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September 21, 2021

top ten tbr reads of fall
posted by soe 1:11 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl is a seasonal favorite of mine: the top ten books I’m looking forward to reading this fall:

  1. Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune
  2. Miss Moriarty, I Presume? by Sherry Thomas
  3. The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks by Mackenzi Lee
  4. Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell (first I have to read Wayward Son, though)
  5. The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
  6. Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  7. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
  8. Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  9. Stuntboy by Jason Reynolds
  10. Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore

How about you? What are you looking forward to reading now that fall is nearly upon us?

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September 20, 2021

final summer weekending
posted by soe 1:48 am

I am pleased to report that very few insurrection-friendly protestors arrived in D.C. this weekend, so mostly we were all able to live our lives as usual.

Yesterday I finished a book, returned things to two libraries, bought some doughnuts, and video-chatted with some friends.

Today I went to the farmers market (but too late for paw paws, chanterelles, baguettes, and milk), started a book I picked up from the library yesterday, and spent a couple hours at the garden (I planted lettuce, dill, and cilantro, as well as some fall seeds; harvested a bunch of things; trimmed lots of tomato plants; watered; and weeded).

In an effort to disentangle my life hours from my work hours, I thought I’d share that we’re planning to head to the movies on Wednesday and I have a volleyball doubleheader on Thursday night. I just need to make some plans for tomorrow, Tuesday, and Friday.

How was your weekend?

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September 19, 2021

doggos, waltzers, and nearly there
posted by soe 1:03 am

Three more beautiful things from my past week, because we’re in a week that demands I find the positives in life:

1. Last week was Doggie Day Swim, or, as Rudi and I call it, Pups in the Pool. Every year, after they close the pool to people, they give dog owners a chance to bring their pooches over to use it. There were about two dozen dogs, most of whom were running around the pool, rather than playing in it, but still.

2. Dancers were out practicing their waltzing at one of the nearby triangle parks one afternoon. I assume it was the social dancing group that meets at the nearby church.

3. The windshield of the car has brown leaves all over it. Fall is nearly here!

How about you? Anything beautiful in your world lately you feel like sharing?

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September 18, 2021

insurrection weekend planning
posted by soe 1:12 am

So, there are more right-wing nutjobs coming to D.C. this weekend. Expert analysts of the dark web suggest, unlike Jan. 6th, this time the rumors are more likely to be bigger than the turnout. But, they also warn that nutjobs be nutjobs, and there’s just no predicting what some of them will do.

Most of us who are staying put are planning to take precautions. I’ll probably save taking Metro across town until Sunday. And if I go out to Virginia to return my overdue library book, I’ll try to plan the ride out there for when delusional people will already be in the city to avoid interacting with them, rather than when they’re returning to their “safe” suburban hotels. If I go over to the H Street Festival, I’ll bike or take the bus. (Again, while insurrectionists may charter buses to bring them to the city, I have my doubts they’re going to hop on a Metrobus. Okay, maybe a Circulator.)

If I want to stay in the neighborhood, there’s a craft sale by Latinx makers, and I can walk to the library. And I can spend time in the garden.

If they institute a curfew, I’ve already got plans to video chat with friends. I had to postpone our usual call because I was headed to a ballgame, and they suggested this weekend as a replacement so we could hear about the first couple weeks of kindergarten. There are also National Book Festival talks online I could watch, but the problem is that I already spend too much time in front of a screen. Luckily, I don’t have to listen to talks about books — I can read them! And I can knit. And I can paint my nails (although not while I’m knitting).

Sunday is the farmers market. Paw paws are in season, and Rudi would probably be grateful if I got up early and went and bought him some. We’ll see. If there are some available at whatever time I get to the market, I’ll buy him some, but I’m not going to get up early to buy something I don’t eat. (It’s surprising how many fruits taste like bananas.) He is a grown adult and can plan to be around to buy paw paws if that’s a priority.

What’s on your to-do list for this.final weekend of summer?

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September 17, 2021

in bloom, star power, and day game
posted by soe 1:23 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Orange and yellow daisy-type flowers continue to sprout along the verge alongside the escalator at Dupont Circle. They should be installing the glass over that escalator this fall, so this may be the last summer we get to enjoy them, the results of a guerilla gardener several years back.

2. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was an enjoyable addition to the Marvel franchise. I will tune in for almost anything that includes Awkwafina in the cast, and she did not disappoint. And we got to check out a new-to-us movie theater in D.C. at the same time.

3. I take the day off Wednesday and Rudi and I head to the ballpark for a rare weekday game. The game includes walking in two runs, at least one extremely well executed catch of a foul pop by a fan, and a loss for the home team, but who can argue with watching baseball instead of working?

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

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September 16, 2021

mid-september unraveling
posted by soe 1:44 am


I finally made it out of the ribbing section of my shawl. I’ve got two and a half mosaic sections left before the final ribbing section and the bindoff. At this rate, I may finish it right around the time it gets cool enough to wear it.

I’ve got four books going (these three plus an audiobook, Happily Ever After by Elise Bryant). The graphic novel is middle-grade, and the other three are YA, and none of them has wholly grabbed me yet. I’m hoping one does soon.

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