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23rd-Feb-2017 08:40 am - Timeless, season 1
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I watched the season (series?) finale of Timeless last night. I enjoyed the show (Joe stopped watching after a couple episodes) and learned some little bits of history along the way. Abigail Spencer (Lucy), Matt Lanter (Wyatt), and Malcolm Barrett (Rufus---who got the best lines) are a good ensemble as the Time Team, and it was fun to see Susanna Thompson as Lucy's mother and Goran Visnjic as Garcia Flynn.

Other highlights:
Party at Castle Varlar (#4): Sean Maguire as Ian Fleming
Space Race (#8): Flynn: 'I swear. Why do I even delegate?'; Wyatt as FBI Agent Mulder
The Capture of Benedict Arnold (#10): didn't recognize Armin Shimerman as David Rittenhouse (though he did look familiar)
Public Enemy No. 1 (#15): Misha Collins (briefly) as Eliot Ness; didn't recognize Jim Beaver as Agent Neville (though he also did look familiar)

I hope Timeless does get renewed.
13th-Feb-2017 08:03 am - Parks and Recreation, season 3
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We finished the third season of Parks and Recreation last night, just a couple of months after finishing season 2. But then it was only 16 episodes---a bit of a surprise.

Still enjoying the silliness and ensemble work, and April (Aubrey Plaza).
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A Series of Unfortunate Events was charming. Somehow it reminded me of Pushing Daisies, and it turns out there was a good reason. Barry Sonnenberg! We'd read the first book, and seen the 2004 movie, but as usual I managed to forget all the details.

I really liked Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket, and it was fun to see Cobie Smulders as Mother and Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf.

Looking forward to season 2 and the Quagmire children.
12th-Feb-2017 04:16 pm - San Francisco and Vancouver
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Way behind on this trip, but better late than never! Last August we spent a weekend in San Francisco (to visit Jon and Pia) before heading to Vancouver. We'd only spent a day or so in Vancouver when we were there in 2010, and there was so much more we wanted to see. So we went back.

Sat 8/6 - SF
Inn on Castro - in the main building for the first time!
dinner at The Vestry in the Mission
cookies and soft-serve from Bi-Rite Creamery
tea and decaf at Castro Coffee, watching the line at the Castro Theater waiting for The Weave premier
bought zipper tag pull and Samantha Bee book at Dog Eared Books Castro

Sun 8/7
salads and soup at Corner Bakery Cafe
SFMOMA, newly reopened - dreamcatcher, Magic Flute scenes, tiramisu in garden cafe, Magritte's personal values
Beach Blanket Babylon - costumes, esp hats, Broadway and pop tunes, orchestrated background music with American in Paris, La Marseillaise and Got a Lot of Living To Do, musician bios in the program
dinner at Tacolicious (1548 Stockton St)
dessert at Stella Pastry and Cafe (446 Columbus Ave)

Mon 8/8 - to Vancouver
English Bay Inn
Compass cards from 7/11 with $10
late lunch at Akira Sushi
Bench near English Bay seawall
Canadian $ from bank
London Drugs to add $ to our Compass cards (using the Canadian $)
Banana Leaf on Denman - very good Malaysian restaurant

Tues 8/9
Lost in the Sun with inn guest David Lambert (from Dallas) towards the beginning
(Express) buses 23 and 44 to UBC
lunch at Sage Bistro with Liang-Chung Hsia
Museum of Anthropology with Rachel, Jeff, Naomi, Lev and Liang-Chung Hsia - carved wooden drums, chess sets, masks, special exhibit Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
Local buses 4 (with Jeff and Rachel) and 6 back to West End
dinner at Legendary Noodles, gelato at D'oro (1094 Denman)

Weds 8/10
Photo Tours Vancouver - Aura McCay
lunch at Elephant and Castle - shepherds pie, bangers and mash
Vancouver Art Gallery - Picasso the artist and his muses, other temporary exhibits, lemon cake and tea at the café
Bus 5 back to b&b
Bus 5 to Forage for dinner
Chocolate raspberry cake and tea at True Confections (866 Denman)
Rolled dried apricots from Ayoub's Dried Fruit and Nuts (986 Denman)

