Caitlin Daly writes a weekly blog, "Well I Never!" that details her attempts to do or try something new at least once a week. No experience is too small, strange or insignificant. Daly blogs about everything from making almond milk, attending a Jewish naming ceremony, and not talking for 48 hours, to ice fishing and eating a whole, raw jalapeno. The blog is a wonderful reminder that variety is the spice of life, and that attitude is everything. Check out Daly's reaction to using a leaf blower for the first time.
A Windsor native, she now lives in Niantic. Daly enjoys spending time with her friends and boyfriend, traveling, and attempting to answer the question, "What should I do with my life?" (Also, she has been looking for a cow to milk for her blog for about a year now. If you have a cow to milk, please contact her.)
Say you have a modern-day high school locker. Whose picture would be hanging in it?
Friends. Lots and lots of friends.
What's your favorite sandwich?
The veggie burger at the Black Sheep in Niantic.
You're locked in a museum for a night, which one would it be?
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
What’s your favorite word in a language other than English?
Feuille de papier.
Who played at your first live concert?
I think it was a pianist playing Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto.
Sorry to have to tell you this, but an asteroid is going to wipe out all humanity next week. So, what’s your last meal and who is coming to dinner?
Everybody I've ever met would be invited, and it would be a potluck.
What’s was the first album you ever bought and where did you buy it?
I bought two at the same time from Strawberries (cassettes!): “CrazySexyCool” by TLC and “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” by Smashing Pumpkins
What do you sing in the shower?
Terrible renditions of 90s rock.
Other than your smartphone, name an item you can’t live without:
My computer. I take it everywhere.
Item you should live without and keep meaning to get rid of:
The empty shampoo bottle in my shower.
You’re a DJ at club. What’s the night’s last song?
“Don't Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.
What’s the last televison show you binge-watched?
“The Golden Girls.” I own all seven seasons on DVD.
What “new thing” from your blog have you done the most since the first time?
Besides trying not to judge people, I think that the only one that I've continued consistently is hosting trivia for TriviAcademy. I host Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at On The Rocks at the Fox Hopyard Golf Club. It was definitely one of my most terrifying firsts, but it has ended up being super fun!
If you present day you could give advice to younger you, what would it be?
No need to rush anything! And stop caring about what other people think.
Last book you couldn’t put down:
I always read more than one at a time, so they were Frank McCourt's "Teacher Man" and Gretchen Rubin's "The Happiness Project."
What’s a word you can never spell correctly on the first try:
Which movie, television show or theatrical production most accurately depicts life as a blogger?
“Julie & Julia” - there's this whole life that happens to the blogger that the audience doesn't get to see.
What’s the best town or city that starts with the word “new?”
New Hartford - I work at Laurel Music Camp every summer and that's where it's located.
Coffee or tea?
Saturday night or Sunday morning?
Saturday night's fun but Sunday morning's crosswords.
Anagrams or palindromes?
What is your pet peeve?
People who walk loudly.
What historical event would you like to have witnessed?
The exact instant that Lewis and Clark set eyes on the Pacific Ocean.
What is your favorite place in Connecticut to recharge and/or find serenity?
Two places: Laurel Music Camp and South Beach in Black Point, Niantic.
The person alive today you most admire is:
The Dalai Lama. I first saw him when I was traveling through India and was struck by how light-hearted he is, even with so much responsibility resting on his shoulders and after all that has happened to his land and people. I've seen him twice since then, which I think gives me "groupie" status.