wealth

Tricia says:

Your new bookshelves are absolutely GORGEOUS. Can BE come organize my office for me?

I’ve been looking at cameras for a year and I keep thinking I want a little point and shoot, but I’ve purchased two and then returned them because the picture quality is never up to snuff. Because Kim has such amazing equipment (get your mind out of the gutter, I’m talking about his cameras), I’ve found it difficult to “compromise” with the smaller equipment, but I really want something that fits in my pocket so I can snap pictures when I’m out and about with Aaron. Now seeing how gorgeous your Reeses are, I may have to stop desiring the point and shoot and suck it up to carry something heavier.

I’m sorry. I was sidetracked by the books and chocolate. What were you saying? You’re giving away a camera or something? Sure, I’ll enter that!

Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..HASAY: While John’s Away, The Diet’s Okay (So far..)

Nice shelves. And the best part is you can look forward to filling them with more books!
Nice detail on the Reese’s Pieces, by the way.

Maureen at IslandRoars last blog post..Memory

Pseudo says:

I’ve been drooling over SLR’s for awhile now. I can so feel your happiness. What a great weekend.

And the bookshelves are to die for.

Pseudos last blog post..Eff My Life…

Love Love Love the shelves. I could spend hours orgazizing books. Hours.

With all that extra room…don’t you need to buy more books? Seriously.

Nothing Fancys last blog post..I Lub You

stoneskin says:

I’m envious of those shelves, especially as most of my books are sitting sadly in boxes in the loft.

The bookshelves are fantastic . . . they look great! And I am so filled with camera envy at the moment! I’m feeling the Best Buy pull . . . .

Elaine at Lipstickdas last blog post..Central Park Jogger…

Oh boy, do I have shelf envy now! Beautiful and decorated lovely too. Now apertures and exposure and all that jazz is completely lost on me. I have one of those fancy cameras I bought from my photographer SIL when she upgraded. It’s in the closet because it’s too big and I love my point and shoot Sony. I really admire people who can get into photography tho. Me, I just don’t have the concentration. Can’t wait to see all your photos and share your learning experience.

Smart Mouth Broads last blog post..MORE RANDOM THOUGHTS ON LIFE IN GENERAL

The shelves look awesome! And yay on the camera! I so miss being able to use a real camera … you are going to love it!

Twenty Four At Hearts last blog post..When A Real Housewife Spends Time With a Real Housewife

A Free Man says:

Very jealous of your shelves. We just got new ones from Ikea not so long ago, but not nearly as nice.

A Free Mans last blog post..Watch your soul, cause science is golden

Jolly Holly says:

I do love the shelves they suit yall well. Dad you were right the end tables are new!!! lol

Ginger says:

I told my son yesterday that his baby is going to think her grandmother is a camera lens. Because everytime she looks at me, I have it pointed at her!

[…] photo tour of Central Park and her massive megapixel high resolution pics . . . and then Jan actually GOT one of the new cameras (I am soooooo envious right now) . . . has all made me quite hot and bothered . . . about photos […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


From the blog