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Micole Khemarrica
I'm In!
The best news I've had since August, when I lost my job: I've been accepted into the Culinary Institute of America! As much as my admissions representative, Darcy Sala, had assured me that I was exactly the kind of person they wanted to see at the CIA, I've been nervous about my chances of being accepted. After all, I've never worked in the Food or Hospitality industries (and fast food joints don't count), and I wasn't exactly a stellar student in High School (I wasn't *bad*, but the stress of a dying father was too much for me and I had an ulcer, forcing me to drop out and finish my classes through night school after my doctor allowed me to be active again). But in my favor I am passionate about my cooking, worked 6 years at the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire actively as a cook dedicated to presenting historically accurate feasts to feed my guild of 120 people (actually, the number of people who feasted ranged from 80 to 200, depending on attendance of the guild and any 'entertainers' who came by playing for us in exchange for food) using primative equipment (really primative: a cooking pit and a homemade stone oven!), and my skill in this specialty garnered recognition by winning multiple awards in the Renaissance Cooking Contest held at the Faire (judged by real food experts, not just fairefolk, too!). And that was what got me accepted: the enthusiasm, people skills, and leadership qualities the CIA prides themselves on. Darcy is certain I'll be top of my class, and I'm starting to believe it, too.

Of course, this now means I have to figure out a way to scrounge up $11k to cover my tuition, room, board, books, equipment, uniform, and so on. I'll be living on campus and hopefully coming home for the weekends (unless I get a job that would require me to be there otherwise, and I can't rule that out as I'll need to get into a work program to help cover the costs). I'm what's called a 'non traditional student' by the CIA -- one who is not comming straight out of secondary education -- and since I'm also a displaced tech worker, there may be grants and scholarships available to me to help pay for the costs. I'm going to try avoiding loans until the last minute. The idea of making a fundraiser print is looking better all the time...

I'm so excited!!

Current Mood: ecstatic ecstatic
Current Music: The Wiseguys - Start the Commotion

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somebunny From: somebunny Date: November 8th, 2001 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wooo! Congradulations! *hug* *kiss* *nuzzle* *naughtythings*
khromat From: khromat Date: November 8th, 2001 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)


I just know I'll need to throw some whopping big party when I graduate, and invite all my friends, right?

You know, your bunnyboy's the 4th person to suggest that I should cook for them. :3
somebunny From: somebunny Date: November 9th, 2001 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Celebration?

I think it's really just a ploy to get you to visit *innocent grin*
queenofstripes From: queenofstripes Date: November 8th, 2001 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

This is Precious Roy! Buy my Ermine Sherbet... Sucker!

I have a complaint about that pumpkin pie you made for us, actually. While it was sitting in the refrigerator, we were mobbed constantly by tattered, shambling corpses who had apparently risen from cemeteries as far as Cambridge. They were all groaning "Khromat... Unnng... Cuisine..." and were bashing through our doors with their heads. There are still clawmarks all over the door of our fridge. I am super-unsatisfied about being attacked by zombies in this manner. I would be very upset with you, had mere physical contact with the pie not also cleared up my psoriasis, added thirty points to my IQ, taught me love and affection for all humankind, and given me the power of levitation.

Listen to me, people, it's all true! Micole's cooking raises the dead. For gods' sake, USE CAUTION!
khromat From: khromat Date: November 9th, 2001 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: This is Precious Roy! Buy my Ermine Sherbet... Sucker!

Okay, next time I'll remember to add the warning:

"To avoid attacks by local wildlife and undead, place a small offering of pie on a plate at the far east end of your property, sprinkle salt in a circle around the plate, and leave. This will keep them occupied while you enjoy your treat."
bikerwalla From: bikerwalla Date: November 8th, 2001 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so deprived! I haven't had any of Micole's cooking yet! I'll do anything!
kagur From: kagur Date: November 8th, 2001 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)


Congratulations! I had no doubts:) I,too, have never sampled your cooking..and wish to someday:)
lionmage From: lionmage Date: November 9th, 2001 08:17 am (UTC) (Link)


I never doubted you'd get in. I still have fond memories of that pumpkin pie you made that one Thanksgiving. Maybe it was the hand-made whipped cream that did it.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 13th, 2001 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)


You're a fantastic cook, always have been. I still remember fondly *and the Pennsic folks I fed it with* the great rabbit pie you made a couple of years ago.:) Anyway, good luck to you!

(goes back into hiding now)
auryanne From: auryanne Date: November 15th, 2001 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)


You will let us know if you get to make an appearance on Iron Chef though, right? :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 17th, 2001 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)


Yay! *dances with ermine*

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