Carrie Underwood Talks Stanley Cup Playoffs, Marriage Surprises, And…Parakeets?

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Carrie Underwood celebrates after a goal by the Nashville Predators against the Vancouver Canucks on February 17, 2011. Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Carrie Underwood celebrates after a goal by the Nashville Predators against the Vancouver Canucks on February 17, 2011. Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Carrie Underwood has sold more than 14 million albums, has won lots of awards, and is on the verge of releasing her latest album, Blown Away, next Tuesday. Yet she still shares the insecurities of not being good enough.

“It happens most of the time.”

Carrie Underwood took the time to speak to Lisa Dent & Ramblin’ Ray of Chicago station WUSN on an array of topics including her husband Mike Fisher’s run through the Stanley Cup Playoffs, her biggest surprises about marriage, and her love of animals.

When it comes to hockey, you will be hard pressed to find more passionate fans (and players), who superstitiously grow playoff beards and mustaches. But Carrie vowed to not shave her underarms until her husband’s team, the Nashville Predators, was eliminated from the playoffs.

“Yeah, that didn’t last too long, that lasted half a day.”

When it comes to hockey or country music in the household, the ice holds precedence this time of year, according to Carrie.

“I would pick him winning something over me winning something,” she says. “I mean, I’ve been lucky. I’ve won a lot of stuff, and done a lot of stuff. Mike’s been to the Stanley Cup Finals once, and they didn’t win, so I would love to see him win.”

Carrie and Mike have been married since July, 2010, but even after they tied the knot, initially they lived in two different cities.

When they were first dating, she says, “He lived in Ottawa, Canada, and I lived here in Nashville, and we dated like that. We got married. He still lived in Ottawa, I still lived in Nashville. And then he got traded to Nashville,” which is when, she says, they first lived together full time.

“We [had] never spent that much time together, so [there was] an adjustment period. Like, where does my stuff go, where does your stuff go? What time do you wake up in the morning? Just getting used to each others schedules and ‘isms.'”

“There has never been anything bad,” she goes on to say, “it’s all been really good. We’ve had a really, really, nice couple of years.”

While Carrie supports Mike in his career and passions, the line has to be drawn sometimes when it comes to Carrie’s love of animals.

“The other day, I was at the pet store getting food, and I saw this bird that I thought was really stressed out. It was pulling its feathers out and really, really stressed out. I was like, I don’t know anything about birds, I have to get this bird and bring it home with me, and he kinda put his foot down on the bird. So I had to respect that. It’s the playoffs, and I don’t want to rock the boat that much.” Plus, she says, “I’m gonna be gone all over the place doing album promo stuff. He stepped on my dream of getting this poor little thing. It was just like a little parakeet.”

“Like I said, I don’t know anything about birds, and [the pet store employees] probably would have looked at me like I was crazy: ‘I want the one that looks awful.’ I did do my homework, I started looking things up–what they eat, what do we do, and he was like, ‘We are not getting a bird.'”

Carrie’s album, Blown Away, is in stores next Tuesday, May 1. She is also set to perform a Live on Letterman concert webcast the night before (Monday, April 30) from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, and you can watch it right here or on CBS.com.

Meanwhile, her husband Mike’s Nashville Predators continue their march to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, advancing to the second round over the Detroit Red Wings.

Listen to the full interview:

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