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Not All Who Wander Are Lost...Some Are Just Really Pissed Off and Need to Escape

Updated: Feb 8, 2019


I never really liked to read. I think it was because in school I was forced to read things and forcing me to do things has never gone over well. My parents read to me as a small child, but I don't really remember it. I know we had books because I remember having them. But I also remember coloring in them, a lot. I guess that means I've always had this creative energy that I needed to get out. For years I was a scrapbooker. I got really serious with it after I got married in 2006. It took me almost 7 years to finish two wedding albums but I did. Scrapbooking was also a writing outlet but since it was about my life and my memories I never really considered it anything more.

So on our road trip I knew that I was going to have to read to help the time go by. Our trip was in June of 2013. I had an iPad and was familiar with iBooks but I didn't know at the time that you could also read Kindle books on your iPad (which is pretty much all I read now). So I went into iBooks and just started looking for a book. Somehow, although I have no idea how and I wish I would have been paying better attention, I stumbled across Beautiful Disaster written by Jamie McGuire. I downloaded the sample that morning as my husband and dad were loading up the fence. I pulled it open before we had even reached the highway and I knew within two minutes I was going to buy it. Then it dawned on me I didn't have internet. So I told my husband to exit at a McDonalds before we were even out of town so that I could run in and download it. Since he was in the dog house, he did it.

It was an 8-hour trip that first day. We had decided to stop in Memphis, TN and spend the night before getting up the next day to head to Tallahassee, FL where we would be dropping off the fence.

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