Meet Victoria’s Most Eligible Bachelorette: Carolina Astrain
This Valentine's Day we're doing a series on Victoria's most eligible.
VICTORIA, Texas- It’s the month of love and romance. Valentine’s Day will see nine million Americans propose and will see a 20% rise in usage on the dating app Tinder. People are clearly looking for love, and once they find it they are eager to tie the knot.
Perhaps you don’t have to look any further than right here in the Crossroads. Newscenter 25 reporter, LaShanda McCuin, and I had the pleasure of interviewing some of Victoria’s most eligible guys and dolls. We got up close and personal with three women and three men who are single and ready to mingle.
Meet Carolina Astrain. She is a 31-year-old Newscenter 25 reporter who loves to tell stories and play video games. I asked each bachelor and bachelorette the same questions in our fun and quirky Q&A to get to know them better. Read on to learn more about Carolina Astrain.
Bria Woods: What are your hobbies or interests outside of work?
Carolina Astrain: So I play a lot of computer games admittedly. I do it to save money and I kind of like to flex my social muscle throughout the week at work so it needs some insular time. I also really love to bake. I just got, um, an oven for the first time in years, like a real oven, so I’m excited to start baking again. What else? I love to hang out with my dog Spartacus and I love bike riding.
BW: What are some of your favorite video games to play?
CA: I play Civilization 6. To play a standard game it takes about, I think it’s 500 turns, which um, if you spend a minute, um, deciding what you’re going to do on each turn, it turns into an eight hour day. Um, it’s outrageous, but it’s a lot of fun and I really enjoy it.
BW: What about some of your favorite things to bake?
CA: I love to make blueberry muffins. It’s my SIG. Um, and I also love to make a flourless chocolate torte.
BW: And what are you looking for in a partner?
CA: I’m definitely someone with a lot of energy that, would be open to being my gym buddy and just being that ball of sunshine that maybe I need after a long day of, work. Sometimes, as you know, it can be a little stressful and we have to deal with fatalities and you know the darker side. So just someone who can really just be a constant source of sunshine.
BW: So now here are some sillier questions. Do you watch Netflix with the subtitles on?
CA: Uh, yes I do. I’m an absolutist. I have to know everything if I’m consuming it.
BW: Do you pour the cereal first or the milk first?
CA: Cereal first.
BW: So on a scale of one to 10, where one is or 10 is like, it is immaculate, practically Buckingham palace and one is like, I’m an actual slob, how would you rate your cleanliness level?
CA: Oh dear. Hmm. I’m a slob. I have to admit it. I really, to be honest, need to be better about picking up after myself and like making my bed as soon as I’m done. Um, I do have my cleaning days, but it’s definitely something I’m working on. Unfortunately I was a little spoiled by my mom growing up.
BW: What would you say is your biggest turn on and turn off?
CA: Biggest turn on would be learning about their interests, like if they’re really into public radio or like This American Life or you know. Definitely, if they’re well-read, I love, you know, talking to a reader, um, someone that can encourage me to read more. I’m really into the, I guess intelligent guys.
BW: If you could be any flavor of ice cream, which one would you be?
CA: Lavender? Ooh, yeah. I survived on lavender ice cream for a few months when I had mono in college. So it was the only thing I could get down there.
BW: Cats or dogs?
BW: If you could travel to any time, past, present or future, which era would you travel to?
CA: Tough. You know, it was illegal to speak Spanish in the post office and public school until 1971. So probably after that, maybe somewhere really. Maybe like I know like ‘80, ‘85. Yeah, maybe I’d get more into horror movies then. I was born in ‘88, but to be like maybe 25 in ‘85 would have been fun.
BW: Who is your favorite artist or what is your favorite genre of music?
CA: I love salsa. I need to learn more about it, but I have a bunch of Fania Records and um, Sonora records and it, that kind of interest developed when I started watching the series, “Celia,” and I also really like jazz. Like Ella Fitzgerald’s my core, Louis Armstrong and David Bowie, he’s not jazz, but he’s, you know, a special artist. And let’s see, I really am in love with Paul McCartney lately. I kind of have like a mellow kind of like a melancholy taste. The Beatles are great too, but I prefer the Mamas and the Papas. I love American music.
BW: What is the weirdest or strangest thing about yourself that you can think of?
CA: I let my dog lick my feet for probably too long. We have like a weird relationship, so that’s probably weird. I don’t know. I read online that it’s it’s like a sign of like, you know, him showing that I’m the dominant one, but he’s kind of obsessive about it. It’s kind of gross. And then my mother tells me that I used to hunt cockroaches when I was like a toddler or something. That’s disgusting. I’ve not eaten one since, I think.
BW: Let’s hope not,
CA: I would hunt them and then I would eat them as a baby. She said she’d find them in my diapers.
BW: Oh my God.
CA: It’s pretty disgusting. But I think, you know, I’ve always had that Hunter’s instinct.
BW: Is family big for you?
CA: Yeah. As a journalist, I’ve kind of chosen not to be in Houston, cause I want to kind of explore the world. And I’ve been in Victoria now for almost eight years, but it’s nice to be just three hours away from them versus living in Minnesota. I lived in Minnesota and whenever dramas would happen or you know, something happened, I just felt really far away. Um, so yeah, I really love my family. I wish, you know, I spent more time there. Um, and I wish there were like more fun things to do in Victoria to where I could like lure them in. You know, it’s hard to compete with Houston.
BW: Do you want children?
CA: I, it’s not my destiny or anything. Like it’s not something that I need to do, but if it happens, if I’m ever so blessed, then it would be a wonderful gift, you know? Um, but it’s definitely not on my like must-do list. If I end up becoming like, I guess what they would call like a spinster aunt my heart wouldn’t be too broken.
BW: What is the worst date you’ve ever been on?
CA: This one time I went to, we went to a place that they did karaoke. I picked a song and the person I was with was really embarrassed by the song I was singing because there were kids there and I didn’t anticipate it probably had too many margaritas. This bad date is my fault essentially. But he was just so upset that I sang this song. I sang “Money” by Cardi B. yeah. So, um, I don’t know. That was a bad day cause he was like, I’m never bringing you here again. And so that was, yeah, that was bad, right? It was a bad date.
BW: Picture this, it’s a Sunday afternoon. You have a budget of $0, but you want to go on a date with your significant other. What do you do?
CA: Is there gas in the tank?
BW: Sure. In this little situation, we’ll say you have a full tank.
CA: YES!! Then we go to the beach. Yeah, Magnolia beach. It’s my fave. So we’d probably go do that. And then, We’d have to pack a lunch. Yeah. Champagne and sandwiches and um, some records.
BW: And where do you see yourself in 10 years?
CA: Hmm. 41. I guess maybe here still, I mean, I really love Victoria and this has been a great place to work at the TV station. But I would definitely want to be working and volunteering, mentoring, um, just storytelling. It’s what I love to do. I hope I’m doing what I’m doing right now and um, and I hope I’m happy. You know, like if I’m, if I’m single or not, you know, I just want to be happy with myself.
BW: Is there anything else you’d like to share with the community? As one of the most eligible bachelorettes?
CA: I just really hope that I meet someone that can see the beauty in Victoria that I see and that would be open to staying here. Cause I just have this dream of being a little old lady in Victoria and knowing so many people that like, I can get a ride anywhere when I’m to the point where I can’t drive. I don’t know. There’s something so idyllic about it, but I could also be open I guess, to moving. I don’t know. It would be hard.
Tune into the 5,6,9 and 10 pm shows tonight to learn more about the way to Carolina’s heart.