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The Rainy Day )

I had a pretty nice day: snuggly cats, shopping with Maddy, dinner at Pasha Land with Paul, Karen, Angela, and others. But I am very cranky, not only because of the Terrible Thing tomorrow, but because it'll be the first Friday in longer than I can remember that I don't need to post a Star Trek review. Who'd ever have thought I'd be sad not to have to rewatch fifth season Voyager?

After dinner we went to see Fences, which was probably not the best choice as it's quite depressing, though extremely well acted. Since Mar-a-Lago is now "the winter White House" according to the impostor in chief, I doubt I'll be in any mood to visit Hillwood for the next four years, so here are some photos from a previous visit of Marjorie Merriweather Post's dresses displayed in her rooms.


Heiress Dresses )
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i dont like it, he said )

I was somewhat disorganized on Wednesday. I realized that when I switched computers, I left a bunch of my fonts behind, so I went looking for those and loaded them onto the new computer, which took a lot of the morning. Since it was gorgeous out, I went for a walk, and since Maddy didn't have work, we hung out while she baked cookies. I also planned a good thing, but since it's entirely possible that the world will end shortly after Friday, I'm trying not to look too far into the future.

I thought we were having dinner with Angela and Karen and their SOs, but it turned out I had the wrong day! So we had a nice ride to Kentlands and back, and we'll try that again tomorrow. Blindspot was meh, the second episode of The Young Pope was even weirder than the first but really well acted. Here are some of the robots from the Franklin Institute exhibit, including drones, a poker dealer, Penn's all-terrain rover, an M&M sorter, and a happy seal:


Robotics )
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Good Bones )

I spent most of Tuesday with Maddy, which was very nice -- she had an appointment in the morning to which she needed a ride, then we came home for lunch, then we went to A.C. Moore and Michael's for craft items she wanted to make gifts for people (and I may or may not have bought a $5 pair of fuzzy slippers). We tried to get Moose Munch at Bath & Body Works but they were sadly sold out.

When we came home I did some stuff on Shutterfly and colored my hair while Paul made peanut soup, yay! After dinner we watched the first episode of The Young Pope, which is absolutely insane, I think in a good way but it's too soon to be sure! Then we watched Agents of SHIELD, which can drop the Ex Machina rip-off any time now. From the Jurassic World exhibit at the Franklin Institute:


Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs )
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Sonnet XIX )

Adam had MLK Day off, so since it was chilly and overcast and Maddy had to work at the movie theater, we went to see Arrival. It's very well-made, with great acting, a plot that's less predictable than a big action sci-fi, and a solid central role for the female protagonist who gets to be the smartest person, but it's also depressing and fatalistic, and I can't decide whether I find the gender expectations as predetermined as the timeline (men: physicists and warriors, women: responsible for communication, performed better globally than in personal life).

We took Adam back to College Park after the movie, then came home to deal with things like laundry and trash collection delayed by the holiday. We had toad-in-the-hole for dinner at my request. Afterward we caught up on Madam Secretary (much better without the election storyline) and Elementary (pretty good in general this season), then since we were already on our butts we watched the new Timeless (the protagonists need to be more proactive, there's too much being jerked around by Flynn). From Annmarie Gardens' Artsfest last summer:


In the Garden )
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Heaven Haven )

We spent most of Sunday in Hanover visiting Paul's parents. We picked up Domino's on the way and spent the afternoon eating, chatting, Skyping relatives, and listening to Clair and Adam play the violin -- though the stroke affected Clair's ability to read words, he can still read music. There was a gorgeous overcast sky but it wasn't terribly cold. We stopped on the way home at CVS and Giant, and since we'd left dinner in the slow cooker, we ate it in front of the TV when we arrived.


Hanover and Home )


Though we listened to much of the Green Bay game on the radio and saw Pittsburgh win, we spent most of the evening watching the Sherlock season finale, which had so many Batman elements that it felt like self-parody many times -- don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but the things that bothered me about the first season still bother me -- then Victoria, which felt like The Tudors set at Downton Abbey (fun, but not an improvement on The Young Victoria and not as visually engaging as The Crown).
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The Kiss Precise )

We had sleet and snow forecast, so we all slept late, only to wake up and discover that it was merely raining and not even all that cold. We had eggs, veggie bacon, and pecan pancakes for brunch, did various chores, and eventually all took Maddy to work at the very crowded mall, where Paul, Adam, and I remained so we could meet my parents and go see Hidden Figures.

