Checking in

Oh, hey friends!

It seems like every post I've written in the somewhat recent past has started with some iteration of, "it's been a while", and this post, coming after what may have been my longest hiatus since starting this blog, is no exception.

So, hey! It's been awhile... Believe me, I've had some false start posts— many of them reactions to election-related happenings, most of them written after impassioned conversations over drinks. I finally realized that there are many people who've already said everything I thought I wanted to say, way more eloquently than I could ever put it. I'll continue to fight the good fight, but I'm not planning on talking about it here.

Instead, here's an update on what I've been up to since my last post.

The last four months have been a little bonkers, but in a good way! In August, I started a two year program in Brewing, Distillation, and Fermentation, and this semester has been kicking my ass, which is the main excuse for my absence from blogging, and from pretty much every other aspect of my life that isn't work or school.

My understanding is that the first semester of this program is one of the toughest—in addition to my brewing classes, I am taking Beverage Management, Chemistry, and Intro to Sustainability. After Thanksgiving break, I have two somewhat hellish weeks of lab practicums, tests, finals, and quizzes, then I am on winter break for a month! Having not been in school for twelve-ish years, getting back into the swing of things has been a huge adjustment, and I am hoping I'll be able to achieve a better school/work/life balance next semester.

Speaking of work, I'm loving my job! Right now, because of school, I'm only working three bartending shifts per week, but I've had the opportunity to pick up some event work, and I got to bartend both a beer and chocolate pairing and a five course dinner with beer pairings. Given that beer and food are my top two favorite things in life, I was in heaven! I am hoping I'll be able to do my internship at the brewery during my summer semester, and that I'll be able to continue taking on additional responsibilities while I'm there. Everyone I work with is super smart and supportive, and the environment is so collaborative. This is the only job I've ever had where more often than not, I feel like my day is made better by spending time there.

This is the first time in a long time where things feel like they're starting to fall into place. My negative self is consistently waiting for the other shoe to drop, and I still worry about shit like that all the time. Luckily, my rational self knows that's stupid, and I've taken to trusting my rational self a lot more lately. I'm making friends and developing a sense of place in Asheville, and it's pretty awesome.

I'm looking forward to Friendsgiving tomorrow, the end of the semester and our subsequent road trip to Austin during winter break, and spending Christmas with family. I'm also looking forward to celebrating a year in Asheville and a whole host of other amazing things in 2017—I'm hoping to be better about posting more regularly, but in case I'm not, I hope you all have an amazing and safe holiday season, full of great food, great drinks, and great people!