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August 9, 2021

another japanese feast
posted by soe 1:50 am

Veggie Sushi

We paired the closing ceremony of the Olympic games to another Japanese feast. We got to try another restaurant, because the one near us is closed on Sunday. Umi also makes very good veggie sushi. I opted for tempura sweet potato, mushroom with cream cheese, and inari avocado rolls.


For dessert, I again picked up some mochi.


But I also picked up some dango, because it featured in the Google doodle Olympic game. It was very tasty, but I would definitely not want to eat it outside on a windy day!

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August 8, 2021

posted by soe 1:44 am

I don’t know about you, but I’ve watched a lot of Olympic coverage over the past two weeks. And I’ve enjoyed lots of it, particularly the volleyball, both beach and indoor, and basketball.

And I found lots of it compelling. I mean who doesn’t love watching a swimmer win his country’s fifth gold medal ever? Or watching a gymnast cheer her teammates to their own victories? Or a woman emerge victorious after her shoe sponsor dropped her because she’d had a baby and was never going to be fast again?

But I’ve also missed watching movies and tv shows, and I’m ready for those to return. Maybe next time they could make the Olympics be just one week, or better, yet, space the two weeks out better.

No? I suppose I can live with it as is.

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August 4, 2021

spectacular sunset
posted by soe 1:29 am

Tonight’s sunset, particularly when viewed from the ballpark, was particularly amazing. We all felt lucky just to be there.

Just before Sunset

Mackerel Sky

View Over Left Field

Panoramic View


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August 2, 2021

feeling a lack of enthusiasm
posted by soe 1:39 am

We have baseball tickets for Tuesday night, picked during our season ticket pool back in the spring. The way July laid out, none of August’s days were visible on my phone (without flipping forward) until today, which meant the game snuck up on me.

Honestly, I’m feeling a little ambivalent. Partially, it’s the depression; anything that requires any effort is hard. But it’s a hard that I have a lifetime of tools to overcome and I will get myself to the ballpark and will enjoy myself once I’m there.

Second, the Nationals just traded away eight players late last week, including my two favorite team members. I can name a handful of the players remain, and honestly it mirrors the changes I’m experiencing at work a little too closely for comfort.

Third, I’d hoped to go to the movies Tuesday night, which is discount night at our local theater. It’s a minor disappointment (world’s tiniest violin), and one I can get past easily.

Again, I’ll say that once I get to the game, I’m sure I’ll be glad to be there and learning the names of all the new players and enjoying the night. It’s just the idea of it ahead of time is terribly exhausting.

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July 24, 2021

feast fit for an emperor
posted by soe 1:26 am

I decided at some past Olympics that it seemed only fitting to celebrate Opening and Closing Ceremonies with a nod to the host nation.

With this year’s Olympics being held in Tokyo, that means Japanese, and D.C. did not leave me hanging. About eight blocks away from the Burrow is Hana Market, a tiny Japanese grocery (and one-time tourism agency). After work let out, I wandered over to pick up snacks to eat during tonight’s broadcast. While I have been to Hana before, it’s either been to pick up a specific ingredient or to buy a mochi to snack on. This time I took a less strategic approach and just picked up things that looked interesting.

I came home with a bag of supplies, including:

Japanese Snacks

Peach caramel corn pops, seasoned seaweed, coffee-flavored black sesame candy (I missed the fact that they were coffee), matcha Kit Kats, chocolate stumps, roasted bean snacks, and chestnut mochi served as appetizers.

Tasty Mango Cream Soda

Mango creamy soda, which contains 0% juice, but does contain milk. I’d buy it again.

We paused in our corner-store delights to have some actual dinner, picked up from the nearby Japanese restaurant, Sakana, that we’d never been to. Rudi ordered a roll and a sushi bento. While I considered an entree, I’ve rarely been to a Japanese restaurant that offered an entire section of vegetarian sushi/maki, and that won out in the end:

Veggie Sushi

The roll at the top is tempura vegetables. The one on the right is ume shiso, or pickled plum. The one at the bottom left is kanpyo, or dried gourd. All three were delicious.

And then for dessert, Rudi and I split these two red bean paste mochis, a favorite of mine.

Red Bean Paste Mochis for Dessert

That’s a pretty good feast, wouldn’t you say?

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May 26, 2021

back at the ballpark
posted by soe 1:49 am

Back at the Ballpark!

“It’s a beautiful night for some baseball. Washington Nationals, play ball!”

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