Letting Loose

It can be hard to know how other people see you. I have a friend who has always said, “what people think of me is none of my business.” As a general rule, that’s how I try to see it as well. Otherwise, it’s way too easy to get caught up in other people’s expectations and lose sight of who exactly I want to be for myself. That being said, it can be interesting and useful to know and understand the vibe you are putting out in the world. I tend to think of myself as a pretty serious person. By serious I do not suggest a lack of humor, rather that I am someone who tries to be both self-aware and conscious of the world.

My typical work day is from about 9am-7pm (unfortunately sometimes even a bit later lately). Between those hours, I usually listen to the BBC Newshour from 9-10, and then my local public radio station (WNYC) for the rest of the day. This means for ten hours straight, I am listening to people report and discuss what’s happening around the world. Starting last week though, something happened. I listened to two of my favorite public radio host’s shows, and then at 2pm, I switched over to Spotify and finished out the day to the 90’s Babymaker’s Playlist. I guess I just couldn’t take it anymore. For eleven months out of this year, I’ve taken in all of the garbage. I’ve sat in distress to make sure I comprehend every detail–to understand each and every particular effort to dismantle our democracy, divide our country, and destroy our reputation around the world.

I don’t know if it was the turn into the holiday season or what, but last week, I reached my fill. I’m still paying attention to what’s going on–I always will. But for my sanity, I’ve decided I’ve got to end the year on a warmer, lighter note. I have no idea what the last few weeks of this blog are going to look like. I’m not promising I won’t revert to my usual self and touch on some more sobering topics (pun intended), but I also want to let loose and have some fun.

So, in that spirit, and in the interest of sharing a bit about myself in a sort of bloggerific way that I normally wouldn’t, I’ve answered some ‘get to know me’ questions below. I have to admit, it was fun working in such a short form. Maybe I need to channel my inner Buzzfeed and do more “list” posts. That’s what everyone wants these days right? Or perhaps all we have the attention span for. Alright, no more commentary. Please enjoy. And if you’re so inclined, grab one of the questions and answer it for yourself in the comments–I’d love to know a little more about you as well!


Cat H. Bradley. The ‘H’ is my legal middle name. It stands for Henderson, which is my maiden name.

 Where are you from?

Ann Arbor, Michigan. Go Blue baby. 

Where do you live now?

Brooklyn, NY. On January 4, 2010 I landed at LaGuardia airport blasting ‘Empire State of Mind’ in my ear buds. I’ve never looked back.

 What is your favorite beverage?

Reallllly cold seltzer. Or Kombucha. 

Favorite comida?

Steak frites. (Steak + fries for the culinarily challenged.) And tacos. And fried chicken. Oh and biscuits. Also, soup dumplings. OMG. All of it. I LOVE food. Best thing in the world.

It’s your birthday, what do you want for dessert?

1. Donuts 2. Cookies. I’m kind of a donut connoisseur. My hubs and I do research and seek them out anywhere we travel in the U.S. We look for donuts and fried chicken. Ooh, that reminds me, if you’re ever in Philly, go here for both. My favorite cookie is peanut butter chocolate chip, although not enough people make them and a good one is hard to find. Usually they are not peanut-buttery enough!

Favorite city in the U.S.? (Besides NYC)

Chi-town. Went to school in Chicago and lived there for a bit after. I try to go back once a year to eat amazing food and retell my hubs all the same stories from my glory days. 

U.S. city you’re anxious to get to but haven’t yet?

Seattle. We were planning a trip last year but wound up in Portugal instead.

Favorite city abroad?

Berlin. By a mile. Would love to live there for a year or two.

Travel Dreams?

We love Europe so much and have been traveling there the past 3 years (and probably will in 2018 as well), but would love to expand our horizons to other continents. Anxious to see several different countries in Africa, Asia, and South America.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

Going to Blockbuster video on Friday nights, picking out movies, and watching them at home with my fam. When we went with my Dad, each of my siblings and I got to pick out our own movie! 

Dogs or Cats?

