Our first overnight on the journey was in Barcelona. Upgraded to the top floor executive suite, it was a great way to start the trip. Upon settling in to the room, I took notice of my faded green and well worn draw-string bag I had used as my personal carry-on.
It was the tote bag given to all attendees at the Northern Colorado Writer’s conference. Inside this little green bag were copies of my first book, And Then I Smiled: Reflections on a Life Not Yet Complete, which I intended to “distribute” in appropriate locations.
The theme for the 2011 NCW conference was “Passport to Writing” and these handy bags sported a travel themed logo of a compass and the phrase “Libraries: Your passport to adventure.”
It was hard to believe that just two short years ago I attended my first writing conference. And now, the gift bag I received from that conference was carrying my own books on my first journey to Europe. Writing really can take you places and I loved being able to take my writing with me.
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The Pinot Noir is quite good. Not being a big red wine fan, I am enjoying this blend. Here’s the winery’s description: “The 2012 A to Z Pinot Noir invites with vibrant aromas of juicy berries, cherries, lavender and violets, evolving to clove, game, smoke and cherry tobacco. A succulent, focused attack has flavors of blue and red fruits, flowers and earth, then deepens with hints of mocha, gingerbread, green tea and cacao. A very ripe tannic structure is balanced by perfect acidity, giving shape and elegance to the concentration of lush fruit. A beautiful, complex, forward wine results, walking a tightrope between richness and elegance. Built for midterm aging, the captivating A to Z Pinot Noir once again sets the standard for the superior 2012 Pinot Noir vintage in Oregon.”
Like I said, it tastes good…I just didn’t use as many wine words!
(Note: There is a pattern to the postings of my A To Z Blog Challenge (besides the A-Z order of the alphabet. The first person to correctly identify the pattern wins a free copy of my book, And The I Smiled: Reflections on a Life Not Yet Complete and a $5.00 gift card from Fort Collins Coffee House (if in Northern CO) or Starbucks if outside the FTC area.)