October 13th, 2013


Poem for Sunday and Homecoming Dance

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We actually saw the sun for a few minutes on Saturday! All I care about is that it didn't rain for a couple of hours, which allowed us to go to Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Park; the creek has flooded in several places and closed roads, but it was within its banks in Rockville, though we ended up having to rescue a very small, very confused-looking baby snapping turtle that Adam spotted trying to cross a concrete path that was nowhere near the water. The warning signs about dangerous bacteria from the summer are still up though hopefully cooler weather and rain will help with that. The trees are starting to turn, and we also saw dozens of woolly bear caterpillars whom I am pleased to report were more brown than black, which supposedly means that it will be a mild winter.

Adam's Homecoming dance was in the evening and one of his friends was hosting a potluck dinner, so a couple dozen kids and a couple dozen more parents all congregated to take photos at the house before the dinner, including us. We left him there to eat and came home for baked potatoes, the end of the (last-ever ACC) Maryland-Virginia game which I am delighted that the Terrapins won, and The White Queen, which is now actively aggravating me, since in its determination to leave Richard III unblemished, both Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville have been turned into selfish, venal women whose belated "boo-hoo, I didn't mean it" routines don't ring true to me. At least I know who wins, though he's such a minor character that it's hard for me to root for him!

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