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September 21, 2019

final weekend of summer planning
posted by soe 1:49 am

Friday Sunset

Rudi’s heading out early tomorrow morning for a cycling event in West Virginia, so I’m on my own for the weekend. Here’s what I hope it includes:

  • Chatting with friends.
  • Perusing the library book sale. (Also, trading some overdue materials for what’s come in off my holds list.)
  • Sleeping in.
  • Taking in the H Street Festival.
  • Finishing my shawl.
  • Procuring quarters for the laundry before the bank closes.
  • Harvesting tomatoes and planting more fall greens at the garden.
  • Getting started on a fall apartment cleaning.
  • Hanging out with Sarah on Sunday.
  • Painting my nails.

What are you hoping to check off this weekend?

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September 20, 2019

the big winner, seasonal snacking, and bookish heroes
posted by soe 1:56 am

Final Thursday of Summer

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. A little girl of about four, wearing a pink bike helmet, races a corgi puppy up a set of stairs in the park. “I won!” she exclaims.

2. My job is near a mid-week farmers market and I have been celebrating by buying raspberries, which are back in season here.

3. Our library got DVDs of The Librarians, so Rudi and I have been able to resume watching the series.

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

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September 19, 2019

sunset over the wharf
posted by soe 1:35 am

Sunset at the Wharf

I realize I’m giving you a lot of light content recently and I’m sorry about that. The new job is a lot, mentally and emotionally, and I seem to spend a lot of my downtime napping. I assume I will build up a tolerance in the days to come and will be able to resume having a life. This week is already better than last in that I haven’t had to cancel all evening plans to nap instead, but simply fall asleep when I am home. So, maybe next week?

Anyway, this shot, taken yesterday evening, is from the balcony of The Anthem, one of the concert venues on the Wharf, looking out over the Washington Channel.

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September 18, 2019

midweek music break
posted by soe 1:48 am

Back in the spring, I gave Rudi concert tickets for his birthday and tonight was the show!

Berlin (“Take My Breath Away”) and OMD (“If You Leave”) opened for the B-52s. Personally, “Love Shack” is my favorite song of theirs, but “Roam” has to be a close second. Here’s them performing the latter tune:

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September 17, 2019

top ten favorite snacks to eat while reading
posted by soe 12:59 am

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl invites us to consider the snacks we like to consume while reading.

Mine include:

  1. Peanut butter or plain M&Ms
  2. Oreos
  3. Ritz with peanut butter or cream cheese (the latter I spread with a knife, while the former tends to be just dipped in the jar)
  4. Granola (eaten out of the bag)
  5. Blueberries
  6. Apples
  7. Tortilla chips
  8. Chocolate chips
  9. Triscuits
  10. Honey Bunches of Oats (usually eaten out of the box)

How about you? Do you tend to munch on anything particular while reading?

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September 16, 2019

first back-to-work weekending
posted by soe 1:14 am


I didn’t get to everything that I’d hoped to this weekend, but we still did quite a bit.

I knit and read. We watched a baseball game (that the Nats lost, but that had lots of adorable dog attendees). We ate ice cream.

I did a little silk screen printing as part of Art All Night, as well as watching both a documentary about the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival and live fire dancing in the Dupont Circle park.

I shopped at the farmers market (broccoli is back!) this morning and then had a blast at my teammate’s housewarming (she knows lots of really nice people), staying twice as long as I’d expected to and getting invited to join a book group.

Rudi and I worked in the garden a little, picking tomatoes and basil and getting some bulbs and seeds planted for the fall and spring season. (Pollinators love my fall garden, which is full of blooming onions and flowering basil.)

And then we ended the weekend at the Reach Festival at the Kennedy Center, where they were doing an interactive screening of The Muppet Movie, featuring Jim Henson’s youngest daughter, Heather, who is herself a puppeteer.

Gonzo the Great Flies High

How was your weekend?

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