Who is Kate Neuens?

My story

So who am I? That’s a good question, and I’m glad that you asked.

  • Personal wise: born July 20, 1989, in the great state of Wisconsin.
  • Hobbies wise: running, reading, movies, working on my novel, and hiking
  • Work wise: I work as a marketing communications specialist in Chicago.

Read on for anything you could possibly want to know about me.

What was your favorite food when you were a child?

My Dad makes the best cheese dip and Bloody Marys (they were, of course, virgin Bloody Marys when I was kid). In fact, he still does and it’s so freaking delicious.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?

At this moment, it’s a tie! “Harbour Lights” by A Silent Film and “The Last Time” by Taylor Swift (featuring Gary Lightbody) are at number one with 88 plays. Though this will probably have changed by the time you read this. I tend to get stuck on songs and just play them on repeat until they die a pathetic death on my iPod.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

That’s easy: “Men at some time are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars. But in ourselves.” (Julius Caesar, 1.2.139-42)

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?

I enjoy running on the treadmill and I like hiking outside.

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

There’s not one I specifically hate. If someone I don’t know made something gross and grimy I would have a difficult time touching it and cleaning it.

What is your favorite form of exercise?


What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?

  • Favorite time of day: 2 PM
  • Favorite day of the week: Saturday
  • Favorite month: May

What’s your least favorite mode of transportation?

I don’t particularly enjoy the bus.

What is your favorite body part?

My eyes and my nose. They’re small and petite like my feet, which is a Neuens trait.

What sound do you love?

Thunderstorms while I sleep

If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?

My holiday party every year is the kind of party I love. Good cocktails, homemade food, fun friends, Yankee swap, and it goes late into the night. It’s always such a blast.

If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen before, what would you paint?

The lake at my parent’s cottage

If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?

I don’t think I’ve quite hit that age. Also, the idea of staying one age forever seems a little daunting.

If you knew the world was ending, what would you do differently?

I would travel to every place I’ve wanted to travel to.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

Sheryl Sandberg. I was really inspired by her book Lean In.

If you could witness any event past, present, or future, what would it be?

Well, it’s hard to picture an event in the future! I guess it would have been fun to have been at Obama’s inauguration.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I’ve been kind of obsessed with the drum lately, and I think it would be pretty rad to just jam out on them. Also, I would love to learn ballet.

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?

If this was for work, I would love to focus on web analytics.

If it was a personal project, it would be great to finally finish that novel I have been working on for three years.

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?

Bunjee jumping

If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?


If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

JK Rowling

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

Pay off my debt

If you were reincarnated as an animal/drink/ice cream flavor, what would it be?

  • Animal: cheetah
  • Drink: mimosa
  • Ice cream: half baked

If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?

Well, we all know the meaning of life is 42. I guess if I could know the answer to any question it would be “Where am I going to be in my life in five years?”

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

Hermione Granger

Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?

Ellen Page

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Who wants to grow up?

When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?


What would you name the autobiography of your life?

It’s a Hoot

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

  • “Soon We’ll Be Found” by Sia
  • “Ride” by Lana Del Rey
  • “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye
  • “Chinese” by Lily Allen
  • “If I Tell You I Love You” by Melody Gardot
  • “A Fine Romance” by Billie Holiday
  • “I’ll Look Around” by Madeleine Peyroux
  • “Tokyo Sunrise” by LP
  • “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon
  • “My Way” by Frank Sinatra
  • “Unstoppable” by Kat Deluna
  • “Hard Out Here” by Lily Allen
  • “One More Reason” by Marshall Crenshaw
  • “Please Be Patient With Me” by Wilco

Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best?

I know it sounds cliche, but most bad things that happen usually have a silver lining in there somewhere. My grandpa died of leukemia on my ninth birthday, and my family took that as an opportunity to raise money every year to fight the disease. My parents sold the house I grew up in, but now they go on great vacations that I get to tag along on. Maybe I’m naive, but I do believe when a door closes, a window is opening. It may not be in the same room, but it’s opening somewhere.

What was one of the best parties you’ve ever been to?

My friend Thomas always throws really fun parties.

What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I didn’t just cry, I was wailing. The movie did a number on me as well.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Running a half marathon. Twice.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?

Building an independent life for myself in Boston was a really big step and very difficult, but ultimately rewarding.

What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?

Snapping at my mom

When was the last time you had an amazing meal?

Paciarino in Portland, Maine. I salivate just thinking about that Italian food.

What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever given/received?

The worst gift hands down was when I was given socks for Christmas from an aunt. I was eight and that was pretty much the worst scenario I could imagine.

Best gift is a harder one. This is going to sound so snotty, but I have never been given a present that has stuck with me. As a birthday present to myself this past year, I booked a trip to Seattle and Alaska. That’s the best gift I’ve been given.

What do you miss most about being a kid?

Having a pet

What is your first memory of being really excited?

My parents telling me in the 5th grade that we were going on a cruise. God, that sounds sad.

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

Probably CDs.

When was the last time you were nervous?

I always get nervous when my parents are traveling. And I know they get the same when I’m traveling. The Neuens family is just basically a wreck when someone is getting on an airplane.

What is something you learned in the last week?

Trackbacks in Google Analytics

What story does your family always tell about you?

My Dad loves telling this very annoying story about me when I was sure I wasn’t going to get into UW-Madison and I was on the phone with a friend saying, “It’s over. We both know it’s over. I’m not getting in.” About two weeks later I got my acceptance notice.

At what age did you become an adult?

Who wants to be considered an adult?

Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.

Maybe not a thousand, but probably around 500.

Where’s Waldo?

Ask the six year old looking at the book

The best part of waking up is?

Getting ready and looking good for about five minutes before it all goes to hell

How now brown cow?

Where’s the cheese?


God, I hate Budwesier.