Hi everyone! This week was the first week back after Thanksgiving break. I have been taking beverage service. Let me tell you, the first day, I absolutely hated it. Last week was all mixology, basically bartending. I was dropping stuff, getting confused, falling behind, and so ready to just drop the class and deal with it next year. Of course I realized it wasn't going to get any easier next year, so i stuck with it. And it got better. Yay! I think I could actually like this, if we had more time to do it. 4 days just isn't enough. Next week we start beverage service, which includes wine, beer, coffee and tea. Each day got progressively better. I got used to how the speed bar and behind the bar were set up and eventually found myself reaching for bottles without having to think. On Wednesday, chef turned on some music and let us practice whatever drinks we wanted to. We have index cards with the recipe and procedure for 40 drinks. It was snowing Thursday morning, and we were all supposed to show up early to take our TIPS test, which is a basic test of your knowledge of alcohol, the effects of it, and how to handle intoxicated customers if you happen to own or work at a place that serves booze later on. Well I showed up just a minute late because the buses were running late. We all took our seats and another chef stuck his head in the door and told us classes were cancelled. I was kind of disappointed because I had been looking forward to bar practice. I was also disappointed because we were supposed to be tasting alcohol that day, and I had been looking forward to it, not for the alcoholic aspect of it, but because I don't drink much and really don't know what some of these liquors taste like. Our chef told us we would be taking the TIPS test and then were free to go. The test was mainly common sense and I had no problem with it. The one thing that worries me is that our practical for this class is partially bartending. We will have to come in and be given a list of drinks that we have to make from memory in a certain amount of time. Mixology is over now--that means there are a few days between now and the practical where we have no practice time in mixology. I have no idea how I'm going to memorize these drinks without having the hands-on aspect. Any ideas?