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September 14, 2018


regular, dinner, and morning commute
posted by soe 1:38 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. I am often scooting over to the Tuesday lunchtime farmers market just before it closes, but this week I was even later than usual, arriving only five minutes before the closing bell. The guys at the bakery stand, who make grilled cheeses, laugh and tell me they’re psychic and that they’d just put my sandwich on, assuming I’d be there any minute. Similarly, I often head to the local indie coffeehouse after volleyball on Wednesday evenings, because it’s too nice to go inside just yet (and I’m too smelly and damp to go anywhere to sit inside). As I walk in, the barista behind the cash register asks, “Cup of tea tonight?” and the woman who’s the manager (and who complimented my knitting last week) makes sure I have bug spray, since their patio seems to be a mosquito magnet.

2. We received a supper invitation we had to decline over the weekend and another we were able to accept this evening. It’s nice to have everyone back in town after the summer.

3. I was running a little later for work than I wanted one morning, there were no bikeshares at the docks nearest The Burrow, and the next train was going to run me against the clock. When I passed one of the new electric scooters on my way to the metro station, I decided to rent it and use it to get to work. They’re speedy! But also the brake didn’t respond the way I wanted it to, which made the commute rather fraught, so I stuck almost exclusively to bike lanes. I don’t know I would take one again, unless I was caught needing to get somewhere fast and it’s my speediest option, but it was exciting to try it and a new way for me to get around town.

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

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September 7, 2018


freedom, refreshing, and four
posted by soe 1:19 am

Sunset

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. The Street Sense vendor I usually buy from at the farmers market gives me a rose with my paper. Saturday was Independence Day in his home country, Uzbekistan, and he wanted everyone to celebrate with him.

Silver Lining

2. I stop at a coffeehouse to grab a beverage after leaving the pool on Monday. They have horchata on the menu, which is one of my favorite hot weather drinks.

3. This week has felt like a thousand years already, which is why I’m really glad it’s a short one. Today, Les Mis’ “One Day More” kept playing in my head.

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

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August 31, 2018


saucy, cooler, and not hot date
posted by soe 1:51 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. We hadn’t done anything with the tomatoes I bought last week, so tonight is spent making tomato soup and Vicki’s roasted tomato sauce, which all the knitters swear by. Our apartment is ridiculously warm now, but, man, it smells so good!

2. While the park showing Wonder Woman seems to be carpeted with Astro Turf (or some derivative), it is significantly cooler than the areas around it and thus a significant improvement on the paved park where the films used to be held in that neighborhood.

3. Rudi has Monday off and I have a Groupon for the restaurant in the museum next to my office. We have a lovely lunch date in the air conditioning.

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

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August 24, 2018


happy to see us, game, and glorious
posted by soe 1:06 am

Fallen

Apologies to those who don’t find the above image beautiful.

Three (other) beautiful things from my past week:

1. Corey was screaming at us as we opened the outside door after being away overnight at the beach.

2. My summer volleyball team has been hit or miss in their attendance and this week was definitely a miss. But several players from the game before ours stayed to help us out so that my teammate and I could get some playing in.

3. The weather the past two days has been absolutely beautiful. We’ve turned off the a/c and opened the window for the first time in a month.

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

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August 17, 2018


bouquet, patio, and come together
posted by soe 1:02 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. One of the farmers at the market had lisianthus, which has to be one of my favorite cut flowers, so several stems came home with me.

2. The small, subterranean movie theater near me has cordoned off an outdoor seating area for pre- and post-show relaxation. With its wide overhang, it was the perfect place to sip an Italian soda while finishing my library book after it started raining when I was at the pool.

3. Thousands of people from every walk of life (young, old, Black, white, Latinx, Asian, Jewish, Christian, straight, queer, cis, transgender, dog lovers, guy with a parrot) in my city came together last weekend to say that we believed love could vanquish hate and that fear would not make us shut up and stay home.

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

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August 10, 2018


scamp, world music, and day game
posted by soe 1:50 am

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

1. I pass by a bulldog puppy on a leash who is occupying itself while its owner chats with friends. The puppy is sprawled in a tree box full of mulch and has found a bigger piece of wood to carry around.

2. We haven’t been to Wolf Trap, the outdoor performance amphitheater, in years, but decide to head out at the last minute to see Angélique Kidjo and Femi Kuti perform. We run into Michael, Julia, and Shawn (and Shawn’s boyfriend) when looking for a spot to park our blanket, so get to watch an amazing, high-energy concert with friends. (If you get the chance to see either artist perform, I highly recommend that you take advantage of it. You won’t regret it!)

3. We take a holiday for a day baseball game (on which it does not pour midday, although there are occasionally clouds that provide respite from the ongoing heatwave and humidity). I win the designated driver contest for the first time in more than ten years of entering, and the Nationals win the ballgame. Oh, and we happen upon a half-off clearance sale of All-Star Game merchandise, so come home with commemorative caps, too.

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

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