Every now and then, though, it makes a great excuse to get ourselves something really nice that we don't necessarily need, but would really enjoy. In this case, after I expressed great admiration for a reference book stand that Phil Gaven had in his living room while we were visiting the Gavens over the holidays, Monique convinced me that we didn't really have a good spot to put such a thing in our reasonably small house. (Phil makes truly lovely handmade wood furniture in his woodworking shop. Check it out at Shininglass Studio.)
So, I started drawing up home renovation plans to create a library that could one day include a lovely handmade wood book stand. That had plan had a few drawbacks, too.
Fortunately, my wife is very sneaky and launched a plot with Phil to acquire a book stand for our anniversary. After much plotting between them, the fruits of their connivance was waiting for me in the living room when I got back from my jaunt out to East Lansing yesterday:
What a nice way for a pair of reference publishing foks to celebrate their anniversary, by acquiring a home for our gigundo Webster's Unabridged Dictionary.
Um, no, our gigundo dictionary doesn't contain the word "gigundo."