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Snowy Owl Goddess )

The autumnal equinox could not have occurred on a more beautiful day -- though we had summery temperatures over the weekend, our Monday was clear and cool, so much so that when Paul was done with work, we went to Locust Grove to walk along the creek. It was a fairly uneventful day in most regards, all work and chores, but when the weather is so glorious and I can watch squirrels and birds out the back window from my computer, that is fine with me!


Locust Grove )


I was reasonably pleased with the way the fall TV season started, foregoing the two-hour Dallas episode to watch Gotham, Sleepy Hollow, and Forever. Apart from hints of Catwoman, I was pretty ambivalent about the first; I love all the characters on the second though even without having watched SPN, it's a bit much on the apocalyptic themes for me; and I loved the third, like getting New Amsterdam back with better lead chemistry and Ioan Gruffudd!
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Memory )

I had a very nice afternoon at Mount Vernon's annual Colonial Fair -- 18th century crafts, strolling musicians, pewter jewelry, homemade food and soaps, weapons demonstrations -- but I am rushing because I can't figure out how in Open Office to replace paragraph marks, which is driving me crazy (the new computer doesn't have MSWord, and still won't install the Microsoft service pack, which is driving me crazier). We drove down at 11 a.m., ate lunch, met Cheryl, went to see the sword swallower and militia reenactment, then met up with my parents and had chocolate croissants!


Colonial Fair )


After a few hours at the fair, we went inside to the museums and stopped in the gift shops before we all went our separate ways. We had missed the entirety of the Ravens game but it's quite enough for me that they won! As often happens when we're at Mount Vernon, we were in the mood for peanut soup, which we had for dinner, then we watched football highlights and the beginning of the Panthers-Steelers game before Masters of Sex came on -- the football delay for Madame Secretary this week and probably every week means we'll watch On Demand if it winds up being good enough to follow.
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Tang )

We spent most of the day in Calvert County at Artsfest in Annmarie Sculpture Garden and at Flag Ponds Park, which has a wooded path down to the Chesapeake beach beneath Calvert Cliffs. The weather was gorgeous, the bay warm enough to swim in, and we got to hear and hour and a half of Ocean Quartet at the crafts festival while eating homemade caramel corn, plus we got to admire lots of sculpture, glass, carvings, jewelry, furniture, garden decor, paintings and other crafts!


Woods and Beach )


We stopped on the way home for BGR, since we had a coupon for a free burger -- their seasonal pumpkin milkshakes are fantastic, too -- and ate while watching the last episode of The Roosevelts, which finally gave Eleanor her due. Then we watched the Outlander wedding, which I found to be something of a letdown -- weird combination of trying to be realistic with romance novel schlock -- and now the late rerun of Doctor Who, which so far is pure crack.
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My Computer Ate My Homework )

I had a perfectly fine Friday until a couple of hours ago, but I have spent that last couple of hours fighting and fighting with my new-old computer (the one I inherited from my son) because it absolutely refuses to install the Windows 7 service pack despite my trying all 14 fixes that Microsoft suggests. Do I actually need the freaking service pack? Will it protect me against anything besides, oh, frustration at my computer's refusal to do what Microsoft suggests?

I did post a review of Deep Space Nine's wonderful, wonderful "Image in the Sand", and enjoyed the gorgeous weather in the woods, and had dinner with my parents, and even talked like a pirate a little (though sadly not at Krispy Kreme, which was giving out free doughnuts to people who did so there). Tonight's The Roosevelts was very sad, but had lots of Winston Churchill, which makes me happy. Animals from the Maryland and Pennsylvania Renfaires:


Renfaire Critters )
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The Storm )

I had a very busy but nice day with several friends! After a morning of chores, I had lunch with two friends from the baby group I was invited to join when Daniel was six months old -- I had only just moved back to the area after living in Chicago and these women very kindly let me participate in a group they had formed when they met in a prenatal class. We have each just sent our younger children off to college, so we met at Aroma in the mall to discuss their experiences and our experiences and to catch up in general. Eventually my mother came to the mall and texted me, so she joined us before I realized we'd been there for more than three hours!

Then I rushed home because we had other friends coming over to watch Dark City, which I had never seen before and was not at all spoiled for -- it was great, terrific acting from Sewell and Connelly, and it's obvious that the Wachowskis swiped a great deal of The Matrix from it visually and thematically. Then we went to California Tortilla, where I had a honey lime burrito bowl and we all had lots of chips and queso. After The Roosevelts (phew, they did not try to heterosexualize Eleanor, and yay George VI guest appearance), we caught up on Legends -- poor Sean Bean, for one minute I really thought he was going to suffer his usual fate!

