Jason finished the mantle! He is super pleased and so am I!
I think it looks like it has always been there, like it belongs there. Can I say this? It ties the room together.
We have really been enjoying having the ipod dock in the living room, now that we have a plug in the mantle. We find ourselves listening to a lot more music. We often have our entire collection on shuffle, and that becomes an interesting "guess that composer and/or piece" game. The other day, Ride of the Walkuries came on, which is a trombone excerpt that Jason practices all the time. Grace recognized it instantly, smiled and started clapping along!