Hello from Virginia!

We’re almost all done with the Whole Grains Conference 2009, and everything has gone so fantastically (except the lack of internet connection in the hotel, but I don’t hold a grudge). There’s currently a vicious thunderstorm outside, but we’ve been getting these kind of summer showers every couple of hours ever since we landed in Alexandria on Monday morning. The conference attendees are in a workshop called “Government Standards and Definitions.” I hear laughter despite the seemingly boring title, so that’s a good sign. We have tons of samples hanging around the hotel, everything from bread, to Nutri-Grain bars, cookies, croissants, you name it. I tried to stuff a bag of whole grain sandwich rolls into my tiny carry-on, but I’ll probably find a way to squish and destroy them before we even get on the plane. We’re boxing the rest of the food up and sending it to a local food pantry. Literally, I’m surrounded by mountains of whole grains right now. I can’t say I don’t enjoy it. I loved Virginia but I’m looking forward to getting back to cold, rainy, post-Marathon Monday Boston. I have tons of photos, videos, cooking demonstrations and other surprises for you guys, so make sure you check back here throughout the next couple weeks. Talk to you in Boston-town, Alison

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