I LOVE dogs. I can’t stand cats. You never know what they are thinking. People with simple senses of humor often think it’s funny that I don’t like cats (cause of my name.)

First pet?

A Newfoundland named Dynamite.

Any phobias?

I’m afraid of heights and flying, but I live on the 20th floor and I travel as much as I possibly can. I’m also terrified of rodents, but I live in New York City. I guess you could say I believe in exposure therapy. (FYI, if you are afraid of rodents, still come to NYC–it’s really not worse than any other city!)

Favorite color?

That really ugly yellowish green color. You might call it chartreuse. 

Do you have a nickname?

Kitty Cat. KitCat. Bo. Bo Jengles (only my big bro calls me the last two.)

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Three way tie: Getting sober, quitting smoking, and running a marathon. 

Favorite ice cream flavor?

Pralines n’ Cream. Kids used to make fun of me for it when I was little. They said that was old people’s ice cream. They weren’t wrong. Still my fav.

Favorite subject in high school? College?

History. Shakespeare. I took every Shakespeare class my University offered. 

What was your first job?

I got a special permit to work 6 hours a week at a Crown House of Gifts. It’s like a Hallmark store where they sell cards and gifts. I don’t think I’ve gone longer than a month or two without a job since I was 13.

What do you do now?

I’m a production accountant for TV and Film. Currently paying the bills for the Showtime drama ‘Billions’.

Dream Job?


Last really good movie you saw?

Miss Sloane. Underrated. Check it out.

Movies you’re most excited about seeing?

The Post (Spielberg, w/Hanks and Streep). Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I’m not even that into Star Wars, but we are seeing it on Christmas Eve so I always look forward to that (Henderson fam tradition).

What are your hobbies/fav things to do?

Running, lifting, bikram yoga. I also love to eat and lie on the sofa with my husband and watch movies, shows, and hoops. Go Knicks.

Favorite store?

Whole Foods. It’s the only shopping I enjoy.

One thing you couldn’t live without?

I could live without a lot of things. Couldn’t live without my hubs.

Any unique talents?

I’m really good at killing flies. People think I’m joking or being silly. But then when the seasons change and those buggers come around indoors, they’re glad to have me around. Quick like a Cat, remember? Sorry if this ‘bugs’ the animal lovers.

Most exciting person you’ve ever met?

Barack Obama.

Person you’d like to meet?


Dead person you’d like to be alive so you can meet them?

James Baldwin. Also wouldn’t mind having a chat with the Founding Fathers. 

What is something you wish you were better at?

Letting go of expectations I have for people.

What is something you like about yourself?

I always want to do hard things, and I really believe I can do them.

What is something you dislike about yourself?

I always want to do hard things, and I really believe I can do them. 

Favorite Christmas carol?

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Johnny Mathis sings my fav version).

Favorite quote?

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard, is what makes it great.” -Jimmy Dugan (A League of their Own)

“Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” -James Baldwin


Who else needs a break from all of life’s seriousness? Tell me about it!  







69 thoughts on “Letting Loose

  1. I have caught myself getting caught up in your posts! Love them! I am definitely going to follow you because I love your writing and it seems that we have some things in common. I’m in college now for Broadcast Journalism (hopefully will work at a news station later on), it is my dream to visit NYC (haven’t had the opportunity yet), I absolutely love writing, and I visit the UK when I can (my siblings live there). I’m excited to read more of your posts! xxx

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    1. Hey Caitlin! So glad you found me. So cool you are in broadcast journalism. I would have loved to work at a news station when i was in college but I wasn’t much of a go-getter unfortunately! Hope you enjoy that!

      Definitely let me know when you decide to take that trip to NYC, I’ll have loads of tips for you! Enjoy your upcoming trip to the UK, hope it’s a blast! x

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  2. Hey Cat, like you’re blog.
    First of all, I’m from Ann Arbor as well but moved to León, Nicaragua a little over year ago. I guess that your question about What’s your favorite city abroad? Love it here.
    But to address your first paragraph, I think it was Tony Soprano who said “who gives a shit what people say about you, if they can’t say it to your face.”

