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June 17, 2017

weekend to-do list
posted by soe 12:52 pm

Things got a little wonky with our plans last night when the other person with whom we were supposed to picnic got sick and then failed to let us know he wouldn’t be joining us. With the concert on the other side of town and Rudi not loving the music, he and I decided to abandon that and to head up to the outdoor movie happening on our side of town — except that, it turns out, that the movie we’d wanted to see had been shown last weekend and the inclement weather had moved the event inside. So, we recalibrated once more and opted for pizza with the possibility of watching a film later, either at home or at the theater a couple miles up the road from us. We ate the pizza, which was delicious, if haphazardly served (we’re thinking that location is in danger of closing), and then walked home, whereupon we decided we were too sticky and tired to even think about a movie anywhere.

This morning we slept in and now are facing the remainder of the weekend — how shall we spend it?

Here’s what I’m thinking:

  • Work on some job stuff (I have to work an event tomorrow afternoon, and there are some other things that need to get done before Monday)
  • Refill the tea canisters
  • Do laundry (and deal with my clothing piles)
  • Knit on the baby blanket
  • Paint my toenails
  • Make something that uses the berries in my fridge (maybe blueberry muffins?)
  • Post my February reviews (if I want to be caught up by the end of the month, I really need to get cracking)
  • Watch a film (I have Moonlight out of the library and Wonder Woman might require a second watching)
  • Talk to my dad (and my mom)
  • Visit the garden (I really need to spend a chunk of time there digging up my strawberry/violet bed and replanting, but I’m thinking this weekend isn’t going to offer me that quantity of time)
  • Picnic at the park (did you know tomorrow is National Picnic Day?)
  • Eat ice cream (because shouldn’t every summer weekend include this item?)

How about you? What’s on your weekend to-do list?

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June 12, 2017

mid-june weekending
posted by soe 1:05 am

I’m off to jury duty in the morning, so thought I’d get this posted now. (I don’t actually mind jury duty in theory, but the realities of serving on a jury can be frustrating.)

Rudi was away for the weekend, which meant I could do any fun thing that came to mind:

On Friday, it was heading to the Yards for our first summer picnic. The band was fine, the food was tasty, and the company excellent. The moon rose over the river a brilliant orange. I finished the evening with a scoop of ice cream from the local parlor, since it was mostly between the metro station and home.


On Saturday, I slept away the entire morning and then lazed away the rest of the day. I watched the Nationals game on tv and read a book, which I eventually took up to the park, from which I could hear the Pride parade without having to be in the crowds. I made myself a yogurt parfait for lunch. I did some laundry and vacuuming. I went up to the bookstore for the member sale and took care of some gift shopping. I redeemed my Tuesday voucher for a free ice cream come from Baskin Robbins.

Ice Cream

Today, my plan was to rise early and head out to pick blueberries before the heat kicked in, but I overslept my alarm slightly and decided to switch up my plan: I went to the farmers market and then came back and ate breakfast and read the arts section of the newspaper, which was mostly about books. I stopped at the library to return a bunch of things on my way to the farm, where I picked a bucket of blueberries (over five pounds!) under the sweltering sun. (I remembered sunscreen and a hat and water and appropriate clothes, but forgot tissues; I need to remember that blueberry bushes make my nose run!) Luckily, there was a breeze, which I was so grateful for!

A Lot of Blueberries

I got in a few minutes at the community pool (a very nice way to recover from all that sun!) and watered my garden. The pea vines are withering, so I suspect this will be their last week, since they don’t like the triple-H weather we’re due to get. I’m also thinking I should dig up my strawberry and violet patch and rework that space. The violet roots have really edged everything else out, and it isn’t being used to its maximum potential. I have three tomatoes on my 42 Days plant, flowers on a couple others, and tiny buds on some of the peppers. My herbs (particularly the dill) need trimming and the weeds are growing faster than anything else. Some time in my plot is clearly in order in the next week or so.

Rudi made it home in time for an hour at the park before we headed home to watch the Tony Awards, the only award show I actually like. It seems like The Great Comet would be a good show to see; I just have to find dates where cheap seats are still available.

How was your weekend?

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May 30, 2017

memorial day weekending
posted by soe 1:13 am

Rudi at Mitchell Park

This weekend, while mostly overcast and rainy, was bookended with reading in the park with Rudi.

We caught up with friends over Friday night milkshakes.

We helped celebrate JFK’s 100th birthday at the Kennedy Center with an aerial dance performance by Bandaloop (which, it turned out, includes a schoolmate of Rudi’s) and a tribute to Chuck Berry by the Daryl Davis Band (Davis played keyboards for Berry, among others).



