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Poem for Tuesday and National Aquarium [Jul. 17th, 2018|12:13 am]
Island )

I didn't do anything on Monday that wasn't a chore (besides having an egg bagel in between shopping stops) until dinnertime. Then we watched the Home Run Derby, which was very fun because it was at Nationals Park and Bryce Harper won, and this week's Elementary, which made me happy because it implied that Moriarty will be back before the series finale. I'm sure I had more interesting things to say but diatomaceous earth has rotted my brain, so here are some photos from the National Aquarium last weekend:

In the Aquarium )
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Poem for Monday and SeaWorld Penguin [Jul. 16th, 2018|12:16 am]
Magellanic Penguin )

My Sunday involved watching the World Cup final (I was rooting for Croatia because they beat Russia, but I do like France), plus lots and lots of laundries. We went out in the afternoon to get some stuff at Target, Kohl's, and Giant, during which I ran into my Pokemon raiding group and caught Lugia, but it rained while we were at Washingtonian so I didn't even get to walk around the lake.

In the evening we watched this week's Succession and the first episode of A Very English Scandal -- the former twisted and depressing, the latter darkly funny and extremely well acted. Someone on Facebook asked me ten years ago for photos from our trip on this day to (pre-boycott) SeaWorld for a penguin encounter as an early birthday present for younger son, so here are photos:

SeaWorld Penguin )
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Greetings from Baltimore [Jul. 15th, 2018|12:48 am]
We spent the morning doing the endless anti-bug laundries but since we already had Orioles tickets for the evening, we figured it would be stupid to waste the late afternoon, so we went to the National Aquarium for a couple of hours before the game. We saw lots of animals, even the sleeping sloth, before heading to Camden Yards, where we had veggie burgers and peanuts and watched the Orioles win on a single unearned run but hey, they need every win any way they can get them! Plus it was free Maryland flag jersey day, which would have equaled the cost of the tickets if we'd wanted to sell them. Adam won the cupcake contest at Microsoft's puzzle day (his whole team did very well) and Maddy has just picked up her suitcase so she is officially moved out. Sunday: more chores!

Near the Harbor )
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Poem for Saturday and Baby Gulls [Jul. 14th, 2018|12:12 am]
The Seagull )

At 8 a.m. we were visited by the company that treated our bedbugs, complete with bug-sniffing dog, to make sure all the bugs and their eggs were gone. Let's just say that the dog signaled that it had found something on the left side of the bed and my Friday the 13th only got worse from there. At least, with Maddy moving into a new place with three friends tomorow, we can sleep in Daniel's room instead of breaking our backs on the sleep sofa. We were going to go to a play tonight but did laundry instead, ha! And now I'm watching Versailles and wishing I was in Ballard, where we saw this mother seagull trying to fledge her babies:

Little Gulls )
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Poem for Friday and Marvel Universe [Jul. 13th, 2018|12:22 am]
Did all your heroes come out of the dark? )

I had chores to do on Thursday, but I also had a pass for an EX raid, so after doing the chores in the morning, I went to meet friends for a couple of hours around lunch and successfully raided a Mewtwo, an Absol (sadly not a shiny one), and a Regice, at Starbucks, Cabin John Park, and Park Potomac respectively. (I also managed to pick up bagels, stop in Walgreens, and less exciting things in between the raids.)

When I got home, I had a massive post-trip laundry to fold, so I put on Thor. And even though we spent the post-dinner hour watching the season finale of The Handmaid's Tale, which I found really very satisfying and thought-provoking though I don't quite believe Serena (but I adore Emily and Rita, for entirely different reasons, and yay for that show and Westworld's Emmy nominations), Thor put me in the mood for MoPOP's Marvel Universe of Superheroes exhibit:

Marvel-ous )
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Poem for Thursday and Great Falls Virginia [Jul. 12th, 2018|12:36 am]
Under the Waterfall )

Laurie was in town with her family, so on Wednesday I got together with her and her son as well as my friend Alice and her son (they're both into Pokemon and Smash tournaments, so they get along great) for lunch at Metro 29 Diner in Arlington, then a walk at Great Falls Park in Virginia. It was quite hot, especially after having been in Seattle, but the river was pretty, there were herons, cormorants, and turkey vultures, and we left the diner before Croatia beat England and much wailing apparently ensued.