What a joy! It's fantastic -- wonderful acting, lots of humor, nods to the developing civil rights movement without it taking over the women's stories as individuals. Structurally it's a pretty straight-up historical drama, which tends to get overshadowed by Hollywoodesque stuff during awards season unless it's about European royalty, but it's really nicely done.

We were full from popcorn, so we came home afterward and had peanut butter sandwiches eventually for dinner. Having seen the end of the Falcons game, we turned off the middle of the Patriots game to watch Cowboys and Aliens, which we'd only seen once before; it's mediocre yet better than its reputation. From the C&O Canal last April, because I miss them:


Longing For Spring )
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Survivor Guilt )

Alice came over Friday morning with boots for Maddy and we went out to lunch together at the mall so that Maddy could pick up the iPad she needs for school -- I had Cava, they had Wicked Waffle, then we went to the Apple Store, so we were all happy! When we came home I posted what will probably be my last-ever Voyager retro review, of "The Killing Game, Part II"; I thought about taking out the most critical paragraph to end on a happy note because I basically like the episode, but hey, complaining about the women's roles is as much my thing where this series is concerned as noting every scene pointing out what a crush Chakotay has on Janeway.

In the middle of the afternoon we drove to College Park to pick up Adam, who has Monday off since it's a state holiday so he figured he'd come home to see his grandparents and wait out the snow we're supposed to get (Christine is in the area too, though I'm not sure whether we'll see her). We had dinner with my parents while Maddy was at work. Then we came home and, in the course of discussing what to watch, discovered that Adam had never seen Apocalypse Now. I hadn't seen it in easily 30 years (and now I remember why -- I'd blocked out the water buffalo). Parts of it are very racist and other parts remain very relevant. From the National Zoo:


Endangered Mammals )
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Faith Poem )

2017 is apparently going to be a year of small compensations for huge upheavals, much like 2016. Today it was a morning email telling me that this week's Voyager retro review would be my last, due to major changes at TrekToday. I've written reviews for TrekToday since AnotherUniverse.com cut its staffers lose more than 15 years ago, so a significant portion of my life. This isn't a big deal compared to Paul's job being sent to India next month, but it's yet another shitty thing in months of pure crap.

Otherwise, my day was pretty good; I had lunch at Tara Thai with Karen and Angela while Maddy did some shopping, and by the time we got home, my new laptop had arrived, so I spent the rest of the afternoon configuring it (Photoshop on, bloatware off, and guess what, the version of Microsoft Word that came with Works 2002 can be made to work with Windows 10 as long as you have a valid user key). In the evening we watched some ninth season Bones. Chrysanthemums from Brookside in the fall:


Insert Mum Joke )
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I Could Let You Go )

I did a lot of running around on Tuesday -- took Maddy to a doctor's appointment, went food shopping, visited the park, dropped Maddy off at the mall -- but it was a lot warmer than earlier in the week and that made it much nicer to be outside! We're past the solstice, I am ready for the light to come back even if it stays chilly. Of course reading the news was total hilarity this morning; sure, we should be talking about Trump's financial improprieties and appalling cabinet picks rather than scurrilous rumors that aren't even true, but who can resist all the golden puns?

I don't have a lot else to report. I folded laundry while watching the Bones season eight finale, which stretched credulity, and later the season nine premiere which was even sillier. In between, we had dinner and watched Blindspot which was tense but interesting. Of course the evening shows are having great fun with Trump, which makes the fact that they are mentioning his name tolerable. Here are photos from last fall of the National Zoo's Washed Ashore exhibit, featuring animals created from garbage retrieved from the oceans, including an appalling number of plastic bottles:


Art to Save the Sea )
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Ask Me About the Summer )

I spent most of the work day writing a review of Voyager's "The Killing Game, Part II" because I'm getting a new Dell laptop Thursday (yay!) and I'm expecting to lose many hours getting it configured the way I want it with Photoshop etc. Plus I had to deal with tsuris I can't go into, and I feel badly for Maddy who is getting tsuris about her college financial aid that no teenager should have to deal with.