Bandaloop at the Kennedy Center

We watched some sports (baseball and car racing and cycling) on tv, as well as the first episode of Anne with an E (meh) and the uber-depressing The Big Short.

I picked peas and strawberries at the garden and planted purple basil and alpine strawberries.

We napped while it rained.

I went for a swim, since the community pool opened this weekend.

The Weekend Draws to a Close

How was your Memorial Day weekend?

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April 1, 2017

april fool’s weekending
posted by soe 1:41 am


The weekend has started out on a mixed note — no exhibition baseball game due to rain (and thus no half day), potentially crummy news at work, and a UConn women’s basketball loss in the Final Four, but also supper at our favorite pizzeria, a fun new cat toy, and an interesting new show based on a YA novel on Netflix.

For the rest of the weekend, I’m hoping to get a few more checks in the positive column:

  • A trip to the library to return a few things and pick up a couple more.
  • Pie baking.
  • Sending out my Ninja Book Swap package.
  • Completing a knitting project.
  • Finishing a book.
  • Flying my kite. (Tomorrow is the Kite Festival on the Mall and I have a purple dragon kite that hasn’t been launched in a couple years.)
  • Dancing. (Our schedule last weekend messed with my weekend morning dance parties I’ve been having this winter, so I must make sure the tunes get played tomorrow when I get up.)
  • Going to the farmers market. (Summer hours resume Sunday.)
  • Catching up on some sleep.
  • Spending time in the sun.

Sure, there are some other things, like vacuuming and doing laundry and putting away some clothes and paying my rent that also need to happen. But those things are way less enjoyable, so I’m choosing not to focus on them so much.

How about you? What are you hoping your weekend holds?

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March 21, 2017

recent mail
posted by soe 1:29 am

I’ve had a few exciting packages in the mail recently:

Colorful Prize Yarn from Simply Sock Yarn

First came a skein of yarn from Allison at Simply Sock Yarn, who runs a 12 Days of Christmas giveaway every year. I won a skein of Socks That Rocks in Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, which you may recognize from the latest pair of socks I’m knitting.

Birthday Finery

Then, a package from my college roomie arrived containing birthday presents: a delicate necklace and a soft shawl in purple. Also a bow to wear and taunt the cats with.


Every February, Porto Rico Importing Co., a coffee importer in New York, has a sale on their tea, during which time, I order a whole year’s worth of loose-leaf teas. I was pretty much out of everything (we’d been drinking mostly Darjeeling since Christmas), so this is more than 10.5 pounds of tea. It’s been lovely having choices again, but I haven’t found a convenient place to store such a big box…

Ninja Book Box

Finally, on Christmas morning I won a giveaway Bex held on Twitter that reserved me a spot for her February Ninja Book Box. The Ninja Book Box is a quarterly subscription service that sends you a parcel containing a book from an indie publisher and other bookish goodies. Her February box was a Shakespearean mystery and included The Bookman’s Tale, tea and a quill charm in an adorably tiny book-shaped box that Corey thought had been sent to him. I’m looking forward to reading my new mystery (and sharing it with my folks once I’m done)! And should you be looking for a literary subscription service, I’d definitely recommend checking Ninja Book Box out. Despite coming from England, it arrived quite quickly and always seems to contain fun things for the book-lover.

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March 13, 2017

mid-march weekending
posted by soe 1:36 am

Pink and Blue

This weekend was split between sleeping in and not. There were trips to grocery stores and the farmers market and libraries. Cat food and Girl Scout cookies were bought and videos, the Megan Follows version of Anne of Green Gables and A Man Called Ove, were procured. I chatted on Twitter, considered recipes for pie, watched a rather touching episode of Elementary, and knit on a sock.

Spooky Full Moon

I caught buses. I missed buses. I took a bus that didn’t go where I thought it would, but that instead introduced me to a new grocery shop and a rather purple mural. I rode a bike. I admired greatly the full moon rising in the east after watching the sun set in the west only an hour earlier.

First Violets

I saw cherry blossoms and dandelions and some azalea bushes that are going to be very sad tomorrow when the snow comes in and my first violet of the season. I cuddled cats — all of them my own. I talked to my parents and to Rudi, who’s away in Vermont.

London Fog in Sunny D.C.

I read from several books, but finished none. I felt well enough to eat the chili Rudi had made for me back on Tuesday, took myself out for a late lunch of vegetable tacos, tried a Turkish bakery, and drank a London Fog in sunny D.C., soaking up the waning rays on the first day of later light.

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