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  3. ‘if it was easy everyone would do it.’ if I had a pound for everytime that quote has come into my head, well let’s just say I wouldn’t have to worry about my overdraft anymore 😂 And Shakespeare, yes girl!! Twelfth Night is my all time favourite play! Seen it so many times I can’t even count. I went through a phase at school of wanting to be an actor and join the RSC, bit realised my acting skills were slightly lacking, so went back stage for quite awhile as a teenager instead. In fact my life very nearly went that direction instead of into the outdoors, but I made a decission based on something I keep telling myself I shouldn’t, a woman 😂. I don’t regret it though. Always great to learn random thing’s about people 😁 keep it coming chick xx

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    1. Aww, my hubs and I were just talking about the RSC! I think we are going to go back to London this summer and see something again in Stratford! Last time we were there we saw The Merchant of Venice and it was AMAZING. Aww, I LOVE that you love Shakespeare too! (And the League of their Own quote, so great ;))


  4. Ah, Berlin! I love Berlin. I visited for three days in 2012. My sister was living in Denmark adn we drove down for a weekend in Berlin. The city is intoxicating. I have to admit, I consider myself a bit a history geek, but my knowledge runs towards Italian, French, and English history until WWI. Despite my lack of knowledge, I fell in love with the city and it’s vibe. And I started reading more about the history. Also, if you haven’t read Ken Follet’s Fall of Giants trilogy, I’d recommend it. It spans WWI through the 2008 election and focuses on Russia, Germany, England, and the US.

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    1. I don’t know if I knew you were a history buff!? I love it! Me too!! Although I am sure you are much more well-read than I am! I watch a lot of docs and do a lot of listening (podcasts and such), and research on my own, but I need to read more books. The one you mentioned sounds amazing, I will check it out.
      I am OBSESSED with German history. I mean honestly, everywhere we travel i kind of become obsessed with their history because i begin to see how it is all intertwined. Sometimes i hear people say that countries should just stay out of each other’s business–but the truth is—most countries NEVER have, and relationships between countries are so long and complicated. It’s incredibly fascinating. Glad you loved Berlin too!!


  5. Wow – Billions eh? Always wondered what show you worked on. Watched 1 and a bit seasons, very enjoyable.

    Anyway – since you told us :-

    Name:- Barry John Evans. Very Welsh despite being Scottish.
    Where are you from? Peterhead in Scotland. Cmon the Blue Toon 😉
    Where do you live now? Carteret NJ – or exit 12 on the Turnpike as everyone knows.
    What is your favorite beverage? Beer or Coffee probably.
    Favorite comida? Comida? Going by your answer I’d say a good steak. That or Haggis.
    It’s your birthday, what do you want for dessert? Sticky Toffee Pudding.
    Favorite city in the U.S.? (Besides NYC) Philadelphia.
    U.S. city you’re anxious to get to but haven’t yet? Boston maybe? San Francisco or San Diego too.
    Favorite city abroad? Southampton. Spent a year there getting my Masters and loved it.
    Travel Dreams? Travel tends to be to visit family, so anywhere that we don’t do that.
    What is your favorite childhood memory? Going to watch football.
    Dogs or Cats? Both maybe. I do have a cat so suppose I have to say Cat.
    First pet? Was a hamster I think. Then a Cat. I don’t count goldfish you win at a fair.
    Any phobias? Heights, particularly anything you can fall over a railing. Being tall doesn’t help with that.
    Favorite color? Blue.
    Do you have a nickname? Not really. Apart from a colleague who calls me “Barrylicious” but I don’t own up to that. Used to just be called my last name.
    What is your biggest accomplishment? Have to say the marathon now right?
    Favorite ice cream flavor? Mackie’s vanilla maybe. However usually try and get coffee in some form or other.
    Favorite subject in high school? College? Biology of some sort. I did a course in human anatomy that allowed me to do a human dissection like medical students do and that was very interesting.
    What was your first job? Sales associate at a UK version of Home Depot (Great Mills)
    What do you do now? Scientist at a flavor and fragrance company.
    Dream Job? What I’m doing.
    Last really good movie you saw? For the first time, I’d say Star Wars Rogue 1.
    Movies you’re most excited about seeing? Star Wars Last Jedi (may be a theme).
    What are your hobbies/fav things to do? Watching TV/Movies. Watching and playing football (Soccer) and Running.
    Favorite store? I spend more money at Calvin Klein at the outlets than anywhere else. I wouldn’t say I had a “favorite store” though.
    One thing you couldn’t live without? Other than obviously family and friends, I could say Beer or Coffee, but both are just things I enjoy, but could always stop if I need to. I would have to say football (soccer).
    Any unique talents? Nope. None.
    Most exciting person you’ve ever met? I’ve met bunch of footballers, so one of them probably.
    Person you’d like to meet? I’d say someone who would be a lot of fun to be around – and right now Mark Hamill seems to have a lot of fun on Twitter so I’ll say him. And it would be cool to meet Luke. 
    Dead person you’d like to be alive so you can meet them? Einstein.
    What is something you wish you were better at? Football (Soccer). I am not bad, but earlier when I said I am in my dream job I was being realistic. This would be my dream job if I had worked at it earlier.
    What is something you like about yourself? Patience. Honest.
    What is something you dislike about yourself? I don’t push myself as hard as I should/could.
    Favorite Christmas carol? The shortest one? (sorry, I can be a scrooge lol)
    Favorite quote? “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” – Albert Einstein

