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July 20, 2018

stalks, golden anniversary, and storm
posted by soe 1:02 am

Fort Reno Sunset

1. After leaving the beach on Sunday, we pass an honor system roadside stand, which included a cut-your-own garden. I brought home three stems of gladioli. Having now seen them in their natural state, I understand why they’re sometimes called the sword lily.

2. Tonight was a Fort Reno concert night and the official celebration of its 50th anniversary. The free punk concert series was its typical eclectic self by featuring a lineup that included a reading of a Sylvia Plath poem set to modern dance by two members of a local theater troupe, a dj set, and a nine-minute snare drum composition. It was also the Night of a Thousand Cakes, and so much was still left that the organizer apologized to families prior to the final act by asking them to please send their children up to eat more sugar. After years of attending at least one show during the season, I am convinced that whatever celestial being is in charge of the weather is a punk fan because there is always a gorgeous sunset to be seen on concert nights.

3. Tuesday there was a terrific mid-afternoon thunderstorm during which time more than two inches of rain fell over less than an hour. I didn’t have to be out in it, so was content to admire its force from a window. (Rudi was not so lucky.)

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

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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 6, 2018

in the room where it happens, tankini, & explosions
posted by soe 2:00 am

Thursday means it’s time to reflect back on three beautiful things from my past week:

Dupont Circle Sunflowers

1. After having listened to the Hamilton soundtrack since before it was officially released, it was awesome to finally get to see the visuals that accompany the audio.

2. I bought a couple new bathing suits on sale online (actually, I bought more than a couple, but am only keeping two) and wore one to the pool this week to try it out in action. Rudi says it looks good and it neither pulled down nor rode up while jumping into the pool, swimming, and getting out, so I’d call that a success.

3. We got not one, but two, fireworks displays this week — one after the ballgame on Tuesday and one on the 4th over the Mall. This year’s new shaped fireworks included ones that looked like jellyfish. I didn’t manage to capture them on film, but maybe you saw them if they showed the entire display on PBS?

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

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June 29, 2018

moonrise, party, and a placeholder
posted by soe 1:38 am

The Mystery Machine
Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you?

We’re heading to see Hamilton tomorrow night at the Kennedy Center, and I’m very excited to finally be in the room where it happens.” But before that, there’s one more Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. I had to go to Costco tonight, which requires a trip to Virginia. We were driving back over the Potomac just as the moon, a day off being full and a brilliant orange, was rising over the horizon.

Palme d'Or

2. We had a summer solstice party at work, complete with shave ice stand, potluck, photo props, and a modified game of volleyball. By the end of the afternoon, I was full, had a fun photo with some of my favorite coworkers, and a trophy for my participation in the volleyball games. (Honestly, I couldn’t tell you why except maybe that I was still in the room when they were awarding them?)

I sat down next to this bee at the Dupont Circle fountain earlier in the week and watched it spend the next five minutes give itself a thorough bath.

3. Tonight we ate the first corn on the cob of the season, which was mediocre on its own, but which means that better, more delicious corn is coming soon.

This Guy 💜
This guy.

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

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June 22, 2018

auntie, aglow, and that was a hoot
posted by soe 3:22 am

Bang Chandelier

Walking home from the library in the rain the other night, I walked closer to the building than usual trying to stay dry and saw this chandelier in an otherwise unremarkable and empty entryway.

Here are three other beautiful things from my past week:

1. We haven’t seen Sam’s son, Max, since he was a baby, so there’s no way he’d remember us, but he warms to us quickly and is soon giggling and seeking shelter in my legs from the “Daddy monster” he wants to chase him in the park. Karen’s children, Marshall and Livia, are older and have seen me in recent memory, but they’re both shy when we arrive. But by the end, they are eagerly elbowing each other out of the way (metaphorically, not literally) to fill in what they perceive to be woeful gaps in my understanding of Minecraft and Pokemon.

2. I first started seeing fireflies about two weeks ago, but in the past week, the numbers have picked up significantly and it seems like everywhere you look at night there’s a slow-blinking bug.

3. At my parents’ house, you can sometimes hear owls loudly calling to one another from quite nearby, and my parents have seen them several times. As I was walking their dog down the driveway on Sunday, a large one flew across our path about fifty yards away and settled high up, but in a clear sightline, in a tree across the street. A few seconds later, a smaller owl also flew in front of us. It all happened so fast that I couldn’t tell if they were mates or parent and child. Later, when we were walking back up the driveway, I could hear them calling to each other in the woods, saying to wait us out.

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

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June 15, 2018

we are the champions, incredible reader, and personal pool
posted by soe 12:58 am

Princeton Library Mosaic Wall

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. My volleyball team won its division. (Momentum was in our favor; we got progressively better as the season went on.)

2. We stopped in Princeton on our way north this evening and the easiest spot to use the loo was at the town library. They have a coffee shop and a used bookstore in their library (the former is supposed to be a feature at the new main library in D.C. when it reopens, I believe) and this really cool mosaic wall, “Happy World,” with local items as well as tiles painted by artist Ik-Joong Kang. (Libraries are my new favorite bathroom stop.)

3. Sunday was cool and grey, but I headed to the pool anyway to get in some swimming before the predicted thunderstorms. Only a handful of us had the same idea, which meant that a pool that’s designed to and often does hold more than 100 people had fewer than three dozen. For much of the time I was there, I had the deep end entirely to myself.

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

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