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Poem for Wednesday and Fat Tuesday

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My Mardi Gras was as exciting as anyone's this year, which is really sad for other people considering I celebrated at home (and I didn't even have alcohol, though I had white chocolate peppermint coffee which is much better for me). I took a couple of walks and did a couple of Pokemon raids to finish the Valentine's Day research, plus I did laundry and tried to hack away at some work.

Paul made veggie gumbo for dinner plus praline cookies, which were awesome. We watched the season finale of Trickster, which had some very odd elements concerning the characters but I enjoyed getting to see the mythology, and this week's Batwoman, which I really want to like but there is so much bad stuff in the writing that makes me crazy. So here's my Fat Tuesday in photos:

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Greetings from Carderock

Paul had Monday off, so we had a kind of lazy morning, then we went to Carderock, where it was misty but not very cold and there were many cardinals and ducks, plus a couple of bluebirds, a couple of great blue herons, and a couple of deer. Because of the drizzle, there were almost no people or bikers, which was lovely, and we stopped at the co-op to pick up fake sausage and real almonds on the way home.

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I ran late after dinner so I missed most of Antiques Roadshow, so I don't know what treasures I might have, but I saw all of Snowpiercer which needed so much more Melanie, then we watched the rest of the second season of A Discovery of Witches, which has some interesting mythology but also some atrociously bad dialogue that makes Diana sound like the worst sort of sparkly special Mary Sue. Kit Marlowe deserved better!
lrpenguin

Greetings from Brookside in Snow

Sunday was warmer and prettier than Saturday. We slept late, Paul made eggs benedict for brunch, then we went to Brookside Gardens, which had a few bridges closed because of ice but was mostly clear on the paths, a dusting of white on the ground, geese and hawks around the pond, snowdrops in the snow, daffodils and crocuses shooting up and flowering apricots coming into bloom.

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When we got home, I chatted with my fan friends for a couple of hours on Zoom, then we ordered dinner from Sisters Thai, which I haven't had in over a year and had nearly forgotten how great it is! Paul made me a card that I will scan and post tomorrow, because right now we're watching more Discovery of Witches and I did not know who played Matthew's father until he showed up and rrowrr!
jewitch

Greetings from Icy DC

Obviously Saturday was a shitty day for the world. It was only a casually shitty day for me -- the winter storm kept us mostly in the house, though I have friends and in-laws (on both coasts!) with trees and power lines down. The kids sent photos of Seattle's fluffier snow than the ice that made our sidewalks slippery.

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We had cheesy chick'n for dinner and watched a little bit of tennis, then watched some episodes of A Discovery of Witches because the problems of witches, vampires, and daemons are about all I can put up with right now. So let's just leave Saturday at that. Happy Valentine's Day!
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Poem for Saturday and Chinese New Year Robins

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Friday was chilly and overcast, but I concluded I would rather go out to do minor Pokemon raids than sit inside watching The Loser's lawyers, and it would be better for my blood pressure, too. Instead I worked on a writing project and did chores until afternoon, when Paul and I went for a walk around the neighborhood and saw lots of robins enjoying the melting snow before we get more this weekend:

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We had sweet and sour chick'n and sesame garlic not-beef for the Chinese New Year before watching WandaVision with Cheryl, which as always was fantastically done and I really hope the Recast One does not turn out to be a villain! Then we watched Brandy's Cinderella on Disney+, which I don't think I've seen since before Whitney Houston died and enjoyed both musically and visually!
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Greetings from the Trial

I just spent two hours fighting with Photoshop 2021 so I will be brief. Nothing exciting went on here today anyway apart from a very little bit of snow, a nice long walk under the gray skies, and many hours of impeachment trial, which again was very upsetting but also satisfying to have laid out in such detail because on Friday, when I will not be watching after the shenanigans Cruz and Graham pulled tonight conspiring with the defense, it will all be ignored by the Republicans in the Senate, so I wanted it on the record for the Republicans elsewhere in America.

