Friday, October 19, 2007

Back to School ~ for Mom!!

I really don't know why I haven't mentioned this sooner. I guess the days have just been getting away from me lately. But I do have some kinda sorta fun news! I am going back to college. Well, for two days totaling 16 hours anyway. I have to get my "Food Service and Sanitation" license so that I can continue to be the cool school lunch lady. I started last Saturday and go back again tomorrow so that we can finish the class and take the test. Wish me luck, because it is an incredible amount of information to memorize in literally one week. Most of it is common sense, but there are alot of government (as in FDA and my state public health department) terms and regulations to cram into my little cranium. I'm glad that it will be over tomorrow.

I also feel very blessed that the school is paying for me to take this course while I get to keep the license. It is always nice to be able to add another skill to my tool belt (as if wife and mother doesn't create enough skills!). I'm that crazy planner lady who always say "Expect the best but plan for the worst!". It give me comfort to know that I will have another marketable skill, "just in case". Yes, I am crazy, I know.

My husband was teasing me last Saturday, telling me that I was going to be the old lady in the class. It turned out to be just the opposite! With the exception of one other obviously young girl, I turned out to be one of the youngest. Lots of lunch ladies and day care workers there, and some folks who worked for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Of course, I had to come home and tell my husband this. Needless to say, he was unimpressed. :)

Yep, going back to college was kinda weird but it brought back lots of fun memories. Too bad it didn't seem to bring back my actual working MEMORY! So now I really have to go study so that I don't have to tell my children's school that I flunked my exam. Wish me luck!!


Unashamed said...

Hey good for you! My son had to take this course recently for his job and I took it about 15 years ago. Do they teach you all about HAACP? A lot of what I learned has really stuck with me, for example I always put meat on the bottom shelf now, stuff like that. Even if this doesn't end up being a marketable skill for you down the road, I bet you will be glad you learned this stuff just for your own family's safety.

So, are you a "teacher's pet"? Just wondering...

a soldier's wife said...

Good luck! I've not taken it is several years, since we were living in Washington State, but I remember learning a lot and being really nervous about the test. I know you'll do terrific!

kitkat said...

Hi unashamed and soldiers wife! I am so glad that I am not the only one who has taken this course! :) I really have learned so much info. Lots about HACCP! And we just went over the meat on the bottom shelf thing yesterday before the test. I was really nervous about the test (since it has been at least ten years since I have taken a formal test). But I actually think that I did ok!

I really try to not be a teacher's pet. :) But I do like to get good grades and pay attention. My 9 yr old DD is DEFINTIELY a teacher's pet, though. I wonder is it's an "apple doesn't fall far from the tree" kinda thing. ;)

kitkat said...

I forgot to ask if anyone remembers FAT TOM. :) That cracked me up for some reason, but I was able to remember what it meant for the test so I guess the acronym worked.