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June 3, 2010

thunder, pods, and outside my window
posted by soe 11:17 pm

I’m glad it’s Thursday and not just because I need the weekend to arrive. (Honestly, I dozed off on a cat last night and then put my underwear on inside out this morning and didn’t notice for hours… Clearly I need some sleep.) Here are three beautiful things from my week:

1. Going to Old Town Alexandria on a weekend is never a smart idea, but sometimes your errands take you there. Memorial Day Weekend meant King Street was particularly packed, but it was also filled with bikers who were in town for Rolling Thunder (an annual event designed to raise awareness about POW and MIA issues and to assist veterans). Everyone walked up and down the street admiring the motorcycles and trikes — but particularly the Boss Hogg parked right at the bottom of the street. Very classy and so cool.

2. I buy two pints of shelling peas so there will still be some left when Rudi gets home.

3. A terrific afternoon thunderstorm strikes the area Tuesday to mark the beginning of meteorological summer. I turn my back to my computer for a few minutes so I can watch the lightning and listen to the driving rain hit my windows as the storm sweeps through downtown. Blue skies return shortly thereafter.

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because i am a sucker for personal failure…
posted by soe 1:50 am

Non-Fiction Five ChallengeI have decided to sign up for the Non-Fiction Five Challenge for the third year in a row. I have finished each of the previous two years’ challenge exactly zero times.

Here’s going either for a win or a third strike. Let’s hope for the former.

The challenge:

Read 5 non-fiction books during the months of May – September, 2010. At least one [should be] different from your other choices (i.e.: 4 memoirs and 1 self-help).

The five I currently aspire to read:

  1. Zingerman’s Guide to Good Eating: How to Choose the Best Bread, Cheeses, Olive Oil, Pasta, Chocolate, and Much More (because Kelle’s tea package reminded we owned a book by the owner of Zingerman’s and who doesn’t want to know these things?)
  2. The Geography of Bliss (because I’ve failed to read it both other times)
  3. The Invisible Kingdom: From the Tips of Our Fingers to the Tops of Our Trash, Inside the Curious World of Microbes (because it’s a science book that actually seems like fun)
  4. Sun in the Morning (because Karen gave this to me two Christmases ago and I can’t understand why I still haven’t read it yet)
  5. The Olive Farm: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Olive Oil in the South of France (because it was sitting by my bedside too long and is now on the floor next to my desk, because I enjoyed the author in All Creatures Great and Small, and because I love Peter Mayle-type stories)

Things could change. Life is too short to be dictated by a list written from lack of blog fodder.

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