Is It Just Me? or Is Everyone a Little Nuts
Barnes & Noble
"What a great read....perfect for all those ideas that we've all had, but were hesitant to express. Judi takes the life experiences and puts a spin on them for all to enjoy. Erma Bombeck would be proud of this book!!!! Loved the looks I got from my husband as I giggled through the book!!!! Judi offers the insight of living in a small town with grace and humor. She brings a delightful and humerous look at life's experiences we can all relate to. Her style of writing leaves you wanting more. Judi's stories remind us of what is really important in life. For me her message is to treasure the many moments of family, friends, love and humor."
—Susan Mavity, Author The Light Within, The Gift of A Rose
"Totally unpretentious and downright funny, this book is a collection of all the things that happen to you every day; things you wish you could remember because they are so hilarious. Not weird, or sci-fi, or fantasy, or mystery, or romance, just funny everyday things that are the very substance of our lives. You will learn a lot about yourself and a lot about Judi Coltman when you read this one. Next time you're standing in the 20 item express line at the grocery store and the guy in front of you has 100 items and says, "These 80 cans of the same soup count as one, right?" tell him to buy Judi Coltman's Is it Just Me? Or Is Everyone a Little Nuts! It's funny!"
—Larry Enright author of Four Years from Home
"Wringing humor out of life's everyday mundanity is not easy, but Coltman does so quite well. Her wry, conversational tone is engaging and often insightful. Do I recommend this book? I do!"
Is It Just Me? or Is Everyone a Little Nuts is a funny, sometimes ironic book that offers a laugh out loud look at parenting, marriage, aging and small town living from an suburban point of view.
Written in short chapters, Coltman retells everyday life events, conversations and stories infused with her skewed sense of humor. These small snippets of life are moments in which anyone can identify and laugh at themselves as well. Middle age can be boring, but Coltman allows the naughty into her life from time to time, like her adult Scout Troop, "Cougar Scouts" Troop 69, or conversations between her middle aged self and her seventeen year old self that will leave you rolling (and remembering!) A great quick read!!
Book Excerpt from Is It Just Me? or Is Everyone a Little Nuts:
"When Halloween Goes Global"
My sister called the other day to share her latest assessment of life, as we do with each other from time to, when she stumbled upon a subject so glorious I just could not let it go. And because it would be poor form to not give credit to the genius who conceived this gem, I have to give a shout out to my sister’s highly revered hairdresser—Tammy.
There was this costume party coming up and a group of women were discussing what to wear when Tammy suggested they all dress as GIRL SCOUTS! Not just any girl scout mind you, but as COUGAR GIRL SCOUTS! They would all wear their uniforms with enough cleavage and bra showing to have no mistaking the intent. They would wear a sash that contained different levels of achievement badges (the “Walk of Shame” badge, the “Triple Play” badge and, of course, “Proper Condom Application” badge) and carry canteens filled with cosmopolitans. Their troop number? 69!
When I heard this, I howled. But, I could not just enjoy the laugh for the moment because the scope of this is priceless. Let’s drop the “girl” part, because face it, none of us look 10 anymore. Let’s call ourselves Cougar Scouts. And let’s forgo the traditional scout uniform and get a little creative. I myself have always coveted the white patent leather go-go boots from the early ‘70’s so I think they should be the official footwear. I also like a cute tennis skirt with built in panties, after all, we may be cougar’s but we are not easy so it will take some fancy talking to get to the goodies. Any color is acceptable but it must be paired with a black tank top. I mean we are hot – temperature hot that is, and we are NOT going to be burdened by unnecessary layering. Besides, black is thinning. To accessorize the ensemble, we need a belt – animal print of course, a matching wristlet to carry lipstick, compact and cab fare. Good scouts do carry canteens and they should be filled at all times with the beverage of choice (mine is red wine) and instead of binoculars, I suggest blinged-out cheater glasses. If you really want to carry something more binocularly, how about a View Master with a picture wheel of gorgeous men? Brownies wore beanies, Girl Scouts wore berets, Cougar Scouts will wear a scarf as a headband (with or without a Hollywood Bump It and fake hair) and, of course, a tiara for formal meetings. Meetings will be established by each troop with an annual meeting in either Florida or California on alternate years with an optional spa visit mid year. We could sing altered camp song's:
Do your boobs hang low, do they wobbled too and fro
Can you tie 'em in a knot, can you tie 'em in a bow
Can you throw 'em over your shoulder like a continental soldier
Do your boobs hang low
Ok - now in rounds. . .
Forget Halloween, I see this as a national club with troops not only in every state, but every town across the U.S. This could be huge! But what about troop dues, you ask? Hell, there are no dues—we’ve already paid ‘em!
About the Author:
Raised in an affluent suburb of Detroit, Judi Coltman grew up in a female heavy household with an urban sense of "normal."
Coltman attended Michigan State University, majoring in Journalism until a professor requested she switch majors—"Apparently making a story better with added features isn't acceptable in the news world," Coltman laments.
With a BA in English from Northern Illinois University, Coltman has written for local, regional and national publications.
Most recently, Coltman has been writing a weekly blog called, "My Life in a Nutshell," from where her book material was born.
Coltman lives in northern Illinois and is working on her second book.
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