Some things that happened:
3/7, 3/10, 3/12: Trainings, trainings, trainings! I did one for a group of high school students in Orange County, NC; another one for grown-ups from all over NC; and another one for folks in VA. (They went well, thanks.)
3/14: Richie and I hosted the Third Annual Balitkahn Barleywine Festival and it was a huge success!
3/21: My friend Kate and I served as judges in a Destination Imagination (offshoot of Odyssey of the Mind) tournament in Western Carolina. It was a ton of fun to witness the various a-ha moments and train wrecks typical of a state competition. And two highlights: some llamas were staying on the lawn in front of our hotel; and I went to Waffle House for the first time ever and it was amazing (I got a waffle with city ham–not country ham).
3/22-24: I went back to South Dakota to host a session at their Spring Tobacco Control Institute. I got to see some familiar faces from November and was able to put some faces to voices I’ve been talking to every couple weeks over the phone. I even had enough time for a stroll along the Missouri River:
3/27-29: Back to Western Carolina! This time to Asheville, where we attended Sierra Nevada’s Burly Beers and Barleywines Festival. We were supposed to run a race that morning (half marathon for Richie, 5k for me), but it was about 20 degrees, so we skipped it. In addition to fancy beers, we had some delicious meals—something I always look forward to when we visit Asheville.
Now, it’s nap time.