Away from my desk: Hayley Paterson

Away from my desk: Hayley Paterson

While COVID-19 technically means the Scriba PR team are away from our physical office desks for the foreseeable future, it’s all very much ‘business as usual’ in terms of our output. So, when we do get time to relax, we’re still making the very most of our downtime.

In the latest instalment of our ‘away from my desk’ blog series, account manager Hayley Paterson reflects on how she winds down during the evening and weekends – under normal circumstances.

What’s the first thing you do when you get home on a Friday evening?

It’s a swift commute to nursery to pick-up my son from his day of Play-Doh-inspired madness. Then, it’s all about snacks and making sure he’s ready for bath, bottle and bed. If all goes to plan, I can be having a nice glass of wine to wind down before 8pm!

How do you switch off while away from your desk?

I do find it difficult to switch off, admittedly. When I’m at work, I like to go to our on-site gym to run off some steam. Outside of hours, a good binge-watch of a television programme usually does the trick.

Where is the best place in the UK for a two-day getaway?

Oh gosh, I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed Chester when I went there! It might sound a strange place to choose but I loved the city centre, its choice of beautiful restaurants and, of course, Chester Zoo! Plans are already underway as to when to venture there again because I’ve got such fond memories of the place.

Tell us which Yorkshire eatery we need to try in 2020, and why?

I’m a big fan of The Gray Ox in Liversedge – the pork belly is to die for! If you’re into your Thai food, Chaophraya in the centre of Leeds is definitely recommended for its stunning interiors… and fish cakes!

Give us a one-line review of the last book you read.

I’m in the middle of ‘Unspoken’, the book penned following the death of footballer Gary Speed. He was an inspirational player when I was a youngster donning my Adidas Predators, and I still can’t believe he’s gone.

Of course, it’s incredibly tragic and thought-provoking because it gets you thinking about what you take for granted, and highlights how everyone has struggles – so we should all be kinder to one another.

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This song is on heavy Spotify rotation and here’s why…

Luther Vandross’s ‘Never Too Much’ always gets me singing – and quite badly as the karaoke audience in Turkey 2018 would testify.

If we were to spend a day boxset binging at your house, what series would you recommend?

I’m currently watching ‘Normal People’ on BBC One which is fantastic. However, for a longer series – After Life 1 and 2 are pretty incredible. I think I cried during every single episode.

We see you stood at the bar on a Saturday evening – what drink are you ordering?

Either a lager – especially a Modelo – or a vodka, lime (wedge!) and soda. But I do also enjoy a glass or two of fizz, so I’d always welcome a Prosecco!

How does your ideal Sunday pan out?

Quality family time and a long walk with the pooch in tow. I always enjoy going out for lunch on a Sunday if I can too – you can’t beat a roast cooked by someone else! And, I like to end the day with my son snoozing away while I watch a daft programme with a bottle of lager in hand.

It’s Sunday evening, how do you prepare for another week in the office?

I do tend to look through my work calendar to see what meetings I have on during the week and mark them down in my planner, as well as finalise any last minute prep. I find that Sundays often present a bit of creative time for me too, so if there’s a meaty feature to get my teeth into, I’d likely get cracking on with it so I’m fully up to speed come Monday.