watch me now


Um just so you all know?  You rock.  Seriously.

After my word vomit of a post driven mostly by anxiety and what-if’s, you all flooded my comments, my email inboxes, my facebook, my twitter stream, you name it, you were there.  And then there was the totally rad paint picture Megan made me.  It really was the cherry on top of the awesome support sundae you all made me.

At the end of the day yesterday, I was tired and overwhelmed and thankful.

But most of all, I didn’t feel so alone.

After I had Eddie, I didn’t have an online community.  My friends who lived near me didn’t know I was struggling.  And the one who did was all over me like stink on a monkey to get out and have fun and let her help me (thank YOU, Trisha).

Cort reminded me yesterday that I am not as unprepared this time around.  That in addition to knowing myself better, others know me too.  Others are watching out for me too.  Others are there to help me know when I need to go out and when we need to stay in.  When I need “me” time and when I need “kid” time.

And just when I thought it couldn’t get better?  I glanced through my tweets and reader and noticed this. SHUT UP!  I made a LIST! (I might be driving up her traffic today just by re-clicking that link and re-checking to make sure that is REALLY my name over there.  Yup.  Just checked again.  You’re welcome, Gigi.)

If Gigi thinks I am a blogger to watch in 2012?  Well then.  I better straighten up around here and quit moping around.  Or at least check my spelling and grammar when I post that mopey shiz.  Because when Gigi says something is cool, well, you just don’t argue with Gigi.

Plus she is right, I am a pretty big deal.

Speaking of pretty big deals, I know.  Something is missing here.

Wednesday is usually the day for a Recruit in Sluiter Nation.

Well, because of my devotion to extreme laziness this blog, I have decided to cut the Recruits down to only once or twice a month.  Still on Wednesdays, of course.  So SOON you will have another fab blogger to love on.  But today you get this random slapdash of my words.

You’re welcome.

Oh yeah…I am also doing Project 365 (well, Project 366 this year) again.  I took 2011 off and actually missed it.  I did it for 2009 and 2010 and we LOVE looking back at my pregnancy with Eddie and his first year.  So this year I am doing it again.  I don’t want Charlie to think I didn’t want to remember him (you know, second child syndrome).

I will post my pics for the week each Sunday, and you can see all of them by clicking that nice little “Project 365” tab at the top.

Oh…also?  I am 29 weeks pregnant today.  10 weeks until Charlie, 9 weeks of work.  Let’s do this.

Cort has started calling me the Velvet Hammer because I am working so hard to make my students work their butts off in the next 9 weeks that they will WANT me to leave.

And I am doing it all while looking cute and innocent.

No one suspects the Velvet Hammer.

Or something.

I don’t try to explain my husband.  Other than he has EXCELLENT taste.


Happy Wednesday.

And thank you.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Much love! I was thrilled to see you on Gigi’s list when I read that this morning too. Go you, Velvet Hammer!

  2. You absolutely rock 🙂

    And I love the idea of the velvet hammer.

    That is all 🙂

  3. I am stealing the Velvet Hammer phrase. That is brilliant.

  4. Found you on twitter today! Looking forward to following you!

    XOXO. E

  5. Much love to you, friend! I’m so glad that you have a support system this time around! You’re gonna rock this thing.

    And are “velvet hammers” like “Velvet Elvis”? Because that’s a little scary… 😉

  6. I still have your “Heart of Conflicts” post open on my computer. I wasn’t able to comment effectively when I first read it because…well…as a mother of two (two years apart) and a teacher and…well…I just understood it all TOO clearly.

    And if I’d started typing a comment, I never would have stopped.

    I am now simply going to say that I hope you already know what I would have said.
    You kind of know, right?

    And you are more than a little bit not alone.

    p.s. I totally want a Velvet Hammer. (Does that sound dirty?)

  7. Woot to making Gigi’s list! That’s awesome! And sorry I missed the mopey post yesterday. I’ve been scarce around the interwebs lately. 🙁 Cort’s right – you have an awesome support system this time around. Hugs!

  8. So many things to comment on here… I’m so sorry to hear about the anxiety. As someone who has been suffering with it for a while, I know how debilitating it can be. I’m happy you found so much support from this community.

    And congratulations on making Kludgy’s list! That’s how I found you here today 🙂

    Finally, best of luck with your pregnancy. So very exciting!

  9. I was so excited to see you had made Gigi’s list! VERY Exciting and so well deserved.

    Katie, we are all cheering you on. And listen to Cort – you are better prepared this time and you know THOUSANDS of people who will drop everything to make sure you’re okay or send a tweet/post/comment/status in hopes that it will reassure you that you’re not alone.

    You’re going to be great. Not fine… GREAT!

  10. Was just writing a similar post, so don’t think I’m being all copy-catishy.

    But seriously, to be a blogger to watch with you and Galit and Julie.

    On a list compiled by Gigi.

    I can’t stop clicking on it.

    Plus, I’ve emailed the link to my parents.

    It’s like I’ve had a baby or something. 😉


    Can’t wait until you-know-who shows up.

  11. yes, but does the Velvet Hammer suspect the Spanish Inquisition? Hmmmmm?

    We love you, Katie.

  12. You should just call yourself Chuck Norris…because by the time someone notices that he’s in the room, he’s already roundhoused your face…
    7 times.
    And yes you are a pretty big deal.

  13. You are too cute in every way. 🙂

  14. Love you, Kate! And “Velvet Hammer” sounds kinky! 😉