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January 11, 2019


bargain, cleared up, and little christmas
posted by soe 1:33 am

Little Christmas Presents

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. I went to the store to find new slippers and came home with a cheerful orange dress that should be appropriate to wear to a new job — and that was marked down to $11 in clearance.

2. Although there was a gusty wind and a chill in the air, the sky was blue and the sun was out today.

3. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, so thanks to Rudi’s mom being born in Russia, he grew up with a “Little Christmas” in addition to the more traditional Western celebration on Dec. 25. He gave me two very pretty skeins of fingering weight yarn and a purple faux fur pompom that you see above.

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

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January 4, 2019


cone, community, and blooming
posted by soe 1:05 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. I got the chance to try the recent ice cream addition to the Mount Pleasant neighborhood, Mount Desert Island Ice Cream. I opted for a cone of Cranberry Bar Bliss, modeled after the Starbucks holiday dessert. The creamsicle-flavored base was studded with white chocolate chips and candied cranberries and ginger. It was delicious.

'Community'

2. On of my favorite things about walking around D.C. is getting to see all the brightly-hued murals tucked away into corners of the city, like this one, Anne Marchand’s “Community,” on a wall overlooking a park/playground in Shaw.

Winter Blooms

3. All sorts of flowering shrubs and bushes are blooming right now, including rhododendron and roses.

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

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December 28, 2018


i’ll be home for christmas, let it snow, and big bulbs
posted by soe 1:37 am

Ready to Celebrate

Three beautiful things from the past week:

1. My friend’s mother, who is recuperating from complications relating to surgery, got to come home on Christmas Day.

2. There was conversational snow on Christmas Eve.

3. We got a late jump on our drive north Saturday, which meant we were driving through northern New Jersey along the Garden State Parkway after dark, rather than during daylight. After disappointing me after Thanksgiving, the New Jerseyans of that area reclaimed their title of most festive neighborhoods of the mid-Atlantic with their cheerful and abundant holiday light displays.

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

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December 21, 2018


up on the rooftop, the end, and off to new homes
posted by soe 2:20 am

Honestly, I forgot it was Thursday. But then I remembered, so here are three beautiful things from my past week:

1. I’ve seen cars with Christmas lights as decorations earlier this season, but today was the first time I’ve seen a fake tree decorated on one’s roof.

2. I was one of the people highly disappointed last season when NBC opted not to renew Timeless, but I appreciated they were willing to give fans a tv movie to wrap up the outstanding story arcs. It aired tonight and did not disappoint.

3. I finally made it across town to one of the library branches to donate three bags of books that have been sitting in my car for a month. Now I just need to get to Goodwill to do the same with the gigantic bag of clothing taking up half my trunk.

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

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December 14, 2018


golden hour, plaque, and cargo
posted by soe 1:22 am

Sunset over Rosslyn

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. I was along the river as the sun set last Friday, allowing me to see a spectacular view over Rosslyn. My shots here give you an idea of the colors, but Flickr mutes reds terribly, so just know it was even more breathtaking in person.

Sunset along the Potomac

2. I passed the Mexican Embassy while out walking today and noticed for the first time a sign informing me it was housed in part of what had once been known as “The Seven Buildings,” which had served as home, over time, to the Declaration of Independence, the Department of State, and President and First Lady Madison, as they waited for the White House to be rebuilt after the War of 1812. The sign has been there for the past 8 years, but today was the first time I saw it, which I love, because it means there’s always something new to be seen, even if it isn’t new.

Mexican Embassy and The Seven Buildings

3. While stopping by the library earlier this week, I saw a person on a bicycle laden down with packages and helium balloons, clearly en route to a celebration. There were at least a dozen balloons and maybe closer to two, and the cyclist was having a hard time maneuvering while keeping the balloons from floating back into her view. After futzing with them at the red light, though, she finally got all the strings tucked under her arms and was able to carry on her way. (This now tops my previous most interesting cycling sight of the month, which was when I saw a young woman using her bike as a dolly to carry a seven foot Christmas tree from the farmers market to home on her own.)

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

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December 7, 2018


full shoes, going postal, and good news for 2019
posted by soe 1:24 am

St. Nicholas Day Haul

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. St. Nicholas stopped by last night, and we must have been pretty good this year because he left behind candy and a Harry Potter ornament for me and candy and some kitchen knives for Rudi.

2. I mailed my first Christmas card this week, which only bodes well for the rest of them, just as soon as I figure out where the stamps disappeared to during the great Christmas party cleanup.

3. Speaking of which, Rudi found my Mets cap, which was missing for the entirety of the 2018 season. I blame its absence for their performance, because in order to be a true baseball fan for the team that’s home to the Cy Young winner you have to believe it’s your headwear choices, rather than their playing, right?

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

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