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March 21, 2019

equinox unraveling
posted by soe 1:36 am

Equinox Unraveling

While biking between appointments this afternoon, I decided to stop by a sunny patio at a local café for a little while to pass the time. We’re due for more than an inch of rain tomorrow, so this seemed like a smart move for my mental wellbeing. It was just 50 degrees, but in the sun it felt quite pleasant in just my sweatshirt and cowl.

While there, I had an apple muffin and a pot of Earl Grey tea and followed it up with a bowl of white bean and kale soup when I decided I should eat something before volleyball.

I read some and knit. The shawl is too awkward to travel with, so this is the first of the stockinette socks I have on the go, which works well for multitasking. I’ve got about an inch before I decrease for the toe.

On the reading front, I’m still working through Early Riser, which I’m now only reading during the day because it’s filled with bad dreams and zombies and evil corporations, none of which I want to be thinking about before bed, as well as two audiobooks, A Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy and Creative Quest. In the past two days, I’ve started the charming graphic novel The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (It’s the tale of a 17th century seamstress who, after making one scandalous dress for a Parisian ball, becomes the personal designer for a prince who’d like to secretly go out in society in dresses) and A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos, about a magical girl who’s been betrothed to a stranger. I also resumed How To Find Fulfilling Work by Roman Krznaric with the intention of finishing it off. I’m hopeful it will have some useful advice. (It’s already made me feel better about my paralysis about the direction of my life; I’m hoping its next step will be to prod me problem-solving.)

Want to see what others are crafting and reading? Head over to As Kat Knits.

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March 20, 2019

farewell, winter! welcome, spring!
posted by soe 1:45 am

Today was the final full day of winter.


The Old Man held onto his domain until the last: although today was beautifully blue and sunny, there was a brisk north breeze to make those of us who went without coats rue our headiness.


But he cannot keep us in his clutches. Even now, his grasp loosens as the earth warms and brave leaflings burst forth and robins hold court both in the yards during the day and in the trees in the evening.

Daffodil Hill in Rose Park

His final evening was quiet, with the sun setting nearly 20 minutes past seven. His final sunrise will be roughly that same time in the morning. He will need to cede to the new season before tomorrow evening rolls around. He’s been a mild Old Man this year here in the mid-Atlantic (particularly given what many of you have had to deal with), and we’ve been grateful, but we’re ready for him to head south. Bon voyage and see you next December!

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March 19, 2019

top ten reads for spring 2019
posted by soe 1:03 am

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl is one of my seasonal favorites: the top ten books on my spring tbr list. I’m going to ignore the books I’m already in the midst of reading, because clearly there’s the possibility I could finish all of them by tomorrow evening, when spring arrives, right?


  1. Angie Thomas’ On the Come Up
  2. Woman Rebel by Peter Bagge
  3. Deanna Raybourn’s A Dangerous Collaboration
  4. Circe by Madeline Miller
  5. Markus Zuzak’s Bridge of Clay
  6. Tiffany Jackson’s Monday’s Not Coming
  7. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
  8. Jessica Townsend’s The Trials of Morrigan Crow
  9. Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan
  10. Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You

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

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March 18, 2019

my single week
posted by soe 1:23 am


I’ve got another full week of living a single life. Sadly, right now, the single life means that I have to deal with bugs on my own, cook something besides carbs, and remember to move the car for street sweeping.

Of course, it also means that I can be as loud as I want (within reason) all night long with all the lights on, if I so desire. No one will eat the last bread product and not leave me anything to toast for breakfast. And I will not have to watch that Nathan Fillion cop show and instead can binge on Acorn tv shows that Rudi has not yet laid claim to being interested in (although probably only because I didn’t ask him).

This week, I’m going to send out some resumes, take a first pass at the taxes, and do some spring cleaning. I’m also going to play volleyball, look for spring flowers (I spotted my first hyacinths this weekend), and spend as much time outside as I can. I may to the movies, catch a concert, or see a friend, but none of those are carved in stone.

I hope you have a great week, too!

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March 17, 2019

saturday socks and shoes
posted by soe 1:16 am

Socks and Shoes

I bought some new shoes today. I went into TJ Maxx with a couple things I was hunting for and after I found these cute warm-weather Mary Janes I stopped looking. (Well, okay, I browsed through the dresses, but that’s pretty much mandatory every time I walk into one.) The photo shows them to be a little more grey than they are in real life; I’d say they are closer to periwinkle.

I’m up to the toe on my Smock Madness. I hope to finish before the noon deadline, but either way I’m moving back to my lightning shawl after this!

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March 16, 2019

so close…
posted by soe 1:48 am

… you could taste it if your allergies hadn’t given you a stuffy head…

Cherry Blossoms

With only a handful of days remaining until spring arrives, the trees across the street have finally bloomed. My window is open. Birds are singing. (Okay, not right this second, but you know what I mean…) Pollen was recorded in record quantities today. Only 4.5 days to go…

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