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Poem for Tuesday and Seabirds

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Monday was fairly quiet -- laundry, some little tasks, attempted catch-up on email and social media after a weekend distracted by Pokemon. I thought I would get to watch the start of the Orioles-Marlins game, but as I'm sure anyone who cares already knows, that game never happened. We had CPK brought in for socially distanced dinner with my parents and we did watch some of the Nationals-Blue Jays game, but that did not end well for DC and I'm pretty sure the baseball season will be called off for everyone's good.

When we came home, we watched the two episodes of Antiques Roadshow on PBS, then this week's Perry Mason, which is a lot easier to watch now that it's a courtroom and paperwork drama (I'm guessing it's Chinatown, though the issue is probably something other than water rights -- it obviously involves real estate money). I talked to a friend who lives near the ocean yesterday and now I'm really missing the beach, so here are some photos of seagulls from a few weeks ago to make me feel better:

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jewitch

Greetings from Zoom

It's the end of the second day of Pokemon Go Fest, which was very fun for me -- I did a raid in the morning with local high school students, then talked on Zoom to my college roommate Tracey and her grad school roommate Ceanna, ate lunch, and went for a walk at Locust Grove where I finished beating the Team Rocket bosses and caught Victini. When we came home, Katherine (who was three hours earlier in the event because of the time difference) invited me to a few remote raids, so now I have a perfect Palkia from San Francisco! Plus I Zoomed with friends!

We had Argentine stew for dinner in honor of Eva Peron, then Skyped with Daniel, Adam, Katherine, and my parents, and watched some baseball -- we'd already seen parts of the Orioles victory and the Nationals' loss -- plus the first episode of the latest season of Endeavour, which is pretty grim, though I wasn't sorry to see them dealing with academic sexual harassment and abuse of women scientists. Here are a few pics -- a couple from the park, one from Skyping family earlier, and one from Skyping yesterday with my in-laws and David's family:

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little review

Greetings from the Park

Pokemon Go Fest took place globally from 10-8 on Saturday, so I spent a lot of the day catching Pokemon and doing raids. In the morning, pursuing companions to take on a Groudon, I discovered another neighbor who plays, though he's going to be a freshman in high school so I didn't suggest swapping numbers or anything to coordinate raids. Now I have lots of G and O Unowns and plenty of Durants to trade, and there's an entirely different part of the event on Sunday, so we'll see what spawns in the morning. Paul and I took a walk in Cabin John Park, which has lots of Pokestops and gyms, and saw deer and many squirrels too.

In the evening after the Os had beaten the Red Sox and the Nats had beaten the Yankees, we watched My Spy, which felt like a movie written for Dwayne Johnson but starring Dave Bautista and was overall quite entertaining (flying Bechdel pass, reasonably interesting women or at least no less dimensional than the pretty predictable guys, pretty obnoxious gay stereotypes that an unexpected twist doesn't really redeem, very good child actor who makes up for a lot). Just a few photos of Pokemon, deer, a bunny, and a beautiful beaded mask holder my sister sent me, made by her friend who owns 100PercentBeads:

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trek

Greetings from the Meowth Balloon

I was just outside looking at Jupiter's moons and Saturn's rings through the telescope (the comet is too low on the horizon, we couldn't get a decent vantage point) so I'll be brief! It was just me and one friend on my high school chat today, everyone else was busy, but we still managed to talk for two hours, and I did a bunch of work around it and went for a walk when it was thundering and overcast so not too hot. We ate leftover fettuccine and watched She Loves Me on PBS with Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti, which was enjoyable and not at all deep, around baseball games that did not go the way I wanted for the most part. Tomorrow I'm going to be busy all day with Pokemon Go Fest! These giant lichen have been popping up in the woods since we've had all the rain, they're very pretty:

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get critical

Poem for Friday, Frogs, Baseball

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Thursday morning was hot and humid but not as intolerable as earlier in the week. I did a bunch of chores and a bunch of scanning, including a couple of papers from college I'd typed on my typewriter before I had a computer that I found in a folder with Shakespeare souvenirs, then I went looking for some articles I'd written years ago and instead found a box of cards and letters from Kate Mulgrew fans from my KMAS days, many of which were fantastic and will need to be on the "to be scanned" list. We took a walk in the late afternoon and ate dinner early.

