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Did you know about this? Why didn’t you tell me?

I hate reading….and I love reading.

I’m kind of an all or nothing girl, and when I get started I can’t stop, and the next thing you know it’s 4 a.m. and I haven’t brushed my teeth in days.

Do you know what I mean?

Now that school is out for the summer (except for my summer term statistics class), all I want to do is catch up on some reading, but I have to admit things could start to fall apart around here.

Through the magical and mysterious interweb, I have found a way to read and keep up with my chores simultaneously!

I can pull weeds, empty the dishwasher, do my hair and makeup, drive to class, and grocery shop while I listen to audio books on my iPhone!  But lately, my favorite thing to do is to curl up in my bed with the lights out, rest my eyes (don’t forget about my statistics homework), and let the narrator read me a bedtime story.

Forget books on tape and only being able to hear the book in the car! This is so much better!  Why didn’t I think of this sooner?  Did you know about this?  Why didn’t you tell me?!

Here are the hard copies from my summer reading lists (of the past) that I pulled from the nooks and crannies of my house…013

So far, I’ve already listened to The Tiger’s Wife and The Good Earth….in like, five days!  My library loans them out for about 3 weeks through the app, Overdrive Media.

The Good Earth was a re-read.  Buck’s delicious descriptions came to mind many times in my Chinese art history class… “But with the coming of spring talk began to surge up out of their hearts and to make itself heard on their lips”  makes me want to slip into a misty Wang Hui ink and color on silk and take a stroll along the river’s edge with O-lan.

The Road because McCarthy is just so great….and yes, I even liked Child of God- from an academic point of view. I’ve started The Road a few times, but I’m determined to get this one done.

The Tiger’s Wife because of the mixed reviews and awards.  I had to make up my mind for myself (3 out of 5 stars btw).

And last but not least, Life of Pi.  While at the theater waiting to see The Best Marigold Hotel with my mom, I saw a trailer for ‘Life of Pi’ that is supposed to be in theatres around Thanksgiving. I’d put the trailer here for you, but it has been pulled off of YouTube and I can only find cheesy, home made trailers.

The preview that I saw was so….magical…that I started a new movie/book club!  The goal is to actually read the book before we see the movie.  ‘The Official Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie’ club members are Jen, Bridgette, and me .  Wanna join?  If so, let me know because we have a secret knock and password. Winking smile

What’s on your Summer Reading List?  Fiction, biographies, cookbooks, magazines, travel brochures…the backs of your eyelids? I hear ya.

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Here’s to lazy summer afternoons with a good (mp3) book.



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Have you ever won anything?  My Mom won a Red Oak tree though a radio contest in the ‘70’s, my brother won $500 in a scratch off game through the Texas Lottery, but I don’t think I’ve ever won a single thing. I’m not talking about how you studied for months and took first place in the Spelling Bee, or trained all your life to win a triathlon.  I’m talking about when Lady Luck calls your name out of the clear blue sky.

Lady Luck and a fellow blogger, granted me the

Versatile Blogger Award!

Read what she said about whydicomeinhere and check out the other blogs while you’re there.

I looked up the origins of the Versatile Blogger Award and it doesn’t come from a panel of judges or experts.  It comes from fellow bloggers that just enjoy your blog.  For me, it came from LaMonique, and I’m very grateful and humbled.  Her blog is uplifting and always makes for a thoughtful read, thank you ‘Sweetie Pie’!

Now, that being said, let’s not forget that an award is still an award, and so I’d first like to thank my husband and kids….



Without your weirdness, I could never write from the perspective that I do.

And to my staff,



it is your constant encouragement that keeps me going.

I also think that many of my life experiences have enriched my perspective.  From our exotic outings…


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to the fine cuisine we’ve have had the pleasure of enjoying,


Toad in a Hole cooked on a can stove for Cub Scouts


to all of life’s most beautiful moments.


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These have all made me the perfectly mediocre blogger that I am! Thank you.

As a recipient of the Versatile Blogger award I must now forward it on to seven other bloggers that I feel deserve a little recognition, and then tell you seven little facts about me.

BLOGROLL of Versatile Blogger Recipients!!!!!

They are all fun, creative, and insightful. Take a moment to click and bookmark….








See!? Aren’t they great? Better than magazines, cookbooks, sitcoms, or Bravo tv.

Now for seven facts about me….

1.  I have to eat Funyuns on road trips, yet I’m  a food Nazi.

2. I love bunnies, rabbits, and hares….a little too much.

3. I would be an excellent race car driver if given half a chance…and a really fast car. 

4. I love scaring people. My whole family is shell shocked.

5. Wind makes me mad. I can’t help it. (same with The Hubbers)

6. I want a scissor lift to see the sunsets better.

7. I cry ever time I sit in any church for any reason. I’m like a faucet people.

Well that was fun!  Have a great week!


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