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Monday, May 18, 2015


This is a bad chair

Roundhill Blended Leather Parson Dining Side Chairs with Espresso Legs, Black, Set of 2

I was looking for something nice that will not be too expensive.  I picked this chair.  I bought this from because they fix what is wrong within thirty days.  However, this chair is evil.  They started falling apart after thirty days.  I bought 8 and in March and less than 3 months later, 4 are broken.  Just as pictured here, but the other 3, two legs went out.  I just want to let you know that if you think of buying this chair, do not.

Sunday, January 25, 2015


Saw movie with all my boys with Gil and Winston.  Chana went with Bubbie to see the Impresionist Exhibit at Kimbell Museum in Forth Worth. 

Homefront by Kristin Hannah

I listened to this in audio book for my long commute to school.

It is a Hannah book, so I was expecting a lot of emotions.  This book did not disappoint.  Many times, I get all choked up just vicariously experiencing the heartbreak. 

I find it extremely disturbing and annoying that Betsy is ashamed of her mother for being in the military, a helicopter pilot.  She is twelve, and perhaps, that is normal, too.  I do not know. I just cannot imaging saying the things she said to her mother.  She is a brat.  Or, I am just really lucky to have such nice kids.  They let me know their displeasure, my kids, but they would say it up front and we talk about it.  Maybe my kids have a different view, but I just know they are not as bratty as Betsy.

Lulu is different.  She is where I feel the most heartbreak.  I was about her age when my father started working in Saudi Arabia.  I only see him for 45 days every 12 months.  I did not quite understand it, but only that he had to do it.  I have many nice things - nicer than any of my friends, but I do not have a Dad except for those 45 days every 12 months.

Incidentally, I just talked to my father last night. He lives in the Philippines.  He asked me for money. I sent him some.  I feel a little ashamed that he should have to ask.  However, he is a little bit attached to treasure-hunting.  It has been 23 years, and this group he hangs out with has a tight hold on him.  I do not understand the deal, but it sounds so much like swindling people out of their money. Or something like that.  Nothing ever came out of it.  Now, I remember why I do not send big amount of money.  I just know it ends up with this horrible people he hangs out with.  But my brother-in-law mentioned that perhaps, I should still send him his allowance.  He can do whatever with it.  I just wish I have a little different relationship with my Dad. 

Wow. That was a detour.  I just really wanted to say that I enjoyed the book very much. It is well-written.

About the Book (link):
In her bestselling novels Kristin Hannah has plumbed the depths of friendship, the loyalty of sisters, and the secrets mothers keep. Now, in her most emotionally powerful story yet, she explores the intimate landscape of a troubled marriage--with this provocative and timely portrait of a husband and wife, in love and at war.

All marriages have a breaking point. All families have wounds. All wars have a cost…

Like many couples, Michael and Jolene have to face the pressures of everyday life—children, careers, bills, chores—even as their twelve year marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harm’s way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. As a mother, it agonizes Jolene to leave her family, but as a soldier she has always understood the true meaning of duty. In her letters home, she paints a rose-colored version of her life on the front lines, shielding her family from the truth. But war will change Jolene in ways that none of them could have foreseen. When tragedy strikes, Michael must face his darkest fear and fight a battle of his own--for everything that matters to his family.

At once a profoundly honest look at modern marriage and a dramatic exploration of the price of war on an ordinary American family, HOME FRONT is a story of love, loss, heroism, honor and ultimately, hope.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Movie: SELMA

Took all my children except Yoav. He had a school dance. I'm going to have him take his Lola to see this movie. It was a good movie and well done. Even my 8 years old was engage. He had read an MLK book Friday afternoon. 

We have dentist tomorrow and I should call to cancel the piano lesson. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Tree is Just A Tree


I had just dropped my youngest two in their elementary school when I saw this tree. My two older kids were still in the car.  They were not that impressed with this tree.  I forgave them.  They are teenagers and too cool for trees.  I was struck by how much character this tree has.  And that bright left-over yellow leaves is just so pretty.  I pulled over, got out of my car and took a picture of it with my iPhone 6+ camera.  It was an overcast, and a bit cold and I think my hands might have been shaking some.


 The trunk itself has more character than some people I met.  Really.  That sounded really mean, but if you had meet the same people I did, you would agree.  You might not blogged about it, but you would agree.  

I still have two finals to finish.  I should be working on it.  I get the hives every time I look at it.  I am finishing the one I am currently working on.  I just needed a break.  I wonder if it is like saying -"I needed a vacation"- but really you have not been working at all.  How it is vacation from work when, well, you are not working.  It is simply relocating your non-working self to somewhere that requires money.  Oh, bitter, much?  

But back to the trunk.  I it is really a lovely trunk.  I wonder if I should go back there on a good day and take my better camera and take another shot at it.  Hopefully, I will not freak the owner of the house.  I wonder if they would believe me if I say I am just fascinated with their front tree.


I have not learned the art of editing a picture will.  As in, take out the background so I am left with just the parts that I want.  I am rambling. Absolutely.  I bet if I were to read this over, I have so many grammatical errors, it will not be funny.  Also, I am article-blind.  I am working on using my articles in my sentences. Really.