It's summertime and you know what that means? Lazy days of sitting by the pool or at the beach (or in my case the baseball field) working to even out the tan and catch up on reading.
I started my new TBR list last weekend with a trip to Borders. I ordered two books (because they were no longer in stock) and picked up four more. My family and I are going on vacation in June (16th) and we have a seven hour flight--two hours are a layover so I'm going to need some books to help pass the time. I'll likely bring all four books with me, if I haven't read them already by then. Of course I added to my list last night when I went to see Lee Child at the Scottsdale library. In case you don't know, I met Lee four years ago in Houston when he was doing a joint tour with an online friend of mine Cornelia Read...I went to the signing to support her because it was her debut novel. I got the book for my aunt for her birthday (she was supposed to pass me the book and never did...grr). Anyway, I'd never read any of Lee's books and only knew of him through another friend Karen Dionne (she's a big fan). So, I figured I'd better do the polite thing and pick up one of his books. Since he was touring for his ninth book (I think...maybe tenth) and his books are a recurring character--Jack Reacher--I thought I should start with book one, The Killing Floor. Suffice it to say, I now own eleven of Lee's books...don't know how I missed the other two but I'll grab them soon enough.
Anyway...I think I had a point...but I lost it. I have a house full of teenage girls...6 to be exact...so my brain is warbled right now.
So anyway, another thing we'll be doing this summer is preparing my daughter for her final year of highschool. Yep...she's a senior and she is seriously counting down the day when she graduates and can move back to Texas (wishful thinking on her part, but I'm going to do what I can to help.) In fact, she's decided she wants to go to cooking school. And this weekend we're going to go to an open house at The Arizona Culinary Institute in Scottsdale. Sounds like a plan, eh? Well, what you should know about my daughter is that she has cerebral palsy. It's a mild form but she's still physically limited with what she can do, and using cutting tools is one of the limits. But....Manda is a Life Without Limits kinda gal and believes she can do it (she cooks at home often but the cutting and dicing is usually done for her.) So, I'm going to take her to the open house and see what they have to offer and what she'd be required to do. If being a culinary chef isn't in the cards she can be a pastry chef...the kid makes some killer brownies. And, as a diabetic, she'll learn a lot about nutrition and maybe even make her own cookbook. Life without limits!