cakes, prose, woes -- the photos, food & thoughts of a french-speaking seattle-native in brazil

In the end, you're just happy you were there—with your eyes open—and lived to see it. -AB
In the end, you're just happy you were there—with your eyes open—and lived to see it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

There Was This Job...

The Master Said: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

I had that quote pinned to my wall above my computer since i found it folded in a little card box. I decided i wanted to live to it. Perhaps not immediately, perhaps with hiccups and snags along the way, but i think maybe we'll get it. We're off to a good start either way.

So we said goodbye to my university and house last week (actually i'm still here in town for a bit, just acting the vagabond house jumper...living out of a suit case et cetera) in order to get a last week of work in before...partir. It seems like a good night moon series here; good bye school, goodbye house, good bye job, good bye friends, good bye towns... I just finished working for a magazine; two actually. The Idaho Cuisine, and the Spokane Sizzle. My technical title was editorial assistant--but well i think i was mostly a photographer with writing, website work, trailing, chauffeuring, consulting, dining companion, and everything else one could possibly want an assistant for. What can i say, i suppose in the end, this was the best job that could have ever come to me, i am freshly graduated, but at the same time already have something to put in my resume. So i would like to thank my boss, J, and the other J, and the coworkers who all put faith in a nobody college kid to write and photograph for the publication. Thank you for giving me my start, i will miss you all!

Unfortunately as i said there is a lot of good bye-ing lately; as such, having no home, moving on into a new stage of life, and preparing for something that you will all hear about within the next few days here has left me with little time to write and or bake--bake? i don't even have a kitchen anymore....anyways, i will now throw at you, on the day of my very last work day, some shots that i particularly like from my time with the magazine. so. take a look if you please. Most, many--all are owned by the magazine appearing in print or online, so they are copyrighted. Not that i need to say this to any of you dear friends, but just in case.

All of these photos were from assignments--restaurant features, chef interviews, cover shoots, neighborhood spotlights, in-home caterers, local bakeries, and just happenings going on in the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene community. I was skeptic for three years that there was any beuty or taste to be found in this inland no-where corner of this country, but i suppose now that i've really looked at it, through my lens, i've discovererd that there is so much to taste, so many wonderful people to meet, so many things to see, smell, and smile at. It reafirms something that i keep forgetting; as long as you try to find it, you can really be happy anywhere.

will return with adventure shortly.

good bye Spokane--thanks for the four years of memories.

a bientot

10 comments:

squirrelbread said...

I graduated with my Master's degree and feel like a fish on sand... I can relate! [Although you seem to have it a mite more together than myself.] You're a great writer with an eye for wonderful photos - no doubt you'll have lots of success in the future!

Cheers,

*Heather*

M.Lane said...

Bonne chance et bon courage! You are one of the lucky ones that found their gift early and took advantage of it.

When I was a new grad [long ago when we all walked to school in the snow barefoot] I actually had the feeling of vast vistas opening before me. My wish for you is the same feeling.

I can't wait to read of your new adventures.

ML
mlanesepic.blogspot.com

Moira said...

You have so many beautiful pictures in this post,but if i had to choose one it would be the one of the cat :)
I loved the title of your post, it's absolutly righ! I hope you have courage to choose what you want to do, it will be your future ;)
Beijos e boa sorte
Moira

Siri said...

Good luck with the transitions....

Lovely photos, as always.

Is that YOUR kitchen painted with a very nice robbin's eggy blue hue? If so....j.e.a.l.o.u.s.

Pearl said...

what a wonderful tribute.
you always take such beautiful photos, my dear.

Helene said...

Thanks for sharing your beautitufl pictures. That was a really nice blog post. Can't wait to read about your new future.

Marta said...

Ohhh now you've built up the excitment and anticipation about your news! Tell us quick!! Good-byes are hard, but new beginings are exciting and opening new doors can be quite refreshing! The photos are gorgeous, I'm sure you future holds plenty of opportunities to showcase your talent ;)

zee said...

I'm so so sooooo totally amazed and struck by your pictures. They're really really awesome. I don't know how many times I said wowwww as I looked at them, and I love the quote. It clearly speaks and have me thinking when will I get a job that I really love doing and will make me feel like I'm just having fun. Hope you'll get such job..

In the meantime, 'looking forward to your adventurous story..

Aran said...

another exciting stage starting mallory, kitchen or not, you will do great. photos are beautiful!

Erik said...

MALLARD I MISS YOU!