July 11, 2023

The One Where Jerry Interviews Katie

Jerry and I are getting ready for our trip up north (gah, so much stuff to do!) and I was putting away laundry while Jerry decided to work on his "deep thoughts" post. He started asking me about questions he could answer, and then had the idea to interview *me* while I was putting away clothes. I thought that sounded fun!

So, I didn't choose these questions (neither did Jerry--he got them from a list of ice breaker questions). But here goes...

Jerry: I'm going to keep it short and sweet today. Katie and I are getting things ready to go to the UP (upper peninsula) tomorrow. Today I thought it would be cool to interview Katie by asking some fun ice breaker questions. This should be fun.

Q. What is the worst haircut you've ever gotten?

Is it any question that a mullet would be the worst? My mom used to tell me that my hair was "like a bush"--so thick and curly. I don't know if that's why she gave me a mullet, but a mullet is the worst. There are a couple of years of photos of me that proudly show off my mullet.

Q. What is one thing you can't live without?

[Eyes super wide as soon as I asked this question] Jeez. That's a HUGE question. As lame as it sounds, it's got to be Google Maps. It's the only way I can find my way around anywhere because I have a horrible sense of direction. You know I'd still be lost in New York somewhere without it.

Besides, sometimes you accidentally come across funny things while looking at Google Maps, like this crop phallus circle. 

Q. What is your biggest phobia?

Getting Alzheimer's disease. It's kind of weird to have that as my biggest phobia, but when I can't remember something, it freaks me out beyond what is normal. Gobby [my grandma] was heartbreaking to see in the end. I hated every second of it. And when I was in the hospital for my broken jaw, I woke up with NO memory. (The whole story about this fear and how it came to be is in this post.)

Q. What was your favorite breakfast cereal as a kid and what is it now?

As a kid? Ughh... Did I eat cereal as a kid? Probably Lucky Charms. I can remember eating all of the brown pieces first and then eating just the marshmallow pieces after. My favorite now is Grapenuts--how old am I?!

Q. What is the most out of character thing you've ever done?

Flying on the Breezy, hands down. (I wrote all about that on this post.) Anybody who knows me knows how much I *hate* flying! I hadn't flown in years and I was terrified of it. Remember how I was DYING and crying and dry heaving at just the thought of doing it? Totally out of character.

Q. What is the dorkiest thing about you?

Ummmmm.... there are so many! I think the dorkiest thing is probably that I love numbers. I'm always looking at numbers and associating them with other numbers. Sounds weird and is totally unexplainable, but that's it. I add up numbers on license plates or I look for patterns on things that have numbers. God, I didn't realize I was this weird. Aside from numbers, I also love logic problems and I actually do them for fun. LOL

Q. How did your parents choose your name?

My mom told me that the delivery room nurse's name was Katie and she really liked it. It wasn't Katherine or Kaitlin or any other version--just Katie. And I LOVE my name!

Q. What two things do you consider yourself really bad at?

1. Replying to people either by text, email, or phone. I have said it a million times over, but it's literally my biggest vice. And it's one thing that I feel absolutely terrible about!

2. I'm also REALLY bad at remembering names. Another thing I feel terrible about! Remember during cross country season, I finally remembered everyone's name by probably the last practice. I don't get it! Renee knows all of their names by the second practice. I am always trying to remember, and I'll ask Renee, "That's Sara, right?" "No, that's Catherine. Sara is the one with the pink shorts." CONSTANTLY. It's embarrassing at how bad I am.

Q. What is your favorite meme or viral video? 

Hahaha, you know how obsessed I am with memes! There is NO WAY POSSIBLE to pick a favorite. It depends on my mood and what I'm interested in at the moment. Lately, I've been loving the dad jokes that people write on stock photos. Here is a fun one:

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

When people are on their phones while "spending time" with other people. Instead of interacting with the people they're with, they're on their phone. It's just rude. It always makes me feel sad when I see kids trying to tell or show their parents something and their parent tells them, "Hold on." or "Oh, that's so neat." while their eyes are glued to their phones. Maybe it's just me, but if I'm having a conversation with someone and they check their text messages or Facebook or whatever, it makes me feel like what I have to say is super unimportant.

Q. What is your favorite useless fact?

I don't know that I'd call this "useless", but it's definitely a huge eye-opener.... If we killed people at the same rate we kill animals for food, the entire population would be gone in 17 days--all 7.7 billion of us. If we include fish, that number goes down to about 27 hours. My jaw dropped when I read that.

Q. Can you do an impression of someone famous?

You've heard my perfect Cookie Monster voice! LOL. I also do one of Chewbacca, remember? I even have that one video when I was trying to make the kids laugh when they were little. So funny!

Q. Who was your role model as a child?

It's cheesy, but Jeanie and Brian [my older sister and brother by 8 and 6 years respectively]. I just thought Jeanie was SO cool and I used to borrow her clothes sometimes, which is funny because she is literally eight years older than me. I wanted to be just like her. I looked up to Brian because he was the smartest person I knew and he was super funny.

Q. What is something you think is totally overrated?

This is a hard one, but I think I would have to say coffee. People put so much emphasis on how important it is the mornings, but I just don't get it. This tweet sums it up (for me, anyway--coffee gives me bad anxiety):

Q. What was the worst idea you've ever had?

I'm bipolar!! What kind of question is that?! I've never had a bad idea ;)

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