tim duncan’s shoe.

March 3, 2014

i’ve always been one of those people that is on time. and on most occasions, i’m early. i even remember once in high school, being anxious about a big day… i got up, had curlers in my hair (this was 1990 people), make-up applied (the necessary blue eyeliner of course), and was getting dressed when i began to wonder why mom, dad, and Amie weren’t up yet since we are all notoriously early risers. it was then that i realized. it was 3am. i was early. way early.

but lately, my early ways have evolved into barely on-time ways, and sometimes (gasp), late ways.
such is the case with this book. this book that i originally wanted to “save” for the right quiet time. the right time when i could give it my full focus. “saving” it turned into never getting it read. i remember what my granny always said about best laid plans….

i also remember how i used to save my halloween candy until it molded years later…

between filming, and opening the store, and moving, and well…LIFE, the quiet time never came. and the book, I’m ashamed to admit, went unread. until now.

and i would like to thank the flu for this….
for knocking me on my hiney. yep. for making me sit still. and finally, 1 year late, getting to read sparkly green earrings.

you see, Melanie (aka. big mama in the blogger world)  is our favorite person we’ve never met. she’s a true southern girl with some serious comic talent. we are kinda like BFF’s except that we’ve never talked on the phone, never made friendship bracelets, never shared those little heart necklaces that you give half of to your best friend and you wear the other half, never had lunch together, and never been in the same room. (i’m getting kinda depressed here.) but other than that… we are totally BFF’s.

anywho, since our BFF wrote a book, we’re super proud of her and even prouder to say how great it is. i laughed. and i laughed more. and the best part… it was the kind of book that left you smiling and just feeling …. happy the rest of the day. and anyone that knows us knows how much we like feel-good anything. feel-good movies, feel-good books, feel-good tv shows. and this, my friends, is a feel-good book.

and what, you ask, does this blog post have to do with tim duncan’s shoe? you’ll have to read the book to find out. but i will say this book is quite the opposite of tim duncan’s shoe.

now…i better get started on her newest book, the antelope in the living room….

and by the way…you can snag your copy of sparkly green earrings here! or antelope here!

well done, melanie…well done, my little BFF…andddddd by the way, this is headed your way…

no need to thank me…it’s just what friends do.


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  • Reply Pam bennetts March 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Thanks for the evaluation on this book, I’ll get it!

  • Reply Traci March 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I have read both! Antelope will leave you in stitches just like Sparkly Green Earrings! And like you, I feel like she could be my best friend! I got to meet her at her book signing in College Station this past weekend and she is just as sweet and fun in person!

  • Reply tomi cheeks March 3, 2014 at 11:30 am

    both books are pure genius. i, like you, feel as though she is MY bff too…and i am SURE gulley would totally understand. and something in me makes me deliriously happy that someday in my universe, the stars will align and i will run into the both of you ,miranda, and melanie, while i am visiting with tara in the haven and we will all snuggle on the couch with coffee, that yummy tea, and junk berry pie ala mode (hallelujah), and laugh for hours…only to be interrupted by matthew coming in and crashing our girl time. then we will take the best selfie ever and crash twitter on our very own. and all God’s texas girls said “AMEN” …quickly followed by “alright, alright, alright.”

    • Reply Jolie March 7, 2014 at 9:36 am

      this, my friend. is ABSOLUTELY hilarious!!! well said. well said indeed.

  • Reply Angie G March 3, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I met Melanie in Houston at her book signing, she went to High School w/ a friend of mine. Such a sweet soul! Loving Antelope, even though I’m not married! 🙂

    • Reply Jolie March 7, 2014 at 9:36 am

      i guess it’s good preparation for marriage, huh?!

  • Reply Kathleen Y'Barbo March 3, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Loved Sparkly Green Earrings. Now I see them everywhere and think of that book–and Melanie! Can’t wait to dig in to Antelope. Oh…and the best part? She’s an Aggie! Gig ’em, girl!

    • Reply Jolie March 7, 2014 at 9:35 am

      that’s right sister!!!! aggies forever!!!!!

  • Reply Tina March 4, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I have not only read both of Melanie’s books, but she signed my copy of Sparkly Green Earrings, live and in person…and you do get that “we would totally be BFF’s if we lived nearby” feeling, she is just as sweet and funny in person as she is in her books and her blog!!

    • Reply Jolie March 7, 2014 at 9:35 am

      tina…thanks for your comment!!! so glad you can relate!

  • Reply Lisa March 4, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Haven’t read either book, although now I will! But I am TOTALLY one of those who saved and hid her Halloween and Christmas candy until it molded!!

    • Reply Jolie March 7, 2014 at 9:34 am

      old habits are hard to break!!!

  • Reply Laura Kelly March 4, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Caution: Don’t read her newest book in public like I did during my son’s tae kwon do practice. I got many looks as I laughed out loud.

    • Reply Jolie March 7, 2014 at 9:33 am

      haha! that’s an excellent tip laura!!

  • Reply mattie March 6, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    feel left out:( .I am ashamed to say I have time to read ,but dont anymore .sounds like two good ones to start with again. thanks

  • Reply Randi May 29, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I just jumped on Big Mamas blog and she is hilarious! Thanks for featuring her on your blog! I will be reading her books soon:)

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