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Wednesday, 28th September 2016 12:44 am - Greetings from Home
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:

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Tuesday, 27th September 2016 02:29 am - Greetings from Gardens and Glass
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!

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Monday, 26th September 2016 02:34 am - Greetings from Tacoma
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).

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Sunday, 25th September 2016 02:32 am - Greetings from Alaskan Way
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!

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Saturday, 24th September 2016 02:36 am - Greetings from Belltown
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.

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Friday, 23rd September 2016 01:44 am - Greetings from Seattle
...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:

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Thursday, 22nd September 2016 12:15 am - Poem for Thursday and Boonesborough Days
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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:

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Wednesday, 21st September 2016 12:33 am - Poem for Wednesday and Potomac Overlook Nature Center
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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:

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Tuesday, 20th September 2016 12:02 am - Poem for Tuesday, Hanover, Civil War
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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!

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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!
Monday, 19th September 2016 12:11 am - Poem for Monday, Annmarie Gardens, Flag Ponds
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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!

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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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