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Greetings from Social Isolation

Extreme quickie, had a surprisingly social day ("lunch" on Zoom with four friends from high school, which was awesome, then call with an out of town friend, also awesome, then we ran into (well, from across the street) our neighbor/cat-sitter, whom I haven't seen since our last socially distanced run-in, and we took a walk in the lovely warm weather. Now my Google Drive is misbehaving and refusing to upload the photos I spent the rest of the day scanning, so here is just one:

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Poem for Friday and Yellowstone 1992

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The highlight of my Thursday was an unexpected Skype call from Paul's parents, who were hoping we could connect them with other family members now that they're turning the computer on again. So we texted Noelle to see if she was around, and ended up (after some technical difficulties) Skyping with her while she and her husband Tommy played with baby Penelope, who is now caught up in size and was smiling and adorable!

We caught up on this week's Legends (a little too bad college movie for my taste) after this week's Blindspot (a little too Mass Conspiracy Craziness for my taste for the final season, though always glad to see Bill Nye) and another episode of Hollywood (a little too silly revisionist history about homophobia and racism when everyone's cool with the lead actress living unmarried with a director). From today's scans, 1992 Yellowstone!

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Poem for Thursday and Lake Whetstone Turtles

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So apparently I didn't know what day it was when I posted yesterday, which is an ongoing issue for a lot of people I guess right now? My Wednesday was very similar -- some chores, plenty of chipmunks and squirrels irritating the cats, lots of photo scanning (I'm working backwards, so I am now in early 1993 before we had children and tomorrow it's our trip to Yellowstone in 1992). It was a gorgeous day for a neighborhood walk and I also walked down to the gym for a Pokemon raid since I can do Virizion with just my own accounts.

Being confused about what day it was, I remembered that The Masked Singer (and After the Mask) was on -- I like everyone who's left but I'd have been really annoyed if they cut the only remaining woman, so I approved of the unmasking (and wonder if he asked for it to be home with his new baby). Then I forgot that What We Do in the Shadows with Mark Hamill was on and watched another bad episode of Hollywood before remembering for the late broadcast, yay! As promised, turtles from Lake Whetstone:

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Poem for Wednesday and Gaithersburg Goslings

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One of my cats just got sick all over the house so I'll keep this short. It was not an eventful Monday anyway: laundry, a little writing, a bunch of scanning (wow, we took a lot of photos right after older son was born, and by "we" I primarily mean my mother), organizing my new photo boxes from Michael's bought to replace the horrible magnetic albums I should have listened to people and gotten rid of 20 years ago because I'm betting the glue residue on the backs of the photos ruins the photos they touch.

We took a walk, had tacos for Taco Tuesday, and skipped DC superheroes to watch 24 Hours to Hell and Back because Gordon Ramsay took his team to Ellicott City to help rebuild three establishments after the floods that devastated the historic district over the past few years; he enlisted the governor, the University of Maryland football team, Cal Ripken, and the Ravens to appear, so it was great for the city. Here as promised are some of the geese and goslings we saw at Lake Whetstone on Mother's Day:

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Poem for Tuesday and Wisconsin Dells Deer

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Monday was not an exciting quarantine day, particularly since my back was really bothering me the way it did three years ago which is making me crazy because I probably can't get PT even if I feel like I really need it. I did a bit of computer work, I took apart a 1993-4 photo album that overlapped with the 1993 baby album so I had to sort a bunch of photos before I scanned them, I did a lot of scanning, I did a bunch of stretches. Paul made some kind of balsamic chick'n with feta for dinner that was awesome, plus, since we still have matzah from Passover, charoset, which I love.

We caught up on Batwoman (I don't care about Hush, more female villains please) and Supergirl (I have lots of minor gripes but it's all worth it when Lena comes back to Kara and whyyy did they not kiss in "It's a Super Life" and please Sean Astin don't be evil), then we just couldn't get in the mood for more mediocre superheroes so instead of catching up on The Flash, we watched another episode of Hollywood, which is shaping up to be a train wreck but OMG Patti LuPone. From today's scans, the Wisconsin Deer Park in the Wisconsin Dells -- they also have some farm animals and lots of petting!

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Poem for Monday and Mother's Day Skyping

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I had a reasonably nice Mother's Day considering that my kids are on the opposite coast and I couldn't have traveled to see them even if someone had offered me plane tickets. We had a quiet morning -- I took apart another photo album and started scanning the photos from it -- then, since we needed to get gas for the first time in over two months, we drove a bit further than necessary to Lake Whetstone and, since there were very few people around, we put on our masks and walked around the lake until we had found both many goslings and a whole bunch of baby turtles, plus cormorants, ducks, herons, a big snapping turtle, and (to our surprise) some kind of sandpiper.

