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March 15, 2019

3.14=cherry, anticipation, and welcome
posted by soe 2:00 am

If it’s Thursday, it’s time to reflect back on three beautiful things from the past week:

1. Rudi brought home cherry pie for Pi Day.

2. A college friend who has returned home to the Philippines and I exchange snail mail on an annual basis. He wrote this week to ask if my address was still the same, so I know his missive is on the way and that I should practice deciphering cryptic hieroglyphics in order to be able to read his scrawl.

3. I was in a neighborhood I don’t tend to frequent during the day and stopped in at a stationer/chocolatier, since they were open. The owner invited me to sample one of her handmade brigadeiros (sort of a Brazilian truffle) to encourage me to stop back. (It was walnut and was divine. And I will.)

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

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March 14, 2019

mid-march unraveling
posted by soe 1:52 am

Mid-March Unraveling

Progress on my two main projects — Jasper Fforde’s Early Riser and Smock Madness — continues apace. I’m nearly to mid-foot on the latter and, in the former, our protagonist Charlie (whose gender I decided on page 70 I’d incorrectly assigned at the start of the novel, but whose pronouns I keep ascribing to my original assumption) has gotten stuck in the worst possible region to overwinter due to a fit of retributive pique.

I need to finish a complete pair of Smock Madnesses by late morning on Sunday in order to advance to the next round. I suppose it’s possible, particularly as Rudi is leaving early on Friday, but I’ll chalk it up as unlikely. I need only finish one by that time in order to qualify as a cheerleader and to keep receiving the patterns to knit along with at my glacial pace, which seems a far more plausible — and, frankly, pleasant — outcome.

We watched the film adaptation of The Hate U Give last night, which was perfectly fine (Rudi, who hadn’t read the book, liked it quite a bit), but it paled in comparison to the book. (I sometimes wonder why they bother trying.) It made me want to get started on Angie Thomas’ sophomore novel, On the Come Up, which Rudi gave me for my birthday and which is sitting temptingly on our coffee table just beyond my reach. But first I need to get past the roving gangsters and winter monsters and viral dreams of Wales in order to move on.

I’m also listening to two audiobooks. Questlove’s Creative Quest is what I listen to while I’m watching dishes, because I’ve discovered I’m prone to dozing off if I listen to him on the couch, no matter how interesting I find his thoughts on creativity. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, a followup to Mackenzi Lee’s The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is much more suited to playing while I knit once I’ve tired of reruns of Agents of SHIELD and Miss Fisher for the night.

Head over to As Kat Knits to see what other people are reading and crafting.

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March 13, 2019

posted by soe 1:25 am


I can tell spring has pretty much arrived in D.C. because of the burning of my eyes, the tickle in my throat, and the snuffliness of my head.

May spring soon arrive where you are, but may the allergies pass you by.

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March 12, 2019

top ten tuesday: standalones i wish had sequels
posted by soe 1:00 am

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic invites participants to consider some of the one-off books we love that we’d enjoy revisiting. While recognizing that authors may not do kind things with beloved characters once they hit the keyboard again (see To Kill a Mockingbird), then, are ten standalone books I still mostly wish had a sequel (or two):

  1. Eleanor and Park
  2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  3. Pride and Prejudice
  4. The Night Circus
  5. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  6. Travels with Charley
  7. Dear Mrs. Bird
  8. Geekerella
  9. A Snicker of Magic
  10. Wonder Woman: Warbringer

How about you? Are there standalones you’ve read that you wish would suddenly become a series.

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March 11, 2019

music for monday: ‘america’
posted by soe 1:39 am

Last week, I shared with a song from one of the cds I bought at our bookstore’s member sale. Today, I thought I’d share a song off the other.

New York City jazz instrumentalist and composer Bobby Sanabria has reimagined the soundtrack to West Side Story by emphasizing and emboldening the Latin American musical roots of story. The bones of Leonard Bernstein’s score is still there, but it’s now more authentically Puerto Rican thanks to the 21-piece Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band.

If you’re familiar at all with the movie or show (and probably even if you aren’t), you’ll know “America.” But maybe this “America” is a more representative one:

If you like what you hear, this mostly instrumental version of West Side Story Reimagined is for sale as both a double cd and as a download. Partial proceeds from the Grammy-nominated album go to the Jazz Foundation of America’s Puerto Rico Relief Fund, so you can really feel good while dancing around your living room or bopping along in your car (although maybe not so much once you get to the ending — SPOILER — of the doomed love story).

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March 9, 2019

47-hour weekend plans
posted by soe 1:40 am

It’s a shorter weekend than usual with Daylight Savings Time subtracting an hour in favor of evening light. I know some of you have trouble with it, but I am always in favor of this change.

This weekend is a change from usual in that not only do we get less of it, but that Rudi is actually home at night! He hasn’t been here for a Saturday night since early January — and he’ll be gone starting next Friday for ten days coaching the post-season in upstate New York. He is excited for both races — and to see where the Lake Placid Olympics were held, so I’m pleased for him. And I’m pleased for me that that will be the last road trip for the ski season.

We’ve got the dvd of The Hate U Give penciled in for tomorrow night, although friends may be in from out of town, in which case seeing them will obviously take priority and the dvd can get bumped to Sunday night.

The rain picked up this afternoon just as I was going to run some errands, so I decided to put them off until tomorrow. Tomorrow looks to be dry and Sunday’s forecast is for highs nearing 70, so I think it was an okay tradeoff. Plus, one of them is over at the Navy Yard, so I can take a stroll through Eastern Market’s weekend stalls while I’m over there.

I may stop by the garden to plant some more peas and see if anything is sprouting yet. I wonder if I should wait before planting some seeds for greens — chard and kale and spinach — or if I feel optimistic about my odds now that it’s March.

I’m nearly done listening to Geekerella, so I’ll definitely be spending some time finishing it up while knitting my socks. I’d like to make a little time to paint my nails, too, so that’s some additional time I probably shouldn’t spend using my fingers…

And then there’s the usual farmers market and laundry and tidying.

But mostly I’m just looking forward to seeing Rudi tomorrow evening.

What do you have planned for the weekend?

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