Kelly ‘Momster Mash’ Cantwell talks fitness skating in this week’s Pitch questionnaire
Name: Kelly “Momster Mash” Cantwell
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom; program partner and certified instructor with Derby Lite Roll Out Fitness Skating
Hometown: Heartlandia (Wisconsin and Illinois)
Current neighborhood: Brookside
What I do (in 140 characters): When not building Legos with my boys, I’m leading high-energy fitness-skating exercise classes in which ladies become healthier humans and are brought into a welcoming community of women like no other.
What’s your addiction? Chocolate and peanut butter
What’s your game? Carcassonne, Bohnanza, Monopoly: Disney Pixar Edition (thanks to my 5-year-old) — we love board games in our house!
What’s your drink? Coffee with cream and sugar
Where’s dinner? Usually at home — one of my faves is homemade pizza for our Friday family movie night. If we get a chance to go out, it’s gotta be Chai Shai or Port Fonda.
What’s on your KC postcard? The KC skyline and Union Station view from the Liberty Memorial
Finish this sentence: “Kansas City got it right when …” It welcomed our family with open arms last summer! Also: the zoo — we love it and we’ve heard it hasn’t always been so amazing.
“Kansas City needs …” To be more walkable. Even the wonderful Trolley Trail in our neighborhood has a crazy dangerous two-block gap for pedestrians to navigate between Meyer and 62nd Street.
“In five years, I’ll be …” 40 years old! Eek!
“I always laugh at …” My 2-year-old. Funniest. Faces. Ever.
“I’ve been known to binge-watch …” The West Wing or House of Cards.
“I can’t stop listening to …” Daughter.
“I just read …” Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton.
The best advice I ever got: Always be kind — everyone you encounter is struggling with something that you may know nothing about.
Worst advice: Probably my own insecurities telling me I can’t do something. I have to force myself to remember what my mom said to me over and over when I was younger: “You can do almost anything that you put your mind to — don’t doubt yourself.”
My sidekick: My sons, Brother Mash and Baby Mash
My dating triumph/tragedy: My husband and I dated only for seven months before we got engaged, and we just celebrated our 14th anniversary this summer. I’d call that a triumph!
My brush with fame: I got to have photos taken with former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley at several different work events. The “autographed” prints are now in a box somewhere in the basement. Oh! And I met Andrew Bird at the Charleston (a bar in Chicago). It was pretty awkward, but I still love him.
My 140-character soapbox: We must work to end gun violence. I read that more than 2 million American kids live in homes with unsecured guns. Unacceptable. I’m not trying to take your gun away, but I need you to use it legally and responsibly.
What was the last thing you had to apologize for? If my husband can’t help me think of an answer to this question, then I think I’m golden.
Who’s sorry now? I really hope no one! Maybe that little spider that was trying to crawl into our bed the other night?
My recent triumph: As a newbie Kansas Citian, I’m very proud of bringing Derby Lite Roll Out Fitness Skating with me from Chicago when we moved here last summer. I’m still working hard to gain momentum and spread the word about this exciting new fitness opportunity, but I know that women all over the city are going to fall in love with putting their workout on wheels!