Monday, August 23, 2010

Deep Breath....


Finally, a minute to breathe!
It has been a CRAZY few weeks. Major talking points:
-My group ended up with the highest combined grade for our 4 day menu project ! We ended our reign as best group ever with a huge pot of pork shoulder chile verde made with mom's recipe.
-My neighbors toilet papered my bike, I caught them as I was walking home after work. Funny but I just thought it was a waste of good toilet paper. ha!
-Started my new term at school, now I'm doing 3 classes (Computers, Wine, and Restaurant Essentials) in the morning from 7:30-11, then we have a 30 min. break before we serve at the school's restaurant from 11:30-2:30. It's a longer day than I've been used to, but it's a lot of fun.
-Been working a lot at Starbucks, still lovin' it.
-Got a toaster!
-Went swimming at my friend Kristen's apartment building, they have an awesome rooftop pool.
-Watched Wayne's World with some friends from work
-Took a lot of naps

And other than that, just hanging out with my friends from work and school, still enjoying the weather, and trying to keep everything movin'! I can't believe it's almost September!!!! Which means, it's almost rain time...trying to brace myself for it!

Much love!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

It's been 2 months, yesterday that I've been here! SO crazy!

I'm almost done with my first term of school, then I'll move on to classes about management, so I'll have a few months out of the kitchen. Right now we're working on our final menu project, we have to have 2 proteins, 2 grains/starches, 2 complicated sauces, and 2 vegetables plated each day for 4 days. Crazy intense, but lots of fun, and really good for practice.
I bought a couch today! and a set of drawers, finally. I've been keeping my clothes on the floor and in a crappy set of wire/fabric drawers. So excited, and got a good deal on both pieces.
It's been a wild few weeks, super busy. Spend most of my time at school and work, but lots of other fun stuff going on too. I'm giving one of my neighbors a sauce how-to tomorrow before work, he wanted to learn how to make a few simple sauces, and since that's what we're learning in class right now I told him I'd give him a short tutorial. I think he mostly wants to be able to impress his girlfriend. haha
Went to the bite of Oregon on Sunday, got to eat a lot of great food. My friend Laurie had vendor passes from the hotel she works at, so we got in for free! I was going to get to volunteer over the weekend, but I couldn't get my shift at work covered, so even though it sounded like lots of fun, a 14 hour day just was not going to happen.
Went on a crazy goodwill adventure with a guy from my class last week. He visits goodwill a few times a week, looking for original gallery prints that he then sells back to the artist/gallery for a lot more money than he pays. We went to 4 in one afternoon, and I got lots of neat things. Mostly really cheap clothes and jeans to turn into jean-shorts. But it was a fun trek across town, that's for sure. It was nice to be able to visit those places in a car! I didn't have to drag my stuff on the bus or train for once.

Just clickin' along! Trying to get in a few fun explorations every day off I get.

MUCH love!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

and everything is going to the beat...

just a quickie!
Pretty Things

here are some pictures from my latest visit to Suavis Island, and a few others.

much love! a longer post coming soon!