Did you have a good weekend? That’s nice. Yours was probably better than mine as it’s hard to compete with spending your Saturday watching your son’s basketball team get annihilated for the 8th weekend in a row. Drew has been playing basketball for four years and for three of those years, we have gone ALL season without a single win. Like, less than 1, more than -1, NADA. Zip. Zero. FOR THREE YEARS. Drew likes to say we are the “undefeated losers”. I like to say, “Somebody give me an Ambien and wake me when it’s over.” I started out the season being supportive after our losses by highlighting the positives: “well, your defense was better”, or “at least you guys got some good shots off”, and “those other guys have been playing together for years, your time will come.” Well guys, our time has not come and I am out of speeches. Now I just get in the car, Drew sulks in the back seat, and I say, “That sucked. Want a milkshake?” Only one game to go before it’s over, and we’re not exactly planning an after party.
But! We did go to Red Robin after Saturday’s game and nursed our wounds – it’s amazing what a few steak fries in some ranch can do for a battered soul. The thing is, I don’t care if we dominate – we don’t have to win all the time, or even most of the time, I would just like to lose by less than 44 points. Is that so much to ask? I think not, but our results suggest otherwise.
After we drowned our sorrows in a pound of beef with special sauce, I spent the rest of my weekend reading a book. I know! I see how you guys are with your lists and your critiques of the dozens of books you read every other day, but sadly I’m not much of a reader. Eater? Yes. Stalker? Yes. Bundt cake maker? YES. (Dudes. Serious recipe coming to you soon – get your pans and ovens ready, and if you really want to be prepared go out and buy a white cake mix, small vanilla pudding mix, white chocolate chips and applesauce so you can make it the same day you read my post. You’ll thank me later.) But avid reader? Not. I’m not against reading, I just don’t do it very often. But when I do, I enjoy it.
This weekend was no exception to that as I picked up a copy of “On Little Wings” by Regina Sirois. This book is positively delightful. Set in small town in Maine, a young girl is searching to piece together a part of her family that she didn’t even know was missing. As she plots to set things right, the author sucks you in to the poetic landscape of a summer ocean and builds characters that make you laugh and cry at the same time. There are parts that felt like “Grumpy Old Men” met up with Ouiser from Steel Magnolias and I found myself wanting to get my haircut in the barbershop with all of them at the same time. There’s just something about crotchety old people that makes me look forward to getting old. Anyway, I definitely recommend this book – Regina Sirois really has a gift for language as evidenced by this PERFECT definition of what every writer seeks for: “Words are like cameras. There’s a million ways to take a picture of the same thing. But only a few have the eye to master it. And those few can use the camera, the words, to capture it. And when words capture it, and you capture the words, then you own a piece of the world you didn’t have before.” I love that!
The author's original intention was to simply self publish this for family and friends, but it has received so much attention that it has since been picked up by a hot NY agent who is working on a wider release. In the meantime, I talked with Ms. Sirois and she has offered to give a signed copy of her book to one of you dudes. Free books! It’s like I’m still trying to impress Oprah or something. Anyway, if you would like to be the one to receive this free copy then do one or all of the following:
1. Leave a comment.
2. "Like" Regina on facebook and then leave a comment to that end
3. Follow her on Twitter, then leave a comment that you did
YOU HAVE UNTIL FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd AT MIDNIGHT
If you want to skip all that and just buy a hard copy or digital copy, you can visit here. Or just leave me a comment about how to not lose a game in 10 days. We need all the advice we can get.