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Poem for Saturday and Chilly C&O Canal

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Friday was pretty uneventful -- slept late because a cat was on top of my legs, did a bunch of chores, took a walk since it was nice out though chilly. Sorted a bunch of photos pulled out while I was fiddling with scanners earlier in the week. Pulled out my DSLR to determine what I need to make it more efficient. We had dinner with my parents, then came home and fed cats.

We finally watched this week's Doctor Who -- I agree with complaints that it was heavy-handed -- and the first episode of The New Pope, which is just as insane as The Young Pope, followed by the Graham Norton in which Daniel Radcliffe famously answered Miriam Margolyes' question about the state of his foreskin with "I'm Jewish!" From the C&O Canal last month:

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Poem for Friday and Riverbend Park

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I lost early breakfast plans on Thursday with a local friend who had to travel unexpectedly, but I still got to spend a lovely afternoon with Denise, who came down so we could go to the mall and look at Valentine's Day stuff before going to an EX raid together in Cabin John Park (she caught a perfect Regigigas, though I can't complain because I caught a shiny Heatran a few minutes later at another raid).

Then we came back to my house and ate Indian Spice 6 bowls while watching The Mandalorian, which she had not seen because she doesn't have Disney+, so we binged the entire thing. After she went home, Paul and I had leftovers for dinner and watched fourth-season Inspector Morse on PBS while I tried to catch up on email. Here are some photos from Riverbend Park last month, including the now-empty eagle nest:

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Poem for Thursday and Artechouse Auroras

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I had tentative plans Wednesday with Alice, but her son was sick, so we postponed and instead I went back to A.C. Moore's going-out-of-business sale to buy a couple of $2 bracelets that I regretted not having bought the other day. Plus my Android SD card reader arrived in the mail and it took me an hour to figure out that I had to turn off USB debugging to make it work; I couldn't figure out whether the device wasn't working, whether I needed some kind of adapter, or whether there was some phone setting in the way, which there was.

We had Indian food for dinner in honor of it being Makar Sankranti and we watched some more of Marvel's Runaways, whose second season is not a letdown after the first as so often happens, though I feel like we're getting much more depth when it comes to the kids rather than their parents (and I really liked that the villainous adults were complicated, especially the women). We also watched this week's quite-good Stumptown. Here are some photos from Artechouse's Aurora: The Spirit of Northern Lights last December with our kids:

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Poem for Wednesday and Lake Needwood

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So it turns out that the only thing wrong with the minivan was that they failed to tighten a bolt on the engine frame properly when it was last in for servicing! Which is not good, exactly, but it is a lot better than finding out the struts need to be replaced, and instead of having to pay money we got a $50 credit for our trouble. So Paul worked from home and we watched some Runaways after lunch together while we were on our computers. I had bought myself an inexpensive fast-feeding photo scanner, but after a couple of hours of tests, its scans weren't much better than I can get taking photos of the photos with my phone, and since I have an excellent flatbed whose only drawback is the slowness of the process, I decided to send it back. (The Epson FastFoto, which everyone says is the best for hundreds of 4x6 photos, is several hundred dollars, so not an option.)

And I decided when I was going to the UPS Store to send back the scanner that I should also send back the camera I saved all my birthday/holiday money for two years to buy, too. It's a great super-zoom, but it weighs as much as my DSLR, so I need a tripod to take really good distance photos, and it probably makes more sense for me just to get a $13 Android SD card reader instead of a new camera with wifi to upload photos quickly. So that's a lot of money I've saved, and now I can spend it on travel or something. We opted not to watch the debate, since the Crisis on Infinite Earths was on and also because we really don't need to see all-white candidates tell white voters why they should vote for them; I know their positions on everything important to me already. And Legends of Tomorrow can laugh at itself, and has better cameos! From a couple of weeks back at Lake Needwood:

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Poem for Tuesday and Charlie Brown Christmas

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Running late because of the college football championship (I was rooting for the Tigers, hahahaha...actually I did not care in the least who won, but other people in my household were watching). The most exciting thing that happened to me Tuesday was having the minivan start making a terrifying noise every time I turned the wheel while on my way to the AC Moore going-out-of-business sale, so after buying $8 worth of sparkly beads instead of the useful little black and white beads I was looking for, I went straight to the dealer to get it checked out and waited for Paul to pick me up there.

