I am done with my summer externship!! Thanks to all the employees - managers, waitstaff, S. A's, kitchen crew, prep, cooks and dishwashers and the owner for putting up with me for the four weeks of my training. I learned a lot, got some great insight into what it takes to run a successful restaurant and catering company. I got lots of ideas I plan on implementing into my kitchen at school and how I want my students to run our restaurant. It was a lot of hard work, sore, achy feet and lots of sweating!! That kitchen is extremely hot and having over 100 degree weather almost every single day that I was at work was not fun. Everyone said that working char - the steak grill - would be one of the hottest places to work, but I beg to differ. At least working char there is a place you can stand to catch some cold air. In the kitchen working the line or expoing there is NO cold air! It is just hot all the time. I know I am going on about it being hot, but I am one person that thinks the hottest it should ever get is 72 degrees! I am all for 40 degree days, everyday. I am a cold weather person. I am not one of those that relish the heat and laying out on the beach soaking up the sun. I am all about the mountains and cold running rivers and opening up the windows and let the cool breezes blow through. So, needless to say, I was miserably hot this summer and I wasn't even out in the sun!
I have one more week of summer volleyball league - if they want me back since I have been gone so much of it this summer. Then, I have an entire week of NOTHING!!! before I have to head back to school for a couple weeks of inservice training. I can't believe it is almost August. School will start back - with students - in 4 weeks. Incredible. My summer has really been packed with working, conferences and family reunion, but mostly working. I am one of those rare teachers this summer that is actually looking forward to school starting so my life can settle into a slower routine. Even though my life is not that slow. Along with school, the restaurant, possibly a coffee bar, and quilting. I will be keeping the books for Permian's volleyball team and possibly - depending on who the new coach is at OHS - keeping OHS's books, also. So, for the first few months of school, my life will be as full and hectic as my summer has been.
I am heading to Staples tomorrow to purchase one of those calendar notebooks so I can keep up with all my coming and goings. The more I think about it, my life may not slow down until NEXT summer!