A Spring Morning )

I was super boring on Friday, though it was a gorgeous day and I spent an hour in the park (I was walking with PoGo friends so I didn't take pictures, though I didn't see any snowdrops yet). I did a bit of a decorating project that took longer than I thought in the afternoon, and I spent far more time than should have been necessary cleaning up cat hurk due to Daisy overeating.

We had dinner with my parents, came home for Blindspot where I keep expecting this season's two major storylines (Jane's and Natasha's) to converge but they aren't even close, and last week's Victoria, where lots of liberties were taken with the timeline so I wish we'd gotten more John Snow at least. Tonight, some more flashback Friday photos from spring 2003, at Leeds Castle:

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Spring in Kent )
Crater Lake )

The company our insurance sent to repair the flood damage in older son's bedroom finally came on Thursday to inspect the roof repairs and then make plans to rebuild the ceiling and closet. So Paul worked from home so we could discuss what needs to be done with the adjustors. It's going to take several weeks, but by summer that room should look more presentably painted and have normal indoor temperatures again!

Aside from waiting for the restoration company and a pair of evening Palkia raids at side by side gyms at Wall Park, my only excitement was watching The ABC Murders, in which Malkovich was great but there was too much blood. I've realized that on days when I'm really boring I should post old photos of cool things instead of current photos, so here are some from Crater Lake National Park in Oregon from the summer of 2003:

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Blue Blue Water )
The Buttonhook )

The weather on Wednesday was not quite as beautiful as it was on Tuesday, though it started nearly as warm and held off raining until after everything I wanted to do outdoors. Denise came down from Baltimore for a Deoxys EX raid, before which we had lunch at Mirch Masala in the mall and after which we came back to my house and watched 5/8 of the so-soapy-it's-kind-of-magnificent Tidelands while trying to keep my cats entertained.

Paul's and my evening TV was The Masked Singer which had good songs across the board tonight, followed by the RDJ-Maggie Gyllenhaal episode of Finding Your Roots, which I only just discovered is on Amazon Prime. Here are some photos from my past couple of days of being a slacker, including mall Chinese New Year and winter decorations, a fox in my neighborhood probably trying to steal my neighbor's cat food, and my cats being indulged:

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Two Fun Days )
A Traveller's Song )

We had absolutely gorgeous weather on Tuesday and I got to spend most of it with Cheryl, whom I have not seen in ages because she's been dealing with family stuff! We had lunch at Spice 6, the new Indian place in the food court at Montgomery Mall -- it was great -- and went to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which was even greater, really clever filmmaking with a terrific cast and a great sense of fun.

Then we came back to my house and watched ITV's Torvill and Dean biopic, which was well cast but entirely mediocre (you'd think their entire career was predicated on Chris being a sad ten-year-old spending his whole career trying to get over his parents' divorce. But because of the movie, we put on Path to Perfection to watch them skate to Barnum (which was cut out of the biopic entirely) and see Michael Crawford be happy for them.

Paul made sesame beef and sweet & sour chicken for the Chinese New Year, which we all ate, then Cheryl headed home and he and I watched The Flash (not one of the more engrossing episodes of the season, I barely remember the details) and caught up on the Mary Poppins Graham Norton Show to avoid the State of the Union, which I am now watching in summary on the late shows. More new year festivities from Lakeforest last weekend:

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New Year Celebration )
Kaleidoscope )

I don't remember much of my Monday before the two and a half hours I spent chatting online with Verizon trying to figure out why my phone's mobile hotspot wasn't working before they had escalated me to someone in an office close enough to where I live to tell me that ha, there was nothing wrong with my phone at all and all those reboots and resets were unnecessary because there was something wrong with Verizon's hotspot service in general. Which, you know, is lots better than needing a new phone, but what a waste of time!

