September 15th, 2011

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Poem for Thursday and Boonsboro Raptors

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I had a lovely day until I developed a weather-related migraine in the early evening that I think will require the serious drugs as opposed to Advil. I had lots of laundry to fold -- since Adam has been running, he produces twice as much as anyone else, and since he went to bed after me last night and got up before me this morning and I don't know how he's functioning on so little sleep, I can't ask him to do his own -- so I put on Tamara Drewe, mostly because Stephen Frears directed it. I knew it was loosely based on Thomas Hardy but I didn't realize that it came from a graphic novel, nor that it was nominally a comedy. The acting is good and Dorset looks lovely, but the storyline is strange, and a lot of the characters are really hard to like and the film is pretty mean-spirited about them. It's definitely not in my Frears Top Five.

After lunch I drove up to Kentlands because there's a wonderful inexpensive bead store as well as a Michael's and other places that are fun to browse in. It was a pretty day to be out walking around. Adam got home quite late because his school's first official cross country competition was this afternoon -- he finished in the top half of competitors and considering that he's only been running seriously for a few months, I think it's very impressive. (Daniel apparently went to fencing after his classes, which he hasn't done since middle school, so I am hoping he will stick with that as he used to like it a lot.) We had veggie chili for dinner as an early Mexican Independence Day celebration, then watched The Talented Mr. Ripley because I was, oddly enough, in the mood for it (Damon and Law's performances are both absolutely brilliant).

Here are some of the birds at Boonesborough Days last weekend, brought by the rehabilitation and education group Raptors Up Close:

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