Ni­cole Cham­martin

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - STUFF -

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.

COLE BREILAND / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

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