The Daughter and I went to Just for Lunch yesterday and enjoyed our time together. The restaurant is located inside a small mall which was still decorated for Christmas. The prices were higher than we remembered, and our total with tax and tip was over $27. The daughter had a bowl of tomato soup. You can see it in the corner of this photo:
My quiche came with tomato aspic (which I don't like at all) and a small fruit cup drizzled with something. Since the fruit cup was actually cubed melon decorated with a bit of blueberry and a piece of a strawberry, that wasn't much of a draw either. The quiche was good, the service was excellent, and the mall was pretty, but I'm thinking I've been to this restaurant several times over the years and going back will not be at the top of my list.
After we finished eating and shopping at the mall, we went across the parking lot of the main branch of our city's public library system. They have a used book shop there, and I came away with these:
Not bad for $11, right?
We had coffee and chocolate candy for dessert once we got back to the house, but I somehow neglected to take a photo of that. I got distracted by The Daughter, who was on the computer going through her Facebook friends list with an eye towards cutting dead wood. She had texted one of her old school chums, and this was how that phone text exchange went:
The Daughter: Hi! This is [first name]. Is this the [name redacted] I went to school with?School Chum never responded. Days later, still no response. And then The Daughter realized the two of them were Facebook friends. This meant the School Chum had not responded to any of The Daughter's life events of the past several years, including sad ones like the death of her grandmother and news of her daddy's cancer and happy ones like her daddy's full recovery and her wedding. The Daughter has decided to cut the Facebook friends who have no interest in any personal contact, and she began that process yesterday.
School Chum: Yes. Who is this?
The Daughter: This is [full name redacted]. I was just remembering our time together in school and thought we might have coffee sometime.
I enjoy Facebook and use it mainly to stay in touch with old high school friends who've moved far away, but I have "met" new people there I enjoy. It's not a matter of whether or not I've met them in real life; it's a matter of whether or not we have mutual interests and a desire to share that. I think The Daughter has turned a page in her use of Facebook. It's a tool, after all, and different people use it in different ways -or don't use it at all, for that matter. It's not a matter of judging whether or not you use Facebook or how you use it. It's a matter of using it or not as it suits you. To each his or her own.
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