Welcome! Another year, another Armchair BEA! While I honestly thought I would attend BEA this year, things did not work out in my favor. So, I join you from my back patio in Oklahoma City. This past week has been a whirlwind, so I hope to keep up with everyone and all the wonderful happenings! I live roughly one mile from the epicenter of the tornado devastation. Many friends and colleagues have sustained great damage and the community is continuously in my thoughts and prayers. But, as they say, the show must go on. We will rebuild a community and will continue living. Thus, my introductory questions…
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
I am a stay-at-home mom and wife of three crazy kids and one nutty husband. This year we made the decision to withdraw our children from traditional school and school from home. So, I am now teacher as well. I was born and raised in Elkhorn, WI. In 1991 I left the great state and joined the Navy. Since then, I have lived in WA, FL, TN, VA, back to FL, TX, OK, RI, IL and finally back to OK. I began blogging in January 2011, because I love books. I love to share my opinion. I really like to share my opinion of books.
Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.
I am blogging to you from the heart of the country, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Here is a little random fact about my current location…I have been within less than a mile from 3, yes 3, EF-4/5 tornadoes. Affected directly by every single one. It’s not fun, but it is currently home. Here are a few pictures of the May 3, 1999 tornado that managed to flatten a majority of my neighborhood…
And here is a snapshot from the recent devastation in Moore, OK. My son was to have a doctor’s appointment in the building that is no more. All the staff was safe and we were grateful to be safe in a storm shelter and not in the heart of the devastation.
I may not have been born an Okie, but it is my home.
Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event?
This is my second year to participate in Armchair BEA and I am so glad to be a part of it. I found the community involvement with BEA to be very welcoming, informative and inviting. There were several times that I found myself almost as excited to participate from at home as I think I would have been to actually be there. Plus, I saved a lot of $$ and my feet weren’t tired! I even received several books!
What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?
Right now I am currently trying to get caught up on reviews and am reading WHAT COLOR IS MONDAY by Carrie Cariello. It is a really great book and I am so glad to have the opportunity to read it for review.
Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
I have been in a few movies. Nothing big…but have been in THE JOGGER, RATS: HIGHER MISSION, RUDDERLESS and will be in NO MAN’S LAND. I have also done voiceover work for LifeChurch.tv.
That’s me, in the middle. Yes, I am a nun…well, not in real life, but it was so much fun, I plan to randomly dress as a nun just for fun.
And here is a shot of the very talented and very beautiful Victoria Summer. She was absolutely adorable. Keep an eye on her, she is going places and will be a name we hear often! I was featured as a Russian doctor…if my part doesn’t make the film, I will probably make the blooper reel. Not very fun when the vanbualance door is locked after a very talented Casper Van Dien hits the deck after being tazed.
Anyway, that is me. I am running a mile behind right now, but look forward to a wonderful week in the Armchair!