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31 March

Image via WikipediaEach morning I receive an email update from Trulia with listing updates. This morning there was a very interesting bank owned property in Incline Village. I spent the next few hours emailing back and forth with my real estate agent in Incline. Thanks to her quick investigation, we found out that what I thought was a bargain was in fact a bargain that would entail about $300K in renovations. Ouch. Good news? It proved to me that when something does become available, I will move quickly.



My dear friend Larramie, dispenser of insight and wisdom called me out on 'hedging' my bets in yesterday's post....and she's right, when I want something dearly I often lose confidence and thus hedge to soften the blow of disappointment that I'm sure is just around the corner. So today I'm going to be brave, I am amending the last paragraph of that hedge-y post:



So, one decision has been made: my intention is to find a job and a house in the Lake Tahoe area. I WI…

31 March

Image via WikipediaEach morning I receive an email update from Trulia with listing updates. This morning there was a very interesting bank owned property in Incline Village. I spent the next few hours emailing back and forth with my real estate agent in Incline. Thanks to her quick investigation, we found out that what I thought was a bargain was in fact a bargain that would entail about $300K in renovations. Ouch. Good news? It proved to me that when something does become available, I will move quickly.



My dear friend Larramie, dispenser of insight and wisdom called me out on 'hedging' my bets in yesterday's post....and she's right, when I want something dearly I often lose confidence and thus hedge to soften the blow of disappointment that I'm sure is just around the corner. So today I'm going to be brave, I am amending the last paragraph of that hedge-y post:



So, one decision has been made: my intention is to find a job and a house in the Lake Tahoe area. I WI…

31 March

Image via WikipediaEach morning I receive an email update from Trulia with listing updates. This morning there was a very interesting bank owned property in Incline Village. I spent the next few hours emailing back and forth with my real estate agent in Incline. Thanks to her quick investigation, we found out that what I thought was a bargain was in fact a bargain that would entail about $300K in renovations. Ouch. Good news? It proved to me that when something does become available, I will move quickly.



My dear friend Larramie, dispenser of insight and wisdom called me out on 'hedging' my bets in yesterday's post....and she's right, when I want something dearly I often lose confidence and thus hedge to soften the blow of disappointment that I'm sure is just around the corner. So today I'm going to be brave, I am amending the last paragraph of that hedge-y post:



So, one decision has been made: my intention is to find a job and a house in the Lake Tahoe area. I WI…

30 March

Image by Luis Marín via FlickrMy brother was in town this weekend, so I had the opportunity to talk with him about my options in real estate.

I spent the weekend looking at condos by the beach in this area. My brother pointed out that if I was looking for a bargain, I should go a little further north along the coast where the market was even more depressed and would get even more for my money. He was right, there are some real bargains to be had on the coast about three hours north of here.

In the end, however, it came down to not just finding a bargain, but where I actually wanted to live. I imagined myself buying a place here and then when autumn came staring at the sea and wishing I was watching the leaves change. So I've decided to be at peace with my decision to move out west, specifically the Lake Tahoe area. Now I will focus on finding a job out west. My goal is to move by September so I have five months to find a job. I realize that in the end job opportunities may not come …

30 March

Image by Luis Marín via FlickrMy brother was in town this weekend, so I had the opportunity to talk with him about my options in real estate.

I spent the weekend looking at condos by the beach in this area. My brother pointed out that if I was looking for a bargain, I should go a little further north along the coast where the market was even more depressed and would get even more for my money. He was right, there are some real bargains to be had on the coast about three hours north of here.

In the end, however, it came down to not just finding a bargain, but where I actually wanted to live. I imagined myself buying a place here and then when autumn came staring at the sea and wishing I was watching the leaves change. So I've decided to be at peace with my decision to move out west, specifically the Lake Tahoe area. Now I will focus on finding a job out west. My goal is to move by September so I have five months to find a job. I realize that in the end job opportunities may not come …

30 March

Image by Luis Marín via FlickrMy brother was in town this weekend, so I had the opportunity to talk with him about my options in real estate.

