I’m Joining Leigh Anne’s Party Too: Slice of Life #sol18 19/31

I’m an introvert and usually find it pretty easy to RSVP NO to any and all party invitations. But Leigh Anne’s invitation is to a different kind of party, and this is one I feel confident I can enjoy.


A Favorite Book: I’m going to bring one that I don’t think enough of my teacher friends have read: Meghan Whalen Turner’s The Thief. It’s the first in a series, so once you fall in love with Eugenides, the main character, (and you will), you can read four more books set in his world. It’s fantasy but set in a world that feels like ancient Greece to me. It’s short, which is a rare treat in fantasy series. And Eugenides is one of the best characters in all of fiction. It’s also brilliant on audio.



A Favorite Person: I’m going to bring my mom. We always have fun together. Plus, it only seems fair given that she reads every single word I publish on my blog and texts me whenever there’s a typo or grammatical error or formatting problem. She’d probably like to bring her own favorite book too. (Mom, what would you choose to share?) Be sure to ask about her formerly feral cat, Barbara, who’s the Mama Cat in my stories about my little feral cat family. (This is Barbara before she was tamed.)


A Favorite Food: Cake! I’m with Hyperbole and a Half: cake is the only thing that matters. And I don’t even care that this is a copyrighted image.


A Favorite Song: I don’t have a favorite song. Is it weird not to have a favorite song? Could I bring a second book instead? Or maybe a second cake?

A Surprise: I am sure my long-time readers can guess what I’d bring as a surprise. KITTENS! Kittens for everyone! Just to be clear: these kittens are not my kittens. These kittens are what happens when you do a Google search for “all the kittens.” Try it! It will make you happy! Also, these kittens are clearly too young to be separated from their mother or from each other, so I guess I will have to keep them all.

all the kittens

But here is one of my kittens: Chipotle dressed in fringe, ready for a party.

chipotle in fringe

And I’d bring Zorro, because he makes life a party all day long:


And special thanks to Terje and Christie, whose posts today inspired me to accept Leigh Anne’s invitation.







38 responses to “I’m Joining Leigh Anne’s Party Too: Slice of Life #sol18 19/31”

  1. Stacey Shubitz Avatar

    What a cute idea for a post!

    I think it is fantastic that you’re bringing your mom. I hope she sees this post so she knows how much you treasure her.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I think she’s going to be very excited to see herself and her beloved cat on my blog today!

  2. arjeha Avatar

    I am all for cake. k I never met a cake I didn’t like. I do like this idea for a post. It is fun plus it says a lot about interests the person. I, too, think that it is wonderful that you would bring your mom.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I don’t think I ever met a cake I didn’t like either. Even when it’s a bit dry, it’s good to me. (That’s what the frosting is for!).

  3. Leigh Anne Eck Avatar
    Leigh Anne Eck

    Yea! I am ao glad you accepted the invitation. And someone who brings cake is always welcome! I have The Thief somewhere on my shelf! Maybe I should go look for it. I know you said the kittens were not yours – but how adorable they are! I am adding you to the guest list. Thanks for coming.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Kittens are just the best thing ever! The Thief series is probably the only fantasy series I’ve ever reread–and I’ve reread it several times. So good!

  4. Glenda M. Funk Avatar

    I read Deb Day’s party list yesterday and posted things I’d bring to the party in the comments, but now that I’ve read your party list, I have some ideas of how to put my own “meow” on this kitty party. I might have to crash the party tomorrow. Today is for party planning. And if “mom” reads the comments, I hope I don’t have typos! I want first choice of kittens, too.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      A kitty party! YES! I actually hadn’t been planning to use this slice prompt, but for some reason, when I saw “a surprise” this morning, I immediately thought kittens and knew I had to write the post just so I could bring KITTENS. You can definitely have first choice. After adopting the little feral family and keeping all the kittens (four), I’ve decided that the way to go with cats is to keep the whole litter. Watching siblings interact is such a joy; they all adore each other; AND they are the most well-adjusted and happy cats I’ve ever had, and I’m just certain it’s because they have less trauma in their lives than most cats who lose their entire families! So… you might consider the whole litter! For the sake of the mama cat, I hope that’s 2 or 3 or 4 litters, but at this point, they all look bonded and probably need to stay together! 🙂

  5. Juliana Ellington Avatar

    How lovely to be your ‘Plus-One’!! As you (and all mothers) know, I will be happy over this honor for days (or longer, lol). It is so hard at my age (68) to choose a favorite book. Maybe I would choose all of Jane Austen because who could choose just one? I loved the photo of Barbara with her tiny feet and her big eyes. BTW, I cannot believe that basket of kittens!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Well, all of Jane Austen is published in one omnibus “Complete Novels” so you wouldn’t technically be cheating if you brought that book. And it’s a fine choice. I considered bring Jane Austen as my favorite person, but decided I’d have more fun with you. That basket of kittens might strain my new commitment to keeping the whole litter together!

