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My Wednesday was okay -- lots of chores, but I met Maddy at the mall (we originally had lunch plans but she ended up meeting people for a noon movie so we postponed those and just did some shopping) and Rose came over to see us and the cats (she brought treats so the feline members of the family were very excited to see her). Plus I did a Mewtwo raid and I got a lucky Prinplup!
We were going to put on a movie but the Red Sox-Astros game was actually really good (and still not over at this writing, though it looks like Boston is going to hang on). I chatted briefly with Adam, who was exhausted after his interview and bracing himself to take the red-eye back to the east coast for a day of work and classes. Here's some more fun from the Pennsylvania Renfaire:
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I had plans to get lots of things done on Tuesday, and then Gen 4 Pokemon unexpectedly arrived. So I ran out with my hair unwashed and no bra, thinking I was just going to drive through the park to see what I could catch, but I could see that there was a Turtwig by the train station and then I ran into a guy who'd never done a Mewtwo raid and was looking for people to battle with, so I summoned some locals on GroupMe and we did the raid at one of the park gyms and I caught Bidoofs and Bunearys and Kricketots and, eventually, Piplups, my favorite Pokemon of all because they're penguins!
It was otherwise an uneventful day involving laundry and food shopping and worrying about a friend whose family has suffered a loss, Adam flew to California for a job interview, so I chatted with him online while his flight was delayed; he has landed and is hopefully enjoying the west coast weather. We watched this week's The Flash
, which was okay -- I'm ready for everything not to circle around people's angst about their family members -- and Black Lightning
, which does a much better job balancing family and community concerns. Halloween at the Pennsylvania Renfaire:
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I spent a nice Monday with Denise, whom I had not seen in far too long. Since we are Ultra friends on Pokemon Go, I invited her to the Deoxys raid in Cabin John Park, after which we went to Silver Moon's store closing sale, where we both bought jewelry with copper from the Statue of Liberty centennial restoration at a big discount, then stopped at the Fresh Market to pick up food for lunch, which we ate back at my house while watching Yuri on Ice
since she had not seen it. She stayed through dinner so we had lots of time to catch up!
In the evening Paul and I caught up on Sunday's Doctor Who
, though I was chatting online with a friend who got some really bad news tonight so I was kind of distracted, which may explain why I didn't have a big reaction to the new TARDIS reveal or various other things. We caught up on the Supergirl
season premiere too, which I mostly liked -- if it's going to be a season arc, at least it's a politically relevant one, and the women weren't all a mess for a change. Fun from the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire on Sunday:
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We spent Sunday with Cheryl in Manheim at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, where the morning drizzle eventually stopped though it remained nicely autumnal and cool! It was as crowded as we've ever seen the parking lots, though we had almost no traffic getting there and once inside it didn't feel packed and crazy the way the Maryland Renaissance Festival has the past few times we've gone -- we only waited in line for food for about five minutes, had no trouble finding tables, and there were plenty of seats five minutes before the joust and ten minutes before Albannach performed.
We even got seats at the newly renovated Chess Board Stage where the falconers show their birds, plus we saw the Kings of England and France and met Sir William (I have a photo, will post when I get it to download from my phone). Plus we bought some trinkets and looked at a lot of crafts, though we were getting chilly by day's end and happy to meet Paul's parents for dinner in Hanover, where we ate at the Hibachi Buffet before coming home in time for Madam Secretary
. My only disappointment is that the pirate ship armory is now a bar! Here are just a couple of photos, more when I get organized:
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Saturday was a spectacularly beautiful day, and we spent most of it in the vicinity of Sugarloaf Mountain on the Countryside Artisans tour. We started at Heron's Meadow Farm in Howard County, a tea farm that also sells jams, spices, and crafts, which had samples and lots of cookies and brownies too! Then we went to Something Earthy, a pottery, needlework, and jewelry studio on a farm with goats and chickens.
The glass studio Art of Fire was largely deserted since most of their artisans and glassworks are at the Maryland Renaissance Festival this month, but we got to see their cats, plus we stopped at Little Bennett Park to see whether the leaves were changing (not much). Finally we went to Dancing Leaf Farm and Sugarloaf Studio, a wool-and-fiber studio and a painter's studio next door to each other.
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Adam is flying to California twice in the next two weeks for job interviews, and he spent all day at a coding challenge for another potential job -- we have no idea when he has time for his internships, let alone his classes -- so we stopped in College Park to bring him some stuff he needs and had dinner at Ten Ren since we were over there so late. Then we watched the Red Sox game till it got terrible, so we put on SNL!