I didn't get out much except to take a walk (the bunnies only appear after dark these days, and the Charmanders have abandoned my neighborhood). We caught up on Madam Secretary (enjoyable) and Elementary (women kept on leashes=not my thing) and watched the return of Agents of SHIELD (really not my thing, can we have Ghost Rider back?). From Longwood Gardens' holiday displays:


Another Holiday Flashback )
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Stars )

I just spent all evening researching laptops because my E key, which has to be pounded to type the letter, is shredding and stabbing my finger each time I type it. My day generally was great: Jules had an early apppointment and came over afterward, since we haven't seen each other literally in years. Meanwhile Cheryl made her way out of snowy Richmond and we all went out to lunch together at California Tortilla.

Jules went home early to miss traffic, we watched some episodes of The Crown, then Cheryl, Paul, and I went to see La La Land after having watched it clean up at the Golden Globes the night before. It was great -- better directed than written, but touching and nostalgic, a few catchy songs and for once I liked all the characters in a movie. Afteward we had dinner with Maddy at Cava. Here are some photos from Lewis Ginter's Gardenfest of Lights:


Holiday Flashback )
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My Puppy Ate My Earbuds )

I had a pretty quiet, relaxing day with family, starting late because everyone slept in. When Adam eventually got up, we had brunch and watched the Steelers beat the Dolphins. Then we all went with Maddy to Target and Kohl's -- she needed school supplies for the Berklee classes that start this week, Adam needed jeans before going back to College Park. We watched some of the Giants-Packers game around shopping, had ravioli for dinner, and took Adam back to his apartment.

When we got back, after getting gas, we watched the first hour of the Golden Globes, switched it off for an hour and a half for Sherlock (which is wonderfully directed, has some lovely moments, and made me go WHAAAATTTT a few too many times which kept throwing me out of the story). Because I love musicals, I want to see La La Land, but the Oscar better go to Moonlight or I'm going to have to boycott all these shows next year. From Hillwood's holidays last year:


Hillwood Holidays )
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Snow )

We woke up to snow! So we were not in a hurry to get moving in the morning. Christine was coming to the area and offered Adam a ride, but because of the snow and her parents' schedule, his expected noon departure got pushed to late afternoon until right before we had to take Maddy to work. We watched most of the FCS championship between JMU and the Youngstown State Penguins, and when Adam arrived we watched some of the Raiders-Texans game.

We ate pepper jack soup and fried stuff for dinner (fake chicken, macaroni-on-a-stick, tater tots), then we hung out and watched the Seattle-Detroit game. Niece just got home from work, which apparently was crazy because it's too cold out for people to do anything besides go to the movies! Since we've all been sharing the couches and having to smush in together, here is Katniss having no respect for Cinnamon's personal space (or anyone else's):


Couch Hog )
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Passion of Parting )

The DC area had a collective nervous breakdown on Friday because our snow forecast for Saturday went from negligible to possibly a couple of inches. We failed to buy bottled water and toilet paper, so we're hoping the sky does not fall over the weekend. I worked in the morning, posted a review of Voyager's still-entertaining "The Killing Game", and had cats circling me because I turned on the space heater. After lunch, we took Maddy to work and stopped in the park for a bit.

Then we came home and finished working while watching a couple of eighth season episodes of "Bones" (I know people say it jumped the shark by then, but the one with Booth's mother was quite good). We had dinner with my parents, discussed the news, then came home and saw the first episode of Emerald City, which is visually arresting and decently acted but I have no idea where the story is going and I'm finding the good witch scarier than the bad witch. From the VMFA's Russian art collection:


From Russia )
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Flowers )

I spent most of the Thursday work day working on a Voyager review, though when I went looking for graphics for the banner, I got distracted and ended up looking up the clothing Janeway's and Seven's were based on, which was very fun. We all went to the pet store to get kitty litter and to MOM's for various foodstuffs.

