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June 23, 2017

getting literary, this bike’s the (yarn) bomb, and awesome (plus, unraveling!)
posted by soe 1:15 am

Before we get going on today’s topic, I wanted to share my unraveled photo for yesterday, because book and project coordinate so well today:

Blue Unravelings

The knitting is the baby blanket, which is noticeably longer than last week (although still a substantial ways from being large enough to cover a baby). The book is Julie Murphy’s Ramona Blue, which I’m just a couple chapters into. I’m also a little ways into The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher’s final book, on audio. So far, so funny.

Three beautiful things from my past week:

Solstice Sunset

1. The library hosted Roxane Gay for a sold-out, rock-star event of an evening. I’d procured two tickets, so Julia was able to go with me. Because I wasn’t attending alone, I’d made sure to get moving early, which was crucial, since they’d overbooked the venue and later line-goers were turned away. Roxane was as thoughtful, brutal, and funny as her work would lead you to expect.

2. Knitters especially will want to click over to Flickr to look at the original-sized photo of this bike, which does not, in fact, have an ombré-colored frame, but a ombré-covered frame, in one of the most impressive DIY bike fancifying I’ve ever seen.

Yarn-Bombed Bike

3. I had to work last Sunday at Awesome Con, a fan-going convention in the tradition of Comic Con. We had a very specific dress code, which ruled out costumes, but I really enjoyed the work and unabashed enthusiasm that others put into theirs. We had a photo booth area set up and two ’40s-inspired cosplayers stopped by. “He’s Captain America, so does that make you Agent Carter?” “In the flesh, ma’am.” We bantered for a bit, before she broke character to thank me for recognizing her. “I’d worked out a whole back story and then no one asked, so thanks for letting me use it.” Later on, a boy of eight or so gently put his costumed hand on my arm to ask about our (family-friendly) props of “f” words: “What does ‘foxy’ mean?” I paused to come up with an age-appropriate answer: “It means cute.” “Oh.”

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

June 16, 2017

kindness, new reader, and whole, not holes
posted by soe 12:43 am

Summer at City Center

In addition to not having to hear the details of a murder, three more beautiful things from my week past:

1. A guy heads into a shop carrying a pile of boxes. He gets the door open himself and swings it wide, and a woman walking past doesn’t even break stride to grab it so it doesn’t slam into him before he’s fully inside.

2. A friend brought his five-year-old daughter to the baseball park with him, telling us that reading had suddenly clicked with her in the past few weeks. She had a backpack full of books, but she also kept turning her attention to the scoreboard to read all the words to be found there, too.

3. The contents of my underwear drawer had reached a shameful state, so when Target recently had a sale, I stocked up. Last week I wore new undies every day.

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

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June 9, 2017

fireball, wave & sniff, and victory is ours
posted by soe 1:45 am

Some weeks I have to scrape my memory barrel to come up with three beautiful things that I haven’t already shared in some form, but (in part because I didn’t write the weekending post I’d intended), I have an overabundance! So many beautiful things:

Cherries for the Picking

1. Tuesday night, we were sitting in a park watching an outdoor showing of Rogue One when a neon green light flared over the screen, dissolving into sparkles. Murmurs flew through the crowd, as we realized it was a meteor, rather than a firework set off in the adjacent neighborhood.

Doughnut Day

2. A house between home and the metro station has lavender growing next to the sidewalk in its front yard, which means I run my hands through it at least twice a day.


3. My volleyball team won our division’s championship, which has never happened with any of the teams I’ve been on in the 6+ years I’ve been playing rec league volleyball (or my high school or college teams, either, for that matter).

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

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June 2, 2017

early dismissal, bright butts, and off-season
posted by soe 1:58 am

Sunset: Memorial Day

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Work let us go early in honor of the long holiday weekend. It was lovely to spend some extra time outside on a sunny afternoon.

2. The first fireflies of the season have shown up. They aren’t blinking en masse yet, but you’ll see a couple each evening in front yards and parks. Looking back through past Three Beautiful Things posts suggests to me that they appear right around now every year, but since they were a July insect where I grew up, I’m always so surprised to see them in the final days of May and first days of June.

3. Walking into Trader Joe’s on a Saturday evening and having there be no line. We’re in between sessions at the local university, so that had to have cut down some on the usual crowds there at that time.

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

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May 26, 2017

harvest, progress, and opa!
posted by soe 1:07 am

Three beautiful things from this past week:


1. Three strawberries and three pods of peas — so sweet, Rudi says, they make you want to eat peas — from my garden.

2. Rudi’s recovery from hip replacement has been nothing short of miraculous. Seventeen days out from surgery and he’s gone from walker to crutches to cane to being told by his physical therapist to try to walk without his cane as much as he can. The surgeon who did his original repair saw him today and thought he was six weeks out based on how well he was doing. We expect there will be some setbacks, but in the meantime we’ll take this.

3. We took some time Saturday afternoon to enjoy to our local Greek festival. We listened to a traditional band, browsed imported wares, bought some baked goods, and ate freshly baked honey doughnuts and a light lupper (for those unfamiliar with the term, it’s a portmanteau of lunch and supper, not a Greek delicacy) and then strolled the two miles home.

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

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May 19, 2017

visit from afar, cooling off, and birthday party
posted by soe 2:52 am

Splash Fountain at City Center

If it’s Thursday, it’s time to look back on three beautiful things from my past week:

1. We Skyped with John, Nicole, and Juliet for the first time since they moved out west. John and Nicole look good, and Juliet has blossomed in these months since her first birthday, adding recognizable words, basic sign language, walking, and carrying things to her repertoire since we last saw her.

2. It’s been in the 90s the past two days, so yesterday at lunchtime I walked over to the park area with the splash fountain and stood in it and read for a bit.

3. A small group of friends gathered to celebrate Rudi’s birthday. We ate cold pizza (it’s a long story, but Turkish thugs prevented me from bringing it home quickly) and cupcakes and sang maybe the most atonal version of “Happy Birthday” I’ve ever heard. We really appreciated that they were able to come over to ring in his 44th with us.

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

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