    Catch you later 🙂


  6. I know the feeling…this year has been so fundamentally terrifying, sad and frustrating that sometimes I don’t know what to do with myself. Thanks for this post: it was a good reminder that life can still go on.


  7. Glad you are taking care of yourself and taking an information reduction break, Cat. I am amazed at how much you can take in and be sane. My tolerance is extremely limited, and staying within what allows me to stay sane is a challenge.
    Loved your lists, its fun to learn some more aspects of you!

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  8. Great post Cat – nice to learn some more about you! I’ve also reached saturation point this year with regards to the reputation of South Africa, the corruption and the levels of state capture – ours has less global impact than the US but living through it is the same draining experience. I’ve done a few of these Q&A things on my blog over the years so I won’t bore you with any more other than to say my favorite ice cream flavor changes weekly because my wife makes and sells ice cream to friends and I’m chief taster 🙂

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    1. Oh man, chief taster! How lucky are you?!
      I just googled “state capture” for the first time. I understand your exhaustion. I hope we can both enjoy the rest of this year. All the troubles will be waiting for us in 2018, right?


  9. Ah…. we don’t know each other, but clearly we are meant to be friends, since my favourite colour is also that really ugly yellowy-green.

    Glad to have found your blog, Cat. And I say, go for dropping the serious stuff for the rest of 2017. Unleash your creative, joyful side in the spirit of the season. All the seriousness of the world will be waiting for you in the New Year.

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    1. Ok we are def meant to be friends–I knew it from the moment you put the ‘really’ in front of ugly yellowy-green. The “uglier” the better!
      I am so glad you found me Megan, and I really appreciate your advice. I had the exact same thought the other day–all this shit will be waiting for me in 2018–that is a guarantee!!
      I am also glad I am reading your comment over again today because as I sit down to write, it’s exactly the energy I need–UNLEASH the creative joyful side. I love it.
      Thanks girl. So great to meet you! x


      1. For an extra credit question, I asked my class to select my favorite alcoholic beverage (the exam covered anaerobic respiration, you know booze). The choices were gin, whiskey, tequila, and rum. One of my students gave me a detailed reason for picking gin. She noticed that I always had a bottle of seltzer water while lecturing. She made the (correct) assumption that people normally drink beverages to which they can add liquor. Since I had a bottle of seltzer water in every class, then gin had to be the correct choice.

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      2. I HATED gin, was my least fav liquor. However in college there was this place called the Tonic Room that we would sometimes go to on Tuesday nights. Tanqueray & Tonics were $2 so I suffered through and slurped them down all night long. I called it pine tree night, cause that’s what that shit tasted like to me 😜.

