|23rd Oct 2010✧22:321 note
to the library. it probably wasn’t the best idea moving in right next door, because every time i look out my window to see the gargoyles, i’m reminded of just how many books are being held inside those walls. currently, i have ten books checked out. two are non-fiction, the other eight are fictitious.
currently i am reading my little war by flemish author louis paul boon. its one of only a few books written by him to be translated from its original flemish. it was first published in 1947, but wasn’t translated for us until this year. i’m only thirty pages in so far, but it seems wonderful.
people ask me how i find books in that library, eight stories full of thousands of books. i have no secret; i simply find a floor (today was the seventh floor, literature and language) and walk through the aisles until a name catches my eye. i wish i could live in that library, but the chairs are very comfortable and the guards aren’t too inviting.
here’s a picture of the lake and millennium park today from my bedroom window. i know, this apartment is sick.
we finally found a place for our table. it’s a “norden” gate-leg table that seats up to four from ikea for $179. it has a beautiful glossy finish (unfortunately, one of the corners was chipped when we pulled it from the box, shame shame ikea). both sides of the table fold down to make the table less than 10 inches wide. the table also has six drawers (three on each side, all of which are, at this moment, empty). this could, quite possible, be my favorite piece in our apartment. and many thanks to my mom, for putting it together for me while i unpacked my bedroom.
the chairs were from world market just south of the loop for $17 each. i finished it off with a cheap basil plant from lowes set in an dark grey terra cotta pot from ikea (roughly $6 and $2 respectively). the seat pads are also from ikea for less than $10 for two, and the place mats were purchased at $4 each from world market.