Virginia days (12): At home and bookstores

After coming home from the garden, my BFF cooked a delicious dinner. She is really good at roasting and baking in the oven. What is more, she is well-organized and quick! I only helped with a salad.

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Spicy pork
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Freshly baked bread
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Sweet potato with cinnamon
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Salad, the only dish which I helped with

Next morning, I ate corn grits for breakfast. I loved them with cheese and pepper added.

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Corn grits

That day, I spent a whole day at a bookstore, Barnes & Noble. I entered the store as soon as it opened. I spent a lot of time at the business, science and education sections. Luckily, I found some good books for my research and work. It was so exciting to see a whole bunch of books in the store that I totally forgot about the time. Before I knew it, it was mid-afternoon. I took a rest at Starbucks Coffee inside the bookstore. I enjoyed the snack while reading the books I had bought.

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Bagel and chai tea

I left the bookstore early evening. My BFF picked me up. I showed her the books I had bought and explained excitedly how they were interesting to me.

After arriving home, I was with Miss Fairy and observed how a high school student studied at home. As a teacher, I was interested in school education in the U.S. She was studying world history, and it was definitely  in a Gen. Z way! She is tech-savvy. She showed how she used her computer to do and submit her homework and contact teachers. In addition, she kindly showed me how to create quizzes online so that I could make good educational materials.

Afterwards, we started cooking. My BFF cooked black beans, I cut vegetables, and my BFF’s husband grilled shrimp. The dinner was colorful and delicious!

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Black beans
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Grilled shrimp
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Tacos
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Grilled shrimp tacos (if you wrap them up!)

There were two more exciting events that evening.

First, my BFF’s neighbor, Ms. L visited us along with her friend and dog. She gave me some pine cone flowers of her own making, which were very heart-warming and pretty. We sat in the living room and enjoyed talking. How nice it was being with such nice people and their sweet dog!

Second, my BFF’s family and I went to 2nd & Charles, which sells used books and other interesting items such as toys and old postcards. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find books I had wanted. However, it was intriguing to see American culture there.

What a fulfilling day it was!

(To be continued…)