I'm donnnnnnnnnne!!!! Wow, finally - no more deadlines, no more homework, no more practicals, no more stress and pressure!
Found out the the school cancelled dinner on Wed night, thank goodness, I thought for sure they would make us tough it out, glad they realized it would have been impossible.
We did have the final exam yesterday for Dessert class so I'm truly done.
My sister, BIL and youngest nephew went to the family dinner last night - SO didn't want to go - that was fine with me. I know that the other students' dishes are not great. My sister said that some dishes were under seasoned, some over cooked, plating needed work. She said my desserts were the best and most professional looking, but of course she's my sister, and told anyone and everyone there that she was so proud of me, lol. I couldn't get her to shut it.
Jojo, is the car roof fixed?
Joan, Jordan is so lucky to have you looking out for him. It is really wonderful what you are doing. 14 years for your bookclub group is quite an accomplishment, I know you put in a lot of effort in keeping it going.
Holly, it's great that can do yoga with your co-worker.
My dessert chef hugged me yesterday, and so the did parking attendant where I've been parking my car since I stopped working at the office next door to the school.
I will miss the people, and the learning. Graduation is next Friday, SO will be going. I think I'll keep in touch with my friend Sue who has been with me since my first cooking class at school.
Sue, I can imagine that it's going to be strange with school finished---sort of bittersweet. The stress was tough but in many ways that kind of stress can be energizing in a way as well. Also your social contact with all the people has to have been a perk--glad you have one person from the group that you really connected with---and once again it's a "Sue". Now there are four! Have you ever thought about teaching in the culinary arts? It seems to me that would be a really good fit for you--your skills are so strong and would be so valuable to be passed on to others. Of course, I love teaching so I would tend to think that way--something very rewarding about fascilitating growth in others. Wondering if you ever thought that it was worth exploring. Would they allow a teacher of just certain aspects--so it would be a part time kind of thing? I think here at U. Levels they call them adjunct professors.
Yesterday I cooked a corned beef and cabbage dinner and had BF's come over--we ate outside and then played cards outside as well--so nice with the lights the way DH did them on the patio. We are into our absolutely perfect weather for outdoor evenings now so have to take advantage of this.
I was running all day yesterday--DD got sick and needed a ride to her oral surgeon as she lost his personal number--they of course would not do her gum surgery but we got numbers for her in emergency next time--on the way home she got sick--I pulled over in Home Depot parking lot--couldn't even get parked=-=she jumped out and was upchucking in the middle of the road--ugh--some guy behind us was irritated and beeping his horn at us--quite an interesting scene!
Then did my two classes at gym. Ate lunch and took off to get Jordan--they filled three front teeth---the largest cavity did not need the root canal she thinks so thank goodness that worked. I go back and sit with Jordan and they were just so kind to him--I love this place. They only serve the poor but two dentists started it and they do outreach to Ecuador, Sri Lanka, and Nicaragua where they work on orphans and the poor for free at the same time teaching natives to be dental assistants and in Sri Lanka even dentists! Their dental office is the most positive place I've ever seen---we walked in the door and the ladies at the front desk all look up and call out Hello to Jordan and me--by name! They hold two benefits a year to raise money and twice a year they work on the poor of Vegas who have no coverage for free--I'm just so impressed ! I think when cruise BF retires from JDRF in May, I will switch to supporting this cause.
I took Jordan to the market and we bought some soup he likes cause he had lots of numbing and wasn't supposed to do a lot of chewing last night. I grabbed some potatoes and carrots--came home hurriedly got those cooked in the juices and then BF got there. It was a bit of a whirlwind day.
Lazy morning for me too. Slept in this morning. Didn't get to sleep in yesterday because SO and I went to the lawyer's office in the morning to sign our wills and a bunch of other things, living wills, etc.
Rainy and cloudy today. I've been doing some organizing of school stuff, some household chores, have baseball on in the background.
