LA Weight Loss - I started culinary school today....




Joni135
04-09-2007, 06:11 PM
Cassi - fill in the rest!


juliemarie
04-09-2007, 06:12 PM
Joni-you crack me up! You had me going for second! I thought I was losing it . . . .

smjezzy
04-09-2007, 06:19 PM
hehehe yep I was thinking "wow, lots of la weight loss people becoming chefs"


bizlawchik
04-09-2007, 06:32 PM
LOL... OK, taking a break from work so here goes...

I woke up at 5:30 to leave the house at 6:30. Felt really strange wearing chef whites instead of office attire. Arrived at school and it was kinda funny pulling up to a parking lot with over 100 people dressed like me.

There are about 20 people in my class. Most of them are younger. They all look in their 20s. I did meet one girl who is 41 so I'm not the oldest!!! There are a few others that look a little older too.

Spoke w/DH during the break and he said, "Are you the oldest in the class? Are you the shortest in the class?" DH is somewhat of a comedian. But I think I am the shortest, LOL.

Chef Instructor is awesome. He's had 15 years of restaurant experience and 16 years as an instructor at the school. We basically just got to know him and his history, and then went over uniform requirements and the syllabus. I have to read one chapter in our main book tonight, a few pages in another book and do about 20 vocablulary words so that I am ready for the lecture tomorrow.

I have four books for this class, and the main book I swear weighs about 20lbs. It's about the size of a 3" binder, but hard bound and awkward to carry. Oh yeah, as I'm running out of the house this morning I realize there is no way I can carry all of these books without putting them in something. So I run into the garage to try and find one of DD's old bookbags. The only thing I could find without waking anyone up (it was their last day of Spring Break) was a small backpack that we used to use as DS' diaper bag. Grabbed that and ran out.

Got to work around 12:15 so that means I have to work only until 8:15, which means I should be home by 8:50. I can take a quick shower and be ready to do homework at 9:00. Chef said he is giving us our homework assignments about three weeks at a time so after this week I can work ahead on the weekends so that I can have a little bit of family time. I'm pretty excited about getting home that early because that means that most of the time I can see the kids before they fall asleep. Well... I knew 14yo DD would be up, but the 3yo falls asleep somewhere around 9-9:15.

So... it's pretty quiet around the office because most people leave at 5 unless they're working late. This shouldn't be too bad.

Oh yeah. Went to WI today because it was open house and the lites were on sale. I'm up from last week. Can't remember how much, but not caring right now. I told them that I can't have any food in the office during Passover, and then Easter, and then starting school, etc. that I was going to do FF (not TO) on Wednesday. I told the (somewhat new) counselor that I didn't think TO was a good idea with my schedule and she agreed, so I am just getting by until Wednesday when I will start anew.

I will have DH take a picture tomorrow morning in my uniform and I'll post. Didn't want to wake him up this morning.

I am sooooooo excited, though. This is definitely the right thing to do. Life's too short to earn a living doing something you don't like.

zambejaly5
04-09-2007, 06:41 PM
yea Cassi! I can feel your excitement through the monitor! good for you. Can't wait to see your pic in white!!

lettie

zambejaly5
04-09-2007, 06:43 PM
I didn't even look at who wrote it I just thought, "oh goodie Cassi is on and is going to finally catch us up." then I read it and cracked up ! Good one Joni.
Lettie

Joni135
04-09-2007, 06:51 PM
Cassi - thanks for the update. I had to think of a unique way to get your attention. I think folks are starting to think I have sick stalker disease, so I figured this was a clever way to get your attention. I am just so excited for you. In another post I mentioned that you couldn't start culinary school until after Easter because in the south it isn't "proppah" to wear white before Easter! Can't wait to see the picture and I'm glad you'll be able to tuck your little guy in each night. So is DH cooking for everyone while you've got this busy schedule???

bizlawchik
04-09-2007, 07:00 PM
Oh, Joni, you crack me up. That's right, though, wearing white before Easter just isn't Southern.

