Monday Musings: Away, and Home Again

Saturday was the 25th annual Connecticut State Chili Cook Off. As has been the case in the past few years, the BaldMan and I were Chief Judge and Scorekeeper. This is always a good time and this year was even more so, since two long time cooks, past Chief Judge and Scorekeeper, former NY state residents, and friends came up from Arkansas to for a surprise visit. (Well, a surprise to many. Some knew they were coming!)

We arrived in CT on Friday night, and just chilled for the evening. The cook off was Saturday, and Saturday night, we went to dinner with the visiting couple. Lots of fun, and a really wonderful dinner at Nataz, a restaurant we’ve been to going for many years. It’s a prix fixe menu, and the choices are always growing. Quite good, as always.

Came home Sunday,  picked up the dog, and settled in for some football. One good game (Raiders, 2-0!) and one a bit disappointing (Packers, 1-1).

I came home with what I think is a case of con crud. No, I was not at a con, but those familiar with the term will understand. (Busy weekend, public event, lots of people, a bit of stress, not enough sleep= con crud.) Not happy about it, but it will pass quickly, I hope.

Not much else to report, since the week was mostly prep for the weekend trip, and the weekend was filled with chili and related things.

Fall is in the air, even though the humidity has returned a bit. Changing leaves are not far off, I think!


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