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April 30, 2012

music on monday: sing me spanish techno
posted by soe 9:30 am

This has been my earworm for the last week. I don’t know what exactly it is that drives the incessant overplaying in my head, but I suspect it’s that repetitive call and response guitar/bass motif (ba da da da dum? ba da da da dum.). (Rudi would probably tell you it’s just that I love anything with jangly guitars in it.)

Anyway, I offer up to you this morning, as a glimpse of what’s been going on in my head this week, The New Pornographers performing “Sing Me Spanish Techno”:

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April 29, 2012

late april garden report
posted by soe 10:47 pm

We headed down to the garden this afternoon to plant see how our plants were doing.

We planted four plants I bought this morning at the farmers market (three tomatoes and a sweet pepper), as well as some seeds (lettuces, spinach, beans, and two types of squash). We also set some seeds aside for fall gardening, some to try growing from seed in my window at work (cucumber seeds and microgreens), and some to plant in the next few weeks (quinoa, more beans, and some herbs).

Lots of things were blooming:

Spring Onion Bloom

Our chives from last year have turned into full-fledged spring onions this year and are growing these gigantic alien-like flower heads.

Tomato Flowers

I like to cheat by buying tomato plants that have tiny buds on them. This one was planted two weeks ago and is flourishing. It’s a low-light tomato, so it’s toward the back of the garden.

Sage Blossom

The sage is covered with purple flowers, even after Rudi hacked half of it off a few weeks back.

Potato Bed

The potatoes I planted two weeks ago were up above the ground. I added three types of beans to the bed — edamame, purple, and yellow.

Hacked Chard

The chard had gone a little crazy in our two-week absence from the garden and had reached knee level, so Rudi cut off a bag’s worth of chard as this week’s harvest (along with a spring onion). This is what’s left from the front bed.

Green Strawberry

We will have an excellent strawberry crop, which is comforting given how much of our plot we’ve given over to them. I expect the first ones to turn red in about a week.

Garden Plot, April 29

This is our plot. Looks pretty and green, doesn’t it? Want to see what or where we’re growing? Click on the picture and that’ll take you to Flickr, where I’ve annotated the heck out of it. (Move your mouse over the picture and boxes will pop up.)

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just another saturday in d.c.
posted by soe 2:33 am

Three random shots from my afternoon:

1) The Lutheran church in Georgetown clearly has someone who loves flowers in their parish:

Lutheran church in Georgetown

2) Le Pierrot at the Georgetown French Market. There was also a fantastically talented balloon animal maker:

French Clown

3) The alleys of D.C. are full of surprises. Here is one from over in Shaw:

Hospital for Horses and Dogs

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April 28, 2012

weekend plans
posted by soe 3:02 am

This weekend my plans include:

  • Playing in the garden
  • Hunting for ducklings
  • Procuring strawberries and rhubarb at the farmers market
  • Going to the movies
  • Reading
  • Knitting
  • Working — both at a festival and at the computer for a bit (I skived off a bit at the end of the day in order to sit out in the sun for a while.)
  • Attending the Georgetown French Market
  • Seeing friends
  • Doing more laundry
  • Cleaning a room
  • Writing
  • Going to the library

There will probably be more, but that seems like a pretty full couple of days.

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April 26, 2012

drippy, fresh-cut, and laundered
posted by soe 11:48 pm

I just finished the most recent round of Sock Madness. I believe I have advanced to the next round, but won’t know for sure until the organizers wake up in the morning.

While I bask in the glow of a freshly completed pair of socks on Rudi’s feet, let me also reflect back on three beautiful things from the past week:

1. Along with much of the East Coast, D.C. has been experiencing a drought that has brought with it the danger of wildfires. This past week, we’ve had rain. Blessed wet rain.

2. I pass through Franklin Square on the same afternoon as its lawns have been mowed. You’d be surprised how infrequently you smell cut grass in the city.

3. The new washing machine and dryer for our building were delivered Monday, and our landlord surprised us with rolls of quarters. We have washed loads and loads (literally) of clothing and linens. It’s nice to see piles of clean wash, rather than an overflowing laundry basket. And it’s also equally nice not to have count pairs of underwear to see if handwashing is necessary.

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

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April 20, 2012

i’m a book person
posted by soe 3:03 pm

I’m a book person. How about you?

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