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Greetings from New York [Jan. 21st, 2019|12:20 am]
We are just back from watching the total eclipse of the moon over the Hotel Belleclaire in New York City, where we drove with Adam and Katherine after breakfast, stopping for lunch on the New Jersey Turnpike before going to the following amazing and moving places which I will write more about when I am more awake, plus pizza for dinner and French pastries for dessert!

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NYC )
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Poem for Sunday, Bohemian Rhapsody, Brookside [Jan. 20th, 2019|12:59 am]
Life Is Real )

We had a quiet Saturday waiting to see how much winter weather we were going to get, which turned out to be pretty much none; a few flurries fell on me while I was doing an EX raid at the volleyball court near the ice rink but that was about it. So apart from the aforementioned raid, a walk in the park, and a stop at the food store, it was a pretty quiet day.

After dinner, we saw Bohemian Rhapsody, which I liked better than I thought I might given all the controversy around the movie; I didn't think it was outrageously homophobic, I remember what that era was like and found it pretty realistic in terms of his shame and closeting, and Malik was great, but they messed with the timeline absurdly. From Brookside this month:

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Wintry Afternoon )
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Poem for Saturday and Hillwood Faberge [Jan. 19th, 2019|12:24 am]
Faberge's Egg )

We had less than an inch of new snow on the ground on Friday morning, but Paul worked from home to avoid potential traffic entanglements, so we hung out with Adam listening to music, eating soup and cheese for lunch, and eventually watching Boy Erased now that it's streaming because I'd meant to see it in the theater weeks ago -- Crowe, Kidman, and Hedges are wonderful and for the most part the directing is nicely restrained, but there's a horrible rape scene about which no one warned me and I felt like in the effort to keep the parents humanized, the kid's trauma doesn't get explored deeply enough.

While Paul was on a call with the office, I went out to a Kyogre raid in the park. We had dinner with my parents, who wanted to hear about Adam's trip and gave me a late birthday present, a birthstone ring which I've wanted for a long time. We came home for Blindspot -- not sure I believe Zapata though I wish I could -- and were going to put on a movie, but we thought Adam had just gone upstairs for a few minutes to Skype his girlfriend and an hour later realized he was probably asleep, so we watched the Australian Open instead. Here are some of the Faberge eggs and luxury itemws that we saw at Hillwood last weekend:

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Marjorie's Collection )
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Poem for Friday and Hillwood Orchids [Jan. 18th, 2019|12:11 am]
Black Oaks )

The DC area was under another Doom Watch all day Thursday with the initial snowfall totals growing and the predicted hour of its start getting earlier all afternoon. So I kept an eye on the sky while taking Adam and Maddy to lunch at Noodles and Company (he wanted spicy food, she wanted the opposite) and to grab essentials at MOM's. The snow was just starting when I went to the church around the corner to do a Kyogre raid, and now we have new snow over the old.

We watched The Orville, which was predictable but fun (Yul Brynner! Billy Joel!), then, since it's now streaming, we watched A Star Is Born, which I felt the same about as the first time: adore the music, love the performances, appreciate the first hour, feel increasingly manipulated by the flaws in the screenplay in the second hour so that by the climax I'm more irritated than moved. Since it is snowing again, here is some color from Hillwood's greenhouse:

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Someplace Warm )
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Greetings from National Airport [Jan. 17th, 2019|01:02 am]
Quickie, just back from airport picking up Adam from his Caribbean vacation (he swam with sea turtles, biked past cacti, hiked past iguanas, crawled with hermit crabs, drank lots of Blue Curaçao and generally had a great time). I had a good day beforehand -- did a Pokemon raid with a local publisher whom I know from Star Trek (he's written for Pocket Books' line) and visited his office, discovered his graphic designer is the son of a fannish friend of several decades, had lunch with another local friend, did some chores! Flowers from Brookside's departing holiday display:

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Poem for Wednesday, Marriott and Mall [Jan. 16th, 2019|12:25 am]
In a Hotel )

I have had a lovely busy day during which very little work got done! I met a friend from Pokemon Go who works at Marriott headquarters in Bethesda, which I knew from PoGo had a Model T in the building because the gym there is named for the car, and he had offered to give several of us a tour of the museum and display rooms. I had in my head that "display rooms" meant dioramas, but it's actual full-size replicas of hotel and conference rooms from Marriott-owned hotels all over the world, so that was very cool! Afterward a bunch of local PoGo players went to the mall for lunch at Crave.

