A Baker’s Dozen

December 17th

Me, December 2006

I think thanks to my regular posting, and frequent commenting on other’s blogs, I have a growing readership. I find myself regularly answering the same questions in email from y’all, and without a set blog bio, I thought I’d clarify a few things. {By the way, thanks for the comments! It is such fun to read what you think about this craziness.}

1. I am not African. Let’s just get that one out there right now. Africankelli is not even my nickname, although more than once in the last few years I’ve been introduced as, “Kelli. You know. Africankelli.”
After college, I joined the Peace Corps and lived briefly in Cameroon — central Africa. Once my collegiate email address expired, I needed something catchy. I was headed to Africa and viola — the moniker was created. My mom’s wise comment was, “Well, there’s only one Africankelli.” As far as I know, she’s right. Today, I work in health and get to travel to Africa about once a year.

2. I have grown up and lived in Arizona nearly all of my life. I have also lived in Torreon, Mexico. I speak Spanish and a wee bit of African French.

3. One day, I’ll be a published author. Until then, I spend a lot of my free time sending out literary agent queries for the novel I’ve finished and the novel I am working on.

4. “How do you do so much?” This question makes me blush and gag. I’m not super-human, I’m a super-dork. I keep my camera on hand and am obsessed with documentation. I photograph just about every art, gardening and kitchen project. You’d be surprised how much of it doesn’t end up on my blog.

5. I’d rather give a gift than receive one any day of the week.

6. I don’t have cable TV. I would rather spend money on films. I’d watch a foreign or independent movie any day of the week.

7. My parents and my brother are some of my best friends. We speak daily, especially now that they aren’t living in Arizona. To some, that is weird. To us, it is normal. My brother asked me the other day if I think it is strange we say, “I love you!” before we say goodbye with each call. I don’t .

8. I love gossip magazines, but hate that I love them.

9. I started sewing, knitting and becoming domestic in March 2005 after joining the first Backtack. I was fresh out of grad school and had some time on my hands. My wise mama seized the opportunity to woo me to her world of craft. It worked.
So, when you ask if I am an experienced sewer or why I don’t have an Etsy shop, I scratch my bashful head and thank God my photos don’t show the details. {By the way, there are certainly days I wish I had spent all that grad school money on culinary or art school.}

10. I’m known for telling terribly childish jokes.

11. I drink about a gallon of water a day.

12. I think one day I’ll be a politician. If not in the government, than I’ll certainly be the mayor of my household.

13. I love blogging about what is good in my life. There is plenty going on behind the scenes you don’t want to hear about. Believe it or not, I’m not a resident of Pleasantville.


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  1. awww…thanks for posting a lil more about you. i love learning facts about my fellow bloggers (shoot, what am i talking about? i’m just nosey πŸ˜‰

    and i *so* think you should open an etsy store. i too was afraid but its worked out great. to know that people out there think that you do something well enough to pay for it. there is nothing more satifying than that.

    big hugs πŸ™‚

  2. awww, kelli, this is so much fun to read, and eve nbetter that i knew almost all of it! πŸ™‚ so nice to have gotten to know you through your time blogging. πŸ™‚

    ps i LOVE that photo of you, GORGEOUS.

  3. Nice to meet you in greater detail… πŸ™‚ I enjoyed those juicy tidbits.

  4. So sweet…..but we already knew that about you! πŸ™‚ I don’t think it’s weird at all to say “I love you”…..I do the same with my family and all my girl friends who are scattered around the country. We started in college after someone lost a good friend and have just continued to remind each other. I think it’s lovely that other people do it too….. πŸ™‚ You are certainly an inspiration Miss Kelli! Oh and I learned something I didn’t know…..you are an author?!?

  5. Raise the roof for for super-dorkdom! That’s the way it should be (and anyone who still talks about raising the roof is probably also a dork

  6. Uh, the rest of my post got cut off…

    I was just saying, to attach to the above post…

    ” — ie. me)”

  7. I hope you do become a politician one day, I’ll definitely vote for you. I’ll buy your book too.
    No, I don’t think it’s stange that you say I love you before you say goodbye, we (in my family) do that too.

  8. I really enjoy your blog and it was fun to read more about you!

  9. speaking of terribly childish jokes, here is one of the only jokes i know that translates into any language with the same effect (i.e., it does not rely on language-specific puns or wordplay):

    Q: what did the monkey fall out of the tree?

    A: because he was dead.


  10. uh, that’s WHY. it’s late in wisconsin!

  11. We are the same on 5,8, and 10! What a fun way to let your adoring fans know more about you. πŸ™‚

  12. I like you posting about the good in everyday life, sometimes we forget about it coz we’re so used to see only the worse aspect of human condition! And thank you for explaining about your name, I was guessing about it……….

  13. kelli, i love reading your stuff. can’t wait for a novel. and it is absolutely not strange that you say i love you after speaking to your loved ones. i say i love you every single time i speak to my adult children and truly mean it.

  14. oh…and i love your smile. pretty picture.

  15. I will vote for you!

  16. So nice to read all about you πŸ™‚

  17. Thanks for posting more info about yourself! It’s nice to get to know the people you read about daily!

  18. Such a great list – I enjoyed reading them all….

  19. great tidbits kelli! have a wonderful week!

  20. Crafty Dorks, Unite! πŸ˜‰
    Great list of tidbits – it’s fun to get to know you in greater detail (and that picture is beautiful!)

  21. Love your list. It is nice to find out a bit more about you. I am an avid reader of your blog and enjoy the adventures you share. Oh…and you look so pretty in that picture!

  22. I feel like an “old friend” at this point because I think I knew all that about you by now! πŸ™‚ Of course I imagine that you’re *mostly* a citizen of PleasantVille – we can all have our daydreams, right?

    Speaking of indie films…did I ever send you mine? Let me know!! πŸ˜€

  23. loved reading your list.

  24. Oh my gosh, the stories I could add here. But I won’t. Because that’s not nice.

    But I love the list – and knowing that so many people are out there absorbing all the great stuff you do. And I mean, ALL. You are amazing and you inspire a lot of people.

    The good news is that with ALL that you do, you are great at kicking back and having a good time. And real good at drinking margaritas.


  25. I hear there is a new pirate movie coming out. . . . hee hee hee

  26. Nice to meet you!

    I too love gossip magazines, and hate that I love them.

  27. so great to find out more about your life kelli, thanks for sharing!

  28. As much as I hate writing about my self, I love reading about others. Very intersting post and Yes, I came back to your blog after a few days and it looks like you did more than I did in the whole week!…LOL
    But that’s a good thing!