Joan, the constant stress was getting to me towards the end. I'm not interested in teaching, plus they would never hire me anyway, all of the teachers have a ton of experience and not only that enrollment is way down and some teachers have left. Actually enrollment nationally is down and is a very big problem, some schools are even closing. Hope your DD feels better soon! That dental office sounds wonderful!
Holly, you're on HBP medication, right?
Making petite filets tonight, broccolini. Will go to the gym soon. Weight at 118.6 this morning.
Went to the gym this morning for my class and she told us about a great documentary film on HBO. Came home and found it was on demand until tomorrow--so we watched it--1 1/2 hrs and it is truly wonderful---the name of it is Landfill Harmonic---if you have HBO you really should watch it. DH watched with me and was just astounded by it. Wonderfully human story--total testimony to what one man can do.
I need to get outside and fertilize and plant another tomato plant and cut some more kale I'm sure.
No clue what to make for dinner--really not in the mood but we eat out before the play tomorrow night and then the busy birthdays week---DS Park Ranger is Monday as is Cruise BF's DH, Wed. Is BF's 70th, Thursday is DGS12's 13th (having them to dinner), and Saturday is party for Cruise BF's DH so it is going to be an eating nightmare.
Weight is back up two pounds--probably the salty content from last night.
Wonder why culinary schools are losing students---was there a glut on the market for a while?
I took a singulare (can't spell it) pill for first time--DD said I am supposed to take them at night, but honestly I feel so much better! The pollen count is at peak here as all the fir trees are in full pollen bloom, as are fruit trees and fruitless fruits and olive---yellow pollen floating in the air.
On the first leg of our trip. The car had a dead battery this morning. Had to get that replaced before starting! Forgot to bring my bar and band that O exercise with so went to buy a band tonight after dinner. Got back to the hotel and found it broken. Probably returned by someone. Was so discouraged! Only paid $7 for it so no loss there but I was counting on it to exercise. Did the best I could with it.
Sue- no the roof is not fixed. They said it is back ordered. They secured it down and it cannot be opened until we are back to get it replaced.
DS and family went to see Willie Nelson tonight at the Rodeo. We will get there about 4p tomorrow.
Got the results of my first test. It came back negative for the adrenal gland and carcinoid tumors. So, it looks like I just have HBP, period. Stress and anxiety tend to make it shoot up the most. I have been trying to make some additional work and lifestyle changes like exercising more. I am on a beta blocker, which seems to be helping.
Going to watch some of the NCAA tournament later. UNC plays Arkansas at 6 I think.
I think enrollment numbers in general are down due to the high costs of college and tough job market.
JoJo, have a good trip. Sorry it was off to such a rough start.
Another quite warm day here for March. Just took a short walk with DH. Also pulled a few weeds in my garden and trimmed a few things and cut yet another bag of small broccoli heads and pulled three brocolli S---need to finish the laundry and go buy a new ironing board so I can get linens ironed before Thursday's cleaning.
Cannot believe how much trouble the car situation has been, JoAnne--you have to be frustrated. Hope you enjoy your week away--is it just a week or more you are staying.
We ate breakfast on the patio today and was so nice.
Last night I just craved some comedy so I rented 40 Year Old Virgin and watched it again and laughed out loud which was good therapy.
The Singular is really making me feel drowsy, even taking it at night like I was supposed to. It does cut the congestion a lot however--wonder if I can get over the sleepy reaction---if not, I simply cannot stay on it cause I absolutely hate feeling exhausted. That was why I had to get off the Zyrtec last year.
Holly, I hope the beta blockers keep the BP in control--so important for your health!
DH finished watching Game of Thrones, thank goodness. I so do not like hearing a summary of a show I'm not interested in and every morning he wanted to tell me what he'd watched the night before--ugh! DH likes to summarize movies that he's watched numerous times as well--he's not a reader of books--wish he were--would so much rather hear his thoughts on a book he's read! He reads news all the time but no idea why he doesn't get engaged in books.
