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July 23, 2021


reunion, nick of time, and glowing
posted by soe 1:44 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. We have dinner with friends we haven’t seen since before the pandemic began.

2. The laundry machine company fixes the washing machine before I run out of clean clothes.

3. While the reason for it isn’t beautiful (particulate matter from the wildfires across the country), the neon red of the sunset on Monday was stunning.

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

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July 22, 2021


inter-sports week unraveling
posted by soe 1:47 am

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This evening, I took my book out with me, rather than my knitting, and sat on the local Greek restaurant’s patio with a cup of tea. (Bars might have reopened, but few of the coffeehouses near me have resumed evening hours. Even the Starbucks on the Circle closes at 8 these days.)

I’m far enough into the book at this point to be invested in the characters, so I expect it to go quickly from here on.

The Olympics kick off the evening after tomorrow, so I expect that’s when knitting will begin again in earnest. After all, I should be able to finish a smallish project within two multi-week sporting events, right?

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July 21, 2021


a sense of things
posted by soe 2:20 am

It’s been a few months since I’ve written one of these posts, but here’s what’s going on around here right now:

Hearing: I turned the a/c off for a few minutes because it keeps giving us an error message. So I can hear the fan whirring in the bedroom and the low melody of Rudi’s music (although it’s too quiet for me to tell what song is playing).

Feeling: Warm. The tightness of a tension headache coming on. Tired. The softness of the cat as he bumped against my foot. (He’s curled up on my flip flops.)

Seeing: A pile of clean beach towels. (The washing machine got fixed today! Hooray!) A pile of dirty clothes that need to be washed. My organizer not quite closed. A cat who got up after I wrote that last bit and is now staring at me in the hopes that I will fill his empty bowl.

Tasting: Nothing right now, but in a minute, the minty burn of toothpaste.

Smelling: The new laundry detergent Rudi used.

Give us a sense of what it’s like where you are.

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July 20, 2021


books to read in one sitting
posted by soe 1:20 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl asks about books that should be read in a single sitting. Here are ten titles that I either did that with, or where it feels that way in retrospect:

  1. Any of the Harry Potter books
  2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  3. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  4. The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  5. The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (it is a picture book)
  6. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  7. If God Invented Baseball by E. Ethelbert Miller
  8. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  9. Booked by Alexander Kwame
  10. Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly

How about you? Are there any books that you’ve just absolutely torn through?

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July 19, 2021


night out
posted by soe 1:42 am

We went out to dinner with four friends from our political activism days — Sarah, Michael, Julia, and Susan — tonight. It was lovely.

While we see Sarah with some frequency, Michael and Julia have been away from D.C. for nearly the past two years — first in London and now in New Orleans. It was great to hear they’d be returning home in September. (I’d been prepared for them to say they were leaving for good.)

And while I have seen Susan and Phillip and their kids more recently than I’ve seen Julia and Michael, it must also have preceded the pandemic, because we were indoors at a restaurant.

Once upon a time we saw each other several times a week, so it was especially nice to find ourselves in a single location in real life again.

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July 18, 2021


saturday errands
posted by soe 1:42 am

Ice Cream from Lulabelle's

Rudi and I ran some errands this afternoon. While we were out, we ended up in Petworth and opted to stop by Lulabelle’s Sweet Shop for some ice cream.

I had blueberry jasmine and Rudi had key lime pie, and they were both every bit as good as you’d expect ice cream to be on a hot July evening.

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