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Reader of the Week: Meet Kerrycontrary

There was such an overwhelming response when I asked readers to introduce themselves on a weekend open thread that I decided to give you all a weekly column to do just that. I’ve always said this site wouldn’t be what it is without the engagement and participation of its readers and this column is the place to learn more about who you are what makes you tick. After the jump, let’s meet Kerrycontrary.


1. What’s your name, age and whereabouts?

Kerrycontrary, age 24, and I live in a suburb of Washington, DC about a mile from the city.

2. What’s your relationship status?

In a long-distance relationship for the past two years, going strong. It should stop being long-distance in June.

3. How do you spend your weekdays?

That varies. I just finished my Master of Library Science in May so it was a combination of classes, homework, and working part-time. I had a contract position until the end of August working in a special collections library. Now I’m looking for a job so I run in the mornings and job search all afternoon. I spend my week-nights cooking new foods and playing with my miniature dachshund, Summer.

4. How do you spend your free time?

I like to spend a lot of time outdoors. My boyfriend and I frequent state parks or I walk my dog on local bike paths. I also like watching hockey, trying new foods, and going to museums. Hey, I live in Washington, DC so there’s a lot of free museums! I go out for drinks with friends occasionally but not nearly as much as I did in college.

5. What are your top likes and dislikes?

Likes: Indian food, french cheese, cool fall days, big purses, and good customer service.

Dislikes: Bad manners, abstinence-only education.

6. What’s the best relationship advice you’ve ever been given?

Never wait around at home for a guy to call (My Mom).

7. What’s the best relationship lesson you’ve ever learned?

Never be friends with an ex immediately after a break up. It’s too hard and you will probably end up having ex-sex, which just makes everything more complicated. Take a break from contact and attempt a friendship later if you really want. Sometimes you will never be friends with a particular ex, and that’s how the cookie crumbles.

8. Besides DearWendy.com, what are some of your favorite websites?

I have my own makeup and cosmetic blog (www.kerrycontrary.blogspot.com) where I review cosmetic products. I also like Modcloth.com for clothing and www.myveryworstdate.com for laughable dating stories.

*If you’d like to be a Reader of the Week, shoot me an email at wendy@dearwendy.com with “Reader of the Week” in the subject line and I’ll send you some questions to answer.

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    mandalee October 21, 2011, 2:03 pm

    I am with on your likes and dislikes, minus the Indian food. I haven’t come around to yet after watching it mold on my fridge for weeks thanks to my college roommate. And Modcloth is amazing!

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  • ForeverYoung October 21, 2011, 2:09 pm

    I love that you love good customer service!! Thumbs up.

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  • lets_be_honest October 21, 2011, 2:11 pm

    Oh I love this! I’m with you on every like and dislike. I totally pictured you older and much different looking, not sure why. My sister just moved to DC and I think its awesome their museums are free, NY’s are not. I came thisclose to getting a mini dachshund a month ago, so I’m super jealous right now and wish you’d included a picture.

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    • TheOtherMe October 21, 2011, 2:57 pm

      what happened, why didn’t you get it ???

      PS I have a Yorkie, she is awesome.

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      • lets_be_honest October 21, 2011, 3:40 pm

        Because I live in a condo and work all the time. It would’ve been a very childish and selfish decision. But man was she cute!! Someday…

      • Slamy October 21, 2011, 4:44 pm

        Kudos to you for recognizing that. I’m kind of in the same boat. I want a dog ~so~ badly but I’m worried I won’t be able to keep up with vet bills if something were to happen, and I don’t have a yard.

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      EscapeHatches October 21, 2011, 3:44 pm

      I have two minature dachshunds (they’re technically tweenies, at 13 lbs). Oh dear god, the cute, the dog battles… worth it.

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    • Britannia October 21, 2011, 3:57 pm

      Doxies are awesome pets! My dog is half Dachshund, half Corgi, and he is a constant source of Squee 🙂

      I highly recommend them!

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  • MissDre October 21, 2011, 2:18 pm

    I LOVE ModCloth!!! YaY!

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  • Addie Pray October 21, 2011, 2:22 pm

    Nice to meet you, kerrycontrary. I pictured you older too, for some reason!

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  • TheOtherMe October 21, 2011, 2:56 pm

    HI ! Nice to meet you !

    The only way you should ever see an ex right after a breakup is to make sure you don’t shave anywhere & wear your worse panties…

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    • amber October 21, 2011, 3:04 pm

      haha yes! like a pair of the dreaded that time of the month underwear. where the only other reason you wear them is you’re to sick to move off the bed/couch or you haven’t washed clothes in a while (meaning too long, long enough to use all other underwear including that thong that was so uncomfortable you said you’d never wear it again).

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      • TheOtherMe October 21, 2011, 3:11 pm

        Of course even that didn’t stop me, I was still about to give in…until I lied down on his bed & found someone else’s earring, THAT.stopped.me !

      • lets_be_honest October 21, 2011, 3:41 pm


  • silver_dragon_girl October 21, 2011, 3:05 pm

    Hey, you’re the same age as me! And you have a degree in something I almost got a degree in! High five. 🙂

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  • Eljay October 21, 2011, 3:09 pm

    Great to meet you! My SIL has a yorkie and he is just the most adorable thing ever! I envy your having a lil daschund. Too cute.

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  • Kerrycontrary October 21, 2011, 3:41 pm

    Thank you everyone for the nice comments!!

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  • ReginaRey October 21, 2011, 3:23 pm

    You live in the suburbs of D.C.?? Ummm, ME TOO! We need to meet IRL!

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    • MissDre October 21, 2011, 3:29 pm

      I’m planning a trip to Washington in the spring! Can’t wait!

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    • Kerrycontrary October 21, 2011, 3:39 pm

      RR Really!?! MD or VA? I live in MD

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      • ReginaRey October 21, 2011, 4:30 pm

        VA!!! NOVA, to be more precise. I’m not very far from Arlington – prob like a 15 or 20 min drive!

        And MissDre – We need a group meetup when you come in the spring!!!

      • MissDre October 21, 2011, 4:40 pm

        I will be sure to holla!

      • Ladybug October 21, 2011, 7:21 pm

        NOVA represent!

      • Jessiebelle October 23, 2011, 8:18 pm

        Hey, I’m in NOVA too! DearWendy DC-area meetup, anyone???

  • Slamy October 21, 2011, 4:40 pm

    I love MVWD! You would like http://www.abadcaseofthedates.com, too. That one is updated more frequently. 🙂

    One of my “likes” is also good customer service.

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  • doubleE October 21, 2011, 7:06 pm

    LOVE your makeup/cosmetic blog! Until i read it i was really considering buying one of the products! thanks :o)

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  • Nick October 21, 2011, 8:06 pm

    Love your answers to the ‘advice’ questions!

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  • Christy October 22, 2011, 12:25 am

    Kerry, I was in your Academic Libraries class last semester! Sorry, when I saw the MLS + DC + Kerry I realized that I probably knew you, and then I looked at your picture again and I realized that we had class together. (I realize this is the creepiest thing in the whole world.) I’m a MLS student in my second year now.

    But yeah, I sat a row in front of you, towards the middle. My real name is Christy; we have 9 mutual facebook friends if you want a picture of me. Specifically, there’s a picture of me on Adam’s wall if you need a visual.

    Small world.

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    • Kerrycontrary October 24, 2011, 9:45 am

      Hi Christy! Haha you are the second person to recognize me from this. Pretty crazy. Anyways good luck on your last year at UMD. I guess I’ll see you around DearWendy 🙂

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