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Dog Spotto: Nicole!

May 1, 2020

Welcome to our Weekly Staff Spotlight! Each Friday we’re throwing the spotlight onto one of our Painted Dogs and they answer the questions you’ve always wanted to know! This week’s spotlight falls on Nicole; we gave her a few fun questions to answer so take a read below to get to know her a little better!

If you were lost in the woods, how long do you think you’d survive? Why? What special skills would you put to use?

To be honest, I don’t think I’d last very long at all. I’ve been camping once in my life (in high school, when we were forced to) and my best friend and I cried together because we couldn’t set up our tent… Since then I’ve had a preference for hotels! But if I was lost in the woods my only saving grace would be my problem solving skills. I’d over-think everything, try to be very methodical in tracing my steps and hopefully find my way back home!

If you could take a month off from working at Painted Dog to immerse yourself in learning something new, what would it be?

I’d love to go to culinary school for a month! I think this is probably a product of watching too much Masterchef lately, but I love cooking and love watching professionals cook too. I would be fascinated to learn more about the detail, process and precision that goes into making the dishes that I love eating! And while I don’t think a month would really be enough to be master my skills, I do think I would find it really interesting and so different from my day-to-day life right now.

Sweets or savouries and why?

Sweets, definitely! I love to bake and cook all-things dessert (which of course has only increased while living in isolation) – so naturally, I love to eat sweets too. There’s so much variety in flavour – vanilla, chocolate, fruit, caramel, cinnamon – something for every mood! Eating a sweet treat always has the power to bring a smile to my face. And I think it’s scientific fact that everyone has a second ‘dessert stomach’, so there’s always room for sweets! Working from home at the moment and having leftover Easter chocolate in the house is very dangerous…

What’s something you like to do the ‘old-fashioned’ way?

I don’t got a day without hand-writing a list. Shopping lists, to-do lists, Christmas present wish lists… the list goes on (ha!). Obviously I could type it in my phone or use an app, but using an old-school pen and paper is my preference any day of the week. To me, there’s nothing more satisfying than writing something out and ticking it off once it’s done. Such a sense of accomplishment! But I must admit that sometimes I catch myself taking photos on my phone of my lists (so I don’t lose them or just in case I forget them!), so maybe I’m not completely old-fashioned after all.