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even later on 9/30/11
You've got to be kidding me - the Yankees/Tigers game got stopped in the middle of the second inning because of - wait for it - RAIN. On a Friday night in the Bronx? Didn't see that one coming. So it's postponed til tomorrow. Figures.

later on 9/30/11
IKEA has their holiday stuff up already. I finally bought the dark orange blanket I'd been ogling (it's so silky) and a dark brown autumnal duvet cover and pillowcase set. Also sat on all the couches and have decided to stick with the tried-and-true Ektorp line when it's time to buy new furniture.

Lunch was great, and so good to catch up. Since we were right by Fashion Square Mall, I went over to the LUSH store to inhale deeply and buy a new container of Ocean Salt scrub.

Time to veg out on the couch again, the ALDS games are on today.

9/30/11
Fell asleep on the couch at 5pm, did not make it to West Side Story. It's OK, I know how it ends.

Mini-Voxxenmeet today - two of my girlfriends from the MindVox era are in AZ - Gita lived in Jerome for a few years and just moved down here to Phoenix, and Nettie (who I used to hang out with in lower Manhattan when we were two of the few people who lived there before it was residential) - she's out in Mesa visiting her late brother's family. I'd wager that we haven't seen each other (offline) in close to fifteen years. So it's off to Scottsdale for lunch at Olive&Ivy. Since I'll be over there, I may drive down to Tempe and stop at IKEA for a new catalog and some ideas.

9/29/11
Another awesome day at the design center. I changed my mind on the master bath color scheme, and have decided to go for a "spa" look, with white marble tiles and "snowy owl" backsplashes, cool blues and whites. It looks terrific with the dark cabinetry. I go back on Tuesday to sign off on all the design goodies.

Going to ASU Gammage tonight in Tempe to see the tour of West Side Story.

9/28/11
Get yourself some good karma today - my friend Erin in NJ is in danger of losing the house where she and her (very ill) mother live. If you can, donate a few bucks to help them out. The karma fairies will come back and thank you.

It was a crazy baseball night - with the end result being that Boston is OUT of the postseason. The DBacks will go to Milwaukee to play the Brewers in the NLDS, and the Tigers play the Yankees in the ALDS. If there's an NLDS game four, I'll be there.

9/24/11
Happy actual, non-Peter-Luger's-filled birthday, Dad! So glad I got to see you last week.

Yay for the DBacks winning the NL West last night, I was at the game and had a blast. Now both of my teams are in the postseason, and we'll who gets eliminated first.

Went to see Moneyball last night after the game - I liked it, didn't love it. Made me want to re-read the book again, which I think I'll go do.

9/22/11
I love the design center! I'm so glad I went for a preview appointment so I had an idea of where to shift my budgeting. I'm going to come in under budget (surprise) and get everything I want. The designer, Patricia, and I picked out the wood floors (for the halls, great room and kitchen), the bathroom tile, the carpet for the den and bedrooms, the backsplashes and vanity surround tile (so pretty!), the fixtures, the kitchen and bath cabinets, the door styles and hardware, the recessed lighting, the ceiling fans the fireplace stone, etc.

You name it, we looked at it. She said she was so happy that I came so prepared (I went over and over the line items at home, looked up the ceiling fans etc online so I knew what I wanted), and I had a great time laying out floor and cabinet and rug samples to match colors. It's going to look beautiful. The only thing I'm waiting on for a price is the kitchen and bath custom tilework for the backsplash and vanity/tub surrounds, and then I go back next week to review it all and put the stamp of approval on everything.

9/21/11
It's a beautiful hot day here in the Valley of the Sun. Walking outside was like being wrapped in a warm blanket. Loving it.

After I woke up, I did some errands and watched the end of the first Yankees game of the day (they had a doubleheader today). At the end of the day, I watched the second Yankees game - and celebrated (quietly) that they won the AL East title again. Yay!

In between, I went and got my nails done (since I'll be at the design center tomorrow morning), and then drove out to Verrado and walked through the model homes again, to get a better feel for cabinet styles and colors. Tomorrow I get to start picking flooring and cabinet finishes etc. - that'll be a lot of fun.

