A Librarian, A Child, and Laura Ingalls Wilder


This post was compensated by State Farm. They have your back when you need someone to help you. All opinions are 100% my own.

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At least once in your life you will need a mentor, someone to have your back. Someone to make things a little easier or push you to work harder. I have many people in my life that have changed it somehow. Whether it was for the good or bad, they made me the person I am today. They have fostered hobbies, emotions, or ethics that I incorporate into my everyday life. One such person was my Elementary school librarian. She shaped my love for reading when everyone else had kind of given up on me.

 

When I was in the second grade, I couldn’t read well. I was very slow and back then there wasn’t a whole lot of help for kids that had issues learning. By 4th grade all the teachers had pretty much given up on me as far as reading was concerned. Except our librarian. She knew there was a reader in there somewhere. I had too much imagination for there to not be. One day after Media class she pulled me aside and told me that there was a reading competition. It was Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday and they were going to have a party. She knew I loved a party and would want to go. The catch? You had to read all of the Little House on the Prairie books and take tests after each one. The person that did the best got to be the special guest at the party but even if you didn’t do the best, you would get to go. Talk about excited!

 

Mrs. Wheeler (the librarian) had already talked to my Mom about it and they decided that I would need the books. They had several copies of each in the library but they were afraid of how long it would take me to read each one and that it may prohibit another child from enjoying the competition. When I got home that day there was a brand new set of books, in a beautiful box. I still have them, believe it or not. It was a hard 9 weeks for me. The first two books took me a lot longer to get through than they should have. But I got entranced by the story and the rest of the books were much, much easier. The more I read the faster I got and I finished the books and my tests with 4 days to spare. I was so proud of myself. I didn’t get to be the guest of honor but I got to go to the party and it was an amazing experience for me.

 

Mrs. Wheeler didn’t give up on me. She saw potential when no one else did. She found something she knew I would want to do and turned it into a way to make me better. Better than she thought, lol. The girl that they said would never read well is a speed reader. She gave me the love of reading. I love going off to new worlds, meeting new people, and spending time with them. All because of one special lady that had my back and didn’t give up on me. Not only did she foster my love of reading but my love of writing as well. After reading so many wonderful stories, I wanted to write my own. It opened a whole new world for me.

 

I have been so blessed to have so many people like that in my life. I have been very lucky in having some great people pass through my life. I try my hardest to be that kind of person for other people too. I want to lift someone up, make them a little better, and in the process make myself better too. I want someone to say “She had my back and because of her I didn’t give up.”

#watchathon With XFINITY Is Here!! What Will You Watch?

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For the last two days I have been binge watching some of my favorite shows while crocheting items for my new store! Why you ask? Because it is #watchathon week! Woo! Watchathon week is when some of the hottest and best shows are on XFINITY® Demand and you can watch for FREE all week! Yes, I said FREE!! You can’t get any better than free!

I will let XFINITY tell you all about it!

During Watchathon Week, XFINITY(r) TV customers will have an all access pass to full seasons of TV’s hottest shows, for FREE, only with XFINITY On Demand™.

You’ll be able to watch entire seasons of favorites such as:

  • Game of Thrones®
  • Girls®
  • Outlander
  • Black Sails
  • House of Lies
  • Penny Dreadful

Plus, you can catch up on current top shows or classics you may have missed, including:

  • Empire
  • Finding Carter
  • Awkward
  • Chicago P.D.
  • Fresh Off the Boat
  • The Last Ship
  • The Wire®
  • The Sopranos®

And dozens of others from top networks including HBO®, SHOWTIME®, STARZ®, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and more.

In 2013, the inaugural Watchathon Week event shattered viewing records as XFINITY customers logged millions of hours catching up on TV’s hottest shows. Last year was even more popular with customers watching nearly 50 million hours of shows over seven days. In fact, the last Saturday of Watchathon week, with nearly 11 million views that day alone, became the biggest day ever for XFINITY On Demand.

How cool is that?

Available Shows:

12 Monkeys
The Affair
American Crime
The Americans
Archer
Backstrom
Bar Rescue
Bates Motel
Best Bars in America
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Carbonaro Effect
Chicago PD
Cougar Town
Da Vinci’s Demons
Doctor Who
Downton Abbey
Empire
Episodes
Faking It
Forever
Fresh Off the Boat
Game of Thrones
Girls
Grimm
Homeland (4/10-4/12)
If Loving You Is Wrong
iZombie
Justified
Killing Jesus
Last Man on Earth
Legends
Looking
Luther
Man Seeking Woman
Masterchef Jr.
The Mindy Project
The Musketeers
The Odd Couple
Outlander
Parks & Recreation
Power
The Profit
The Returned
Shark Week 2014
Shameless (4/9-4/12)
Silicon Valley
The Slap
The Sopranos
State of Affairs
Survivor’s Remorse
True Blood
Veep
Vanilla Ice Project
The Voice
The Wire
The White Queen
A.D.
Alaskan Bush People
American Odyssey
American Dad
Awkward
Banshee
Barely Famous
Boardwalk Empire
Black Sails
Broad City
Californication (4/10-4/12)
Chicago Fire
Chrisley Knows Best
CSI: Cyber
Dig
The Dovekeepkers
Edge of Alaska
Entourage
Eye Candy
Finding Carter
Fortitude
Friends of the People
The Gam
Gold Rush
Haves and Have Nots
House of Lies
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
The Knick
The Last Ship
Lizzie Borden
Love & Hip Hop ATL
Madam Secretary
Married at First Sight
Masters of Sex (4/10-4/12)
The Missing
Nurse Jackie (4/10-4/12)
Orphan Black
Parenthood
Penny Dreadful
Preachers of Detroit
Ray Donovan
The Royals
Schitt’s Creek
The Simpsons
Sleepy Hollow
Southern Charm
Survivor
Togetherness
True Detective
VICE
Vikings
The Walking Dead
Younger
Wolf Hall

 

Of course if you are planning to binge watch you need essentials! Such as:

Comfy blankets to cuddle up with while watching.

Snacks, preferably sugar and fattening ones. After all this only happens a couple of times a year. Who wants to be on a diet during #watchathon week?

Ice Cream! Because sometimes there are sad parts and you need ice cream to get you through.

Portable charger. You will definitely want to be tweeting during your #watchathon ( that is the official hashtag) time, so you need to make sure that device is charged! But who wants to get up in the middle of a good part to charge up? Not me, so I keep a portable charger handy!

Headphones! Binge watching means staying up late, or maybe even staying up all night. If you live with others you may want headphones to plug in while everyone else is asleep.

Watchathon is available through April 12th, so start watching today and don’t miss a second!

What will you be watching? I am currently watching iZombie!

Oh, don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes! You could win $20,000 dollars and other great prizes! Check out all the info HERE.

 

 

 

I received a promotional box from XFINITY in exchange for a post. As always, all opinions are mine!