A Day of Celebration

September 30, 2009 at 11:51 pm 1 comment

Today has certainly been a day of celebration, at least for me. It’s been a rough month (moving and acclimating to a new place isn’t exactly easy), but finally, as we slide into October, things seem to be looking up! And that brings me to my first point of celebration:

It’s the last day of September!

I’ve never been a huge fan of September, but in recent years (read: about the time I started college in 2005), it’s been a particularly rough month for me. I can remember freshman year the song “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day was really popular, and man could I relate to it (I had a really tough first year of college). With the exception of 2006, when I spent September in London, I haven’t been such a fan.

This September has been a month of transition. Moving to a completely new city where I didn’t know anyone but my brother, and had absolutely no plans or job prospects whatsoever was scary, but as we move into October, I’ve definitely made great strides in all the above:

  • Ann Arbor, while not yet “home”, has so many things to offer (an awesome Farmers Market, tons of local shops, a great running store and community), and I’m definitely enjoying making it home, no matter how temporary.
  • My running buddy has turned into an honest-to-goodness friend, and she’s helping me meet other people in Ann Arbor as well :)
  • The cause for my Second Celebration…a job!

Yes, that’s right. As I hinted at yesterday, I had something big coming up today, and it was training for my new job :) Which is – working customer service at our local Great Harvest (yes, the same type of place Kath’s husband works at). It might not be the most prolific job, but I think it’s perfect for me at this stage in my life. It’s hard to find work right now, especially in a college town, with only a B.A. and not so much work experience. And I (not so) mentally proclaimed this year to be more of a “self-exploration” year anyway, and working in a bakery-type place is something I’ve always wanted to do.

It seems like it’s going to be so much fun, if I can memorize everything I need to memorize! The change every day, and we need to know not only what breads are available on what days, but what the ingredients to each bread is as well (we’re expected to behave as “bread experts”). Luckily, everything is made from scratch, so there aren’t many ingredients to have to remember. There’s also a major job perk (that could be a major downfall for me) – we’re allowed free bread! We’re expected to be knowledgeable, so we should try everything, and are also allowed to take home loaves at the end of the day! Check out my “first day” swag:

I celebrated my first day of work by testing out the product with an amazing sandwich. I knew I had bacon at home, and I ran to the store to get some cheddar and apples.

Add to that sandwich some Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato chips and a Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, and you have a pretty good celebration, methinks.

During dessert came my third thing to celebrate:

A few days ago, Rose (prompted by a post by Andrea) posted about what “slices of life” are portrayed in the background of blog photos. And what slice of life does the background of my dessert show? The Phillies clinching the National League East for the third year in a row!

I have to admit, I wish I were in Philly right now to celebrate properly, but I’m doing my best on my lonesome with some more pumpkin ale (from Delaware…close enough), my Jayson Werth shirt, and my Phillies wall :)

For what it’s worth, the brownie was fantastic – it sort of had a crunch to it (due to the whole wheat flour?), and so gooey and chocolately. I’m glad I have another half to enjoy (today was the last day for them at the store, unfortunately)!

So, Happy October, everyone. I’m certainly looking forward to it, what about you? Is October a cause for celebration for others as well?


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