Apparently, (according to a newly made Atlanta acquaintance) it’s no longer cool to call Atlanta ‘Hotlanta’ and the proper term-age is the ‘A’ and since I’m all for being ‘cool,’ ‘in,’ ‘hip,’ and definitely all about jumping on the bandwagon, the ‘A’ it is.
I’ve made it safely to Atlanta and, in fact, finished an entire week of work at Pie Shop. A week of work that included waking up at 4:30am every day, walking two miles, navigating some MARTA public transportation, and blissful amount of pie baking. While the baking hours are killer, they are hardly surprising. It’s actually most surprising that I managed to evade them for so long. It turns out I’m a pie crust rolling champ; helping roll out 120 bottom crusts my second day and 250 handpie crusts my third day. I’ve really made some progress on my killer baker muscles.
I’ve also come to realize that I know a lot more about pie, baking and owning a business than even I suspected. Almost unconsciously I’ve been gathering knowledge and confidence over the last year and now can say with absolute certainty that not only am I a good pie baker, but I’ll be a good pie shop owner as well. Of course, there will always be something else to learn, and ways to make improvements, but overall I think I’ve done a really wonderful job creating and following through with my pie education. I know that was the point, but I’m not sure I was aware of how well it was going to succeed. And the fact that I’m just coming to realize it now, means that I really did need to experience and internalize all of this in order to feel as though this far reaching dream was actually attainable.
So, yet again, I feel like I owe everyone who has seen me this far a huge thank you. I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting me every step of the way. For seeing a future in pie, when maybe I couldn’t even see it myself. But I can tell you right now, it’s achievable. It’s going to be hard; so much work and very little sleep. It’s going to be exhausting and exhilarating. It’s going to cost so much money. But it’s achievable. And that’s all that matters right now.
The tour of pie… who knew?
crust babies and butter will be plentiful!