Books Make Me Happy


There’s a dead bug on the floor of my office for a week now. I just can’t muster up the energy/desire to get the broom out to sweep it up. He just sits there, on his back, feet in the air, taunting me. He had the gall to be killed (because I’m sure my cats killed him) under the lamp in the corner so he’s well lit…making him much harder to ignore. YET STILL…I ignore him. Because…why does it matter? It’s my office…I don’t care, why should anyone else?

I tell you this so that when I brag about my two recent accomplishments, you’ll maintain perspective on my life.

I also didn’t shower or change my shirt yesterday. I changed everything from the waist down, but I’m wearing the same shirt that I was wearing Sunday night when I went to bed.


I ran a small 10K with the kids on Saturday. We ran this last year and it’s small enough that our chances are REALLY GOOD to win prizes. And that’s how we choose races! It was a self-timed race which meant that you filled out your own time card and dropped it in your age group box when you crossed the finish line. There were at least TWO cards already in my box and I thought there might have been three but I didn’t take the time to count because I had to go hunt down Nikki and her friend on the course and help them finish. But I knew I saw 2 so I was pretty sure I didn’t win anything.

BUT! Those two won OVERALL awards (I guess! Or maybe they were in the wrong box?) because when they were calling out my age group awards they said, “Kim Holmes – FIRST PLACE. And I died! There were cards in my box! HOW DID I WIN FIRST PLACE?) But look! FIRST PLACE! That will NEVER happen again!


Also…I made this.


It took almost a week of planning/strategizing/accumulating books of different sizes from around the house…but I did it! It’s about 3 1/2 feet tall and I’m pretty sure it’s stable enough that it won’t fall. The top few books are a tiny bit wobbly but the rest seems good. It took WAY more of my left brain than I thought it would. But I love it SO VERY MUCH. I don’t ever do this kind of stuff but my friend posted a picture of hers on Facebook and it seemed easy (it was not) and I have the PERFECT spot for it in my office…low traffic but in sight. I had to do it! And I’m glad I did but I’m wondering if I can leave it up forever now because I love it so much.

So! Two awesome things to counterbalance dead bugs and dirty clothes!

4 thoughts on “Perspective.”

  1. Those two things certainly cancel out dead bugs and dirty shirts! And I think it is totally acceptable to leave the book tree up year round. I think it is super cool!!

  2. Congrats on the first place. And I love that book tree! That is the coolest thing I have seen in a long time. I have wanted to do that since I saw it (on Pinterest, where else) but I figure with a 10 year old boy who doesn’t know the meaning of the word walk and two cats it will get knocked down pretty quickly. I think you should leave it up.

  3. This made me laugh so much! Love the book tree and congrats on the win! The well lit bug makes me smile!

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