I’ve had an insta page for about a year now (Facebook for what feels like forever) but without a website (or blog) until recently, I never felt the need to formally introduce myself. So, here it is with a twist: 5 interesting (and perhaps surprising) facts about me!
I’m a trained makeup artist, turned journalist, turned interior designer and decorator (oh, and realtor), but when I was younger I dreamed of becoming a chef. Funny thing is, as an adult, I hate cooking. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in a vegetarian household and I have no idea how to properly cook meat (if it’s as tough as shoe leather, it’s still edible right?), or I’m tired of the constant complaints from my kids and mealtime battles, which often end in tears (though I’m starting to think they’re the crocodile kind). Since I love baking, what’s more likely is that I’m culinary challenged. I like to follow directions and make precise measurements, whereas cooking requires intuition and even encourages improvisation. It also involves ambiguous words like ‘simmer’ and ‘sauté,’ which only causes me to break into a sweat.
I enjoy talking to people and hearing their stories, so much so that this was my job for more than 14 years. One of my most memorable magazine interviews was with actress Diane Kruger. The night before our sit-down, I had dinner with her and then-boyfriend (and ‘90s teen heartthrob) Joshua Jackson, though, as a member of the media, I was seated at the other end of a VERY long table. If only I could remember what was served during the catered affair but, at the time, my mind was swirling with swoon-worthy thoughts of Pacey and Joey. I always liked him better than Dawson.
In Grade 4, I received a chess set for Christmas and, thanks to my dad, I was a quick study. Not long after, I represented my elementary school at a regional chess tournament where I made all the right moves and nabbed first place in my age group. With my first-ever trophy in hand, I advanced to compete at the school board’s city finals but went down to defeat, finishing third. Still, not too shabby for a 9-year-old chess newbie.
My first summer job was at R.J. McCarthy, a school uniform supplier originally located in downtown Toronto. I had just turned 15 and minimum wage was less than $6 an hour. (Wow, do I feel old.) My job entailed sizing and fitting customers for uniforms, but what I remember most is having to refold already folded shirts and sweaters to look busy during slow periods, which meant the entire summer up to 2 weeks before the beginning of the school year. Chances are that if you started Grade 9 in 1993 or 1994, and needed a uniform, I served you (or at least saw you there filled with teen angst).
I’m a froyo fanatic. Ever since my parents brought home a tub of peach frozen yogurt almost 20 years ago, I’ve been hooked on the tasty treat. In fact, it’s become my guilty pleasure. Whether soft serve or regular, I eat frozen yogurt almost every single day, which my husband can attest. And we’re not talking a small serving either. A 2-litre tub will last just 4 days in my house and I’m the ONLY one eating it (again, the hubby can vouch). My all-time favourite flavour is Chapman’s Crispy Peanut Butter Crunch. But beware, it’s highly addictive.