The rest of my day mostly involved really boring work and chores. We had leftovers for dinner and watched this week's Black Lightning, which has been quite sad this season but also really good (this week the infuriating replacement high school principal refused to acknowledge that white privilege might be a thing), then we caught up on the James McAvoy episode of Graham Norton that we missed because we keep forgetting which night it's on. Here are some photos of the melting ice at Great Falls on Sunday before the Super Bowl:

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Melting Ice )
Quickie, as we had a nice Sunday with pleasantly warm weather -- we went to Great Falls to walk out to the finally-open-post-shutdown island, and stopped at a few stores, including the soon-to-close Crabtree and Evelyn at the mall -- but now I'm trying to get organized after coming back from Linda and Ira's annual Super Bowl party, which Adam and Katherine attended along with us and my parents. I wasn't thrilled with the game (where was everyone's famous offense?), the halftime show (this was the best they could come up with?) or the results (yeah, the Rams might not have been there without a bad non-call, but I have so much trouble with Tom MAGA Brady and his alt-right fanboys). But I always have a great time at the party, where I shared potato chips with Adam, Linda showed me her latest watercolors, the cat and dog gave me friendly greetings, and I got to catch up with a bunch of people including fellow high school alums:

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Football Night )
Chinese New Year )

Saturday morning was the opening of more than a week of Lunar New Year festivities at Lakeforest Mall, so after establishing that the groundhog had not seen his shadow so we can be certain that winter will end soon, we went to see the celebration, presided over by the governor's wife and a bunch of state and local politicians. After the dragon and lion dances and some of the martial arts, we had lunch at House of Kabob, then went to Giant, stopping at a couple of Palkia raids on the way.

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Year of the Pig )


Since it was Imbolc/Candlemas and therefore Jour des Crepes in France, Paul made crepes for dinner, then chocolate crepes for dessert which we ate while watching the senior Dog and Cat Bowls (Puppy and Kitten Bowls are Sunday before the Super Bowl) around the episode of Victoria we missed last weekend, which I did not love, too pro-monarchist for me. Because SNL isn't new, now we're watching Little Shop of Horrors, which remains just as wrong and entertaining as ever!
Flowers in Winter )

Friday may not have been as cold as Thursday, but it snowed all day -- not hard, perhaps an inch accumulation, though every time I thought it was clear enough to go out, it started again. I stayed in fuzzy clothes all day until Paul got home and we went to my parents' for dinner.

When we got home, we watched Blindspot, then we watched the non-musical tough-guy Les Miserables because I was in the mood. Now we're watching Graham Norton with Laura Linney and Timothee Chalamet. From Brookside last month, flowers indoors and out:

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Winter Greenhouse )
To Know the Dark )

Thursday was cold -- not as cold as the parts of the country that are really suffering, but cold enough that my fingers hurt taking a walk outdoors, so instead I walked in the mall after having lunch with friends there. Other than looking at Valentine stuff, I didn't really shop, though if I had known Crabtree and Evelyn was closing, I would have!

We watched tonight's episode of The Orville, which I liked a lot until the very end when Claire decided it was fine to make it all about what Isaac needed instead of what they could be together -- come on, she's an adult with a child! From Hillwood in January, some holiday-decorated rooms and some of Dina Merrill's childhood and wedding clothes:

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Luxury )
Birds At Winter Nightfall (Triolet) )

Wednesday started chilly, then we had an afternoon snow squall and now it's very cold, though not by current standards in Chicago and Milwaukee, nor even as cold as it was in New York when we were there a couple of weekends ago. So I really was not in the mood for being outdoors much, though I did walk in the park for a few minutes to get to a Palkia raid. Mostly I worked at home around cats who wanted to be in my lap and on my table to keep warm.

In the evening we watched The Masked Singer, which I've read has been picked up for another season -- I'm really not a talent show fan but this show is compulsively watchable and I'm sure they ordered the judges to sound like complete idiots just to get people mocking them on Twitter. I'm having trouble watching late night comedians this week because Chris Christie is everywhere, ugh! Some photos of the birds in the snow these past several days:

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Snow Birds )
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