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February 16, 2020

birthday prerogative
posted by soe 1:32 am

Birthday Cake #2

I thought I’d share some more cake with you.

This is the homemade blitz torte. It was so good that we’re down to a single slice remaining.

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February 15, 2020

now we are (forty-)six
posted by soe 10:16 am

1st bday cake

You know it’s a good birthday when you fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, even if you were intending to write a blog recap from bed.

Rudi & I began the day with bagels and birthday presents before he took me to the airport for a flight to Connecticut.

My parents gave me midday cake (above) and we spent a low key afternoon reading and dozing (me) before heading out for pizza. We returned home for more delicious cake (Mum made my favorite cake of Gramma’s) and a dizzying array of gifts in front of the fire.

I got texts or calls from everyone I know, starting before I got up to moments before midnight, which made me feel very loved.

If your birthday sets the tone for the upcoming year, mine promises to be a good one.

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February 12, 2020

a pre-birthday sensing post
posted by soe 1:13 am

I thought I’d share a sense (or five) of what’s going on in the Burrow tonight:

Seeing: A lot of mess, but much of it good mess like piles of books to read and dvds to watch. The warm light of the floor lamp combined with the fairy lights around the perimeter of the room.

Smelling: The barest hint of the broccoli dish Rudi stir-fried for supper tonight. Possibly also some of the citrus I bought last week.

Tasting: Toothpaste. (I’m heading to bed after posting this.)

Hearing: The hum of the refrigerator. An occasional car driving by. (There was just the acceleration of an SUV or truck trying to make the light.) Corey padding around in the kitchen.

Touching: The warmth and softness of my polar fleece lounge pants. The too comfortable sag of my couch cushion.

And a bonus:

Feeling: Excited about trips to Connecticut, Phoenix, and Fort Lauderdale this month and my birthday at the end of the week. Stressed about a couple of work projects. Achy in my knees from three days in a row of sports (I’m counting bowling), including tonight’s very vigorous volleyball game. Sleepy and ready for bed.

Good night!

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February 10, 2020

winter weekending
posted by soe 1:39 am


It was a pleasant weekend, all told. Rudi came home tonight, and we got to watch episodes of Sanditon and My Life Is Murder and catch up with each other.

I had a great game of bowling, coming up with 111 points in nine frames. (The league is weird and is timed and so I didn’t get to bowl a tenth frame.)

I did a lot of walking out in the mild weather. (Isn’t that camellia gorgeous?)

I tracked down King Cake and Girl Scout cookies (Did you know each local council sets the price for a box of cookies, which meant cookies in D.C. cost a dollar more than they did 100 miles away in Pennsylvania?) and cat litter, bought greens and potatoes at the farmers market and tea made out of cocoa bean shells at a craft fair, picked up holds from the library, and did some other chores.

I finished two books and a shawl, rewatched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and had supper with some friends.

So, yeah, it was a good weekend.

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February 9, 2020

saturday sunset
posted by soe 1:02 am

Not bad for February, eh?

Saturday Sunset

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February 8, 2020

weekend planning
posted by soe 1:40 am

This is the only weekend left in February where I’ll be home the entire time, so I need to squeeze certain things into it:

  • Visiting the library.
  • Stopping by the bakery stand for King Cake.
  • Doing laundry.
  • Bowling.
  • Meeting up with a friend to go to a craft fair.
  • Cleaning.
  • Taking advantage of some of my birthday month discounts.
  • Going to the farmers market.
  • Baking.
  • Paying some bills.
  • Getting outside.
  • Catching up on some sleep.

How about you? What’s on your agenda for this weekend?

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