Current Affairs

Hello All.  I hope you are enjoying the updated look for the time being, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it changed again in a few weeks; why not keep everything looking fresh?  I am sitting at home on the third very rainy day in a row contemplating heading to the gym in order to get a quick workout in and then bask in the glory of the Sauna and Steam Room, which have become one of my new obsessions.  It is amazing how relaxing it can be to submerse yourself in a boiling hot room, let all of your muscles relax, and clear everything out of your head.  I am truly starting to relish my time time in those small tile rooms.

I have now finished my second shift at the new job, and all is going well.  They have set up a really great business that runs extremely smoothly.  It is funny to me that this small company that sells hot dogs has such an easy and efficient plan installed for every aspect of their day to day activities.  It is extremely refreshing.  It is also interesting that half of the customers that wander in exclaim that they just saw us on the food network and other shows…  yeah, we are kind of a big deal.  Anyways, it has taken a small toll on my body standing for so long again.  You forget how stiff and sore being on your feet all day can make you.  I’m sure I will regain my server fortitude again in no time.  Until then I guess I will have to spend that little bit of extra time in the steam room…

We now have the house all to ourselves again.  Our room mates have left back to Albuquerque, and we are holding down the fort alone until Dan and my sister get here at the end of May.  As excited as I am for those two to arrive this little down time is quite amazing.  There is something so relaxing about having your own space.  Nothing to worry about but your own stuff, messes, food, etc…

Lately my mind has been a complete roller coaster of emotions.  I do not envy Shannon for having to put up with me.  I am so fixated on figuring out exactly where I am headed along a career path.  I have felt so derailed lately, and I need to sort out what my goal is.  For all of high school, and college, I have been driving straight at one career choice: Foreign Service.  Since leaping off the train towards that path and having to do other things with my life I have began to question what exactly I want to do.  Do I want to be a chef, open a restaurant, entrepreneur?  Do I want to continue to pursue foreign service?  What do these two lifestyles hold for me?  How do I get to where I want to go?  What do I need to do to jump start these paths?

What really gets to me in this whole process is what I am supposed to be doing in the meantime.  I want to be making constant forward progress towards something.  I want to be gaining the necessary experience towards ultimate career goals versus working just to work.  I have yet to sort out what that is, and at least I have a good job that pays well and is enjoyable, but is that enough?  This whole struggle has been going on in my head for the last month and has become extremely detrimental to my sleep… it always seems that at night everything kind of blares in your mind.  I really need to sort out a clear cut path to where I want to be, and then pursue it to its fullest.  Yikes, this has turned into a rant.  I have been so cooped up in my own head I think that as soon as I turned myself loose onto the page it just poured out.  Sorry about that, but I guess this is my only journal.  Partly this is here to inform people at home about the happening of the Shannon Tristan Duo, but I guess I also get to use the audience as a forum for my thoughts! Apologies.

In order to get back to lighter and typical topics here are some pictures from inside work.  Next time I will try and wrangle up some pictures of the bar attached to this.

It's Simple and Fun. In the corner there is the entrance to PDT. (The Phone Booth)

It's a small place, I have about 4 inches of head room haha.

Yep.

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Everybody wants to rule the world…

It has been a somewhat trying time for Shannon and I out here these last few weeks as recent events have really made us question what we need to do immediately to obtain our ultimate goals.  In order to make sure we are on the right track towards what it is we want, we first have to figure out what that is.  This particular question has kept us up at night, made us go on those walks you have to take when we just need to clear our heads, and ultimately ended up with us writing down our goals on a napkin in a bar.  As usual it would seem that a bottle of wine can “make you see things clearer,” or at least it always appears that way in the moment.  Of course later we found that napkin wadded up in the bottom of a pocket, splattered with wine and what I can only assume was some sort of risotto.  After slowly deciphering the scratch work I have decided that even if it is a fantasy it was well laid out.  It looked something like this:

5 Steps to Awesomeness (A Life Plan)

1:  Achieve professional culinary training at the prestigious French Culinary Institute.

2:  Gain much prestige in the kitchen’s of New York as cook/pastry duo.  Work with only the finest names in the business.

3:  Move to London/Paris/Prague/All of the Above  -> See world -> Continue to create cuisine and pastries at a higher level with Europe’s most esteemed culinary minds.

4:  Take a breather.  Work in a small bakery and laid back pub on the south coast of England, basking in summer time sun, and staying cozy in the cottage during winters.  Possibly never leave this step.

5:  Open up our obviously successful restaurant/bar/pastry heaven.  Rule the World.

Not a bad sounding list!?  Practical?  Maybe not.  Exciting?  Definitely.  We have pinned this napkin to our fridge as inspiration.  Are we headed that direction?  Maybe, but we have a lot of other things to sort out in any immediate future.  Things have been flowing in and out of our vision, and this is one of many options we have prodded.  I thought I was put this up there for everyone to see because it holds it to a higher scrutiny, and lets me own up to a thought before actually considering it.

Beyond this.  I was on one of the aforementioned walks this afternoon, in search of many things, but among them being a coke in a glass bottle.  So I walked from local convenient store to local convenient store, which sound like it could be a lot but really they mostly share wall after wall.  Something that strikes me every time I head out of the house an errand where I am not rushing from one place to another and I have a chance to lift my head up to look around, are the community gardens.  They are small thickets of green stuck in between large lumbering buildings.  It is funny to come across them when you walk by building after building… it is an instant breath of fresh air.  I want to lend some time to maintaining them as soon as I nail down my schedule.  Here is an awkward view of one: