I'm enrolled in Culinary School.
Almost all of my paperwork is completed, a few dribs and drabs I need to pull together. But I've finalized my finances and been fitted for my uniform.
Putting on the jacket and rolling up the sleeves while I was wearing the checked pants was..........
Let's say it was a moment in my life I'll remember.
I'm going to start the 22nd of August, the day before the kids start their school year. We'll all go back to school together this year. I'll go for my orientation on the first day where I'll receive my uniforms, books and equipment.
Before I can work in the kitchen I'll have to pass a Servsafe exam, so that will be my first class. I'm sure I'll come home and scour our kitchen once I've completed that course.
Then there's an introduction to the food service industry. After that we start in with soups, stocks and sauces. One more class, pantry cooking and cold preparations will complete my 100 classes. 200's include catering ideas, presentation and nutrition in addition to side dishes and veggies.
And so on and so forth with more cooking as the term continues.
I'm also required to complete 400 hours of externship with at least 200 completed by the time I've reached the fourth block of classes. The school helps with placement and this is going to be the big challenge.
My class schedule couldn't be more perfect, 7 a.m to 12:30 p.m. which gives me plenty of time to get home to pick up the kids from school. I can even take the bus to and from. That involves getting up early, but I'm willing to do that now that gasoline is $4 a gallon.
As I said to my excellent Stephanie in an email, I'm so scared and excited I should shit a ferret.
Amanda's beauty tip of the day: Even if you hate manicures, keeping your nails clean makes your hands look prettier.