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Wednesday, 6th February 2019 01:08 am - Poem for Wednesday, Into the Spiderverse, Chinese New Year
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We had absolutely gorgeous weather on Tuesday and I got to spend most of it with Cheryl, whom I have not seen in ages because she's been dealing with family stuff! We had lunch at Spice 6, the new Indian place in the food court at Montgomery Mall -- it was great -- and went to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which was even greater, really clever filmmaking with a terrific cast and a great sense of fun.

Then we came back to my house and watched ITV's Torvill and Dean biopic, which was well cast but entirely mediocre (you'd think their entire career was predicated on Chris being a sad ten-year-old spending his whole career trying to get over his parents' divorce. But because of the movie, we put on Path to Perfection to watch them skate to Barnum (which was cut out of the biopic entirely) and see Michael Crawford be happy for them.

Paul made sesame beef and sweet & sour chicken for the Chinese New Year, which we all ate, then Cheryl headed home and he and I watched The Flash (not one of the more engrossing episodes of the season, I barely remember the details) and caught up on the Mary Poppins Graham Norton Show to avoid the State of the Union, which I am now watching in summary on the late shows. More new year festivities from Lakeforest last weekend:

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Tuesday, 5th February 2019 12:37 am - Poem for Tuesday and Wintry Great Falls
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I don't remember much of my Monday before the two and a half hours I spent chatting online with Verizon trying to figure out why my phone's mobile hotspot wasn't working before they had escalated me to someone in an office close enough to where I live to tell me that ha, there was nothing wrong with my phone at all and all those reboots and resets were unnecessary because there was something wrong with Verizon's hotspot service in general. Which, you know, is lots better than needing a new phone, but what a waste of time!

The rest of my day mostly involved really boring work and chores. We had leftovers for dinner and watched this week's Black Lightning, which has been quite sad this season but also really good (this week the infuriating replacement high school principal refused to acknowledge that white privilege might be a thing), then we caught up on the James McAvoy episode of Graham Norton that we missed because we keep forgetting which night it's on. Here are some photos of the melting ice at Great Falls on Sunday before the Super Bowl:

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Monday, 4th February 2019 12:22 am - Greetings from Super Bowl Partying
Quickie, as we had a nice Sunday with pleasantly warm weather -- we went to Great Falls to walk out to the finally-open-post-shutdown island, and stopped at a few stores, including the soon-to-close Crabtree and Evelyn at the mall -- but now I'm trying to get organized after coming back from Linda and Ira's annual Super Bowl party, which Adam and Katherine attended along with us and my parents. I wasn't thrilled with the game (where was everyone's famous offense?), the halftime show (this was the best they could come up with?) or the results (yeah, the Rams might not have been there without a bad non-call, but I have so much trouble with Tom MAGA Brady and his alt-right fanboys). But I always have a great time at the party, where I shared potato chips with Adam, Linda showed me her latest watercolors, the cat and dog gave me friendly greetings, and I got to catch up with a bunch of people including fellow high school alums:

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Sunday, 3rd February 2019 12:55 am - Poem for Sunday and Lakeforest Lunar New Year
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Saturday morning was the opening of more than a week of Lunar New Year festivities at Lakeforest Mall, so after establishing that the groundhog had not seen his shadow so we can be certain that winter will end soon, we went to see the celebration, presided over by the governor's wife and a bunch of state and local politicians. After the dragon and lion dances and some of the martial arts, we had lunch at House of Kabob, then went to Giant, stopping at a couple of Palkia raids on the way.

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Since it was Imbolc/Candlemas and therefore Jour des Crepes in France, Paul made crepes for dinner, then chocolate crepes for dessert which we ate while watching the senior Dog and Cat Bowls (Puppy and Kitten Bowls are Sunday before the Super Bowl) around the episode of Victoria we missed last weekend, which I did not love, too pro-monarchist for me. Because SNL isn't new, now we're watching Little Shop of Horrors, which remains just as wrong and entertaining as ever!
Saturday, 2nd February 2019 12:11 am - Poem for Saturday and Brookside Flowers
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Friday may not have been as cold as Thursday, but it snowed all day -- not hard, perhaps an inch accumulation, though every time I thought it was clear enough to go out, it started again. I stayed in fuzzy clothes all day until Paul got home and we went to my parents' for dinner.