The Academy Award nominations were a disappointment, though I was very happy to see Jojo Rabbit do as well as it did (a film that apparently directed itself, like Little Women, because heaven forbid we have more than one non-white man in that category, and I might have to root for Joker over repulsive Scorsese). Cory Booker dropping out of the Democratic race is an even bigger disappointment and makes the Democratic field nearly as white as the Oscars. Bah! Before it's too far from Christmas, have some photos of the Charlie Brown Christmas exhibit at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture:

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Poem for Monday and Black Hill Park

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The weather on Sunday was as ridiculous for January as the day before, so after lunch Paul and I went to Black Hill Park in Boyds. I wanted to test my new camera -- which I am thinking about returning because it's almost as heavy as the DSLR, so maybe I should just bring the DSLR anywhere I'd take the superzoom -- but of course the eagles were nowhere to be seen! There were geese, ducks, coots, buffleheads, and many songbirds, plus lots of sunshine!

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While we were out, we followed the crazy score of the crazy Kansas City-Houston game, then we came home and had Beyond Burgers for dinner while we watched the almost-as-crazy Green Bay-Seattle game, which was fun to witness but sadly did not end the way Daniel wanted and we were rooting in sympathy with him. So I no longer care at all who wins the Super Bowl, which means I can enjoy the party stress free no matter who's in it! Plus I talked to my college roommate, so it's all good.
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Greetings from Richmond

We had a really nice day with Cheryl and Lin in Richmond! After lunch at Greek Cuisinde West End, we went to the VMFA, which we visited mostly to see Edward Hopper and the American Hotel though we also looked at Kawase Hasui's landscape prints and some other exhibits. Then we headed to the Virginia Museum of History and Culture next door, where we saw Founding Frenemies: Hamilton and The Virginians and Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! Afterward, we all had dinner at the River City Diner.

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Unfortunately we came home in time to watch the entirely of the nightmare of the Ravens losing to the Titans. And now I'm being argued with in hashtags on a friend's Facebook wall because I said I did not want Bernie, Liz, and AOC to quit being Democrats and form a splinter party, and my #vbnmw attitude apparently means I support #millionairecosplaysocialists and am trying to #gaslight black women, #suppress the vote in midwest states, and am #gross (yes really!). Some nights I think this country deserves to die in a fire.
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Poem for Saturday and USBG Miniatures

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I woke up from a horrible nightmare involving my kids, then realized later that it was the birthday of Adam's good friend Robert who died two years ago just days after the day. So I was kind of off-center all day and did not get a lot done, apart from a walk in the park to catch the new Pokemon released this afternoon after a Heatran raid.

We had dinner with my parents, who now have Disney+ so we can discuss Baby Yoda in their presence, then we came home and (speaking of Disney+) finished the first season of Marvel's Runaways, which I'm still enjoying a lot. Here are some of the US Botanical Garden's plant-based miniatures of buildings on the National Mall:

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Poem for Friday and Potomac Overlook Animals

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I had a Thursday too uneventful for reporting -- the highlight was hanging up in the bedroom some awesome undersea-themed mini LED lights that I got as a birthday present from my friend Deborah -- and right now I'm trying to stop one cat from stealing another cat's food so I will keep this short. Weather was good, walked a bit in the park though it still has some icy patches from the snow, did a Heatran raid, the van made funny noises so I drove it a bit to see whether that was just the cold and picked up bagels.

We had leftover "ham"-and-cheese pie from when the kids were here for dinner, then we watched three episodes of Marvel's Runaways, whose first season is pretty great -- kids not too cloying with kids' school-and-friends issues, adults nicely complicated, interesting women, super-creepy relationship at the center but I gather it's comic canon and the show knows how disturbing it is. Here are some of the animals that live in the nature center at Potomac Overlook Park (sorry the glass on the reptile cases is so reflective):

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Poem for Thursday and Mormon Temple Lights

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There was still snow on the minivan when I got up on Wednesday, with a couple of squalls yet to come, so I spent the morning doing chores -- all the holiday laundries are finally folded and put away -- and by the time I was ready to go out, the snow had melted. Not that that stopped me from wearing Cuddl Duds pajama pants in case I had to scrape snow off the rear window. Fortunately, I was only going to the park for a walk and Pokemon raid, and I caught a shiny Heatran!

So, yeah, I did no real work and almost no adulting on Wednesday, but I got a bunch of chores done. After awesome African peanut chick'n for dinner, we watched last night's episode of Emergence, which was better than many of the fall's episodes, plus the new Stumptown, which I pretty much always enjoy, bookending an episode of Marvel's Runaways, which is really well-written at least early in the first season. Here are some of the Mormon Temple's winter holiday lights:

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