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October 18, 2019

seasonal, downpour, and listening to the game
posted by soe 1:34 am


Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Today was cool and fall-like and I got to wear my new jewel-toned autumnal clothes.

2. Yesterday, it rained. It had been so long since we’d had precipitation that I could even forgive it cancelling my volleyball game.

3. Rudi and I were both tired on our drive back from Connecticut, and the radio was not being cooperative by playing something that didn’t annoy me. Eventually, I asked if the Yankees game was on, and Rudi was able to pull that up. There was a lot of background noise and the announcers and players were mostly new to me, but there is a cadence to baseball broadcasting that is common and familiar and comforting. (Plus, the Yankees have a woman doing color commentary for them, so Rudi and I got to spend some time learning about her and other female sports broadcasting trailblazers.)

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

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October 17, 2019

halloween socks likely not for halloween
posted by soe 1:24 am

Halloween Sock

Have I mentioned that my new job is kicking my ass?

It is virtually guaranteed that at some point each evening I will require a nap.

I spend a large part of every workday reading and learning, which means that when I get home, my brain is fried. This is too bad, because I both really am enjoying the nonfiction book I’m reading and need to get it back to the library before Sunday.

And even though I ought to be able to multitask while I watch tv, I instead tend to stare blankly at a program, hands idle.

I haven’t finished the final couple rows of my shawl, which is all it’s needed for weeks. I haven’t touched my zigzag shawl for months. And while the Halloween yarn I bought to turn into Halloween socks is, at least, on the needles, it seems unlikely to be wearable in the next two weeks unless I’m hoping to turn it into a Halloween cuff bracelet.

But there’s one more baseball series to watch, starting next week, so I suppose anything is possible.

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October 16, 2019

posted by soe 1:48 am

In a shock to me, the Washington Nationals have eliminated the Saint Louis Cardinals in four straight games.

The Nationals have won the National League pennant.

The Nationals are heading to the World Series!

Let’s go, Nats!!!

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October 15, 2019

top ten extraordinary titles
posted by soe 1:29 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl invites us to consider Top Ten Extraordinary Book Titles.

Here are 10 titles that piqued my interest:

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling)
  2. Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee, by Jeff Zentner
  3. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, by Jessica Townsend
  4. Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, by Max Porter
  5. The Tea Dragon Society, by Katie O’Neil
  6. Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World, by Ashley Herring Blake
  7. Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
  8. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  9. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
  10. The Other F-Word, Natasha Friend

How about you? Are there books you’ve picked up simply based on their title?

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October 14, 2019

new york city at sunset
posted by soe 3:00 am

New York at Sunset

It was still a beautiful evening when my friends caught up with me Thursday, and Eric, who used to live not far away, suggested we head toward the river. I didn’t quite understand what the hurry was (we all walk fast, but he was double-timing it and I had a heavy bag) until we reached the waterfront for the final moments of a fleetingly fluorescent sunset over the Hudson River.

Obviously he knew what he was doing…

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October 13, 2019

flailing, not failing
posted by soe 8:41 am

I fell asleep trying to figure out how to add a photo from Flickr to a post while on my phone (it’s easy on my laptop) and haven’t had any more luck now that I’m awake.

We could interpret this as failing, but I’ve decided not to. My favorite readalong likes to use as its motto that there’s no failing, only flailing, and that seems appropriate here, too. After all, it didn’t mean I couldn’t write a post, it just means that you’ll get that post tomorrow after I’m home with my laptop. And today’s post has written itself!

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