The Sears in our mall is closing in a week, so I stopped in to see whether anything was on an insane sale, but pretty much the entire store has been wiped out and there are only a few linens and rugs plus some very ugly shirts at 90% off. Then I came home to try to get some things done before going out to meet Angela and Carrie at Lebanese Taverna for dinner, a date we've had on the calendar since December because our holiday schedules were so busy. I brought Paul shawarma and we watched The Flash (meh except Tom Cavanagh) and The Gifted (go Lauren).

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Out and About )
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Poem for Tuesday, Tidelands, Still Snowed In [Jan. 15th, 2019|12:18 am]
Blue Jays In The Snow )

Between the government shutdown and the foot of snow we got over the weekend, nearly everything in the area was closed on Monday (and once again we didn't get our recycling picked up). Paul's office was closed, so we had a quiet day here working on our computers while watching the last several episode of Tidelands, which I enjoyed more than I probably should have; it's pretty soapy and unnecessarily violent but all the major characters are women and the ostensible villain is not judged for her extensive promiscuity (nor for her scheming, really; her motivations are a lot better developed than the women in most action movies).

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Post Snow Day )


We went out briefly in the late afternoon to CVS so I could do a Pokemon raid, then had Indian food for dinner because there are several Indian holidays this week. Then we watched a PBS show on the Queen Mother that was apparently made by the BBC and is narrated by Anna Chancellor, though I can't find it on the IMDb or figure out whether it's for sale anywhere because I know a few King's Speech fans who really need to see it and it wasn't on in their markets -- there's tons of George VI newsreel footage and among people interviewed is Mark Logue, Lionel's grandson, showing pages from his grandfather's scrapbooks that I had never seen before!
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Poem for Monday and Snowy Sunday [Jan. 14th, 2019|12:32 am]
The Snow Man )

For better or worse, the alarmist weather forecast of the past couple of days was right this time. We had about six inches of snow on the ground when we woke up and have nearly a foot now, plus the storm warning has been extended till 5 a.m. since we could get another couple of inches overnight. So we had a very quiet Sunday when not shoveling, brushing, or walking in snow. The Saints-Eagles playoff game ended the way I wanted and the Patriots-Chargers proved that reports of Brady's demise have been premature. We watched the return of Victoria (not rooting much for Albert) and this week's Madam Secretary (same goes for the defense contractors) plus an episode of Tidelands (not even sure who I'm rooting for but I don't think it's Adrielle). This is how the day looked:

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Snow Day Color )
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Poem for Sunday and Hillwood Museum [Jan. 13th, 2019|12:56 am]
Siren Song )

The DC area was under a Doom Watch, I mean a Snow Watch, that got worse over the course of Saturday. So in the morning we decided to go to Hillwood for the last day of the Festive Faberge holiday displays in the mansion as well as the Faberge exhibit in the Adirondack Building. They were both lovely, not crowded though there were more people than we expected given the Doom Watch, with Christmas trees decorated to echo Faberge items on display.

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Hillwood Holidays )


We stopped in Giant on the way home to stock up for Doom, I caught a bunch of Totodiles for January Pokemon Community Day, then we watched the Colts-Chiefs game (which did not go the way I wanted) and the Cowboys-Rams game (which did, and that more than makes up for the Colts losing). Afterward we watched some Tidelands, which has lots of sex and nudity if you're unconvinced by Australian drug kingpin fishermen and possibly evil mermaid sirens.
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Poem for Saturday and Peeps Store [Jan. 12th, 2019|12:31 am]
Sounds of the Winter )

I woke up on Friday with my back really killing me, which makes me very unhappy because I so do not want a replay of my month of agony from last year when I couldn't sit for any period of time including in a car to drive places. Advil and heat helps but only so much. I had plans to go see Aquaman with my cat-sitter neighbor, but she was sick, so I did what chores I could with my back killing me and went to CVS to get more Advil and Ben-Gay. My unhelpful cat threw up all over the carpet, requiring a lot of kneeling and scrubbing.

We had dinner with my parents, then came home for this week's Blindspot, which I liked a lot -- I've missed Jane being Jane -- then the Madam Secretary episode that we missed on Sunday, which I liked as well, both politically (would that we had that kind of a White House) and in terms of the characters (man, I hope Téa and Tim don't break up while the show is running). Plus we watched the first episode of Tidelands, which was pretty and strange. From National Harbor, here is the very colorful Peeps and Company store:

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Peep Show )
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