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August 5, 2022


night game, adaptation, and let’s talk
posted by soe 12:13 am

Mets at Nationals

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. A lovely night with Rudi at the ballpark ended with a Mets win and the thunderstorm not moving in until after we’d biked back home.

2. Love and Gelato got off to a bit of a rocky start for me with some significant details changed from the book early on, but in the end they didn’t affect much of the story.

3. A former coworker and I have plans to catch up tomorrow. I’m very much looking forward to talking with him.

How about you?

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August 4, 2022


early august unraveling
posted by soe 1:04 am

Early August Unraveling

My shawl remains closer to start than to finish. In fact, I haven’t touched it other than to move it from place to place in a week, which probably means it’s time to put it aside and look at finishing some other pieces.

Also closer to start than finish is Linda Holmes’ Flying Solo, but only because I’ve only had it a few days. I’m enjoying it quite a bit so far, and appreciated that it’s the same town where part of her earlier novel is set.

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

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August 2, 2022


top ten books set in a place i’d like to visit
posted by soe 12:29 pm

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl asks us to share books that are set someplace we’d like to go. Here are my list of ten:

  1. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Mexico)
  2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (PEI, Canada)
  3. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (Tuscany, Italy)
  4. The Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton (Scotland)
  5. Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern (Ireland)
  6. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (Sweden)
  7. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (Australia)
  8. Saint Young Men by Hikaru Nakamura (Japan)
  9. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Singapore)
  10. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Channel Islands)

How about you? Are there books you’d recommend set in places you’d like to visit someday?

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July 29, 2022


home, salt water soak, and wetter than swimming
posted by soe 1:59 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. I came home Tuesday in time for volleyball and Rudi followed tonight. Our bed is not as comfortable as the place where we stayed, but Corey is here and it is ours and I will take being in it over any other.

2. I wrapped up my portion of the Portland trip with an hour in a soaking pool at a nearby hotel, a very spa’ish experience and for $8 a very reasonable one. When our time was up, I felt boneless and very relaxed.

3. I went up to Fort Reno for tonight’s concert, only to have a biting rainstorm sweep down on us just as the second act was about to begin. I folded our waterproof picnic blanket over my backpack (which held my library book) and decided to sit out the weather, rather than running for shelter. It wasn’t thundering and it wasn’t hailing, so there was no harm in staying out, and while they did eventually call the show, I was first rewarded with a rainbow and a fellow passing me by saying, “Now, you’re punk rock!” And I just laughed and laughed as I got wetter and more ridiculous, but those bubbles of laughter carried with them a lightness I haven’t felt in a long time.

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

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July 27, 2022


ten things i still want to do this summer
posted by soe 1:02 am

There’s still another full month of meteorological summer and nearly two of the official summer season. Here are ten things I think I can still cram in:

  • Kayak on the C&O
  • Explore Theodore Roosevelt Island
  • Get back to the seashore (honestly! not since April!)
  • Watch an outdoor movie
  • Catch a concert at Wolf Trap or Merriweather Post or another outdoor venue
  • Check out the indie scoop shops in D.C. I haven’t visited
  • Swim in a lake
  • Go to Kenilworth Aquatic Garden, the Arboretum, or Congressional Cemetery
  • Find one of the boundary stones
  • Try a new-to-me streetery/patio

What’s still on your summer bucket list?

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July 26, 2022


top ten books still not read from my past seasonal tbr posts
posted by soe 12:22 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday post from That Artsy Reader Girl invites us to share ten of the books we’ve eagerly shared we planned to read in an upcoming season, only to have to confess we still haven’t gotten to them.

I’m notoriously bad about this, so here are ten of mine, some dating back to the Broke and Bookish days.

  1. Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi (Spring 2018)
  2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (Spring 2016)
  3. A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab (Spring 2016)
  4. Unnatural Creatures, edited by Neil Gaiman (Spring 2016)
  5. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (Spring 2020)
  6. Eliot Schrefer’s Threatened (Summer 2014!)
  7. Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni (Summer 2014)
  8. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterley (Summer 2017)
  9. Anne Bronté’s Agnes Grey (Fall 2014)
  10. Frederick Backman’s My Grandmother Asked Me to Say She’s Sorry (Winter 2017)
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