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I had a very boring day because I STILL do not have my van back, though at least tomorrow we'll have a loaner while they try to figure out exactly where the AC system is leaking (the good news is that the part may be under warranty, the bad news is that they didn't have it in the shop). I did not even leave the house till Paul got home, at which point we went to pick up the loaner, shopped at Giant, stopped at my parents to pick up some leftover bagels from breaking the fast, and went to a Mewtwo raid.
Shutterfly extended its free magnet offer a day because apparently hundreds of customers had the same problems with the site last night, so I made some more magnets from France, then I discovered that Kohl's had sent me a coupon for more free magnets with my bill, so that will be useful. Our friends told us while breaking the fast that we should watch Jack Ryan
, so we started doing that; so far, quite well acted and gripping. Speaking of France, some of the grandeur of the royal apartments at Fontainebleau:
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Been fighting all &$+%ing evening with Shutterfly, which has unlimited free magnets today but the shopping cart has not been working so I can't actually buy the magnets I've made. (Pokemon Go similarly glitched earlier in the day, costing many people I know their raid passes.) So I'm behind on everything, especially since we were out for several hours earlier in the evening breaking the Yom Kippur fast with my parents and several of the Goldmans, though some of the usual guests were sick and Adam was swamped preparing for interviews. Tomorrow once again I am not going to have a vehicle, since the Toyota dealer needed to order a part for the van! Here are me and Paul in a fairy ring trying to ward off any more craziness:
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As expected, I did not have a vehicle all day on Tuesday, though as it turns out I won't have one on Wednesday either because whatever is wrong with the van air conditioning is going to take more than one day to fix, which does not bode well for the expense as well as my need to get out of the house. That was not a problem at lunch, at least, because I had plans with my neighbor Carole, who drove us to Bethesda so that we could have Korean food and compare notes on our recent European trips (hers was to Scandinavia). We barely saw each other this summer because our lives were so crazy so we had a lot to catch up!
Paul needed to stop at the library when he came home from work, and it turned out the Pokestop there had the new Spinda quest, so I ended up having a good Pokemon day: in addition to catching two Spindas, I also hatched a Kangaskhan and finally finished the Celebi quest, plus made Paul drive me to an Articuno raid at the mall. We had leftovers for dinner, watched some baseball, then since I was in the mood and he'd only seen it once we watched Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
. Here are photos from the light shows we saw in France on cathedrals, in castles, and projected around the buildings of cities:
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Quickie as it has been kind of a pain in the ass day with a couple of bright spots, the main one being dinner with Angela and Carrie at Lebanese Taverna, though while I was heading out of my neighborhood to go there, a crazy neighbor came driving past at three times the speed limit, blared on his horn and rolled down his window to scream and curse at me for not realizing (because his fucking turn signal was never turned on) that he intended to turn. I feel like the national mood has infected many people, but especially young white guys who believe they are entitled to scream at anyone for any reason, particularly when they get caught fucking up in the first place. I did not watch the Emmys but I am happy for the Queen and Mrs. Maisel, though Keri Russell deserved one.
In other news-we-did-not-need, I have been complaining that the van air conditioning was not working right for months, but today in all the rain I was out getting gas and the defroster was not doing a single thing -- I was afraid to drive home -- so now the van is in the shop and I'm sure this will cost more money we don't have budgeted, along with rebuilding Daniel's entire room since we still have no date when the roof and closet will be repaired. But hey, at least the tornadoes in the remnants of Hurricane Florence stayed away from us! And tonight's Elementary
was not the very final one after all! Here are some photos from Joan of Arc exhibits we saw in France; I will do another post of the buildings, churches, and towers:
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Cheryl, Paul, and I were going to go to Mount Vernon for the colonial fair on Sunday, but Mount Vernon postponed the fair because of Hurricane Florence, so since it was warm and humid with a bit of rain here but the remnants of the storm won't arrive here for a couple of days, we went downtown to see the Alexander Hamilton exhibits at the Society of the Cincinnati and the National Postal Museum. The former has several books and maps that belonged to Hamilton, plus his epaulets and his widow's ring with a lock of his hair, while the post office has letters and the pistols used by Hamilton and Burr in their fatal duel.
While we were in the postal museum, we also visited many of the permanent exhibits, including the history of airmail and the Pony Express as well as rarities like the Inverted Jenny and John Lennon's stamp collection (a.k.a. the Green Album). Then we came home and watched songvids for a while before attempting to go to the new Cabin John Village Cava, which was so crowded that we headed for nearby Attman's Deli instead. We missed most of the day's football other than hearing the home team lose on the radio, though we caught the very end of the Packers-Vikings tie, but apparently the Orioles and Nationals both won, so that's good!
