I'm a little behind the times (about 2 years) and Maggie's enthusiasm for Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series. Maggie had been asking me over and over to read it, but I haven't been able to find any time to devote to sitting and getting into a new series of books. The only series that had me clearing my schedule was when a new Harry Potter book would come out and I would devour it in a weekend. She figured since I was pretty much bedridden for four weeks following my cervical fusion, this was the ideal time. Two weeks into the "rest period," I still hadn't been able to get more than 100 pages into the book. I carried it with me this past Tuesday to the little ones' dance festival at the elementary school and was stunned at how many MOMS stopped to tell me how much they loved the series. Finally one of my friends told me how great they were and I confided to her that I just couldn't get into it. She said that she had had the same struggle but that after about 200 pages she couldn't put it down. I decided to make a concerted effort to read it since school would be out at the end of the week and any substantial amount of quiet time would be gone until August. My cervical collar has been making me nuts lately, so I thought I'd throw myself into the book to take my mind off it. Two days later, I had finished all three books in the series and was online searching the Internet for anything I could find on the author, the series and the movie. Maggie spends most of her time laughing at me and my enthusiasm, but I'm okay with it. So now not only do we have countdown calendars for our summer family trip, but one for the release of the fourth book in the series, Breaking Dawn, and the Twilight movie due in theaters on December 12. School may be out, but I still have three days until I find out from the surgeon if the collar can come off. I guess I'll be making it through the series one more time before then!