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Maryland Trip - Qualified Perceptions
Maryland Trip
harrock and I just got back from visiting my parents in Maryland. There was much messing about in boats (see below) and crab cakes as Big As Your Head. Mom is mostly recovered from her bout of encephalitis, though she still has headaches, and is kind of cranky over the "no driving for six months" restriction the doctor gave her. Their house is right above the Patuxent River (the fact that I have trouble spelling this is Not Helped by the fact that there's a Pawtuxet River in Rhode Island) - their dock is the middle one here except that Google shows the old dock, before Hurricane Isabel took it out. The new dock comes with an osprey nest on a nearby post; the mom osprey is chirpily upset whenever anyone comes down to the dock. Having only ever gone there at non-Christmas season once, it was nice to be there with flowers and sitting out on the deck to watch the sunset, and mess about in a boat.
The most recent niece-anecdote making the rounds is that Amelia (age 3) has intensified her obsession with toothbrushes. She plays house with them, and tucks them into bed under their blankets, and takes them with her as her toys to playgroup. At a recent dentist's appointment, she was apparently the only kid ever who was thrilled beyond belief to be given a toothbrush at the end.

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ricedog From: ricedog Date: June 18th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is it anywhere near the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: June 18th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
It looks like "not very". The PWRC appears to be up north of DC; they're around the bend in the fat southern section, below. We visited the Naval Air Station museum. :)

twe From: twe Date: June 18th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
The toothbrushes story is funny. Reminds me of Sarath talking about Wiley and the feather dusters.
pekmez From: pekmez Date: June 18th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh my, the toothbrushes! why does that make me want to squee?
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: June 19th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Encephalitis = yikes.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: June 20th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I didn't actually get briefed until she was out of the hospital again, so I missed the extra-scary days. But the while when she was too tired to go up and down any stairs, and couldn't remember the words she wanted were pretty scary as it was. Now she's just Mom-with-headaches, which is a lot better.
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: December 30th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC) (Link)
How is she doing?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: December 30th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
As of when she was up in September, sounds like basically all good. She's allowed to drive now (she didn't have to wait the whole six months after all, which was a relief, because pretty much everything is far away), and doesn't seem to have any leftover side effects at this point.
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