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Saturday, 17th February 2018 12:40 am - Poem for Saturday and Brookside Heron
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I started the Year of the Dog with a Pokemon raid at the nearby Buddhist Temple, which none of us attending stopped to think might be mobbed with celebrants, which it was. The rest of my day was unexciting, apart from seeing snowdrops blooming and the first crocuses coming through in my neighborhood, until dinnertime, when we went with Maddy to my parents' house.

Now we are watching the end of the phenomenal men's free skate at the Olympics, in which I was rooting for Chen to come back but not to medal because that would have required either Hanyu, Uno, or Fernandez to fall apart and I love all of them (and they were wonderful). I was sorting photos earlier today and found these of a green heron at Brookside in the summer:

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Friday, 16th February 2018 12:15 am - Poem for Friday and Musée des Docks Romains
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It was nearly 70 degrees here on Thursday! Which is a really lovely break in February! I needed to stop in Target so I went to the one in Gaithersburg so I could walk around the lake (there were lots of happy geese and ducks, including hooded mergansers, which are rare there). We had a few minutes of rain and a hint of a rainbow, then nice warm winds all afternoon into evening!

We're watching the men's skating short program, which has been somewhat uneven in terms of the skating and coverage, but it's much happier than the news and the bullshit of prayers instead of gun legislation. I am also cranky because a year ago today, Paul and I were here at Marseille's Musée des Docks Romains, and I really want to go back and do that whole trip again!

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Thursday, 15th February 2018 12:12 am - Poem for Thursday and Yuri on Ice Valentine
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My Valentine's Day started with two Rayquaza raids in Cabin John Park and a Kyogre raid at Starbucks, followed by lunch with raiding friends (we were joking that others might be looking for love but we were looking for Luvdiscs). So I got some exercise and some bagels, then came home and did work for a few hours before I got distracted talking to mamadracula and her daughter on the phone. I saw the horrible news about the Florida shooting and just have no words, since no one wants to listen to the obvious solution to mass shootings.

apaulled took me to Not Your Average Joe's for dinner, because I love their goat cheese and raspberry salad, and gave me the card below plus a deck of Yuri on Ice playing cards, chocolate, and a necklace with Thor and Loki-colored Swarovski crystals. We tried to watch the pairs skating long program though NBC only wanted to show the top five couples and made us sit through a lot of time-wasters about weather problems affecting the giant slalom instead, but I love the top three couples and the married American pair, so it's all good.

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018 12:04 am - Poem for Wednesday and Mardi Gras
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I had a nice Mardi Gras -- work, bagel lunch with a friend, a walk in the park, quality time with my cats while watching the Olympics, Paul made gumbo for dinner, we watched Shaun White's triumph and the pairs short program. I'm sure there are other things I could say but it's nearly midnight! Happy Valentine's Day if you're celebrating it, have a meaningful Ash Wednesday if you're observing that, enjoy getting ready for Lupercalia and the Lunar New Year if you observe either one!

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Tuesday, 13th February 2018 12:11 am - Poem for Tuesday and Washingtonian Sunset
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I had a busy Monday -- work, laundry, a lunchtime Rayquaza raid, stops at a couple of stores, then since I was meeting Paul plus Karen and Jim at Tara Thai, I took a walk around Washingtonian Lake in the still-lovely weather that is now getting cold again, saw many geese and the sunset, and caught 10 Wailmers. We had a nice dinner, then came home and watched the snowboarding competition!

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Monday, 12th February 2018 12:01 am - Poem for Monday and Great Falls Walk
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Unexpectedly, we got to spend a bit of Sunday with Adam, who came back to the house to sleep after 2 a.m. last night since he was nearby with Daniel W who has now gone back to Oklahoma. Adam didn't get up till after noon, but he stayed for lunch and we took a walk at Great Falls since the pouring rain had stopped and it was 65 glorious degrees.

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Then Adam went to meet friends from work and we went to the food store, plus I did a couple of Rayquaza raids at the mall and the park so I finally have one! Now we're watching the team skating competition; Nagasu and Rippon are lovely and Virtue and Moir are fantastic, but I can't stop thinking about how much I love Kana Muramoto's cherry blossom dress.
Sunday, 11th February 2018 12:57 am - Greetings from Richmond
We spent a very lovely Saturday in a very rainy Richmond with Cheryl plus Lin, Kevin, and two of Kevin's kids, meeting them all at the very crowded VMFA, which was having a Chinese New Year celebration in addition to hosting the Terracotta Warriors from Xi'an, and we went to see an exhibition of Steinlen (of Chat Noir fame) cats. Then most of us went to Kitchen 64 for brunch, after which we went with Cheryl to Maymont, which was having a Victorian Valentine celebration. Now we're watching the Olympics and have Adam here for five minutes since he came to pick up Daniel W who's in town for one more day!

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Saturday, 10th February 2018 12:32 am - Poem for Saturday and Winter Friday
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Distracted again -- opening ceremonies. My day in a nutshell: Alice came to pick up Maddy to get pedicures, I did work for a bit, went to meet them for coffee afterward, stopped in CVS and Giant, Adam's great childhood friend Daniel W stopped by to get his gloves because they are skiing together in Pennsylvania for a couple of days, the rest of the Gen 3 Pokemon were released so I timed my walk in the park to catch some with raiding friends, saw the sunset, went to dinner with parents and Maddy, and here we are watching Colbert till I can switch to see Alice Merton on Fallon!

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Friday, 9th February 2018 12:12 am - Poem for Friday, Olympics, Seaglass Carousel
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I'm going to be distracted for the next few weeks by the Winter Olympics, so entries may be brief, sorry. They haven't even officially opened, yet we spent the evening watching the team skating and the freestyle skiing. Hey, these are a lot more fun to watch than the stock market collapsing.

My day started with a doctor appointment (blood pressure under control), some lunchtime shopping, a Mewtwo raid at my local Starbucks (caught with SeraphimPrime's help), a walk in the park, and a bunch of boring stuff. Because I was in the mood for it, New York's Seaglass Carousel at Battery Park:

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Thursday, 8th February 2018 12:04 am - Poem for Thursday and DC Winter
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We had an ice storm in the very early hours on Wednesday, so that local schools were at first delayed, then closed, and nobody wanted to venture on the sidewalks and roads unless they had to. Paul worked from home, as did most of his office, so we had lunch together and took turns distracting cats from sleeping on vents (Rose came to visit them, too, and we watched the Team Thor shorts).

This week's X-Files felt like much too little, too late re: Skinner, who deserved a more comprehensive backstory years ago or else deserved to remain an enigma -- everyone involved should have much stronger feelings for and about each other -- but at least it wasn't ruined by Cancer Man. Since it's still winter, here are some photos toward evening around DC last September:

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