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Poem for Monday and Richmond Gardens [Aug. 29th, 2016|12:01 am]
Ghost Eden )

Another quickie because we got home late again! Paul and I spent Sunday in Richmond, where we met Cheryl at Maymont and walked through the gardens and regional zoo. It was very hot but there were lots of flowers and animals! Then we met Lin at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which has its annual butterfly exhibit in the conservatory and giant Lego sculptures around the gardens.

Maymont and Lewis Ginter )

We were going to go to Mexico Restaurant for dinner but it was closed. Instead we went to Thai Flavor next door, which was really good -- they make vegetarian curries without fish sauce, so Paul and I split red and yellow curries and swapped some of Cheryl's ginger tofu. Then we drove home in moderate traffic and picked up Maddy, who had had her first evening of training at the movie theater!
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Poem for Sunday, National Gallery, Mystic Warriors [Aug. 28th, 2016|12:21 am]
Blue )

I got home quite late, so here is our day in photos!

DC and Arlington )

Now we're home, somewhat overheated and very tired! More tomorrow!
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Poem for Saturday, The Gift, Seaside Country Store [Aug. 27th, 2016|12:11 am]
Incised Moon )

It was quite warm on Friday, which was fine because I had a lot of work to get done at home. I posted a review of Voyager's "The Gift", worked on an article, folded laundry, and talked tax paperwork with Madeline, who had pizza for lunch with us. Someday I'll have all my vacation laundry put away!

We had dinner plus excellent Seasons 52 desserts with my parents, watched a bit of pre-season football, then put on some more seventh season Bones (the baby in a manger episode and the extreme couponing episode). Pics from our visit to the Seaside Country Store in Fenwick Island last week:

Shore Gifts )
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Poem for Friday and Coastal Kayak [Aug. 26th, 2016|12:06 am]
Landscape with Happily Ever After )

I had a lot of work to get done on Thursday, but I got two major long-distance phone calls that were awesome because I got to catch up with people, and now I'm not quite caught up with work but it's all good! Maddy was offered the job at ArcLight Cinemas for which she interviewed the day before last, which is great news -- in addition to it being a good job, with nice benefits and hours that will work better than retail since she'll also be taking classes soon, she'll be around people closer to her own age now that son and his friends are mostly away at college.

It wasn't as hot as it's been earlier in August, but it was very humid and sticky out late in the afternoon. I walked long enough to see some bunnies but not long enough to catch any exciting Pokemon (I mean, there was a big Spearow, but I need a couple more Slowpokes and a Rhyhorn to evolve, plus it would be awesome to find a Charmeleon and where have all the Digletts gone?). Right now there is apparently a moth inside the house, because the kittens are going crazy looking, but I don't see it anywhere. We also watched some Bones. At Coastal Kayak in Delaware:

On Little Assawoman Bay )
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Poem for Thursday and University Move-In [Aug. 25th, 2016|12:04 am]
Ode to Country Music )

Adam has been successfully moved to College Park to begin his junior year of college, though it's going to take him five years to finish because he switched from finance to engineering so maybe I should just tell people his sophomore year to avoid confusion. He's living in the same complex where Daniel lived his junior and senior years, meaning there's a swimming pool, sand volleyball court, gym, print center, and he and his roommate share a big kitchen, washer/dryer, living/dining room, plus they each have their own bathrooms. It's like he's living in a very nice residential hotel.

In College Park )

Our other big event for Wednesday was taking Madeline to prepare for the job interview she had this evening, meaning she needed to have her nose ring replaced by a retainer, since piercings are against company policy, plus she needed to get new shoelaces and dress up for the interview, which was in the mall so went with her to get Starbucks first. She won't know whether she got the job for a couple of days but they kept her until the last round of a big group, which has to be good news! We've spent the evening watching the Orioles beat the Nationals, and now we're watching some seventh season Bones.
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Poem for Wednesday and Discover Sea Museum [Aug. 24th, 2016|12:01 am]
Shipwreck )

Adam went to College Park for more lab training on Tuesday morning, so I took Madeline shopping at the mall for clothes to wear for job interviews. She wasn't entirely satisfied with what she found, but eventually we came home for lunch because we were ravenous. Then Adam and Christine arrived and we all hung out for a while and watched videos.