We kept that schedule so we could watch the first baseball game of the season, though the thunderstorm that passed over us lingered in DC and the game ended up being delayed, then ended early. This was okay with me because I got to watch the final episode of Blindspot, which I thought was great until the half-assed ambiguous ending which always just feels like watching showy masturbation by the head writer, which the smug series creator interviews just emphasize. I'm in the mood for frogs and didn't see one on our walk, so here are some from the canal:

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Poem for Thursday and Stormy Wednesday

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Quickie, I'm behind on all my online activities because we were without power for several hours. It was a pretty quiet day until the storms arrived; it was dark and thunderous for more than an hour, during which our power stayed on and I got some scanning done, then the sky got brighter and I folded laundry and cleaned up things in the rooms that get enough natural light without electricity. We had soup and peanut butter crackers for dinner and took a walk in the evening drizzle.

We got the power back in time for Agents of SHIELD, the time loop episode, which was very well done -- first Groundhog Day, then TNG's "Cause and Effect", then touching -- poor Coulson, I hope his arc gets wrapped up in a satisfying way when the show ends. I'm really quite happy with the Daisy-Sousa storyline. Here are some photos from after the rain, the face mask I finally repaired today, our candlelit dinner, and Katherine who is finally back in San Francisco with Adam and Pepper:

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Poem for Wednesday and Neighborhood Deer

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It was not a very eventful Tuesday, largely due to the ongoing heat. I swept the deck, but that was about all the outdoor time I could deal with until after 6 p.m., when we took a walk and saw many squirrels, chipmunks, even a young buck with fuzzy antlers and a deer right off the path through the neighborhood. We got a food delivery two hours early that made us come racing back in the heat, so at least I got my exercise.

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We watched this week's Stargirl, which I liked (I was afraid they were either going to keep Barbara perpetually clueless or make her a hostile obstacle for the rest of the season and I'm sick of adult women being made fools in superhero stories), then we watched a couple of episodes of Down To Earth, which is a bit superficial but pretty fun, since Efron doesn't take himself or his knowledge seriously and there's lots of travel.
lrpenguin

Poem for Tuesday and Birthday Boy

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Quickie, it's Adam's birthday and I ran late tonight messaging him to try to coordinate having dinner and presents delivered when Amazon apparently had trouble with his building's loading dock and the restaurant had to coordinate dropping off food with the main desk. It sounds like he had a fairly quiet birthday, since he had to work and since Katherine is still visiting her family in Virginia, but he worked on a project with a friend from high school and it sounds like the food was good!

We had a quiet day here in 100-degree heat -- I only walked outside during the thunderstorm, at the end when the sun came out, though apparently it wasn't at the right angle for me to see a rainbow. We watched Rasputin, which is on YouTube somewhat fuzzily but mostly complete -- I haven't seen it in over a decade so that was entertaining even if Rickman and McKellen are far kinder to Rasputin and the Czar than either deserves. Since I have only one photo from this birthday, here are a few from earlier ones as well:

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jewitch

Greetings from Here

Sorry no poem, I'm behind! My area was under a heat warning for Sunday, so although we thought about going for a short walk somewhere shady, we ended up spending the whole day indoors. It was a Pokemon Community Day, so since I can reach the Pokestop at the playground behind our house from my computer, I fiddled with photos and caught Gastlys for a while, then had lunch, did some chores, and spent the rest of the day on two long Zoom/Skype calls -- one with fannish friends, one with my parents, Paul's parents, and both kids plus Daniel's girlfriend for most of the call and Adam's girlfriend at the very end (it's his birthday tomorrow but she won't be back in San Francisco until Wednesday).

We watched this week's Perry Mason, which was thankfully more about characters and less gory than previous weeks, then we watched the Iceland episode of Down to Earth with Zac Efron because my friend whose family is from Iceland had recommended it and it was a lot of fun to see places we visited last year, including the inside of the geothermal power plant we only saw from the outside. I'll sort out more exciting photos tomorrow, meanwhile here are the blueberry (faux) chicken Paul made for dinner, the burgers Daniel made for dinner, a gorgeous illustrated copy of Peter Pan that Veronica sent me, my new nautical dice tray and dice with shells, and a Skype screen shot:

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trek

Greetings from the C&O Canal

We're watching the final episode of Cursed so I'll keep this short (lots of women in interesting roles, but also an insane amount of violence that I forgive only because I love watching the Red Paladins die in the most horrible ways). It was nearly 100 degrees on Saturday, we went for a walk along the C&O Canal where it was mostly shady though still beastly hot, then we had dinner from Not Your Average Joe's down my parents' basement in the air conditioning six feet apart. Nature was in all its glory in the canal and river, happy and less so -- we saw baby ducks and many singing frogs, and we also saw a snapping turtle eating a frog and some kind of waterfowl moving very quickly away from another of its kind with a big fish in its mouth:

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