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February 23, 2024

youngsters, tour, and elegant airport eats
posted by soe 1:09 am

Elevenses at Heathrow

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. I got to see two of my cousins, Caroline and √Člissa, this week and meet two of our family’s next generation, Izzy and Alfie.

David, Izzy, Caroline, Me, and Rudi

Steve, Rudi, Elissa, Me, Alfie, and Sam

2. The London Bookshop Crawl was so much fun and I had such a good time. I’ll put up a separate post on it later this week, but in the meantime, I’m sharing this photo of Bex and me. (Bex is the organizer of the Crawl and someone I’ve known online for ages.)

Bex and Me

3. Fortnum and Mason, one of the U.K.’s preeminent department stores, has a shop and a “bar” at Heathrow. We’ve cleared security long before our gate has been announced, so we have elevenses in style. (Mine is tea and crumpets.)

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

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February 16, 2024

grass in winter, early spring, and daunt
posted by soe 5:45 am

Daunt Books

Three beautiful things from my 50th-birthday week:

1. The weather in D.C. is lovely for February, so my pal Mario invites a small group out to play volleyball all afternoon.

2. Spring flowers are in full bloom in London, where I’m spending this week.

Crocuses in London

3. Friends of a friend of Rudi’s recommend we visit the Marylebone location of Daunt Books. I’d like to move in.

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

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August 29, 2022

posted by soe 1:50 am

We’re nearing the end of our trip to Salt Lake.

The celebration of life we held for Rudi’s mom on her 87th birthday was lovely. About 20 friends and colleagues were able to join us at a park pavilion for drinks, snacks, and reminiscences.

We scattered some of her ashes on Friday and we’ll do some tomorrow in areas where she used to forage mushrooms. It was clear that she approved of the first location, because we found two types without much effort.

While I’ve enjoyed swimming in the hotel pool and eating out, I’ll be glad to get home to Corey and volleyball, even if I will have to do some cleaning so a friend can come over this weekend.

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July 13, 2022

our 36-hour nyc jaunt
posted by soe 1:59 am


First thing Friday morning, Rudi and I boarded a bus to New York City to catch a show. We rode Citi Bikes (those New York cyclists are a lawless bunch, but their traffic lights force them to be) to Chinatown, where we were staying, ate a delicious lupper of vegetarian dim sum in a covered streetery, checked out a bookstore, and took a nap in the afternoon. In the evening, we biked up to the theater to take in the penultimate performance of Macbeth, starring Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga (the girl in the flower dress from Agents of SHIELD). Before returning to the hotel, we stopped in Little Italy, in search of a cup of coffee for Rudi and found a patisserie with delicious cannoli, which we took back to our 11th-floor view of lower Manhattan.

Chinatown Mural

The next morning, Rudi got up and caught a flight to Denver, and I bummed around the city for a while longer before catching the bus back to D.C. I returned to Little Italy to a shop where I’d seen Italian ice advertised for a taste of home. I knit for a while in the park across the street from the hotel after checking out. I biked over to one of the tea shops we like and stopped at a street fair en route.

Italian Ice

It was a good trip, and I’m already looking forward to returning in August when we catch two Tony-winning musicals, The Strange Loop and Paradise Square.

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June 21, 2022

connecticut weekending
posted by soe 1:39 am

Annual Trip to Dairy Queen

Rudi and I spent a pleasant long Father’s Day and Juneteenth weekend in Connecticut, where we got to visit with my folks, spend time outside, and bask in not being at home for a few days.

Mum and I checked out plants for the garden (I foisted seven seedlings off on her of the flat I bought) and spent time in the kitchen.

Dad and I played pool and listened to music.

Rudi and I ate ice cream.

I baked and read and knit.

Strawberry Brita Cake

It was a good weekend.

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January 12, 2022

signs of hope in the dark
posted by soe 7:34 am

Sign of Hope

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