Sunday, February 19, 2017

What Doesn't Feel Like Sunday Night

It's amazing what not working on Monday does to that Sunday night feeling.

Kind of like Carlos, earlier today.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Last Saturday

This Saturday
Today's weather was quite decent for winter, in the 40s, sunny, not a lot of wind. Not a bad day ... but look at...

Last Saturday
After breakfast, I was sitting on the lanai, putting off getting my jeans and sneakers on, when I got a message from the airline that the flight was a little delayed, just an hour. Tragic.
Eventually, of course, I did layer up, and we headed for the airport. On the way, we saw this on a car. A long drive, eh?
But what really caught our attention was the glow around the bear. Like a Madonna in an old painting, isn't it?

We had a nice lunch at the airport, and finally separated. Homeward bound. Sigh.


Back to the cold. But it was a wonderful trip.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Last Friday

This Friday
Here's what I put on Facebook this morning:

In bed this morning, sore and achy from exercise last night, I pondered why I pay money for the privilege of spending my time and energy on something that leaves me feeling this way. I know, "It's good for me," but I see no evidence of that.
It's a mystery!

So. There we are. The good news, though, is that I don't appear to have a flat tire from the monster pothole I hit on the way home last night. I'll check again tomorrow before I go anywhere very far, but I really thought it would be flat today, and it's not. (The less good news from last night is that, since the shower wouldn't get hot at the gym, and I was hungry, and also tired, with the pothole on top of all that, I about had a nervous breakdown once I got home. Good times.)

Also good news, though, for real? Long weekend! Ahh, how I love looking forward to a Monday off.

Last Friday
Still, last Friday was better.

Originally, I was flying home late Friday (only because the cost to return on Saturday was much higher). But due to the storm in Boston, JetBlue waived fees to change flights into or out of certain cities not just on Thursday, so I was able to reschedule to fly out Saturday, giving me a bit more time there, and giving Boston a bit more time to shovel out.

Spent the morning mostly lazing around, including photographing the finished octopus in daylight.
I also tried on some clothing that my mother had picked up for me: fit/no fit, like/no like, leave there/bring home, it's all very complicated. :)

We had lunch in; went out for coffee and a chat with a friend of Mum's; then went to dinner at the restaurant where we had lunch on Thursday. We eat there a lot, but only lunch, and having noticed my favorite steak (filet mignon) on the after-4 dinner menu, we decided to give it a try.

Even arriving at 5, we had to wait half an hour for a table; it was hopping! I had time to photograph this glorious flower.
Amazing that it starts like this, isn't it?
Also had to get a photo of this guy's shirt, and then have a conversation with the table next to us about how no, I wasn't taking their picture!
Quite a pretty view for dinner.
As the sun set, the pelicans dove for one last fish dinner before bed.
One more!
Just one!
Last one, I swear.
And the filet, by the way, was perfect.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Last Thursday

This Thursday
I am definitely feeling general soreness from yesterday, but nothing too awful.

Ask me again after swimming tonight. Actually, don't. Ow. Ask me tomorrow.

Last Thursday
Thursday was more cloudy than not, but nice enough to eat lunch outside, so who's complaining. We decided to take the little boat ride, and did drive through a rain shower on the way, but it cleared before we got there, and the rides were still running.

There is a tank there that I have never noticed, which says it has turtles, but there was only one. He was perversely hanging out in the corner and getting caught on the pipe as he moved around.
I almost got this shirt--love the sentiment--but the fit didn't work that well on me. The tank top might have been better, but since it was neon orange, I didn't even try it on.
Maybe they'll offer in it other colors another time.

We saw this osprey playing king-of-the-hill near some construction.
And a variety of birds, birding around.






And the osprey again on the way back.
Showing his good side.
We stopped afterward for an ice cream cone, then drove home. On the way, we saw an interesting old car.
An Avanti? Apparently.
From the side, it resembled a Pacer a bit more than I had expected, based on the rear view. An unusual sight.
I made good octopus progress on Thursday.
It certainly makes for some odd in-progress photos!
It will need its own post, I think, so I will leave it at that for now. I did finish him* on Thursday.
*Mum decided he's a he, and his name is Jerry.

We went out for dinner (delicious), and when we got back, I checked to see how the Bruins were doing. Not only were they ahead, about halfway through the game, but it was the free game of the night from the NHL app, so I could actually watch it on my tablet. Pretty cool! And they won, which made it even better.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Last Wednesday

This Wednesday
I survived the trip into the city, more about that later, and so far it's only rain, which is better than the snow it should be turning into overnight. I used the shoulder strap on the laptop bag, and my arms don't feel worse than yesterday (yet), although my back is not sure I made the right choice. I wonder how all the parts will feel in the morning?

Last Wednesday
After breakfast, and a splash in the pool, we went out, ran a few errands, had lunch, and then drove over to Everglades City for the boat ride that we enjoy so. (As, for instance, in 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016...) So, these photos may seem familiar, just saying. This time, there were only two other passengers, so that was a fun difference from usual.

Cormorant (or possibly anhinga), drying his wings.
Birds on the rocks.
Sparkles on the water.
Bird overhead.
Fin in the water. The good kind.
There, to the left.
Bird on the sign.
More sparkles.
Here comes the popular bird spot.
They love it.
Lots of white pelicans, and apparently just the one cormorant. Or anhinga.
Who kind of looks...
Like he's preaching to them.
While they ignore him.

One of them is tagged! Don't remember noticing that before.
This little island/tree has an interesting water area around it.
Almost like it's dammed off.

Looking back at it.
See what I mean?
As the sun sinks, slowly...
Jumping mackerel!
And another fin.
The birds are on that tree branch again.
And the dolphin followed the boat!
Wait for it...
Closer...
Wait for it...
There he is!
So elegant.
It was, as usual, a very nice ride.

Also on Wednesday, octopus progress was made. Legs now joined.
Next stop, connect body to pouch. But not today!