Getting to know you….all about you!
Each month we interview someone in the Library and learn a little bit about them. Today we are getting to know Leslie Pettit. Leslie works for Library Facilities so you probably have seen Leslie around the library hauling or moving something. This is how Leslie describes her job:
“The many joys of working in Library Facilities…..where should I begin? Every day is an exciting challenge, because I never know what will be added to my agenda. Any given day, I could be helping orchestrate a million dollar project, or I could be rescuing a trapped squirrel. I really enjoy working in Facilities because I am always on the move; I get to go all over Campus, and see so many interesting things, and meet so many great people! Not to mention, getting my workout in and bulking up those muscles! It is very exciting to see Library spaces transform and progress with my help, it gives me a great sense of ownership and belonging. Emergency? Disaster? Stuck desk drawer? Throw them at me! I love being able to solve people’s problems, and hopefully make them laugh in the meantime. I can honestly say I love my job!”
Where is your hometown?
Galesburg, Illinois; home of Knox College, Carl Sandburg, and trains, trains, and more trains. Did I mention they also have trains?
What did you have for lunch, where and with whom?
Delicious vegetarian white cheddar/broccoli soup and decadent chocolate banana cake, at the Illini Union Ballroom, with Matt Emmert, Holly Mansfield, and Dixie Trickle.
Best high school memory?
Our A Cappella choir took a very memorable trip to Canada. We got to sing in some gorgeous buildings with amazing acoustics; as well as go to the top the CN Tower, the tallest in the world.
What does a perfect weekend afternoon consist of?
A lazy afternoon at home, playing games and hanging out with my husband of 14 years, Brian, and our 12 year old daughter, Sage and our 9 year old son, Aren. You haven’t lived til you’ve heard my son belt out “Crazy Train” at the top of his lungs on Guitar Hero.
What is your favorite childhood book? Do you still have it?
It’s impossible for me to pick a favorite book! One of my many favorites from early childhood is The Complete Mother Goose, ( you know, the over-sized one with the black and white checkered cover?). As I got into junior high school, Richard Peck became my favorite author. I have at least a hundred books I had as a kid, and I love that my children enjoy them as much as I did.
What is your favorite book today?
I can’t say I have a favorite book as an adult, but I am currently reading “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green, because my daughter is reading it, and I like being able to discuss literature with her.
If you could travel anywhere where would you go and why?
I would love to travel to Greece to see the ancient ruins and gorgeous landscape.
Do you have a favorite pet?
I would have to say cats are my favorite pets. We have a cat, 2 dogs, several chickens, and a goose.
What is your favorite movie?
The Breakfast Club. My best friend and I must have watched it a thousand times in junior high.
Who do you take after, your mother or your father or both?
I would have to say I am a good mix of both my parents. I am very friendly, and a bit of a ham, like my dad, and my mom taught me how to be a great parent who always puts her kids first.
What would you order for your last meal?
Deep fried veggies and manicotti with alfredo sauce. And wine, of course. Let’s not forget the wine!
Who do you have on your iPod?
I like all types of music! Right now I have the new Miley Cyrus album on repeat, but I also have Drake, Lady Sovereign, John Mayer, Lil’ Wayne, Gavin DeGraw, Led Zepplin, the Beatles, Adele, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Anthrax, Korn, INXS, Depeche Mode….I could go on and on.
Favorite TV show?
It’s a tie between The Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy. But I’m a season behind on both shows, so please, nobody tell me anything!
What can’t you live without?
If you could invite three living people to dinner who would they be?
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Johnny Depp, and Miley Cyrus. Maybe we could figure out the exact science of twerking.
That would have to be the births of my children.
What was your first job and how much did you make?
I started working when I was 11. I had a paper route, and I didn’t make much!
Do you have a hobby or something you do to relax?
I am an amateur photographer, and I also grow and can organic fruits and vegetables, but is nothing more relaxing than riding my Harley.
Do you have a bad habit?
I love sweets.
How do you handle stressful situations?
I try take a couple of deep breaths and collect my thoughts before I speak.
Best piece of advice anyone has given you?
Best advice that you would give?
If you want something, go for it. You are capable of more than you think.
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