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Back home after a wonderful American Library Association (ALA) conference in Denver. In the midst of learning my way around the conference center and walking on the slippery sidewalks (Snow in Denver. What a surprise!), I had a few good meals.

The first night there we went to The Capital Grille. Four of us rode to Denver together, and John (a vendor rep) took us out to eat. It was wonderful! You know how I enjoy a delicious meal with friends and conversation. We talked about the economy and digital products and what we liked and what we did not. We talked about libraries in general and our jobs. And the food? Absolutely scrumptious! First we all shared a crab appetizer, with huge chunks of crab meat on top of lettuce, onions, and avocado in a martini glass. Really pretty. And scrumptious! Then I ordered a bowl of lobster bisque with huge chunks of lobster floating throughout, and a dollop of sherry poured right into the middle of that creamy yum. Most often lobster bisque consists of only the puréed lobster and cream and other goodies, but they also added chunks this time. My oh my I could go for some of that this morning!

By then I was full, so I’m afraid I wasted my entrée of baked wild Alaskan cod. I ate maybe three bites of the fish and just one bite of the lemon couscous. I felt really bad about being so wasteful. Wasteful. But I just couldn’t eat anymore. But while others had dessert, I did enjoy a delicious cup of decaf coffee. After that my colleagues went to another restaurant to interact with more librarians, but I went back to the hotel room. You know me, early to bed and early to rise. Very seldom do I deviate from that model. Sounds boring, I know. But for me it makes for a more productive life!

The next day I ate lunch with Stephanie from Louisiana, another librarian from Missouri, and one from…..hmm….I don’t remember. We met at a restaurant called

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Out of town

I had so many wonderful meals on my trip to Virginia that I hardly know where to begin! I met my girlfriend for dinner at the mall in Durham, and I had a really good salad from the salad bar. I splurged on shrimp and pasta with an Alfredo sauce, but ugh. The shrimp were like rubber and the sauce must have come from a jar. It was a chain restaurant, but a nice one so I was surprised. However, the conversation was delightful and the salad delicious!

Thursday morning I got up early to go take care of my grandson – ooh what a cutie! So I took coffee in a thermos, a few peanut butter crackers, and half of an apple for my breakfast. I had asked the hubby to please have natural peanut butter on hand for my visit. He tried. He bought Skippy and it said “natural” and “no need to stir”. He was duped, I’m afraid. Read the label and see it has palm oil. And sugar. So yes, it may have been natural palm oil, and it may have been creamy, but the company knew that people would think they were just getting peanuts and maybe a little salt. Ooh gross! Felt like solid shortening as I tried to eat. But I ate it anyway so I could start the day with some protein.

Lunch I splurged on a Greek salad from my favorite pizza place in the world. ‘Cept I forgot to ask for anchovies. They have anchovies, but you have to ask if you want them. shoot! But I ate almost all of it that day. Kevin was also with me, and I bought him his favorite steak sandwich. For supper I prepared corn, cucumbers, onions, and little taters from our neighbors’ world-class garden. We had squash I bought at the store and frozen fish. Then our neighbor invited us up for homemade ice cream. Well, chocolate is not my favorite, but it was so good I had two bowls!

Friday while Brent was at work I met another dear friend for lunch. We ate at an exquisite restaurant. Really, I can think of no better word. And the special that day was fried catfish. So I ate all of that plus French fries and slaw. It was just wonderful! We talked public policy and the way our news media has wasted the past few months focusing on just about everything that is NOT important with the upcoming election instead of how the candidates plan to handle most of the pressing issues. We talked about recent books we have read and the problems still facing the Middle East area of our world. Good food and stimulating conversation. One of my favorite activities on this earth.

Friday night my mother-in-law invited us to her little “green house” for a picnic. I fixed a tossed salad with just the normal vegetables and brought more corn from the grand garden. Hubby cooked steaks (no I did not eat any) on the grill and we also had tiny taters from my mother-in-laws garden. By that time of day the sun was not so hot, a nice breeze blowing under the trees where we sat, and I could have stayed there all night.

Saturday Kevin and two of his friends helped us move some furniture and other items we have had in storage. I treated them to lunch at my favorite pizza place. Hey! I was paying! But it is one of their favorite restaurants, too. Jamie ordered a sandwich and shared her French fries with our grandson. [OK, so it is their son. But my grandson. And my blog!] The rest of us shared two pizzas – one with meat and one without. Gooey cheese all over! Sadly I could not bring the leftovers back to Kansas.

Now Saturday night was special! We went to the restaurant where my brother cooks. I ordered one of his crab cakes. Now, let me tell you, I’ve eaten a lot of crab cakes at different restaurants, some of them rather expensive. Johnny makes the absolute best! Really, the best. It is almost (if not all) crab meat. Even many gourmet crab cakes have too much seasoning. All you can taste is Old Bay. Not with Johnny’s! I know Oprah loves crab cakes, and I betcha she would like Johnny’s better than anyone else’s. I didn’t get dessert, but I did have a delicious cup of decaf coffee while Brent drank his coffee and ate his pecan pie. Nope! I didn’t have even a tiny bite of that pie! Remember how I wanted to stay below 150? Well, I got down to 146 for two days, and now I’m back up to 150. So I’m trying to be careful.

So, I had a wonderful visit and mostly all very wonderful food. But I left my phone in Virginia! Brent put it in the mail Monday, so maybe I’ll see it tomorrow. I feel so very separated from everyone else! Thank goodness for email.

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