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Friday, February 24, 2012

Bad Luck Cadet by Suzie Ivy

Hello All- I write from my deathbed....not really, but I have a hideous sore throat and am quite positive death is near.....

Eldest has just turned 15 and has begun driver's ed. Is this a bad thing? No..Am I discouraging it like many other annoying parents? Absolutely NOT. I am so sick of driving to Hell and back in the name of soccer I can't see straight.

However- do I want to drive with child? God,NO!!! We have been on one drive together..the last time I was in the car with new driver was when I was the new driver! White knuckling it the whole way- internally sobbing...rolling of eyes...that was the 1st block. We had 10 miles to go....This will pass...this will pass.

Well, like many others I am stuck...stuck...stuck...stuck. I am 38 have 3 kids and one husband (who would want 2? Gah!) ) ..and 3 German Shepards...oh..and those 2 damn cats (Eldest child's ..not mine). So I am lucky, I have a house over thy head, heat, and food. However, like I tell FireDaddy (husband).."It's Grounds hog Day"..meaning it's the same day over and over...wake up..work...drive to kid's function..rinse and repeat.

Surfing my pixelink.com site...and came across Suzie Ivy's book....the cover was pink with what looked like a frightened blond babe on it...then the name...uummm...Bad Cadet? There is so many ways one can interpret this....

At the age of twenty-five you have your whole life in front of you. When you’re forty-four years old, forty pounds overweight, and laying in bed with a broken hip, what do you have? Depression, red wine and no future, or so Suzie Ivy thought.

An advertisement on a drugstore bulletin board changed Suzie’s thinking and lands her in the police academy. Was she out of her mind? No, and she decided to live up to the challenge. The biggest question; is the Police Academy ready for Suzie Ivy? 
(Amazon description)

Started this book in the evening...stayed up way to late..read the rest early in the morning and caffeinated myself straight to work....

I needed this book like diabetic needs insulin. The timing for it was fantastic. I always thought I would be in a profession that kept me physical and made a difference. Even though I love my co-workers, ending up in a office is the last place I would have ever imagined myself to be. I have a Princess schedule. I work 5-6 hours a day..and it had a tendency to feel like 12. I certainly don't hate it , but being in a office is so far from where I should be. It works for what I need to do for now...I guess...

I'm not going to lie, I have thought ,"well, I'm 38..that ship has sailed- I have 3 kids...whoa is me"...then I read Suzie Ivy's memoir...holy cow!! It's not to late folks..you just have to want it...and tell your family to get over it..your doing it.

Suzie was nothing if not honest. This wasn't a woman who came into the academy, guns blazing (the scene where she screamed after shooting a gun..HAHAHAHA!!). The physical tests she had to endure were unbelievable. I found her age to be a bonus...only someone in their 40's would laugh when a  police instructor (Drill Sergent) is screaming a insult regarding her hair. It was funny...but boy, did she pay. I would have laughed too.
I couldn't believe Suzie's ability to keep her temper in check. Their were moments where some folks sounded like smart mouth teenage girls...anyone who knows me ...really knows me, knows I WILL SNAP LIKE THAT!!!!

The police procedure was interesting also. FireDaddy said it was similar to fire academy, as I had to read some of this to him due to the fact he will not read one blasted book.

There were very touching moments regarding her family and one of her fellow cadets.
I am not one who usually reads a memoir as I tend to choose escapism..murder...zombie's..healthy stuff, but this was a great read.

Now Boy's...I know it's pink...I know it looks girly but load it on your kindle or smarty pants phones and no one will ever know. This is a book everyone will enjoy.

Even though Suzie routinely states that she came in last in many of the physical tests, in my mind she came out first. Honestly, she kind of puts Wonder Woman to shame ...

Book #2 comes out soon...I believe she said it is about her first year at the police station...look for it..

Have a great weekend!

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