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June 1, 2019

beginning of june weekend planning
posted by soe 1:50 am

This week has been productive in some ways, but utterly not in others, so I’m hoping to right the ship and find some balance this weekend. Here’s what I’m aiming for, in an ideal world:

  • Head to the garden to plant what I picked up at the garden center and harvest our latest fruits and veg.
  • Check out a neighborhood museum. Several of my most local small museums have free admission once a year and this is it. It’s been a while since I’ve taken part in the museum walk, so it might be time to do it again.
  • Go for a swim.
  • Sample some of the wares from restaurants on the other side of the city, possibly.
  • Kick off the library’s summer reading program by reading at least 20 minutes a day.
  • Take in some live music.
  • Visit the library.
  • Send out a couple resumes.
  • Find the title to my car. (With luck it will be where it should be on my desk.)
  • Do some tidying.
  • Drink daiquiris.
  • Get my shawl back on track.

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

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May 29, 2019

posted by soe 1:18 am


The weekend included feasting on daiquiris and ice cream, lounging at the pool and at the park, and watching movies and sunsets. The Burrow got neglected in favor of outside time, and that is how it should be for the first official weekend of summer.

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May 25, 2019

memorial day weekend planning
posted by soe 1:04 am

It’s a holiday weekend here honoring those who’ve sacrificed their lives in the protection of the U.S. and unofficially kicking off the summer season. Here in D.C., outdoor pools open for the season (on weekends only right now; daily after school lets out) and outdoor films and concerts start occurring more regularly.

Here’s what I’m hoping the next three days include:

  • Spending time at the pool.
  • Finally dealing with the clothing switch. (The last time I planned it, high temps dipped back down to March averages and all incentive was gone. But there are several 90s in the next week, so I absolutely no longer care about pants.)
  • Harvesting peas and strawberries and spending time in the garden.
  • Listening to some baseball.
  • Drinking strawberry daiquiris.
  • Reading outside. (I started Caraval earlier today and am loving it so far, for you y.a. fantasy fans.)
  • Backing up my phone. (It’s really irritating how much space it feels it needs in order to operate at peak efficiency, but it’s probably not a bad thing to have a second copy of my photos.)
  • Painting my fingernails. (I did my toes the other day and pulled out the bottles for my hands, but decided to wait until after I did my volunteer shift yesterday, since I wasn’t sure how hands-on it would be.)
  • Picking up some holds at the library.
  • Baking something. My audiobook mentioned handpies last night, so maybe some of them…
  • Swapping out the duvet cover for a lightweight one.
  • Seeing a friend.

How about you? What’s on your to-do list for the weekend? Is it all barbecue and beach trips? Sleeping until afternoon? Parades?

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May 19, 2019

sunset over the p street beach
posted by soe 1:31 am


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May 18, 2019

mid-may weekend planning
posted by soe 1:04 am

Nationals vs. Cubs

We started off the weekend nicely, with a beautiful evening for a ballgame, although it turned into a bit of the rout of the local team, with the Cubs picking run after run off the Nationals’ pitchers for a painful four-plus hours.

Rudi has to work both days (the perils of working in the cycling industry during Bike Month), but I still hope to get in a few fun things amidst my chores:

  • I’m behind on my job-hunting this week, so that has to take top billing.
  • I also need to get my remaining tomatoes and peppers into the ground. I only got two-thirds in on Wednesday evening before I ran out of daylight.
  • We tore the apartment apart last night a bit, so I need to do some cleaning/organizing.
  • I’d like to finally make strawberry shortcake.
  • And eat some vegetables. I have lettuce from the garden that I should turn into a salad.
  • A trip to the library is in order because apparently the holds were out of order the other day and I didn’t pick up the one that’s expiring tomorrow. An extra trip to the library is rarely a bad thing, though.
  • On Sunday, Porchfest, a series of concerts that takes over the front stoops of a given neighborhood, will be across the river in Southeast. The weather will be warm, but depending on how ambitious I’m feeling, I might give it a shot.
  • The Giro is currently underway, so we will watch a little cycling at some point.
  • I also need to catch up on my correspondence.
  • The snow fence is finally down in the park after months of a renovation project, so I might just spend hours lounging and reading and knitting.
  • I did not paint my nails last weekend, but the pool opens next weekend, so now would be a good time to do it.
  • There’s a Hawaiian Cultural Festival at the American Indian Museum, so that could be fun to check out.

What are you hoping to tackle this weekend?

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May 12, 2019

posted by soe 1:53 am

Resplendent Rose

Rudi and I got caught out in the rain this afternoon. Since we were already wet, we strolled leisurely through the nearby neighborhoods, stopping to admire row house gardens and flowering bushes.

This rose was the prettiest we saw all day, but it didn’t have a particularly rosy scent, so it cannot take home the best-in-show blue ribbon.

But it certainly was stunning to look at.

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