Frisky Reader Revealed: Make Some Space For Gresa

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 bring back our regular column where we learn all about a Frisky reader. (If you would like to be featured in a Reader Revealed column, email [email protected])

After the jump, meet Gresa!

Please state your name or avatar, age, and (general or specific) location for The Friskyverse.

Gresa, 25, East Coast

How did you find the site?

It must have been through The Berry, the other website I check daily while on my commute.

What do you do all day, other than follow The Frisky, which is totally condoned?

I work a regular 9-5 job, and I’m training to run my first half-marathon in a month. I love to eat, but can’t cook, much so a lot of my money goes towards eating out, and when I need to unwind I watch HGTV. I also love all things Beyoncé and enjoy reading magazines.

What is your fave post in recent Frisky history?

“Why It’s OK To Choose Your Career Over Dating” describes exactly the way I’m feeling after five years of being in long-term, monogamous relationships. At first, saying “I want to focus on my career right now” felt like a bit of a cliche. But I’m realizing more and more that I really like what I do for a living and I have so many opportunities ahead of me. If learning new skills and being successful makes me happy, it’s only fair that I take some time to do just that for a while.

What are your pop culture guilty pleasures?

I find myself cooing over pictures of Jessica Simpson and her kids a lot … I’m noticing a little bit of shame as I admit that to the Internet right now. I also read my horoscope sometimes.

Can you share your most embarrassing dating story? We always share ours. It’s only fair.

I don’t think I have any really embarrassing ones but here’s a few tidbits from the worst date ever: I apologized to the guy for being late because I’d gone out for a run and wanted to shower quickly before meeting him, and he responded “whatever, it’s not like you’re training for a marathon.” We stopped to pick up wine and beer at the liquor store and he picked up a nip of whiskey and proceeded to drink it on the street. His pants kept falling down while we were walking and when I asked him why he wasn’t wearing a belt, he told me he only had one brown belt that he shared with his roommate and that night it was the roommate’s turn to wear it. In the words of Liz Lemon: that’s a deal breaker.

Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?

I think I was a feminist before I even knew what a feminist was, thanks to my Mom. I come from a country where gender roles are much more traditional than they are in the States, but she never raised me to act a certain way or do certain things because I was a girl. She made me aware of the expectations society had for me, and then encouraged me to break away from those rules and follow my own path, just like she had done many years ago. It wasn’t until I came to college that I realized my mom is a Third Wave feminist and her belief in equality for everyone is one of the best traits I’ve inherited from her.

If The Frisky staff came over for dinner, what would you serve us?

Probably lemon chicken, a dish I learned from a dear ex-boyfriend and the only thing I trust myself to cook for others. And wine and cheese and warm French bread.

What type of skivvies do you have on right now?

Black running shorts, because when you have to worry about VPL on your pencil skirts all day, you come home and give your lady bits a break from all the lace and the strings and all that fun stuff. Doesn’t matter that I’m not going for a run, I’m wearing running shorts.

What is your secret talent?

I can hang a spoon on my nose.

What’s an amazing book or movie that other Frisky readers absolutely must get their hands on right now?

This isn’t really groundbreaking news, but Bossypants by Tina Fey is always fun to read.

Which celeb would you most want to get in bed with? Which celeb would you most want to marry?

Gerard Butler and Ben Affleck, respectively.

What’s something you hope to see more of on The Frisky?

I actually really like everything you do but I’m always excited to read more about Dater X’s adventures!

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