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 the avatars. So we decided to launch a weekly column where we learn all about a Frisky reader. After the jump, meet Corrie, one of our most prolific commenters. Please state your name, age, and location for The Friskyverse.
Corrie, 29, Connecticut.
How did you find the site?
I wish I could say I stumbled upon a link while doing something smart, like brushing up on my worldly knowledge at CNN.com, but that would be a total lie. After accepting a Facebook friend request from Jessica Wakeman, I was totally cyber-stalking her profile page and clicked on a link to one of her Frisky articles. [Jessica’s Note: Corrie was a few years older than me in high school together and I always thought she was cool!]
What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?
I’m a stay-at-home mom to a 4- and “almost 3″-year-old, so I get to play all day. It’s pretty much the coolest job ever. We homeschool (I use that term loosely, since they’re only preschool age), and right now we’re obsessing over dinosaurs, so on any given day you’ll find me baking a dino-shaped cake, crayon-scribbling T-rex pictures, or chasing the kids around the living room and pretending that I’m a velociraptor about to chomp their guts right out of their bellies. Bonus points if you tell me what your favorite dinosaur is! During nap time I brush up Frisky updates, do a ton of baking, and occasionally get myself into a DIY project.
What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?
My recent favorites are “My Dad Is My Valentine,” which was amazingly endearing, and all of the “Love Letter to Myself” posts. I’m also a huge fan of anything short and to-the-point since becoming a parent has turned me into a total headline skimmer, so Todays Lady News and Quickies always top my list.
What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?
I recently ditched cable, but when we still had it my life went on hold anytime “How I Met Your Mother” was on. Now that I’m TV-free I’m just a closet icanhascheezburger.com fan. Oh, and if you enter without knocking you might just find me listening to Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” on repeat.
Team Edward or Team Jacob?
If I can find it in my heart to put aside the incredibly bad acting and lame story lines to admit that I’ve actually seen any “Twilight” movies … definitely Team Edward. But only because he was in “Harry Potter.” Yes, I am totally nerdtastic.
Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.
I once dated a guy for two weeks without knowing his name. I met him during a night of drunken bar shenanigans, and entered his number into my cell as “hot guy from the bar.” After three dates I realized it would be majorly embarrassing to say “hey, what’s your name again?” so I kept my mouth shut. I prayed for a quick flash of the credit card, or drivers license, or piece of mail on the seat of his car, but I got nothing. At the two week mark we went out to dinner, and afterwards went back to his place. He disappeared into the bathroom when we got there and I took the opportunity to do some quick detective work. Score! I found a Men’s Health magazine with his name on it. When he appeared again, I greeted him with my best bad Jerry Seinfeld impression: “Hellooo Newman!” Longest story short, apparently “hello Newman” was a dating deal breaker in his book. But no worries, one of my deal breakers is not being able to laugh at yourself. So we ended up being a mismatch made in heaven.
Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?
I find that people consider a “feminist homemaker” to be an oxymoron (and huge debate-inducer) so I don’t really make a point of labeling myself. I fully adhere to my personal definition of feminism, but seeing as how everybody seems to define the particulars of feminism differently I frankly don’t feel comfortable declaring myself a feminist. What I do believe in is growing and supporting the independent spirit of women, equal rights and opportunities for everyone, abolishing hatred and violence, and promoting love and acceptance. I want my children to grow up in a world where they can be and do anything, and know that they are loved unconditionally. We shouldn’t live in a society full of “can” and “can’t,” we should live in a society full of “will” and won’t.” If that makes me a feminist in your eyes, that’s up to you to decide.
If The Frisky staff came over for dinner, what would you serve us?
Dinner par-tay, woot woot! If The Frisky staff shows up on my doorstep for dinner, you best believe we’re doing potluck. Not because I’m a lazy cook or anything, I just love to see what other people want to share when they need to get creative. I will, however, provide lots of wine and brownies for dessert.
What type of skivvies do you have on right now?
It’s laundry day! I’m wearing my favalicious old school Gap Body high waisted (a.k.a up to my belly button) black cotton girl shorts. They aren’t the sexiest undies, but they are maddd comfy.
What is your secret talent?
I’m super crafty and incredibly frugal. And I can make marshmallows from scratch.
What’s an amazing book or movie that other Frisky readers absolutely must get their hands on right now?
Books: Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach is one of those books that I could read a million and one times and still learn from when I’m in a mundane life-rut. Oh, and World War Z by Max Brooks … because I love zombies.
Movies: “Harold and Maude” has the best soundtrack ever and is so full of life that it makes my heart want to explode. And “Ghostbusters,” because it’s the definition of awesomesauce and my favorite movie of all time.
Which celeb would you most want to get in bed with? Which celeb would you most want to marry?
I’d totally bag Gerard Butler, Ryan Reynolds, or Katy Perry. I’d want to marry the 1980 version of Bill Murray and grow old with him, not after him.
What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?
The Cheapskate posts are awesome, but I’d love it if they were a little more budget-friendly for those of us who aren’t pulling in NYC-sized paychecks. I also loooove the What Are We Wearing Today posts, more please!