February 20th, 2012

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Poem for Monday and Outdoors at Brookside

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Remember how I said we had snow forecast for Sunday? Guess what we didn't get, not a single flake? And we'd canceled our plans to go to Mount Vernon to celebrate George Washington's birthday with hoecakes! Once we realized that we weren't going to be snowed in or even troubled driving in bad weather, we decided to go to Brookside Gardens in Wheaton Regional Park, which has a spring display in the conservatory. There were lots of beautiful, colorful camellias, orchids, and other flowers indoors, but what really surprised us were that outside not only crocuses and snowdrops but dozens of daffodils were already blooming:

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Evening TV started with Once Upon a Time, which I found quite disappointing on a whole bunch of levels, particularly that the modern town has the same Fallen Woman standards as many people in Downton Abbey, whose second season finale we watched right afterward (the Christmas episode). I enjoyed the latter very much -- I thought it was better paced than a lot of the season, and though I was very bummed not to see Sybil, I thought Mary, Matthew, and Robert all more than made up for things that had frustrated me about them in earlier episodes. Downton's folk (upstairs and down) could teach the people of Storybrooke a few things, especially when it comes to blaming women for the social standards of men.