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Basketball Season

has (finally) arrived. Son & youngest daughter both made the Varsity teams for their schools and are thrilled. Son has practice 3 mornings a week before school & daughter has practice 3 days a week after school – along with an average of 2 games each week.

They’ve got scrimmages this week & season games start next week.

YIPPEE!! I love basketball!


After completing Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts today, I must say it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read.

When I was reading, I knew I was approaching the end of the book, but when I turned the page & found the acknowledgements instead of another chapter, I was shocked and disappointed. I re-read the final two chapters because I was not yet ready to say goodbye to the characters. Even now, several hours later, I find myself going back to favorite passages that I listed on an index card (I wrote down the beginning of the passage & page number) as I read through the book. Does that make me a nerd?

Some of the passages written by Mr. Roberts were so moving that I know I will remember them always.

Here’s one of my favorite passages from chapter seventeen:

“It’s forgiveness that makes us what we are. … Without forgiveness, there would be no history. Without that hope, there would be no art, for every work of art is in some way an act of forgiveness. Without that dream, there would be no love, for every act of love is in some way a promise to forgive. We live on because we can love, and we love because we can forgive.”

And another from chapter forty-two:

“The truth is that, no matter what kind of game you find yourself in, no matter how good or bad the luck, you can change your life completely with a single thought or a single act of love.”

It’s going to be an awesome movie and I cannot wait to see Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Linbaba.


I usually don’t remember my dreams. This past week has been an exception.

One night I dreamed that Johnny Depp was my children’s father & that we were together and planning to purchase another home together. There was no Vanessa in his life (so I was not breaking up their home or anything). We talked about what we wanted in a home for us, for the children, location, size, style, features. It was a lovely dream. I woke up waaayyy too soon that morning.

Another night, I dreamed that Jon Bon Jovi came to work at my company. He sat with me so I could train him. I got no work or training done – just fumbled around on the keyboard, blushed & stuttered. All. Day. Long. In my dream, I took up smoking so I could go out with him at break time & smoke with him – to have a chance to visit about things that are not only work-related.

I’m not sure about the smoking thing, as I’d not ever do that with my oldest daughter’s asthma, but it was a great dream aside from that.

I wonder why I dreamed those dreams and why I remember them so vividly still.


The inspection of the house was on Friday. The inspection team went in the attic & in the crawl space below. Everything checked out.

Three things were on the list of things that need to be fixed.

1. 2 leaky faucets
2. a plug in has the polarity reversed (wires need to be switched around – or something like that)
3. the bathroom vent (the owners purchased it already) needs to be installed

That’s it. Nothing major.

Now we need to have it appraised.

Then the owner of the house my sellers are moving into needs to get moved into her new home. Right now my realtor says we’re looking at a closing date of November 30.

Not as soon as I had hoped for – but still, not much longer! 🙂

House Hunt = OVER

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a list of things I’ve learned when house hunting.

This morning, an offer was made.
This afternoon, that offer was accepted.

In November, I’ll be moving – into my new home!

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kleenex nose veil

If you notice a noxious smell, fight off the nausea with a kleenex nose veil. Easily created with a kleenex tissue and a paperclip, these handy-dandy creations ward off the strongest of odors and can be used in any situation with minimal fuss. The veil can be created in a variety of colors, as well.

Whether at work, at home, or out on the town – any conceivable circumstance, really- a nose veil can save the day.

Be sure to keep your nose veil supplies handy to protect your delicate sensibilities.

This particular model of nose veil was created by a coworker of mine upon smelling an odor that was causing her to feel sick. She was able to continue working and even speak on the phone with no problems.

Kleenex nose veil to the rescue!

Thursday Thirteen #34

Thirteen Things – have been house hunting this past week

1. I love trees. A home without trees nearby feels strange and naked to me.

2. The neighborhood plays a big factor. I’d be happy with a lesser house in a nicer neighborhood than a nicer home in a worse neighborhood.

3. Dad advised that I ask about: the age of the roof,

4. the age of the hot water heater,

5. the age of the heating/cooling system,

6. the age of the flooring.

7. Dad also advised to find out whether the home has city sewer or a septic tank.

8. I am picky about flooring (poorly laid carpeting drives me batty).

9. I’m a sucker for nice cabinets & lots of storage.

10. A home with a yard & room for the kids to play outside is a big deal.

11. With our allergies, wood floors are great!

12. I like big windows in the living areas of the home.

13. The kitchen layout is a big thing with me. A classic triangle set-up of the stove, sink & oven makes working in the kitchen much easier.

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


I’ve recently begun reading Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.
From the first sentence, I have been entranced. I tend to get lost in it and am amazed to find that lots of time has passed by the time I notice.

Look here to read the reviews listed at amazon.com.

When I learned that Johnny Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, had purchased the rights to Shantaram and that Johnny Depp will star as the Australian adventurer, Lin, I immediately put the book on my reading list.

Now that I have begun reading it, I can understand why J. Depp wanted to purchase the film rights after reading the book, as well as why he would want to play the role of Lin.

The author is an amazing character. His writing is compelling. I’m currently at page 250 (of 933 pages) and I must say that if the rest of the book is as page-turning, thrilling and nearly addictive as the first quarter of the book has been, I will be sad when I complete the book.

With the stress of life that we all tend to have at one time or another, it’s been nice to have a different world available, so vividly described that I feel I have escaped for a mini vacation when I resurface from these well-written pages.