Wednesday, August 13, 2008

espresso and shifting

so i started my new job at Tree of Life (a Christian bookstore) on monday. today was my first day to train in the cafe part of our store. let me just say...he is INTENSE! he's a really nice guy - young, married, cool - but, boy does he know coffee. not only does he work in the cafe at T.O.L., he also works for a coffee company that roasts beans and trains people on how to make coffee, etc. AND he does competitions - like manually making perfect espresso shots and doing latte art - kind of competitions.

i didn't realize how intricate and sensitive coffee is. it's a whole other world - an art form. i'm excited to have been introduced to this wonderful world of coffee, however, it is quite intimidating to have a pro stand over your shoulder while your trying to make you first espresso shot. and don't even get me started on steaming milk!

shifting is also another world i have been recently introduced to. rather, driving a manual car. since chris and i sold my car, we now only have his bronco and the honda (which is a stick shift). i've been learning, and i can drive the car by myself, however, i'm not very good at it. there is a lot of jerking and jostling going on - whip lash kind of jerking. :D it has been an adventure, but i will get the hang of it - i hope.

just yesterday, i pulled into the gas station to get gas. i stopped before pulling up to a pump becuause i didn't know which side the tank was on. i figured out it was on the driver's side, so i began to pull forward. the engine stalled. so i start up the car again - put on the gas - stalled again. i do the process once again - stalled a third time. i thought the car wouldn't start because it was completely out of gas. i was thinking - NO, i am 30 feet from the pump, don't die on me now! then i look down to find that i am in 3rd. with a frustrated sigh, i put it in 1st and pull up to the pump. *note to self - make sure you're in 1st before putting the foot on the gas when you are at a standstill* i realize this is pretty much the #1 rule in driving a stick - but like i said - it's been an adventure. :D


Jerolyn Bogear said...

Oh, I have so been there.

Paige said...

1) this makes me not want to learn stick :)
2) i always say it will take you about 3 months before you feel completely confident with being a barista.. so don't worry about picking it up 100% now! it will come


greg snider said...

Be nice to my baby. You sold your car Lauren, but you are driving my car NOW! You'll get the hang of it. I loved that car and now it is yours.