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Next up in our “Get to Know a Blaster” series, we learn more about one of east coast Blasters, Caty Posey. Caty is a Virginia-based Blaster who very successfully leads the events and awards team. Along with her husband, Caty loves to go to local sports games, cheer on their son at his Hockey and Lacrosse games and try out new recipes in the kitchen.

What is your favorite family vacation?

Growing up I was really lucky to travel with my family all over the US and internationally. My parents took my sister and I to the Atlanta and Salt Lake City Olympics, Paris for the Millennium, all across England, The Grand Canyon, San Francisco, and countless other areas. Looking back on those trips were some of my fondest memories of growing up and it’s nearly impossible to choose just one!

One that does stand out is a trip that I took with my husband and son a couple of years ago. We went to Disneyworld and Universal Studios for a week. What made this trip especially memorable was that it was the first time JT been there and it was his first time on an airplane. I think he was more excited to go on a plane than to Disney! He was 7 at the time and just starting to get old enough for the bigger rides. One of the best times during this trip was when we enrolled him in the Jedi Academy. He learned how to fight like a Jedi and actually got to fight Darth Vader (Jon was extremely jealous!) During this trip we also went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I have been dying to go to ever since it opened. As a die hard Harry Potter fan, I dragged Jon and JT to do everything possible. From buying wands to getting every version of Butterbeer available to tasting Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, it was an amazing experience. We are already planning on our next trip down there when Star Wars Land opens!

What did you want to be when you were small?

As every young kid does, I cycled through the many dreams of becoming an astronaut, singer, actress, etc. But the one that still stands out to me was becoming an Illustrator. Looking back, it’s not something a lot of kids dream about, but when I read books I was always fascinated with the artwork: the colors, faces, backgrounds. I loved how it gave the reader a sense of the scene but still left some details up to imagination. I have always been artistic and used to take various art classes with my Mom growing up. She is an extremely talented artist and I always look to her for creative inspiration. As I grew up, I took drawing classes and would spend my nights listening to music, drawing for hours. Maybe one day I will illustrate a book. You never know 🙂

If you had to describe yourself in five words, what would they be?

Honest, Determined, Observant, Adventurous, Loyal

If you could share a meal with any 3 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

When I saw this question, I immediately thought of three people I had always wanted to sit down with. First and foremost I’d have my sister Emily with me, as I know she’d want to meet the two other people I’d invite and I wouldn’t want to experience it without her. I’d also have my Granddad join. He died before I was born and when Emily was just a baby. We heard stories and of course saw pictures, but it would be amazing to hear his voice and get a chance to talk to him.

Finally, I’d have Audrey Hepburn in attendance. My sister and I have always been huge fans of hers. We would watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s growing up and adored all of the beautiful dresses, imagining how it would be growing up during that time. I also admire her work later in life with UNICEF and would love to hear her stories.

It would be an eclectic group for sure but I think those are the best kinds!

What is your biggest fear?

Clowns. Enough said.

If you could travel back in time, what timeframe would you visit and why?

I’d love to go back to the mid-to-late 1800’s/ early 1900’s England. I’m absolutely obsessed with every show, movie and book around this time. I’d love to experience Downton Abbey in real life! There was so much change and uncertainty during this time that I find completely fascinating.

What’s your favorite family recipe?

My favorite recipe is one my Mom made me growing up and then taught me to make when I was older. It’s Linguine with ham, peas and cheese. It a pretty simple dish to make, but I just love it and would ask for it every birthday and every time I was home from college/grad school. When our son JT was really young, I made it for him and my husband Jon for the first time and they both devoured it! From then on JT would refer to it as my “Mom’s pasta” and it’s always his answer to the question, “What do you want for dinner?” Now he just gives me a little look and says, “You already know what I’m going to say.” Since he’s older now, I started letting him help me make it. He knows every ingredient and can almost make it without my help!

What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?

I’ve always been a lover of sports. Growing up in New York, most people were rooting for the Yankees and Giants/Jets, but as a daughter of a Bostonian, I was always a Red Sox and Celtics fan and went to several of those games with my Dad. Living in Rochester also meant I was born to be a Buffalo Bills fan, even if it’s tough at times! My husband and I have been to two NFL games in the past couple of years and countless numbers of hockey games (by marriage I say, “Go Flyers!” 😉 ). Even when it can be hard to root for your team, *cough* Bills *cough*, I always love the energy and excitement of a great game!