I seem to have dinner with a lot of authors lately.
I certainly won't complain, although making dinner for someone who won the Governor General's Award when they were twenty-three, especially when I'm nearly twenty-five (and relatively award-less) is a tad intimidating.
Karen actually invited herself over, which I think is a pretty bold and respectable thing to do, especially when you're inviting yourself to the home of someone you've never met before.
As I've mentioned before, my social anxiety means that when I find myself in an unfamiliar place, I'm more likely to hide in the hotel room and and eat crackers for dinner than push myself into a situation where I have to interact with unknown entities.
But the opportunity to have one-on-one time with someone like Karen Connelly isn't an opportunity I would ever pass up.
She's an incredibly interesting and charming person; she speaks five languages, has traveled and lived all over the world. She has a son named Timo who's artistic and precocious and having trouble fitting in at his current school. I wasn't about to admit that my main association with the name Timo is the cute little brother from the Disney movie "The Emperor's New Groove."
If you're wondering what I made: salmon with roasted veggies and green beans. Pretty pedestrian stuff, but I figured I couldn't possibly mess it up.
Oh, and we had chocolate pudding cake for dessert. Karen asked for the recipe.
I'm eternally grateful for the opportunities that my job at the library affords me. As if it wasn't enough to be surrounded by books all day!
Karen will be giving a reading at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre at 6:30 PM tomorrow (April 16, 2015). I'll be hosting. Come, if you can!