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Over Water )

Traffic coming home to get Paul was horrific and it took me an hour, after which we opted not to go back out and meet the others for dinner but ate frozen chick'n nuggets. In the evening we did some post-travel chores and caught up on The Handmaid's Tale from two weeks ago (when did Bradley Whitford turn so evil? Still haven't seen the season finale, do not spoil me) and The 100 (dragging a bit with the wild changes in alliance but maybe it was the lack of Kabby that made me feel that way).
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Poem for Wednesday and Chihuly Garden & Glass [Jul. 11th, 2018|12:24 am]
Homecoming Cistern Alien Vessel )

My Tuesday was all about unpacking, laundry, and convincing the cats that I had not abandoned them, which required having three of them smush me and refuse to let me out of bed. It was quite hot compared to Seattle, so I wasn't dying to spend much time outside, though I did go to two Pokemon raids at nearby churches to reconnect with my local group, one member of which generously traded me a Squirtle in sunglasses. We were all very happy about the Thai soccer team!

Our cat-sitter stopped by to see how the cats were liking their fancy new water fountain and to make sure they were adjusting all right to all the changes in personnel (I had a little souvenir for her). We caught up on Graham Norton and Succession in the evening while doing computer chores after a run to the grocer and pet store to get kibble, lunch stuff, and vegan ice cream. Here are some photos from Chihuly Garden & Glass, one of my favorite museums in Seattle:

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Glass Colors )
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Greetings from Airports [Jul. 10th, 2018|12:18 am]
We started the morning with breakfast at our hotel, then a stop at Seahurst Park, which is on Puget Sound and right near the airport so we've visited it several times on the way to SeaTac. It was chilly and beautiful, with boats along the horizon and seabirds picking through the seaweed on the shore. That was the nicest part of our day, given that the TSA agents at the airport were extremely aggressive (I get that they might have to check my metallic bra closures, but what did they think I had hidden in my nipples or my vagina that required that those be fondled?).

And though we had bought our tickets and reserved our seats with a United Mileage Plus credit card months earlier, they had moved us both to center seats instead of next to each other; fortunately the woman to whom they had given the aisle seat was traveling with her granddaughter and was willing to let me stay where I was. I won't even get started on the Supreme Court pick, but will note that the flight was uneventful, we landed on time, and our cats were reasonably happy to see us! A few photos from the beach early in the morning:

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Seahurst Park )
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Greetings from Fremont & Ballard [Jul. 9th, 2018|12:34 am]
On Sunday we got up, picked up Daniel, and met Adam at the University of Washington, where many of his friends from Microsoft are staying for the summer (though his friend from home, Kevin, is staying with him while looking for housing for a Microsoft job starting in the fall). We went to Fremont to see the troll, the piece of the Berlin Wall, the Lenin statue, the rocket ship, the Center of the Universe and various other fun local sights before having lunch at Cafe Turko.

Then we drove to Golden Gardens Park, where the beach was crowded and there were lots of boats and people fishing on the pier. We stopped at Hot Cakes for lava cake in Ballard before visiting the locks and fish ladder, after which we hung out at Daniel's apartment for a while before going to meet Adam's girlfriend at BB's Teriyaki Grill near the university. After saying farewell to them, we went back again to Daniel's for a bit before decamping to a hotel near the airport.

Fremont - Golden Gardens - Ballard - Udub )
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Greetings from the Cascades [Jul. 8th, 2018|12:26 am]
Extreme quickie, spent almost the entire day without internet, first at the Big Four Ice Caves beyond Granite Falls over an hour from Seattle where we drove with the kids and had a picnic before walking up the trail through the woods to the caves on Big Four Mountain. Then we headed to the home of Paul's cousin Craig and his wife Lisa, where Craig's brother Todd and his wife and four-year-old were also visiting. We hung out and had pizza and a lovely evening!

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Caves and Cousins )
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