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April 9, 2014

the library is a great resource

the forty hour workweek and ten hour weekly commute has been taking up much of my time lately.  which of course is fine because work is a very necessary part of life and i like being a nurse. but because i spend much of my time in the car, the ads of the radio stations and ke$ha on repeat don't always cut it in entertaining and stimulating my mind.  how about some books on CD, i thought to myself.  and instead of going to barnes n' noble and spending money on a book i'll only listen to once, i headed to the library to check out their selection and see what i can listen to for FREE. 
thus far, i've listened to seven books and my commute is much more enjoyable, especially in the company of characters like Lisbeth Salander of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.  

and today i was thinking about what "gumptious" things i've been doing or thinking about lately that would be worth writing and putting out there. and as simple as it is, the library has been an incredible resource for me during this time in my life of being in the car alone for two hours a day. it doesn't require spending money unnecessarily or consuming any new resources.

so if it's possible for you to utilize a local library for your reading or listening list, go for it! not only is it free, but you may find a book that you have never heard of.  and as an added bonus, libraries and their plastic-covered books always have that awesome aged smell that instantly makes you feel like learning, at least for me it does.
 that is my encouragement for today and my gumptious advice.


**be resourceful**


  1. I love listening to audio books on long trips, though my 25ish minute commute isn't long enough for me to want one. Glad you are enjoying on your longer commute though! I started by getting books on CD from the library and then I found that NC has a digital library where I can download audio books onto my iPod or phone for free (must delete within 2 weeks or renew), which was nice because sometimes I found scratched CDs and it messed up hearing the story. Maybe PA has something similar? I just had to type in my library card number.

    1. Em, that is awesome! I'll have to see if there is a digital library here- and yes, some of the discs are scratched and I miss bits and pieces of the story....grrrr!!!