The entire top half of my house has been taken over by house painters, who are painting the rooms and hallway in tones with names like “restful” and “free spirit.” I am exiled to the formal dining room with the laptop, since sitting in my office sniffing paint fumes is not actually how I want to spend my day. Kodi is in here with me, barred from chewing on the house painters by a pair of baby gates we’ve kept around for events such as these. As the dining room is roughly the size of a Manhattan studio apartment, this is not as horrible as it could be. Even so, it’s amusing to be shut out of most of one’s own house. I’ll likely be here for the next couple of days.