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      3. Lol. I started to drink gin as a preemptive strike (kinda of like how coal miners used to bring parrots into mine, so they’d know to leave once the bird died). In grad school, I would suck down vodka tonics like water because I didn’t taste the booze. I could easily drink 10 vodka tonics in a social setting with out realizing it … until receiving my bar tab. A bartender recommended that I drink gin, because it has a distinct. I switched to drink seltzer with gin because my dentist believed that my cavities partially were to due to drinking the massive amounts tonic water. I never realized how much sugar was in tonic water.

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  10. Great post, I’m gonna steal this idea. ;).

    Best part of renting movies as a kid? Being old enough to have your own Blockbuster card. I was not super (or even a little bit popular) in high school, so I would drive my beat-up Mustang to Wing King and to Blockbuster to rent movies for the weekend. Great times.

    I enjoyed learning more about you, Cat. Have a great weekend and stay warm. Word on the street is that it’s going to be cold (and I’ll be suffering through a 15K).

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    1. Aww Kwame—I know you didn’t write this as a sad memory but it hurt my heart a little—you watching movies and eating wings by yourself! High school kids suck. Middle school kids are even worse!!
      Hoping the 15k is today and not yesterday! I was out in the snow all day and it was not the funnest!


      1. The funny thing is that I liked it that way, because I didn’t feel lonely (plus, I didn’t want to share my Wing King food). In high school, never really felt like I belonged to any groups (I was a “floater”). I played sports but I wasn’t super athletic. I was in the top 10% of my class, but I wasn’t super nerdy. My family wasn’t poor, but we weren’t super wealthy (my high was a private school). I was the only black male in a class of 120 students, so I did not feel too accepted (although I did not go out of my way to integrate). I was (and still am) close to my minority lunch crew.

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    1. You’re def right Shawn, we’ve all got to do just one day at a time. It’s really all we have.

      Hard Apple cider fritter
      Cinnamon Sugar
      Lemon Poppy
      The O.G.
      Chocolate Almond Ganache
      Meyer Lemon and Key Lime Curd
      Buttermilk Old Fashioned

      That’s my bluestar order!! Thank you for this tip! You are right, VooDoo has been on my list for forever but I did not know about bluestar, it’s going on there pronto!! I’m drooling over here!
      Thanks Shawn!! x


      1. There’s a Blue Star at PDX. Fly in and out. Not a big donut fan myself (lets be honest, I like them just fine, they just don’t agree with me).
        Voodoo in Portland and in Denver, if you’re needing a fix.

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  11. I loved learning all of this about you. I was JUST talking about picking out movies at Blockbuster and how much I loved that compared to finding something on Netflix. Finding a movie feels like a chore now. About your ice cream flavor, stay strong. For donuts, I always thought apple fritters were an old person’s donut so I never ate them. They are the BEST. So many fritters I didn’t eat for the sake of my youth!

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    1. Aww, thanks Randy. I a little bit in love with everything you’ve said here. When I was writing this the other night, I was going to say something about Netflix and how it sometimes feels like a chore to pick something out–often times my hubs and I are so exhausted by the time we’ve scrolled and scrolled that we just put on Seinfeld and fall asleep twenty minutes later. (I’ve just revealed most of our Friday nights!) I didn’t put this in in the final edit thought cause i thought it sounded strange to be complaining about so much content right at my fingertips. I don’t know why the video store was so much more exciting and satisfying.
      I love that you love an “old people’s” food too, lol. Apple fritters are my sister’s favorite. I agree, they are DELICIOUS. No shame in some apple fritters!!

