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January 31, 2018

‘bread and roses’
posted by soe 1:27 am

I did not watch the State of the Union speech tonight. I could imagine what was going to be said, imagine how little it would matter, and imagine the sort of person who would find it inspiring. I am not that person and I suspect you are not either.

So, instead I’ll offer you this clip from the 2014 film Pride, about queer London youth and Welsh miners coming together to offer each other support in the 1980s. Because maybe that’s the sort of union I’d like to hear more about, and I suspect I’m not alone.

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January 30, 2018

mugging for the camera
posted by soe 1:57 am

Mugging for the Camera

Jeremiah hopped up on the couch yesterday and parked himself on my shoulders, where he looked very content with himself, at least until I pulled out the camera…

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January 29, 2018

posted by soe 1:08 am

My weekend did not include everything on my list, but it did include a lot of it.

Vegetable Tacos from Chaia

On Saturday, I slept the morning away and then spent the afternoon in Georgetown. I did a little shopping, visited the library, and took myself out to lunch. There were vegetarian tacos and hot chocolate and reading outside and in. Rudi and I spent the evening watching a video, Pirate Radio, about one of the ships in the mid-1960s England that played rock-and-roll radio because the BBC refused to do so.

Cocoa and Real Friends

Today, I went to the farmers market and another library, hung out with the cats, did some laundry and some tidying, and knit a little. Rudi and I had raclette for supper before he called it a night. I stayed up for cocoa and cookies and worked on a blog post for later in the week.

A quiet weekend, but a nice one.

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January 28, 2018

first sighting of 2018
posted by soe 1:58 am

First Bulbs of 2018

From Book Hill. My phone tells me that the first sighting last year was this same weekend.

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January 27, 2018

final january weekend to-do list
posted by soe 1:17 am

Let’s be honest. I don’t get to half of what I put on these lists. I am great at letting things on lists go, at deciding I don’t care that they aren’t done. A half-done list creates no stress at all in me, so why even bother making them? I suppose because it puts in writing some of the options I could choose, should I so desire.

So, should I so desire this weekend, I might choose to:

  • Go to the library. This will almost certainly get done, because it’s my very favorite weekend activity.
  • Stop at the farmers market. Similarly, this helps add some shape to my Sunday.
  • Sleep in. I’m turning off all but the latest of my alarms, which I might still ignore!
  • Spend a lot of time outside. Saturday is supposed to be warm, so I have hopes I’ll take advantage of it (provided I get up at some point).
  • Buy toilet paper. Mandatory!
  • Paint my nails.
  • Hang out with Rudi. Maybe we can see a movie, but given his weekend coaching schedule, watching a dvd is more likely.
  • Change the duvet cover.
  • Register the car.
  • Stop by the garden.

Or I might choose to do none of it. What might you choose to do this weekend?

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January 26, 2018

baby king cake, raincheck, and boxed up
posted by soe 1:32 am

Three beautiful things from a week of sickness:

Prince Cake

1. One of the last things I managed before getting sick was to go to the farmers market, where one of the bakers was selling King cakes (okay, two of them were, but the other is a French patisserie and their g√Ęteau des rois are very European). They had several sizes, including this large cupcake-sized one, which the salesperson said she was calling a Prince cake.

2. A permit confusion meant this week’s volleyball games were canceled at the last minute. That would not normally be a cause for joy, but given I was in the middle of a respiratory illness but was still going to try playing, ended up being a Glad Game-type ending to the story. Instead, I went home and took a nap.

3. Rudi and I got the Christmas ornaments all put back into their storage containers, which has given us our laundry basket back (since that’s the only container large enough to hold them all when I take them off the tree).

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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