Thursday, August 20, 2009

Interesting Week

It's been an interesting week for us. Jeff and I had dental appointments down in Cupertino on Wednesday so I asked my Mom to watch Shasta for us while we were there for our appointments.

Anyway, when I went back to pick up the dog, she made us a *very good* offer to buy her house and we're definitely thinking about it. The deal includes finishing the detached garage into a granny cottage and letting her stay there until she has to move out (because she can no longer take care of herself).

So, now we have to decide a number of things:
  1. Do we want to stay in California, probably permanently? (We love Oregon, and have been planning for a while now to move back up there as soon as the economy improved and we thought we could successfully find jobs.)
  2. Do we have the resources to buy her out, remodel the house, and responsibly protect our financial future?
  3. Can we live with my mother? =)
Anyway, today we had a contractor out to get a ballpark for the remodel and granny cottage and it was quite a bit lower than I expected it to be. It is actually doable with our savings, as long as we sacrifice a number of our earlier plans. For many people, this might be a no brainer, but it's a pretty hard decision. We're still struggling with what we want the plan for our future to be.

I have continued to read from my booklist, though my pace has certainly slowed down. Since I last wrote, I have read:
  1. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. It was a perhaps well written, but IMHO a shockingly bad story. I have a hard time understanding why this book is #15, unless the survey was heavily weighted toward rebellious teenagers!
  2. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. I enjoyed this book fairly well, though I don't think Gatsby was very great... It was a tragedy, and it's nice to read those once in a while.
  3. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. I really enjoyed this story about a widowed father who returns, with his aunt, to the family's old homestead in his native land.
I'm currently working on a book of Jane Austen's Shorter Works. It's pretty good so far.

I started school last night. I now have classes on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

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