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      1. Haha, yeah Seinfeld is a bit different for me. I’m a bit of a Seinfeld freak. I have been falling asleep to the DVD’s since I was in college, so literally like um 14 years, lol. I go from the season 1 disc and watch for a couple nights and then switch the disc and watch all the way through season 9 and then start over. I have to fall asleep to tv, but it has to be something i know by heart, or i will start to watch it and wonder about the story.
        I actually first noticed my husband because we were at a big table full of people and i made a joke–a seinfeld reference, and he was the only one that got it.
        People at work joke that there is not anything that happens that i can’t somehow tie to the show. So yeah, Seinfeld freak over here. It’s the best. I can’t see that there will ever be a day i don’t find it hilarious.

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      2. There was one bakery in my small college town of Northfield, MN. They had the best apple fritters I’ve ever had. Lots of apples, some raisins, and lots of cinnamon. Just a light glaze on the top. Fabulous!

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  12. Hanna

    Oh man this takes me back to middle school. Before social media, before blogs, when we would write these up and email them to each other on AOL and if you got one you had to fill it out and send it to more people! And of course it must have like a bright magenta background with lime green comic sans font.

    I know what you mean about needing a break. Sometimes I feel really guilty that I haven’t listened to any news for the day, but sometimes it honestly just makes me too sad and bummed out (like what happened with Bears Ears on Monday). I think this year in general has been the equivalent of training for a marathon by only doing speedwork every day and no easy runs. It’s just one thing after another, all-in craziness every day with no reprieve.

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    1. You wanna really get back to middle school? Guess what my officemate had today? Lip Smackers!! OMG, I smelled it, and I was like transported way back immediately, it was crazy. You’ve described the quiz thing perfectly–lime green comic sans!! I love it.

      I think you’re really right about this year being equal to training for a marathon. I keep thinking of boxing for some reason regarding this year. I feel like on Monday I get knocked in the jaw on the right side. I don’t have time to recover, cause on Tuesday, I get knocked on the left. Finally on Wednesday there is usually a punch that knocks me down. When things finally calm down for a day on Thursday, and i’m clinging onto the ropes to pull myself back up, Friday sucker punches me right into the weekend. It’s one thing after the other, and they are all devastating, and really incomprehensible. I am going to try and rest as much as I can the rest of the year and get my mind right, and then gear up for 2018. I want to stay away from it all, and not even listen, but I know that I can’t do that. People need me. I’ve got to listen up, and be active for those that couldn’t just slide by and not pay attention even if they wanted to. We all need each other.


  13. I stopped watching political news Last November, the day after the election. My husband, however is a political news junkie so it’s on in the house a lot and as I walk past the TV I catch some of it. Sadly it’s about what I expected. This morning I changed the channel as they were showing people setting horses free in California before they fled the fires. I can’t even imagine and I can’t watch.

    You met President Obama? That’s amazing. I’d like to sit down with him for half an hour. I’d just listen. I hope he does great things with the rest of his life. I think he can.

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    1. Yeah I don’t watch any news on TV either–once in a while turn on PBS but that’s it. The fires are devastating, and so scary to me. I have always been very afraid of fire so that situation is pretty much my nightmare.

      I did meet President Obama, but back when he was a senator! It was cool though cause it was at the time when we all knew he was probably going to run. He hadn’t announced yet but it felt like it was known. When I shook his hand, it felt like it was a big deal–like I was shaking the hand of someone massively important. Wanna know something crazy? I was introduced to him at this job I had right out of college in Chicago at a health club. I was a new manager there. One of the other managers who was training me introduced me, and he was very friendly. A week later, I saw him walking around the club, and i smiled at him, and he pointed at me and said, “Cat, right?”. He remembered my name. It was pretty fuckin’ impressive. Some people are just born with that something in them!
      And ditto on the hopes for his future–and Michelle’s. They’ve given an insane amount to this country already, but I am hoping they’ve got some more left in the tank.

