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Another good day

Another good day in the library! Quiet and I accomplished right much. Looking forward to seeing all the midshipmen next week – time to get back to busy busy busy!

Started the morning with a chilly walk in downtown Annapolis and a 45-minute visit to Starbucks for coffee and reading. A new book a girlfriend gave me for Christmas – ’tis a good one.

Sitting here on my sofa tonight, watching the kitty go nuts with a new toy, eating a few ginger snap cookies, and enjoying a cup of Early Grey tea with honey. Ahhhhh…… And thinking of my supper earlier tonight. Truly delightful! Yes, if I’m not cooking or eating, I’m thinking about cooking and eating. And like now, sometimes I do both at the same time!

First I boiled linguine noodles, and while they were boiling I made a small salad from a few mixed greens and marinated veggies I bought from Whole Foods the other night. Cut up asparagus spears and blanched for just a few short minutes with a bit of thinly sliced onion and frozen green peas. Then I sautéed those veggies in a little olive oil, salt & pepper, lots of garlic, and a smidgen of white wine. Oh my! Pasta is a favorite comfort food in my house. I think I may add thyme to the mixture next time, you know, to shake it up a bit 🙂



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6:58am – Need a haircut today. And a few groceries. Other than that, I plan to write, ponder, cook, and eat today. And tomorrow. First there was coffee – yum! Then a breakfast of fresh fruit (wonder how far the orange traveled to get to my table?) and a bowl of slow-cooking old-fashioned oats topped with a little brown sugar for tastiness and a pat of butter for stick-to-the-ribs-a-little-longerness.

2:05pm – Haircut done. Groceries put away. Lunch of leftovers digesting in the tummy, and I’m in the middle of my writing and research. And yes, I’m already into my afternoon snack of one cup of coffee and an oatmeal cookie from the Whole Foods bakery. Just another excuse to eat, I guess. Yeah. That would be me.

8:20pm. Well, I’ve written enough for today and will finish this project next weekend. I’m beginning to get very sleepy because I got up pretty early and it’s just that time of night for me. Also enjoyed a Netflix DVD this evening – War Stories with Jeff Goldblum. It is a TV movie I saw back in 2003 and decided to watch again. Still one of my favorites for sure. Highly recommend it!

And, of course, another delicious meal. Swordfish baked in the oven with a little lime juice, garlic, and a few tiny tomatoes. Placed this swordfish on top of some fresh spinach I sautéed with thinly sliced onion, sea salt, and a little feta cheese. oooooh! Just a little creamy! There is wild rice I prepared a few weeks back when I fixed some for a friend and had several servings left over, so I froze them. There is rice, onions, water chestnuts, all cooked in homemade chicken broth. And today all I had to do was defrost and heat on top of the stove!

Hmmmm ….. Maybe it’s time for a glass of milk and another cookie?

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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 🙂 .

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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Brrrrr…… cold in the apartment this morning. Just a little below 50 degrees and I’m lovin’ it! Drinking my morning’s first cup of Starbucks Colombia I brewed myself, feeling a little breeze from my open windows, sitting under covers on my comfy bed wearing a cozy LL Bean wool sweater I’ve had for several years. Now, does that sound like Heaven or what?!?

This past Friday I took a day off from work to complete writing the entry I submitted for a criminology encyclopedia to be published toward the end of 2012. I only wrote one this time, but maybe more next time? My father (the one who bought encyclopedias for our home when I was so very young) used to say that if you want to learn about something, plan to teach about it. I found that lesson to be so solidly true! And with all the researching that goes into one encyclopedia entry, the same came be said with this venture.

Soon after hitting the “send” box in my email account and officially finishing my entry, Alexis picked me up in her sharp little red Matrix and drove to Jo-Ann’s so I could purchase a few things to get started on sewing a few clothes for myself. My foray into fashion design. I haven’t sewed anything in almost 20 years, so I’m starting with simple. But it would be really nice to have a few things in a style I like, that fit very well, and made in fabrics that are ones of my own choice. My sewing machine is almost 40 years old, it seems to work fine, but I required needles, oil for the little motor, and a pattern for a tunic top. After a little more pondering this week, I will go back to purchase the perfect fabric!

After Jo-Ann’s, we met Wan at Austin Grill for some Tex-Mex and fun conversation. Took my camera to take pictures of our food (because if I’m not eating food I like to look at pictures and read about it), but got so excited about my fish tacos that I forgot all about it. Dang.

After dinner I bought Wild Orange Blossom Herbal Tea at Teavana and have since enjoyed some glorious cups of hot tea, loose leaf that I place in a little straining ball that belonged to my mom. Even though I lost out by not utilizing the camera, the experience still included friends, food, conversation, and laughter – what a grand way to end any week!

Yesterday I decided to cook and eat a little more adventurous, so I went through a Middle East cookbook I borrowed from a library and found a few dishes to try today. (If they turn out well, pictures will follow in another posting.) Alexis had mentioned the night before that she had a trip planned to Whole Foods today, so I called her to see if she could meet me there, we could shop, and eat something tasty together for a late lunch.

Oh how fun walking around the store buying a few special things! Honestly? I’m not sure which of us did the most talking! But we bought our goodies for cooking and goodies for lunch. Sat at one of their counters for about an hour or so and munched and talked. Pictures follow:

Now, Alexis is quite the health nut, too. She starts most days with yogurt and maybe an egg. But today was a “I need the protein of a burger and the tater tots just taste so dang good” day. But me? I was in a healthy salad mode. AND there were creamed potatoes involved, but that picture came out crummy and I really didn’t eat much of them. So the last picture is mine. But I must be honest; I ate about one third of her tater tots. I’m sure it was due to the little red devil sitting on my shoulder. Or was it both shoulders? 🙂

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