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Greetings from the Johto Region

Running late because I had a very Pokemon-themed day: met friends for a socially distanced raid in our cars at Cabin John Park, met friend for a socially distanced raid on the sidewalk in the neighborhood, and finally just now defeated Giovanni (after we saw the live show when our kids were very young, we kept walking around saying "No, Ash, I am your father"), but my real excitement was seeing Team Rocket's Meowth balloon fly over my house and getting to battle Jessie and James, which I've wanted to do since the day I put Pokemon Go on my phone so I could try to play long distance with my kids.

It was otherwise a nice day in general anyway, though beastly hot. I only got little projects done and several not-done, but I had a lovely chat with six friends from high school, the most we've had in this chat group before, and then more chat with two of them because we hadn't talked in a couple of weeks. We caught up this evening on the season finale of Burden of Truth because we missed it during the double-episode Blindspot, and they left it in a nice place if it ends up being the series finale as well. I'm in an "Egrets, I've had a few" mood, so here are a few we saw in Delaware last week:

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Poem for Friday and Fiddler Crabs

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Thursday was pretty uneventful apart from household chores and some writing. It was hot but nice out, we took a nice walk before dinner, with bunnies in evidence and also a neighbor's son having a hysterical meltdown because his father wouldn't let him sit in the car in the afternoon heat and pretend to drive, which was pretty amusing since I was not responsible.

We ate leftover tacos for dinner and watched what I thought was the two-hour season finale of Blindspot, only to find out that it has one more episode in a couple of weeks! At least the show isn't ending on a cliffhanger, and a character I really wanted not to be dead isn't. Here are some of the fiddler crabs we saw in the Burton Island Nature Preserve swamp:

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Poem for Thursday and Rehoboth This Summer

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Apart from yelling at the Supreme Court, which was not listening, my Wednesday was pretty quiet. I caught up on some writing and some photo stuff from before I went to the beach, and it was nice enough out for a long walk in the late afternoon, plus I did two Kyurem raids during raid hour, though the dragon flew away both times from my baby account.

Paul decided we should get Cava delivered for dinner, which was also lovely. We watched this week's The 100 (I'd watch that prequel if they pick it up) and Agents of SHIELD (why couldn't all the seasons have been like this season). Here are some photos of the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk attempting to maintain social distancing last week:

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Poem for Wednesday and New Orleans Nostalgia

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I spent a ridiculous amount of time on Tuesday trying to figure out whether a prescription I take is part of a recall -- Caremark helpfully emailed me a list of NDC numbers for the recalled formulations, but Caremark does not include the NDC numbers on their bottles, so there was no way I could know whether I had the recalled formulation without contacting them, so why they didn't just figure this out for patients and then tell us specifically whether our medicine was or was not part of the recall is beyond me. (Turns out mine is fine.)

It was otherwise not an exciting day: better weather than Monday, some thunder but no big rainstorms, we managed to walk and see bunnies. I'm still behind on laundry but I got a bunch of scanning done and we Skyped my kids and parents. We watched Stargirl, which I am really loving -- nice family dynamics though I want more mom, great girls -- then some Lost Cities With Albert Lin, which has very interesting science but is much too interested in looking for physical evidence of human sacrifice in Central and South America for my taste.

Since I had all that time to spend first waiting for a callback, then on hold as I wound up in voicemail hell and getting transferred from department to department along with hundreds of other people trying to find out the same information, I caught up with posting photos from our 2008 trip out west and finished posting photos from our 2009 trip south on Facebook, which took a stupid amount of time because Facebook deleted all the date and location information plus many of the captions. But since I'm feeling nostalgic, here are a few!


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Poem for Tuesday and Good Omens Anniversary

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The only excitement around here on Monday was a massive thunderstorm that bounced my internet just long enough to undo hours of work uploading and labeling photos. Otherwise my day was spent uploading and labeling said photos (the former twice, the latter to be finished tomorrow hopefully), plus laundry and a bunch of scanning (Shakespeare and Austen ephemera completed, other authors up next).

