We are a unique and interesting group of people here at 317Grow, and we love it. As our clients, you may only get to meet a handful of our team members, and even then you may not get to know them very well. We picked 20 interesting questions to ask our team, so look for these posts added to our usual mix every now and again. Today we'll get to know a little more about Maria, our horticulturist.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Probably like a zillion different things. Mostly read more and actually get around to making art and music ever.
What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
Small-scale metalworking/jewelry making
What skill would you like to master?
Making fresh pasta – especially filled kinds like ravioli
What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
I think it would be fun to go on a cross-country road trip with my six siblings and just stop at random places along the way. Either it would be the best trip ever, or we’d low-key want to kill each other by the end. It would be memorable either way.
What songs have you completely memorized?
Bohemian Rhapsody, Gilmore Girls theme song… if we’re counting music without words I can probably hum the full soundtrack for the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley
What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
I was going to say something about fixing climate change, but Kelsey already did that. So I guess I’d ask if people have embraced the use of native plants yet and if we, on a cultural level, have come to adequately appreciate the value of quality urban greenspace and trees yet.
What are some small things that make your day better?
Seeing pretty things outside (a neat cloud, leaf, flower, bug, bird, whatever), my husband telling a good joke (or even a lame on that makes me laugh anyway), good tea
What’s your favorite genre of book or movie?
I’ll watch/read pretty much anything but horror. I’d say for movies I like action movies, animated kids’ movies (Pixar is the bomb, y’all, don’t even pretend it’s not), and historic/period chick flicks the most. For books I like contemporary literature, classics, young adult novels, and fantasy/sci-fi the best. When I was a kid I was weirdly preoccupied with books and movies featuring talking animals.
What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of?
Epigenetics! I majorly geek out about DNA and gene expression and that kind of stuff.
How do you relax after a hard day of work?
Shut myself in a room alone with tea and/or wine and a good book
What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Read a book that helps you understand yourself (Quiet by Susan Cain is required reading for all introverts) and read a book that helps you understand people who are totally different from you, whether it’s in politics, upbringing, personality, religion/beliefs – whatever. If books aren’t your thing, intentionally place yourself in settings where meaningful conversations in these areas are expected
What’s the best thing that happened to you last week?
I took a 5-day weekend with the 4th of July, and I got to relax and spend time with family and friends.
What amazing thing did you do that no one was around to see?
Maybe it's not that amazing, but I was proud of myself. Once, shortly after moving into our house, I was home by myself while my husband was gone for a few days. While I was laying on my bed something touched my foot. IT WAS A FREAKING ENORMOUS COCKROACH. Touching my foot. When I'm outside, I'm not usually bothered by anything creepy or crawly. But inside my house, some things clearly cannot be permitted to live. I couldn't just step on it because I can't stand the feeling of squishing something, and then there's the risk that it would touch me again or run away where I couldn't see it if I missed. I escaped the room to grab a Swiffer mop, took a defensive stance on higher ground, and bashed the cockroach until something in the Swiffer broke (I got it working again, but it's still not quite the way it used to be). I succeeded in very much killing the monster. It looked absolutely disgusting. Then I shut the door to the room and wouldn't sleep in there for a few days.
What fad or trend do you hope comes back?
What city would you most like to live in?
I’m a Midwestern girl through and through, so I honestly have to pick Indy. I first moved here assuming it was temporary, but I’ve come to love it. My second pick would probably be St. Louis because it’s still in the Midwest (so I still know the plants), plus they have one of the best botanical gardens in the world. Also less snow. I am so over snow.
What movie title best describes your life?
I don't know. The Lorax? I do speak for the trees pretty often.
What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
My family. My siblings and parents are some of the most amazing and interesting people I know, and I’m so lucky to have such a big, loving, close family. When you add in my husband and the family I married into, I’ve really hit the jackpot in life.
Where do you usually go when you when you have time off?
Somewhere within an easy drive distance with lots of trees – I love places like Turkey Run, Brown County, Hocking Hills, and Red River Gorge. Or I go back to Cincinnati where my husband and I are from and spend time with friends and family. Or I stay at home and avoid people.
What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
I’m rusty on this skill, but people seem to be impressed when I tell them I did sword fighting all through college. It’s something I wish I still had time for. I’m also quite good at drawing, if I do say so myself, and I’m starting to finally do that again.