You have made me feel very good! I didn't know they had turned out that well! I think the following things have helped me the most:
You were always there - almost immediately - to answer my questions so I could do everything as "right" as possible and have provided a lot of support, kind words & encouragement. Others have as well, and that has really helped me. I have long known that if you want to do something really well, you need to ask people who do it really well to show you how!
2) I am an avid reader & I love to learn. I can read very quickly & absorb vast amounts of material quickly - especially if I get it in my stubborn little head I'm going to do it. "How-to" books, websites, etc. are my favorite genre & I go through them quickly. This forum contains tons and tons of excellent information. It should keep me busy for a while.
3) I am a perfectionist. So, if you tell me to add 4.73478239 grams of something, I am going to nearly kill myself to get exactly 4.73478239 grams. If you post a link for me to watch how to stretch dough, I'm going to watch it at least 10 times & I'm sure going to try to replicate it exactly. This serves me well for pizza making, but trust me, causes many problems in the rest of my life!
4) I do make whole wheat bread, 6 loaves at a time and they turn out great! - again, because I was taught how & now do it exactly as I was taught, not because I have any inherent talent. I'm usually terrified if I have deviated from the instructions in some manner!
I'm not really that great of a cook, truth be known, and I can't actually say that I LIKE cooking. I tend more towards baking, and I LIKE saving money and knowing how to pronounce my ingredients.
But, simply - I got it into my head that I was going to learn to make NY style pizza and that's just what I did.
P.S. Several months ago, I was very inspired by Glutentboy's January 23rd "Tonight's Pie" post. After I saw that, I was determined that someday I would learn to do that. I still have a long way to go! Thanks, Glutenboy! http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,7761.msg66628.html#msg66628