Greetings from Elmsford

Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:01 am
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After an uneventful morning which I spent with Adam, who decided to work from home, Paul came home early so he and I could pack up and drive to New York. (Adam opted to remain in Maryland so he could continue to celebrate his birthday among friends.) We had moderate traffic, with a brief stop in Delaware for gas and a slightly longer one in New Jersey for dinner, but we enjoyed good weather and we saw many deer and several groundhogs along the side of the road. Here are a few photos from before the Fort McHenry Tunnel, the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Tappan Zee Bridge, and the sky over Elmsford:

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Driving North )

Poem for Friday and 21st Birthday

Jul. 21st, 2017 12:49 am
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Dinner of Herbs )

Thursday was Adam's 21st birthday! He had to work, though he didn't need the car so I got to get done various chores that required going out, but when he and Paul got home, we picked up my parents and went to The Melting Pot for dinner. We all ate way too much -- we had the four-course meal, which in my case included fiesta cheese, the California salad, tofu and veggies, and three kinds of chocolate in two fondue pots -- but it was all awesome and I hope Adam enjoyed it a much I as I did. We stopped at home briefly to give him presents, then he went to College Park to celebrate properly with his friends! A few photos:

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Birthday Celebrating )

Poem for Thursday and Little Birds

Jul. 20th, 2017 12:40 am
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Pied Beauty )

My whole Wednesday was boring chores. Adam had one vehicle and Paul had the other, so since I had no transportation, I figured it was a good day to get work done (some of it anyway) and get things done in the house (not that you can ever tell that I got things done unless you're me). The cats found me boring and lounged around on my bed or the couch all day.

The Orioles won again really well, which was nice, though the Nats game is ongoing and not good since the bottom of the first. We caught up on Still Star-Crossed, which hasn't officially been canceled but has not picked up the cast, which means it will be soon so I might as well enjoy it while I can. Here are some of the sparrows who live on our roof:

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Grotto of Lourdes )
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The Atheist Wore Goat Silk )

My Tuesday was much less eventful than my Monday, though I got out long enough to pick up a Lisa Hunt painting I was having framed at A.C. Moore by a fellow fannish person (it is now hanging in my bedroom and looks fantastic). I spent most of the rest of the day doing household chores that included moving around other art and laundry. Adam worked from home waiting for his new driver's license that was supposed to arrive today but we're hoping I can sign for if it comes tomorrow.

We watched the start of the Orioles game, then the movie Gifted, which is well-acted and enjoyable (hard not to like a movie about a genius girl with Chris Evans, Lindsay Duncan, Octavia Spencer, and a halfway decent script), then we returned to the Orioles game in which they were trouncing Texas so that was nice! We also watched the start of the Nats game but they're on the west coast so now we're watching Colbert in Russia. From Emmitsburg's Grotto of Lourdes a few weeks ago:

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Grotto of Lourdes )
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Clearing at Dawn )

I got to spend Monday with Cheryl, who came up to see Spider-Man: Homecoming with me, which was also a good excuse to have lunch at the mall (she had Indian, I had Mediterranean) and do a bit of window shopping before the movie, which holds up extremely well on a second viewing. Then we came back to my house and watched Churchill, which is one of the recent spate of sad elderly statesman portraits -- in this case not because of his lost daughter or depression but a sort of PTSD from the first World War. It's well acted and I loved James Purefoy's George VI.

