Janet McKay serves as an Order Entry Specialist, which means she does a bit of everything within the sales process. She was hired in early March 2022. We love Janet for her sense of humor. She’ll crack an unexpected joke, pair it with an infectious laugh and the rest of us can’t resist joining in.
When asked to describe herself, Janet said “fun, reliable and a good cook.” After learning more about her during this interview, I’d like to add resilient to that list. Janet told me that starting a new job during this time in her life was the best thing for her; learning something new kept her busy.
I heard that her first grandbaby arrived just a few days after this interview. With “grandmother,” Janet now has another new role to learn, and undoubtedly it’ll keep her busy as well. Congratulations, Janet!
Meet Janet in her own words below:
What’s your favorite season?
I like the warm weather, but don’t get me wrong, Christmas is my favorite season! [she laughs]
What skills / hobbies / habits have you picked up during COVID lockdowns?
I learned to purge a lot of stuff out of my house that I did not need. [she laughs] I got in the habit of sterilizing everything, so I have my wipes still around, wiping everything down. And to try and get closer to family.
Where did you grow up?
Somersworth, New Hampshire.
What’s your favorite smell?
Cut grass. [We have a few people at RELYCO who have said this; Janet joins Tonya, Donna & Kim!]
Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have two dogs.
What do you listen to in the car?
I like 70s rock ‘n’ roll. I like country music and a little bit of blues, some classical. I like it all, but the main thing is 70s rock and country.
Describe your happy place.
My happy place is sitting on the beach. Short Sands [in York, Maine]. My uncle lived there for years when I was little, and I basically grew up there. My favorite spot is Short Sands, and I won’t go anywhere else!
What’s your favorite song to dance to?
Bob Seger’s Old Time Rock n Roll. [Alexi also chose that song. Maybe it’s time for a RELYCO dance party?!]
What would you choose for your “last meal”?
If I had to choose right now, it would be seafood. It would be haddock, shrimp, clams, lobster…not squid. That’s too chewy. [she laughs] I’m not into raw fish or anything of that, just give me the good cooked fish, and I’ll be happy.
Where is/was your favorite place to visit while traveling?
My husband was from Colorado, and we traveled out there and I really enjoyed that. So I’d probably say going out to Colorado. I’ve been to Pikes Peak, been to the Grand Canyon, been to the Four Corners – because we drove out from Colorado, we had a wedding to go to in Phoenix, Arizona. So we just took the week to drive out and went to all those places.
If you could hang out with someone (living or deceased) for the day, who would you pick?
I’m going to start crying. It would be my husband. He passed away six months ago tomorrow. He died of COVID, and I wasn’t able to be with him until I was able to go say goodbye. So I’d pick my husband. We were going to be married 35 years in August, and we have a first grandbaby due anytime.
Do you have one favorite holiday tradition?
My favorite holiday tradition I’ve been doing since I was a little girl, and I still have these aluminum foil cookie pans – making Christmas cookies. And I still do it, even if it’s just me and one other person.