My Voyager group watched "Elogium" which remains one of my absolute favorite episodes (okay, we all agreed that Neelix is annoying, but I really was not thinking about Neelix). Then Paul and I watched Bliss, which I'd heard was kind of like The Matrix with an ending that you could read two different ways, but I really think there was very solid proof which way we're supposed to interpret the ending and Owen Wilson and Salma Hayek are quite delightful together. Since I barely got out of the house today, here are our cats watching, eating, and sleeping with us:

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Poem for Thursday and Deer in the Woods

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I spent Wednesday morning doing work so I could have a Zoom lunch with my three friends from high school, which ended up going two hours so we could catch up on everything, which is always awesome. It started snowing not long afterward, so we took a walk on the early side, and it would have been a nice afternoon except then I watched the impeachment trial, which is almost more upsetting than watching on the actual day was because we know so many awful things now that we didn't realize then.

After dinner we watched The Masked Dancer, in which the right animal was eliminated (I think the Cotton Candy is Gabby Douglas but have no idea about the rest of them). Then we watched two episodes of Doom Patrol, which I've enjoyed but only very superficially but the glorious, flamboyant Matt Bomer​ singing​ "People Like Us" with the amazing Alan Mingo, Jr. reminded me of all the joys of DC superhero stories as coming-out stories like Smallville. Deer at Meadowside Nature Center last weekend:

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Greetings from Lovecraft Country

We just watched the last episode of Lovecraft Country (and wowowow, THAT is my kind of revenge fantasy), so I am rushing. There was not much excitement early besides enjoying the warmer weather and walking, then I had a family Zoom call with my west coast relatives in between bouts of impeachment hearings (Trump's lawyer's arguments even more bonkers than I was expecting).

We were reheating deep dish pizza for dinner when our neighbors came over with Moroccan tagine and bread with bottles of olive oil and honey with herbs from Souss, all of which was fantastic. Then we watched the penultimate episode of Trickster, which remains somewhat uneven but the Canadian indigenous mythology is interesting and there are a lot of badass women! Some C&O Canal photos:

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Poem for Tuesday and Ducks in the Canal

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I don't have much to say about Monday except that it was a Monday. The temperature dropped overnight, thought not as much as we were warned it might, so I took a morning walk to the Pokemon gym to do a raid and an early evening one with Paul to see the twilight sky and birds (and one bunny). My excitement for the day was watching the Delta Flyers' "Resolutions" episode and discussing it with lots of old friends from Voyager days -- I am not in the least nostalgic for the show and definitely not for Mulgrew and Beltran making stuff up about their characters, but I am nostalgic for discussing it with these people!

Because it was cold, I had a great deal of feline supervision during the day when some of them were not upstairs on the bed. We had chick'n with salsa for dinner before Antiques Roadshow, which made me regretful that I inherited neither original Whistler etchings nor Lalique vases, then we watched this week's Snowpiercer, which made me regretful that Sean Bean is so sexy when he's evil because he actually deserves to die in this one but I'm hoping he doesn't before there's sex involving Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, or both. We saw many mallards and a few American black ducks at the C&O Canal last weekend:

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Greetings from After the Super Bowl

We woke to more snow, though it stayed warm enough that it only collected on the cars and grass and had melted on the roads before noon. So we had a quiet morning -- I watched the first two episodes of WandaVision with a British friend, then we watched part of the Puppy Bowl before going to take a walk in Cabin John Park so we got at least a bit of exercise that didn't involve brushing snow off our vehicles.

I chatted on Zoom with friends for an hour or so before going to my parents for pizza and the Super Bowl. I was rooting for the Chiefs because I can't root for Tom Brady, but after the 700th defensive penalty on Kansas City, I stopped caring. Both my father and father-in-law were rooting for the Buccaneers, so at least they're happy. It's supposed to be bitterly cold overnight, so my goal for Monday is not to slip on ice.

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