And now I am watching the numbers come in from the Scottish independence referendum (or the Scottish secession referendum, depending on who's reporting) and don't know why it is making me bite my nails -- I have no personal stake in it, not even one of ancestral heritage, and I really understand why people could vote yes or no depending on their priorities. I am trying to decide whether to stay awake for the results or go to bed and find out in the morning. Meanwhile, some photos from the pig races and swimming at the Maryland State Fair last month:


Pig Races )
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Mother Night )

It has been a chores and work day. I have nothing exciting to report apart from the fact that Daniel's middle school geometry teacher won a million dollars (yes literally) on Wheel of Fortune! There was much ongoing local rejoicing about baseball post-season, and gorgeous cool weather that has brought the chipmunks back in force, though I only saw two bunnies and the deer family was off somewhere.

Our Comcast went down in the late afternoon, both internet and television, and at first the web site said it wouldn't be back till 10 p.m., but some screaming and calling and tweeting at them got it back just as The Roosevelts started. Again I wanted more quotes, less narration -- how does Burns know that Teddy Jr. never forgave Franklin and Eleanor? -- but am still enjoying it. Some Maryland Terrapins:


Campus Terps )
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Baseball and Writing )

I have spent pretty much the entire day reconfiguring Adam's old laptop, a 2009 Dell Inspiron running Windows 7, but it has all been worth it because my well-loved 2007 Latitude running XP finally reached the point where it couldn't run the few programs for which I need a laptop. I had a minor crisis in the morning because my father, who was going to give it to my uncle, couldn't remember the system password from many months earlier, but eventually we guessed it and I spent the next very many hours deleting and installing programs.

Tonight, however, I am in a good mood, not only because I have a laptop doing everything I want it to do that didn't cost me anything, but because both the Orioles and Nationals have won their respective divisions and are both trending as #eastchamps right now! We were watching The Roosevelts during the end of the Nats game, following the score online, and less than half an hour later, the Os had clinched too. Now I am catching up on Dallas (go Pamela)! Some pics of the falconry at the Pennsylvania Renfaire last month:


For the Birds )
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Flannan Isle )

I spent most of Monday belatedly celebrating Cheryl's birthday! This involved giving her goofy presents, going to Lebanese Taverna and Fresh Market for hummus, cheese and spinach fatayer, baklava, and a chocolate brownie cupcake, and coming back here for hours of Doctor Who, from the Eighth Doctor movie to "School Reunion," "The Shakespeare Code," "The Fires of Pompeii," "The Doctor's Daughter," and some of the 50th anniversary specials, particularly "The Five(ish) Doctors."

We went for a walk before Cheryl went home to see whether we could find any bunnies, and though we did not succeed, we stopped by to see my neighbors -- Adam's friend Daniel was injured on his 18th birthday, so we checked in with him and hung out with his mom Cybel for a little while and snuggled their kittens. I watched the second episode of The Roosevelts (we watched the first on Sunday night) and want more Republicans like Teddy, for all his faults. Ships and soldiers in Baltimore on Sunday:


Star Spangled Ships )
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The Clouded Morning )

I am back and quite sunburned from a lovely day in Baltimore with [profile] apaulled and [profile] hufflepants at the Star Spangled Spectacular, celebrating the end of the War of 1812 and composition of the Star Spangled Banner, written in a boat off Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore which we saw reenacted by bands at the Terrapins game on Saturday. We didn't board the biggest ships, which had hour-plus long lines, but we went on several schooners and a couple of clippers, and we walked around the gorgeous naval vessels and watched the Blue Angels performing over the harbor.

The festival had lots of nice giveaways from national parks collectibles to War of 1812 pins, plus guides to Maryland historical sites and waterways. We walked to and from the Inner Harbor past Camden Yards and through [profile] hufflepants's neighborhood, which has fabulous restored houses and lots of cats including her two. Though the music-and-fireworks show was broadcast on public television on Saturday night, we didn't get to see it until Sunday when we got home (and the Orioles did not play the Yankees until evening, though I am delighted to report that they won).


Ships in Baltimore )
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The Impressed Seaman's Appeal )

We spent nearly the entire day in College Park with my parents, Paul's parents, and our kids, primarily at the football game! It was a very nice day despite the Terps' heartbreaking loss in the final seconds to the Mountaineers and despite the rain that started right before the game, continuing into the last quarter, at which point we were all so wet and chilly that we retired to a lounge in Adam's dorm to watch the final minutes. The game has been all over the sports news today, not because either team is expected to finish high in the rankings and not because of the score, though it was an exciting second half, but because Maryland wore uniforms decorated to celebrate the bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner and the end of the War of 1812.


