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September 17, 2018


storm-free weekending
posted by soe 1:10 am

"Sounds of Silence"

Friday night we had concert tickets to see Paul Simon perform here in D.C. (Yes, we saw him in Boston at the start of the summer. And we’ll see him again in New York City next weekend for the final tour performance of his career. Rudi is a big fan, and the D.C. dates weren’t announced originally, or we might not have travelled north.) He didn’t vary the songs at all, although the stories were different. He started off stronger this time, but he looked more tired. You believed him, when he sang, “I’m just trying to get some rest.”

On Saturday, I ran some errands and visited the garden, where I yanked out some plants that had grown to monster size and picked some tomatoes, beans, ground cherries, and peppers. I have peppers in a couple places in the garden, but thought one of the two plants in the back of the garden (near where the yellow jackets live) had died. Turns out, it was growing bell peppers (or something similar; less mature fruits were white) all summer long, and I had this lovely specimen to bring home, in addition to the two other types of peppers (one’s a sweet frying pepper and the other might be a poblano) that have matured.

Pepper

Today included a trip to the farmers market, some time reading, more errands and laundry, and the final day of the last grand tour race of the cycling season on tv.

Honestly, the weekend felt a bit off, or maybe the weekend felt fine and I felt off. But either way, it was disappointing, which feels weird and ungrateful to say about several days that did not include dangerous weather conditions or water seeping into my apartment, particularly when so many others were not so fortunate.

The week ahead is a busy one, with my last free evening just having been filled with an anti-Kavanaugh protest. Please don’t forget to contact your senators, particularly with this week’s revelations. We have more power than we think, but we have to wield it. (Since I lack senators, you get to hear me ask again and again for you to avail yourselves of yours on my behalf. Even senators we think are solidly on the correct side of things should be dropped an email or phone call/voice mail, since they don’t know you think this is important if you don’t tell them, and they might be swung by those they do hear from. This is a lifetime appointment, and we’ll have the rest of ours to rue this if we don’t do enough.)

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September 16, 2018


nearly missed
posted by soe 1:23 am

I was sitting at the coffeehouse this evening, fully engrossed in my book, when the mosquitoes started making their presence known. Eventually I decided, mid-chapter or no, that being able to see the swarm’s shadow reflected down on my page meant I should go home.

I got up and started to gather my things together and was immediately greeted by this sight:

September Sunset

A sunset so absolutely glorious that I immediately exclaimed it so out loud.

Sunset

And I totally would have missed it had it not been for the mosquitoes. I’ve never been grateful to them before, but I completely am tonight.

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September 15, 2018


planning for the weekend
posted by soe 1:35 am

A few things I’d like to do this weekend, since it no longer centers around a hurricane:

  • Finish some books and maybe a knitting project. (I have 20 minutes left on one audiobook and two chapters on another, so it seems likely.)
  • Go to the library.
  • Watch a film. (The Princess Bride is the midnight show at one of the nearby movie theaters. Or maybe just a dvd.)
  • Paint my nails.
  • Send my Ninja Bookswap package.
  • Get to a couple cooking projects.
  • Do laundry.
  • Visit a bookstore.
  • Head to a neighborhood festival. (The big one planned for this weekend was canceled early in the week due to the expected storm, but a couple of the smaller ones are still on.)
  • Email Sarah to plan our annual apple picking trip.
  • Spend time outside.
  • Work in the garden. (Tomatoes and beans need harvesting and I should probably pull the last of the basil. And I should get some seeds in the ground for fall greens.)

How about you? What are you hoping your weekend includes? (If it includes riding out the hurricane, you’re in my thoughts.)

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September 10, 2018


rainy weekending
posted by soe 1:42 am

Everything Happens for a Reason

Our weekend was jam-packed and packed with jam.

Our Friday evening plans got rained out, and then our rain contingency plans got thrown out when the 2.5″ of rain that came down in an hour seeped into our apartment.

Flood protocols in place, Rudi headed off to work on Saturday, and (several hours later) I headed out on some errands. In the afternoon, I went up to the Petworth neighborhood where they were having a street festival. I bought some handmade cards, refrained from buying handmade jewelry, and ate Indian food from a local restaurant. I found their local hardware store and bought lightbulbs for the track lighting by our door that had gone out and returned home to replace them and put on warmer clothing, before heading to the ballpark.

