Virginia days (12): At home and bookstores

After coming home from the garden, my BFF cooked a delicious dinner. Her freshly baked bread, spicy pork, and sweet potatoes with cinnamon were exquisite! I only helped with a salad. She is really good at roasting and baking in the oven. What is more, she is well-organized and quick when she cooks!

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Spicy pork

 

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Sweet potato with cinnamon

 

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Salad, the only dish which I helped with

The next morning, I ate corn grits for breakfast. I loved them with cheese and pepper added, as my BFF recommended.

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Corn grits

On 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 in the business, science and education sections. Luckily, I found some good books for my research. I was so excited to be surrounded by 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 had a bagel and a chai tea. After the break, I continued to search for more books upstairs.

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Bagel and chai tea

I left the bookstore early in the 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 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. She was tech-savvy.

Afterwards, my BFF, Mr. M and I started cooking. My BFF cooked black beans, I cut vegetables, and Mr. M 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 chatting. 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 the books I had wanted. However, it was intriguing to see American culture there.

What a fulfilling day it was!

(To be continued…)

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