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Sunday, 22nd July 2018 12:53 am - Poem for Sunday and Ice Caves Trail
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It rained buckets all day Saturday until we started having flood warnings. Fortunately (?), we had a lot of work to do in the house, so we spent all morning putting stuff back on shelves in the bedrooms, then since it was Zapdos day I went to the mall to meet my raiding group and did six raids before coming home for more organizing.

We went out to Home Depot in the evening downpour to get an outlet plate that ended up not fitting our outlet, and now we're watching Cloak and Dagger to decompress. Here are some photos from our trip to Seattle when we climbed up to the Big Four Ice Caves in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, where it was damp and cool and gorgeous:

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Saturday, 21st July 2018 12:26 am - Greetings from Upstairs
LOOK. NO BEDBUGS. That is pretty much all my Friday involved, apart from wishing younger son a long-distance happy 22nd birthday and a quick trip to the food store because we needed to replenish our variety of cat food (you cannot expect them to eat Classic Beef Pate two meals in a row!!). Have a lovely weekend, everyone.

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Friday, 20th July 2018 12:18 am - Greetings from the Basement
The bedbug exterminators returned on Thursday hopefully to murder every egg, nymph, and anything else that might still be alive in our bedroom. This time, to avoid traumatizing the cats any further (and to avoid spending even more than the fortune we've already spent dealing with this), we barricaded ourselves in the basement with the cats while the exterminators worked. It was, thankfully, cool, though our upstairs is still over 90 degrees so we have to sleep down here. The cats were initially distressed about being stuck in the basement along with pretty much everything we own stuffed in bags or piled in stacks, but eventually they all found places to sleep.

When finally we could leave the basement, we went out to dinner at Grand Fusion while the air conditioning started to work, then watched the last episode of A Very English Scandal and the first episode of Cloak and Dagger, both of which were quite enjoyable though I was quite distracted cleaning up the things we could get to -- we have weeks ahead of us of more cleanup.

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Thursday, 19th July 2018 12:11 am - Poem for Thursday and Seattle Ship Locks
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The very best part of my Wednesday was getting eaten alive by mosquitos during a ten-minute walk and Regice raid with friends in Cabin John Park. The rest of it was about cleaning up from other bugs, which had better all be dead tomorrow or I may spontaneously combust (don't worry, I'll take the cats out of the house first). So I will be locked in my basement with the aforementioned cats for quite a while on Wednesday but hopefully then I will in some ways get my life back.

In between laundries, we watched this week's The 100 (Abby better be all right you bastards) and the second episode of A Very English Scandal (which I feel like I am finding funnier than I should, given how awful these people are). Here are photos from the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, the Washington Ship Canal, and Ballard Fish Ladder (you can see the drawbridge being raised for a large ship, then lowered with trains going over it, as well as the water in the locks being raised and lowered):

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Wednesday, 18th July 2018 12:16 am - Poem for Wednesday, Baltimore, All-Star Game
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Tuesday sucked, Wednesday's gonna suck hard, Thursday's gonna suck worse, and that's just my life, not even counting the state of the world which sucks more than I can remember feeling like it sucked since the night Operation Desert Storm started and I was sitting in a classroom pretending I cared about a pretentious paper by a male feminist expert on Modernist women's writing when I just wanted to get to a TV and find out what was going on, since I wasn't in the habit of looking on Usenet back then. Ahem. A few more photos from Baltimore, including pirate ships, aquarium animals, and, in honor of the AL about to win the All-Star Game which is now in extra innings, Oriole Park at Camden Yards:

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Tuesday, 17th July 2018 12:13 am - Poem for Tuesday and National Aquarium
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I didn't do anything on Monday that wasn't a chore (besides having an egg bagel in between shopping stops) until dinnertime. Then we watched the Home Run Derby, which was very fun because it was at Nationals Park and Bryce Harper won, and this week's Elementary, which made me happy because it implied that Moriarty will be back before the series finale. I'm sure I had more interesting things to say but diatomaceous earth has rotted my brain, so here are some photos from the National Aquarium last weekend:

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Monday, 16th July 2018 12:16 am - Poem for Monday and SeaWorld Penguin
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My Sunday involved watching the World Cup final (I was rooting for Croatia because they beat Russia, but I do like France), plus lots and lots of laundries. We went out in the afternoon to get some stuff at Target, Kohl's, and Giant, during which I ran into my Pokemon raiding group and caught Lugia, but it rained while we were at Washingtonian so I didn't even get to walk around the lake.

In the evening we watched this week's Succession and the first episode of A Very English Scandal -- the former twisted and depressing, the latter darkly funny and extremely well acted. Someone on Facebook asked me ten years ago for photos from our trip on this day to (pre-boycott) SeaWorld for a penguin encounter as an early birthday present for younger son, so here are photos:

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Sunday, 15th July 2018 12:48 am - Greetings from Baltimore
We spent the morning doing the endless anti-bug laundries but since we already had Orioles tickets for the evening, we figured it would be stupid to waste the late afternoon, so we went to the National Aquarium for a couple of hours before the game. We saw lots of animals, even the sleeping sloth, before heading to Camden Yards, where we had veggie burgers and peanuts and watched the Orioles win on a single unearned run but hey, they need every win any way they can get them! Plus it was free Maryland flag jersey day, which would have equaled the cost of the tickets if we'd wanted to sell them. Adam won the cupcake contest at Microsoft's puzzle day (his whole team did very well) and Maddy has just picked up her suitcase so she is officially moved out. Sunday: more chores!

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Saturday, 14th July 2018 12:12 am - Poem for Saturday and Baby Gulls
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At 8 a.m. we were visited by the company that treated our bedbugs, complete with bug-sniffing dog, to make sure all the bugs and their eggs were gone. Let's just say that the dog signaled that it had found something on the left side of the bed and my Friday the 13th only got worse from there. At least, with Maddy moving into a new place with three friends tomorow, we can sleep in Daniel's room instead of breaking our backs on the sleep sofa. We were going to go to a play tonight but did laundry instead, ha! And now I'm watching Versailles and wishing I was in Ballard, where we saw this mother seagull trying to fledge her babies:

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Friday, 13th July 2018 12:22 am - Poem for Friday and Marvel Universe
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I had chores to do on Thursday, but I also had a pass for an EX raid, so after doing the chores in the morning, I went to meet friends for a couple of hours around lunch and successfully raided a Mewtwo, an Absol (sadly not a shiny one), and a Regice, at Starbucks, Cabin John Park, and Park Potomac respectively. (I also managed to pick up bagels, stop in Walgreens, and less exciting things in between the raids.)

When I got home, I had a massive post-trip laundry to fold, so I put on Thor. And even though we spent the post-dinner hour watching the season finale of The Handmaid's Tale, which I found really very satisfying and thought-provoking though I don't quite believe Serena (but I adore Emily and Rita, for entirely different reasons, and yay for that show and Westworld's Emmy nominations), Thor put me in the mood for MoPOP's Marvel Universe of Superheroes exhibit:

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