Jayson Werth, who retired earlier this year, was being honored by the Nationals, with a funny and poignant ceremony in which he razzed his teammates and his teammates presented him with a rocking chair for his old age. He teared up (and then the entire ballpark followed suit) telling his mom, who was there with him and to whom he credited his athletic work ethic, that he’d left it all on the field. He then threw out the ceremonial first pitch, but because they’d placed the podium on the front of the pitcher’s mound, it’s clear that they planned on his throwing from in front of it. He was having none of that, though, and just threw his strike (in to his teenage son crouched down at the plate) over the podium instead. While it was long obvious to locals that he was a favorite with the fans (endearing himself early on when one of his batting songs was the theme to Game of Thrones), it was clear that everyone who worked at the ballpark liked him, too, and you could see him throughout the game popping up in various sections for selfies and to chat with employees.

The Wind(ing) Up

This morning, we slept in before ambling over to the farmers market, where we bought a ginormous bag of yellow Romas, which Rudi later turned half of into soup. We watched some cycling and then braved the rain to go to the 40th anniversary Adams Morgan Festival. We listened to some live music, supported some school kids, signed a petition to get the alcohol permit revoked from the Trump hotel, and ate Nepalese momo dumplings. We sampled three homemade jams — strawberry habanero lime, orange vanilla lavender, and blueberry basil lemon — and liked them so much we bought all three. (You’ve been wondering since that first paragraph, haven’t you?) We wrapped up the day with a trip to one of D.C.’s indie bookstores, where they were having their quarterly member sale. We each came home with things we’d been looking for, including the new cds from Paul McCartney and Paul Simon and a collection of poetry, so it was a good way to conclude the weekend.

The week ahead holds a lot of rain (including potentially a hurricane), but today our landlord dropped off some sandbags, some sandless sandbags, and some more towels to help us cope. And we have a lot of fun activities planned, too, including meals with friends, volleyball games, and a concert. I hope you have things to look forward to, as well.

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September 8, 2018


two days to fill!
posted by soe 1:45 am

I’m back to only two days off, so I’m going to have to not plan a bazillion things to do this weekend. Maybe just a million. 😉

Tomorrow is looking like the clearer of the two days, which is good since we have a baseball game to attend tomorrow evening. Prior to that, I’d like to get to a festival in the Petworth neighborhood (that’s where I was on Monday, drinking horchata and taking photos of clouds and swimming in the pool). I also have some errands to run, like procuring quarters for laundry and finding new lightbulbs for our track lighting. (I think there’s a hardware store in Petworth, so that may work…)

Sunday is Adams Morgan Day, the annual festival in the neighborhood to our northeast. There’s usually good cheap Indian food to be had, and there’s a new ice cream shop I’d like to try and other eateries to investigate (it’s the home of the local popsicle shop, a coffeehouse, and a good bakery). Plus, there are usually some artisan vendors, so it’s always a good place to look for pottery and the like. I also need to hit the farmers market, since I used up all our onions (again) making more pasta sauce.

Somewhere in there I need to head up to the bookstore where I’m a member, because they’re having their quarterly sale. Ideally I like to tie that to a trip to the pizza place, but I suppose I don’t have to do that…

There’s also laundry to wash and cleaning to do and vegetables to roast and sweets to bake (cooler temps and the rain forecast for Sunday make that way more appealing than it was last weekend or even yesterday, when I made the sauce). There are knitting projects to work on and books to read and bicycling through Spain to watch and new cds to listen to after we go to the bookstore.

Should be a good weekend!

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September 1, 2018


labor day weekend plans
posted by soe 1:09 am

I’ve got a three-day weekend ahead of me, so here’s how I think I should spend it:

  • Spend tomorrow at the National Book Festival listening to authors and soaking up bookish vibes.
  • Head to a baseball game, courtesy of my local library’s summer reading program.
  • Watch The Wizard of Oz (It’s playing at a Virginia “park,” so obviously an evening thunderstorm like we had tonight will nix that plan.)
  • Visit a new-to-me pool for the final days of the D.C. outdoor swimming season.
  • Listen to music. (There are a couple of free festivals and concerts going on over the next few days to choose from.)
  • Get to the farmers market early enough for a smoothie bowl. (I hope it’s not melon again like it’s been the past couple weeks. Blech.)
  • Do laundry. (Sheets and towels definitely need washing this week!)
  • Clear off my coffee table.
  • Finish reading Spinning Silver and take it back to the library.
  • Start a new knitting project! (No, the old ones aren’t done yet. Why do you ask?)
  • Catch a play reading.
  • See what’s involved in repurposing those picture frames I bought last weekend.
  • Sleep in on Monday!

How about you? What do you have going on this weekend?

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