We go to dinner at 5:15 tonight--we are paying as a b'day gift to cruise BF's DH--decided there is absolutely nothing we could get him as a gift that wouldn't be a total waste cause they buy themselves anything they want and can do that pretty much unlimited as he makes a lot of money. We have a gift card to this place they like (from DD for Christmas) so that with some added cash makes an easy dinner out gift. We see Matilda afterward--saw it in NYC two years ago and am so looking forward to a second time as we sit up close enough to see it better for me.
I'm so enjoying my days! Last night was the first time in a while that I cooked and SO and I actually ate together at the same time. With school, I would eat at a later time.
Joan, that is a lot of celebrating this week. Too bad the medication is making you sleepy.
Jojo, wow, what a series of ill events to start off your trip. Hope all is smooth sailing from here on out.
Holly, good to eliminate all other causes for the HBP, now just concentrate on relieving stress. I'm bummed Villanova lost, one of my HS Sue friends is a professor there.
Exactly right, the high tuition is turning people off, especially in culinary schools where they make the bare minimum wage. They work so hard and get so little. This is a huge problem for the food industry now because, there is lack of good help. Just read that in west coast, some restuarants are adding a tip line on checks for the cooks.
Did more chores and organizing today, putting away all my school stuff, went through mail that had been accumulating. Will go to the gym soon.
Matilda last night was so, so good. I love that play--the actress who played Miss Honey was the same one we saw on Broadway two years ago. The 11 year old who played Matilda was just phenomenal!
Got up early today and did the body sculpt class---it was really good---much more challenging and overall body work---even did some pushups and planks along with lunges and weights and these sliding disk things---was really good core work. I will definitely do that class regularly. Afterward I ran two errands, got coffee and went back and took the dance class. Next week I will walk in between---it is exactly 2 miles to and from coffee shop which is an easy walk in the hour between classes.
Made a list for all my meals---tomorrow I will put together ceviche and lettuce wrap filling which will be ready for Wednesday night for BF's birthday with her brother and DSIL in from Canada. Thursday we will have salmon patties for DGS's and DD for DGS12's birthday. Got the makings for a salad for Friday night's dinner at card playing friends. Also bought a pizza dough and will make a pizza for us tonight. In fact I need to get on that soon.
I got an email back from Chrysler Corp today--I emailed them about an ad that I saw for a Pacifica minivan which is the new van DH and I really liked when we looked at it---(no, not buying now)--their new ad is so racially charged--I found it so offensive that I had to write--one thing in their response though was justifying it in such a bad way and they invited me to respond to them so I did again. I told them if I were marketing a car I'd make certain I didn't offend any one whole group of Americans and risk not having sales--besides the fact that I just think such ads are demeaning. But I did tell them I was impressed that they took the time to write me back. I think subtle messages can be so powerfully damaging.
Worked outside a little bit but once again it's quite warm!
Nice, sunny day here and warming up a little - was bitter cold this past weekend.
I cleaned and put away my tool kit today (my school cooking tools, knives, and the bag that I kept them in). I'm keeping some things but have a lot of doubles so I gave them to the front desk staff in my condo. Except the knives, not sure what to do with the knives, I have 4 sets now - 2 sets of Shun, 1 Sabatier, and the school set, which is actually not bad. I now hone my knives before each use, a habit I got from school - love sharp knives.
Glad your school won, Holly.
Yeah, there's no tipping in Europe, some places you leave some leftover coins. There are some restaurants who have eliminated tipping, most notably a famous restauranter in NYC, Danny Meyer, who many are looking at to see how well it works for him. He did raise his prices.
Went to the gym. Weight at 119 this morning. I think I have to cut down on carbs and alcohol, 2 things that helped me de-stress when I was in school, but did not help with weight loss.
So good to see the kids. DS has become quite a good cook made dinner for the first 2 nights. DDIL doesn't cook at all. Tonight we did Mexican at a local place that has a special night for DGD's school where you get 20% off and 20% goes to the school.
Love the warm weather but I brought clothes that are just too warm. Should have known better. Went and bought a little sleeveless top yesterday.