31 Things About Me: Slice of Life #sol19 3/31

Today I’m borrowing my format from Lisa Keeler and Melanie Meehan.

  1. Some mornings, I wear my bathrobe to work. Yes, I take it off and leave it in the car before I go inside. But when it’s five in the morning and I’m struggling to wake up, knowing I can stay snuggled in my bathrobe for an extra hour is sometimes all I need to get me out the door.
  2. My family’s cat math doesn’t add up. We have seven right now. My husband thinks that seven is still one too many. My son thinks that seven is six too many. And I think that seven would be much better if it were nine.
  3. I am inordinately proud of the fact that my son loves grits.
  4. When I get a pretty latte at the coffee shop, I always take a photo.
  5. I hate cilantro, parsley, and dill.
  6. But it’s ok to stick thyme and basil in everything.
  7. I read multiple books at a time so that I always have a just right book to read, no matter my mood and circumstances. It’s not unusual for me to have at least twenty books started.
  8. Rainy days make me happy, but they are rare in western South Dakota.
  9. My morning lap cat, Chipotle, is frightened of coffee mugs, so I have to take secret sips of coffee when he’s in my lap.
  10. I can’t figure out how to cook eggplant correctly. It’s always tough and bitter.
  11. I also always ruin steak. Periodically my son begs me to try again, and so we buy another steak and I overcook it.
  12. The cure to whatever ails me is always homemade chocolate chip cookies.
  13. Utah and Oregon are my favorite places to go on vacation.
  14. I love road trips.
  15. I never intended to be a teacher at all, but I just couldn’t stop going to school.
  16. I rarely paint my nails but when I do, I like blues and grays.
  17. Last year I was a first-time Cybils judge for the first round in the Graphic Novel category. I read 102 graphic novels! (I worried I would burn out on graphic novels, but it’s still my favorite format to read.)
  18. I don’t have a life mantra, but if I did, it might be “everything is better with butter.”
  19. My favorite animals are the cheetah and the sloth.
  20. Last year, we visited the San Diego Zoo just to experience Cheetah Run. It lasted for, like, three seconds, and it was absolutely worth the four-day round-trip drive.
  21. My philosophy of cat adoption used to be “always adopt two.” Now, after taming and keeping a whole feral litter and taking so much daily delight in their interactions and special bond, I have a new philosophy: adopt the whole litter! (Even if you think that’s nuts, you really won’t be sorry! Cat siblings are the best!)
  22.  I can never resist stopping for a roadside attraction like The World’s Largest Ball of Twine or The World’s Largest Prairie Dog Statue.
  23.  Melanie Meehan was right: 31 does seem like a really big number!
  24. Western South Dakota isn’t for everyone, but I think I live in the most beautiful place on earth.
  25. I wish I could be a more organized person, but I’ve mostly given up.
  26. I think a noisy classroom is a sign that good learning is taking place. (I guess it could also be a sign of just the opposite, but I’m an optimist.)
  27. I used to be terrified of flying, but now I kind of like it.
  28. For a couple of years, I had a really beautiful garden, but then I neglected it for a couple of years, and now I have a garden of salvia and weeds.
  29. I had high hopes of indulging my love of cats by fostering, but then my very first foster was a #fosterfail.
  30. I have no idea how long I’ve been participating in the March Slice Challenge. It could be four years. It could be six. And it seems like a lot of work to go check.
  31. My very favorite kind of slice to write is a list. Any kind of list.
Yes, I really was sitting that close to a cheetah at Cheetah Run.
Latte art
The prairie is more of an uphill climb than you might think
Oliver, the world’s best #fosterfail





27 responses to “31 Things About Me: Slice of Life #sol19 3/31”

  1. Sonja Schulz Avatar
    Sonja Schulz

    Great list—even though I’m a fan of both cilantro and dill! ha! I always enjoy reading these get-to-know you lists.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It was fun to write–though a bit more challenging than I expected it to be. I’m glad other slicers wrote about cilantro and gave me the idea!

  2. carwilc Avatar

    What a fun list! Even though I have been reading your posts for several years (four? six?), I learned lots of new things about you. I never knew, for instance, that graphic novels were your favorite genre. I don’t like them, but my students LOVE them, and I am always looking for recommendations if you have any.

    And do uou really wear your bathrobe to work? Do you have take it off and then get dressed and then put it back on? Or do you have to haul your clothes along and get dressed at work? Do you think you could write a whole post about that, because I would like to know more!???

