Next in our series of “Meet the SW?/RW? Staff” is one of the more unique, and widely enjoyed, new workmates that we’ve had in recent memory—Trixie (“Trix” for short), the neighborhood squirrel. She (he?) has been a popular new addition to the Sew What family with her boundless energy, her adorable expressions, her bushy tail, and her overall sweet and gentle disposition. Our staff is no stranger to having endearing and lovable little associates at our office, and we know very well that having animals around is beneficial to the entire staff. However, an exceptional sweetheart like Trix is definitely another one you’re going to want to read a little more about (in her own words):
When did you first start at Sew What?/Rent What?
I have been an “honorary” member of the SW family for several months now, but only recently have been officially welcomed as an actual full-fledged member of the team—and I haven’t looked back since!
If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
The hillside that I live on now is pretty idyllic — Lots of trees, plenty of shade and sunshine, and of course, my neighbors aren’t half bad, either. But if I were to choose the ultimate “bucket list” vacation destination, it would have to be NYC. I have lots of relatives and friends living in Central Park, and I’ve always been interested to see if it was as good as all the hype. (My old friend Pizza Rat has been going on and on and on about the food. But honestly, he’s sort of a “foodie” so I’m not sure it would really be my cup of tea, anyhow…).
What kind of work did you do before coming to Sew What?/Rent What?
I’ve done mostly freelance work, as it’s hard to tie me to one place for too long. But I’m enjoying my newfound stability at SW, and am considering setting down roots here once and for all.
Do you have a special talent?
I am extremely acrobatic—Gravity? Not my problem! I can climb trees and fences in a few quick strides, and can carry myself upside down, sideways, and everywhere in between. I think I might have missed my calling as an Olympic athlete, but I am happy that I didn’t get bogged down with all that training. I’m much happier just being active for my own entertainment.
What is your favorite memory from being part of the “Whatters” family?
The day that my new friends started regularly setting out a feeder filled with delicious, seemingly un-ending fresh seed was definitely one of my favorite memories of working here. And when my new co-worker Marilyn starting handing raspberries, blackberries, and cherries directly to me—I knew that I was now officially one of the gang.
What is your favorite sports team/TV Show?
I’m not really too enthusiastic about sporting events in general (too loud, too much commotion), but I am a fan of watching the Ice Age movie series, and the wonderful, inspiring acting work of Scratte. He’s my favorite actor by far!
What are some of your hobbies?
I love collecting things—nuts, seeds, fruit, anything that will become a great “late night” snack is gratifying for me to collect. I also like to pal around with my buddy Bluejay, who gets a kick out of fluttering around when I’m snacking on the feeder. She stays close by, and we have a ton of fun traipsing around the hillside, scurrying up and down the tall pine trees, and trekking on adventures together all day long.
What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging?
When my colleagues first put out the feeder, it was initially a little too far from the nearby branches… but I reached and stretched and didn’t give up. And by golly, I was able to eventually reach the delicious morsels being offered. It was an enormous challenge for me, but worth the effort!
Anything more that you would like to share about your time here at SW?/RW?
I am very happy to have found a wonderful group of people who look out for me, offer me lots of snacks, and are always so kind-hearted. I could tell from the moment I arrived that these folks were true animal lovers, and I—as well as Bluejay—are very happy to have been welcomed by these lovely humans with such open arms!