Hello? Is this thing on?

Life is crazy.  It’s one of those expressions that has been overused into meaninglessness . . . but it is crazy!  There is so much to discover about the world around me, about the things that I want and the things that I need.  I’ve decided to not get caught up so much in making plans; I want to let things happen and enjoy the ride.  I’m too much of an A-type planner, that I forget how many things are not in my control and some of life’s most exciting gifts arrive without warning.  Where will we live once Michael has completed his position at UCSD?  I don’t know, I’m just remaining open to the possibilities.  In the meantime, I just want to learn and grow in my field as much as I can.

I’ve been given a new position at work.  For the last 3 months, I have worked as a prep cook, doing the most tedious thankless tasks at the restaurant.  I have peeled thousands of artichokes, learned to slice chives ever so finely, shelled beans, all while biding my time to advance.  The time has come:  I am now working on the pantry station, which basically just means that I make salads, but this is a huge step in my career.  I am learning new things every day and I love it!  One of the most challenging and exciting aspects of my new position is making the amuse bouche every night.  An amuse bouche is a one bite appetizer that is given to each guest to awaken the senses and whet the palette for the meal to follow.  Last night I made a melon gazpacho with a red onion and jalapeno relish, it was light summery, and refreshing on a hot sticky evening.  I was pretty satisfied with it overall.

One of the things I love about my new job is that it underlines how important my last job was.  The frustrating thing about prep is never being able to see the finished product.  It’s very unsatisfying to put so many containers of prepped fruits and veggies into a refrigerator and not see the beautiful meals they transform into.  I couldn’t appreciate my new job as much if I had not worked prep for awhile.  I am grateful for the experience, and I am grateful that the experience is behind me.  I’m on to bigger and better things now.

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