Leaving town

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Tonight is my last night in Vancouver. That’s right, after three short months I’m packing up my bags and heading (slightly) east! I got a job offer recently in my field (not pastry school, unfortunately) which may explain my absence from this blog the past few weeks. Apparently when you get a real grown-up job, there is a lot of paperwork to do. Also when you switch provinces, there is even more paperwork to figure out. To my BC/Canadian friends, I’m still staying close to Vancouver, I’m just going to be a few hours away in the beautiful Okanagan region which I could not be more excited about!!!

I’m going to really miss being a pastry assistant and making pretty tarts like these.

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And pretty cakes like these ones.

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I’m going to miss my favourite yoga instructor who somehow made my body do this in class. (I haven’t been able to do it on my own since, although I haven’t made much of an effort to contort my body into this shape since)

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Luckily it doesn’t matter where I am, my friends will can still look forward to receiving cool snapchats from me.

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I’m going to miss being able to eat ALL THE CROISSANTS in the world. My record is 5 croissants in 15 minutes. I’m not proud of that.

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Every time I felt guilty about my increased pastry consumption, I would tell myself I was carb-loading for my long runs.

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This one time I was really sad and my friend started talking to me and asked how my life was and I almost burst into tears. He ran across the street and was back in an hour with a Starbucks gift card and a handwritten card. People sure are nice here!

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Oh yea! There was that thing called Valentine’s Day. This day has never really meant much to me, I think because the 4 years straight I actually had a boyfriend he never did anything special or out of the ordinary, so it’s always just been a regular day for me. Although this year my roomie made cupcakes. Except that we don’t have a muffin tin in our house, so she just poured the batter into cupcake wrappers set on a baking sheet and baked them. They turned out wonky and¬†lopsided, but I loved them.

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This past week has been really sad! I worked my last shifts and realized how lucky I was to have met some incredibly amazing people in just 3 months. There were lots of hugs and promises to visit, and a few surprise gifts from my new friends.

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My one friend appropriately picked out the journal above because sometimes I get really angry when people are rude and stupid and I find the need to vent about it to my friends. But now I can write down my feelings haha

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Uh, so I didn’t know that Purdy’s existed until I came to Vancouver. Over the holidays a lot of the regulars brought in mass amounts of chocolate gift boxes for us at work, which is how I gained a few extra pounds and rediscovered my love for all things chocolate.

When I worked my last shift at the french patisserie, a tiny part of me was relieved because it meant no more cakes, croissants and pastries. But of course my fabulous boss couldn’t let me leave without taking a few cakes home!

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“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”¬†- A. A. Milne

The next time I update you on my life, I’ll be in a new town. New places, new faces. Here’s to new adventures!

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  1. Oh my gosh how exciting!!! Congratulations on your new job and the move! I want to live vicariously through you so update us on everything okay?? :)

    Also, can you teach us how to make those beautiful cakes/tarts?!?!? Those are AMAZING. To work at your bakery, did you need any certifications or anything? I kind of want to do that, but I have no experience whatsoever in a professional kitchen…

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  2. Whaaaaaaat?!?!?! Noooooooooooo!!! Dammit! I totally missed and squandered an incredible opportunity to meet you. I’m an idiot! I’ve been meaning to email you about arranging a meeting and now I read this post and I’m crushed. I AM happy for you to be moving onto a new experience. The Okanagan rocks! Especially in the summer. It’s hot and beautiful and the fruit is AH-MAY-ZING, especially the cherries and peaches. Let me know if you even come back down to Vancouver and we will meet, fo sho! I so wanted to hear all about your experience in the bakery. Shoot me a email when you have some time and let me know how you’re doing!

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