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September 23, 2018

posted by soe 1:04 am


This morning, I sat along the river and watched helicopters take off and land.

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September 22, 2018

ceiling shot
posted by soe 2:12 am

Our Friday night activity gave us a good view of this ceiling…

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September 21, 2018

mets, clean, and non-delinquent
posted by soe 1:43 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. The last time the Mets came to town, it was memorable, if not pretty. Tonight, they got on the board first — and last — to clinch a victory.

2. Getting to take a shower after arriving home hot and sweaty.

3. I return everything to the library that’s overdue.

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

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September 20, 2018

final summer unraveling
posted by soe 2:10 am

Final Summer Unraveling

I finished Naomi Novick’s Spinning Silver this evening and Sherry Thomas’ A Conspiracy in Belgravia last night and have a couple audiobooks I’m waiting to come back around to me. That means I have the options you see above — including The Poet X by local author Elizabeth Acevedo, which was longlisted for a National Book Award last week — to start immediately. (Rudi would point out the pile of other library books around the house as a sign that I have more books than just these to choose from.) I’ll also probably start my illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, because I like to visit with old friends, as well as make new ones. As I type, I’m downloading the audiobook of Crazy Rich Asians, so I can compare the source material to the film, which Rudi and I really liked.

On the knitting front, I have not yet finished my shawl, but I continue to plug away at it a couple of rows at a time. Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish it up next week, since fall arrives this weekend! To celebrate (and because I had a lot of work meetings this week, I started a new pair of Knitterly Things socks in Hocus Pocus. Clearly it would be awesome to have them to wear next month.

Holiday knitting should commence immediately, which means I should decide what I’m going to make, if anything.

As Kat Knits has a linkup to other posts about knitting and reading, so head over there to check them out.

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September 19, 2018

making positive out of the negative
posted by soe 1:46 am

False Reflections

I decided to stroll part of the way back from the post office on Sunday and ended up on a block that I don’t think I’d ever walked before. Or, if I had, I hadn’t paid attention.

The glass building in front of me reflected back the Neoclassical dome of a building I’d just passed.

Except I hadn’t.

The building behind me was mid-century cinderblock.

With a mural about three floors up.

Taking advantage of the single story building in between the two, someone had chosen (commissioned?) to paint a mural of the corner a domed building similar to the Capitol. To take advantage of negative space to project a positive image.

I can’t find any information on the mural, but I am grateful to its artist.

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September 18, 2018

my fall tbr ’18 list
posted by soe 4:43 am

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is the top books on this fall’s to-be-read list:

  1. Robert Galbraith’s latest, Lethal White, comes out today.
  2. Barbara Kingsolver’s Unsheltered
  3. What If It’s Us, by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
  4. The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden, by Karina Yan Glaser
  5. Nate Expectations, by Tim Federle
  6. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, by Mackenzi Lee
  7. Sherry Thomas’ The Hollow of Fear
  8. Frederick Backman’s My Grandmother Asked Me to Say She’s Sorry
  9. Odd One Out, by Nic Stone
  10. Toni Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone

How about you? What are you hoping to read this autumn?

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