We took a walk before Cheryl went home and saw several bunnies, including the baby around the corner. After she left, Paul and I had barbecued chick'n while waiting for Adam to get home and watched some baseball -- even the Orioles managed not to lose on Monday! -- before Will, the utter-crack young Shakespeare faux biography which wants to be A Knight's Tale but mostly comes across as a mediocre Renfaire sketch. Tomorrow I must watch some Martin Landau. Here are some more photos of the lotus flowers blooming at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens:

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Among the Lotuses II )
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Lotus )

We all slept late on Sunday, did chores, had lunch, and went to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, where the lotus blossoms and water lilies are in bloom (the Lotus and Water Lily Festival was on Saturday, but we figured it would be much more crowded then). Most of the frogs and turtles were hiding, but we saw lots of fish, egrets, herons, songbirds, and dragonflies, plus hundreds of huge pink lotus flowers and many water lilies in warm but not stifling weather:

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Among the Lotuses )


We stopped at the food store and for Starbucks/Baskin Robbins and got home just as the Nationals finished another high-scoring game against the Reds. Adam went for a run before dinner, I took a shower and folded laundry, we has (veggie) barbecue for dinner with macaroni and potato salad, and we watched the start of the Red Sox game. But we turned it off since Adam had never seen The Shawshank Redemption so we could watch that instead. Now I'm sad about Martin Landau and wanting to watch Meteor!
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From 'Cape Hatteras' )

Though it was quite hot on Saturday, so we were late getting started and did a bunch of morning chores, Annmarie came over for eggwiches by [profile] apaulled, then the three of us went to Claude Moore Colonial Farm for the summer colonial fair. We didn't do much shopping -- we smelled all the soaps and looked at the costumes, but only bought fans and small jewelry -- but we had bread, cheese, and ginger beer, and we got to see piglets, chickens, turkeys, geese, and a cow hiding in the woods.

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Colonial Fair )


On the way home, we stopped for ice cream at Baskin Robbins since we were warm and sticky. After Annmarie went home, [profile] apaulled and I went out to get kitty litter and ended up having dinner nearby at Lebanese Taverna (I had collected enough stamps for a free platter). We walked around a bit before coming home and watching Orphan Black and Breaking Through the Clouds, a documentary about the first Women's National Air Derby that is so much better than the History Channel's Amelia Earhart crack!

Poem for Saturday and Folklife Fun

Jul. 15th, 2017 01:16 am
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The Circus Animals’ Desertion )

I spent much of Friday with Alice and Avery, who had an early appointment in Bethesda, then came to get me so we could get Starbucks, sneakers for Avery at the Nike Factory Store, bug bands at REI, various craft things at AC Moore, and free Baskin Robbins mint polar pizza samples. Then we came back to my house and watched Pokemon: The First Movie while eating bagels plus Pokemon cookies that Alice made.

We had dinner with my parents and cake to kick off Adam's birthday week, then Adam went out with friends and Paul and I came home to watch some Versailles and be climbed upon by cats. It was a good evening to see bunnies and toads! Here are some more photos from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival last weekend -- trapeze lessons, clown school, a caravan, model & model-maker and more:

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Circus )
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If You Were Coming In the Fall )

Quickie, I ran very late this evening trying to fix the printer after the Katniss jammed the buttons and looking up stupid things, so I didn't get anything done that I intended because we were all the while catching up on Orphan Black and watching the WWII movie-propaganda movie Their Finest, both of which were excellent.

Before that, we had dinner with my parents at Panera because they had discovered that there were lobster rolls on the menu and had heard that Paul was deprived of one last week when Not Your Average Joe's ran out of lobster even though we specifically went there so he could have one. Adam came with us for dinner, then went out with friends.

The early part of my day was uneventful -- chores, work, more of which must get done tomorrow! Here is the aforementioned Face Of Evil, with her sister and one of her friends, looking innocent:

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Not Really Sleepy )

Poem for Thursday and Canal in Summer

Jul. 13th, 2017 12:48 am
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Ode to Love )

I had no vehicle on Wednesday -- one was with Paul at work, the other was with Adam in College Park -- but Alice and Avery came over, took me to the mall, went shopping with me (we were pretty good in Gamestop apart from Avery discovering he had enough money to buy a video game and me discovering the $4 sale t-shirts were buy-one-get-one, and we did not buy Alex and Ani Wonder Woman bracelets, stopped for Starbucks and cream cheese for the bagels I already had, and ate while watching Pokemon 2000, which I have on VHS left over from my kids' childhood!

