I am great at keeping other people's secrets, but when it comes to keeping my own life under wraps I leak like a sieve. I announced my first pregnancy before I even saw the doctor. With my second pregnancy I think I was able to keep it to myself for maybe two days. Or maybe it was two hours. So it was pretty impressive that I didn't tell anyone about wanting to go to culinary school until after I completed the application. The only reason I told B (I really need a clever nickname for him-suggestions?) before that was because I had my school tour appointment on my calendar and he could see it.
Once I submitted the application I started to tell people. Everyone was really supportive and considering how insecure I can be it was a pleasant surprise. Following words of support people's reactions can be divided into two groups: a) "What are you going to do with your culinary degree" and b) "We should start a business together!" It never occurred to me to use culinary school as a vehicle to increase my popularity but I'll take it.
So what am I going to do after school? I have no idea, but I do know what I DON'T want to do. I don't want to own a restaurant. I don't want to be an executive chef at the newest Seattle hot spot. I don't want to "Beat Bobby Flay". Maybe I'll find something I'm really good at and open a booth at a farmer's market. Maybe I'll take my friend up on her idea to get a food truck together once our kids are out of the house and we have time to invest in it. Maybe I'll get a job at the local bakery so I can surround myself with the delicious smell of yeast and fresh bread. I have no definite plan other than to learn as much as I can and see where this journey takes me. But people want an answer so when I'm asked what I want to do once I finish culinary school I just tell them, "I'm going to throw epic dinner parties".
Now that the initial announcement is out of the way all there is to do is....wait. There was some mix up with my transcripts arriving at the Institute (note: when applying later in life to college and having previous transcripts sent, make sure they know to look for your maiden name. Specify it, even if you had already mentioned it on your application) and other than that I just have to go through orientation. Classes don't start until July for me but in the meantime I have been gearing up and getting mentally prepared for this adventure. Blog posts will probably be few and far between up until I start classes unless there is something interesting and culinary related to write about (like my one day class a the New Orleans School of Cooking!). In the meantime I might even learn how to post pictures on here! Until then, thank you for being patient and checking in with me. Stay tuned and hopefully we can find some humor in this together!