Tuesday, November 24, 2009

taking it off

I'm taking it off. One day next week.

I need a day off. It can't come quick enough. I'm tired but please, don't get me wrong, I am not complaining. I am loving waking up everyday and having to go to work. What a feeling. Even though some days at work are good, some are bad, some are challenging, all are rewarding to me.

I need a day off. Not really cuz I want one, but because I know I need one. I'm getting cranky a little bit...sorry to those who I've been cranky towards. You probably deserved it anyway but I would have normally bit my tongue.

I need a day off. Just one. If I have more than one I would probably go crazy and die of boredom. And I would suffer from baking withdrawal.

The last couple of weeks have been insane. So lovely! The old job is great as always, getting busier and busier. The new job is busy busy busy. If only I had more days in the week I would work full time at both places and enjoy one day off.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

A year ago...Today...What's next?

I woke up today with a sense of excitement. I love my life.

So much can happen in a blink of an eye, let alone a year.

Last year was my first day as a Pastry Cook. November 14, 2008. I started my new part time job that evening, after a full day at my office job. I was ecstatic. I remember not actually doing much that night. I think I made a batch of bran muffins and replenished the stock in the cafe. It wasn't much but it was a start. I was happy.

Today marks a year of me as a Pastry Cook. What's different today is that pastry is not a part time gig anymore. It is my career. Aside from working part time at the AGO, I am also working part time (with full time hours, might I add) at the Distillery District. It has been so for the past three weeks. I am having fun.

Today is also important because it is my last day of the last class that I need to get my Baking Certificate. I am officially done! Woo Hooo!! I am so proud of myself.

I couldn't have spent today in a more fitting manner. I went in to work at my new job for a couple of hours since they were in a bind. I then took off for school and completed my last day. I then returned to work to help prep for that evening and the next day's brunch service. There was a lot of work to do. Yes I was tired but it is amazing what you will cope with when you love something and when you enjoy what you are doing.

I am exhausted right now but I feel this overwhelming sense of accomplishment today. I can't sleep, I am wired and emotional. I wonder what I will be writing about on November 14, 2010??

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Down and Up-dates

It's November, I know. I haven't written in a very long time. Things have happened. Here's my update:

  • Quit my office job
  • Had high hopes for a very busy fall in the kitchen, as was suggested by my chef, but it wasn't as busy as everyone anticipated
  • Was working part time...meaning 1-2 shifts a week, sometimes 3
  • Cleaned my room, de-cluttered
  • Packed my cook books, getting ready to move
  • Had way too much time on my hands but it was ok since I needed a bit of a break, plus, my bff is back in town so we spent some good QT and catch-up (meaning video games, food and drinks)
  • Tried to save money and not spend too much
  • Started my last two classes for my Baking Certificate: Breakfast Breads and Cakes: Classical to Modern
  • Bored...getting lazy
  • Looked for another job
  • Did a stage in the Distillery District

  • Volunteered at a couple of cool industry events
  • Worked a few days here and there
  • Getting more bored...lazier
  • Took a trip out to Chicago to visit my bffjmyobfb
  • Started to work 6:30 am shifts for a week and a half
  • Parties! Parties! Parties!
  • Started working at the Distillery District

November 1st to today

  • Splitting my time between both jobs and school
  • Learning a shit load of things
  • Loving both jobs and school
  • Circadian rhythm is all screwed up, tired
  • Bags under my eyes, feet hurt
  • Face hurts from smiling too much
  • ....but happy and excited for all things to come!