I look pretty much the same. More or less. Except I have bangs now.
I look pretty much the same. More or less. Except I have bangs now.

Mostly I am just a mom and a woman trying to finish a thought every now and again. But instead of telling you my boring life story, I am going to try a different route…

25 Random Facts About Me:

1.  I am a born and raised Midwestern girl, which does not mean I live on a farm.

2.  I know I couldn’t love anyone or anything more than my kids and husband. But cheese is pretty high on the list as well. Chuck E. Cheese, however, not so much.

3. I am a former high school English teacher, a writer at heart, an amateur cake decorator, and pretty much the worst gardener on the planet.

4. Sometimes I get a little too excited about literature. Unless it’s Fifty Shades of Gray.

5. If you challenge me to a Saved By the Bell trivia match, you WILL feel the agonizing shame of defeat.

6. I miss my grandpa…a lot.

7. I was once reading an article about some nuns doing peacekeeping work in Gaza, and for a second, I thought it might be fun to be a nun. Now that’s random.

8. I once saw two punk girls lick the elbows of Davy Jones.

9. My high school mascot was an Angel. The mascot where I taught was a Saint. So I must be a shoe-in for Heaven.

10. I really, really, really wish I could sing and play instruments.

11. As a follow-up to #10, I would also like to go back to the 60’s and become the only female member of The Monkees. Psycho Jello…

12. I am aware that almost no one reading this knows what Psycho Jello is, and that’s okay with me.

13. I like the number 13.

14. When I first saw the Snuggie, I made fun of it relentlessly. Mostly because the commercial suggested that using a regular blanket made holding babies a near impossible task. Now I own a knockoff, which I call the “Sniggie.” And ironically enough, it does make holding babies easier. It’s weird.

15. I was once crowned the “funniest Suellentrop” in an email from one of my husband’s friends, and I’ve been gloating ever since. Let’s just ignore the fact that my only competition was my husband, and he’s really not that funny.

16. I have a hypothetical party to which I invite anyone I happen to think is the bee’s knees. So, like, we’ll be talking about some celebrity, and I will show my approval by saying, “He can come to my party.” My current guest list includes The Monkees (duh…even the ghost of Davy Jones), that Kid President little dude, Monk (Tony Shaloub must come in character), Joel McHale, Ellen Degeneres, Oprah’s best friend Gail, Will Ferrel, Mindy Kaling, Tom Hanks, Bill Geist , the Despicable Me minions, Jimmy Fallon, the Pine-Sol lady, anyone from Drunk History (as long as they are drunk), Cardinal legend Willie McGee, and every cute old man on the planet, preferably wearing golf caps. Jack Bauer from 24 would be the bouncer.

17. I think selective laziness can be an art form.

18. I know all the words to The Wizard of Oz. All.of.them. My daughter was on track to do the same, only with Sleeping Beauty. Nothing is cuter than when she would say, “She shall pwick her finger on the sindle of a sinning wheel and DIE!” But then she discovered Disney tween stars, and suddenly princesses weren’t cool anymore.

19. I never skip pages when I read books to my kids. Seriously.

20. For a thirty-something white girl, I do a commendable Michael Jackson impression. Probably because, according to 6-year-old me, he was my cousin.

21. I have an ironing board, but I don’t use it. I iron clothes on my bed on an as needed basis because, frankly, it’s just more convenient that way.

22. I think my son has the most beautiful eyelashes I’ve ever seen. And that’s not really fair.

23. I have really great friends…I mean, REALLY great.

24. Everyday my goal is to be a better mom, and I’m starting to realize it’s okay to start from scratch some days.

25. I hate snakes…on a plane or otherwise.

Bonus Fact: OH, and I write and illustrate children’s books. For reals. Check me out at kellysuellentrop.com

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83 Responses

  1. Karen G.

    I want to be on that invite list to your party. Pleeze seat me next to Mr. Tork, also of the best dimple category. I love ‘Monk’ (Tony)! Watching that show with my youngest was so much fun. It was our quality time for a long while of my single parenthood. We tried not to miss the marathons. And I have never liked Brangelina… Because I love Jennifer/Rachel. How does one get too excited about literature? I started from scratch so much I was rubbed raw as a mom!
    I was there, in the very tail end of the 60’s! It was phantasmagoric splendor!
    Psycho Jello

  2. Anne B.

    I would love to come to your party… Your Mom and I rocked out to the Monkees in our white GO-GO boots, I love Monk and I too an a Angelina hater… Homewrecker! ANd after all I played numerous roles during your “Wizard of Oz” days!

