Interview with Nicole

I’m doing a meme from Marilyn over at A Lot of Loves. Fun!

I should probably warn you that I’m feeling PRETTY giddy and silly today because it’s sunny and beautiful and I spent the morning at a pool party! In Calgary! And it was warm! In Calgary! I feel like I won the Saturday morning jackpot. Plus there are sunny days to come this week. Evidently I should have been a California girl. Or gurl. Except that there is NO WAY I would ever wear Daisy Dukes. I don’t even wear regular shorts, for goodness’ sake. Also my husband is currently at the golf course so I’m going to watch NYPD Blue reruns and the thought of it is filling me with joy. “You tell him JOHN KELLY is looking for him. JOHN KELLY.” Oh David Caruso, and your angsty hunkiness.

So! Here goes with the meme. I haven’t done one of these for ages.

What experience has most shaped you, and why?

I have very fine hair with a lot of cowlicks. When I was a kid, my mother always told me I had “terrible hair” and I spent my childhood with either a) a super short haircut, or b) a HOME PERM and so ever since then I have had long hair, with the regrettable exception of the time in university that I had a “Rachel”. I always thought I had uniquely bad hair, but I now realize, with the power of hindsight, that I just had really bad short haircuts. And home perms.

If you had a whole day with no commitments, what would you do?

I’m overwhelmed with just that thought. I don’t even know. I think I would spiral right off the freaking planet with giddiness. I would definitely go out for a huge dinner and eat a lot of cheese, but other than that I HAVE NO IDEA.

What food or drink could you never give up.

Oh, that’s easy. Red wine and cheese. One of my favourite restaurants serves a baked goat cheese encrusted in pecans and it is truly one of the best things I have ever eaten.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?

A friend just returned from safari in Zambia and Namibia, and I am DYING of jealousy. I want to go! Why didn’t she take me? Maybe because it was her honeymoon?

Who do you have a crush on?

If you read this blog with any kind of regularity, you will know that I have many, many crushes. I may be 35 but I’m like some boy crazy tween. Of course, my husband is unbelievably hot so I am going to say I have a crush on him. Also Hugh Jackman. Yes, the lady would like two tickets to the gun show.

If you were the leader of the country, what would you do?

I would outlaw home perms.

Give me one savoury recipe that doesn’t include cheese.

I make a MEAN pan of kale chips with tahini sauce. It is delicious. Full disclosure: my husband tasted them and said it was the “worst thing he had ever put in his mouth.” So, I guess it depends who you ask.

What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?

Oh! Haha! I thought I was going to be either a) a concert pianist, or b) a great theatre actress. That sure panned out for me.

If you could spend just one day in the body of someone else, who would it be?

I would like to give a really intelligent answer to this one, but I’m drinking wine and watching Sex and the City, so erudition doesn’t really come into play in this situation. I’m going to say a Victoria’s Secret runway model, so I could wear those really big wings.

Which woman writer – living or dead – do you most admire and why?

I love so many woman writers. My favourites are Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, LM Montgomery, LM Alcott, and Alice Munro. Alice Munro is probably my most admired from a literary standpoint, but my least admired from a personal standpoint.

What character trait inspires you the most?

I really admire positivity and joyfulness in people.


I’m supposed to tag other bloggers and add a question of my own. So, I’m tagging:

Happy Geek, who is as hilarious in person as she is on her blog
Valerie, who is my gorgeous friend and also has a brand new blog, which is beautiful and makes me think that I should really get her to show me how to take a decent photograph
Subspace Beacon, who constantly makes me laugh with her wit and erudition

But if you are reading this and want to answer a few of these questions, leave me a comment! It’s fun!

And the question I am going to add is:

Sweet or salty? Discuss.


  1. Anonymous says

    chocolate salty balls. That way you have both

  2. Anonymous says

    I am giggling so hard at the chocolate salty balls.

  3. So you started out watching NYPD Blue and finished up with Sex and the City. Sounds like you were having a pretty good day!

    Of all the cheese in the world, I do believe goat cheese is my fave so thumbs up on that pecan encrusted goat cheese.

  4. What on earth was it with mom’s and home perms in the 90’s? I spent most of my childhood looking like poodle with glasses and braces and hearing aids.

  5. Subspace Beacon says

    Wit and erudition? Gee. Thanks for the pressure!

    I like how your husband didn’t simply remark that the kale chips tasted bad, but that they were the “worst thing he had ever put in his mouth.” Now I want a list of all the other bad things he’s put in his mouth. Or do I…? NO. On second thought I don’t want to know.

  6. It was so nice to learn more about you. I could really relate to the really bad hair – I always had awful haircuts and home perms. Why would our mothers do that to us?? didn’t they love us??

    Ooh, fried cheese! In Germany, we would order things randomly off the menu (not being able to read German), and one of the items was fried feta. To die for! Truly!

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