Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Quote for the Week


Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Best and Worst Things about My Home

No, this is not my study.  I have much, much more storage space than that--18 drawers, 12 shelves.  That's the best thing about my house--incredible amount of storage space.  It's also the worst thing in that I seem to have used every inch of it.  Now that I'm getting ready to move from a 5 bedroom to a 2 bedroom, I am having to clean out the storage spaces.  Decisions, decisions.  Do I want to keep the notes from a speech on language development I heard ten years ago?  Do I want to keep that close up photo that shows all my wrinkles?  How many pairs of shoes does a person actually need?  Are those love letters from my college boyfriend something I want to keep for my children to read and chuckle over after I'm gone?  It's an exhausting task. 

I'm removing pictures from the walls.  Framed covers of all the romance novels I wrote, pictures of my children, a picture of me at age 2.  Did you know you can cover holes where the pictures were hung with toothpaste?  Works amazingly well.

No prospective buyer wants to be distracted by your keepsakes.  Get them off the shelves.  Full  bookcases?  Clean them out, leaving so few books that anyone viewing your home will wonder if you know how to read. 

What do I do with my shelves of speech therapy materials?  Too bad, prospective buyer.  They will have to stay.

Lately my whole life has revolved around the task of clearing out my house...and I'm barely half done.

More to come, probably...if I survive.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Quote for the Week

It is better to walk alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction.
               Diane Grant       

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Books of March

Voted one of the best books of the past decade, this mystery revolves around an academic conflict concerning birds' relation to dinosaurs.  Are they living dinosaurs or simply related?  A specialist in bird evolution is found murdered; his body has been  overrun by parasites.  A graduate in the department is also murdered.  Are the two murders related?  Do they involve another specialist whose theory is in opposition to the murder victim's?  Will our heroine Anna's dissertation defense be postponed because of the murders?  Will "the world's most irritating detective"  (Anna's nickname for him) solve the case?  Do we care?  I didn't, mainly because Anna, the main character, was so unappealing.  Everything makes her angry.  She stamps her foot a lot.  Everyone sweats a lot.  Everyone has a traumatic backstory.  I finished the book so I can discuss it next week at my book club meeting.  Sometimes everyone else likes a book better than I do.  We'll see.
Guilty Pleasure Books

 I am exhausted from cleaning, trashing, shredding, donating stuff from every room in my house in preparation for putting the house on the market, so naturally I need some escapist reading,  And who wouldn't love an art restorer, assassin, spy for the Israeli secret service?  Like James Bond, Gabriel Allon always gets his man.  (I am secretly in love with him though I fear I'm too old for him. Oh well.)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Quote for the Week

Be with someone that makes you happy.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Books of February (A Little Late)

The story of the daughter of an immigrant family growing up and finding herself in the early 20trh century.  Pretty good, but I don't think Anita Diamont has ever written anything to equal The Red Tent.

Yes, this book has been optioned for a major motion picture starring Matt Damon, but don't read it unless you want exhaustive explanations of how this lone astronaut survives by putting things together, building things, etc.  Don't read it if you want character development.  We never learn how this guy really feels about being left alone on Mars.  Don't read it if you want a lot of tension and excitement; you know the ending from page 1.  Are you guessing I didn't like it?  I felt obligated to finish it because it was a book club read.

Yes, Virgil's Aeneid.  I'm taking a continuing ed. course at Rice University.  The lecturer, Dr. Markos, is so engaging, I would take his course if he talks about anything, even dirt.  As it is, I love the Aeneid.  I read it in high school Latin and again several times as an adult (in English).  I also love taking courses at Rice on spring evenings.  It's a lovely setting.

If anyone has any suggestions for good books, leave them in the Comments section.

Happy reading!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ten Things that Makr me Happy #10

I saved my children till last.  Born 2 1/2 years apart, they are totally different.  When she was small, Lori tried very hard to make her brother disappear.  No luck.  She hid his comfort toy in the bushes--we found it years later--and once she egged him on to lipstick my bedroom.  (They both got in deeep trouble.)
Now that they are middle-aged adults, they are very close.  They confide in each other, support each other, advise one another.  They offer me advice, too; sometimes unwanted, sometimes appreciated.  They still have very different attitudes and interests but they put those aside for each other.
I'm lucky that they both live in Houston, and if I have to move in with one of them if I sell my house too early to move to my new apartment, I'm glad they both like cats.

Other Things that Make Me Happy

Looking at the sky on a clear night
Walking on the beach (seriously!)
Eating coffee ice cream, my comfort food 
Curling up with a book (or a Kindle) on a rainy day
Watching sports on TV
Listening to CD's of The Great Courses in my car
Exchanging our Chicken Crossing the Road picture every 6 months with my best    friend from high school (Yes, we're still crazy after all these years.) 

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