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July 22, 2018

four inches
posted by soe 3:29 am

You wouldn’t think four inches would have much significance in nature. My tomato plants grow an extra four inches and I won’t even notice after a certain point. Four inches of snow and we’d hardly blink some winters.

But four inches of rain fall on a single day and you’re inclined to notice. A storm of that significance curtails activities, particularly in a region where walking comprises a major mode of transportation. It’s not unlike a hurricane, except without the wind.

And if you have a basement, and more particularly if you live in a basement, you’re very likely to notice four inches of rain falling from the sky because eventually it’s going to move in with you.

And it has. Just like you’d accommodate an unannounced visit from a loved one, I accommodated the water’s arrival, too. But, boy, has it rearranged my weekend plans — and my living room, too.

The week’s forecast shows rain every day. Keep your fingers crossed that it’s intermittent — the ground having a chance to dry out will be the only thing that saves us from more water incursion.

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July 21, 2018

solo(ish) weekend plans
posted by soe 1:18 am

Rudi is heading out of town in the morning, which means I have some time to myself this weekend. Much of it is supposed to be stormy, so I’m expecting to fill it with more inside activities than time outside. Here’s some of what I’m hoping my weekend includes:

  • I need to get over to the garden. A huge rain shower on Tuesday afternoon meant that I skipped several days of visiting, which probably means squirrels have eaten all of my semi-ripe tomatoes and the last of my lettuce has bolted.
  • I should finish recording my July reading to date in the summer reading app so I can claim this month’s summer reading prize from the library. Conveniently, I also need to visit to exchange some books.
  • Apparently, lotus flowers and water lilies are in bloom over at the aquatic garden and they’re having a festival to celebrate. I’ve never been to the aquatic garden and may feel up to battling the crowds. Maybe.
  • Sunday, my friend Julia and I are going to get together for coffee (or, in my case, tea). She said she’d like to leave her neighborhood, so I’m thinking maybe the new bookshop across town, where they supposedly have a little cafe. Or maybe a new coffeeshop I’ve heard about closer to where I live.
  • If it isn’t thunderstorming, I’d like to get to the pool sometime this weekend. The summer is going by so fast and the pool will be closed again before I know it.
  • I baked a fast cake (literally: it was only in the oven 20 minutes) on Thursday and it was fun. I mean, not as fun as eating cake, but still. So maybe I’ll bake something else. Or make some ice cream. Or some popsicles.
  • My living space is in desperate need of some attention. A rainy day could be just what I need to power through some sorting, tidying, cleaning, and recycling.
  • But let’s be honest, it’s also going to include some knitting, some Tour de France watching, and some reading.
  • Sunday morning will definitely include a trip to the farmers market. I’m looking forward to a smoothie bowl (unless it’s watermelon this week, in which case I’ll pass) and to dumping my compost bin.
  • If I’m feeling adventurous this weekend, I might go in search of the two things Rudi and I have agreed we’d like to buy — interesting frames for some of the artwork we’ve acquired this year and bigger bowls for eating salads. I have my eye on the latter, but am thinking I need to hit some second-hand shops to find the former.
  • The Mets and the Yankees are playing each other this weekend. We caught the tail end of tonight’s game on my phone as we walked home from the park, and I’d love to see some more of the matchup.

How about you? What are you hoping to do this weekend?

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July 17, 2018

drama queen
posted by soe 1:20 am

While I was in the garden on Saturday, I got stung by something. I’m not sure what it was; I smacked it before I totally realized what was happening. I’m pretty sure it was a wasp or a hornet, though.

I was lucky in that I did not have an anaphylactic reaction. My leg swelled up a bit, but not in any way that seemed disproportionate to the situation. It stung, but didn’t even itch particularly.