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I spent Friday morning working on my France photo book, which is taking forever because Shutterfly's site is sucking so much that I'm thinking after decades I need to find a new service. Then I went to a Pokemon raid in Cabin John Park, where a friend helped me catch a 98 IV Mewtwo, and I walked for an hour because the weather was magnificent. We were supposed to have dinner with my parents, but my father wasn't feeling well and thought he might be contagious, though I saw my mother because she brought us cookies.
We watched the season premiere of Blindspot
, which I liked because of Jaimie Alexander kicking ass though the show needs to stop finding contrived ways to keep Jane and Kurt apart. Then we watched The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
, which has lots of Downton Abbey
actors and is quite enjoyable though a lot of the darker aspects of the story are kind of glossed over to keep the focus on the relationships. Because I am missing the beach, here are photos of the white cliffs of Étretat in Normandy:
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Had lunch and went shopping with Alice, whom I hadn't seen in far too long, and now we're bingeing the last four episodes of the season of The Man in the High Castle
, which at several critical scenes has had me screaming at the TV, mostly things like "YOU NAZI BASTARDS!" and "JUST DIE ALREADY YOU FUCKER!"
This is not really a spoiler but a speculation: when you have a show in which Josef Mengele is a character, and you have another character who ostensibly died a season ago in the name of eugenics but whose body has not appeared onscreen, even if that character's death was the driving force behind the motivations of many other characters this season, aren't the odds good that that character didn't die in the first place and is instead being experimented upon horribly?
Ugh, it's a year before the new season. I may need fan fiction; please tell me that "John Smith Is A Nazi Asshole" is an AO3 tag. Meanwhile, to make me stop screaming, here are a couple of photos of Rouen's Holocaust memorial (every French town has a WWI memorial, but very few commemorate WWII):
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Yeah I don't know where Wednesday went except that some of it was fighting with photos and some of it was a trip to Giant because we were out of cream cheese, tofurkey slices, and the cats' favorite cans. (Their favorite sitter, my friend Rose, is under the weather, and I am sure they're sad they haven't seen her in a week.)
We watched three episodes of The Man in the High Castle
, during which I kept shrieking, "Holy shit!" Now that we know people can cross over from other universes, I feel like they feel freer to kill people and I'm sure soon it will cheapen every death, but right now there are lots of major shocks. (DiMaggio plays for the New York Valkyries!)
Stay safe, friends in the Florida panhandle and the path of the storm. Here are some photos of Chestertown during the HP Festival last weekend, when not just the vendors in the center of town but many of the stores changed their names to shops from Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, and some private homes had Harry Potter-themed signs.
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Tuesday was less eventful than Monday, which was fine. I was going to visit niece, but she slept most of the day and still isn't feeling great, which is worrying. I did a bunch of computer stuff that took way longer than I expected, then went out to get some cat stuff, stopped at a local jewelry store that is closing after decades in Rockville, and came home with a bunch of Brighton charms for less than $3 each. And I did a raid in Park Potomac, followed by a trade that got me a lucky Ho-Oh!
We had Indian food for dinner and watched the season premiere of The Flash
, which was better than last season finale, I guess (I am ready for some stories without any extended West-Allen family angst and with the show's early humor, not an all-season arc with a Big Bad), followed by Black Lightning
, which remains excellent (family angst secondary to powerful social angst). And the Red Sox beat the Yankees! From the Folger Shakespeare Library, here are a few photos from Churchill's Shakespeare
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Monday was a Monday -- usual chores plus those that didn't get done over the weekend, trip to CVS for household items we ran out of, a couple of lucky Pokemon trades including a great Alakazam plus two raids and a shiny Drowzee at the edge of the park. I had plans with Maddy that got postponed due to an expected home repair visit, but I ended up getting to see her, though not under ideal circumstances because she wound up in the ER with what her doctor thought might be appendicitis. She's all right now -- they gave her medicine and told her to stay off her feet for a few days and come back ASAP if the pain gets worse -- I will go check in on her tomorrow!
We started watching the Red Sox-Yankees game but it (thankfully) wasn't even close, then we checked in on Monday Night Football but I can't bear to watch the R-words even on a night when Drew Brees is expected to break the all-time passing record. So we watched the beginning of the new season of The Man in the High Castle
, which remains very dark and very good -- I can't really feel sorry for Joe any more and I know I'm supposed to feel sorry for Helen as a mom but you made your own bed, you Nazi bitch, but I love Juliana and Tagomi's relationship and the might-have-been timelines. Here are some more pictures of the Viking ship Draken Harald Hårfagre visiting DC's wharf yesterday:
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