9/20/11
Two year anniversary of not-smoking.

Back to work tonight, for one night, then off til Saturday.

9/19/11
It was good to see my entire family again, but the circumstances were pretty crappy. I did take advantage of Grandma looking so good to corner the funeral director and ask all sorts of nosy questions (yes, you *can* arrange to push the ignition button at a cremation, if you arrange it in advance). Spent Thurs and Fri nights in PA, then drove back to Matawan after the funeral mass on Saturday. Since Peter and I were both in town, we took Dad out to Peter Luger's for a week-early birthday dinner. I don't think I'll ever eat again.

And Grandma - through the graciousness of Aunt Linda - has made me the owner of a new Lladro piece, a set of towels (which are the same set that match my hand towels!), a windbreaker that Mom and I bought for her last year, a new winter jacket (which is staying in NJ til I come home next), a large-font thermometer that goes up to 140, a large-font kitchen timer (which is just awesome), and a photo cube with pics of Grandma when she was a girl and her parents and grandparents. When I was in Matawan on Wednesday, I went through all of Mom's photos and pulled out a bunch of old pics of Grandma, and then we put together two big collages to display at the funeral home - Aunt Linda and Aunt Barbara had copies of Grandma's wedding pics and baby pics and lots of "questionable style moments," so we did an "early years" and a "later years" collage.

And Mom, through the graciousness of Panera Bread, sent me home with two loaves of their tomato basil bread, which is now in plastic bags in the freezer.

The cats, while exceptionally well-cared for by their catsitter, missed me. Mimi is lounging out on the patio (it's a balmy 79 out) and Pippin is sitting on the back of the couch, ignoring me.

9/14/11
Survived the shift at work and the traffic and the airport and the changeover in Chicago and the napping on both flights, and I am home in Matawan. Had beers with Julia and Lori. Tomorrow I go pick up Peter, who's flying in, and then we go to PA.

9/13/11
I don't know any easy way to say it, so I'll just say it - Grandma coded at the rehab today, and died.

Going to sign my house contract today, fly home in the AM, and come back Monday night. I already told work, so I'm using my "bereavement days" to take off Sat Sun and Mon. Catsitter will be over in the morning and til Monday.

Gotta run run run to the house signing, and then pack for NJ, and then go to work. No nap today.

9/12/11
It's starting to be cooler in the mornings - 80 instead of 95. It's lovely. I have the patio door open and the cats are lounging in the sun. Pippin needs to be brushed, big time.

Signing the house contract on Wednesday! I am so super excited, I love the design and the neighborhood, and well, I'm just so happy about it. Since the hardwood floors will be my pride and joy, I'm thinking about cordoning off the great room with CAUTION tape and not allowing any furniture or rug or cat paw to touch their luminous surface.

And in good news, Grandma is out of the hospital and at the rehab, terrorizing nurses, I'm sure.

9/11/11
Media blackout continues. I actually had to walk away from a family member at work, who was going on about how she "can't wait to turn on the History Channel, I love all that 9/11 stuff."

So, how 'bout them Mets?

9/9/11
It was a dark and stormy night... great lightning storm going on right now.

It was an overcast day when I set out for the design center. The rain, it follows me. It must be a sign. Anyway, I was completely overwhelmed by the variety of tile and wood choices, so I'm glad I went out for a "preview" day. I think I shall not be getting hardwood floors in the entire house, since of course the woods I liked the best are among the most expensive choices. Maybe I'll just do the great room (living room/dining room), tile the entries, kitchen and baths, and carpet the bedrooms/den. I'm really happy with the standard fixtures (except the bathroom lights, which are easily changed out). Am going to upgrade the cabinets a level or two, and get wood blinds (instead of custom-made plantation shutters, sigh) for all of the windows, except for the one over the tub, which will have glass blocks instead of a window.

Now I have to play with the calculator, add up all the upgrades etc, and then I'll be good to go.

