Saturday, November 29, 2008

On pause

Please forgive my absence lately as I am currently on pause for several reasons. Primarily, my poor left wrist is recovering from a workplace injury. It seems 10.5 kilograms (23 pounds) of mousse/cake do not belong all on one hand. Ironically, my left wrist was always my good wrist after years of chronic tendonitis predominantly in my right wrist from manic note-taking using a pen death grip unlike no other and knitting (nerd alert!). With the obligatory rest, ice, and ibuprofen, all should recover shortly.

This incident has given me more awareness of the occupational hazards and ergonomic conundrums which inhabit the professional pastry kitchen. Upon entering the industry, I was somewhat naive to the physical realities of working in pastry production, being more enthralled with the creative and technical challenges which I hoped to conquer. Depending on the size of the kitchen and volume of production, the ratio between your physical strength and potential weight of stuff you carry becomes a very important issue. Nowadays, I am equally concerned with protecting my musculoskeletal well-being and luckily, previous knowledge of human anatomy is a great advantage.

As a result, I have not been very active in my home kitchen, taking every possible opportunity to rest my wrist. Without this creative stimulus, there is little to blog about and nothing pretty to photograph. My blog has always served as a medium to document what inspires me in the kitchen rather than a reason to go and create in the kitchen. This is a fine distinction which explains why I can never post more than once a week. It reflects the sweet things I create in my regular daily life, either for personal consumption or for others, because I can never make something just to blog about it.

So meanwhile, you will find me relaxing with my flabby tabby, waiting for wrist recovery and for the creative juices to flow. With Christmas creeping up on me, edible gift production will soon start admist the busy working season. The tree will be up this weekend I hope and with luck, the cat will not eat the poinsettia. Have a wonderful week.


rlbates said...

When your tendonitis subsides, don't forget to restrengthen the muscles. Take care.

Charmaine said...

Thank you Dr. Bates. Excellent advice which I will certainly follow. :) Charmaine

Leslie said...

Oh no..I hope your wrist feels better soon! You kitty is adorable?
Are its fingernails painted? They look pink!

Charmaine said...

Leslie: Thank you for your well wishes. My kitty does have pink claws but not because I polish them! We use Soft Claws to keep our furniture scratch-free. :) Charmaine

prairieox said...

Charmaine, best of luck with the tendonitis. Looking forward to your being back in the kitchen creating all sorts of goodies. :)

Anonymous said...

Hey there Cuz:
Sorry to hear about your injury...I have really bad tendonitis as well...many years of typing and of course note taking in school. I sure can feel the weather change is so hard getting old.
Get some rest and talk to you soon.
Love yah,
Cuz Lila

Cannelle Et Vanille said...

Hope you feel better soon! Yes, pastry kitchen are hazardous places! :)

Stephanie said...

Ha! I thought your cat's nails were painted too. I was wondering how you would have managed that. Also, your cat looks just like mine :)