Rambling Autobiography #sol22 5/31

I was born the same year that Watership Down, my favorite book when I was a teenager, was published. Since I’ve had to give up chocolate, I adore extra-premium vanilla ice cream smothered with sea salt caramel sauce. I buy far more books than I will ever be able to read during my lifetime. I spent my middle school years filling spiral notebooks with fan fiction starring my friends and the members of Duran Duran. Returning books to the library is deeply satisfying. When I was eight, I fell in love with snow and winter. Even now, I won’t agree to live anywhere without snow. I like to daydream about a job I once saw posted at an animal sanctuary: Kitten Caregiver. My favorite place to hide was a fort I made in the woods. Somehow, in my memory, the three or four branches I leaned against a tree have been transformed into something elaborate, roofed, hobbity. I can still smell the metallic scent of rain falling at the end of a hot summer day. It was only last year that I learned there is a word for that smell. I have 7,616 photos of cats on my camera roll. I still enjoy the comfort breakfast of my childhood, a hot bowl of salty buttered grits.  


My theme for Slice of Life 2022 is finding inspiration in the writing of others. Each day I plan to find my slice in someone else’s words or forms. Today’s inspiration came from Angela’s Rambling Autobiography at Slowing Down the Moments. The Rambling Autobiography is a prompt that may be familiar to many from Linda Rief. I first saw it in Kim Stafford’s wonderful book on writing, The Muses Among Us.

43 responses to “Rambling Autobiography #sol22 5/31”

  1. Lots of fun facts about you. We could go on a great vacation to a tree house with lots of ice cream and salted caramel sauce! Mmmmm!

    • It’s ridiculous how many photos we take of our pets! And the same ones! Like I have hundreds of photos of one of my cats sleeping in the exact same spot and position he sleeps in every day…. But I still can’t resist taking his photo when I see him looking all cute like that.

  2. I am always inspired by your posts every year. Now I am inspired by your influence from others’ posts for your own. I usually do that when I am stuck but I love the intention of it right out of the gate! Thank you for this and your words.

  3. First let me say that I love the kitten picture. It is always fun to learn about someone and this format gives us a glimpse at some fun facts about you.

    • That’s the newest addition, Pomegranate. Since I mentioned kittens, it seemed unfair not to bless everyone with a kitten picture! I’m sure I’ll write about him and his sister sometime this month.

  4. So glad I came here this morning. I love the rambling autobiography idea…since I naturally ramble anyway. Also, I just got so many ideas and connections from your ramble. I too, list Watership Down as a turning point book for me. I can remember where I was when I was reading it…and I have three copies in my house right now because I kept giving copies to my daughters in hopes that they’d read it. And then there are the photos on the phone…Thanks for this.

  5. So beautiful! Thanks for highlighting such a fun, lovely format. There’s so much I love about your autobiography–the deeply comforting feeling of returning a library book, knowing that “kitten caregiver” is a job, the word “hobbity” to describe your fort, to name a few.

    • Sometimes when I’m feeling low, I’ll just think “Kitten Caregiver” and immediately my mood lifts. (Although kittens are hard to keep alive, so probably this is a very depressing job. Sorry to bring us down like this! We’ll just focus on our dream version of this dream job, where all kittens thrive!)

  6. What an awesome way to approach this year’s challenge! So many vivid details brought out by this prompt. Metallic smell of summer rain- this brought me back to childhood. So, so good.

  7. Your “rambling” autobiography connects together so well! When I was a teenager, my friends and I were obsessed with the novel The Mists of Avalon, so we made a whole movie pitch cast with ourselves (of course) and members of Duran Duran made an appearance in our cast too. (My gosh, I was such a nerd!)

  8. I popped by just to see if there might be a cat post and was rewarded with a pic of Pomegranate! Love the rambling autobiography.
    “I buy far more books than I will ever be able to read during my lifetime.” We’re definitely book sisters! And my husband wants me to reduce my books. Why can’t I just keep them all?

    • Indeed! When we moved, I did clear out so many but I bet it won’t surprise you at all to know that I’ve had to replace several that I donated in 2020 because I now need to read them in 2022! And I’m sure I’ll have a cat post sometime this week. There are new cats who need introducing after all.

  9. I am not surprised at the number of cat photos on your phone or the dream job.
    Thank you for reminding me of the smell of summer rain, and the image of you in a forrest fort.
    And I must now give up the idea that you will move closer to me… no snow here!

  10. Elisabeth, I am on a rambling tour of rambling autobiographies this evening. Thanks for this sweet process. All those cat photos on your phone made me laugh aloud. Precious! Thanks for the links.

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