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Southern Belle Funk

I have been in quite a funk lately. I thought my vacation last week might help but no. I have been so bad about my five and ten reading and just reading in general. I took a few books with me and hardly opened them. Unless it’s audiobooks or Christmas that’s the only reading I have done. I need to try and get out of this funk. But it’s not just a reading funk it’s a funk in general. I’m not real sure what will get me over this funk.

Crying and Driving

While I have highly enjoyed listening to Gary Sinise’s Grateful American maybe it was not the best book to be listening to while driving. This morning he was talking about the Snowball Express, something I got to get a small glimpse of at Disney World last year and I was balling like a baby. I have shed more tears listening to this book than a need in the whole year before I started it.

Southern Belle Reads Book Recommendation: Grateful American by Gary Sinise

I have not fished the book yet but if you are going to read one book the rest of the year I highly recommend Grateful American by Gary Sinise. This book has made me cry and made me laugh in just a matter of minutes from each other. I am so glad I chose to make this a car read, listing to him tell his story has made me appreciate his story even more. Already I have purchased two movies I have not seen, started rewatching CSI:NY, and I’m thinking about rereading both Of Mice And Men and The Grapes of Wrath. He has a passion for everything he does and you can hear that passion in his voice in every chapter of that audiobook.

Southern Belle Reads: Grateful American

Earlier this year I was super excited for the release of Gary Sinise’s book Grateful American. I preordered it on Amazon but found it cheaper at Sam’s before I even got my preorder. I started it right away but something was holding me back from going further than a few chapters in. Last week it finally hit me when I saw that the audio book won a listening award, this was a book that screamed “car read”, especially since Gary Sinise narrates the book himself. I started listening to it this morning and I am loving listening to him tell his story. He has such a great voice. I would love to see him do the Candlelight Procession at Epcot but it seems we keep missing him by a few days. That will be on my Disney bucket list, Gary Sinise at the Epcot Candlelight Processional.

A Few Updates

🌄 Last Week I spent a few days in the Smoky Mountains. That was the most relaxed I’ve been in a while.

🥩 I say I only go for the food. I swear I’m a foodie.

🦒🦘🐅🐘🦓🦍 I picked up a new obsession while I was gone, with all these zoo shows on Animal Planet.

🐕🐄🐎🐖🐑🐐 Of course I already loved Dr Pol on Nat Geo Wild.

📖 I finished my first 5&10 book and getting ready to start my second.

📚 I’m starting to pile my OBX reads. Can’t wait to be back in Corolla, the Outer Banks is good for this Southern Belle’s soul.

📱I am trying to take a personal hiatus from Facebook, we will see how that goes. But honestly I don’t do a lot on Facebook anyway.

⌚️I have joined the Apple Watch group. I didn’t think I would want one but I like it.

Updates

🏈🎀 The five year old is playing football and the four year old is cheering so this past Saturday morning was spent in the blazing sun watching them.

🏁 I don’t follow NASCAR like I used to but I’m not going to lie when I saw the headline Dale Earnhardt Jr was in a plane crash my heart sunk. He was my first NASCAR love. I’m glad him and his family and crew all survived.

📺 I still can not get into this new BH90210. I was super excited for it and it had been a big let down to me.

🏰 I think we have created a Disney Monster. The other day we had some stuff for the kids so we put it in an old Disney Parks bag we had and as soon at the four year old saw it she asked if we went to Disney without her.

🌅 I purchased Where the Crawdads Sing, looked at it and decided it would be my vacation read when we go to the Outer Banks in October.

📚 I thought I was getting my reading groove back but not really. I think part of the problem is I have so many books I want to read I just can’t decide which direction to head.

A Few Random Thoughts/Updates

📚 5 & 10 Reading Update: This past weekend was a little hard, for a change I was not the first one up and we had stuff going on each day. But I got my pages read. I’m really enjoying this. I am further in this book this way than I would be if I tried to just read it.

⚓️ A Disney Cruise with the kids might actually be on the horizon. I’m already thinking about their fish extender and door magnets!

📖 I usually enjoy reading on my Kindle but it seems right now I am on a kick where I only want to read actual books.

📔 Has anyone read Where the Crawdads Sing? I am hearing so many good things about this book, I might have to check it out.

🎃 I am not ready for all this Halloween stuff I am starting to see.

😭 My little man starts kindergarten tomorrow. I can’t handle this. He will be heading off to his first day with his Spider-Man backpack we got him.