Thurs 8/11
Aquabus Ferry to Granville Island
bough Vancouver magnet at Kids Market
Seafood at The Sandbar (1535 Johnston St #102)
Ice cream bars from Rogers Chocolates
Beer tasting at Granville Brewing Company
Crystal heart and agate from Kimdoly Beads
Raspberry chocolates in cups (coconama) and marshmallows (goodmallows) from Farmers Market
Linzer torte
Ferry back
dinner: wonderful dumplings at Dinesty Dumpling House (1719 Robson Street)
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Fri 8/12
Stanley Park
lunch at Stanley's Bar and Grill
Shuttle bus to Prospect Point
Prospect Point and Raccoon trails
Shuttle bus to Ferguson Point
Appetizers at The Teahouse
Shuttle bus to park entrance
dinner: Nero Belgian Waffle Bar (1703 Robson(

Sat 8/13
Vancouver to Toronto: 787 with filters on windows
Toronto to Boston: 3 hour delay due to storms in northeast; arrived home after 2am on Sunday
12th-Feb-2017 03:23 pm - Ghostbusters (2016)
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It has been quite a long time since we saw the original Ghostbusters, so we didn't get most of the references or cameos in last year's reboot. But it was still fun to watch, I liked the Ghostbusters team (Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones), and here were many, many familiar faces.

Other highlights:
-- Chris Hemsworth as Kevin
-- end credits (kevin dancing)
-- spot-the-Boston-location
7th-Feb-2017 07:40 am - Cabaret
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Our second show this weekend was the touring production of Cabaret, very creatively staged, at the Opera House. Also not my favorite sort of play, but at least it has wonderful music. And an onstage 14-piece orchestra, staffed by the actors!

Andrea Goss (Sally) and Randy Harrison (Emcee) were amazing.
7th-Feb-2017 07:35 am - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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We had a very theatrical weekend: Plays on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, in Boston. First up was Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Lyric Stage. We'd seen the excellent Broadway touring production (with Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin) on 2/19/2005. Lyric's smaller theater made it all much more intimate. I especially liked Steven Barkheimer's (George) voice, and nice to see Erica Spyres in a very different role.

Still, not my favorite sort of play.
7th-Feb-2017 07:25 am - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, season 2
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is definitely one of our favorite shows at the moment--especially the songs. We had watched season 1 on Netflix, but recorded season 2 on the dvr. Didn't want to wait for Netflix! I'm missing Greg (Santino Fontana), though.

Some highlights of the season:
All Signs Point to Josh... Or Is It Josh's Friend? (#3): The Math of Love Triangles a la Marilyn Monroe; references to Barry the actuary (in Atlanta)
When Do I Get To Spend Time With Josh? (#9): Patton Oswalt
Will Scarsdale Like Josh's Shayna Punim? (#10): Patti LuPone as Rabbi Shari
Josh Is the Man of My Dreams, Right? (#11): Eric Michael Roy (a.k.a. Eric Schneider), who was Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys on Broadway
Is Josh Free in Two Weeks? (#12): didn't recognize Seth Green as the delivery guy

Looking forward to season 3!
30th-Jan-2017 11:39 am - The Librarians, season 3
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Still watching The Librarians and enjoying the ensemble. I liked the third season a little more than the second season, though a little anxious about Carson.

A couple highlights:
And the Tears of a Clown (#5): Felicia Day
And the Trial of the Triangle (#6): Baird and Carson's diversionary argument at the airport which turned real---'watching the three children!'
27th-Jan-2017 11:56 am - My Family and Other Animals
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After watching the first season of The Durrells in Corfu, I determined to finally read My Family and Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell. (It had been in my night table for quite a while.) The book focuses a lot more on the Other Animals than the television series does. There are some very amusing scenes, especially the description of the procession of Mother, Dodo and Dodo's puppy (on a pillow carried by a maid).

We haven't met the Countess yhet, but did meet Kosti towards the very end of the book. I plan to read the other two books in the Corfu trilogy at some point. They're all on my tablet!
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