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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.”

Still using the mouse pad!

Still using the mouse pad!

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.

My bag hanging in the window of our Barcelona hotel. That's the outline of my book inside.

My bag hanging in the window of our Barcelona hotel. That’s the outline of my book inside.

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The April Blogging Challenge Wine

The April Blogging Challenge Wine

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.)

 

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