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September 18, 2019

midweek music break
posted by soe 1:48 am

Back in the spring, I gave Rudi concert tickets for his birthday and tonight was the show!

Berlin (“Take My Breath Away”) and OMD (“If You Leave”) opened for the B-52s. Personally, “Love Shack” is my favorite song of theirs, but “Roam” has to be a close second. Here’s them performing the latter tune:

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September 17, 2019

top ten favorite snacks to eat while reading
posted by soe 12:59 am

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl invites us to consider the snacks we like to consume while reading.

Mine include:

  1. Peanut butter or plain M&Ms
  2. Oreos
  3. Ritz with peanut butter or cream cheese (the latter I spread with a knife, while the former tends to be just dipped in the jar)
  4. Granola (eaten out of the bag)
  5. Blueberries
  6. Apples
  7. Tortilla chips
  8. Chocolate chips
  9. Triscuits
  10. Honey Bunches of Oats (usually eaten out of the box)

How about you? Do you tend to munch on anything particular while reading?

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September 16, 2019

first back-to-work weekending
posted by soe 1:14 am


I didn’t get to everything that I’d hoped to this weekend, but we still did quite a bit.

I knit and read. We watched a baseball game (that the Nats lost, but that had lots of adorable dog attendees). We ate ice cream.

I did a little silk screen printing as part of Art All Night, as well as watching both a documentary about the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival and live fire dancing in the Dupont Circle park.

I shopped at the farmers market (broccoli is back!) this morning and then had a blast at my teammate’s housewarming (she knows lots of really nice people), staying twice as long as I’d expected to and getting invited to join a book group.

Rudi and I worked in the garden a little, picking tomatoes and basil and getting some bulbs and seeds planted for the fall and spring season. (Pollinators love my fall garden, which is full of blooming onions and flowering basil.)

And then we ended the weekend at the Reach Festival at the Kennedy Center, where they were doing an interactive screening of The Muppet Movie, featuring Jim Henson’s youngest daughter, Heather, who is herself a puppeteer.

Gonzo the Great Flies High

How was your weekend?

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September 15, 2019

knitting and reading
posted by soe 11:51 am

Knitting and Reading

It was a lovely afternoon yesterday and so Rudi and I spent the latter portion of it outside, hanging out at the popsicle shop. I’m at the final couple rows of my shawl, so I was able to knit and read at the same time.

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September 14, 2019

weekend plans mean something once more
posted by soe 1:33 am

For the first time in ten months, the fact that it’s the weekend means something. While I worked hard to keep celebrating Saturday and Sunday’s arrival during my period of unemployment, in reality there wasn’t anything particularly that set those days apart for me personally.

But now I’ve put in four long days of meetings and learning and getting up in the morning and putting on dress clothes, so I deserve the next two days. I’ve earned them.

As such, I hope to:

  • Watch the Nationals play.
  • Put in some time in the garden.
  • Attend my teammate’s housewarming brunch.
  • Bake. (So I don’t show up to the former activity empty-handed.)
  • Stay up late for Art All Night.
  • Celebrate the Kennedy Center’s new expansion at the Reach Festival.
  • Finish my shawl.
  • Read.
  • Wash the kitchen floor.
  • Sleep. (I. am. so. tired. Good night!)

How about you? What are you hoping this weekend includes?

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September 13, 2019

well-wishers, making friends, and until we meet again
posted by soe 12:16 am

Thursdays mean it’s time to reflect back on some of the beautiful things from the week before. Here are three from my last week:

1. People have been so supportive of my new job. Thank you all for your comments here, in person, on Twitter, and on LinkedIn, where tonight I received a sweet message from my favorite college professor.

2. One of my volleyball teammates invited me to her housewarming party.

3. Because I opted to head home for a final weekend before my job started, I missed a goodbye party for some friends who are taking an assignment in London for a year or two. Julia took some time out from packing to meet me on Monday so we could say farewell.

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

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