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July 23, 2018


july monsoon
posted by soe 1:16 am

July Monsoon

July Monsoon

July Monsoon

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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 20, 2018


stalks, golden anniversary, and storm
posted by soe 1:02 am

Fort Reno Sunset

1. After leaving the beach on Sunday, we pass an honor system roadside stand, which included a cut-your-own garden. I brought home three stems of gladioli. Having now seen them in their natural state, I understand why they’re sometimes called the sword lily.

2. Tonight was a Fort Reno concert night and the official celebration of its 50th anniversary. The free punk concert series was its typical eclectic self by featuring a lineup that included a reading of a Sylvia Plath poem set to modern dance by two members of a local theater troupe, a dj set, and a nine-minute snare drum composition. It was also the Night of a Thousand Cakes, and so much was still left that the organizer apologized to families prior to the final act by asking them to please send their children up to eat more sugar. After years of attending at least one show during the season, I am convinced that whatever celestial being is in charge of the weather is a punk fan because there is always a gorgeous sunset to be seen on concert nights.

3. Tuesday there was a terrific mid-afternoon thunderstorm during which time more than two inches of rain fell over less than an hour. I didn’t have to be out in it, so was content to admire its force from a window. (Rudi was not so lucky.)

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

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July 19, 2018


mid-july unraveling
posted by soe 1:09 am

Mid-July Unraveling

My Tour de France knitting continues apace. There has finally been some color shifting to salmon and a different hue of purple, which is exciting, and the shawl is now longer than my arm, which gives me hope it might someday be long enough to wear. I will need to pick up my pace, since we’re halfway through the Tour and I am not halfway through the knitting. I do have many hours of plane flight coming up next week, though, so it’s a possibility I’ll get caught up.

I’m reading and loving Julie Murphy’s Puddin’, the follow-up to her bestselling book (and soon-to-be feature film), Dumplin’, about two Texas girls who become friends. When I finish it, I’ll be heading back to Moxie, about a Texas girl who rallies other Texas girls to become feminists through her anonymous, Riot Grrrl-inspired zine. As I said to my book group today, apparently I’m all in for kick-ass Texas teen girl novels this summer.

I’ve been listening to a variety of things, but what’s stuck most is Murder Games, the book by James Patterson and Howard Roughan that inspired the tv show Instinct. I always find it interesting in tv shows/films that evolve from books what gratuitous things they choose to change. Here, for instance, one main character’s tv husband has a different name (Andy instead of Tracy) and aspiring career (bar owner instead of actor) and the other main character goes by the nickname (Lizzie) that she hates. The chapters are ridiculously short (which is probably partially what makes Patterson such a page-turner) and I remember from the tv pilot who the bad guy is going to be, even if that character has not yet been introduced in the book. (I suppose it’s a possibility that they changed that, too.) I am also listening to Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings, an #ownvoices memoir which was one of the free Audiobook Sync titles from this year. It’s fine so far, but nothing especially amazing.

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July 18, 2018


into the stacks 2018: march
posted by soe 1:40 am

I read six books back in March:

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

Twelve year-old Meg Murry, awkward, self-doubting, and truculent, lives with her beautiful scientist mother, her unremarkable twin brothers, and her brilliant little brother Charles Wallace, who many people make unkind assumptions about. She does not live with her scientist father, because he has disappeared off the face of the earth. Quite literally, but Meg doesn’t yet know that. It takes the intervention of three otherworldly guides, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Whatsit, to elucidate the situation and then tesser Meg, Charles Wallace, and Meg’s schoolmate Calvin off into space for an impromptu rescue mission. But when Charles Wallace goes up against the Borg-like It and loses, it’s up to his big sister to figure out how to bring him home. (more…)

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