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November 16, 2018


rain gear, contrasts, and pump up the jam
posted by soe 1:23 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. A rainy stroll home includes several blocks (and a stop at the vet’s) with a woman walking two Staffordshire Terriers wearing matching rubber ducky raincoats (the dogs, not the woman).

2. A tiny infant strapped to a woman via a baby carrier is wearing a gigantic stripey hat with a bright pompom.

3. I stop at a biscuit restaurant (what? this is the south.) at teatime, where for a little while I’m the only customer. They have the music cranked and the young woman who waited on me at the counter is working on getting her coworkers to get down and dance to the ’80s funk playing over the speakers. They’re such a cheerful bunch that I leave in an excellent mood.

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

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November 9, 2018


sleeping in, supportive, and cinema
posted by soe 1:09 am

Shaw Maple

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. No job means I don’t have to get up early right now, so I don’t.

2. People have been very kind in offering their support and suggestions of places I might apply for a new job.

3. We’ve seen three movies in the past week (two for cheap; one for free). I didn’t love them all, but I love getting to go to the theater. We’ll be back next Friday at the latest for the new Fantastic Beasts film’s opening night.

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

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November 2, 2018


camaraderie, familiar, and costumes
posted by soe 1:13 am

Boo!

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. My fall volleyball team finished up its season with a loss, a trip to the bar, and the promise of playing together again in January when the season starts back up at that location. We aren’t a great team, or even good, really, but we enjoy ourselves and each other, and are a supportive team. (I have a new team that I’ll play with for the next six weeks and an offer from our team captain to play pick-up volleyball at her school after work on Tuesdays.)

2. Working in stockinette in the round and re-reading a favorite book (Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets, the illustrated edition) work well together. I don’t need to look at my work, and I know what happens in the story, so it is less urgent that I turn the page *right this minute*, rather than after I get to the end of the needle, but I make lots of progress because I don’t get bored.

3. Between a costume contest at my office and handing out candy on our stoop, I saw a number of great outfits this Halloween. My favorites were the gender bending Mary Poppins and chimney-sweep Bert (apparently the young woman ordered the Mary Poppins costume online only to find when it arrived that it was far too long for her petite frame and her male friend was game to switch things up); Sesame Street‘s The Count, who had spats, fancy glasses, and numbers on a string and who did the laugh on request (her officemates were Bert and Kermit); and a boy dressed as Edgar Allen Poe, complete with fake raven and quill pen.

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

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October 26, 2018


meteor, no wait, and appreciation
posted by soe 2:32 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. As I was riding to my volleyball game, I saw a shooting star. (If I’d taken the bus, I would have missed it.)

2. I walked up to order a sandwich at the bakery/grilled cheese stand, and the cook handed one to me fresh off the grill.

3. Someone took the time to send in a note via our work website comment form thanking us for a resource we’d created and telling us what his favorite parts were.

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

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October 19, 2018


customer service, clinched, and patient
posted by soe 1:09 am

Late Night Drink

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. The Dunkin’ at the airport was out of black tea, but they didn’t realize that until after I’d paid. They gave me a cup of hot water, because I always have tea bags in my bag, and threw in a couple extra doughnuts for my trouble.

2. I have no team still in baseball contention, but as a New England girl, I’m glad the Red Sox have made the World Series again.

3. My dad is home and doing well, and I look forward to seeing how much better he’s feeling when I’m home again at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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

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October 12, 2018


time in the park, doughnuts, and autumnal
posted by soe 1:47 am

4 People (with a Scarf)

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. My outdoor volleyball game was the early one, so it was neither rained on nor called for darkness. And then one of the teams in the late game had a couple tardy players, so I got to offer to fill in until they arrived.

2. On our drive home, we were on a back road trying to get around some heavy traffic when Rudi discovered we were near a local doughnut shop, Donut Crazy, so we stopped in and bought a half dozen to try. Their chocolate glazed hearkened back to the way Dunkin’ Donuts made them when I was a kid (when their name included the thing they actually focused their attention on).

3. There were two maple trees along the highway — one in full technicolor glory and the second just about to enter it, in the moment where green turns to red that New Englanders know means fall is truly here.

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

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