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December 14, 2011

I am officially done with culinary school!

That’s so weird to say. I am done. With culinary school. No more classes. I get to be a normal adult again. I don’t have to do homework again. Culinary school is now a finished space on my CV.

That is just plain wacky-crazy-go-mad to me.

Monday was my final exam and when I walked out of the door, it didn’t feel like a big sense of “OVER” to me. It just felt…complete. It felt like “Yes, this is the last step of this, but also the first step of something else.” Basically, I never stop walking and no matter where I am, I am always going somewhere interesting.

I celebrated by making a delicious dinner (that Borlotti Bean-Tomato-Fennel Sauce over Polenta!) for my guy and he showed up and surprised me with a bottle of chilled champagne and a bar of fancy extra-dark chocolate just for me. What better way to throw up your hands and say “Yeah!” than cracking open a bottle of bubbly and watching “The Holiday”? It was just perfect.

Now I’m celebrating with a visit from my best friend, Skype conversations with fabulous blog friends (hi, Aban!), coffee dates with my dear friend who shall be my London companion in just two short weeks (!), and just a lot of time spent cooking and crafting Christmas gifts that make my home smell and taste magical.

Speaking of London, I’m not even sure I mentioned that to you out there on the interwebs! As a celebratory trip, my friend Jettie and I are going to London for about two weeks, right after Christmas through the first part of January. As I’ve finished culinary school and she’s wrapped up her masters’ degree, we figured it was time to party hardy with our favourite isle of people — you know, drink pints, fake British accents, prance around. So that we will! I am so excited and just keep stopping myself these past few weeks, thinking “Wait, WHAT?! I’m GOING?! I need to PACK?! WHAT!”

There is so much to celebrate that the best thing I can think to do, the place and posture I keep coming back to, is one of thankfulness and grace. That I am here, doing something I love, around people I love, feeling joy, feeling pain, learning, failing, getting back up, and just plain connecting with people and loving and being loved — I keep stopping, naming, thanking.

Culinary school is done, Christmas is coming, I’ll be back on English soil soon, and I am loved well.
Stop, name, thank.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2011 5:34 pm

    YAY all around!

    Congratulations, Caroline. I’m thrilled for you! Have fun on your trip! I have some restaurant/coffee shop recommendations if you want them. Just a few, but I’ll send more depending on where you are going.

    I will say that Lantana is really awesome on Charlotte Place, in Fitzrovia just passed Soho. Really great food, really good coffee. Chili Cool in Bloomsbury is Paul’s favorite place, he eats there all the time. Really authentic Sichuan. The dry fried chili and cumin chicken is life changing. As are the green beans.

    Chocolicious at the Borough Street market is really great- the strawberry balsamic chocolate truffles are amazing. Pieminister is also great.

  2. December 14, 2011 11:47 pm

    Congratulations, Caroline!!! How exciting. I can’t wait to hear what’s next for you.

    Have a wonderful time in London!

  3. Nancy Carr permalink
    December 15, 2011 9:49 am

    May I celebrate with you? You bring such happiness into my life just reading about your latest “joy attacks”. Here’s to you and the anticipation of more to come. Love you…Granny

  4. December 20, 2011 11:32 am

    crazy! I started reading your blog when you were in school so now it’ll be a whole new blog as you start a whole new chapter. pumped for you. will obviously still be loving these posts 🙂

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