Culinary School: Dear Dustin (A Letter to my Husband)

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Maybe some people have it all figured out. I’m not one of them. Maybe you aren’t either. I was just browsing old emails and found this one, which made me laugh out loud. (Yes, I laugh at my own jokes.) The following is an actual email I wrote to my husband in early February, shortly after I started culinary school (while also resolving to keep my full time job). I post this hoping you might take comfort in the fact that we’re really all just trying to figure it out — one day at a time.

Dear loyal blog reader,

Lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed. My hair sticks out in funny places where it used to coil neatly against my scalp. I wake up with what feels like bricks weighing on my chest and there are times, and I don’t say this lightly, when I forget to eat.

These consequences of my busy schedule are not the only worrisome things that are happening in my life. For one, I studied my wrinkled pants this morning and put them on anyway. “Maybe they won’t notice,” I told myself. Also, in the dead silence of my office this morning, I actually spoke the words out loud, “It’s going to be okay.” My sentence lingered in the air, echoed back in my head and failed to convince me.

I tell you this, reader, because you also happen to be my husband. You have to sleep next to my pale, worried face every night and you also have to deal with my tendency towards rambling about myself for inappropriate amounts of time. You do this, I presume, because you are sort of stuck with me for the rest of your life. I also think, in my most vulnerable moments, that you probably also love me. You don’t know how much that means to me, most notably because it’s easier for me to tell you to pick up your pants than to tell you that I too, have developed quite a fondness for you.

Thanks for putting up with me,

Your wife.

Oh yeah, can you grab a few more things at the grocery store for me:

4 tomatoes (I know they’re not in season, don’t raise your eyebrow at me)
bunch of parsley
1 garlic head
2 lemons

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

simpleton001 April 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm

@Epiventures That’s a great email.


Ronda From Arnold's April 28, 2010 at 7:03 am

I got great joy from reading your blog today. Not only are you going to culinary school but you are also learning the life of a restaurant owner or a chef. Many time I have put those pants on. I got my hair cut to stick up! I’m not getting the forgetting to eat part though, as I added a few meals to my day. Having a husband that understands, that is the most important part of it.
Thanks for your blog. In my very busy life it is great to read something so heartfelt.


Courtney April 28, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Ronda, it’s great to know you’ve been there and can identify. I know you feel the heat of the fire every day and you’ve been through it all. As for the eating bit … I must have sent that email during a time when I was learning knife skills. I’m definitely not forgetting to eat anymore!


jill April 28, 2010 at 7:13 am

hey, that’s my usual grocery list for eric too! funny. we miss you guys!


Barb April 28, 2010 at 8:25 am

I love this and I can totally relate, even if my life is totally different! Hang in there!


Courtney April 28, 2010 at 7:16 pm

It’s funny how there are certain life themes that hold true for everyone…


5chw4r7z April 28, 2010 at 8:46 am

I’ll forgive you for rubbing my nose in how much my writing sucks, because, thats just how awesome you are.


Owen April 28, 2010 at 8:47 am

Hey, I sleep with one of those women just like you. Type A. Overachiever. And, you know what? It’s better this way. Tired at night but sleep with clear conscience. I will share this post with her and I guarantee I will get a big laugh and a hug.


Jen April 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I just wanted to say that while I really enjoy your adventures at restaurants and interviews with local chefs, the most interesting part of your blog is really how you fit into all of it.


Courtney April 28, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Aw, that’s interesting, Jen! That means a lot, I love feedback.

And Owen, never takes me more than 2 seconds to be fast asleep. Having a great, patient husband helps me through. I’m sure it helps your wife, too.

And you 5chw4r7z, don’t get me started. I told you I love the way you write.


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