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February 28, 2018

top ten tuesday: books i could re-read forever
posted by soe 1:16 am

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday question asked which books I could read over and over again. Since I’ve embarked upon a last-minute re-read of A Wrinkle in Time and feel the same warm feeling I get whenever I spend time with an old friend, I thought it a reasonable question to consider. In no particular order:

  1. The Harry Potter series
  2. Little Women
  3. Anne of Green Gables
  4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  5. A Year in Provence
  6. Ballet Shoes
  7. Pride and Prejudice
  8. The Eyre Affair
  9. The Secret Garden
  10. A Wrinkle in Time

I’ve only included books I’ve re-read as an adult and only ones I’ve actually read multiple times, as opposed to ones I intend to read again, which let out things like The Night Circus, A Man Called Ove, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Looking at the list, I’m unsurprised to find a combination of favorites from childhood and comfort reads from my adult years, but I do also see that the list is very white (and leans British), so I’m thinking I should make a point of re-reading some of my five-star favorites by authors of color to reacquaint myself with The Color Purple and The Joy Luck Club.

How about you? Do you re-read? And, if so, which books do you have the greatest affinity for?

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February 27, 2018

‘diamonds and rust’
posted by soe 1:20 am

Joan Baez today joined the ranks of senior citizen singers announcing that they’d be retiring from touring in the upcoming year.

This is the cover song from her 1975 Diamonds and Rust album. When I was growing up, it used to be the record I’d request for my birthday supper because it featured a song that contained a variant of my name (also my brother’s name, but he has a name that shows up on things like keychains and stationery and cute signs for your bedroom door, so that’s clearly less important). It’s neither pronounced nor spelled the same as mine, but was as close as I was likely to come to an eponymous song. (As a kid, I thought my parents had picked the name because they’d heard it in the song, but since the album came out more than a year after I was born, clearly I misunderstood.)

Joan’s tour does come to D.C., so I may see how much tickets are, since she’s one performer I don’t think I’ve ever seen as an adult. But even if I don’t get that chance, I’ll always have her recordings. Her new album, Whistle Down the Wind, drops Friday. You can stream it on NPR right now.

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February 26, 2018

posted by soe 1:34 am

Jer Loves Oreos

I know they say cats can’t taste sweet, but I think science just hasn’t figured out how they do.

(And, no, I didn’t let Jer have the Oreo.)

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February 25, 2018

forsythia along the c&o canal in georgetown
posted by soe 1:09 am

Forsythia along the Canal

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February 24, 2018

final february weekend to-do list
posted by soe 2:41 am

Here’s what I’m hoping my final weekend in February might include:

  • Watch the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics.
  • Complete the edging on my shawl.
  • Finish listening to American Street.
  • Go to the farmers market.
  • Take down the Christmas cards.
  • Purchase our tea supply for the year.
  • Sign up for a different volleyball league. (The one that was supposed to start this weekend fell through due to lack of sign-ups.)
  • Pick up my holds at the library.
  • Wash my woolens.
  • Check out an interactive art installation.
  • Clean the kitchen.
  • Dance to ’80s music. (Because otherwise those cleaning chores just won’t get done.)
  • Catch up on some sleep.

How about you? What are you hoping to do this weekend?

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February 23, 2018

baby, date night, and blooms
posted by soe 1:41 am

First Daffodil

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. My friend Amani texted to say she and her baby are in town and would my work pal Sarah and I want to get together. Um, yes! Ayinde is seven months old, with chubby cheeks and stubby toes and four teeth and the most adorable pompadour of soft, auburn curls. I last saw him when he was a few weeks old and he’s grown a lot since then. He’s comfortable in public and happy to let strangers hold him. Amani is looking good, although she says she’s tired, which is understandable, given she only gets to sleep a couple hours at a time.

2. Rudi and I went to see Black Panther and it was so good. I was glad I’d read the Ta-Nehesi Coates reboot of the comic (although when I read it, I’d felt like it had dropped me into the story without sufficient back story), so I knew something about Wakanda and vibranium-based biotechnology and the Dora Milaje warriors. I got tired of the fight scenes toward the end, but otherwise I liked everything about it and would watch it a second time in the theater to take in the gorgeous scenery.

3. As expected the nearly 80-degree temperatures we had this week jump-started the daffodils. As we rode past Rose Park on the bike path below, we could see the clumps starting to emerge, and they’ve appeared in south-facing yards, as well. And I saw the pink tip of a hyacinth starting to poke out yesterday, too.

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

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