He is known by most if not all (in case you don’t watch Comedy Central or are living under a rock) as the HOT POCKET GUY.
Of course, I am talking about Jim Gaffigan, the comedian, who also just happened to write, his own book all about being a dad to not one, but five kids.
Why I am talking about Dad Is Fat or Jim Gaffigan here today?
I promise to get to that in one moment (I swear).
But first, this past summer has flown by me, but will admit I haven’t read nearly as much as I did in the colder winter months. I truly spent a good portion of my time when not blogging or designing outdoors on the weekends and evenings with my family (no regrets there).
But still I did totally miss reading and the other morning, I actually got a few extra moments of quiet while my kids were sleeping and also a break in my morning blog reading (believe it or not).
I headed to my local public library site to reserve a book for my girls (we have been going all summer long and they have been reading all sorts of books), when I saw a tab for reserving e-books with Overdrive Media Console (I probably was living under a bit of rock myself on this).
Ironic that my girls have been doing more reading then me right now, but still I digress.
Believe it or not, I actually used to do read books from the library for free, when I first got my original Nook.
But back then I had to actually first download the book to my computer and then connect my Nook to my computer to transfer the book and the titles weren’t very good either. Long story short, a lot of extra work for not very great or even new books to be read on my Nook.
Fast forward to the other morning. Curiosity killed this cat. I googled about public libraries and e-books.
What I found out made the reader in me oh so very happy.
See, I found out that you simply needed to download the Public Library’s Overdrive app on your mobile device (for me my iPad) and from there you set the app up by either creating a new account or signing in with Facebook, then enter your library card, as well as Adobe Account if you had one.
Once it was all set up, which took me about 10 minutes, I was then able to check out books (fairly new and even bestsellers) immediately. Some might need to be reserved, but still many are available immediately.
I have many on my Goodreads list and to be honest I knew right away which one I wanted to read first and luckily it was available immediately to download – “Dad Is Fat,” by Jim Gaffigan.
I downloaded the book on Thursday and literally devoured the book within less then four days over the weekend late and night and early int he morning, too.
Not going to lie, I love his standup routine and yes he will indeed always be the HOT POCKET GUY to me, but wasn’t sure if his book would be any good.
Let me just go on record to tell you that not only was his book just that good, but I couldn’t stop laughing throughout most of it. I am not a dad, but as a mom and a wife (too), I related on that level.
I don’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t read his book, but will share my favorite chapters which were about sleep or the lack thereof when you have kids, such as “My Former Bed,” which yes I am shy 3 kids to his 5 kids, but Jim is right as much as I love my kids, I truly just “Want my bed back”, miss sleep so much and yes “Bedtime is indeed like I am negotiating with two little terrorists” just to get them to sleep for a few measly hours straight.
Needless to say this was just the tip of iceberg for me and as I was reading it, I realized that I would love to see Jim Gaffigan perform live (as I have seen other comedians in the past and he was totally on my wish list). I mentioned this to Kevin and he told me to see if he was indeed touring still.
Lo and behold, I got my wish and he is playing locally to us on October 30th, literally 15 minutes away to promote his new book, Food: A Love Story. Kevin is actually taking off the day after for Halloween and when I mentioned this, he told me that I should just go ahead and buy the tickets.
I didn’t even hesitate and we are going to get to see him, plus get a copy of his new book signed (included in the ticket prices), which comes out the week before we see him.
Definitely so excited and you can trust, I will share more here after the show for sure.
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