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July 16, 2018

national ice cream weekend and the beach
posted by soe 1:42 am

Today was National Ice Cream Day, but July is National Ice Cream Month, which means that this was National Ice Cream Weekend, even if only so decreed by Rudi and me.

D.C. Scoop

Friday evening we started out with the D.C. Scoop festival at Union Market, where local ice cream shops sent representatives with free samples for folks to try.

We downed the Trickling Spring (a local dairy) samples too quickly to get photos, but their flavors were a very mild chocolate and a chocolate covered strawberry. Dolcezza, a gelateria around the corner from my apartment, offered peach gelato and lemon opal basil sorbet:


Love ‘n’ Faith Cafe was making liquid nitrogen ice cream on the spot:

Making Ice Cream

They ran out of their free samples, but were selling cups for a reasonable price. Rudi really liked their salted caramel and I was highly impressed by their cookies and cream. (D.C. folks: Their ice cream was delicious, but apparently they are inches away from having to close their cafe, which is located between U Street and Columbia Heights on 14th St. If you’re hankering for coffee or ice cream and are in the vicinity, it’s worth stopping in.)

Ice Cream

Saturday was Bastille Day, so after spending the morning working, I stopped by a French restaurant that was celebrating the holiday for some glace. That’s a scoop of mamey sapote, a tropical African tree fruit, that has a distinctive flavor, and one of pineapple sorbet. I walked my bike until I ate the ice cream down to the cone and then biked (in the bike lane) while eating the rest. I’m pretty sure that negates any caloric intake, don’t you think?

Today, we headed out to the Delaware shore for a beach day.

Beach Day

Toes in Sand

We finished our time at the shore with scoops from one of the local ice cream shops. Mine is raspberry truffle and Rudi opted for mocha chip:

National Ice Cream Day

It was quite a good weekend!

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July 15, 2018

just hanging with my pal, jake
posted by soe 1:15 am

Jake and Me

The All-Star Game is this coming Tuesday and will take place here in D.C. There’s lots of hoopla all over the city right now and in the plaza across from our municipal center, they’ve set up life-sized banners of all the players who’ve been named to compete.

I’m a National League girl and the Mets are my team (despite my season-ticketholder status with the Nationals). This is pitcher Jacob deGrom, the Mets’ sole representative to this year’s All-Star lineup. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that the National League plays well on Tuesday.

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July 14, 2018

weekend plans
posted by soe 2:06 am


We started the weekend with an ice cream party (Sunday is National Ice Cream Day), which is an excellent way to commence pretty much anything, honestly.

I have to work tomorrow morning, but after that I’m hopeful the weekend will include:

  • Heading out to the Delaware shore on Sunday.
  • Reading on the beach.
  • Knitting in the car.
  • Spending some time in the garden watering and weeding.
  • Doing laundry.
  • Checking out Bastille Day celebrations around the city.
  • Eating crepes for supper. We should be able to make some with veggies like chard or zucchini, right?
  • Returning a few things to the library.
  • Tidying up the apartment.
  • Catching some zzz’s. And with that …

What are you hoping to do this weekend?

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July 13, 2018

yellow, cinephiles, and exploding cookies
posted by soe 1:18 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

Mr. Sunflower

1. I already devoted an entire post to them, but those sunflowers really merit inclusion for being a balm to the soul.

2. Rudi and I saw The Incredibles 2 on Tuesday night, which let out just in time for the final 20 minutes of Dirty Dancing showing across the street in the waterside park. Tonight, I headed up to my local park, where they were screening Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, while Rudi caught a 70mm print of 2001: A Space Odyssey at one of the art houses.

3. I am a fan of the traditional Oreo flavor combination and tend not to believe in the mutations that have popped up in the past decade (different colors are okay, though). But I couldn’t pass up the chance to try their Fourth of July cookies, Firework Oreos, which had red and blue pop rocks embedded in the regular creme. The first two cookies I didn’t quite get the big deal, until Rudi told me I was eating them too quickly and that I had to let them sit on my tongue for a minute. Same great taste, but with little fizzing bursts that make your cat turn his head.

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

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July 12, 2018

walking in fields of gold
posted by soe 1:18 am

Rudi’s job has him working a non-standard week, which means his days off can vary. This week he was off today, so I decided to take a vacation day and join him for some time together before our disparate evening activities. The internet said that the sunflowers at Maryland’s McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area were in full bloom, and since we often see them at non-peak times we decided to take a day trip to catch them.

They were absolutely perfect:

Field of Gold


Rudi and the Sunflowers



Just a Sunflower and Me

If you have someplace growing sunflowers near you, may I suggest you plan a visit this summer? I can’t tell you how joyful these made us feel.

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July 11, 2018

tour de france unraveling
posted by soe 1:38 am

Tour de France Unraveling

Here’s what I’ve knit so far on my Tour de France shawl. I opted for a different pattern than what I showed you last week. This is Around the Bend by Nim Teasdale.

The book is Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. I’ve also been listening to Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki.

Visit As Kat Knits for more book/knitting combos.

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