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March 18, 2018

saturday contrasts
posted by soe 12:09 am

Rock Creek -- Still Winter

I thought since I keep posting pictures of green things growing that those of you in places still covered in inches and inches of snow might appreciate knowing that most of D.C. still looks like Rock Creek Park, where it’s clearly still winter.

But spring arrives this coming week, so I’ll leave you with this thought:

Cherry Blossoms

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March 17, 2018

st. patrick’s day weekend to-do list
posted by soe 12:52 am

Magnolias Downtown

I have lots of things I’d like this weekend to include. Here are some of them, in no particular order:

  • Paint my nails.
  • Finish A Gentleman in Moscow.
  • Block a shawl, as well as the sleeve of my sweater so I can figure out if I can keep knitting it as is.
  • Check out a new pop-up doughnut shop.
  • Attend a local yarn festival.
  • Plant some lettuce and other greens’ seeds.
  • Watch Love, Simon.
  • Pick up my holds at the library (which include Strange the Dreamer, so thank goodness I returned it last weekend).
  • Wash my handknits (and some other laundry).
  • Bake Irish soda bread (without raisins because yuck).
  • Buy flowers (and milk) at the farmers market.
  • Mop the kitchen floor.

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

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March 16, 2018

pi(e), daylight, and y
posted by soe 12:29 am

Flowers in Georgetown

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Baking is my thing (as opposed to cooking, which is Rudi’s), so Pi(e) Day is usually my responsibility. Somehow, though, I lost a day this week, so my plans to prep for the mathematical baking celebration after my volleyball game really didn’t really work, since that was, in fact, the 14th. Rudi stepped up, though, and made quiche for supper, including his very first pie crust. It was delicious!

Pi(e) Day Quiche

2. Daylight Savings Time means there’s light after work. And since I’m not awake when the sun rises right now, it’s a 100% improvement for me. (Even if I am tired this week, from the shifted clock.)

3. We quite enjoyed the first episode of Rise, a tv show about a high school drama program, starring Rosie Perez, the dad from How I Met Your Mother, and the real-life girl who voiced the animated Moana.

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

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March 15, 2018

sock madness unraveling
posted by soe 1:31 am

Sock Madness Unraveling

I managed one Fée Dragée sock within the Sock Madness timeframe, which ends tomorrow at noon. Once I kitchener the toe and submit photos in the morning, I should officially qualify as a cheerleader, which means I’ll still get the rest of the patterns and will be able to knit along at my own turtley pace. I look forward to a completed pair in a couple more weeks.

I haven’t read any more of A Gentleman in Moscow since last week, but it’s soon due back to the library, so I need to get moving on it. Pashmina, which was a Cybils finalist, has been my travel book this week. It’s a slim graphic novel about an Indian-American girl and her immigrant single mom. We’ve just reached the Oz part of the story, that takes place in India in full color and I’m very excited to learn what happens next. On my phone I’m still listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ We Were Eight Years in Power, which has been very compelling thus far.

Unraveling along with As Kat Knits.

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March 14, 2018

rip, stephen hawking
posted by soe 1:06 am

The guy could do it all and refused to take himself too seriously in the process, as evidenced by his performance here, of Monty Python’s “The Galaxy Song.”

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March 13, 2018

posted by soe 1:54 am

I couldn’t find the song I was looking for today, so I thought I’d share with you Retro Stefson, a band from Iceland I first heard during our trip there in 2011 (and who broke up at the end of 2016). This is “Kimba,” from their second album, Kimbabwe. This is not the official video, but I do know my audience and suspect you’ll watch the entire video just to admire the sweaters, even if you aren’t crazy about the song. But I hope you like their music, too, which is generally upbeat and fun.

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