If your house were on fire, heaven forbid, what’s the one item contained within that you would try to take with you? (People, pets and computers not included.) My purse. I think I am rather a pragmatic person and I would hate to have to replace my ID, credit cards, and heaven forbid, my BlackBerry. Pretty much everything I need is in there. If I was wearing my contacts I may try and make a run for my glasses… What’s the one clothing/fashion item you can’t live without? I have to go with tights. If you have the right tops, you can pretty much wear them from work to yoga to bed. I admit that there may have been occasions where I have taken advantage of this versatility. They are also great for travel. What’s your favourite knick-knack and why? Well, I have to say what is fondly known around our place as my goat bowl. I have a bit of a fondness for miniature farm animals — in particular of the goat variety (though sometimes sheep) — and my family members have a habit of buying, and sometimes making me, any reasonable facsimiles that they happen upon. These sit in a bowl on my dining room table and participate heavily in board-game nights. What’s the oldest thing you own? It is a toss-up between my house (1912) and an old brass drum I accidentally purchased once at an auction with my former mother-in-law. They really take that nomoving rule seriously. I am not sure how old it is, but I think it may be pretty old. I avoid auctions now. Describe your most beloved piece of furniture. For my 13th birthday my grandpère made me a lovely cabinet after I told him I was getting a phone for my room for my birthday. It was really amazing because I was one of so many grandchildren and he was often somewhat removed from us. Now I drag it from house to house even though it’s kind of beat-up. It reminds me of him and, indirectly, my father, both amazing men who could build and fix anything. Is there an edible item we’ll always find in your pantry or fridge? Peanut butter. There have been times in my life when I have managed to eat peanut butter for every meal of the day without really taking a lot of notice.