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October 21, 2016

comedy, practice, and no more
posted by soe 11:27 am

Sorry for a tardy Three Beautiful Things post. I had managed to lock myself out of my site and have had a tired, busy week that just wasn’t conducive to my getting back in. But, obviously, things are better now!

Dylan Moran's Off the Hook Show

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. We got to see Dylan Moran, who plays Bernard in Black Books, at the Lincoln last night.

2. My volleyball team got together to practice on Sunday, and while we still lost this week’s game, our playing was much improved.

3. This week’s debate was the final one for this election season.

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

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October 15, 2016

mid-october weekend to-do
posted by soe 12:21 am

Here are some of the things I’m hoping to do this weekend:

  • Paint my nails.
  • Pick up some necessities at Target with the coupon that expires tomorrow.
  • Buy milk and yogurt and maybe local peanuts at the farmers market.
  • Make pie dough (possibly, also a pie, if I’m feeling ambitious).
  • Publish an Into the Stacks post.
  • Ride my bike to some hot drink purveyors.
  • Check on the garden.
  • Practice with my volleyball team.
  • Watch Fail Safe at the Hill Center. (They’re showing free classic, politically-themed films every Sunday this fall.)
  • Do laundry.
  • Shop for my Ninja Book Swap partner.
  • Do laundry.
  • Finish a book.
  • Take five books to one of the nearby Little Free Libraries (I’m really bad at letting any but the absolute worst books leave my collection).
  • Knit on a sock and a shawl.

How about you? What are you hoping to accomplish this weekend?

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October 14, 2016

sharing, seasonal drinks, and good sleeping weather
posted by soe 10:55 am

A day late, but still… Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Because we found cider doughnuts on our drive home to D.C., we were able to pick up some to bring back to Sarah, who loves them as much as I do.

2. A cool evening means we make hot apple cider with fresh cinnamon sticks.

3. It’s nice to have chilly air for sleeping in, because it makes me want to snuggle underneath all the covers. With the windows open in our bedroom, we had perfect temperatures at my folks’ house.

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

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October 13, 2016

long weekending
posted by soe 2:18 am

We headed up to Connecticut for a long long weekend, the benefits of which have worn off after a mere day of being back in the office. Such are the perils of the working girl!

What did I do while I was away, other than sit in a lot of traffic, you ask?

We listened to two losing Nationals games while driving. This makes me think that the Nats would prefer it if I would not listen to tomorrow’s game.

We got to be Amani and Marcus’ first guests to their new home, which was all in order after a mere week of occupancy (mine would have been cluttered with boxes forever months). They served up hot drinks, ice cream, and freshly baked scones and caught us up on all their news.

I slept in and generally caught up on sleep. There was also a mid-day cat nap on Monday.

Strawberry Daiquiri

I baked cookies, helped my mom peel apples for a pie, and made scones with my dad.

We celebrated my dad’s birthday.

I visited with Karen.

Maple Leaves

I admired the foliage, which was just beginning to pop along the state’s northern border. (This coming weekend will probably be lovely!)

We watched the film Sing Street, Lin-Manuel’s appearance on Saturday Night Live, the season premiere of Supergirl, and the second presidential debate.

Stafford Green during the Rain

I read Avi’s School of the Dead, which my dad had taken out of the library and kept so I could peruse.

We discovered two new sources of cider doughnuts.

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October 7, 2016

orchard adventure, cool weather, and break time
posted by soe 1:51 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Apple picking with Rudi, Sarah, John, Nicole, and baby Juliet.

2. Wearing pants, wool socks, knee-highs, and a sweatshirt. (Obviously not all at once.)

3. Eating lunch outside with my book, beneath sunny skies.

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

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October 6, 2016

early-october yarning along
posted by soe 2:06 am


I’m in a bit of a knitting and reading funk, which means I’m working on lots of things, but not getting far fast on any of them. This is Andrea’s Shawl, which was my Tour de France project, but there are some socks and some other things in progress, too.

I’m about halfway through each of the books shown, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian, Fannie Flagg’s The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, and Elizabeth Strout’s My Name Is Lucy Barton. I’m enjoying the first two, but not so much the latter. However, it’s short, and I haven’t read anything by this much-touted author before, so I want to give her a fair shake before dismissing her from my should-read list. I’m also a third of the way through listening to David Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy, which is fine so far, but not as good as some of his other works. That said, though, I can see how it’s a foundation piece for Two Boys Kissing, which I loved.

Yarning along with Ginny from Small Things.

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