Nashville returned -- well, was reincarnated on CMT after being canceled by ABC -- and picked up pretty much exactly where it left off, with all the couples kind of together but kind of having couples problems and the gay guys not doing nearly enough making out. Here are some photos from Brookside Gardens' fall chrysanthemum show:


The Mum Show )
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The New Dog )

I am pleased to announce that all my holiday packages have now been mailed, and since it isn't even Christmas yet if you're Eastern Orthodox, I am declaring that I got it all done on time! I mailed my last two holiday cards on Wednesday too -- one to my in-laws, one to a friend -- in both cases I have been in the presence of their intended recipients twice since I put the cards in envelopes, but forgot to give them the cards while we were together.

Otherwise, it was not a memorable day. Paul and I did a couple of chores besides the post office, Maddy and I ran out to the food store before dinner because we were out of Parmesan and it was national spaghetti day, we watched the return of Blindspot (WAY too violent) and two Nova episodes about death (not the best for my mood). But I did take a long walk and my Pokemon Go Plus works! From Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens last month:


Winter Magic )
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Between Going and Staying )

I had plans to catch up on a lot of things on Tuesday but I ended up having a very crazy day during which I ran late for everything, in some cases for good reasons (talked to my sister and another friend in long phone calls, ran into friends at the store) and in some cases for crappy reasons (good friend in the emergency room, another with a bad case of the flu). Maddy had various appointments to which we drove her and we needed trips to the library, the food store, the bank...it was a lot of running around.

I spent my computer time uploading the rest of my 2016 photos so they don't get mixed up with my 2017 photos and attempting to get correspondence done but that's going to take more catch up, as is putting away the clean laundry on my dresser. My evening TV was Voyager's "The Killing Game" which is like an out of character action movie but it's such fun after "Retrospect"! Some photos from Great Falls last week -- this was pretty much the actual color of the sky -- at least the light is slowly coming back.


Shades of Gray )
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Poem to First Love )

My Monday was all about the end of the holidays. We took Maddy to work, we dropped Daniel off at Dulles to fly to Seattle (which had snow on the ground when he landed, and he bought himself a new monitor with Chanukah money so he is happy), we drove Adam to College Park, took him food shopping, and brought him to his apartment, where he and his roommate Arturo are both staying for break so he can work in the lab, we picked Maddy up from work.

In between these car trips, we watched the important parts of the Cotton, Rose, and Sugar Bowls, one of which was won by the team for which I was rooting, one of which was almost won by the team for which I was rooting, and one of which isn't over but I don't really love either team so I'm not paying all that much attention. I also folded lots of laundry, uploaded holiday week photos, and ate too much leftover holiday candy -- resolutions are useless till my birthday junk is gone!


Boys and Cats )


By the way, if you're taking part in the LiveJournal exodus that no one has convinced me is really necessary, I'm the same username on Dreamwidth.
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At End of A Holiday )

Paul, Daniel, Adam, and I are playing Forbidden Desert (where we have all died in the sand twice in a row) so I will keep this brief. We had vague plans to go downtown to the botanic garden and holiday train display at Union Station, but Daniel slept late, then got a page from work that took him an hour to deal with, so we decided to stay in and play board games while we watched football.

We all went to pick up Maddy from work (again, she was there from 9-5:30) and went to my parents' for dinner, where we ate the leftover Chinese food from last week. We also watched the end of the Washington football season, which I can't even regret. Tomorrow Daniel goes back to Seattle and Adam to College Park -- he is working in the 3D lab for the rest of winter break -- so that's it for our holidays!


New Year's Day )
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To the New Year )

Happy New Year! We spent the last day of 2016 in Pennsylvania with Paul's parents, with whom we went out for lunch at the Hibachi Buffet Grill, then went to see the horses at Hanover Shoe Farms (no foals, but the adults were out enjoying the grass) plus we watched the beginning of the Peach Bowl.

We came home to pick up Maddy, who had to work all day, and had fondue for dinner in honor of the last night of Chanukah, for which Christine came over too. We watched Mr. Plinkett's Phantom Menace review and Finding Dory, and now Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve!


New Year's Eve )

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