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Calling )

I'm still trying to catch up from travel and I had a lot of work to get done on Friday, most of which got done -- at least the important things like my review of Voyager's "The Raven" got posted. Also, we made it to Rite Aid, CVS, and Giant on the way home from Great Falls, where we went for a walk in the drizzle to see how high the river was after all the rain the day before (and before the hurricane that may arrive next week):


Great Falls in Drizzle )


We came home for dinner, then Maddy decided she wanted to bake cookies for an early morning work meeting while listening to Into the Woods, so I convinced her instead of playing the music to watch the movie, which I hadn't seen since it was new. She really dislikes Chris Pine in it, whereas I think he's fine as well as Anna and Emily, but Meryl is no Bernadette and as much as I like James Corden, nobody can compete with Mandy Patinkin.
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The Fish )

It rained all night and all day Thursday, which made it just as well that I had work and chores to do and was not distracted by beautiful fall weather outside. I had a late morning dentist appointment to get pneumonia sprayed into my lungs -- I mean, to get my teeth cleaned with one of those nightmarish newfangled water needles which make the cleaning a lot faster but leave me feeling like I almost drowned -- and I stopped at Michaels afterward because Halloween decorations are 50% off this week plus I had a one day coupon.

The rest of my afternoon involved work, a walk in the rain in a fruitless search for a Charmeleon, two rides to the mall to drop off and pick up Maddy who had some shopping to do and some friends from work to see, and arguing with my cat Effie about how much of my desk chair she is obligated to share because I can't type when she's taking up the entire thing. We waited for Maddy, so we ate dinner late, then we watched the Bengals beat the Dolphins (at least until we switched to The Daily Show). From our visit to the Issaquah Fish Hatchery:


Salmon Spawning )
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White Sea )

Wednesday was all about catch-up, which of course I am not. The laundry is all washed but not put away, the accessories are piled on the dresser, the photos are uploaded, some of the email has been answered, and I watched this week's retro review Voyager episode, but there are about 80 things not yet done. Because we're under a flood watch all day on Thursday, we went to CVS and Giant today, and we had dinner with my parents.

While sorting and folding laundry, I caught up on the episodes of Agents of SHIELD (pretty good until the end) and Once Upon a Time (everything I hate about Beauty and the Beast in one episode) that we missed while away. Plus we watched this week's Blindspot (liking this season) and Last Week Tonight (huzzah for John Oliver who may be the only reason I survive this election season). From Constellation Park in Seattle:


Beach Creatures )
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Pretty much my entire Tuesday was taken up with traveling, from an early trip to Sea-Tac to return a rental car and eat an early lunch to a shorter-than-expected flight home with a longer-than-it-should-be schlep through Dulles to get to baggage claim and our car. On the plane, we watched Midnight Special, which is better thought of as a movie about family ties than as science fiction per se (the sci-fi angle is never really developed or explained) but is excellent as such, particularly the performances. I have lots of laundry and photos and cats to sort, so here are a few photos traveling around Seattle including three from the airport:


Traversing Seattle )
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Though Monday was Daniel's birthday, he had to work, so Paul and I went to the beach at Constellation Park, where we saw anemones, urchins, little crabs, and fish, plus the zodiac embedded in the beachside walk. Then we drove inland to Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, which has a fish ladder and dam on the river where salmon spawn.

We came back to Belltown for lunch, then went to Chihuly Garden and Glass, one of my favorite places in the world especially in perfect weather. We got drinks and sat for a while at the International Fountain, then met Daniel and went to Petra Bistro for his birthday dinner. Now we're watching Captain America: Civil War and having cake!


Chihuly and Coast )
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We spent Sunday with son in Tacoma beside the water, first at the Port Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, where we saw lots of animals and ate lunch, then at the Museum of Glass, where we watched glassblowing and visited the galleries and Dale Chihuly installations, and finally on the campus of the University of Washington Tacoma, where we went looking for more Chihuly exhibits on the grounds and had coffee.

The weather was perfect, 70 degrees and partly cloudy though not so overcast to block spectacular views of Mount Rainier from the zoo and museum. My knee felt better so we did a lot of walking, all around the zoo grounds and across the Bridge of Glass. We ended up going back to son's apartment, ordering Indian food, and watching the late football games (the Ravens and Seahawks had both already won).


Zoo and Museum )
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We have had a very full Saturday starting in the morning with Daniel at the Seattle Aquarium on the waterfront below Pike Place Market. We got to see otter and puffin feedings, watch fish from an undersea dome, and eat lunch in the cafe overlooking the Seattle Great Wheel and the ferry to Bainbridge. We also got to enjoy perfect weather!

Then we went to the EMP Museum, currently featuring the Star Trek 50th anniversary exhibit Exploring New Worlds, where we got to sit in the captain's chair, stand in a Borg regeneration alcove, admire props and costumes -- they have both Montalban's and Cumberbatch's Kahn outfits -- and star in a minute-long episode sequence in which we got to beam out of the museum.

