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March 5, 2021

shopping spree, irish breakfast in the house, and bare toes
posted by soe 1:33 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. A colleague mentioned a frame shop a couple neighborhoods north of me was having a sale, so I took the bus up there last Saturday. That part wasn’t super successful, but I stopped at my favorite Italian mom and pop shop for a slice, a ball of dough, and a bag of Jordan almonds, a fun stationery shop for some stickers, and one of the city’s mini-Targets, where I bought some lotion I can’t find elsewhere and some new shirts.

2. I made my annual tea purchase last week during the NYC shop’s sale, and earlier today 13 pounds of tea (and two pounds of coffee) arrived to refill my depleted canisters.

3. I ran out in flip flops, leggings, and a tshirt at mid-afternoon on Wednesday in between meetings and it was gloriously sunny and warm.

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

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March 4, 2021

lost wednesday unraveling
posted by soe 1:34 am

Lost Wednesday Unraveling

I’m not quite sure how I missed processing it was Wednesday until now. But it is. Or was. I’m glad the weekend is a day closer, but am not happy that I misplaced an evening in there, particularly one I usually enjoy.

As you can see, it’s been a productive week for knitting. I’ve been trying to knit during meetings in which I take more of a listening role than a presenting one, and that’s definitely helped. Also, the tail end of Recipe for Persuasion was great for knitting while reading, which really can’t be done when reading books with fraught conclusions. (It messes with my tension.) I’m into my last set of colors before I start the toe decreases, so there’s the possibility I’ll have a new pair of socks by the weekend.

Sock Madness begins sometime in the next two days, and I have several weekends with more me time than usual coming up because Rudi’s ski team has some end-of-season races that he needs to coach. I haven’t finished the timed round the past few years, but maybe the extra alone time will motivate me to knit faster. Or it won’t, and I’ll just move on to another project — like last year’s unfinished pair … or 2019’s.

I know I said last week that I was going to move on next to a novel set during spring training, but I wasn’t able to renew Undercover Bromance, so I decided to pick it back up and see if I liked it any more than I did the first grumpy night I tried to read it. The two main protagonists are now on each other’s radar, so I’ll give it two more chapters to get its act together, but I still may ditch it.

I’m also listening to The Midnight Library, which two local Twitter book pals loved and which Karen decidedly did not. It struggles to live up to its selling point — who amongst us wouldn’t like to try on the alternate stories of our lives if we’d made different choices? The author does too much telling and not enough showing, and the protagonist’s life spiral is rushed in an effort to get us to the most interesting part of the story quickly — and thus seems a little insulting to those of us who struggle with mental health issues. But as I wrote earlier this week, I’ve been doing a lot of self-rumination recently, so the concept is pulling me through so far.

Head over to As Kat Knits to see what others are reading and crafting.

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March 3, 2021

flowers in february
posted by soe 1:38 am

While I was out and about on Saturday, I noticed the sure signs that spring is coming: flowers were popping up, in border beds, in the wild, and in the park:


Early Yellow Wildflower

Purple Ground Cover

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March 2, 2021

top ten characters whose job i covet
posted by soe 1:06 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl asks us to share the top ten characters whose jobs I wish I had. It’s a fun topic, but I admit I had to go back to Goodreads to come up with enough answers to finish this week’s list.

If I didn’t develop educational materials, I might want to be:

  1. Bandette, master thief and righter of wrongs (the Bandette series by Paul Tobin and Colleen Hoover)
  2. Thursday Next, literary detective (the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde)
  3. Phoebe, tv script writer (Red Letter Days by Sarah-Jane Stratford
  4. Dani Brown, women’s studies professor (Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert)
  5. Phryne Fisher, private investigator (the Phyrne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood)
  6. Nina Hill, bookseller (The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Alli Waxman)
  7. Tuesday Mooney, philanthropy leads researcher (Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Rannicula)
  8. Kate, local journalist (The Lido by Libby Page)
  9. Lola Woodby, retrieval specialist (the Discreet Retrieval Agency series by Maia Chance)
  10. Vianne Rocher, chocolatier (Chocolat by Joanne Harris)

How about you? Are there characters from your reading whose career paths you envy for one reason or another?

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March 1, 2021

goals for march
posted by soe 1:09 am

Klingle Valley Trail

I write a lot of posts that I get a paragraph or two into and then delete. Mostly, they’re self-indulgent journal entries that belong in the pages of a private diary, rather than published for the world to see. Worse, they’re boring and repetitive and whiny, which demands that I purge them, suffocate before they gain enough oxygen to exist in the world on their own.

But I’m starting to wonder if, in an effort not to gripe in a place that guarantees my complaints will live on, I’m also denying myself the opportunity to problem-solve in the way I do best — in writing.

So, I’m going to dig out one of the bazillion notebooks I have floating around the Burrow and start writing in it. Start allowing my frustrations and my dreads (and occasionally my deepest hopes) into the air — where they will get oxygen, but also light. And if I can see a problem, and write about a problem, maybe I can solve it. Or come to terms with it and make it just an inconvenience, rather than a problem.

As I wrote Friday, I’m also going to get moving. Daylight Savings Time returns in a fortnight, and I don’t really care if you don’t like it (kids, pets, whatever). It helps me tremendously to have light after work. Daylight proffers the ability to work in the garden, to walk along the creek, to bike with less stress. I spend too much of my workday sitting (no need to walk to the conference room any more or run out to pick up lunch or bike to work), and I feel it, particularly when my day doesn’t end at 5 when it should, but at 7 or 8 or whenever I just give up on getting more done and switch from sitting on the couch with my work computer to sitting on the couch watching tv or reading. And it’s sure as hell going to show when I get out on the volleyball court with people 15+ years younger than me. If I’m not going to be inspiring, at least I should strive not to be a warning sign. As of today, the sun is finally setting after 6 again, and by the end of the month it’ll be after 7:30. I can work (and work out) with that.

And I’m going to put five things away every day. Not just down, but away. Rudi and I are notoriously bad about not wanting to deal with things in the moment, and they have a way of piling up — and not in a good way. We’ve agreed that we both need things to be less cluttered, but now we need to put action to word.

That’s three goals for the month. More than that and it’ll become impossible to begin. I’ll let you know how successful my inner Yoda is. (There’s a distinct possibility I’ll just smother him in a pile of laundry.)

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February 28, 2021

out and about
posted by soe 1:43 am

Rock Creek

Today ended up being a very pleasant afternoon, with the sun emerging periodically. I took the long way home from the Cleveland Park neighborhood through Rock Creek Park and captured this shot along the way.

(As best as I could tell where the beam of light hit did not contain pirate treasure.)

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