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July 17, 2019

midweek music break
posted by soe 1:30 am

We’ve had two days in a row with highs below 90, so Mother Nature feels she needs to smack us upside the head. When my outdoor volleyball game and Rudi’s group bike ride start this evening, the heat index is due to be over 100 degrees. Yay… Don’t worry; we’re very good about hydrating.

Still, there’s nothing to do, but suck it up. And maybe bring my bathing suit to take a dip at the pool afterwards. Or, of course, I could opt to dance all night instead.

(The Eels do a very nice cover of The Lovin’ Spoonful’s original, which I hear playing in my head on a daily basis every time I have to go outside at midday this time of the year.)

Wishing you all cool breezes and iced tea…

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July 16, 2019

auto-buy/borrow authors
posted by soe 12:08 am

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is “auto-buy authors.” I’m positive I don’t have ten (although I’ll note below which they are), but I certainly have ten whose works must immediately be put on hold at the library:

  1. Jasper Fforde (must buy)
  2. Rainbow Rowell (must buy)
  3. Barbara Kingsolver
  4. J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith
  5. Sherry Thomas (I need to track down her backlist)
  6. Brian Selznick (must buy his later works; still have to finish going through his backlist)
  7. Toni Morrison
  8. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (only applies to their works together, since I haven’t read either of their solo catalogues)
  9. Becky Albertalli
  10. Nicola Yoon

Erin Morganstern has only published The Night Circus, but if her sophomore effort, due out this fall, is anywhere near as good, I’ll be adding her to my must-buy list, too.

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July 15, 2019

bastille day weekending
posted by soe 1:43 am


The weekend was a nice one. It included a Tour de France watching party at a bar in Virginia with Rudi’s bike club on Friday; trips to the garden, library, grocery store, bagel shop; and farmers market; time in the pool; and a delicious Bastille Day supper of vegetarian crepes, chevre and crackers, and creamsicle ice cream.

Bastille Day Supper

There was reading and knitting and cuddling with the cat. There was a bike ride and holding hands and lounging on a bench at the park.

All in all, a pleasant way to pass a couple days in the middle of July, wouldn’t you say?

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July 14, 2019

posted by soe 1:06 am

This is probably my favorite song that Rudi plays on the guitar. Short of recording him performing it, I thought I’d dig up a cover of it as a calm way to begin our Sunday mornings.

Here is Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Nirvana covering Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird.”

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July 13, 2019

bastille day weekend planning
posted by soe 1:48 am

Patriotic Cocoa

I’m surprisingly tired, so I’m going to post this quickly, wash the handful of dishes, and then slip into bed next to Rudi.

What are you planning for this weekend?

It’s still supposed to be around 90, but the humidity is supposed to dip down into the sub-50% range, so I’m going to try to spend some time in the garden getting beans into the ground before it’s too late to do that for the season. Then I’m going to lounge by the pool.

I’m going to watch some of the Tour de France and maybe some of the Wimbledon finals (go, Serena!) and I’m going to knit — carefully — quite a bit. I’d like to be most of the way through the solid purple section by the end of the weekend, but that will only happen if I have to rip less than I have been doing this past week.

I finished Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors before picking up my laptop tonight. I’d need to return it and a couple other things to the library and pick up a couple holds and the first of my summer reading prizes, if they haven’t already given it away.

I need to find my car’s title this week, which means actually doing the hard work of looking through the papers in our apartment, rather than just saying I’m going to. The insurance will need to be renewed two weeks from today and while I can let it sit where it is without insurance, I’d rather not in case I need to move it. Plus, I’d like to drive it locally one or two more times before I have to give it away and I absolutely cannot do that if I don’t have the title, because what if it dies someplace absolutely inconvenient? Three cylinders means my car and I cannot take one more three-hour drive to the beach, but probably does mean we can take a three-mile drive for Connecticut-style pizza, although obviously my poor old car will have the final say about that. Honestly, I’m crying writing about that, so let’s move on.

Sunday is Bastille Day, so I will either decide we’re going to have crepes or raclette for supper or take myself out for la glace from one of the French restaurant ice cream carts during the afternoon. Maybe both. Or maybe neither and my celebration will only go as far as colored sugar on my chocolat chaud.

Once again, I’m behind in my job applying, so some of that needs to happen tomorrow morning. And I have to do some chores, because Laundry Mountain is threatening to avalanche onto our bed while we sleep and because I no longer need to block Corey from getting to the living room window. And I need to go to the farmers market because our compost bin is full and I do not have enough berries in my life and maybe to the bagel shop because fresh bagels are really nice on a weekend.

Anyway, none of that can happen if I don’t go to sleep. Have a great weekend, whatever you choose to do with it!

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July 12, 2019

deep purple, not afloat, and seasonal beverages
posted by soe 1:07 am

Ripe Garden Blackberry

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. The blackberries that grow along our garden fence are finally ripening. I have to compete with passersby, fellow gardeners, and birds, though, so most of the ones I pick are still a little on the tart side.

2. Four inches of rain fell on D.C. in a single hour on Monday morning, but mostly it stayed on the outside, where it belonged.

3. I am up to my third home-brewed ice tea success of the season. The first two were fruity herbal teas my folks gave me for Christmas a couple years back — pomegranate pear ginger and hibiscus raspberry currant — and today’s was Moroccan mint. I brew a pot at a time and then store it in the fridge in an old gallon glass milk jar. We’re out of simple syrup, but I mix it with lemonade for aromatic twists on the traditional Arnold Palmer.

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

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