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February 12, 2020

a pre-birthday sensing post
posted by soe 1:13 am

I thought I’d share a sense (or five) of what’s going on in the Burrow tonight:

Seeing: A lot of mess, but much of it good mess like piles of books to read and dvds to watch. The warm light of the floor lamp combined with the fairy lights around the perimeter of the room.

Smelling: The barest hint of the broccoli dish Rudi stir-fried for supper tonight. Possibly also some of the citrus I bought last week.

Tasting: Toothpaste. (I’m heading to bed after posting this.)

Hearing: The hum of the refrigerator. An occasional car driving by. (There was just the acceleration of an SUV or truck trying to make the light.) Corey padding around in the kitchen.

Touching: The warmth and softness of my polar fleece lounge pants. The too comfortable sag of my couch cushion.

And a bonus:

Feeling: Excited about trips to Connecticut, Phoenix, and Fort Lauderdale this month and my birthday at the end of the week. Stressed about a couple of work projects. Achy in my knees from three days in a row of sports (I’m counting bowling), including tonight’s very vigorous volleyball game. Sleepy and ready for bed.

Good night!

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February 11, 2020

top love books i’ve read
posted by soe 1:35 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday post from That Artsy Reader Girl invites us to share any topic we’d like related to “love” in honor of Valentine’s Day. I thought I’d share the 11 books I have rated with four or five stars in Goodreads with some form of the word in the title:

  1. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  2. Love Is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
  3. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  4. Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
  5. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  6. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
  7. My True Love Gave To Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins
  8. Book Love by Debbie Tung
  9. The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America’s Enemies by Jason Fagone
  10. Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
  11. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

That’s out of 46 books with “love” in the title.

Interestingly, it’s a pretty balanced list: three books by guys, two nonfiction titles, one book of poetry, one collection of comics, one collection of short stories, two classics, and three books aimed at kids or young adults.

How about you? What “love” books have you loved?

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February 10, 2020

winter weekending
posted by soe 1:39 am


It was a pleasant weekend, all told. Rudi came home tonight, and we got to watch episodes of Sanditon and My Life Is Murder and catch up with each other.

I had a great game of bowling, coming up with 111 points in nine frames. (The league is weird and is timed and so I didn’t get to bowl a tenth frame.)

I did a lot of walking out in the mild weather. (Isn’t that camellia gorgeous?)

I tracked down King Cake and Girl Scout cookies (Did you know each local council sets the price for a box of cookies, which meant cookies in D.C. cost a dollar more than they did 100 miles away in Pennsylvania?) and cat litter, bought greens and potatoes at the farmers market and tea made out of cocoa bean shells at a craft fair, picked up holds from the library, and did some other chores.

I finished two books and a shawl, rewatched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and had supper with some friends.

So, yeah, it was a good weekend.

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February 9, 2020

saturday sunset
posted by soe 1:02 am

Not bad for February, eh?

Saturday Sunset

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February 8, 2020

weekend planning
posted by soe 1:40 am

This is the only weekend left in February where I’ll be home the entire time, so I need to squeeze certain things into it:

  • Visiting the library.
  • Stopping by the bakery stand for King Cake.
  • Doing laundry.
  • Bowling.
  • Meeting up with a friend to go to a craft fair.
  • Cleaning.
  • Taking advantage of some of my birthday month discounts.
  • Going to the farmers market.
  • Baking.
  • Paying some bills.
  • Getting outside.
  • Catching up on some sleep.

How about you? What’s on your agenda for this weekend?

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February 7, 2020

sweet bread, old friend, and join us
posted by soe 1:11 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Cherry chocolate bread from the baker at the farmers market.

2. I spent Friday evening with a dear friend from college who lives on the other side of the country. We took a walk and celebrated our birthday early, I got to see both his daughters and his wife, and he drove me to the airport.

3. I was feeling a little sorry for myself after my Monday volleyball game, when no one wanted to go out afterwards. I stopped by the local fancy grocery store/bar on my walk home, not because I needed anything, but mostly as something to do before going home, and my friend (and teammate) came running in to invite me to join her, her husband, and her dog on the patio for a drink. (The volleyball bar doesn’t allow dogs, and it was an especially mild evening.)

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

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