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The first step is admitting you have a problem. So I’ll admit, my addiction can be expensive and time consuming but I just can’t stop. My name is Angela and I’m addicted to books. I blame Amazon and one-click ordering. My iPad screams at me every time I log in that I’m running out of space, so I delete more of Ev’s Mickey Mouse shows to be able to add more kindle books. Let me tell you something you already know, books are expensive. Thankfully last year at a women’s adventure getaway I met a friend Amanda who shared a valuable tidbit of info that is less wearing on my pocketbook. Maybe you already know/use it. The library has an app called Overdrive that lends kindle books. I’m sure I’m just late to the game but o.m.g it’s awesome! In less than 10 months, I’ve checked out over 120 books via the library. And I only had to step foot into the actually library once to get a library card. If you do some quick math and say each book was $10 then I’ve saved over $1200 in less than a year (Amanda my husband sends his sincerest gratitude). So here’s a few quotes from recent books on my shelf (and photos are from one of our evening walks downtown Poulsbo at sunset.)

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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell ~

“I want to explore two ideas. The first is that much of what we consider valuable in our world arises out of [these kinds of] lopsided conflicts, because the act of facing overwhelming odds produces greatness and beauty. And second, that we consistently get these kinds of conflicts wrong. We misread them. We misinterpret them. Giants are not what we think they are. The same qualities that appear to give them strength are often the sources of great weakness. And the fact of being an underdog can change people in ways that we often fail to appreciate, and educate and enlighten and make possible what might otherwise have seemed unthinkable.”Poulsbo-Waterfront4 Poulsbo-Waterfront1

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis ~

“We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.”Poulsbo-Waterfront3 Poulsbo-Waterfront6

Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp Md ~

“Toddlers aren’t mini-adults, or even mini–big kids. They’re more like uncivilized little cave-kids…Imagine inviting Tarzan to live with you. There’s a good chance he’d go totally bonkers. Compared to his jungle home, yours delivers an unpleasant double whammy: terribly dull in some ways, yet way too exciting in other ways.”

Here’s my little cave-kid…

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The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage by Rob & Kristen Bell ~

“The scorecard is how we keep track of how much we’re giving and how much they’re giving and who’s sacrificing more and who’s carrying more of the weight and who’s got the lighter load and who’s taken on more of the responsibility so that the other can pursue their goals and who’s working harder at the relationship and who owes more and who’s turn it is to empty the dishwasher. The scorecard is at the heart of an extraordinary number of fights; it lurks in the shadows of lots of heated discussions, and if it’s not addressed and is left unchecked, it can poison the space between you. The scorecard is rooted in resentment, and the space between you is highly responsive to resentment. Even the slightest tremors of bitterness can block the flow of love. The scorecard makes you feel alone. It feels like they aren’t looking out for you. And if they aren’t, then you need to look out for yourself. There’s a sinking feeling that comes from believing you’re on your own. The scorecard makes you feel entitled—I’m the one making the money, I’m the one watching the kids all day, I’m the one looking after the house. You find yourself arguing your case for why you’ve racked up more points. The scorecard makes you want to disengage and step back and withdraw, waiting for them to make the first move because, after all, Why should I keep giving if they aren’t? You know you’ve got a scorecard when you find yourself nagging, feeling resentful, complaining, and being critical—all driven by the desire to arouse some sort of response from them. The scorecard is like a vortex, sucking you both in, deeper and deeper—each of you racking up points, the tension building, fine tuning your case as you go for why you’re the one who’s right, who’s carrying more, who’s more committed, who’s got more invested. In order to get rid of the scorecard, you have to choose to act in love instead of in fear.”Poulsbo-Waterfront9

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull ~

“Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they will screw it up. Give a mediocre idea to a great team, and they will either fix it or come up with something better. If you get the team right, chances are that they’ll get the ideas right.”Poulsbo-Waterfront10