About Me

MeOnce upon a time..

When I was in the 2nd grade, my teacher held a contest to encourage her students to read.  Whenever one of us completed a book, she would put a marble into the mason jar we each had on our desks.  At the end of the year, the marbles would be tallied and the winner with the most would get a pizza party for their table on the last day of school.

There was a girl in my class who was always boasting about her reading accomplishments.  She would proudly count her marbles out loud and comment on our meager collections, predicting her future victory.  I didn’t like her because she had always picked on me for being awkward and dorky, so I decided that I was going to win just to spite her.

Over the next few months, I went to the library nearly every weekend and checked out the maximum books they’d let me have – ten.  I read everything I could get my hands on, including the entire series of both Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys.  I diligently filled out the required ditto worksheet and got my mother to sign them, compiling them in a carefully guarded, secret stack.  I let the girl continue to brag about her jar having the largest volume of marbles; I let her think she was going to win.  Then, on the last week of school when the deadline hit for reading credit, I turned in my pile of book reports and collected my enormous bounty of marbles.

I beat her by almost 200 books.  She was so upset that she cried.

The moral of the story is: if you pick on the nerd for being a nerd, she is going to outnerd you.  (Actually, the moral of the story is probably that I’m a terrible person for relishing the time I made a seven year old girl cry, but after that…)

I feel that story is a very good representation of who I am today: nerdy, hungry, and pathologically spiteful.  And — more relevant to the site I suppose — that I  am an enthusiastic reader with an unquenchable thirst for non-fiction.  In addition to my small personal library, I also have a Kindle that I carry around everywhere so I always have reading at my fingertips.

…Plus I’ve been conditioned to believe that nerdery leads to delicious pizza, so now I’m like Pavlov’s dog for books.



One thought on “About Me

  1. KateMonster says:

    Oh good god you are amazing… I laughed so hard at this. If I could farky you twice I would.

    …..that sounds dirty.

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