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  14. Ooh, I like this! I’ll answer a few …

    Name Liz Dexter – it was Liz Broomfield until I was 42. Turns out this is waaaay too late to change your name and expect to remember you did that.
    Where are you from? Kent, the Garden of England. Or terrible boring place for a teen.
    Where do you live now? Birmingham, UK – second session of living here
    What is your favorite beverage? Earl Grey or Lady Grey tea
    Favorite city in the U.S.? (Besides NYC) I really like Albuquerque.
    Favorite city abroad? Reykjavik
    Do you have a nickname? LyzzyBee (find that username online, it’s usually me), Aunty Liz B (my bestie’s kids, we couldn’t manage to change it to Aunty Liz D)
    What is your biggest accomplishment? Overcoming my upbringing, running a decent and ethical business, helping others to learn to run, being a serial marathon runner.
    Favorite subject in high school? College? English!
    What was your first job? Library assistant on Saturdays at our town library
    What do you do now? Editor, proofreader, localiser and transcriber
    Dream Job? What I do now. I have some dream people I’d like to transcribe interviews with, though.
    What are your hobbies/fav things to do? Running, yoga, reading
    Any unique talents? I read really really bloody fast and still retain the information. I can run many miles, really slowly.
    What is something you like about yourself? I always try to do the decent thing and help others
    What is something you dislike about yourself? I exhaust myself trying to do the decent thing and end up in a state.
    Favorite quote? Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional (Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running)

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    1. Ah Liz! This is a thrill for me-I love getting all these tidbits about you. I am glad I did this now. I am so extremely jealous of your fast reading. I am not a good reader at all, and am incredibly slow. My dad has always told me that I won’t be a great writer if I’m not a great reader. If that’s true, I am screwed, cause I’ve tried and tried and I just don’t swallow things up like others do. I read a lot of articles and essays and shorter pieces, and i LISTEN to stuff all day long. I am very auditory. I do well with books on tape (or audible, I guess we are in 2017), but I really do wish i was much more well read.
      I also love how the thing you like/dislike about yourself is the same thing turned on itself, like mine. Amanda who is on this thread did the same. I think it’s interesting how we all did that. I guess there is something about moderation that can be hard to cling on to. I do most things 110% but sometimes that’s not what is needed or best!
      Anyway, great answers, really enjoyed reading them so much. I am going to do this again!

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  15. Loved getting to know you better Cat! Yeah we all have to take a break from the serious now and again and just let loose, it’s refreshing!
    Aww we used to go rent movies too, every second Friday I used to take forever looking at them. I feel like kids nowadays miss out on all that fun stuff!

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    1. I am loving the people commenting on the renting movies–love my generation <3. Wasn't it the best? There was so much anticipation. And what about when someone had rented the video you wanted already!! And when they would have copies and copies cause something was really popular. Ah. Life. There's been some good stuff, hasn't there?

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      1. You’re the opposite of me- I get no news all day long in my job. I often have no idea what has happened until much later. I like to say I live in the land of unicorns and rainbows everyday!

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  16. Love this! And yes, a break is needed for me too but not sure if that can happen atm.
    We have rodents too. Not a fan of them…
    Okay, I will answer a couple!
    Fave subject in school… Math…Statistics…Trigonometry…
    What I love/hate about me? How much pressure I put on myself. Sometimes I don’t know when it is too much.

    You should definitely visit Seattle! They have a Rock ‘n Roll Marathon/Half Marathon in June (a very nice time of the year to go if you want to skip the cold and rainy season). My husband is from Seattle so we have been there a few times!

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    1. I hope you get that break girl. We are headed back to Michigan on the 21st, and my plan is to take a blogging break the whole week that I am there. We will see how it goes!!
      I LOVE that you answered some of these. I am always amazed by people who grew up loving math. I hated it. But now I sort of do it for a living which is kind of comical.
      I also feel you on not knowing when the pressure you put on yourself is too much. I relate and i also see it in you. You’ve got that drive–it is hard to turn off. Sometimes what i have to tell myself is to follow the advice i give my hubs or other people. I always tell them to go hard, but i remind them how essential rest/a break is to their success. I really believe that, but then i don’t always follow through with it in my own life. I need to, cause i actually think it will ultimately make me more successful.

      Glad i have another vote for Seattle. We will get there! There is a great blogger from Seattle that I chat with a lot and she mentioned that same marathon/half. We should check that out!! thanks girl!

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