However, while most people’s swelling would go down after a day or two, mine continued to get worse. Apparently that’s called a large local reaction. Essentially, my body really doesn’t like being stung or bitten by insects and overreacts to the entire thing. A large local reaction is like your body being a drama queen. I was never in any danger from the situation, but my body doesn’t want anyone to realize that. “I was STUNG, people! STUNG!” Every time my body thinks about it, the story gets bigger and more elaborate. So every time I unconsciously rubbed at or scratched my leg, my body added another layer of hysteria to the reaction.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had a large local reaction. It happens sometimes with mosquito bites, too, and I assume it’s the reason my doctor thought I was allergic to bee stings as a kid.

I’ve taken some Benadryl (which was its own ridiculous story) and have just recognized that my leg will be swollen for another few days and that I’ll simply have to live with the unattractive appearance and itchy feeling.

But, nope, I’m not allergic. Just a drama queen.

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July 14, 2018

weekend plans
posted by soe 2:06 am


We started the weekend with an ice cream party (Sunday is National Ice Cream Day), which is an excellent way to commence pretty much anything, honestly.

I have to work tomorrow morning, but after that I’m hopeful the weekend will include:

  • Heading out to the Delaware shore on Sunday.
  • Reading on the beach.
  • Knitting in the car.
  • Spending some time in the garden watering and weeding.
  • Doing laundry.
  • Checking out Bastille Day celebrations around the city.
  • Eating crepes for supper. We should be able to make some with veggies like chard or zucchini, right?
  • Returning a few things to the library.
  • Tidying up the apartment.
  • Catching some zzz’s. And with that …

What are you hoping to do this weekend?

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July 9, 2018

low-key weekending
posted by soe 1:51 am

A Cezanne Portrait

This was a not particularly exciting weekend. On Friday, we went out to eat at our favorite pizzeria, where they have outdoor seating.

Saturday, we watched some bike racing and I started my new knitting project. I did some chores. I went out to the suburbs to make a return and bought some new clothes. I also renewed my library card for the town adjacent to ours and checked out the (relatively) new space for one of the local yarn shops. (I came away empty-handed.)

Wonder Woman Set

Sunday, I went to the farmers market, where I was excited to find smoothie bowls had returned to one of my favorite baker’s stands. This week it was roasted peach. Yum. I went to the Cezanne exhibition. It was of his post-Impressionist portraits, so while I’m glad I went, I wasn’t as blown away as I would have been if it had been his Impressionist landscapes. (I did stop by the Impressionists before leaving the museum.) On the way home, I stopped by where Wonder Woman was being filmed. They’d populated a couple blocks with ’80s cars and extras with big shoulder pads and bigger hair. Unfortunately, no scenes were being shot when I stopped by and I decided I didn’t need to wait. I then hit up the pool, the garden, and the park, where Rudi met me after work and where we stayed until after the final notes of “Taps” had faded away.

So nothing overly exciting, but nothing terrible either. Just a low-key weekend.

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July 7, 2018

weekend plans
posted by soe 1:35 am

It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend here. After a scorcher of a week, we need it. I’m going to try to soak up as much of it as I can. Here’s what I hope it includes:

  • Eat outside.
  • Watch some bike racing.
  • Start a new knitting project. (Nope, still no idea which it’ll be. Game time decision!)
  • Stalk Wonder Woman. (They’re filming the second movie in the series here in D.C. This weekend it’s downtown near the White House. They did some filming last month outside the Watergate, where my friend Sarah works and they eventually had to send a P.A. up to ask them to stop watching from the window, since they were in the shot.)
  • Pull out my pea vines. They were looking done for when I was at the garden on Wednesday, but there were a few more pods I wanted to give a shot to.)
  • Admire Cezanne. (There’s a retrospective of his work at the National Gallery of Art that I just heard about that ends on Sunday. Apparently I haven’t been paying attention to the art scene. But this requires heading to a Smithsonian on a summer weekend on a closing weekend, two things I try to avoid like a bad cold, so I might decide looking at his Wikipedia page is just as good…)
  • Do laundry.
  • Bake. (I pitted a couple quarts of cherries mid-week, but it was just too hot to turn on the oven.)
  • Make daiquiris. (I have a lot of whole strawberries in my freezer right now.)
  • Watch the sun set from the park.

How about you? What do you have on tap for the weekend?

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