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October 31, 2011

posted by soe 8:30 am

Dear Washington, D.C., commuters,

I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for a wee bit of congestion you might have encountered this morning in front of my house.

We got home yesterday evening while the restaurants were still doing brisk business, leaving no Tuesday-side spots available. I told Rudi to park on Florida and that I’d move the car later.

What did I not do last night? Move the car off of Florida.

I am the first to be annoyed by people who thoughtlessly inconvenience others, so please know that I feel terrible about having bottlenecked your commute this morning. That it happened on a Monday, when you’re already hating life, makes it even more guilt-inducing.

While I’m sure you were all disappointed that the traffic cops did not tow my car out of your way, please rest assured that the ticket I found on my windshield after I woke up and exclaimed, “Oh! Fuck!” will serve as no small deterrent to my remembering to park legally for rush hour in the future.

I hope the city does something nice with my money like fix a pot hole along your commute.

And I hope Monday improves seriously for both of us after this.


sprite of the Colgate-green Geo

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October 30, 2011

posted by soe 11:00 pm

This is what happens when you ask a cat which yarn you should use to make mittens:

Jer has all the yarn

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October 27, 2011

6 p.m., trifecta, and stay puft
posted by soe 11:49 pm

This week has been a long one and I am particularly glad to reach Thursday because it means the weekend — both work-free days of it — has nearly arrived. I am planning to sleep and clean and sleep and see friends and sleep and bake a pie and sleep and …

Anyway, before I do all that, I wanted to highlight three beautiful things from the week past:

1. My project went public this week. While its launch does not actually mean we’re done with the work, it does mean my coworkers and I can stop working such ridiculous hours. I celebrated Wednesday by leaving the office while the sun was still in the sky.

2. Sarah, Rudi, and I took Saturday as an apple quest day. We picked some granny smiths and a handful of enterprises (as well as beets, broccoli, and spinach), returned to our local cider doughnut purveyor, and found some delicious cider at a farm stand where they also had an apple launch. It was a lovely day out — with the surprise addition of seeing a hot air balloon aloft as we were driving down the highway. [N.B. to Mum: I told Sarah and Rudi about that time where we saw the balloon from the backyard, and you got us into the car and we chased the balloon down until it landed. That was really cool.]

3. John, Sarah, Rudi, and I headed to the movies after work tonight to kick off the Halloween season with a viewing of Ghostbusters (the entirety of which I don’t think I’ve seen since watching it at the drive-in at the Cape when I was a kid). I ain’t afraid of no ghosts.

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

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October 25, 2011

gratitude: one more day edition
posted by soe 1:38 pm

You know you are loved when your dear ones…

  • offer you a stash of Samoas if yours runs out before you reach your deadline.
  • give you a list of things to watch out for at the end of your project that you wouldn’t have known to look for.
  • mention a much loved book that ends up being just what you need to read in the mornings while waiting for the Metro.
  • come into work on the weekend in large part so you won’t have to be there by yourself.
  • don’t complain about how late you are at the office for a month.
  • keep pots of soup on the stove for when you finally make it home at midnight.
  • send emails and texts checking in on you.
  • wash your workout gear so you will have something to wear this week.
  • make you tea so you have cups to drink when you drag yourself out of bed and when you arrive home.
  • snuggle into your lap as soon as you collapse at night.

Thank you all.

One more day…

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music on monday: lime in the coconut
posted by soe 12:05 am

To help heal what ails you:

Admittedly, this adaptation may have been chosen in part because it was half the length of the Harry Nilsson version. Although if you do listen to that rendition and, at the same time, play the David Seville version of “Witch Doctor,” you’ll find they mash up surprisingly well. Just sayin’…

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October 20, 2011

day in the woods, fall, and apparitions
posted by soe 10:38 pm

I’m rapidly losing the ability to string words together in a coherent fashion, so let’s get right to three beautiful things from my past week:

1. On Sunday, Rudi, John, Nicole, and I headed out to a Maryland forest for the local renaissance faire. There were people’s costumes to admire and/or marvel at, there was comedy, there was jousting (although I missed all the battle parts and just saw people riding horses…), there was a slide amidst the trees, there were arrows to shoot (my enemies remain safe), and there was a garland to buy. The trees were golden, the skies were blue, and the company was lovely. A perfect day of rest.

2. Just as I reached home tonight, the scent of autumn wafted over me.

3. Ghosts peek out of a neighbor’s windows at me. They remind me of Casper’s friends, though, so it’s okay.

How about you? What’s beautiful in your world this week?

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