January 11th, 2010

green little review

Poem for Monday and Brookside Trains

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We are going to lose Daniel every weekend and most weekday afternoons to robotics until after the competition season, so as will happen every Sunday for the next several weeks, we got him to the corporate sponsor's office, did some stuff around the house, then went out. Our first stop was Trader Joe's because we were out of pita, running out of hummus, and in need of red pepper, walnuts, and Manchego. The Ravens were already ahead of the Patriots when we arrived and were winning easily by the time we left, so although we saw almost none of the game on TV, we enjoyed it greatly on the radio. Then we went to Brookside Gardens, which like the US Botanic Garden was in the last weekend of its holiday train display -- this one somewhat less ambitious but still quite lovely, with several different trains weaving around displays of holiday flowers and greenery.

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After picking up Daniel, we took the entire family to get haircuts, stopped in CVS and Giant for the necessities we couldn't get at Trader Joe's, came home and watched the Cardinals-Packers game, which did not end the way I wanted but I can't really complain since the Ravens won and anyway it was a terrific game -- every time it looked like Arizona was going to pull away, Green Bay came back, and I have no doubt that if they'd gotten a turn after the winning defensive touchdown, they'd have matched that one too. When overtime finally ended, we watched The Simpsons ("The world may end in 2012 but this show won't") and the anniversary special, which had some insane segments like the wild popularity of the show in Buenos Aires (though NOT in Rio) and the guy with the Simpsons Geek House that puts the Trekkie homes I've seen to shame.