March 21st, 2008

green little review

Poem for Friday

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On this lovely spring Thursday for which I overdressed because the paper said low 50s and it was actually mid 60s, I had lunch with psu_jedi at Lakeforest Mall so that after our burgers (no one told me Red Robin had salmon burgers!), we could check out the new expanded comic store and the feng shui/metaphysical store, Good Luck, that has moved into the old comic store space. It was lots of fun and I get to see her again next week at the Girlyman concert, for which she gave me my tickets even though I forgot my checkbook to pay her back! Driving home, I saw the Lakeforest parking lot flock of Canada geese (the geese migrated there before the mall was built and nest in the drainage ditch pond behind the parking lot), plus the whole herd of deer and a groundhog on the grounds of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (article on NIST deer birth control here), so it must be spring! Here are some orchids from the US Botanic Gardens to celebrate:


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We had hamantaschen for dessert because Purim begins tonight. It's a little sad that my kids are now too old to dress up as Ahaseurus or Mordechai and have no interest in the Purim carnival considering that this is a very celebratory holiday of clearly Pagan origins (Ishtar and Marduk) despite the various averted Jewish disasters associated with it as well, and Queen Esther is a rocking female figure. But as long as I get my hamantaschen (raspberry, cherry, apricot and chocolate this year!), I feel properly festive, and now I'm drinking a bit of Bailey's Irish Creme as a late acknowledgment of St. Patrick's Day (Jews are supposed to drink on Purim). It's nice that Good Friday, Purim and Ostara are all coinciding this year so lots of people are having holy days together.

Watched Smallville which is getting goofy not only with comic mythology but with its own...either I really missed something or they've utterly shifted Lionel's backstory in the past season, and Lex is back to Way More Stupid Than Necessary, but I enjoyed it anyway because -- loser fan girl alert! -- Gina Holden, the actress who plays Dale Arden on Flash Gordon (and whose acting I have been picking on all season), shows up as Patricia Swan and brings out Lionel's inner villain which is always all to the good. Collapse )

apaulled has Friday off because the stock market is closed, so we are going to Richmond to see the Confederate White House which was closed the last time we were there. Which means I get to pounce on dementordelta! Have a great holiday if you celebrate one, and a good weekend if not.