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I realize now that I should have explained that I get dressed and THEN put my bathrobe back on LOL. So it’s easy enough to shrug off and leave in the car when I get to work. It just feels so much more comfy and soothing than putting a coat on! What graphic novels do your students love? I like making recommendations!

  3. arjeha Avatar

    Love #19 – two totally opposite creatures. Don’t know if I could come up with 31 things about myself. Seems like to much work to think about it. 🙂

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Yes, probably makes no sense to love the cheetah and the sloth! It actually was more work than I thought it would be. I thought this would be a quick post to put together, but I stalled out after about 8, then after about 22.

  4. Lara Avatar

    I love “I read multiple books at a time so that I always have a just right book to read, no matter my mood and circumstances. It’s not unusual for me to have at least twenty books started.” This is the story of my life. Goodreads is a problem because it looks like I never finish a book!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Yes! Sometimes it’s really challenging to also make sure I am FINISHING books because I love starting them so much!

      1. Lara Avatar

        I need a list to check off!

  5. Amanda Potts Avatar

    What a great list. I always feel a bit guilty when I write a list slice, but I love reading other lists… Something to add to my list – write a list slice (or three). Also – TWENTY books at a time? I thought I was bad with three or four. And I love that you wear your bathrobe to work – and so many other things here. Thanks for letting us get to know you better.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I used to feel like I was cheating with list slices too but they’re my favorites to read and I love writing them too, so…. why not embrace the fun rather than feel guilty about it?!

  6. mschiubookawrites Avatar

    Hooray for lists. Your lists always make me smile. I am working on #26.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Lists are so fun! I have a high tolerance for noise in the classroom, even though I am normally quite sensitive to noise and need quiet to work. But when I teach, the noise sounds like learning!

  7. readingteachsu Avatar

    I’m definitely going for this slice format next weekend. (Sunday is my super fun write day). I 100% agree with #15 #22 never know what you will learn or when you will pass this way again. I also love road trips. Still optimistic about my garden and my organization skills.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Ha, I think I’ve lost all hope in organizational skills, though I did clean my office some this weekend and felt so proud!

  8. clumbra45 Avatar

    Such a fun format! Love the pics, too. Thanks for the inspiration… and very much agree with #18.

  9. Colin Davitt Avatar
    Colin Davitt

    My favorite part of this post is the pictures. Cheetah run? Never heard of it until now and it looks amazing. #15 is the same for me, never thought I would be anywhere near education. I always hated school.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I tried so hard to incorporate them into the post and had several more to include too but…. my tech skills weren’t working today! Every so often, one of my preservice teachers hated school–and they often become the BEST teachers! Cheetah run is totally amazing–well worth a trip to the San Diego Safari Park!

  10. elsie Avatar

    Love learning odd bits of you through this list. This would be a great quick write exercise. I bet you were surprised at some of the facts you shared. So envious of your cats. Someday, I will have them again, but not until I stop traveling.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      That’s a good point–they keep me home more than I would like. I also love to travel but we rarely make whole family trips because it’s so hard on the cats, even though my mom comes by each day to feed and interact with them. You’re right: some of these surprised me too!

  11. learn_thru_it Avatar

    I really liked getting to know you through your list! Thank you for sharing! I’m going to tell my husband and my Mother-in-law about #2 and #21. They will not appreciate knowing about them, but I’m gonna tell them!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I love watching the special relationship that the siblings have! My mother adopted their feral mama and so I get daily updates too and get to see the ways the kittens take after their mama.

  12. cristijulsrud Avatar

    I love to write lists-of any kind. I will set aside an hour or two each week just to craft my grocery list! So this post format speaks to my writerly soul! It’s nice to read posts from a fellow road-trip, chocolate cookies for what ails you, and graphic novel enthusiast. And about the eggplant… have you tried soaking it in milk for an hour? Do that, then take it out, salt it, and leave it sit for thirty minutes and pat off with paper towels. You’ll be surprised how much difference it makes!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I’ve tried salt alone, but never milk! I am going to try that this summer and see if I can finally pull off some tasty eggplant. Thanks for the suggestion! There is something about lists that speak to my writerly soul too!

  13. karpenglish Avatar

    Great list! I am curious now about whether or not I can even think of 31 things about myself. But…it is late, it has been a very long day, and I am way too tired to think about it now!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      A fun exercise for another day maybe! This is a good format for a rainy day slice. It’s more challenging than I thought it would be.

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