We had tacos for dinner and watched Antiques Roadshow, then some Lost Cities With Albert Lin though now I'm watching season three Merlin and have no idea why it took me so long to do a rewatch. Here is my anniversary card made by Paul, Good Omens-themed since we're sharing a 30th anniversary this year (speaking of things I need to rewatch) -- I don't believe in the "definitely not":

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Greetings from Lake Needwood

Hahaha the laundry is still not folded! I decided to treat the whole weekend as a holiday, so although I did some fun scanning (Shakespeare miscellany I collected in Stratford-on-Avon and Stratford, Ontario for the most part), I did not do any useful chores apart from the dishes (Paul made a pie with the blueberries we picked last weekend so I figured that was the least I could do). After lunch, we went to Lake Needwood, where it's easy to socially distance on the network of trails and where we saw many animals, including turtles, frogs, various waterfowl, and a skink:

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We had shawarma with awesome Greek potatoes for dinner, then we watched the Marie Antoinette episode of Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths and Secrets before Perry Mason -- my in-laws called in the middle so I got distracted but parts of it were so gory that I really didn't mind. After that, we watched this week's excellent Snowpiercer, in which I was torn between thinking Melanie would get what she deserves and rooting for her because in spite of everything I'd take her over Ruth and the Folgers in a second (and Jennifer Connelly has done a great job with her, and she and Diggs have great chemistry).
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Greetings from the Canal

No, the laundry isn't folded, but Saturday was a holiday so I didn't feel obligated. We slept late (well, as late as the cats would permit), put aloe on our sunburns, and had a fairly quiet morning trying to catch up on correspondence, then we had lunch and went to the C&O Canal to take a walk -- it was muggy but there were lots of trees so we didn't get too much sun, and we saw many frogs, some turtles, the ducklings that are now becoming adult wood ducks, plus a nearly camouflaged baby praying mantis:

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We had burgers for dinner with potato and macaroni salad (no corn, we forgot to track it down at a socially distanced farmer's market) and watched A Capitol Fourth, which mostly reflected the weirdness of this year but had Brian Stokes Mitchell doing Man of La Mancha and John Fogerty doing "Centerfield" with his kids, both of which were delightful. Then we watched Sonic the Hedgehog because older son had liked it and it was amusing, though we don't know the games well enough to get the relevant in-jokes.
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Greetings from Delmarva

We are home, probably to the relief of our cats and my mother who was feeding them but I really hope I can see the ocean again (either ocean) before the year is over. It was probably time to go anyway: Fenwick Island had more people arriving for July 4th weekend and when we stopped in Rehoboth Beach, the beach itself looked crowded, though the boardwalk had plenty of social distancing and the police were enforcing required masks.

We had thought about getting Nic-o-bolis from Nicola's Pizza, but decided to avoid the shopping streets, though we bought some fries before leaving Delaware and ate them at lunch in Tuckahoe State Park, where there were almost no people and many wild animals. We got home in time for leftovers before watching Hamilton on Disney+, which is a real joy. Here are a few photos from our last vacation day, more after the laundries are done!

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Greetings from Assawoman Bay

Flickr misbehaved a lot tonight so it took a really long time to upload these photos -- fortunately The Greatest Showman was on FX to distract me while I waited, after a late ghost crab walk on the beach! Here's another glorious vacation day in brief, public places a bit more crowded than the rainy day before, so we went to a nature preserve during the peak beach hours after lunch and went back to the ocean after the lifeguards went off duty (still early enough for my arms to get sunburned watching dolphins):

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Greetings from Indian River Inlet

I had a wonderful anniversary on Wednesday doing beachy things. Morning walk after the early rain to see shore birds and somewhat confused ghost crabs out under the cloud cover. Quick shower and sandwiches, then a drive through Bethany Beach and over the Indian River Inlet Bridge to park in the marina parking lot, from which we walked to the Burton Island Nature Preserve hiking trail, crossing the bridge past the horseshoe crab post-mating carnage to boardwalks over marshes full of fiddler crabs and seabirds. Return drive stop at Kohr Bros before some afternoon beach time. Dinner picked up and carried back from nearby Warren Station. Just briefly Skyped the kids, then watched Agents of SHIELD while uploading these photos:

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