Five years and three months ago, I quit my job and moved from Dillsburg, Pennsylvania to Cary, North Carolina. I had graduated from college the previous year, was living at home and was working at a small advertising agency. I had been there for a little over a year, and realized it was time to move out of my parents’ house. I quit my job and picked up and moved to NC without a job but with my friend, Ginny, and some savings. For two weeks, I settled in and tried to learn my way around a completely new area without a GPS (for me, this was pretty terrifying). Then I buckled down and started the job search. By January 2007, I had found a job at Centerline.
Two weeks and four days ago, I put in my two weeks’ notice for my job. My last day was this past Friday. It was a tough decision, but one that was a long time coming. After five years at Centerline, I was ready to move on. I just didn’t (and don’t) know to what. I don’t have a job lined up, and I don’t know what will happen in the next few months. What I do know is that: I have an amazingly supportive boyfriend; I am giving myself two weeks to relax and decompress, then I’m going on an amazing two week trip to the Galapagos Islands with my mom; I will bake and cook (and hopefully blog and probably watch TV) a lot.
Five years ago, I didn’t know what the 370-mile move down south would hold for me, but I trusted that it would all work out for the best. And it has, absolutely.
Now, I am again trusting that it will all work out for the best. And I’m so excited about it.
And now for my new year’s resolution updates…here’s how I’m doing so far.
- Blog more & take more pictures. Already posted twice this month…seems better than before, but this will be a constant work in progress.
- Make croissants (this seems like a great place to start).
- Make hollandaise sauce and master poached eggs. I did poach eggs for the first time on Sunday (1/29), and they turned out pretty well, but I don’t think I’ve mastered it yet.
- Try the Baked brownie recipe. I tried the caramel version from their Baked: Explorations book, and it didn’t really turn out well for me. So I want to try their basic recipe now and see if they turn out better.
- Make homemade vanilla extract.
- Use my cookbooks more.
- Use food from my pantry instead of spending so much on groceries, and wasting food that goes bad. I’ve pulled several meals out of the freezer to eat, and yesterday, I made egg casseroles in muffin tins for Kevin’s and my breakfasts, using all things I had on hand/were about to go bad. Recipes to come. I could definitely still work on this, though.
- Use my crockpot more. Here’s a good inspiration.
- Make doughnuts, using my new doughnut pan! I tried this recipe, and they were good, although not quite like traditional doughnuts. I’m looking forward to trying some other recipes.
- Update my blog header and/or template. I’m trying out a new template in WordPress, but while I like it, I don’t like like it. I’m considering purchasing my own domain and moving to a self-hosted blog (with Kevin’s help in the setting up and design department), so I’ll stick with this for now.