Parents' Weekend Part Two )


After the game, we walked back to our cars and went out to dinner at Mamma Lucia along with Adam's girlfriend, who had gotten a call that her mother had locked herself out of their house near where we live...and since her father was at his reunion out of town, he couldn't let her in. So after we took Daniel food shopping and dropped both kids off at their respective domiciles -- Daniel has a friend from high school visiting from a college on a trimester system that hasn't started for the fall yet -- we drove Adam's girlfriend back with us to drop off at her parents' house and rescue her mother. Then we came home for Doctor Who (creepily enjoyable) and Outlander (very good, sad, unnerving in the wake of Scotland's impending vote on secession).
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Verge )

We are home between trips to the University of Maryland for Parents' Weekend, which started for us tonight with a reception at the business school. I rushed to post a review of Deep Space Nine's "Tears of the Prophets" so Paul and I could go to College Park in the afternoon. We picked up Daniel and went to dinner at the student union's food court (I had hummus and grape leaves from Moby Dick, the others had Sbarro).

Adam arrived to meet us while we were eating, then we drove Daniel back to his apartment and took Adam to the business school, where we met the undergraduate dean, listened to live jazz, and ate lots of desserts! We also met a bunch of other students' parents, many from our county. Then we took Adam and a friend back to their dorm and came home to get ready for the Terps-Mountaineers game on Saturday!


Parents' Weekend Part One )
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August )

Okay so I'm late on the poem. Microsoft uploaded a massive update for people still trying to use XP that I swear was designed to make everyone still trying to use XP have to buy a new computer, because for the past day and a half, my laptop has been useless -- crashing constantly, locking up when I try to do not-very-high-resource things like edit a text file in Notepad or send an email. So since I have switched from my desktop to my laptop in the evening so I could watch the Ravens game, I haven't been able to get a thing done. Apologies if I owe you email.

My day was uneventful anyway, apart from a whole bunch of work, with a couple of breaks for walks because it was cool and not too humid till late in the day -- we still have bunnies. 9/11 is always a hard day for several people I know, so I had that background unhappiness which did not help my mood any when the computer started acting up. The Ravens, at least, won (yes I know all the reasons to be ashamed, but they were playing Pittsburgh and its rapist quarterback so no one has a lot of room to talk). From the National Aquarium's Australia exhibit months ago:


Bird, Flying Fox, Snake )
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Mountain Pines )

Extreme quickie, as I have spent a very nice day with my entire family -- Paul worked from home so that at lunchtime he could pick up Adam (and lunch, from Grand Fusion) while I waited for Adam's new computer to be delivered by UPS, then we all went to the orthopedist to have his broken arm x-rayed. He won't get the pins out for another few weeks, but they put on a new cast that doesn't cover his elbow, which he is very happy about. The cats were glad to see him, as was his grandmother who stopped by.

Adam wanted to get back to College Park for a business school event at dinnertime, so we went straight there from the doctor, helped him carry the computer, clothes and food he was bringing to his dorm, took him to the business school, then went to meet Daniel, whom we took to IHOP for dinner. We came home to watch Legends and Hugh Jackman on The Tonight Show -- we watched the recap of Obama's press conference on the news, I was not in the mood for being depressed watching it live.


Terrapins )
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It's All I Have To Bring Today )

I had a bunch of busy work to get done Tuesday, but I also got to have lunch with Kay and do some shopping -- and see the geese and ducks in Washingtonian Lake -- so it was all good. We had Tara Thai and caught up on beginning-of-school-year stuff, then I stopped in Charming Charlie (all their beach-type jewelry is half price) and at Best Buy where I bought our evening entertainment.

That, of course, was Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which I still love -- not just Steve and Natasha and Sam and Bucky, but Marvel's version of Washington, DC and Robert Redford playing a riff off his usual so-charming-I-could-win-an-election persona. On Wednesday I get to see Adam briefly so he can get the pins out of his broken arm! Some of the craft stalls at Boonesborough Days on Sunday:


Boonsboro Crafts )
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real poem )

Once again I had a catch-up chore Monday, so I don't have much to report except that I am really relieved that the Ravens and the NFL have finally gotten rid of Ray Rice and I am bummed that I forgot to get mooncakes before the moon festival arrived, by which time the local Asian food stores were out of them. The weather was gorgeous and cool all day long -- we never shut the windows last night so they were open more than 24 hours.

We watched Monday Night Football, which thankfully if belatedly was appalled by Rice's behavior (Fox News should fire Kilmeade and Doocy for their jokes about how Rice's mistake was getting caught) around Dallas, which is quite enjoyable this season -- mobsters! murders! Melinda Clarke! -- and I can't say I'm sorry the Giants lost. I feel very weird rooting for Dallas to win the East, but I can't root for the R-words or Michael Vick's ex-team.

