Posted July 30, 2015 by Elizabeth in Beyond the Books, discussion/ 11 Comments

KissinBlueKaren hosts Beyond the Books each Thursday. Here is her description:

beyond the booksI will throw out a topic (mostly non-bookish), and you guys blog about it. I will be posting on the new topic every Thursday at midnight EST and I will list upcoming topics so you can write and schedule your blog posts ahead, but please don’t post before Thursday 12am EST.  Come back share the link to your blog post, and we all have fun learning about each other.

Our online presence can be very different from how we are viewed in real life. If you know the REAL me then you know I am often:


I can’t help it! I’ve always been this way, I think I get it from my mom, definitely not dad who can be very literal and sometimes takes a while to understand a joke. This is not a good trait for a teacher, so I would spend the first few days of school stopping and saying, “That was sarcasm,” after I used it, until the students got used to it. The younger they are the more difficult, but I taught middle school, so it all worked out fine.


I will always help out if I can, share books or lesson plans, lend clothes, help you move, whatever. I can’t do a lot of physical things anymore, but I still help in whatever way I’m able.


I can usually make a decision very quickly, and I will stand by it even if it turns out badly.  Although I usually see both sides of an issue or a daily decision I can pick one. It drives me nutty when someone won’t give their preference for a movie or restaurant, but then grumps at what others choose.


I have NO tolerance for indecision, waffling, bullshit, prejudice, or fundamentalism of any kind.

good in a crisis

When something horrible happens like a death, fire in the school, or car accident I am the first to pull myself together and get things organized. I actually thrive in these situations.


You know that person you worry will notice that you are wearing two shades of black or that you’ve gained weight? That’s me, but I won’t say anything. However, it also means I notice when you look awesome and have done a great job decorating your house. I’m also the person to ask when you need something proofread or to pick out an important outfit.

In your visits to this blog have you picked up on any of these things about the REAL me?

You can zip on over to KissinBlueKaren for Beyond the Books to find out some things about Karen and the other participants, or visit the 2015 Discussion Challenge at It Starts at Midnight and Feed Your Fiction Addiction.


11 responses to “The REAL Me

  1. It’s nice gettting to know a bit about the real you. I am a pretty indecisive person, especially when I have to make a quick decision on the spot. I like to plan things in advance. Or weight the pro’s and cons before deciding, which can take long in some cases. I can decide what to eat, being a pretty picky eater and a a vegetarian means there often isn’t too much choice when I am eating in a restaurant. I haven’t been in enough crises, luckily, to know how I react in them. I can sometimes block of my emotions and focus on what’s needs to be done, but I also panick easily , so it could go either way. Great post!

  2. I love those qualities you mentioned, especially the “decisive” one and the things you are intolerant about. I guess I am pretty intolerant of those things, too, and I even get frustrated by those qualities in book characters, sometimes wanting to yell at them. LOL

  3. I think I definitely noticed the decisive part of you. You said you weren’t sure about a header and still you don’t have one. I would have put up a BS something or other by now, but you know what you want and you stick to it. (i love the text though, it is straight to the point without any fluff)
    I can also tell you are giving and observant.

  4. Nothing surprises me in your “real me”. I always admire those who can be some of the first to act in a crisis, I tend to panic a little, although people might not pick that at first. All great qualities although can see how sarcasm wouldn’t work so well in a classroom, even with the warning that it is sarcasm. These qualities would be great asset in your book reviewing.

  5. The sarcasm isn’t a surprise and I’m not surprised to hear that you’re decisive, observant and giving. I’m generally good in a crisis as well though I do go to pieces once everything is dealt with. Love your list. I think we have quite a lot of personality traits in common.

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