9/8/11
I spent the afternoon lounging around - literally. I went to the La-Z-Boy store to try out every single one of their couches and recliners (except the leather ones, who wants to stick to the seat?) - I shall return when I have a room to furnish.

Tomorrow I have a "preview appt" with the design center for Verrado, so I can price out hardwood floors and cabinet upgrades. Then I can finalize my "wishlist" and get ready to do the contract. Excited to see what they have!

9/6/11
Met with my realtor and the sales rep, and I am still in love with the area, the houses, and the costs. I get a 1% discount for being a healthcare worker (yay), and $8K in upgrades. The sales rep also gave me a list of prices for some of the upgrade packages (flooring and tile aren't included, and I'm sure they'll be the most expensive parts), and she'll make a date for me to go tour the design center before I sign any contracts, so I have a better idea of what it'll cost. Just going through the upgrades list, my wishlist came to $21K of upgrades (minus the $8K = $13K) and then I'd have to add in the flooring and tile. If I edit down that wishlist take off "things I could live without," then I'm down to $14K (minus $8K = $6K), which is more manageable, so I'll have to price out the flooring and tile first, before I make the final list of upgrades. I'll call the sales rep back tomorrow to make plans to see the design center.

Woo.

I'll have my choice of two lots to build on, various exterior colors, and once I sign the contract and put down the earnest money (non-refundable deposit, which goes towards closing costs), it'll take about six months to build out. Awesome.

9/5/11
So at work over the weekend, we got a resident who's from NJ - I guess her family brought her out here. For a laugh, I looked at the chart to see where she was from, and she was at a LTC facility 15 minutes from Matawan. And her MD was one of my favorite doctors! So I called my old supervisor in NJ and told her to pass on my regards to the doc, and tell her to stop sending me her patients across the country.

Small world!

I'm going to Verrado tomorrow to meet with the broker and the sales rep. Can't wait to see what incentives they offer.

I tripped over the coffee table last night and I think I broke my toe. I'm sure all the neighbors heard my colorful response to the pain.

9/2/11
Grandma is recovering after scaring the crap out of Aunt Linda this morning - what with a high blood sugar (over 400), being cold and clammy and drooling blood, I'd be scared, too. She had emergency surgery for a bleeding ulcer, and is recovering from the operation. Sending well-wishes to PA.

I was up super-early (because I went to bed at 9pm) and drove out to Buckeye to look at the houses in the Verrado community. Oh! So pretty! They have an actual downtown, sidewalks, lots of park space, and houses from cutesy bungalows to big custom homes, with porches and front yards (which are never covered in snow) and colors other than tan. I toured some of the models (granite countertops! ceiling fans! covered patios! separate shower and tub! Yes, I *do* watch a lot of House Hunters, why do you ask?) - and heavens to Betsy, I want one.

The model I want (2BR/2BA+den, 1650 sq ft) starts at $140K (plus whatever custom stuff I add on), and they're doing new builds - so I'd get to pick my lot, pick my features and colors and add-ons etc. I spoke to a realtor there, and he's going to get back to me about sitting down to discuss details. A house! Me!

later on 9/1/11
I'll have to go look at pretty houses tomorrow, since I couldn't fall asleep til almost noon, and woke up at 6pm.

I filled out the "could I qualify for a mortgage" form at Bank of America's website, just to see. I spoke to one of the loan guys - and surprise! Even with the bankrupcy, I pre-qualify! He also talked me through the steps involved in making an offer etc, and what all the fees would be. If I were to buy a place out here, and it was less than $180,000, I'd be paying the same as I pay in rent. That's kind of mind-boggling.

But I have to decide first if that's what I want to do.

9/1/11
September - a month of anniversaries and remembrances.

Let me start by celebrating the fact that my Equifax credit score is 717. I have risen from the depths of my bankrupcy triumphantly. Today I'm going west to Buckeye to look at some lovely houses, to see if any suit my fancy. Tossing around the thought that my Ford Escape might not be the most expensive purchase of my life after all.

After my nap, of course.

-catherine

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