Then we went to my parents and took a walk around their neighborhood. When we got home, my in-laws wanted to Skype for Mother's Day, so we talked to them with Maddy, whom I haven't seen on Skype in months -- she has two jobs and a boyfriend and sounds great -- then we had a rushed dinner and Skyped with Daniel, Adam, their girlfriends, and my parents. I'm not sure how I feel about the direction Run is suddenly going in (I still dislike the main characters but that was such a twist that my interest is piqued) and World on Fire is super-depressing though that is not exactly a surprise. I'll post goslings tomorrow; here are some of my Skyping visits from the past week:

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Poem for Sunday and Local Color

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Not the most exciting Saturday morning -- snuggling with cats who were not pleased about the cold front though at least we got no snow here unlike north of us, putting away laundry, scanning more photos, getting bagels delivered and eating one for lunch. Then we took a walk to make sure the flowers were surviving the weather and discovered that a little bird had built a nest and laid eggs in our bird feeder, which we discovered when we went to refill it so I guess it's not getting refilled for a while!

We Skyped with Paul's family (parents, both brothers, most nephews, with cameos by my parents and kids who were both busy but they dropped in), so that was fun, then we had leftovers for a quick dinner before we were going to catch up on The Flash but it was so boring that we stopped after one episode for some more Hollywood, which is merely preposterous and occasionally offensive. Now we're watching the more entertaining SNL. Some of our local irises hanging on through the cold snap:

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Poem for Saturday and Local Deer

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I spent my lunch hour Friday -- okay, my lunch two-and-a-half hours -- on a Zoom meeting with my two best friends from elementary school, one local (the one whose family hosts the Super Bowl party we go to every year) and one in Massachusetts, which was the most fun I've had since all this social isolation crap started. They're both at home with their three adult children, while mine are a lot further away, so we have opposite issues in terms of personal space and family togetherness, but it was so great to catch up with them and what their families have been up to. We're going to try to do it again next week with a couple of other high school friends!

Right after I got off that call, my in-laws surprised us by Skyping us -- I didn't even think they ever turned on their computer any more. So now we know we can do that, too. After dinner, we watched By Jeeves, the only Andrew Lloyd Webber musical I'd never seen a single second of -- it's not particularly great, but it's definitely fun for a few hours and really nice of him to show for free (book and direction by Alan Ayckbourn, whom I know better for his plays). We're supposed to have cold weather all weekend, though at least not snow like my sister and my friends to the north, so even though it was raining, we took a walk before dinner to look for the deer we've been seeing:

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Poem for Friday and Late Cherry Blossoms

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On Thursday my computer finally finished synchronizing everything from my Google Drive and backup hard drive, so I could get back to my photo scanning project once I was done writing various things. I'm about a quarter of a way through 1994, the point where I have to take apart albums to get out the photos to scan, which will keep them safe from plastic pages but I wonder whether I'll ever look at the physical photos again. We took a walk because it was gorgeous out -- no bunnies but the deer were back in the same spot in the woods -- and ate early so we could have a Zoom family call that ended up including my parents, Adam, my Uncle Mickey, his children Felicia, Allison, and Garrett, and some spouses and children wandering through.

Plus I talked to my sister, Nicole, on the phone. Blindspot was back in the evening, sadly having killed off a character I really liked (and I'm not sure I'm in the mood for a giant government conspiracy, I miss the first season when it was specific storylines about Jane and Kurt. Afterward, we watched the first episode of Hollywood, in large part for Patti LuPone and not the male nudity though there was plenty of eye candy, but I can already tell the show romanticizes both a Hollywood era (no racism, really?) and prostitution, so I'm not sure how long watching the series will last. I feel like I really did not properly enjoy the cherry blossoms this spring, so here are some photos from back when were still visiting local parks:

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Poem for Thursday and Winter 1999

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Wednesday was pretty uneventful -- we had some rain, then the temperature dropped a lot, so we had cats fighting over Cinnamon's heated throw and I was glad we got out to walk before the second wave of rain came through. We saw a couple of deer, several bunnies, and a lot of irises, and I'd rather it be a long cool spring than a long hot summer. My computer is still downloading my articles from Google Drive but I did some scanning.

Evening TV of course was The Masked Singer, and I'm getting pissed that everyone thinks the obviously pretty white boy band member Turtle should win instead of the Night Angel (I wasn't so sorry the Kitty got unmasked when I saw who it was). Afterward, we watched What We Do in the Shadows, a hilarious Colin-focused episode that made me realize Donald Trump is an energy vampire. Here are some scans from December 1999:

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