Here are some more pictures of Loop, the light-and-music display at the Corcoran Gallery by media artist Jennifer Steinkamp and composer Jimmy Johnson, transforming the Corcoran's neoclassical rotunda by making viewer shadows part of the art display.


Loop )
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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird )

Paul, Cheryl, and I spent the afternoon at Boonesborough Days, the festival of food, crafts, and regional history up in the mountains of Washington County. We had lunch before we went, so our food purchases were things like corn fritters and kettle corn -- and we knew we were going to South Mountain Creamery afterward for ice cream -- but we looked at lots of jewelry, wood carvings, doll clothes, homemade soaps, antique cars, local archaeology, tea, sunspots via the astronomers who had set up telescopes there, square dancing, portable gristmills, and a box turtle some kids had found in the creek:


Around South Mountain )


After a stop at South Mountain Creamery, where we petted calves, visited chicks in the hatching barn, and bought ice cream and cheese, we came home and watched some X-Men, then had the cheese and peanut soup for dinner. After Cheryl went home, we did a bit of cleaning up and watched Masters of Sex, which seems increasingly depressing -- I alternately want to smack Bill for how he treats people in general, women in particular, and tie him up until he agrees he needs psychotherapy -- and the highlights of the football games we only heard earlier on the radio, which ended as badly for the Ravens as the Redskins.
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Incomplete Lioness )

I am in the process of uploading my entire life to Google Drive so am going to be a bad blogger/LiveJournaler/Tumblr for a couple of days. We had a nice Saturday, particularly the part before the major thunderstorms arrived: Paul and I picked up my parents after lunch and went to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, which is closing at the end of the month and it's unclear exactly how much of it will reopen next year. GWU is taking over the building and school, while the National Gallery of Art is taking over the collection, though some of it will be sold and it's not entirely clear how the rest will be exhibited (the Salon Doré, originally part of the hôtel de Clermont in the Faubourg Saint-Germain in Paris, is in the section slated to be private). So we wanted to see it while we could -- it's free all month.


Corcoran Gallery )


My parents just got a new TV and Blu-Ray player (we were the lucky inheritors of their old one) so we decided to watch a movie in between the end of the Maryland game and the start of the Michigan game (Maryland won, Michigan lost, whoo, though my father probably does not share the latter sentiment -- he is bummed Federer lost too, not to mention the Nationals score). My parents had not seen Frozen, so we ended up bringing that over after stopping at home to feed the cats -- the visuals look fantastic on their big TV. Then we ordered a pizza and ate it in the midst of a huge thunderstorm that briefly knocked the power out, though was much worse a few miles away where there were downed power lines and water closing roads. When we got home we watched the very enjoyable Doctor Who Robin Hood episode!
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Have spent the entire evening watching Blade Runner and This Island Earth with friends, spent most of the rest of the day working with Paul who worked from home because his contacts were bothering his eyes, posted a review of Deep Space Nine's "The Sound of Her Voice", went food shopping, did various other chores not worth reporting. Here is the deer family that lives in the woods behind our neighborhood. Have a nice weekend!

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Translator’s Confession, 3 a.m. )

Know what I can no longer do? Multitask! I am having three conversations (two online, one with Adam's friend, and one with hubby) and I can't remember anything I did earlier in the day, besides see bunnies and deer while out walking and feel sad about Joan Rivers. Shutterfly sent me a coupon for a free photo book, so since I just took all those pics on our beach trip, I spent a lot of time working on that and got behind on everything again!

But it is football season, which means that Monday and some Sunday and Thursday nights, I will have to negotiate if I want to watch something other than football! At least the Orioles won! We were at Fort Raleigh on Roanoke Island on Virginia Dare's birthday, where the National Park Service was celebrating with activities honoring both the English and Native American heritage of the region, so here are some photos of the festivities:


The Lost Colony )
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Foresight )

My day was mostly too boring to discuss -- work, chores, two big bags of stuff to donate yet not a dent in sorting older son's stuffed animals, cats irritated about not getting enough attention. I did not miss the heat for most of this summer; I will not be sorry when it is cooler again! Both kids report that they have lots of work, too.

My evening was not all that much more exciting -- a Bill Maher rerun, Legends (I love Sean Bean but the backstory is convoluted), catching up on Tumblr after a busy weekend (I read by tags, can't take the Nude Photo Wars). Here are some of the performers at the Maryland Renfaire, from which my clothes are finally all laundered:


Faire Shows )

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