Last week one of my favourite bloggers, Amber, did a Day In the life post. Apparently, they’ve been happening all over the web. How have I missed this? This is one of things that got me in to blogs; back in the day when a lot of bloggers posted 2-3 times a day (usually their meals, a la Kath Eats Real Food, but posted lots of other stuff too).
6 am jump up in surprise; alarm actually woke me from a sound sleep.
6: 01 am brush teeth, do make up, etc, make self presentable.
6:10 try to stuff everything in my bag (over packed for trip as usual) break zipper because pajama pant string is stuck in zipper like so
6:12 attempt to take photo of said zipper. Find out camera has died, did not bring charger. Kick myself. Take phone photo instead:
6:15 am Brew coffee, gather delicious baked good provided by Kathy, owner of Richmond House B&B, where I am staying.
6:20 am Devour this spread (I know 2 whole muffins! I was just super hungry, and they were so good) while reading blogs:
6:45, out the door, only 5 minutes late for once! And only 2 windows need scraping, so I’m not late for work.
7:00 am arrive at work, drop off bag and stuff in office, get ready to make some major Beef Stroganoff. Start by gathering ingredients… 70 KG of beef…
8:00 am beef is “tenderizing” for an hour. 70 kg of beef, some “gravy" and water simmer for an hour. Place 10 loaves of bread on cookie sheets, to be dried out for bread crumbs
8:15 check in with preceptor. Go over yesterday’s work (recipe expansion, costing…), all is well.
9:00 am meat still tenderizing, go and talk to preceptor. Time to enter the freezers.
9:15 am, barely paying attention to ordering we’re doing, it’s so cold in here!
9:30 am meat is ready for onions and mushrooms to be added, and then meat must tenderize further. In go 30 lbs of mushrooms, and 30 lbs of onions. I have splattered myself with lots of beef juice, and smell of cooked meat. ew.
10:00 am help other production cooks with other food that must be made; am helping to stuff Chicken Vegetable Pies, flattening down the inside before crust placed on top.
10:45 am, My wrist actually hurts from pressing down on chicken vegetable filling. Wow, can’t believe people do this 5 days a week, every week. No wonder injuries happen, and proper ergonomics are important.
10:50 am, beef is good to add in Permastarch, a starch to help thicken sauce that will survive high heat, and freezing cold. After adding and stirring, we must allow to cool for 20 minutes before adding sour cream.
11:00 am take a break. Have apple, drink coffee, browse Twitter.
11:20 am come back to find cooks adding in sour cream. Help.
11:50 am begin scooping Beef Stroganoff into pans, 2.5 kg per pan. Apparently will serve 12 portions per pan, who knew?
12:10 pm Beef Stroganoff into freezer, roughly 42 pans made. Told to go on lunch, I think my preceptor has nothing else to tell me.
12:11 pm remove beef stroganoff covered Scrubs shirt. Don’t have an extra pair of pants to change into, so they stay on.
12:35 pm Take temperature. Scribble in my notebook.
1:00 pm Take temperature again.
1:15 pm take temperature one final time. Preceptor says I’m free to go. yay!
1:20 pm start driving back, with a pit stop at Safeway to change into less smelly pants, and pick up some supplies:
(chocolate covered almonds and gum)
3:15 pm arrive home in Kamloops, say hello to Sadie, play on computer, check emails, debate about going swimming, decide to take Sadie for a walk instead.
(I like to think she was grateful)
5:45 take a shower, begin on dinner (quinoa, steamed carrots, stir fried kale and leeks in tahini and soy sauce).
6:30 brother calls, and needs a ride home because he missed a bus by two minutes… next bus not for another hour.
7:00 home and eating.
7:15 watch last nights NCIS, which mom has PVRd.
8:20 watch some cupcake wars, try and make myself get up and write this blog post, but Sadie is on my lap and looks so comfortable!
8:55 finally get up and get writing.
As you can see it wasn’t the most productive of days. I often times am doing 2-3 hours of work after a 6 to 8 hour day of work. Today I slacked off, and will pay for it over the next couple days, since I’m planning on heading to Vancouver this weekend for a much needed trip to see my friends.
Alright, I’m off to do some printing and room cleaning. I was reminded by some of the comments on Morgan’s post on controlling stress how much better I feel if I clean up my room before going to sleep.