I spent the weekend looking at condos by the beach in this area. My brother pointed out that if I was looking for a bargain, I should go a little further north along the coast where the market was even more depressed and would get even more for my money. He was right, there are some real bargains to be had on the coast about three hours north of here.

In the end, however, it came down to not just finding a bargain, but where I actually wanted to live. I imagined myself buying a place here and then when autumn came staring at the sea and wishing I was watching the leaves change. So I've decided to be at peace with my decision to move out west, specifically the Lake Tahoe area. Now I will focus on finding a job out west. My goal is to move by September so I have five months to find a job. I realize that in the end job opportunities may not come …

Book of the Moment: Further Contemplations

Last week I wrote about my inability to enter the world of the novel, Gilead. I was disappointed because the book is beautifull written and well received. And yet, try as I might through forty pages, I was unable to enter the fictional world created by the author and thus I eventually gave up and put the book aside.

This past weekend, I spent a very enjoyable two days tearing through the pages of The Piano Teacher. The author captured my imagination with the first pages and I was happy to continue the journey to the end of the book even though the plot itself is fairly predictable. The weekend before, I had similar good luck when I read Astrid and Veronika, a novel that will stay with me longer than any other I've read recently simply because I related so closely to the intimately revealed characters and how intricately their relationship and their secrets are drawn through the pages of the novel.

And so this morning as I was driving to work I thought of my very different experienc…

27 March

Image by ...-Wink-... via FlickrMaintaining my focus. Yesterday I had a conversation with a very dear friend. I've known Mrs. W. since I was eleven and started my swimming career. Her sons were on the same swim team and we attended the same middle school and high school. In the three years since my return from overseas, Mrs. W and I have renewed our friendship and enjoyed getting together once a week at a women's Bible study and a good hour or two of conversation afterwards. This week I informed her that I've decided to move in September, I've chosen that time because I'd like to spend the summer with Mom and because I've always felt that September was a great month for new endeavors and especially lucky for big moves.



Although I've been talking about moving for quite some time now, I believe that putting this date on the thing has made it more real for all of us. Mrs. W, who firmly believes that I should stay put, tried a new tactic this time: I should buy …

27 March

Image by ...-Wink-... via FlickrMaintaining my focus. Yesterday I had a conversation with a very dear friend. I've known Mrs. W. since I was eleven and started my swimming career. Her sons were on the same swim team and we attended the same middle school and high school. In the three years since my return from overseas, Mrs. W and I have renewed our friendship and enjoyed getting together once a week at a women's Bible study and a good hour or two of conversation afterwards. This week I informed her that I've decided to move in September, I've chosen that time because I'd like to spend the summer with Mom and because I've always felt that September was a great month for new endeavors and especially lucky for big moves.



Although I've been talking about moving for quite some time now, I believe that putting this date on the thing has made it more real for all of us. Mrs. W, who firmly believes that I should stay put, tried a new tactic this time: I should buy …

27 March

Image by ...-Wink-... via FlickrMaintaining my focus. Yesterday I had a conversation with a very dear friend. I've known Mrs. W. since I was eleven and started my swimming career. Her sons were on the same swim team and we attended the same middle school and high school. In the three years since my return from overseas, Mrs. W and I have renewed our friendship and enjoyed getting together once a week at a women's Bible study and a good hour or two of conversation afterwards. This week I informed her that I've decided to move in September, I've chosen that time because I'd like to spend the summer with Mom and because I've always felt that September was a great month for new endeavors and especially lucky for big moves.



Although I've been talking about moving for quite some time now, I believe that putting this date on the thing has made it more real for all of us. Mrs. W, who firmly believes that I should stay put, tried a new tactic this time: I should buy …

Books that Make the Cut

Image via WikipediaI spent a good two weeks; actually the full time allotted by the library’s lending policy for bestsellers trying to read Gilead. It’s not the first time that I’ve checked the book out. And I know that it won’t be the last. It won the Pulitzer Prize, it’s received rave reviews, and as I slowly slogged through the first forty pages I admired the beautiful narrative voice. Yet, it simply didn't pull me in sufficiently to compel me to finish the story which I believe is more a reflection of the fact that some books must find their moment to be read.

