Thursday, January 21, 2010
Why I love(d) Veggie Prep
Even though I'm now in the bakery, I still have a very soft spot in my heart for my old job of Veggie Prep, and here's why:
Veggie Prep is a listmaker's dream job:
I'm a fairly obsessive listmaker and cross-er off-er (to the point where, if I've done something that wasn't on my list, I'll write it on just so I can cross it off).
Working in veggie prep is like working on giant list. You start out the day with a board full of labels, and every time you finish a job, you get the satisfaction of sticking a label on your container, and by the end of the day, you're left with a clean board. My brain LOVES this.
Another thing my brain likes to do (almost as much as making lists and crossing stuff off), is to learn a job really throughly and then try to think of ways to do it better and more efficiently. Not only were there lots of opportunities for this in VP, but it was highly praised as well (double hurray!). So basically I was really good at my job, which always feels nice.
Also, I love working with food, and having the opportunity to put my love into the food that goes out to everyone at Kripalu has been really rewarding.
So my brain was happy in all sorts of ways.
But the other big reason I loved it is that we just had lots of fun:
Be still, my beeting heart...
We also liked to add punctuation to the labels:
...but of course, what makes or breaks any job is the group of people you work with, and veggie prep has some of the best.
On my last day in there before I went to the bakery, they gave me a going away card and we all toasted with leftover sparkling cider from New Year's.
A few messages from the card:
"Ali, I want cookies all the time so I can eat my feeling of betrayal and loss. I'll miss you"
"Ali! You're leaving! Your loyalty's a fakery! I can't believe you're going to the bakery!"
the funny thing is, the bakery is about 10 feet away from the prep kitchen, so I still see them all the time :)
Next time, I'll tell you about my new job in the Bakery