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Summer School going on right now. Not as many midshipmen have classes in the summer, but by 0750 (7:50am as I used to call it) every morning the library is swarming with midshipmen finishing up work on the computers and printing before class starts. Then, by 0800, the room is empty:
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And around the corner of the empty room’s wall to the left is our coffee bar, and if you click here: Coffee Mess you can watch a short video about the area where many midshipmen and faculty go to meet or relax. Right now there are a few faculty members back there acquiring their morning cup.
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Later I met Laura in the Coffee Mess to discuss the biennial survey I was trying to complete by the end of the day for the FDLP program for government information. Remember? I mentioned the FDLP in my last post. There were a few cataloging questions, and there in lies Laura’s expertise, not mine! I arrived a little early and took a few pictures from that back corner of the library.



Getting started on road and foundation repair. I think 🙂
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Looking across the river
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Took some time during my lunch break for more pictures from my office window. Here you can see the top of the Maryland state capitol building
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And then there is more architecture. I love every bit of embellishment on this building!
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On the way home I got caught by the drawbridge rising to let through a couple of the larger sailboats. While I waited I … well, you know … took a few more pictures!
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Well, thanks for sharing my day!

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Got into the Yard really early this morning, parking before 6am near the library. Walked to Starbucks at the dock with my computer in my backpack with plans to finish a Netflix movie so I could drop the DVD in the mailbox on my walk back.

For me, Annapolis architecture is amazing! So many houses built in the 18th century, some of them tucked in tiny spaces. Like this one here:



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Then I walked by the back of the Academy Bed and Breakfast. I’ve never stayed there and know nothing about it except that I love the way it is painted in Navy colors, and the photos of the furniture on their website are amazing! I may just have to ask for a tour one day. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy walking by the outside, because it is rather unique, I think. Anyway, first I walked by the back, then the side yard (simple but really nice landscaping), and then the front.



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Then there is just a short walk, around the corner, and ahhhh ……. destination reached!

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Yesterday was an amazing day! I left home and parked the car in downtown Annapolis before 9:30am. Walked constantly for over 5 hours with my only break being 15 minutes at a counter eating a very tasty veggie dog from Pips Dock Street Dogs. Added a Diet Coke and I was truly a-smilin’!

The other special treat during this walk was a phone call from a friend of mine – a business librarian at the University of Michigan. Talked a long time as I walked these streets and we shared information about our work. I did stop another 5 minutes to take notes regarding a few business resources that could be useful for my work with the Economics Department. I will see what other info I can find about them when I return to work on Monday. In the meantime, I am very happy to have friends/colleagues that so willing share their expertise!

Well, back to the walking ….. I’m hoping to find an apartment closer to the library so that it would be easier to walk to work – as well as living within walking distance to restaurants and just about any other type of store I would need. I began in the area of Eastport, going up and down and back and forth over all the little streets, looking for “for rent” signs. None. I actually viewed one apartment I think I may really like (listed on craigslist), but I’m not sure. I’m still thinking.

While I’m thinking, I want to share with you a few pictures I took of lovely dwellings I found on my walk. So much uniqueness that I found myself, no joke here, actually squealing with delight! I think I may start to call myself the “Bill Cunningham of architecture”! OK, not really. But I truly do love architecture and all the different aspects I see as I walk on the streets of our earth. How do people like to decorate or design their living spaces?

This particular arched doorway, with the forged iron, and with all the trees and what I would call a little “over growth”, reminded me of the story of Hansel and Gretel. Totally captivated with it! (note the arched window above)

Then there was this clean, sleek veranda with four non-tapered columns with square capitals and bases. The floor to ceiling windows really caught my attention, and the wooden door with three lights provided the perfect accent.

There was also what I would call a “hippie” house. I liked it and thought the owners were very bold! Well, I’ll let you decide….

I also spent some of that walk on the southern/western (??) side of Duke of Gloucester Street, where the even older homes offered something different from the first few hours of my walk. Here are a few lovely row houses painted in different colors. Makes for a fantastic online jigsaw puzzle!

I hope to write again soon with more pictures from my walk and maybe one or two pictures of delicious meals I have enjoyed. Food Food. Right, people?

As I leave, let me share this picture of a new puppy at our home in Virginia. Who doesn’t love a cute puppy??!?

