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September 29, 2020


doing pandemic math wrong
posted by soe 1:37 am

I was stymied by an ice-breaker question asked today during a meeting: What have you added to your life since the pandemic began?

I think some of this may be why I’m struggling again lately. While I settled on the answer of growing zucchini, I’m not really sure it’s true. I can point to plenty of subtractions in my life. It’s all I see right now, with the threat of more looming just over the horizon. But all my decision-making is based on knowing what I stand to lose could be so much worse if I’m cavalier with my choices.

But maybe, like with squash, I need to find the small additions in my life. They won’t balance the equation against what has been taken away. But they might be enough that I can find peace.

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September 28, 2020


all good things must come to a close
posted by soe 1:45 am

September Sunset

And so, too, it is with my long weekend. Turns out four days is really the minimum number I needed. But I’m going to schedule another one in a couple weeks, when the foliage starts to turn, so Rudi and I can take a drive up to Skyline Drive.

And I have full weeks off at Thanksgiving and Christmas to look forward to. (Wear a mask, people, and stay away from crowds. I’d really like to be able to see my family before the end of the year.)

I didn’t get everything done this weekend that I’d hoped to do, but there was gardening (and the surprise zucchini!), a bike ride, a little shopping, the beach, knitting, apple picking, pizza, ponies, several movies (including the charming Enola Holmes on Netflix), National Book Festival sessions on YouTube, cider doughnuts, political postcard writing, fairy lights, a visit with a friend, a tomato tart, painted toenails, and ice cream, among other things. Which now that I list them out does sound like a pretty full four days.

I have a new boss starting tomorrow, a vacancy filled that I’m hopeful will eventually mean giving me a little breathing space to actually start getting work done again during business hours, rather than just managing everyone else’s work. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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September 26, 2020


two days done, but two more to go
posted by soe 1:24 am

I’m only halfway through my vacation weekend. What else might it include?

I definitely want to keep up the trend of spending time outside. Some time on the garden, some on the bike, and lots in the park.

But I’d also like to spend some time inside. The Burrow is a hot mess and I’d like to tame it some. Plus, I came home with apples and cucumbers from a trip to a farm today, so pickles and pie might separately be on my agenda.

I need to spend some more time writing postcards.

Finally, I still need to get some more sleep. While the last two days have been great, they’ve both involved getting up early, so here’s to a Saturday without an early alarm.

How about you? What are you getting up to this weekend?

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September 19, 2020


45 days weekend planning
posted by soe 1:37 am

Listen. Do you hear? That is the sound of ultimate suffering. My heart made that sound when Rugen slaughtered my father. The [women of America make] it now.

– Paraphrased from The Princess Bride

With forty-five days to go until the election and the devastating death of a beloved feminist leader on top of the rest of the shit 2020 has thrown at us, here’s my plan for this weekend:

  • Get some sleep. I’ve been exhausted this week and won’t be able to keep going if I don’t start with this step.
  • Send out postcards to voters. I bought 100 yesterday. Let’s see if I can put a dent in them this weekend. I need to buy more stamps first.
  • Rally at the Supreme Court Saturday night.
  • Make some political donations. Q3 ends in just over 10 days. Let’s make our money work.
  • Spend time outside, including getting out on the bike (instead of hitting the gym à la RBG) and down to the garden.
  • Finish my shawl, so I have new neckwear to express my dissenting opinion with the government’s choices.
  • Hang up our new Halloween-colored fairy lights and paint my nails in fall hues, because we need light in the darkness.
  • Do laundry, including linens and towels. (Mount Laundry is getting to be about as tall as RBG was.)
  • Record a presentation (on cancer) for work. (Doing it at night should cut down on the ambient noise.)
  • Bake cookies, because RBG is dead and we all deserve to drown our sorrows with sugar.

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

Also, universe, watch out for Michelle Obama. 2020 has its sights on everything good in the world and I’m worried.

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September 14, 2020


mid-september weekending
posted by soe 1:56 am

Sunday Afternoon in the Park

It was a nice weekend, if not quite as productive as I would have liked.

I started off by sleeping in.

I went to the garden, the library, the farmers market, and the grocery store.

We sampled wares from a new-to-us doughnut shop.

I knit and read.

We pulled together several bags of stuff for Goodwill (that Rudi will drop off during their intake hours during the week).

We had a monthly video chat with friends as well as talking with all of our parents.

We watched a table reading with the cast of The Princess Bride, some of a Mets game, and several stages of the Tour de France.

We did some, but not all, of the chores around the apartment we needed to get done.

I signed up to send postcards to voters.

Baking, biking, and nail beautification will have to wait for a later date.

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September 12, 2020


recuperation weekend plans
posted by soe 1:08 am

So what’s my plan for this weekend, you ask?

Let me tell you what I’m thinking:

  • First off, I’m still tired from being sick, so I’m going to get some extra sleep. Please note that I’m writing this on the early side for me, and I plan on sleeping in tomorrow morning.
  • Peach ice cream is finally going to get made. Rudi chopped up some peaches for me, so I need to cook them up and then give them time to cool off before I can put them in the ice cream maker. I’d also like to make some cookies so there is something legitimate to snack on in this house.
  • I have not been to the garden since last weekend, so harvesting tomatoes and peppers and basil are all on my list. We got three inches of rain on Thursday, so I will not need to water.
  • Speaking of the rain, I need to do laundry to wash our floor towels, since they got a workout. Rudi procured quarters today, so now that plan can move forward.
  • I am going to keep knitting on my shawl, which shows promise of actually being the first project I’ve finished in a timely fashion in a while. (Probably just jinxed myself there…)
  • It’s time to switch up my nail polish. Fall doesn’t arrive for another ten days. Is it too soon to pick autumnal hues?
  • I have two books on hold at the library in Virginia, so I will have to cross the river and go get them.
  • I suppose I feel well enough to ride my bike. I don’t feel so well that I want to go out of the District, so maybe I’ll go for a ride along the canal towpath after I stop at the post office to mail a package (that’s going to be late to its destination).
  • There are slightly less than two months until the election. I’m going to figure out a game plan to get involved and do my part, starting this weekend. I’m thinking it might be through writing post cards.
  • I donated to the Wisconsin Democrats so that I can watch a table reading of The Princess Bride with the original cast (and special guests) Sunday evening. I’m really looking forward to it.

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

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