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Even though adjusting to Little Rock has been a lot more challenging than I expected, I've made a lot of good friends here. At work, at church, and in other places (like the main library's book club) I've met really wonderful, supportive people. I hope I've been a good friend in return.

Yesterday was a big eating day. I'd helped a colleague out with a presentation so he took me and a couple of other friends to CJ's Country Buffet/Dave & Ray's Diner. The restaurant is in a big red building between the State Capital and the Federal Building. All you can eat buffet and alarmingly I was the only one to go back for seconds. Should I be suspicious of a place where the corn fritters and the breaded shrimp look exactly alike? It was serious Southern food and I felt my arteries hardening afterwards. I finished off lunch with a moon pie which I believe would be off-limits to MoBob because marshmallows are not hallal.

Then after work I accompanied two other friends to commiserate at Casa Mañana. Next to Damgoode Pies, an excellent pizza place. I had the pork adobada out of curiosity (since adobo is the national dish of the Philippines) which was OK but a little spicy. I took it home where L. wrote in big black letters on the box for MB, "do not eat, PORK" with a little drawing of a pig. I defrosted some peanut butter cookie dough (how Martha Stewart!), baked a dozen, and we sat in our kitchen and talked.


*Doctrine & Covenants 121:9
Thy friends do stand by thee, and they shall hail thee again with warm hearts and friendly hands.
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