1.) Hello! My name is Karly. I'm from the Cleveland area. I love bookstores and dislike buying shoes. I love sushi, but I'm not very adventurous with it. Sometimes I pose awkwardly in photos.
2.) When I was about 10 years old, I made this newsletter called "The Groove,” which composed of tabloid-style articles about middle school drama. I included an "Ask Karly" column as well as a "Classified" section to give my publication a dash of "authenticity" Did I mention that I did this for fun?
2.5) I was never, ever in the "popular" group in school. That may come as a shock to you, having just seen that newsletter I made.
3.) Popularity was never an option, so growing up, I was the most enthusiastic band nerd I could be.This desire must have screwed with my 6th grade fashion sense because a staple of my wardrobe was an oversized blue sweater with a giant saxophone embroidered across the front. I wore it on school picture day---probably so I could horrify myself 20+ years later and willingly embarrass myself in front of you.
Come high school, I had long banished the blue sax sweater (arguably a good move for my general social life). Eventually, my classmates voted me as the "Most Musical" girl of my graduating class. But sometimes I wondered if any of them had remembered that sweater.....cuz I prayed that they didn't!
In college I joined the marching and basketball bands at The University of Toledo as well as a co-ed music fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi.
These days, I don't play a lot anymore, but I think about it all the time. And that sweater....yeah, I think about that sometimes, too.
4.) In my junior year of high school, I was the token female member of "The Underscores," a hilariously awful 10-piece Ska band organized by some dudes in my Spanish class. Our singer was tone deaf and our trombonist hadn't played since 5th grade band. Roughly 4/10 members actually knew how to play our instruments, and that ratio is a good indicator of how we sounded. The "star" of The Underscores was our “crowd riler-upper,” whose job was to leap around the stage like a crazed beast.
Despite our phenomenal lack of musicianship, we won a round of Peabody's "High School Battle of the Bands." (in the 1990's, Peabody's was a popular music club/bar in downtown Cleveland). As I mentioned, we were painfully bad, but I think we made up for that in our sheer craftiness. We knew the judging was based on crowd response, so we got a huge number of kids of our high school to come cheer for us…with airhorns. Lesson: enthusiasm, a crowd riler-upper and an airhorn are the keys to success.
5.) I'm a lefty for writing, but I'm awkwardly ambidextrous with everything else. Note: my handwriting is forever doomed, regardless.
6.) Speaking of handwriting, my 3rd grade teacher made me stay in for recess almost every day of to practice my penmanship.
Then when I was 18, someone told me that my handwriting looked like it had been scrawled "by a fat man." I don't know what that means exactly, but I think the person was probably being kind to me. I blame 3rd grade.
7.) I took some classes in Madrid for a summer and went to The Running of the Bulls. I didn't run.
8.) I used to work at a bakery as their lead cake decorator, bakery blogger, the social media advisor, and cookie dough eater (2007-2012). I worked at a gym prior to that, so I'd like to think that makes me well rounded (unfortunately, calorie burns don't carry over). Before that, I worked a temp job at a popcorn factory where I was hired to put stickers on boxes and roll coins all day. Yes, it was as prestigious as it sounds.
9.) I am owned by a Boston Terrier named Luna and a Pit Bull mix named Stella. There are also two resident snapping turtles who live in our little front pond. They are surly beasts and would totally kill me if they could, but I love that they live in my yard and I insist that we're BFFs. We used to have 3 outdoor cats that we called “Stephen Furry,” “Kevin Furant,” and “Lebron Mange.” (my husband Ben and I are NBA fans).