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Updates and Pounding Headaches

March 9, 2007

As noted in the previous post: I finally received the itinerary for the France Tour. I have my passport ready; noted on my Day Runner when to call my credit card company to alert them that I will be using it in a foreign country; et cetera et cetera.

When I started school I was so excited for the France trip. I am still very happy for the opportunity, but I’m terrified about what is approaching this and next month. I have my three proficiencies and the necessity to find a job. The worst case scenario is that if I don’t find a job then I will take a vacation. I haven’t had a real vacation in 10 years. Well I guess that isn’t the “worst case scenario.” Oh no! I have to take a vacation!!

On the topic of jobs … I already had three different interviews:

1) Brand-New Ethnic Fusion Restaurant seems to really like me, but only for an internship. Not a problem since I have my severance package.

2) Hotel position is up in the air.

3) Well-known Ethnic Fusion Restaurant … not a clue how well I did.

I had a really bad time in European Tortes class last week. I don’t know if I’m just stressing or if I having a flashback from my Cake proficiency, but either way it was not good. The only thing I can think of to remedy the stress is to practice and calm down. Of course I will practice, but the calming down thing I still haven’t figured out. My readers who know me personally will attest to the fact that I have a particular difficult time in calming down.

Some called being a diva and others will call it being a spazz. Whatever it is I cannot shake off the nervousness. Of course I know this is not a life or death situation and I am sure I will pass and do well. As I mentioned before I started sketching my wedding cake and planning my plated desserts. These proficiencies will hit me back to back. Then I have France. Then who knows what. Now I know why so many chefs smoke. I already have enough bad habits and I don’t need another.

Frankly I have not been this busy since college. Also I was 23 years old.

Enough of this bitching!!!

Tomorrow we are learning how to make gum paste roses. I’m excited to learn about that! Also I’m on Finishing again this week. I had to make vanilla ice cream for Restaurant Station last week though. It turned out well. After this cycle I am scheduled to work on the Pantry station.

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  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    Stop the bus; this is where I get off. Thanks.

    So, I miss a week of reading your blog and now you’re going to France?

    Let me re-write that slowly for the ADD and ADHD readers out there:


    I am almost speechless, but not quite.

    I always told my wife one thing: I will follow you to the ends of the Earth, but I will never step foot in a Communist country, Vietnam, or France.

    Especially France.

    I hope you have a good time, and end up wiping the smirk off of some know-it-all beret-wearer. If you end up making him breakfast (nod, nod, wink, wink) make it exceptionally fattening, runny, and something that will leave him thinking about his attitude for a bit.

    Be sure to thank them for French fries and the Statue of Liberty…
    but not Gerard Depardieu.

    — I.S.

  • Reply Kitchen_Kitten March 12, 2007 at 12:54 am

    I don’t care what you say.

    I always wanted to go to France.

  • Reply Anonymous March 12, 2007 at 2:14 am

    You go girl!

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