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5:30am – up early again, drinking my first cup of coffee and reading the news via the Internet. Prefer print news but still don’t receive a home-delivered newspaper here in Annapolis. Maybe later this morning before getting to work I’ll purchase either a Washington Post or NY Times. Rained most of the night but seems to have stopped. So I’ll go into town early and walk a bit. Now THAT will wake me up for sure!.

10:05am – Another full library this morning. Lots of printing going on. Final exams next week and final papers mostly due this week. Still lots of assistance needed for primary sources, scholarly journals, 19th century newspaper articles, and more.

12:30pm – Just came back from lunch at Galway Bay, and as usual, it was delicious! I treated a colleague to a meal there because he is retiring at the end of this month. He’s been my neighbor in the next cubie for over a year now, and I will miss him. I wanted to treat him, talk about his family and precious granddaughter, and pick his brain for any info I could use after he leaves. I’m not sure exactly how long he has been a librarian at Nimitz, but it’s been for quite some time!

10:00pm – Spent the afternoon going over my list of goals I made at the beginning of the semester to see how many I was able to accomplish. Looks like I did pretty well! Everyone ought to make goals, keep up with them, and then look at their work. Yes, it takes time, but I’ve done this very thing all my life, and it encourages me to keep pushing forward even when I’m not in the mood. Plus, when I look back on my work I often find I accomplished more than I realized, which is a very good discovery for the attitude! Can’t help but feel better about myself.

After work Alexis and I went to Applebees for our usual Friday supper out. Over to the mall to find a few Christmas gifts, then on to Whole Foods. I was super tired after work today, so Alexis drove and I left my car at the apartment. Riding in her car on the way to Whole Foods, the hubby called, and I explained to him the activities of our evening out. He responded by saying that we should put a sign on Alexis’ car that says, “Wild girls night out.” Huh. I think he was being sarcastic 🙂 !

One thing I learned this week while helping a midshipmen with his research: The Latin term for Asian Shore Crab is Hemigrapsus sanguineus. Who knew?!?

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AUGH!! Don’t have my camera right now and I keep missing the most wonderful pictures of food!!

Last night I stopped at Lemongrass on my way home from work.

Planning ahead, I shopped at the Midshipmens Store and purchased reflective bands for my arm and backpack since I would be walking after dark. I walk on sidewalks, but the sidewalks are rather narrow in places and the traffic is very, very heavy. I don’t want to eat a special meal only to get hit by a car afterwards. True waste of money.

The meal was fabulous! Absolutely. No doubt. The hardest part was trying to decide what I wanted to try for my first visit.

Started with crispy deep-fried veggie spring rolls, accompanied by a small dish of sweet and spicy hot sauce. It was all so delicious I even ate the shredded carrots and fresh spring mix lettuce that shared the plate. Perfect. Best spring rolls I’ve ever eaten. Ever. I tried to take small bites and take multiple sips of my water – anything to make the experience last. Didn’t have much luck with that.

Next I ordered Shrimp Pik Kur, deep-fried shrimp served with broccoli in a spicy sweet sauce. Even though the spicy was a little too hot for me (however, they warned me), I still absolutely found it delicious! After my first few bites I removed the shrimp from the sauce and set it on the edge of the plate, allowing the sauce a little time to slide off into the center of the dish. The broccoli was already resting on the lip of the plate, so those little green morsels were rather tame. Thankfully the steamed rice came in a separate bowl, offering just the perfect balance to the heat of the meal.

And I asked for chopsticks so I could practice. When I first started this blog I wrote about trying chopsticks. I ate most all foods that way for a while, then after going a few months of not using them, I became totally uncoordinated with every attempt. Leo, my long-lost friend in Kansas (OK. So he’s not really lost. He’s just in Kansas.), encouraged me to continue to try. So I am again becoming proficient with the art of chopsticks!

Finally…..yes…..I was a bad girl….. I ordered dessert. Well, I had walked to work carrying my heavy backpack, and now I was going to walk home. I, um, I knew I deserved it. Seriously, I did.

The dessert was a take on Bananas Foster, with slices of bananas deep fried, topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and drizzled with a little chocolate syrup and honey. I couldn’t finish it, but it was wonderful! The ice cream really cooled the hot left on my tongue from the entrée sauce. And that reason, my friend, is why I ordered dessert!

And as I walked home I realized all three courses were fried. Proof that I live below the Mason-Dixon line.

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