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November 14, 2019

midweek music: country collaborations
posted by soe 1:29 am

I turned on ABC when I got home tonight in anticipation of decompressing to an episode of Stumptown. Unfortunately, it wasn’t on. However, the Country Music Awards were. I’m not a huge fan of awards show, but this had both a number of collaborations where I recognized at least the name of one of the artists and more singing than talking, so I dozed through the second two thirds of the show.

Here are a couple performances from it:

Here, I knew the song and Sheryl Crow. I’ve heard the name Dierks Bentley, but honestly I couldn’t have told you if it was a person or a group before tonight. (In case you were also wondering, he’s a guy and “Dierks” is his middle name.) Also performing are Chris Janson, Joe Walsh (he’s from The Eagles) and John Osborne.

This is a mashup of Lady Antebellum’s “What If I Never Get Over You?” and Halsey’s “Graveyard” and includes some amazing harmonies.

There was also a nice performance by Thomas Rhett of “Remember You Young,” but I can’t find a video of that anywhere for you. I’d never heard of him before, but it was a very pretty song.

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November 13, 2019

coffeeneuring 2019 #6: pluma
posted by soe 1:35 am

Ride #6: Sunday, Nov. 10, evening
Pluma (391 Morse St., N.E.)


I sort of procrastinated in figuring out where my next Coffeeneuring ride was until choices started dropping off my list due to it being Sunday and later in the afternoon.

After ruling out a different NoMa business after I arrived because I wasn’t feeling their menu that particular day, I pulled out my phone to see if I could track down an alternative.

Enter Pluma.


Pluma is the storefront for Bluebird Bakery and is located on a side street near Union Market. Their signage is minimal, and despite the fact that I’ve been over there a bunch of times (including the day before), I’d never noticed they were there.

This was a delicious oversight.


I opted for hot cider and a pear-ginger-hazelnut muffin. The muffin may look all healthy and bran-like there in its beigeness, but it is just trying to fool you. This is one of the best muffins I have ever had. The combination of flavors was mind-blowing. And the apple cider made the perfect crisply sweet counterbalance.

You’d better believe I’ll be back.

Pluma's Hot Apple Cider and Pear-Ginger-Hazelnut Muffin

In terms of bikability, there are racks across the street next to Blue Bottle Coffee. And the nearest Bikeshare dock is on the other side of Union Market two blocks away.

It got dark (and a little chilly) while I was sitting inside. Because I was wearing dark clothes and my helmet’s light has gone out, I decided to take Metro home instead of biking back.

Total mileage: 3.85 miles

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November 12, 2019

nerd love
posted by soe 8:26 am

Nerd Love

My phone battery died while I was waiting for Rudi to call to say he’d made it safely to Salt Lake last night. (I’m not the only person who has dreams that they plug their phone in, am I?) But that means a few other things didn’t happen, because then my dozing on the couch turned into sleeping on the couch for most of the night.


So you get a morning-written post instead of a night-written one, insubstantial as it is.

But I leave you with this thought for today: I wish you love and happiness, whether you find it in a box of Nerds or in a nerd him- or herself.

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November 11, 2019

coffeeneuring 2019 #5: altani gelato and coffee
posted by soe 1:21 am

Ride #5: Saturday, Nov. 9, afternoon
Altani Gelato and Coffee (202 M St., S.E.)

Coffeeneuring 2019 #5

Because they were holding a book-themed event, I decided to bike over to Canal Park near the ballpark Saturday afternoon. I took the bike trail that runs from Rock Creek Park and along the Potomac and then dumps you unceremoniously into the street at the Wharf Part II construction zone. (Honestly, a sign announcing “sidewalk ends” located on the far side of an intersection and 15 feet from a fence is pointless.) The day was brisk, with a breeze, but not unseasonable for November, and the sun had peeked through the clouds. A sweatshirt, puffy vest, and cowl were sufficient; I can’t actually remember if I was biking with my mittens on or not.

Anyway, I got to Canal Park in time to do a little shopping, but not in time to enjoy the fire pits or s’mores (alas!).

The skating rink at the park was doing good business on its first day of the season, but the line was not long at either the pizza place or the gelateria/coffeeshop inside.

Coffeeneuring 2019 #5

While the gelato flavors looked exciting, I opted for the more traditional baked good and hot drink option. Cocoa would have been my preferred drink, but it was priced as if it were located next to a kids’ attraction, so I opted for a cup of Earl Grey instead. And at the barista’s suggestion, I opted for a pistachio croissant over a ginger puff.

Coffeeneuring 2019 #5

Both were excellent choices, perfect for sitting outside. The croissant was filled the old fashioned way — sliced down its length and slathered with pistachio butter. This guaranteed there weren’t any empty spots! And Earl Grey is always a nice choice on a day with a bit of a chill in the air.

Coffeeneuring 2019 #5

I watched folks skate for a while, as I perused my purchases. I thought about renting a pair of skates for a few minutes, but decided to save that for another day. But it was tempting.

Coffeeneuring 2019 #5

There is a Bikeshare station across the street (and several others in close proximity), and a decent amount of bike parking at the park.

With the sun waning, it was time to move on. Because I didn’t want to miss an art opening (or arrive at it gasping and sweaty), I opted to catch metro to the rest of the day’s adventures. But it was a good stop, and I’ll be back in the warmer months to sample the gelato.

Total mileage: 5.28 miles

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November 10, 2019

potomac sunset
posted by soe 1:20 am

I had to be at National Harbor, a Disney-esque (in its plasticness, not in being entertaining) resort and conference center just south of D.C., for work yesterday.

There were several breaks in my day, and, while I was trying to do office work during some of them, I did succeed in getting outside for the last light of the day. Here is the sun setting over the Potomac River.:

Sunset at National Harbor

I hope you’re having a nice weekend!

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November 9, 2019

all on my own weekend plans
posted by soe 1:14 am

Rudi is away for the weekend, so I’m flying solo for the next couple of days. Here’s what I’m hoping to get done:

  • Take part in the Garden Work Day and Social tomorrow morning.
  • Sleep in on Sunday morning.
  • Sign up for the Broke and the Bookish Secret Santa Swap.
  • Check out the Christmas Market tomorrow at the Czech embassy.
  • Complete a coffeeneuring ride or two.
  • Attend a “pop-up reading room” on the other side of town tomorrow afternoon. There will be fire pits and s’mores and a used book sale!
  • Cook quince.
  • Hang the fairy lights around the living room. (I never tracked down Halloween lights, so I’m just going to get started with the Christmas ones.)
  • Switch out my summer clothes for winter ones. I need access to warmer sweaters!
  • Find a new pair of jeans. And try to get a little more wear out of my current pair via an iron-on patch.

How about you? What’s on tap for your weekend?

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