We had dinner with my parents since we're moving Adam into an apartment in College Park on Wednesday, stopping so Madeline can get her nose piercing replaced by an invisible retainer before her interview in the evening. The evening has been about packing and laundry! Photos from the Discover Sea Shipwreck Museum at Sea Shell City in Fenwick Island:

Shipwrecks and Shells )
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Poem for Tuesday, American Ultra, Viking Golf [Aug. 23rd, 2016|12:01 am]
Night Golf )

Monday was pretty quiet around here. Adam went to College Park to do more training for his job, Madeline did research for the job interview she has on Wednesday, I tried to catch up on work and correspondence that I missed while we were out of town last week. Adam got home a bit after lunch and we all hung out for a while watching funny videos.

Paul was going to make pizza, but discovered that we didn't have enough flour, so instead we had veggie crab cakes and then we all watched American Ultra, which was like a super-violent mash-up of La Femme Nikita and The Man With One Red Shoe. Here are some family photos from Viking Golf in Fenwick Island last week:

Norse Gods )
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Poem for Monday and Salisbury Zoo [Aug. 22nd, 2016|12:01 am]
Blue Vase )

Since Daniel was flying back to Seattle on Sunday afternoon, we had brunch on Sunday morning with my parents before driving him to the airport -- Paul made Belgian waffles and eggs. Then we took Daniel to Dulles, said our farewells, and did some shopping, including taking Adam's bike for a check-up, picking up food and drugstore necessities, and getting Starbucks. We got home in time for the end of the US men's Olympic gold medal basketball game and medal ceremony.

Then we watched The Man Who Knew Infinity, which is wonderful -- I was afraid I wouldn't understand the math, but the filmmakers were smart enough to realize that nobody would and kept it to a minimum, plus it has a fantastic cast (Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones, Jeremy Northam). We watched some of the Olympics closing ceremonies, but it turned out neither Adam nor Maddy had seen Now You See Me 2, which is now On Demand, so we decided to put that on. From the Salisbury Zoo on Friday:

Regional Zoo )
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Greetings from Hanover [Aug. 21st, 2016|12:59 am]
Sorry, another quickie -- we are playing Machi Koro after having chocolate fondue for dessert, following most of the day in Hanover where we went out for Chinese buffet with Paul's parents and watched a bunch of Olympic events including the men's soccer, various track and field events, platform diving, and the dodge-and-evade sport being performed by Ryan Lochte.

Here are a few family pics including one cat being schnoogled (and cooperating in hope of treats for her troubles). Daniel is flying back to Seattle on Sunday and Adam goes back to College Park for the semester on Wednesday, plus Maddy has job interviews, so I am spending time with them while I can and will be around online more late next week!

Hanover and Home )
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Greetings from Home [Aug. 20th, 2016|12:04 am]
Home, exhausted after getting up before 6 a.m. to see the sun rise over the Atlantic with Paul, both kids, Madeline, and Christine. When we left the hotel after washing off the sand, we went to Nicola's in Rehoboth Beach to bring home dinner for my parents and to get Thrasher's french fries for us, then we drove to the Salisbury Zoo, where we had a picnic lunch and went to see the animals.

Traffic wasn't terrible over the Bay Bridge but we didn't get home till nearly dinnertime, when we met up with my parents, who were also just back after visiting Nicole's family. We ate the Nic-o-bolis and tomatoes from Nicole's garden, came home to watch Usain Bolt and the women's 4x100, and played some more Machi Koro with the harbor expansion. Here are just a couple of photos (sunrise, capibara, family):

Beach V )
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