Friday, May 12, 2006

Culinary School

Well I am considering going back to school - Culinary School to be exact. HHmm 'going back.' I guess that implies I've been before and that's not exactly true. I currently work in the IT field at a large real estate company.

We recently remodeled our kitchen as I started getting really into cooking. Now I have an opportunity to go to school and learn the techniques.

I think my biggest concern is I am soon to be 44 years old and going back to school at my age (not to mention I have to keep my full time job) sound taunting. Will I be successful? I guess that depends on what I plan on doing with it. I don't see myself being an executive chef. Mainly because it takes years to get into the field at a point where they (the restaurant) wants you handling everything. I'd like to be a personal chef and cook for people. Mainly for their dinner parties and such. I'd also like to teach others how to cook.

I havent' made a decision yet. I'm waiting for 3 signs. I think I've had 2. One was a song on the radio, by the Eagles. I hate the Eagles. To the point where I'll change the station or turn the radio off for what I believe to be the duration of the song. But for whatever reason I listened to this song and parts of the lyrics were like BAM listen up!

Then my husband and I were at a bar we like to hang out in. Enjoying our martini's and appetizers. Who walks in? Well no one we knew or you'd know, but a person wearing a chef's coat that says on the sleeve "Culinary Arts School". Hello?!?! I have never seen a coat like that from one of the culinary schools. My husband and I just looked at each other like WTH?!

So wondering what the third sign will be. Might be something that says don't go. Who knows...I do have concerns because I have a 16 year old daughter who won't have me around as much. And I remember all too well being 16 with a new license. You trust your kids 90%. It's that extra 10% that scares the hell out of me.

That's my predictament. Now I just keep thinking and I'll make a decision here soon. Might wait till she goes back to school. But if I go I'll keep a journal here. Not that any of you really care but it's good therapy for me :) And after's all about me :) Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Well my husband and I got a new motorcycle. We've had several in the past but it's been a few years since our last one.

Hubby is a great rider and gets certified yearly, partly because of his job.

But the experience is wonderful.

First if you have never ridden on the back of a motorcycle, please when you do make sure you're riding with an experience rider. It'll make the ride much more enjoyable.

I would say the neatest thing about being on a bike is the view. You can see all around you. Smells are another matter. Last week we went for a ride and in the course of about a quarter of a mile it was "Wow! Smell the orange blossoms? Oh my god what is that smell?!??! It smells like someone just drove thru a pile of dog shit! Yum! I smell BBQ! Good god it's a dead skunk. Fresh Bread!? You don't get this type of thing in car. More often than not the filters keep out a lot of odors. And at times be very grateful for those filters.

There is a sort of camaraderie while riding on a bike. You'll pass other riders and wave at each other. Well except when you pass the kids on the crotch rockets. (For those that don't know what a crotch rocket is; it is one of those bikes that you lean low over the front and when they come to stop the design of the bike is such that they can only touch the ground with their toes. Also called sport bike. Very comical to watch. My all time favorite are the inexperience riders that put both feet down when they come to a stop.) But I digress. When you see other riders you?ll find they are friendly and very social creatures. They love to show off their bikes and talk about them.

Our next venture will be to join a motorcycle club and go on rides. These can be anywhere from 2 hours to a weekend. (Oh heaven help my buns on those long rides) Posted by Picasa