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We went to meet Paul's parents in Thurmont for lunch on Saturday, since we haven't seen them in several weeks (we were hoping to take son with us, but he had piles of homework plus two interviews to prepare for, and niece had to work all day). We went to Simply Asia, shared lots of great veggie Chinese food, and showed them some trip photos as well as a video Paul's brother made about how his current job is living his dream after the awful time following the death of his wife. They brought some old family photos to show us, like the one below of Paul's three aunts looking like they're living in three different decades in the same picture. Afterward we got ice cream before coming home.
We couldn't watch the Terps game because the restaurant didn't get the Big 10 channel -- we were stuck with Florida State-Syracuse, which at least Syracuse won -- but that is probably just as well, considering that Maryland lost badly to Temple. And we did see the horrible end of the Wisconsin game, which they lost to BYU, which was bad enough. In between bouts of west coast football in the evening, I insisted on catching up on Burden of Truth
, which is coming back for a second season at least in Canada so I am hopeful the CW will pick it up here again -- the scripting isn't great but the actors are better than the material, at least when they're not called upon to play kids with neurological twitches.
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I did a bunch of work on Friday morning, then I goofed off for a couple of hours doing Articuno and Moltres raids. I still don't have a shiny one of either, but I got to raid with people I haven't seen since before I went to Delaware, so that was fun! Paul's office hackathon ended but he didn't win a big prize, though he didn't seem devastated. We had a late quick dinner and watched A Little Chaos
with Cheryl, since she had not seen it and a movie about a Versailles gardener with scenes at Fontainebleau (though they were filmed in England) was just what we were in the mood for. And that's not even counting Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet. The Nationals and Orioles were playing terribly, anyway.
Speaking of Fontainebleau, here are photos of some of Napoléon's rooms and belongings from there. Because the palace is so old, many of the rooms contain elements from multiple eras or replica furniture alongside originals, though these are mostly restored to specific years. These are the emperor's throne room, bedroom, library (I don't envy much in castles but I do envy that), bathroom (in which he also took meetings, because why waste time), office (with "camp bed" in case he needed a rest during his long work days), salon (also the room in which he abdicated), nursery furniture for Napoleon's son a.k.a. the King of Rome, and the steps to the courtyard that Napoleon descended to make his abdication speech.
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Thursday was a dreaded photo organization day -- now that they're all backed up to Flickr, I had to decide which ones are going in a book and on calendars at Shutterfly and fight with the uploader. I did not get this done in time to use the free book coupon that was out earlier this week, but I'm hoping to get the book done while there are unlimited extra pages. I also got out to the park between rainstorms and for a Pokemon raid, yay!
Paul's office is having a hackathon of sorts for all employees this week so he hasn't been home for dinner the past few nights, and tonight, after I got to pick Plantagenet movies for two days, he wanted to watch the Ravens game, which did not exactly fill us with joy, though it ended better than it began. Here are some of Chartres Cathedral's images of the Marys -- the Virgin, the Magdalene, and some that are questionable:
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Wednesday actually had a couple of hours with no rain here, so I tried to do all my grocery-and-bagels chores before it returned. (Not that I'm complaining, since it looks like Hurricane Florence has decided to make life miserable in the Carolinas instead of barreling up here.) The rest of the day was quite dull but I am pleased to report that all the trip laundry is now washed and folded! Also, Daniel got me watching metal versions of songs from The Greatest Showman
Having watched The Lion In Winter
and being in the mood for more Plantagenets, I checked Amazon Prime and discovered that they were showing Becket
, the prequel -- not just about Henry II but even starring Peter O'Toole in that role. It's a less witty drama but still great. Since I can't do what Monet did and paint Mont Saint-Michel in different light, here are photos from one evening and one morning (plus a painting by post-Impressionist Paul Signac for comparison):
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I had a quiet, rainy 9/11 trying to catch up on things that are going to take the rest of the week -- more laundry, hours of fighting with photo programs, cleaning things out of the refrigerator that should have been tossed before we left. The laundry still isn't all folded, let alone put away, so more of the same tomorrow. I was hoping to get the pictures under control while I had a free Shutterfly book coupon, but that's expiring in less than three hours, so no luck there.
After dinner, because I've been in the mood for it since Chinon even though most of the movie was filmed in the south of France and some parts in Britain. It remains as awesome as it was the previous dozens of times I've seen it and I agree with Eleanor that Henry deserves any suffering he gets (I also appreciate knowing that Richard and Philip kicked his butt in their final rebellion, too). Since I am still working on Chinon photos, though, here are some of Étretat's white cliffs instead:
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