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September 21, 2019

final weekend of summer planning
posted by soe 1:49 am

Friday Sunset

Rudi’s heading out early tomorrow morning for a cycling event in West Virginia, so I’m on my own for the weekend. Here’s what I hope it includes:

  • Chatting with friends.
  • Perusing the library book sale. (Also, trading some overdue materials for what’s come in off my holds list.)
  • Sleeping in.
  • Taking in the H Street Festival.
  • Finishing my shawl.
  • Procuring quarters for the laundry before the bank closes.
  • Harvesting tomatoes and planting more fall greens at the garden.
  • Getting started on a fall apartment cleaning.
  • Hanging out with Sarah on Sunday.
  • Painting my nails.

What are you hoping to check off this weekend?

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September 16, 2019

first back-to-work weekending
posted by soe 1:14 am


I didn’t get to everything that I’d hoped to this weekend, but we still did quite a bit.

I knit and read. We watched a baseball game (that the Nats lost, but that had lots of adorable dog attendees). We ate ice cream.

I did a little silk screen printing as part of Art All Night, as well as watching both a documentary about the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival and live fire dancing in the Dupont Circle park.

I shopped at the farmers market (broccoli is back!) this morning and then had a blast at my teammate’s housewarming (she knows lots of really nice people), staying twice as long as I’d expected to and getting invited to join a book group.

Rudi and I worked in the garden a little, picking tomatoes and basil and getting some bulbs and seeds planted for the fall and spring season. (Pollinators love my fall garden, which is full of blooming onions and flowering basil.)

And then we ended the weekend at the Reach Festival at the Kennedy Center, where they were doing an interactive screening of The Muppet Movie, featuring Jim Henson’s youngest daughter, Heather, who is herself a puppeteer.

Gonzo the Great Flies High

How was your weekend?

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September 14, 2019

weekend plans mean something once more
posted by soe 1:33 am

For the first time in ten months, the fact that it’s the weekend means something. While I worked hard to keep celebrating Saturday and Sunday’s arrival during my period of unemployment, in reality there wasn’t anything particularly that set those days apart for me personally.

But now I’ve put in four long days of meetings and learning and getting up in the morning and putting on dress clothes, so I deserve the next two days. I’ve earned them.

As such, I hope to:

  • Watch the Nationals play.
  • Put in some time in the garden.
  • Attend my teammate’s housewarming brunch.
  • Bake. (So I don’t show up to the former activity empty-handed.)
  • Stay up late for Art All Night.
  • Celebrate the Kennedy Center’s new expansion at the Reach Festival.
  • Finish my shawl.
  • Read.
  • Wash the kitchen floor.
  • Sleep. (I. am. so. tired. Good night!)

How about you? What are you hoping this weekend includes?

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September 2, 2019

it’s a marvelous night …
posted by soe 1:57 am

Impending Moonset

… for a moondance.

-Van Morrison

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August 31, 2019

labor day weekend planning
posted by soe 1:14 am

Here's the Scoop

Here’s some of what I hope this weekend includes:

  • Attend BookFest. I’d like to see Rainbow Rowell, Barbara Kingsolver, Ngozi Ukazu, RBG, Julia Alvarez, Madeline Miller, Pablo Cartaya, Shannon Hale, Jon Klassen, Juana Medina, RenĂ©e Watson, and Mitali Perkins, among others, but between the crowds and the schedule overlap, I’d be happy to cross three of them off my list. After the first year when they moved the festival indoors from the Mall and I experienced a panic attack at the crowds (200,000 people attended last year’s festival), I came up with a game plan that seems to work for me — go a little later, bring food, find corners where breaks can be taken, and be attached to no particular author. Mostly I’ve gotten to see folks, but I don’t wait in lines (other than the five minutes before a new talk begins) and I am willing to miss out on hearing pretty much anyone (rooms have fire code restrictions about how many people can be inside). (I’m already pretty much resigned that I will not get into the RBG room.) But there is rarely a period of time where I have no one who interests me and usually you can squeeze in someplace — particularly in the outskirts around the children’s stages.
  • Swim. The outdoor pools close on Monday — just in time for our next heatwave.
  • Send out some writing samples. I’m keeping options open for the future and have decided to start investigating freelance work. (I have no illusion that that earns one a livable wage at the outset, but one must acquire a first client somehow…)
  • Plant some fall seeds. Our growing season easily lasts into November, and I often harvest all the way until the end of the year, so now is a good time to put leafy greens back into the rotation and try planting some more root veggies and a fall bean crop.
  • Shop at the farmers market. I need milk and raspberries and maybe plums or peaches for a tart.
  • Watch baseball.
  • Do laundry.
  • Send some thank you notes.
  • Knit on my shawl.
  • Finish another book.

How about you? What’s on your weekend wish list?

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August 26, 2019

posted by soe 1:36 am


Our weekend was a nice one, with gorgeous weather than encouraged spending time outside.

Friday morning, Rudi and I headed to a cafe we enjoy for elevenses after attending a talk. We cuddled under an awning as a light rain came down and cool air descended into the region.

Saturday, we headed over to the eastern side of the neighborhood for a street festival. Rudi bought a new mug after discovering a crack was developing in his favorite one and I bought the last two baggies of cookies some a senior citizen group was selling. We stopped in at the local Japanese food store, sat outside at the popsicle stand reading and knitting (Rudi did less of the latter, obviously), and came home to watch the latest episode of a new tv show we’re enjoying.

Today, I did a little shopping at the farmers market, picked up a pair of bagels hot and fresh from the local bagelry, and sat in the park. We spent the evening with friends, barbecuing on their balcony, before returning home.

It was a good weekend.


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