I check out a lot of books from the library, unfortunately sometimes they all arrive at once and I have to choose which ones will be read and which will be sent back because their time is up. Other times, I read a terrific review and by the time the book arrives at my branch either my interest has waned or I’ve moved on to something else. Or maybe it’s as simple as the book for all its merits didn’t connect. This was the …

25 March

This is my dream house. It's located in Incline Village, on Apollo Way. Below is a picture of the beautiful views from the house. Here's a link if you'd like to see more pictures. Unfortunately, this house is currently out of my price range, although it has recently been reduced by $300K and the website says, "bring all offers"....although I'm not sure my offer would be accepted.

It is however nice to dream. Today has been one of those days when dreams are the better alternative to tears of disappointment.



Yes, it has been one of those days....I checked in at Amazon's website to see if my novel had made the first round of cuts in the Break Through Novel Contest. It did not. Later in the day, I received an email from NikkiHardin of Skirt! informing me that she was unfortunately going to have to turn down my second submission to her magazine. I haven't decided yet which will be my third submission. During my lunch hour, I went to a local boutique to try…

25 March

This is my dream house. It's located in Incline Village, on Apollo Way. Below is a picture of the beautiful views from the house. Here's a link if you'd like to see more pictures. Unfortunately, this house is currently out of my price range, although it has recently been reduced by $300K and the website says, "bring all offers"....although I'm not sure my offer would be accepted.

It is however nice to dream. Today has been one of those days when dreams are the better alternative to tears of disappointment.



Yes, it has been one of those days....I checked in at Amazon's website to see if my novel had made the first round of cuts in the Break Through Novel Contest. It did not. Later in the day, I received an email from NikkiHardin of Skirt! informing me that she was unfortunately going to have to turn down my second submission to her magazine. I haven't decided yet which will be my third submission. During my lunch hour, I went to a local boutique to try…

25 March

This is my dream house. It's located in Incline Village, on Apollo Way. Below is a picture of the beautiful views from the house. Here's a link if you'd like to see more pictures. Unfortunately, this house is currently out of my price range, although it has recently been reduced by $300K and the website says, "bring all offers"....although I'm not sure my offer would be accepted.

It is however nice to dream. Today has been one of those days when dreams are the better alternative to tears of disappointment.



Yes, it has been one of those days....I checked in at Amazon's website to see if my novel had made the first round of cuts in the Break Through Novel Contest. It did not. Later in the day, I received an email from NikkiHardin of Skirt! informing me that she was unfortunately going to have to turn down my second submission to her magazine. I haven't decided yet which will be my third submission. During my lunch hour, I went to a local boutique to try…

19 March

Image by bespoke via FlickrToday is my birthday. Tomorrow I'm going away for the weekend...I'll see you all on Monday!

19 March

Image by bespoke via FlickrToday is my birthday. Tomorrow I'm going away for the weekend...I'll see you all on Monday!

19 March

Image by bespoke via FlickrToday is my birthday. Tomorrow I'm going away for the weekend...I'll see you all on Monday!

18 March

Today we are exploring the Flathead Lake region of northwest Montana. This area includes Kalispell and Whitefish.

As you can see, the area is very lush, lots of trees, lakes and views.

I've just started a search of the area, but already I can tell that it offers an interesting variety of homes in my price range.


This home, which has some incredibly interesting details inside is listed at $395,000.


And this one, sits on 2 acres and looks as if it was custom designed by an architect, and is listed at a very reasonable $375,000.

I think I'm going to do some further research on this area.

18 March

Today we are exploring the Flathead Lake region of northwest Montana. This area includes Kalispell and Whitefish.

As you can see, the area is very lush, lots of trees, lakes and views.

I've just started a search of the area, but already I can tell that it offers an interesting variety of homes in my price range.


This home, which has some incredibly interesting details inside is listed at $395,000.


And this one, sits on 2 acres and looks as if it was custom designed by an architect, and is listed at a very reasonable $375,000.

I think I'm going to do some further research on this area.