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May 21, 2015

clean break, girls’ night out, and final episode
posted by soe 5:33 pm

Three beautiful things from the past week:

1. Although my dad broke his pelvis, he managed to do so in a way that will not require surgery, knock on wood.

2. Dinner and milkshakes with my friend Amani.

3. The final episode of The Late Show with David Letterman marked the end of an era in late-night tv. I loved his final few weeks of shows and the tributes from his fellow late night hosts.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world this week?

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mid-may yarn-along
posted by soe 2:42 am

Mid-May Yarn-Along

I am done knitting the body of my shawlette and need to move on to picking up the stitches around the edge for the border next. Conveniently, the pattern calls for yarn overs on every row for the ease of just this task, so I hope to be nearing the end of this project this month.

Tonight brought some bad news, so I opted to start a new book by the most amusing author I know, Jasper Fforde. It’s the third Jennifer Strange novel and the first few chapters promise as entertaining a read as the previous two books in the series.

Yarning along about books and crafting with Ginny.

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May 18, 2015

mid-may weekending
posted by soe 2:30 am

The weekend began on the right note with the first Friday night concert of the summer at Yards Park. We broke in my new picnic blanket (thanks, Mum and Dad) and closed down the park, lingering first at one street corner, then another, before bidding our friends adieu for the night. Rudi and I biked home along the Mall, arriving back at the Burrow just after midnight.

Saturday was Rudi’s birthday, which he planned to spend much of on a bike ride. That meant I got to sleep in and then get some reading and some chores done before he came home. We’d invited some friends out for pizza, so after dodging a downpour, we met up with them at the restaurant. We arrived during the dinner rush, but John and Nicole had grabbed a table, so we sat amidst the families and then outlasted them, eventually ordering dessert (which I’d hoped would happen, since I hadn’t baked a cake for Rudi).


This morning, we got up early, since Rudi was hoping to find strawberries at the market. We did, along with these gorgeous, fragrant peonies (and some other things). We watched the David Letterman interview on CBS Sunday Morning and then the final 15 kilometers of the Giro. I dozed for a while. Eventually, Rudi headed out to a picnic with his ski team, and I got on the bike and went to Georgetown. I sat outside and read, returned some library books, hunted in vain for ducklings along the canal (although I did see goslings, turtles, fish, cormorants, cardinals, purple finches, and a great blue heron, flying awkwardly overhead), bought a snack at Dog Tag Bakery, and talked to my folks while sitting canal-side. I stopped at Trader Joe’s for a few items (it’s that rare between-terms period that meant that the store wasn’t crowded on a Sunday evening) and went to the garden to water and plant some potatoes and a few onions before returning home, where I spent the evening reading, watching Battle Creek on tv, and working on my shawlette.

It was a good weekend.

Weekending along with Pumpkin Sunrise.

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May 15, 2015

relaxing, in the ground, and waiting in line
posted by soe 2:54 am

Three beautiful things from my previous week:

1. Lying in the park, reading books and comic books.

2. Rudi and I get all the seedlings I’ve bought recently planted in the garden.

3. My coworker and I head to the White House-adjacent farmers market for lunch every Thursday, where we both enjoy vegetable tacos from one of the stands. Today, the line is long and I tell her that if she wasn’t there I’d have bailed and found something else. But because she is there, I wait patiently beneath a blue sky, my sweater folded over my bag, soaking in the sun while I wait to place an order for three very tasty tacos.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world this week?

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May 11, 2015

bout of books: sign-up and survey
posted by soe 5:41 pm
Bout of Books

I’ve been off my reading game in general this year and specifically in the last month, so I’m excited to participate once again in the Bout of Books:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

When I participated in January, my goals included reading daily, finishing a couple books, and blogging about what I was reading. This time, I think my goals will be similar:

  1. To read at least a few pages every day.
  2. To finish at least one book and/or read 300 pages across several books.
  3. To update you on what I’ve been reading. Daily would be nice, but let’s be realistic and aim for three posts this week.

Today’s Bout of Books challenge is to answer a survey posed by Lori at Writing My Own Fairy Tale:

  1. How do you organize your shelves?
  2. I have a loose understanding of the word organize in this context. I have a couple shelves with books of sentimental value: works by Louisa May Alcott, Laura Ingalls Wilder, C.S. Lewis, L.M. Montgomery, my bible and dictionary, a book that used to belong to my dad’s aunt, etc. And there’s a second half-shelf that has some other books that were gifts and are valuable for that reason. Otherwise, things are vaguely arranged by genre and/or time of acquisition. Poetry books are all together. Crafting books are all together. Feminist texts are all together. Books acquired at one of the ALA meetings I went to are all on the bottom shelf of my desk. Books that came into the Burrow during the period I served on the Cybils committee are in or on the blue cabinet. Library books are by my chair. Fiction is spread all over the house, as is appropriate.

  3. What is one of your favorite book that’s not in one of your favorite genres?
  4. I guess I tend not to read a whole lot of history, so let’s go with Cait Murphy’s Crazy ’08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History.

  5. What is the last 5 star book you read?
  6. According to GoodReads, it was The Book of Unknown Americans, which I read last summer. (I don’t award five stars frequently: something on the order of twice a year.)

  7. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon?
  8. I hope to get to Jasper Fforde’s latest in the Chronicles of Kazam, The Eye of Zoltar. I’m just hoping I remember enough of the previous two books to dive back in comfortably. I also picked up the second volume of Ms. Marvel last weekend, so that’s high on my list, too. And I’m finding The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America surprisingly comforting.

  9. What book do you recommend the most?
  10. For what and whom? For Bout of Books participants? I don’t feel like I have a single pat answer. But I suppose if you haven’t read The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde you should do so immediately.

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May 8, 2015

bouquet, trio, and intermission
posted by soe 1:50 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Rudi went to the garden of his own accord to turn soil and then picked me a vaseful of the violets I let run rampant this time of year amidst our strawberry patch (something he normally dislikes doing).

2. A sunny afternoon at the ballpark where the home team won and the star outfielder hit three back-to-back home runs.

3. A couple of my volleyball teammates agreed to go with me to a local cafe for the period between when our game ended and the pick-up game began. We’re talking about playing together again this summer (or next fall when games resume in our current location).

How about you? I’d really like to hear what’s been beautiful in your world this week.

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