  6. elsie Avatar

    Love the number of cats you managed to put into one post. I had sister cats for eighteen years, and they were the best. I need to check out that book, sounds intriguing. My favorite cake is Italian Cream Cake, full of pecans and coconut, yum. This party is a fun one to attend.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Mmmm, Italian Cream Cake! I’m sure this post was fun for me to write because I kept founding ways to wedge some more cats into it. I’m pretty sure my blog would be boycotted if I only wrote about cats every day of the month, but I seriously could!

  7. Amanda Regan Avatar
    Amanda Regan

    Bring kittens and you are guaranteed to be the life of the party! (The cake won’t hurt, either.) You have me intrigued about The Thief. I will have to look for it. 🙂

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Apparently there are some people who don’t like cats, but I don’t want to know those people.

      1. Amanda Regan Avatar
        Amanda Regan

        They’re really not worth knowing. 😉

  8. mrsbrunowrites Avatar

    What a fun post! Clever and love your responses.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thank you! It was really fun to write.

  9. mrspalmerponders Avatar

    This is such a fun post – I read one over the weekend, too! Love the party idea! My favorite part about your post is ” I don’t have a favorite song. Is it weird not to have a favorite song? Could I bring a second book instead? Or maybe a second cake?” Great alternatives!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I’d definitely rather have more cake than more music!

  10. Akilah Avatar

    Yes, but if we know you’ll bring kittens, does it still count as a surprise?

    The other great selling point for The Thief is that it leads to The Queen of Attolia, which is just delightful.


    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Yes, Queen of Attolia is just as delightful, and King of Attolia is EVEN BETTER. You have a good point here about surprises….

  11. Amanda Potts Avatar

    Made me smile. I might have to join the party later this week – especially if I can come see the kittens!!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      This was a far more fun post to write than I thought it would be. Whatever I come up with tomorrow might just feel flat….

  12. Ramona Avatar

    Definitely excited about the addition of kittens to our party. I posted yesterday (and fudged on the book(s). So happy to see all those kittens and pics of your cats too! I’ve read The Thief (used it as a read aloud for sixth grade) and loved it, but have never read the sequels. Guess it’s time to get moving. Can’t wait for our party!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      The King of Attolia (Book 3) is my very favorite, but I think her latest, Thick as Thieves (Book 5), might be my second favorite. Definitely worth continuing to read! I think a basket of kittens would add a lot to any party.

  13. margaretsmn Avatar

    I need to join the party! I first hopped over to Amazon to order the Thief on Audible. I had 2 credits waiting. I wish I could meet your mom.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Hope you enjoy The Thief! All this talk about it today has me wanting to reread!

  14. Melanie Meehan Avatar

    Sounds like there’ll be plenty of cake–that makes me happy. And I love that your mom is your person, especially since she reads all your posts. That’s awesome.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Cake and cats… what more does a person need? My mom is over the moon that she gets to come to the party!

  15. Trina Haase Avatar
    Trina Haase

    What a fun post! My daughter is swooning over all of the kitties! I am swooning over the cake!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Ha! Something for everyone!

  16. carwilc Avatar

    Fun idea for a post. I like cake. A lot. And kittens. Although I really like puppies better. But I would settle for kittens. Especially kittens as cute as all of these. And I would bring my mom too!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Puppies are fine–as long as they belong to someone else! I hope never to have a puppy again, and this is a NO I can stay firm on, no matter how hard my son begs and pleads. (He also really wants an orange kitten, and I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t have to do much persuading there!)

  17. shawndastories Avatar

    Love this! So much fun, and I learned so much about you, too. I love cake, too. In fact, I’m eating my leftover birthday cake as I comment on slices tonight 🙂

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Leftover birthday cake! How delightful! Just writing the word cake so many times here is making me think I need to bake one.

  18. leemiller13 Avatar

    Interesting to be getting to know you, so to speak, on your blog, Elisabeth, which is, of course, different from knowing you by having an office right next to you. Anyway, the favorite song thing caught my eye. I do have a favorite song, I suppose (my favorite book is probably Their Eyes Are Watching God, or maybe Tao Te Ching) – but you’ll laugh at what I think may be my favorite song – it’s “Palomino,” by DD. Not terrible sure why, but there it is (of course, I can throw in that I currently can’t get R.E.M.’s “Begin the Begin” out of my head).

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Ha, you had no idea I thought about cats this much, did you? Your favorite song choice is making me very happy this morning! That’s a very quirky pick, especially given how much music you listen to and how very knowledgeable you are. I have only read Their Eyes Are Watching God once. I should probably remedy that with a reread, especially as I think I read it when I was an undergrad.

      1. leemiller13 Avatar

        I have a growing awareness of your, what, fondness for cats. And yes, my long time enjoyment of DD (not to mention a-Ha) would probably surprise some folks. On TEWWG, there’s a reason she’s on my door – just at the top of the heap for me.

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