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American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. Anaheim, California. Palm Trees. Disneyland. Meetings. Palm trees. Programs. Delicious food. Palm trees. Did I mention the beautiful palm trees?

My day starts with the beautiful palm outside my motel window

Then there was a delicious breakfast along with reading for fun

And this day continued with a GODORT (Gov docs round table) meeting, a presentation about the good of the Internet (Arab Spring) and the bad (ease of governments gathering private information), awards for librarians that have done amazing things for their communities, and ending with a scrumptious meal (Ceasar salad and fried onion rings for me!) with two colleagues/friends outside in this wonderful California breeze.

The night before was really a special treat for me! First, I met up with Leo, a friend from K-State. We met over tea and soda pop and talked about our jobs and what we were doing new and different since we last saw each other. After that, an amazing young woman I have come to know as family picked me up and treated me to and an evening out near her apartment in Huntington Beach.

On the ride out that way I still found myself amazed by the trees

First she showed me her apartment – felt like I was in the middle of a 1950’s film. Wonderful small homes and apartments creating communities for the residents. Just lovely. Here are a few pictures from the pier:

Volleyball. Sorry fellows, no bikinis this time!

This woman arrived ready with her surfboard and wet suit, her hair coiffed perfectly from a day on her job! What a fantastic way to wind down from a day of work. You go girl!

People who live in this buidling have quite a view

After a walk on the pier there was a scrumptious Italian dinner accompanied by a glass of sweet Sangria. Had the camera, but forgot to take a picture of the meal, which began with hardy bread and tapenade and/or olive oil with herbs. I enjoyed eggplant parmesan while Laura ordered crepes surounded by shrimp and crabmeat with a rather spicy sauce.

So, I forgot to take a picture of Laura, or the meal, or her apartment. Really bummed about that. But still – what a glorious day!

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Thoughts this morning

Exams are over, and work at the reference desk will slow down for the next few weeks. I will miss the midshipmen filling the library every morning, but they will be back! In the meantime, I can catch up on other duties, such as learning more about new resources to help along their education process as well as spend more time updating my LibGuides. Still have tons of reading to do as I plan for the American Library Association conference in January, but at least I can do it all on my own schedule.

Yesterday I went to the doc’s office for a routine check-up. We spent some time talking about my year here in Annapolis, and I mentioned that even though I am very happy here, I really miss Kansas more than I expected. She was surprised. She could not imagine I would like Kansas more than here. I explained that it’s not that I thought Kansas was better, it’s just that the comfort and friends I found in Kansas would be hard to duplicate.

My decision to more to Annapolis was a good one. I’ve made a couple of friends at the Naval Academy and enjoy my work there immensely. But Kansas? Definitely something special there in Manhattan, the Little Apple.

And guess what! She and her husband are flying to Manhattan, Kansas to visit a friend over the Christmas holidays! Weird happenstance.

Speaking of Christmas, following is a picture of my tree. That’s a special bear that entered my living area to view my tree. She was quite pleased, though she did complain that her chair lacked sufficient lumbar support. πŸ™‚

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Saturday morning early. Planning my day. Quick trip to pick up new glasses today – the ones I use for work at the computer. A lot of reading ahead on the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and plans for the American Library Association’s MidWinter meeting in January.

A really bright spot in my day will be all the delicious leftovers in my kitchen. One of the most wonderful aspects of having a few good friends over for dinner is the leftovers the next day. At my house! Another perk is that I cleaned the apartment really well before they arrived and now it is quite the shipshape space this morning and will stay that way for several days! That’s my plan anyway πŸ™‚ .

There were three of us, Alexis, Wan, and me …. and I forgot the camera. again. But the evening started with a favorite cheeseball I made the night before. along with a mixture of gourmet olives, cornichons, and red grapes. Followed by bowls of mushroom soup freshly created with shiitake and crimini mushrooms, butter, and a little heavy whipping cream in with the milk.

There was an eye of round roast, candied yams, and marinated raw veggies. I set out a plate of baked goodies cut into small pieces (thank you Whole Foods!) to serve with decaf coffee at the end, but we were all pretty much full by that time. Oh! And really cold Diet Coke out of the can for Alexis. Her fav!

You want to know what was really super fantastic? Even though we were too full to keep eating, we were not too full to keep talking. We each have different backgrounds, different thought processes, and our bachelor’s degrees are from three different areas. Wan has a JD; Alexis and I each have a Masters in Library Science. So naturally we did not totally agree on everything in our discussions. But we conversed for quite some time, explaining our thoughts about taxes and the economic situation and people in the news. We laughed and learned. It was simply a magnificent evening!

Yes, a clean house, quick trip planned to pick up my glasses, preparing for ALA and discussions to provide the best library services possible, delicious coffee by my side, and a refrigerator full of scrumptious yummies! Yes …. good day. good day.

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