Second Time Around




Writing Prompt: Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?





So a few years ago I wrote a blog post about “10 Books That Stayed With Me” And one of the books that I chose was Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing” by  Judy Blume


  I was read this book in the 2nd grade, and I remember being really excited when it time for the teacher to read the class a chapter. I honestly believe this is what started my love affair of books. I made sure to read the ENTIRE series.

Not familiar with this book, that’s a same, let me give you a quick rundown courtesy of Wikipedia: :

The book chronicles 9-year-old Peter Hatcher’s infuriation with the horrendous behavior demonstrated by his annoying 2-year-old brother Fudge, which frequently goes unpunished. Peter becomes frustrated with Fudge because he often disturbs Dribble, Peter’s pet turtle which Peter won at his friend’s birthday party. Furthermore, his little brother throws nonstop temper tantrums, conducts an unexplained abstinence from eating, and emulates his brother’s behavior, throwing tantrums if it is prohibited. Nevertheless, their parents dote on Fudge, to Peter’s anger.

For months, Fudge’s antics continue; breaking his front teeth after catapulting himself from the jungle gym at the local playground when he decides to fly (Chapter 4), vandalizing Peter’s group homework assignment (Chapter 7), and taking off on his family at a movie theater (Chapter 9). However, one day, to Peter’s absolute misery, he returns home to discover Dribble’s disappearance from his bowl, Fudge claiming to have swallowed him. These proclamations prove to be correct, and Fudge is rushed to the hospital, where Dribble is safely extracted, to Mrs. Hatcher’s relief. However, Dribble has died in Fudge’s stomach, and no one, especially Fudge, seems to care. Peter is incredibly devastated over the loss of his beloved pet, however his parents sympathetically compensate by adopting a dog, which Peter appropriately names “Turtle” in memory of Dribble.

Okay so now that we have that covered why do I love this book, why do I frequently read this book although it’s clearly a children’s book….. First off, I have so many fond memories associated with this book and that time in my life. Can you image a 2nd  grad Tyra…. who’s last name was easy to spell and life was simple, and there was story time…… story time!!! I remember thinking that Fudge was great, and honestly at the time I couldn’t under stand why Peter was so uptight, he was a big brother to this super –cute (and sometimes annoying younger brother). I should also not that at the time I was still an only child, so my perspective was a lot different..

It wasn’t until I became a big sister to two younger brother that I realize Fudge; excuse me Farley Drexel Hatcher was an asshole (as are most younger brothers) and was really trying Peter’s patience (cause lord knows my brothers tried mine.) About 6 years ago I was taking a stroll into Barnes and Noble and I saw they not only had the book, but the entire series, so naturally I picked it up, and read them all in 2 days. They same feeling that I had the first time I read it came back, there were parts were I  laughed out loud, and there were times when I sympathized with Peter.

I feel like that book spoke to my 9 year old self, that book made it okay for me to be  utterly annoyed with my younger brothers and feel okay about it, Judy Blume, spoke to millions of kids and this book, along with many others sometimes felt like she was speaking directly to me,  As I write this post, there is a since of excitement that overcomes me, as I soon with become an aunt for the first time., and introducing my niece of nephew to the world of Judy Blume and in particular this book will take me back once again to that time in my life, where the biggest battles I faced was whether Peter and Fudge were gonna reign supreme…but it also gives me an excuse to read this book again, this time with an audience.


Until Next Time,

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Music Monday: Shake That Brass


Music Monday



This week is somewhat an unexpected surprise. I am not a fan of f(x). Have never heard an f(x) song, and couldn’t tell you who the members were outside of Amber. Just yesterday I got the album Red Light (still haven’t listened to it though but I watch a lot of Korean variety shows (Due to her promotions for her new album Amber is all over the place.) plus she’s currently on Real Men; seriously I absolutely adore her.

She’s the kind of girl that I would want to invite to a party, because she’s fun to have around and she knows EVERYONE.. Seriously she seems to know every single K-POP idol!

One of the many reason that I like Amber so much is because she has (certainly not on purpose) brought up a discussion about what gender and sexuality is in the K-Pop industry. She doesn’t fall into your average female idol mold. She wants to be unique and dress comfortably (which I totally get.. who wants to traps around in high heels all the time?) She’d rather go with her own style and stay true to herself. She has admitted several times that she’s hurt when people mistake her for a man. And some idiot on Facebook  had the nerve to say, “If you dress like a cop, people will mistake you for a cop” well anonymous Facebook user.. F*CK YOU!  Are you serious? But we are here to talk about the music.

Shake That Brass

The first full day that I had home from the hospital I played this song, thinking I was okay enough to attempt to dance (I think I was trying to twerk, I’m not sure I wasn’t it the best frame of mind.. who the hell try’s to twerk after an abdominal surgery?), 30 seconds and I was flat on my ass.. BUT (as much as a person can) I danced lying down in the bed while catching my breath.

I love a catchy song, the video…. I don’t know I’m not that fond of it… but I watch it cause all her friend are in it. Sometimes you just need to listen to a song that’s fun and upbeat. something you don’t have to take to seriously….this song is totally it. I actually like the entire album… Check it out!

Wasabi KitKats anyone?

As If You Couldn’t Love Her More



Shake That Brass can be found on Amber’s album Beautiful

Until Next Time….

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Music Monday : Chasing Cars


Music Monday

I always say that music is everything to me, so for the next couple of weeks I’m gonna do something a little different.. Music Monday’s. What I’ll do is go to my iTunes and randomly pick a song and tell my dear readers why it’s in my collection and why I like it…. this should be pretty interesting since I have a pretty eclectic collection of music….

This week’s random music pick is Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars


The first time that I heard this song I was watching Grey’s Anatomy Episode 2-27 Losing My Religion.. not sure which one that is… it’s the episode that Denny died (I still can’t talk about it….*heartbroken*. I have always liked the music that you use on Grey’s; not to mention that every episode is a song title.

Denny Died… Tyra Cried

I think me liking this song is a prime example of what happens when I make an emotional connection to something. I was all about the Denny transplant storyline (having had two transplants myself) and to see it end the way it did, moved me, then the damn song comes in… instant tears!

So naturally I had to find the song and download it …cause that’s what I do. I really love the simplicity of the song, the lyrics are easy to follow and it just about finding a little bit of solitude with the one you love. I should probably be honest and say that this is the only Snow Patrol song that I have on my iPod. Are there any other songs by this group I should have in my collection?

Now I have never seen he video for this song, this is actually the first time I’ve ever seen it . I like it…

If you haven’t heard this song…. you defiantly should take a listen and add it to your own collection

Chasing Cars can be found on Snow Patrol’s album Eyes Open

Until Next Time….

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