  3. Carolyn Schutte

    13 men (you did say you like the #13) and 2 women. H-m-m-m-m. Just wondering what that says. If the first four show up, it really won’t matter who else is there. 🙂

    • kelloggs77

      Ha ha!! You are right about the first four. I never really thought about the fact that I have more men on the list than women…and honestly, I’m not attracted to most of those men. I just think they are cool. That’s not the comprehensive list…there are certainly more women on there. But maybe there are less women because I already have so many amazing REAL life women friends, I don’t need to invite a bunch of gorgeous celebrities to make us all feel fat and ugly!

    • kelloggs77

      Your comment is totally acceptable. I had a very similar feeling about you when I discovered your blog today. I had been noticing that you comment on a few of the blogs I read and figured there was a very good chance that if I clicked on your name, I would find some blogging gold. Then I read the Mimi post. I’m not gonna lie…I’d probably be okay if you licked my elbows.

  4. Joan T Warren

    Incredibly rare that you mention Davy Jones twice (or was it three times) in one post. So sad he can’t make it to your party since he passed this year. Well, maybe he could come somehow. Anyway I had a huge crush on him when I was a kid and the ranch where he died was just a little way down the road from an addictions recovery “farm” in Florida where I used to work. If I had known he owned property there I might have had a hard time concentrating on my work. Why did I just tell you all this? Must be the Friday night FB party at The Waiting. Nice to meet you!

    • kelloggs77

      Wow. I would have found myself casually taking walks by the ranch during my breaks 🙂 I’m a pretty huge Monkees fan…which would explain the multiple references to them. And since my party is hypothetical anyway, ghost Davy can still come. Coincidentally, I’m also a fan of ghosts…so it would be a double bonus. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. NotAPunkRocker

    I am not really a punk rocker, but I play one on Blog. Davy Jones was occasionally seen in my neck of the woods because of his association with horse racing. Such an unexpected loss.

    I love the Monkees shirt you are wearing in your avatar too.

    • kelloggs77

      Thanks. I’m a nut. And yes, sad about DJ. Too bad you weren’t the punk girl who licked his elbows. Now THAT would be a blog post!

  6. Madame Weebles

    I love lists in general, and lists of random facts about people in particular. I also enjoy the number 13. Any YouTube videos of you and your Michael Jackson imitation floating around, by any chance? My husband boasts of his prowess at Saved by the Bell trivia, maybe the two of you should throw down one day.

  7. Allan G. Smorra

    Congratulations on being FP’d, I enjoyed the post. As for your Monkee fixation: I met Peter Tork about 25 years ago in a Northern California bar. I was there to take photos of the house band and he was sitting in with them for the night. He is quite a musician and a gentleman to boot.

    • AreYouFinishedYet

      Thank you! And I LOVE hearing people’s Monkee stories! Peter really is a phenomenal musician…more than he gets credit for. Thanks for sharing that with me!

  8. Andrew Blumetti

    Jello!

    I got a kick out of your “about” page, and I know I’m going to enjoy being a follower of your blog.

    Lame/odd story- I actually am distantly related to the main blonde girl who adorned the Snuggie boxes and commercials. I actually think if I were related to the girls who licked Davy Jones’ elbows, it’d probably be a more interesting story.

    Cheers!
    -Andrew

    • AreYouFinishedYet

      NO WAY!!!! That is a pretty awesome claim to fame, if you ask me. The best part of the Davy Jones story is that I met him a few years ago and told him that story, thinking he might remember getting his elbows licked. But his response was, “Ugh, I hate my elbows. Why would anyone want to lick my elbows.” It was hilarious!

