Old School Like Old School

I have about half a zillion things I should be doing, BUT Elaine from The Miss Elaine-ous Life (click that and check out her new digs, yo.) has brought back Old School Blogging with her co-host Brittany from That’s Vandy. And it’s a good one all the way from 2008!  You remember those surveys, yes?
Yay!  Me too! So here is a bunch of useless information about me that you never cared to know:
Where is your cell phone?  Next to me on the arm of the chair. It’s almost never out of arm-reach except at night when it’s on the charger. I feel like maybe that is a bit of an addiction problem.
Your significant other?  That would be Cortney. He’s downstairs putting Eddie to bed. Actually, he’s probably asleep in Eddie’s bed by now.
Your hair?  We covered this yesterday. Although I also just got it cut and colored on Friday, including getting bangs, so I’m feeling pretty young and hip right now.
Your mother?  Is the best. We email each other every week. When we don’t, we worry about each other.
Your father?  Also the best. He’s deer hunting right now.
Your favorite thing?  Watching all three of my boys be happy. Their laughter cures so many ills.
Your dream last night?  I really don’t remember, although Saturday night I had a dream that our house’s floor plan was different. That was all sorts of awesome. Although I was trying to fit painting the bathroom in about 10 minutes before the floor guys showed up and Cort was yelling at me to just let it go.  Huh.
Your favorite drink?  My  newest obsession is hot green tea. I love it.
Your dream/goal?  To build the house we will grow old in.
The room you are in?  In my chair in the living room. Which means if I stretch my right arm out far enough I am in the kitchen, and if I lean back I’m in the dining area (yeah, not room…area).  Did I say I would like a new house someday?
Your fear?  Failure as a parent. Failure as a wife. Failure as a friend. Failure as a…pretty much any role I am to anyone. I don’t want to let people down. I am also afraid of drowning.  Actually death in general.
Where do you want to be in six years?  In my 40’s, done having babies, and in the process of building a house/moving (or done with it if things get really good in the next year or so).
Where were you last night?  My favorite place: home.
What are you not?  punctual, calm, good at social events
Muffins?  Of course.  Muffin Top? I’d rather not.
One of your wish list items? I think we’ve established I want a new house, so other than that I want a good book to read once the snow starts to blow around here.
Where you grew up?  Less than five miles from where I am typing this: Zeeland, Michigan. I’m a small-town girl by birth and by choice.
The last thing you did?  Put Charlie to bed. I like putting my boys to bed…both of them. It’s special for different reasons. When I put Charlie to bed he snuggle-kisses me before I lay him down, and then I get to listen to him laugh and play with his stuffies before he falls asleep. It’s sweetness.
What are you wearing? This seems like sort of a dirty question for some reason, but I’ll bite: I have on my jammies, my robe, and socks.
Your TV?  Gets way too much action, mostly from the kids. Our TiVo is over-run with kids shows.
Your pets?  Not anymore. We had a cat named Louis. He died two years ago at age seventeen and a half. Then we had a series of fish. Let’s just say they didn’t work out.  No more pets are on the horizon.
Your computer? Which one? Oh man that sounds bad. But when you’re married to a tech geek you tend to accidentally live in a computer lab/graveyard. Once I mentioned my printer at school died and that they weren’t providing them to us anymore. A printer materialized. We have a desk top, each have a lap top, we have an old lap top that Eddie uses for games, and I have a Chromebook from work. Plus my desk top at work, Cort’s tablet, and my Nook Color. And I am sure there are computer parts waiting to be Frankensteined somewhere.
Your life?  Boom.
Your mood?  Chronically tired, but happy.
Missing someone?  I miss my best friend, Tonya. I wish I had more time to go visit her.
Your car? 2007 Saturn Vue. And it’s red and shiny.
Something you are not wearing?  Since I’m ready for bed I’m not wearing make-up…or a bra.
Favorite store? Barnes & Noble
Your summer?  is gone with the wind…wait, that’s Tuesday.  Summer is always bittersweet. We try to do ALL THE FUN THINGS and end up being sad about being so busy. We are homebodies, and we wish for more carefree time in our summers.
Like someone?  Does this mean DO I like someone or AM I like someone? I like lots of people. I’m just like Eddie. Or rather, he is just like me.
Your favorite color?  orange
When was the last time you laughed?  Just now when Cortney came upstairs. Not much time passes when we are in the same room and laughter doesn’t happen.
Last time you cried?  This morning I got all sniffly watching the Today Show’s coverage of the damage and destruction of Sunday’s storms.
What is one thing on your to-do list?  Grading and Planning. Those things are perpetually on my To Do List until June.

Your turn! Just copy and past this survey into a new blog post and fill in your own answers…and don’t forget to link up over at Elaine’s!

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. I like Boom!
    I haven’t been braless in four freaking years. Don’t ask.

  2. Green teat is so good for you and so is Barnes & Noble, although like you, I’m sure, I SO miss the small musty independent book shops.

    Love your list!

    • you said “teat”. heh.

      Yes! My FAVORITE place to go in Chicago when I visit my BFF is a little bookstore. We get pedis, coffee, and hit up the bookstore when I am there. Man I miss her! 🙂

  3. I think that new, awesome house is definitely on the horizon! And have I seen your bangs yet? I want to! Post a pic! 🙂

  4. Whenever I’ve taken a hiatus from writing, reading and commenting on blogs, yours is one of my favorites to return to.

    I love catching up with your deep thoughts, your three sweet boys, your honesty.

    I see so much of myself in your words (p.s. what UP with chin hairs???) and always hope that life’s been good to you while I’ve been gone.

    So this old-school post did my heart good.
    Like someone? Yep. I like you!

    • i hope you know you make me oh so happy that you always come over to visit when you are back in blog land. I like you back. 🙂

  5. Boom! that’s awesome.
    I dream of building my own house as well (actually more letting someone build a house for me) and I know for sure that it would have solar heating and floor heating because I hate those forced air furnaces…

  6. I’m totally with you on the green tea and NO BRA, BABY!
    Oh, and let’s go to Barnes & Noble together!

    p.s. I’m not punctual or calm, or good at social gatherings. Perhaps we should be roommates at the next blog conference we’re both going to??



  7. I love the Boom. And I really love how you described putting the boys to bed. So sweet.

  8. OH I miss putting my boys to bed, so I get to do it through my grand son.. who , ya know, I prefer to let sleep in my arms as long as I can..I just posted the other day how I missed old school blogging.. How I missed the community it fostered and the friendships that were formed. Sighs maybe it will come back..

  9. OK, I love the way you interpreted Like Someone? I was thinking “Oh, I never thought of it that way!” BEING like someone. Huh. Both of my boys have elements of me in their personalities, for sure.

  10. I totally did the same thing – should have been sleeping so naturally I wrote my Old School Blogging post. Love how you describe your mood – sleepy but happy, yes! And a dream house would be a dream!

  11. I understand the fish thing. We have not been successful with fish. Your husband and his computer parts sound like a friend of ours.