We walked to the International Fountain and through Seattle Center past the Armory, then to Daniel's apartment, where we met a friend who's in town for a medical conference for Thai food and catching up since I hadn't seen her in ages! So it was another pretty perfect day except that I twisted my knee which made walking complicated!


Seaside and Star Trek )
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We had a great day in Seattle on Friday! Though we had plans to come visit Daniel for his birthday from the spring, it turned out to be Bring Your Parents To Work Day at Amazon, so after breakfast at the hotel, we met him at the Amazon campus and attended a welcome session, the "science fair" demonstrating many of the company's technological and interpersonal innovations, the roof decks with dog parks, live music, and views of the city, and the various buildings and courtyards where people work. You can see us in the second photo in this article!

Amazon arranged for parents to be able to eat in a number of local restaurants, so we had lunch at Cactus, which has phenomenal butternut squash enchiladas and store-made ginger soda. Then we went to Carkeek Park, which has a playground and creekside trails leading to a walkway over the railroad tracks to the beach on Puget Sound, where we saw ducks and gulls and cruise ships. Eventually we came back to Belltown to relax for a while, went out for Thai food at Ti 22 for dinner, and headed to Daniel's apartment to play Roll Through the Ages.


Campus and Carkeek )
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...where we have arrived after a long day of travel, first taking Maddy to stay with Alice for a couple of days, then driving to Dulles and having lunch at Bistro Atelier which has quite good eggs florentine before the flight, during which we watched Dad's Army, which is hilarious -- rather sexist in ways not entirely appropriate to its era but fun and well-acted -- and Dear Eleanor, a teenage girl road trip movie with some craziness in the premise but delightful performances and no judging of women's often difficult choices.

We brought sandwiches to eat for dinner on the flight, picked up a rental car when we landed, stopped at the mall near the airport to replace my phone charger which broke being removed from the plug on the plane, and went to visit Daniel for a while before checking in to our hotel. Friday is Take Your Parents To Work day at Amazon -- by pure chance we already had tickets to come out for Daniel's birthday when we found this out -- so we will get to see some of the campus, which doesn't usually happen during visits! Just a couple of pics:


Equinox Visit )
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When Was the Time Before Fear? )

On Thursday we are going to Seattle for Daniel's birthday and Bring Your Parents To Work Day at Amazon.com, so Wednesday was pretty hectic! I had a lot of work to get done and we needed to take Madeline shopping so that she and Alice, who are house- and cat-sitting for us while we're away, would have enough food and all the rest.

We took a break from packing in the evening to watch the new Blindspot, which I mostly liked though I really miss [spoiler concerning character death from the end of last season]. Also, Kurt really needs to stop being so horrible to Jane. Here are some photos from the Boonesborough Days festival near South Mountain last weekend:


Boonesboro Fair )
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Human Habitat )

My Tuesday was so hectic that I don't even have time to write about it properly. I had a boatload of work to get done, I had laundry, I had a whole bunch of photos to upload, and in the afternoon we found out that Adam's bike had been successfully tuned up so we needed to pick it up and deliver it to him in College Park.

I am not only behind on the latest explanations for the Brangelina split and Skittles jokes but I only half-paid attention to the season premiere of Agents of SHIELD and I'm not sure whether that's because of my distraction or if it was kind of meh. Here are some animals we saw at Potomac Overlook Park not long ago:


Potomac Overlook Critters )
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The Thaw )

We spent most of Monday in Hanover with Maddy at Clair and Cinda's house, since Clair's sister Jean and her husband Bob are visiting from Boise. We went out to the Hibachi Buffet for lunch, then visited and talked family and tech until we had to come home to get Maddy to work. The weather was nice -- drizzly but not too hot!


Hanover )


Maddy had to work through dinner late into the evening, so Paul and I watched Captain America: Civil War (which I finally obtained from Amazon since Target sold out of the Blu-Ray set with the extras). I still love the movie but it felt like too many warg battles this time; at least they have a sense of humor!
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From 'Heron Sea' )

I spent a gorgeous Sunday in Calvert County with Cheryl, Paul, and Madeline, starting at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center's Artsfest, where we ate lunch and looked at jewelry, glass, crafts, and Maryland-themed decorative items from around the bay area, then at Flag Ponds, where we found sharks' teeth, saw herons, seagulls, crabs, and osprey, and swam in the Chesapeake!


Festival and Flag Ponds )


We stopped for Slurpees on the way home, got caught in Redskins traffic (they lost and the Ravens won, which is vastly preferable to the other way around), had cheeseburgers for dinner since it was apparently National Cheeseburger Day, and saw Royal Wives At War (in which Wallis Simpson airs her grievances against Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon). Then Cheryl had to go home, so I am typing this while watching Masters of Sex!
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From Your Bright Sparkling Eyes I Was Undone )

Happy Sunday! I spent most of mine in Virginia, where, after dropping Maddy off at work, we went briefly to Gulf Branch Park, where we visited the nature center and blacksmith. Then we picked up Alice and Avery and went to Mount Vernon, where we had lunch, went to the colonial fair, saw some of the animals, and enjoyed the weather walking by the river.


