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Sep. 22nd, 2010


House for to hurry up and sell!

So, my Dad's house has been on the market since May, and narry a nibble.  It's in great shape, is a good deal, and we thought it would have sold by now, but the market is in the toilet right now, and the worry and financial strain are getting to me.  We are paying a mortgage and rent, and it is getting tough.  We have some room to wait, but the longer we do, the faster the nest egg disappears.  If we play this right, we could probably buy a house here in Austin outright, which would give us a chance to build said nest egg back up, but grrr, I wants it handled NOW!  I am not so much tha good with tha patience.  You'd think, with all the lessons I've had in my life with patience that I might have gained a little footing with that particular virtue, but no.  I have learned that virtues are virtuous because they are trying and hard. 

So yeah, anyone want to buy an adorable house right outside of Galveston with a boat lift on a canal?

Job fu is picking up, but not as much as I would like.  Part of that is that I am splitting my time between working and taking care of Dad, and I don't feel like I am doing either one of them as well as I could be.  Mainly, I am frustrated.  Universe, it's time for something to give!

Jun. 5th, 2010

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We are about to put earnest money down on a house that would be pretty awesomepants.  Wow, this is a bit scary!

Jun. 6th, 2009


For Kitty and Hil

May. 29th, 2009


OBGYN recommendations?

Hi there,

I have a friend that needs an OBGYN here in Austin.  Anyone got some recommendations?  Someone who is holistic, naturopathic, crunchy granola, whatever it's called these days, would be cool, but not required.


Apr. 4th, 2009


Lookie what we built!

This is the project that we have been working on in Steiner Ranch. 

First pic: the play structure that we custom designed and built

Second pic: from L to R, flagstone patio, play area w/ play structure and 2 -1+ ton boulders, and the moss boulder wall that forms the edge of the play area.

Third pic: from out in the yard, looking back at the moss boulder retaining wall & play area.

We have the HOA inspection monday, YAY!

Mar. 30th, 2009


Writer's Block: GIP (Gratuitous Icon Post)

You finally have an excuse to use it—what userpic do you not get to use very often but can't delete because it's just that awesome?

Mar. 26th, 2009


It has been a while!

So, the week has been productive.  John & Draque are back from CO, both with great attitude shifts, yay!

John and I had a talk about how I have felt the need to introduce him to Austin, including people, places, etc.  It stems from feeling responsible for his experience, and Duh, not my camel!  So, I am gonna interact with people/places on my terms, and he is gonna explore some Austin on his own, and I feel greatly relieved, and hopefully I am learning how to quit feeling responsible for anyone's experience except mine (well, except for Dad's, that is a lot of my responsibility these days.  Whether he retains the progress he has made in therapy is almost entirely my responsibility.

Bohemian Landscapes, our company:

It is going relatively well, we are about to finish the big project in Steiner Ranch, then on to a friend's terraced gardening area!
Tuesday, we filed DBA, got bank account, and overall tied up some paperworky dangly things.

Me: I have felt like I am operating on half-capacity.  I started anti-depressants 6 weeks ago, but no change.  Today, I went back to the Dr. and got a new scrip.  Meds?  not cheap.  Feeling fully-functional? Priceless.

Over all, a pretty good week.

Dolly & JenMarie, I didn't forget that I sed I'd get together with you individually, let's make it happen!


Mar. 14th, 2009

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Home Alone!

Well, relatively.

John and Draque left about a half hour ago to drive to Fort Collins for Spring Break.  I miss them already!  I am sure that once they arrive safely, I will be more okay, but that is a looonnggg drive through boring, windy country, and John's truck is not as young as it used to be.  I am also sure that I will be revelling in the quietness that their absence will allow, but for now, I miss tha cuddle!

Feb. 26th, 2009


Austin Sushi Score!

Just got back from Korea Garden on Lamar, and they have the coolest thing EVAR: A SUSHI TRAIN!

So, I lurv me some sushi, and it's kinda My & John's thang, so we went for sushi for my Birfday.  I specifically wanted a casual-ish atmosphere, and to not hafta drop a huge chunka change, and Korea Garden more than exceeded my expectations.  We arrived, not knowing what to expect from a "sushi train", but it was around the corner from our house, and I was up for some exploration.  Turns out, they have a cute little conveyor belt that wraps all the way around the sushi bar, and the plates that the dishes are on are color-coded according to price.  There is a constant supply of artfully presented rolls, sashimi, appetizers, etc. streaming by, and you just grab what strikes your fancy.  If what you want is not there, you can request it.  This is BRILLIANT!  You can see what you will be getting before you get it, and this is the first time in ages that I have had just the right amount of sushi, instead of over-ordering, or not getting what I thought I would be getting.  Everything was fresh, beautifully presented, and I spent much less than I would have if I had gone to a standard sushi restaurant.  The plates of rolls range from $1.50 to $4.00, and each had 2 pieces of fish or  about half of a standard roll, which is perfect, cuz it's a great excuse to try varying things I wouldn't normally order.  I ate exactly the amount I wanted of exactly what I wanted, and had a lovely display of the chef's artwork streaming by to entertain me.  If yer a sushi-phile, go check it out!

Feb. 24th, 2009


I thought this was pretty good,

The Crisis of Credit Visualized
by Jonathan Jarvis

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