I am excited to report that the first birch panel has been installed. With plenty of help from my brother regarding the measurement, layout and means of attachment for the 4 x 8′ ceiling panels, the first one was raised into place early this week. With the amount of time it has taken to get to this point, the event should have been heralded by a trumpet fanfare, ribbon-cutting or the crushing of a bottle of Verve Clicquot across Sparta’s rounded bow. But there were no such histrionics. That will have to wait until her launch next Spring.