WHAT IS YOUR NAME? abigail. abbey is also acceptable, but denise and lucy are not in any way a part of my name. there has been some confusion.
How long have you been a barista? cumulatively, 5 - 6 years, but not in sequence. the last two-ish have definitely been the best. (:
How long have you been a kc&t barista, as in, one of the best baristas ever? if you count the random farmer’s markets i worked in 2010, almost two and a half years! if you don’t then just under two years.
Where were you born? st. louis, missouri. ozzy smith had a baby on the same day in the same hospital. PRETTY COOL.
Where did you graduate high school? kaukauna.
Where did you graduate college? i didn’t, but i have attended UW Milwaukee and UW Oshkosh, and I am currently taking classes at NWTC. Ask me again in 2 years! I will tell you UW Green Bay.
Where did you graduate medical school? is this question for comedic value? i am sometimes surprised we are qualified to handle hot coffee and relatively sharp knives.
What is your favorite coffee shop? HAHA trick question. HAHAHAH what if i wasn’t going to say KC&T? I was, but I was going to mention a close second - the lazy dog in west virginia (alison mothes!).
What is your favorite kc&t coffee beverage? black coffee is my all-time favorite, and black coffee is usually what i drink after thinking about what i want for five minutes.
What is your favorite kc&t non-coffee beverage? oolong! nomnomnom.
What is your favorite kc&t sandwich? oh goodness. in theory, it is the goudasparagus, but the sandwich i eat most often is a grilled cheese with veggies.
What is your favorite kc&t bakery item? carrot cake. i have no self control.
What is your favorite food in general? i don’t know! it used to be a perfectly ripe tomato, but now it might be apples (or alterra carrot cake).
Tell us something else about food: it is a good thing to ingest on a semi-regular basis.
What is your favorite kc&t decorative feature? the baristas. (: ha ha ha ha. i am pretty partial to the free library, but i also really like the eclectic dish collection.
Please inform us of any other kc&t favorites we failed to mention: customers. we have the best customers! i am not even sucking up - i really think nicer people come to KC&T than go most other places.
Tell us a favorite story from baristaville: my favorite baristaville story happened in high school when my dear friend, lauren, got distracted while putting the lid on an especially dry cappuccino. she squashed the cup, and the froth from the cappuccino shot into the air and landed all over her face. she could only open one eye. it was PRETTY FUNNY, but maybe you had to be there. i can’t pick a shop favorite. i think kristin has the best shop stories. she did once learn the wonders of ginseng, and that was hilarious.
What is your favorite color? GREY. i know it isn’t very bright or shiny, but it is my favorite color in a symbolic sense. nothing is black and white; everything is grey area. if i have to pick a real color, not a shade, it is green (olive, moss, pea... all of the gross ones).
Do you have pets? A favorite? i do i do! we have some “family” pets, but the only one that is truly mine is zuzu the kitten. i had a chihuahua name billy, and no one loved him because he was kind of a jerk, but he will be my favorite for eternity even if he lives in the soil. he was irreplaceable. (:
What is your favorite sport? Perhaps a favorite team? Player? baseball. i am a cardinals fan at my core, but i have recently become pretty enamored with the brewers. this is not a point of contention for me, but it seems to stress other baseball fans out a lot. one time, i tried to wear a cardinals t-shirt and brewers hat at the same time; it met a lot of opposition.
Who is your Biggest Celebrity Crush? BILLY JOEL. come on. after that, it is probably edward norton.
What music do you play when you start your shift? something bouncy. lately, a lot of fun. and florence.
What is your favorite book? still life with the woodpecker! tom robbins <3 he is my favorite author.
What is your favorite movie? i am a big fan of being john malkovich, the royal tennenbaums, eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, etc. i am not good at picking favorites.
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? haagen-das has a pineapple coconut ice cream that could solve the world’s problems.
Are you sarcastic? there is no way to win answering this question.
Do you believe the above was unnecessary to put on this questionnaire? NO.
Were you named after anyone? my middle name was my great-grandma’s married last name (kaeller). she hated that i was named after her married name because she hated her husband and got a divorce in the late 1920’s (which was almost unheard of). however, “abigail bertha” did not have a very good ring to it.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? a vet and a waitress. one home movie suggests i wanted to be my brother’s gangster assistant.
And now, what do you want to be when you grow up? i would like to work in counseling specifically with youth and/or families. i would really like to join the peace corps in my next life. i also would enjoy doing pyschosocial research.
If you were reborn, what would you want to be? A UNICOORRRRNNNNNN.
What do you wish you had more time for? I think this is a fancy way of asking ‘What is your favorite pastime?’ Liam! you can never have enough baby time(: additionally, i would like more time and money to travel.
Have you ever been out of the country? Where is the farthest you have been from home? i have! australia.
How many states have you visited? How many have you driven through and technically been to? i haven’t been keeping track, but i will make an educated guess. i can remember about 13 states i have truly visited, but i have driven through more than 30 (i think).
Do you have a favorite national monument? the arch! duhhhh (:
Do you think people usually have a favorite national monument, or is that odd? no. i actually thought about that for a long time, and yes.
What is your favorite of the Seven Wonders of the World? Go ahead, we’ll give you time to Google: did you know that there are ancient, new, and natural lists for the seven wonders of the world? i am having a hard time picking one, but it might have to be the pyramid at giza, machu picchu, and gran sabana.
What is your favorite winter activity? complaining that my feet are cold and i hate it. once in awhile i like to go sledding and build snowmen.
What is your favorite summer activity? baseball gaaaaaaaaames(: being outside - the actual activity is not so important, but i do like to be on or around or in the water.
Which season is your favorite? not the one where my feet are cold.
If you were an Olympian, what would your sport be? i would a synchronized swimmer! if that fell through, i would be an olympic sailor with a fencing background.
If you could be any vehicle, what would you be and why? i would be a hot air balloon because they are cool and technically a vehicle.
What does your horoscope say today? “Your future is contained within your dreams and now it's time to remember them more clearly than ever. But this isn't about a new vision; it's more likely about a familiar one that's been lingering with you over the years. Dust off your old fantasies so you can explore them anew, even if your feelings about them are mixed. Don't stiffen up with resistance or fear; instead, reclaim your flexibility and stretch into the uncertainty to see where your emotions lead.” (huffington post)
How do you feel about that? it is fluffy and ambiguous, but better than the first one i read. (:::
What is your pet peeve? off the top of my head, my biggest pet peeve is either not using blinkers on the road or not using manners in general.
If you could talk with any kind of accent for the rest of your life, what accent would you choose? french!
Do you think you’ll be a cute grandma? i think i’ll be feisty.
Do you play a musical instrument? i used to be able to play a violin, clarinet, and saxophone, but i don’t think i am currently capable. i want to learn piano, please and thank you. (:
Do you speak any other language? not any recognized favorites. i could get by well enough in french and i know a miniscule amount of spanish.
What is your favorite coffee cup and why?! i really like the unicorn mug for obvious reasons (there is a unicorn on it).
Does your car have a name? not yet. i have only had it for 12 hours. i need time to get to know it.
If you were any mythological creature, what would you be? i would love to say unicorn, but they are real. is the loch ness monster a mythological creature? if it is, i want to be the loch ness monster.
Did you know Mr. Rogers was a sniper in Vietnam? no.
Are you a convicted felon? no! i am not even an alleged felon.
How is your driving record? it used to be pretty fabulous, but the last three weeks have not been a prime example of that.