History and Heritage )


Tonight after dinner we've been watching the Terps' overtime win over UCF! We're also trying to find out exactly what went on in Chelsea in New York and figure out our itinerary for next week, which hopefully will be better than this week in terms of Trump yet again suggesting violence against Clinton and people I know online being equally scary (on the left and right)!
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Cats )

Friday morning was a work morning, as I had to finish a review of Voyager's "Revulsion", which is -- and I refrained from making this my entire review -- revolting, though not in my bottom ten for the series. It was once again not too hot, so I also took a long walk before lunch.

In the afternoon we took Adam's bike to the bicycle repair shop for a tune-up and also stopped in Fresh Market, Target, and a couple of other stores. I would have bought Captain America: Civil War, but Target was sold out of the version with both Blu-Ray and digital copy.

Then we dropped Maddy off at the mall for work and went to my parents' for dinner (Greek appetizers, Italian main course, all good). We came home to watch the final episode of Inspector Lewis, which I will miss a lot! The raptors and falconers at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire:


Pennsylvania Raptors )
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Pangur Ban )

I know lately I've been brief blogging and tonight is no exception -- we had dinner at IKEA in College Park with Adam and Christine because we had to go pick up Adam's bike, which has an appointment for a tune-up at the store where it was bought near where we live. It was mostly an uneventful day otherwise: I took a walk in the much nicer temperatures than earlier in the week and I drove Maddy to get Starbucks, but mostly it was about work.

I did have a better day online, at least -- had a hilarious conversation with friends about some of the stupidest things being said by Trump supporters, worked on a project with a friend long-distance -- and visited my neighbor Carole, who gave me some Star Wars collectibles she was clearing out of her house. The late evening has been about the Jets-Bills game and the cats demanding attention alternately from all three of us! A few photos:


Cats and Family )
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The Dream )

I have had A Day, and rather than go into details I will just list 1) driving Maddy to get hair cut, 2) shopping, 3) chores, 4) lunch, 5) rewatching a Voyager episode I hate for a retro review and being told on Facebook that I Am Wrong for hating it, thus leading to an all-evening argument with people that had nothing to do with the episode or even the reasons I hate it, 6) taking a walk, 7) picking up Maddy for work, 8) eating dinner, 9) having a longtime online friend tell me that because we don't share a fandom at the moment, we aren't actually friends any more, which I suppose means we never were, and 10) watching some Bones and the season premiere of Blindspot, which looks like it has a lot of improvements but it's way too soon to tell! Tulips from Brookside Gardens last spring, because I need them tonight:


In Bloom )
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Toad Dreams )

I had a very social Tuesday, though when I woke up I thought my whole day might just be work and chores! Alice had an appointment in Bethesda and got out early enough to come have brunch with Maddy and me, so we went to Starbucks and hung out for a little while. Then I took Maddy to the mall to shop at Bath & Body Works, where we both bought fall scented stuff, and Forever 21, where she bought clothes and I snuck across the hall to look at Hallmark Halloween decorations.

Angela came over for an early dinner (tacos and chips with Maddy), then Angela, Paul, and I went to see Florence Foster Jenkins, which was very enjoyable. The script is a bit predictable even though I knew nothing about the titular subject, but Streep and Grant are great together, and it's beautifully filmed, especially the costumes. I hadn't seen Angela in a month so it was really great to catch up! Here are some of the cows and chicks at South Mountain Creamery last weekend:


South Mountain Animals )
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Keen, Fitful Gusts )

Monday felt like a Monday, involving work, chores, laundry, and shopping, though the weather was gorgeous which makes things so much nicer. In the afternoon we went with Madeline to the library, then to take a walk in Cabin John Park to enjoy the aforementioned weather, then to Giant, CVS, etc. The cats have been saved from having only six different types of wet food -- now they have eleven types, any one of which the older cats may decide to boycott without warning.

Football season has started, meaning that I had to watch two teams I really don't like play each other. I rooted for the R-words, even though I hate their name and their owner, because I hate Pittsburgh's quarterback and ex-quarterback more than I hate even the R-words' owner and it would have been good for the Ravens had the Steelers lost, though sadly it was not to be. Here are some of the rescued raptors who visited Boonesborough Days last weekend:


Birds of Prey )
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Accept )

Quickie because we were Skyping with Daniel, who cut his finger while chopping onions and was cranky about that. We spent most of the day in Hanover with Maddy visiting Paul's parents, where we also Skyped with Adam (while Christine was home for a family christening) and Maddy's father and brothers. We picked up pizza on the way there and took Cinda to A.C. Moore, where she got yarn, Maddy got fall decorations, I got duct tape!

Then we drove back and met Karen and Jim for dinner at Union Jack's, where I had the great pistachio, cranberry, and goat cheese salad while sitting in front of the massive screen showing the Giants-Cowboys game (which I ignored, knowing the Ravens had already won). We watched the very good Churchill's Secret with Michael Gambon and Lindsay Duncan, then we watched the season premiere of Masters of Sex. The day and the sunset:


Hanover and Washingtonian )

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