As you know, we moved into our new house at the end of July 2021. As you also know, the world has been struggling with shipping and supply chain issues. So, as a result, Kyle and I have one room that is currently devoid of furniture. We call it The Library Room.
Here is a picture of The Library Room as it looks right now.
The Library Room is right off our front door, and is meant to be the home’s formal dining room. The thing is, we don’t need a formal dining room because 1) I’m not that amazing of a cook, 2) we have an eat-in kitchen in visible distance of the formal dining room, and 3) our children are wild animals and, as such, we don’t have anything I would even describe as informal, let alone formal, in this house. Is “back alley” an interior design theme? That’s probably closer.
(In case you’re like, ha ha, that Amanda, always exaggerating – I should tell you that my number-one requirement when I purchased a new rug was its ability to be cleaned. I didn’t care about color, material, height of pile, or how it was woven; the only thing I Googled was “rugs that can be cleaned with Windex.”)
For a family without anything formal, it’s kind of poetic that we have The Library Room because the title alone certainly brings up our sophistication a few notches. We call it The Library Room – named by our six-year-old, who was insistent on “The Library Room” and not just “The Library” – because, as you can see in the photo, the only thing in there are books. We keep a lot of books because 1) I like to reread them, 2) Kyle likes to read my books (not a euphemism), and 3) we just don’t have it in our hearts to get rid of any books. We own a number of books that we will never, ever read again (I’m looking at you, The Da Vinci Code) and we still dutifully packed them up and moved them over to this house instead of putting them in the “donate” pile where they probably belonged. We actually have so many books that we don’t have enough space in The Library Room for them all.
(After typing that out, I think we may have a problem. Someone had better come check on us in a few years and make sure that we haven’t moved into the backyard into a house-shaped fort out of books, with books for chairs and books for tables and books for plates and so on.)
“That room looks fine with only books in it; you should just leave it that way,” you may be thinking. Well, since it’s a space without any physical encumbrances, Kyle has taken to using it dry out hockey equipment. I assume the Library of Congress also serves the same dual-purpose. (The photo above is what it looks like with hockey equipment; you’ll have to imagine the smell on your own.)
The thing is, absolutely not one single guest to our house has questioned this room AT ALL. As a reminder, it’s right off the main entry. You’d have to put your hands up to your eyes like blinders in order to avoid it. At no point over the last eight months has someone walked in and said, “Huh, what’s going on here?”
There are three possible reasons this is the case.
The simplest explanation is that people know we “recently” moved and are still getting our duck(-shaped pillows) in order. Our second-to-last big project is painting the walls (don’t ask why we didn’t do that before we moved in), and we have patch marks all over the place. Maybe people see those patches and think, “Man, they still have a lot to do: paint the walls, get furniture in that front room, and stop building that book fort out in the backyard.”
The North Dakota explanation is that NoDakers are nice and polite and wouldn’t ask a question where the answer would potentially offend or embarrass the recipient. What if the real reason we hadn’t furnished it was because I once got diarrhea in a formal dining room? No one wants to have that conversation.
The other explanation, and probably the most logical, is that people walk in and think, “Well, obviously, this is something Amanda and Kyle would have.” Just a big, empty room with a wall of books and drying-out hockey equipment. Which, come to think of it, is kind of on brand.
The first piece of furniture – a (different) rug, which I ordered in November – arrives at the end of April. Before that happens, I’m thinking we should have a Clue-style party where the rooms, weapons, and people are all Kosior-specific, like so-and-so in The Library Room with a hockey stick. Everyone gets to take a book as a prize for participating; the winner gets The Da Vinci Code.
This week’s news has pie, fish hooks, and suitcases. Read on.
The Dickinson Police Department hosted their 3rd Annual Skate with a Cop, and nearly 400 people showed up for two hours of ice (and ice cream). (Dickinson Press)
Bowman’s Angie Wanek turns old ropes into home art. (Bowman County Pioneer)
A group of Dickinson community members have raised nearly $40,000 in support of humanitarian aid for Ukraine. (Dickinson Press)
In “things Kyle would totally do no matter what the day,” the Bowman community came out in force to buy slices of pie on Pi Day in support of the Bowman Country Regional Library. (Bowman County Pioneer)
A Grand Forks fifth-grader named Jackson Olson is making, and selling, hand-tied fish hooks. (Grand Forks Herald)
In North Dakota-adjacent news, students in Breckenridge High School’s Project U class are raising money for the 14 children in the Wilkin County foster care system. (Wahpeton Daily News)