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Tuesday, 23rd August 2016 12:01 am - Poem for Tuesday, American Ultra, Viking Golf
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Monday was pretty quiet around here. Adam went to College Park to do more training for his job, Madeline did research for the job interview she has on Wednesday, I tried to catch up on work and correspondence that I missed while we were out of town last week. Adam got home a bit after lunch and we all hung out for a while watching funny videos.

Paul was going to make pizza, but discovered that we didn't have enough flour, so instead we had veggie crab cakes and then we all watched American Ultra, which was like a super-violent mash-up of La Femme Nikita and The Man With One Red Shoe. Here are some family photos from Viking Golf in Fenwick Island last week:

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Monday, 22nd August 2016 12:01 am - Poem for Monday and Salisbury Zoo
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Since Daniel was flying back to Seattle on Sunday afternoon, we had brunch on Sunday morning with my parents before driving him to the airport -- Paul made Belgian waffles and eggs. Then we took Daniel to Dulles, said our farewells, and did some shopping, including taking Adam's bike for a check-up, picking up food and drugstore necessities, and getting Starbucks. We got home in time for the end of the US men's Olympic gold medal basketball game and medal ceremony.

Then we watched The Man Who Knew Infinity, which is wonderful -- I was afraid I wouldn't understand the math, but the filmmakers were smart enough to realize that nobody would and kept it to a minimum, plus it has a fantastic cast (Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones, Jeremy Northam). We watched some of the Olympics closing ceremonies, but it turned out neither Adam nor Maddy had seen Now You See Me 2, which is now On Demand, so we decided to put that on. From the Salisbury Zoo on Friday:

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Sunday, 21st August 2016 12:59 am - Greetings from Hanover
Sorry, another quickie -- we are playing Machi Koro after having chocolate fondue for dessert, following most of the day in Hanover where we went out for Chinese buffet with Paul's parents and watched a bunch of Olympic events including the men's soccer, various track and field events, platform diving, and the dodge-and-evade sport being performed by Ryan Lochte.

Here are a few family pics including one cat being schnoogled (and cooperating in hope of treats for her troubles). Daniel is flying back to Seattle on Sunday and Adam goes back to College Park for the semester on Wednesday, plus Maddy has job interviews, so I am spending time with them while I can and will be around online more late next week!

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Saturday, 20th August 2016 12:04 am - Greetings from Home
Home, exhausted after getting up before 6 a.m. to see the sun rise over the Atlantic with Paul, both kids, Madeline, and Christine. When we left the hotel after washing off the sand, we went to Nicola's in Rehoboth Beach to bring home dinner for my parents and to get Thrasher's french fries for us, then we drove to the Salisbury Zoo, where we had a picnic lunch and went to see the animals.

Traffic wasn't terrible over the Bay Bridge but we didn't get home till nearly dinnertime, when we met up with my parents, who were also just back after visiting Nicole's family. We ate the Nic-o-bolis and tomatoes from Nicole's garden, came home to watch Usain Bolt and the women's 4x100, and played some more Machi Koro with the harbor expansion. Here are just a couple of photos (sunrise, capibara, family):

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Friday, 19th August 2016 12:27 am - Greetings from the Delaware Shore
Thursday at the seashore: Morning at the beach, lunch at Crepes and Crazes, early afternoon at Coastal Kayak, mid-afternoon at Sea Shell City, late afternoon at Viking Golf and Kohr Bros, early evening walk on the beach, dinner in hotel, late evening watching Olympics and playing Machi Koro. Getting up very early Friday to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic, will be home by night!

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Thursday, 18th August 2016 12:51 am - Greetings from Assateague Island
Wednesday involved a morning at the beach, a picnic lunch and sightseeing at Assateague State Park and National Seashore with Christine, a bit of shopping in Ocean City, dinner with Christine's family at their beach house in Delaware, and Daniel teaching us how to play Splendor. A few photos, again more to come!

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Wednesday, 17th August 2016 12:48 am - Greetings from Rehoboth Beach
A beach vacation day in a few photos with more to come when I have time to fiddle with pictures!

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Tuesday, 16th August 2016 12:11 am - Greetings from Fenwick Island
Hello from the beach! We left our cats in the care of our neighbor Rose and drove over the Bay Bridge and into Delaware, where we swam in the warmest Atlantic we've enjoyed in several years alongside many fish and sand crabs, got Old Bay nuts and fudge at the Seaside Country Store, and met Christine -- whose family has a beach house in Fenwick Island -- for ice cream and a nighttime walk to see ghost crabs, since the dunes are only a few yards away from our hotel. It's supposed to rain very late, but we had gorgeous, hot-but-not-too-hot weather, and there are lots of seagulls and sandpipers and no loud kids in the hotel pool at the moment. Maddy's sister Noelle got engaged a few hours ago, so it's a good family day all around! A few beach and shopping pics:

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Monday, 15th August 2016 12:02 am - Poem for Monday and August Snow
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Our plan for Sunday was to go to the county fair, but a forecast of over 100 degree temperatures made us all decide we didn't want to see the animals that badly and Adam's friends didn't want to go till evening anyway. So instead we got up early to get our air conditioning fixed (6 a.m. and well worth it), took Daniel along with everyone else to California Tortilla for lunch since those don't exist on the west coast, and did some pre-beach trip shopping.

We had dinner at my parents' house, where my mother decided that what we really needed was an August snowball fight and produced some out of her freezer that she made in January. We had a big dinner and watched some of the Olympic men's tennis final, women's volleyball, the gymnastics apparatus competition, Usain Bolt's 100 meters, and the beach volleyball quarterfinals. Now we're packing, doing laundry, and getting things organized for the beach!

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Sunday, 14th August 2016 12:02 am - Poem for Sunday and Saturday Family
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I have a full house! Where unfortunately the air conditioning is not working, a situation that hopefully (BETTER) be remedied at 7 a.m. tomorrow which is the only time the guy could come, but I'll happily take it! We spent most of Saturday in Hanover visiting Paul's parents with Adam and Maddy, where after lunch we spent more than an hour Skyping with David and Maria, Jon and Brooke, and the family members at home -- practically a family reunion.

We came home in the late afternoon, did some chores, had dinner, and went to pick up Daniel from the airport. He was ravenous when he arrived, not having eaten for eight hours, so we stopped at Giant to get him some food and the rest of us some ice cream, getting home just in time to watch Michael Phelps' last race. Now we're watching some more Olympics and the cats are sniffing everything he brought from Seattle that smells new and interesting to them!

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