Thoughts on: Reading

I found this on Pinterest a while back and it’s stuck in the back of my head for a while…

It’s been on my mind for a while…

“Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself” 

We all have stories to tell, we all have our own personal histories and experiences. When we read we bring those along with us and they help to shape what we read and how we interpret what we are reading. In the same way that Kathleen Kelly’s quote from You’ve Got Mail always makes me think…

the books that we read as children and adolescents shape and mold us in a way that is different from any other reading – my parents read to me each night until I was old enough to read chapter books on my own…under the covers with a flashlight : ) they ingrained in me a love of reading and back then I was reading Nancy Drew, Eloise, Matilda…strong heroines – independent, strong, intelligent. I loved those girls and those books….


Right now I’m reading

  • 41: A Portrait of My Father by President George W. Bush
  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Accident by Chris Pavone

On My To Be Read List

  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  • Home is Where My People Are by Sophie Hudson
  • No One Is Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Show & Tell Tuesday: Most Embarrassing Moment

It’s Show & Tell Tuesday and I’m linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals to share my most embarrassing moment.

Oh boy….

I’m a bit of a nerd, also a bit of a klutz…embarrassing moments abound in my history so choosing one that I’m okay with posting on the internet for all to see…

I was in marching band in high school and I loved it

Exhibit A

Before high school I was in the middle school band and before that the elementary school band.

As an elementary school band student you are given the opportunity to march in the homecoming parade and pre-game show. I thought I was hot stuff in fifth grade when I got to march on the field before the big homecoming game.

I was so excited — I got to get out of school early to take a bus to the parade gathering spot, lined up with the other fifth grade band students from the three other elementary schools in the district, and mostly just felt cool….adult me looks back on that day and wants to tell fifth grade me to cool it because pride goeth before the fall….

We marched the mile and a half from the gathering spot to the middle school where the football field is located. We had a spaghetti dinner in the school cafeteria with our families and then it was time to line up with the high school band.

This is when things get a little complicated for me…

We line up and please keep in mind here that I’m not coordinated, and while I may be a musician, even now I do better playing sitting down than playing and marching and counting and paying attention to where everyone else is on the field…..

We line up — I’m standing with the melophone section leaders on either side of me, the drums play their roll-off and we start to march.

I’m watching the I’m in – the people on either side of me and in front of me…and then we stop and turn to face the stands….

Suddenly the person who was in front of me is gone, there is no one in front of or behind me.

I stopped in the wrong spot but there was nowhere to go apparently I caused everyone behind me — even the big shot high school marchers to stop a half yard farther than they should have….on homecoming…in front of a sell out crowd…playing our biggest rivals….

Looking back on it today I can laugh but the night it happened I tried my hardest not to cry in the middle of the fight song, walked back to the band room with my head down avoiding the high school band director and agonizing over the thought of high school marching band some day.

Well that embarrassed fifth grade french horn player eventually grew up and went on to high school marching band and Symphony Band. It’s a great story to tell and laugh at now…thankfully that was in a day where camera phones weren’t very prevalent so there is NO PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE praise the Lord!

I do however have photos from my later band days….

All in all I have some pretty great memories from band, long lasting friendships, and what seem like permanent blisters on my heels from the most uncomfortable shoes I have ever worn in my life!

To this day when I hear a roll-off I have to stop myself from snapping into attention, I correct my steps in the grocery store to be in tempo with the music…a far cry from that little fifth grader that walked a half yard too far and screwed up her whole line!



Friday Favorites: Spring is Springing Edition

Hello and happy Friday dear friends! I haven’t done a Friday Favorites in a while and the unseasonably warm weather we are having today has inspired me to link up with Andrea and share some of my favorite things for Spring!


1.) Skechers EZ Flex walking shoes are my new favorites – I couldn’t find the exact shoe that I bought but, these are similar. I got these specifically for vacation this year — we are heading down to Texas for a week and hitting up all the major cities – Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin…just to name a few. I figured if I’m going to spend my days walking around Texas I want to at least be comfortable and as a bonus these are super cute.

2.) My favorite product for spring and summer is Band Aid Brand Blister Block Stick this stuff is amazing! Just rub the stick on wherever your shoes rub uncomfortably and it prevents blisters! I carry one in my bag on vacations just in case anyone in the family needs it (of course I’m usually the only one who does). This and some band aids just in case — blisters are NOT my favorite but this product works miracles as far as preventing them.

3.) With the arrival of spring comes one of my most favorite things and that is Major League Baseball. You guys, I’m excited!! I’m a little nervous for my Detroit Tigers this year — there have been some unfortunate disabled list designations already this spring but things are looking up…this could be our year!


(L to R: Grandma, Me, Mom (photo cred. to Dad) in Chicago watching the Tigers play the Cubs in Interleague Play)

4.) Lindy Bop Vintage Inspired Dresses 

Usually in the spring I make a trip to the fabric store and hunt down a springy fabric to make myself a dress…this year instead of making a dress I hunted this one down and decided to go for it. It’s only slightly more than I would spend on fabric if I was to make my own and as a bonus it’s ridiculously cute!

So, there are just a few of my favorites for Spring as it seems to be just around the corner now. My real favorite would be for the snow to just disappear and the warm weather to automatically show up as soon as the calendar turns to March but that is just wishful thinking!!



Thoughts on Writing — Finding Your Voice

I’ve been working lately on a lot of professional writing — papers for school, letters to department heads, mind numbingly dull writing if I’m being honest, but writing that I hope will make a difference when it gets put into the right hands.

I’ve found that my writing changes depending on what and where I’m writing — for school I use short, clipped language – according to my professor my writing belongs in news magazines – I get to the point, use easily read language, and my writing is accessible to all audiences.

When writing professional letters I age about twenty years and take on a whole new — hyper-professional voice.

My fiction is very dialogue driven (almost to a fault if you ask me) — each of my characters has their own distinct and unique voice (at least in my head they do, sometimes I don’t translate it well enough from my head to the page).

This — and an assignment in my writing class — has really gotten me thinking about my voice as a writer and what I want it to be. The more I thought about it the more I’ve realized that my ‘writer’s voice’ changes depending on the material in front of me and the situation I’m in — there is kind of this duality in all writers, we write things we’d never say, situations we’ve never had to face…that to me is the beauty of writing and finding your voice as a writer…a writer can take on several different ‘voices’ conducive to their style and the situations they face.

My voice here in this space is even different from any of my other writing — it’s more personal, more intimate than an academic paper or professional letter. I think we do a disservice to kids as they learn to write by telling them that they need to find a specific voice when from what I’ve learned as a writer there is no ONE voice that you take on as a writer, you find several voices in your writing.

Find your voice — voices — and use them to the best of your ability in all you write…have fun with it!