DH will be cooking for the family in my absence. But, really, DS only eats eggs, pancakes, pizza and chicken nuggets anyway. And DD only eats certain things too, so my cooking prowess is lost on them anyway. I told DH I would cook some things on the weekends to freeze and help him plan the menu for the week so he's not staring at a refrigerator and wondering what to do. But he's pretty good at following directions when he chooses to read them. I'm sure there will be plenty of tacos, hamburgers, steaks and grilled chicken going on. He can grill at least.

Repo girl
04-09-2007, 08:22 PM
Sounds great Cassie!

mamato2girls
04-09-2007, 08:37 PM
Cassi, I'm so excited for you!!! You're right. Life is too short to earn a living doing something you don't like. I need to figure out my "dream" soon, so I can get out of my yucky job.

Kristi
04-09-2007, 10:21 PM
Woohoo, Cassi! Way to go on following your dream!!!

NemesisClaws
04-10-2007, 01:25 AM
Gosh, I'm happy for ya! I've been debating cooking school for a while, but don't want to work in the usual restaurant kinda thing. Hmm......are you planning on doing catering?

katiebug77
04-10-2007, 10:23 AM
Cassi - So excited for you!!!! I want to have a fun job when I grow up too! You will need to share your yummy recipes with us, POP ones of course. LOL.

Dan2112
04-10-2007, 10:48 AM
Cassi.. That's awesome.. I've always had this idea of doing something like that, and here you are doing it.. Way to go...

So, can I assume we'll see you on Food Network soon, preaching about LAWL friendly meals? (Of course you won't be able to call them LAWL due to copyrights, but we can probably help you out with that... )

smjezzy
04-10-2007, 11:04 AM
WTG Cassie - I'm so happy for you. You are going to have a hectic schedule for a while but I'm sure it will all be worth it in the end. Yougogirl!

Boo'sMom
04-10-2007, 11:27 AM
Cassi--you are beaming all the way to Texas! Congrats.

Kimphin
04-10-2007, 11:41 AM
Oh Cassi - I'm so glad that this is working out! See - you knew in your heart that it would, even though you stressed about it. I think that it is great that the instructor realizes that there are people in his classes that lead busy lives and allows for you to schedule out your homework for weeks. At least you won't have to worry about staying up until all hours cramming!

Can't wait for the picture!

Thanks Joni so creatively calling Chef Cassi out.

hdsqrl
04-10-2007, 11:45 AM
:congrat: Cassi!!

bizlawchik
04-10-2007, 02:00 PM
Thanks, guys. Day 2 was just as awesome. I found out that I can convert my culinary diploma into an associate degree just by taking a nutrition class. My college credits will transfer! WOO HOO!

Nemesis Claws - I'm not a restaurant person either. I'm thinking of catering, personal chef, or maybe a breakfast/lunch cafe, but I don't want to be out for 80 hours per week in a restaurant. I need to be home with the family at least some of the time.

Kimphin
04-10-2007, 04:05 PM
Cassi - thats great, and a nutrition class? Pfft- piece of cake after your past year!!!!

2fat4me2be
04-10-2007, 04:35 PM
Thanks, guys. Day 2 was just as awesome. I found out that I can convert my culinary diploma into an associate degree just by taking a nutrition class. My college credits will transfer! WOO HOO!

Nemesis Claws - I'm not a restaurant person either. I'm thinking of catering, personal chef, or maybe a breakfast/lunch cafe, but I don't want to be out for 80 hours per week in a restaurant. I need to be home with the family at least some of the time.
You are at the half way mark!!! You go grl!!:carrot:

marzbe
04-10-2007, 04:58 PM
Cassi - thats great, and a nutrition class? Pfft- piece of cake after your past year!!!!

I thought a year on LAWL would suffice as a nutrition class! ;)

Cassi you can always do LAWL delivery meals. Just think of all the business you'd get simply from us!

bizlawchik
04-10-2007, 06:09 PM
Megan - Believe me, I've already thought about that! I would love to prepare and deliver LAWL and WW friendly meals. We'll see what happens in a year. I know the right opportunity will present itself.