Hands down, the best thing about working at The Frisky is our amazing readers. We so heart all of your witty, thoughtful, and informative comments—heck, we even appreciate the mean ones. Sometimes, we can’t help but wonder about the faces behind avatars. We decided to launch a weekly column where we learn all about a Frisky reader. After the jump, meet Lady MacBeth, one of our most prolific commenters. Please state your name, age, and location for The Friskyverse.
Anne, 35, New Hampshire.
How did you find the site?
Through CNN, but I lurked for months before I registered to start posting.
What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
I home school my kids. That has just started in earnest this fall, so I’m currently reeling from what that has done and wondering how I previously fit everything in. I’ve also been working on a book for about the last year or so and trying to decide what to do about my career. I’m online just about constantly doing research for something—either the home school stuff, the book, or a couple other projects. Plus, we don’t have cable and our cells didn’t work in the house until last week. Seeing online activity is how I check to make sure there hasn’t been some sort of zombie apocalypse while I was living under my rock.
I’m married. We saw our first movie together before I’d seen the internet in its current form. (I did at least have a mouse attached to my computer the first time I tricked the man into installing some software for me, though.)
What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
I liked the interview with Roxana Shirazi, who wrote The Last Living Slut. It got me to buy her book, which I just finished last week. I think it was one of the better interviews done with the author because many of the other interviews I read didn’t seem to match up with the book I felt I actually read. There was such a difference, I’m actually planning to reread it because I’m really afraid I missed something major. Though I don’t really think I did.
What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
I’ve had to shove my head in a media hole to keep from hearing anything about “True Blood” until this season comes out on DVD. I had read the books long before the series came out on HBO and I’ve kept up with the books. But I think they are two separate entities now, and I hate spoilers.
Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
I married the second guy I went out with. I don’t really have many tales to tell, sordid or otherwise. I once did not realize I was on a date until I was in the car and a few miles away from my house. I had misunderstood the guy’s sales pitch and had thought a group of people would be going, including this guy’s best friend, who I was mildly interested in. No, we were flying solo. That guy didn’t seem to harbor any ill-will though and was a groomsman in my wedding when I eventually married his best friend.
Who is your celebrity doppelganger?
I get Minnie Driver every once and a while.
What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
Can I just say how happy I am I’m writing this today and not yesterday, which was laundry day? Right now I’ve got on this peach-colored pair of satin underwear that are cut and decorated to mimic an old-fashioned garter type set without any ribbons actually hanging down. Love the details, and love that I’ll never find out what it means to actually get tangled in my own zipper.
What is your secret talent?
I can trip over just about anything—a single item sitting in open space, thin air, grass, you name it—and rarely fall. I’m a klutz, I look deranged and I frequently have slight sprains, but I very rarely do a face plant. I did a lot of riding, archery, shooting, and fencing when I was younger and my balance and my sense of “oh sh*t” is pretty well developed.
Favorite book, movie, musician or band?
I’m just rattling off books off the top of my head because I have lists of different favorites for different reasons. Gilgamesh. I Who Have Never Known Men. The Saskiad. The Hero and the Crown. Hatchet. The American Girl Book of Horse Stories. Spindle’s End. And any word that falls out of the heads of Philip Pullman or Jacqueline Carey.
I’m into a lot of traditional music and stuff that you can find under the “folk” or “world” music section, if you are lucky enough to find it in a brick store. There is always music playing here in the house and in the car. I see no reason for my children to waste their time in Kindermusik when they can identify the differences between multiple versions of Gallow’s Pole. My kids listen to what I listen to. The band that is always on right now is The Clumsy Lovers. The concert tickets pinned to my storyboard are for Great Big Sea. Twelve hours after seeing GBS, I’ll drive to the Highland Games for 10 straight hours of various Scottish bands. I’ve been taking Scottish Fiddle lessons for a few years.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Back when I had cable, I watched mostly sci-fi. Ben Browder and Michael Shanks were always at the top of my “list.” I liked to call them my Fargate sandwich.
What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
I really loved the columns about what Friskiers were reading. I like a mix of everything—the fashion, the money, the dating/relationship advice, sex, entertainment, health, news. I also tend to miss regular columns when they disappear, even if I didn’t always agree with the viewpoint of the columnist, because when those things go away so to do the comments and even when I don’t share the author’s viewpoint I often get a lot out of the comments.