      • Andrew Blumetti

        Haha! That’s an awesome response! It’s also the first time I’ve ever heard anyone pinpoint their elbows as a spot they dislike on their body. It’s also the first time I’d ever heard of elbow licking too. Phew, It’s been a busy night for me!

        • AreYouFinishedYet

          Mark this as a milestone day in the “you learn something new” category! And yes…who doesn’t like their elbows? Who has even thought about their elbows enough to have an opinion on them?

          • Andrew Blumetti

            Seriously! I literally forget I have them. If one day my elbows magically went away and I go all stiff-armed, It’s going to take me days to realize why.

  9. prettypinkpebbles

    Hi! Just discovered you through freshly pressed! Looking forward to read some more. We have 2 things in common one is that i am a mom too and second is No. 21 listed above.

    • AreYouFinishedYet

      Thank you. And YES….it makes so much more sense, doesn’t it? With the amount of time I save not standing at an ironing board pressing all my clean laundry, I can waste time making random crafts from Pinterest and perfecting my already vast Saved by the Bell knowledge. I call that a win.

  10. Lindsey (Currie) Dubois

    Oh my gosh! I used to love ‘Saved by the Bell’…. Though, all I remember is that I wanted to be Kelly Kapowski and I wanted to marry Zack. You would definitely beat me at trivia about the show.

    Anyway, pleased to meet you. 🙂

    Have a great day,
    Lindsey

  11. ISpontein

    Was that an order to follow? Well I did. 🙂
    Now you follow me back on Facebook and Twitter and…. No, not Pinterest… 😈 😆

    – IS

  12. Kelly Grace

    From one ‘warrior woman’ to another, hello! I wish I’d saved my membership card to the Official Monkees Fan Club. Thanks for the laughs I’ve found here on your blog + the cool art like the Fish on the Bicycle. You don’t need my approval, but you’re getting it anyway.
    Cheers

    • AreYouFinishedYet

      Well, thank you fellow warrior woman! And you get bonus points because my daughter’s name is Grace 🙂 But I almost took those bonus points away when I saw you didn’t save your Official Monkees Fan Club card. What a tragedy!

  13. KayRow

    Bah! I feel like I was once taught by a celeb! It wasn’t that long ago…at least, I like to think it wasn’t that long ago. I seem to remember your mad Michael Jackson skills from a Saints talent show. Moves like a smoooth criminal. So, it’s not really too unbelievable to think you might possibly have some Jackson family lineage. Love your blog, “Teach!” I feel like Buddy the Elf – “I KNOW HIM(her)!!”

    • Kelly Suellentrop

      Katie!!!! So good to hear from you! Of course I immediately went and stalked you on Facebook. You look fantastic and happy! And yes, I feel pretty certain the auditorium stage was the first place I unleashed my inner MJ 😉 Hope to see you around on the blog!

  14. thatssojacob

    Hello Kelly! I’ve decided to read and follow 15 interesting and new blogs a day every day for the first month of 2015, and yours is today’s #1! Feel free to come visit me when you can at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and follow if you like what you read. Happy new year and happy blogging! I would love to come to your party as long as I don’t have to iron.

    • Kelly Suellentrop

      No ironing at my party! Thanks for the follow and good luck with your goal! That’s quite a time commitment to read so many blogs. Hope you find some you really enjoy…if mine happens to be one of them, all the better 🙂

    • Kelly Suellentrop

      Thank you so much! It is always nice to feel appreciated by a fellow blogger. I did read your post and your answers were hilarious! I am hoping to have time to answer your questions, but I fear I might end up being in the poopy head category.

  15. dawnlizjones

    New blogger, new instagrammer, new tweeter, old as dirt. Love minions, remember the Monkees on TV (when we only had 4 or 5 channels…), love being a parent, and grandparent. More power to you!

  16. Mindy

    I saw the name of your blog and knew I had to follow. The fact that you post interesting and creative material doesn’t hurt either! 🙂

  17. Stacey

    Such a fun introduction! I’m new to the world of blogging but glad to have run into your blog! Looking forward to reading your posts 🙂

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