Paul and I had thought about going to the Big Train minor league game, but it was still 95 degrees as evening approached, so we decided it was just not the night for it. (Same with my intention to take a walk, though I did see a bunny with Avery during a brief sojourn to catch Ash's Pikachu.) Adam stayed in College Park until late, so we had breakfast for dinner (eggs, facon, English muffins with marmalade) and watched some Versailles. Here are some photos from the C&O Canal last month (warning for Shalini: several pics down there is a snake):

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Hopping and Slithering )
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The Curve )

We're watching the extra-innings MLB All Star Game so I will keep this short. It was again an uneventful day -- chores at home in the morning, then some shopping in the afternoon, including a stop at Bagel City since it was a buy 12, get 2 free day.

We had rarebit for dinner and have been watching the AL mostly lead the NL, though not by much, while Adam worked on installing a new version of Ubuntu on his new laptop. Here are some more photos from the VMFA's Yves Saint Laurent retrospective:

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Haute )
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Sonnet XXIV )

Monday was a work and chore day, not exciting, though Adam worked from home so the cats did a lot of sneaking behind the television and mrooping to try to get his attention. I did laundry and organized some things and worked on a writing project and fixed up some Dreamwidth communities that I had imported from LiveJournal just in case.

Adam went out running with a friend at dinnertime, so we ate without him and watched the start of the Home Run Derby before he got home. He made it for most of Will, the new young Shakespeare movie on TNT, which is such epic crack it makes Versailles seem like a model of restraint! From the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Flying Wallendas:

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On the High Wire )

Poem for Monday, Earhart, Catoctin

Jul. 10th, 2017 12:18 am
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An Airman's Grace )

The weather was even more gorgeous on Sunday than Saturday. Adam went to play tennis with my father, then we took him to meet Paul's parents in Thurmont for lunch at Simply Asia. We stopped at Pryor's Orchard, which unfortunately was closed for blueberry picking though we bought some peaches, then we went to Catoctin National Park and hiked a bit around Hog Rock. When we went back into Thurmont, we Skyped with Daniel and had ice cream. We tried to stop at the Emmitsburg Antique Mall but they were closing five minutes after we arrived.

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By Catoctin )


None of us was very hungry for dinner after the big lunch and dessert, so we had snacks, Adam went for a run, and we watched Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence, whose claims that she obviously was found, captured, and killed by the Japanese prior to World War II is just as unconvincing as TIGHAR's various fundraising-and-fame productions claiming that the heel of a shoe proves she crashed on a small Pacific island (there's about as much evidence that she was abducted by aliens and that Voyager episode is more fun to watch). At least the Nats and Os both won!
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Circus )

Saturday had absolutely gorgeous weather -- not insanely hot nor humid, partially overcast -- so after we all did our morning chores and Adam returned from exercising, we picked up my parents as well as Alice, whose husband and son were out of town at a cubing competition, and went to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Like last year's, it's not as big as it was before the museum and National Mall renovations started, but the theme was the circus and the Flying Wallendas were performing on an outdoor high-wire without harnesses or safety nets, so we got to see that and some juggling and eat gelato. The big tents at either end were pretty crowded but I was glad they didn't have animal acts or dwell on the history of human exploitation in sideshows.

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Downtown Circus )


Adam wanted to go running in the evening, so we took everyone else home and waited for him for dinner. Then we and Adam watched The Promise, which was only in theaters in the U.S. for like a week but is out on DVD elsewhere already. It interested me how much the script structured the film as a Holocaust drama to make the parallels between that and the Armenian genocide unmistakable. It's very well acted -- Bale and Isaac play nicely off each other and the love triangle isn't as major in the plot as the previews suggested (Marwan Kenzari is great as a sympathetic Turk and Westworld's Angela Sarafyan plays Isaac's very likeable fiancee, the film's an easy Bechdel pass, though obviously the subject matter is very upsetting.
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