This is Catherine’s sixth year as a member of the Eye Care Associates Storm Squad, as she has been with the team since 2007. Her passion for the Carolina Hurricanes began many years ago when she traveled with her family to Greensboro to attend games. Born and raised in the Raleigh area, Catherine is a graduate of NC State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in communications. She currently works as a corporate recruiter in north Raleigh. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking and experimenting with the latest do-it-yourself crafts she finds on Pinterest. The atmosphere and energy of the Caniac Nation is one of the many reasons Catherine enjoys being on the Storm Squad.
Q&A with Catherine
If you could have been born in another country, what country would it be?
I can’t imagine having been born and raised anywhere else but the USA!
What is your favorite app on your phone or iPod?
I would have to say my Google Maps app definitely comes in handy a lot, but my favorite is my Pinterest app. I love pinning, and thanks to my app, I can pin on the go!
What is the craziest thing your parents did to embarrass you growing up?
I don’t think my parents did many things to embarrass me when I was growing up. I think I did many things that embarrassed them though!
When did you go to your first NHL game?
I went to my first NHL game when I was in elementary school. My family would head to Greensboro to see the Hurricanes play!
What is your dream job, other than being a member of the Storm Squad?
I want to host my own TV talk show. It would be so much fun!
What is the strangest thing in your refrigerator right now?
I keep nail polish in the refrigerator. I think it is supposed to help preserve the polish, or so I hear.
If you could write a mission statement for your life, what would it say?
Do what makes you happy, and don’t sweat the small stuff.
What is your favorite quote?
"I love anything awkward and imperfect because that’s natural and that’s real." – Marc Jacobs
What is your weirdest or most unique talent?
I have two different sized hands, and my left middle finger is missing a joint. That’s not really a talent, but it is weird and unique.
What is the most memorable sporting event that you’ve attended?
It was really amazing to be a part of the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend. There were so many exciting things that happened that weekend for the city of Raleigh and the Hurricanes. It is definitely the most memorable sporting event I have ever attended thus far.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you as a member of the Storm Squad?
I was always nervous that I was going to fall down the stairs, so much that I forgot it was possible to fall up the stairs. I have tripped up the steps once or twice, but it has always been toward the top of the stairs, so not many people saw ... or so I like to think.
If you were on "American Idol," what song would you choose to sing?
If I could sing, I would choose "Firework" by Katy Perry. It’s such an inspirational song.
If you could travel to any point in time, where would you go and why?
I would want to travel back in time to when my parents were growing up. That way I could really see if all those times they have said “back when I was your age…” were true or not.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
I am not a patient person so I would love to be able to teleport. I would save so much time and would be able to get so much more done!
Dogs or cats?
Dogs! Cats, no thank you. They make me nervous.
Besides food and water, what three things would you take with you to a desert island?
My dog, my blankey and a helicopter. That way I can come and go as I please.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Watching TV on DVD all day.
What is your favorite time of year and why?
I wouldn’t say I have one particular favorite. I like each time of the year for different reasons. I love the holiday season but by the time that passes, I've had enough of the cold and am ready for spring and summer fun. But after too many hot days, I am ready for fall fashion and everything pumpkin!
In what event would you win an Olympic gold medal?
The floor apparatus in gymnastics. I would definitely stick it.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
My blankey that I have had since high school. I went through about five growing up and have had my current blankey for about 10 years. It comes with me everywhere.
If you could have a celebrity entourage with three celebrities, who would they be?
Robert Pattinson, Britney Spears and Betty White.
What is the funniest movie that you have ever seen?
"Christmas Vacation." What a classic. It still makes me laugh and never gets old.
What is your favorite book you read as a child?
"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and "Where the Wild Things Are."