ROC Spotlight Series - Erika Duthiers

What are you reading?

I’m the type of person that has a stack of books on my nightstand that I intend to read.  It takes me a very long time to get through my stack because I never have a chunk of time to devote to leisurely reading these days.  Right now, I’m fascinated by The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss.  It’s the story of the forgotten hero, General Alex Dumas, son of a French nobleman and a slave, who was first sold into slavery by his own father in Sainte Domingue (present day Haiti). Many years later, General Dumas was brought to France by his father where he received an education and thereafter rose to great prominence in the French military, playing a major role in key French military victories.  He is the father of famed French author, Alexandre Dumas, who honored his father’s legacy by portraying him in his many books, including Georges, The Count of Monte Cristo, and The Three Musketeers

What are you listening to?

I’m sure people say this all the time, but I really do listen to all kinds of music.  What I’m listening to depends on my mood, what I’m doing, where I am, and who’s around.  Can’t listen to hardcore rap with the kids around.   

What was the last album or song that you downloaded?

I downloaded two songs in the last week.  One was Really Love by D’Angelo from his new album Black Messiah.  It’s his first album in well over a decade and the song is really soulful and laid back. The other song was Rise Up by Andra Day.  I just love her voice – it’s so beautiful and powerful.  I’m looking forward to checking out some of her other songs.  

What are you currently watching on TV?

These days, I’m watching Showtime’s Billions, which stars Paul Giamatti as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Damian Lewis as Giamatti’s prey.  The show combines corruption, politics, wealth, and legal drama.  Sometimes it can be a little too dramatic and unrealistic, but the acting, the NYC setting, and the complicated characters keep me tuning in.

I’ve also been watching HBO’s Vinyl, which stars Bobby Cannavale as a self-destructive music executive in 1970s New York City who is trying to save his record label by finding the next great act or sound. The plot can sometimes be a bit complicated, but the music, drama, setting and clothes have me hooked! Plus, the show is executive produced by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese, and the main writer is Terry Winter, who helped write two of my favorite HBO shows ever: The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire

Both Billions and Vinyl air on Sunday nights and end kind of late for me, but I love just kicking back with my husband and escaping for these two drama-packed hours before starting the work week.  Unfortunately, 5:30 a.m. always seems to come just a wee bit sooner on Monday mornings, but I just suffer through my Monday morning runs.

Do you have a favorite Podcast?

I love Serial. During Season 1, episodes were released on Thursdays and I couldn’t wait to drive into work to listen. I also like listening to TED. 

What’s the last movie you saw?

Sadly, the last movie I saw was Grown Ups 2, starring Adam Sandler. The movie was a hot mess from start to finish.  The silver lining was that my kids (boys ages 8 and 11) thought it was hilarious, which in turn made me laugh more than I thought I would when I thought about it from their perspective. Don’t judge me for letting my kids watch such junk. 

The last real movie I saw was The Big Short, which is about the collapse of the housing bubble in 2008. The movie was well-acted and fascinating.  I remember that my family and I moved from the NYC area just as the housing bubble was about to burst and our real estate agent at the time was so concerned that we were going to have a hard time selling our house.  She had helped us sell a prior home a few years before, which sold within just a few hours of being on the market.  She kept trying to manage our expectations by saying that the housing market was different and that houses sat on the market for much longer. Thankfully, it worked out for us, but less than a year later, Lehman Brothers went bankrupt and chaos ensued throughout the world markets.  Two months after that, Obama became President.  It was a crazy time. 

Who are you following on Twitter?

I can’t handle any more social media.  I know I’m showing my age, but I’m good with Facebook and Instagram.  I don’t have at Twitter account and I’ve never tweeted anything.

How do you spend your Sundays?

Ideally, I spend Sundays enjoying my boys – Chris (hubby) and my two sons Gabriel and Oliver – just doing family activities.  As the kids get older and busier, it’s harder to keep Sundays sacred, and more and more we are on the road at soccer or hockey games.  I’m looking forward to summer when there’s a lull in some of the organized activities and we can get back to enjoying more family time out in the sunshine.