When we got home, we watched Blindspot, then we watched the non-musical tough-guy Les Miserables because I was in the mood. Now we're watching Graham Norton with Laura Linney and Timothee Chalamet. From Brookside last month, flowers indoors and out:

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Friday, 1st February 2019 01:05 am - Poem for Friday, The Orville, Hillwood
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Thursday was cold -- not as cold as the parts of the country that are really suffering, but cold enough that my fingers hurt taking a walk outdoors, so instead I walked in the mall after having lunch with friends there. Other than looking at Valentine stuff, I didn't really shop, though if I had known Crabtree and Evelyn was closing, I would have!

We watched tonight's episode of The Orville, which I liked a lot until the very end when Claire decided it was fine to make it all about what Isaac needed instead of what they could be together -- come on, she's an adult with a child! From Hillwood in January, some holiday-decorated rooms and some of Dina Merrill's childhood and wedding clothes:

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Thursday, 31st January 2019 12:32 am - Poem for Thursday and Winter Deck Visitors
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Wednesday started chilly, then we had an afternoon snow squall and now it's very cold, though not by current standards in Chicago and Milwaukee, nor even as cold as it was in New York when we were there a couple of weekends ago. So I really was not in the mood for being outdoors much, though I did walk in the park for a few minutes to get to a Palkia raid. Mostly I worked at home around cats who wanted to be in my lap and on my table to keep warm.

In the evening we watched The Masked Singer, which I've read has been picked up for another season -- I'm really not a talent show fan but this show is compulsively watchable and I'm sure they ordered the judges to sound like complete idiots just to get people mocking them on Twitter. I'm having trouble watching late night comedians this week because Chris Christie is everywhere, ugh! Some photos of the birds in the snow these past several days:

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Wednesday, 30th January 2019 12:28 am - Poem for Wednesday, First Man, Snowstorm
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Paul worked from home because we had a plumber coming to look at the upstairs bathroom (verdict: sink fixture needs to be replaced, so we need to go pick one out). Since the schools were closing early and most of the county recreation facilities were shut for impending snow, this was just as well. Since First Man is now streaming, we watched that while working (verdict: very well acted, stunningly filmed, fantastic score, some weird, depressing script choices). And I got the laundry folded.

It was snowing quite hard by 5 p.m., but a friend who was in the neighborhood for a Kyogre raid offered to give me a ride to the first local Palkia raid at a nearby church, so I gratefully accepted since I did not want to drive with it coming down so hard. We watched The Flash, in which Nora still does not make any sense, then caught up on the Supergirl we missed, in which Nia and Kara are awesome and the show finally replicates Smallville's growing-up-super is like growing-up-gay parallel. Snow pics:

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Tuesday, 29th January 2019 12:40 am - Poem for Tuesday and Tip of Manhattan
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I had a nice, busy Monday because I had a bunch of things I wanted to get done before being trapped in the house by a snowstorm on Tuesday. I met Karen and Jim for lunch at the Big Greek Cafe, which was lovely because I have not seen them since before the winter holidays -- it's been a crazy month -- then I did a bunch of shopping on Rockville Pike, including stops at both A.C. Moore and Michaels which were both unsuccessful since they've both removed their holiday sale sections in favor of Easter merchandise! Pier 1 still has some winter things but World Market, not much.

In the late afternoon I took down a bunch of Star Trek collectible plates that have been hanging precariously in our bedroom (one nearly fell during the roof repairs) and put up some more nautical decor that's much more my style of the past decade. I love the advent of turtle and starfish-shaped sparkly string lights. We had veggie gyros for dinner, since I brought Paul some of the spicy feta from lunch. Now we're caught up on Black Lightning, which was very sad tonight, and Madam Secretary, which was frustrating. Here are some photos from Battery Park last week:

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Monday, 28th January 2019 12:01 am - Poem for Monday, Rent, Cabin John Park
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We had a quiet Sunday morning with various projects we put off while our kids were home, then we had soup and crackers for lunch and went to take a walk at Locust Grove in Cabin John Park. The snow is gone and the trails are pretty muddy, but there's some ice on the creek and in puddles on the ground, and there are cardinals and eastern bluebirds in the trees, so it's quite pretty. We stopped at Giant and CVS on the way home.

In the late afternoon, we picked up Maddy, who is moving back to California very early on Monday -- she has better job prospects out there -- and went to meet Alice, Jeremy, and Avery at the Metro 29 Diner. We haven't all had dinner together since not long after Maddy moved out here, so that was lovely! Then we came home for Rent on Fox, also lovely and nostalgic and powerful. We'll have lots of regular Sunday TV to catch up on.

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