Morning Meanderings…

Happy Saturday everyone!  Hope your weekend is off to a good start.  If you have not had a chance to sign up for the Book Extravaganza book giveaway I have here for the weekend, please do so – great reads available, not only here, but if you click over to Bookworming In The 21st Century you will find links to many more blogs that are doing giveaways this weekend….

AND…. even if you have already signed up, grab a cup of coffee and come back and read through the responses to my request on that post for people to share little known facts about themselves!  Some of them are funny, some surprising, and some amazing!  We used to ask that question as a “get to know you” ice breaker when I worked at Wal-Mart and it was fun to learn what people had experienced.

Did you know that some of the fellow book bloggers are twins?  Published?  Singers?  Related to Henry VIII?  Extra in a movie?  Cheryl Crow’s roommate?  And much more…..

I felt a little left out that I couldn’t play on my own question so I will do it here.

  • When I was 14 I fell off a friends horse on the highway by her home and hit my head.  I was airlifted to Minneapolis and my mom was told I had a 10% chance of living and if I did live I would be in a hospital the rest of my life with severe brain damage.  I was in a coma for 6 days.   The night before they were going to do surgery to relieve the pressure around my brain, the swelling started going away on its own..,  I came out of it 100%, but of course my friends like to sometimes say I didn’t and ask me if I hit my head or something…LOL.
  • I have been to Honduras 8 times since 2004 working with kids who live on the street or in the dumps.
  • I can do a really good Smeagol (voice) impression.  Perhaps this is all due to the first fact I gave you.  😀


Anyway – I ran out and bought a book yesterday which is completely insane (and again, see fact #1), but I read an awesome review and I was just not in the mood for the book I was in so instead started Seven Year Switch and I almost have it finished.

I have a bridal shower to attend today and hope to take a bike ride this afternoon.  There is a really yummy sounding recipe in the book I am reading (actually several good recipes) and I think I am making it for dinner tonight.    Hope your Saturday is full of fun things!  😀

26 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings…

  1. Aw, don’t feel guilty about buying a book. I’m pretty sure going to Honduras to help out kids in need makes up for any book buying extravagance. You rock!

  2. Wow! That must have been really scary, Sheila! Maybe not so much for you as for your family, since you were in a coma (BTW, any memories or thoughts on what that was like?); and I like the way you use that humorously.

    As for Seven Year Switch, I have it and really want to dig in (after I finish some older ones first!), but I’m almost finished with Life’s a Beach, another one by the same author.

    Have a great day!

    1. I dont have any memories of that time Laurel but my mom had told me that when you damage one side of your brain like that, the other side takes over. Apparently the mean side. Mom said that as I came out of the coma I told my aunt that she looked like the neighbors dog (she had a new perm)…. and when I could eat I requested pea soup which the nurse brought me and I proceeded to throw it at her.

      Nice huh?

      Dig into the book Laurel – I am really enjoying it and look forward to reading more from this author.

  3. Please let us know how that recipe comes out. If it is good will you share? – giving full credit of course.

  4. I did the same thing as you…saw several reviews in the past few days for Seven Year Switch…abandoned the book (for the moment!) I was reading and picked up this new novel. Not so insane!?!

  5. I loved Seven Year Switch! When it showed up here it went right to the top of the tbr pile! I don’t think I have had any brain injuries, (although my kids would beg to differ) so I can’t blame it on that! When a book speaks to you you gotta have it, right? Wow, you are a walking miracle!

  6. Darn, I was hoping when I clicked on the smeagol link I’d get to hear your impression. lol Maybe some day you’ll have to videotape yourself doing that.

  7. Thanks for the great comment on my review of Seven Year Switch. I’m glad you decided to read it too. It was a great book and I truly enjoyed it. Glad you like it !

    I’m going to check out smeagol now!! Never heard of what ever that is before!

  8. That must have been such a scary experience for your relatives while you were a coma! Your recovery sounds amazing!

    I’ve been doing some guilty pleasure reading this week, although I did manage to finish a review copy too – so less guilt. I’ve been reading the Life as We Knew it books.

    1. Alyce it is storming here now so total reading weather 😀

      Enjoy your books, Angie from By Book and By Crook blog (also in my book club) read The Life We Knew books and said they were wonderful!!

  9. Reading your story about falling off the horse brought back memories of my aunt. She was thrown from a horse at the age of 3 (her father owned a horse farm) resulting in a head injury and coma as well. My grandfather was told by several doctors that she wouldn’t survive. The only African American doctor at the hospital in 1943 believed he could save her and he did. She has no lingering effects from the fall other than her left eye is somewhat shifted. Miracles happen every day. BTW, I just added Seven Year Switch to my B&N shopping cart…sounds like a good one. 🙂

    1. Jill the doctor at the time said because my skull is cracked that at any time I could get headaches that could last the rest of my life. For years I panicked every time I would get a headache wondering if this was it…. but it never lasted.

      Glad you are picking up the book I am so enjoying it.

  10. Your poor parents. My kids do things like that, but thank heavens they have never been in a coma. We have enough weird stuff going on. We like to present doctors with good teaching and learning experiences.
    I am glad you recovered with no problems, despite what your friends say.
    Have a great weekend.

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