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October 31, 2019

curly w’s all around
posted by soe 1:44 am

It’s been great being a Washington Nationals season ticket-holder since they moved to town.

Curly W's for World Series Winners

This year, they have played a season of scrappy, heart-filled baseball that has been a joy to watch, both in person and on tv.


Tonight, they culminated their impressive season with a World Series win.

Congratulations, team! You deserve this!

Nationals Park at Sunset

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October 30, 2019

midweek music: rockapella
posted by soe 1:11 am

My favorite Halloween song is probably “Zombie Jamboree,” popularized when I was growing up by Rockapella. It wouldn’t be for another couple decades before I learned that they were simply covering the song, written in the early 1950s by Winston O’Conner (who performed as Lord Intruder and debuted the song as “Jumbie Jamberie”) and popularized on the folk circuit by the Kingston Trio.

The Williams Street Mix, an a capella group at my college, made this one of their most popular tunes. This is a slightly more traditional version of the song than Rockapella usually performed.

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October 29, 2019

top ten bookish costume ideas
posted by soe 1:21 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday post from That Artsy Reader Girl is Halloween-themed, so I thought I’d share some suggestions for Halloween costumes you could do based on literary characters. I have only used some of them personally:

  1. Pippi Longstocking:

  2. Phryne Fisher (the tv show demonstrates how many amazing outfits you could pick from)
  3. Raggedy Ann:

    Halloween 2017
  4. Sherlock Holmes (it helps if you own a deerstalker hat)
  5. Anne of Green Gables (I’ve noticed puffed sleeves are in right now)
  6. Anyone from Harry Potter:

    A Tonksish Night
  7. Any of the ragtag group from the Oz books (if you pick the literary version of Dorothy, your shoes will not be red and fewer people will recognize you; conversely, you could go as the tornado, although I would make it a two funnel-tornado in order to be able to walk)
  8. Go classic with Count Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (for the latter, you would need to divide your costume down the middle)
  9. Little Red Riding Hood:

    Little Red Riding Hood
  10. Paddington

Have you ever dressed up as a favorite bookish character?

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October 28, 2019

fall weekending
posted by soe 1:58 am

This weekend included:

Hot drinks.


A Halloween festival at my local park.

Pumpkin buying at the farmers market.

Halloween Decorations

Cheering on lots of runners at the marathon early this morning.

A nap.


Several baseball games that didn’t quite work out.

How was your weekend?

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October 27, 2019

coffeeneuring 2019 #2: kung fu tea
posted by soe 1:21 am

Ride #2: Saturday, Oct. 26, afternoon
Kung Fu Tea (1529 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., 2nd Floor)

Today’s coffeeneuring ride was not quite what I had planned, but it let me try something new, so worked out fine.

Kung Fu Tea

This week’s adventure started out with a bus ride to Cleveland Park, because I started a little later than I planned. I ran a few errands, including a trip to the library, a couple of fruitless shopping stops, and a stop in at an Italian deli/pizza shop for pizza dough and a slice for a late lunch.

Then I hopped on a bikeshare and pedaled uphill to get across to Wisconsin Avenue, which I took down to Georgetown. It was a pleasant afternoon for a bike ride — less humid than I’d expected — and I passed people out raking and many Halloween decorations in the upper-middle-class neighborhood I rode through.

Because the nearest dock to where I wanted to go was at Safeway, I stopped to buy cat food and litter. Apparently my unofficial theme for this year’s coffeeneuring is carrying heavy bags of groceries with me. For the record, this is a terrible theme.

Groceries in hand, I walked the block to the French bakery I wanted to stop at because I heard they had a seasonal pumpkin croissant I wanted to try. Unfortunately, they were sold out of said item, and I decided to carry on down the hill on foot.

Next I stopped at a new Italian pastry shop that opened up where a gelato shop used to be (the French bakery used to be a fro-yo shop), but they only had coffee-flavored drinks, which would have been appropriate to the task, but disgusting, so I pressed on another half block to a drink shop I’d been curious about for some time: Kung Fu Tea.

Kung Fu Tea

Focusing on bubble tea, Kung Fu Tea is on the second floor over a Korean restaurant. The girl at the counter was very helpful when I explained that I had never had milk tea and asked for her recommendation for a hot variety. She pointed me to the Kung Fu Milk, and I opted to skip the tapioca bubbles this time.

It seems obvious that the restaurant, one in an international chain of bubble tea shops, is aimed at Georgetown students. There was a dearth of furniture and only three food items on the menu, suggesting its clientele tends to be transient and in search of beverages, rather than sustenance. Decor was minimal with only a couple of cases honoring Bruce Lee, a couple of stylized pendant lights, and some cheerful corporate graphics on the wall.

Kung Fu Tea

But the tea was warm and sweet, and I enjoyed it as the light faded away. I walked the last couple blocks to the nearest bikeshare dock (Wisconsin and O) and headed home for the night.

Should you ride your own bike there, know the sidewalks are narrow and there is not a lot of room to lock your bike to road signs. You will have better luck locking on one of the cross streets and walking over.

Total mileage: 3.15 miles

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October 26, 2019

final october weekend planning
posted by soe 4:03 am

Today was a jam-packed day that included a half-day in the office, several hours working an expo floor, and a couple hours at an author event/literary bar party. And then I came home to watch the Nats game, or, rather, to completely zonk out during it because my poor introvert brain had used up all of its energy chatting with thousands of strangers. I was definitely awake during the 7th-inning stretch, because we stood up and sang (what, you don’t?), but I do not remember anything after that. I assumed Rudi would have woken me up if we’d won, but I still had to check the score to be sure. I’ve just been dead to the world for the past several hours.

I’m going to write this blog post, wash the supper dishes, and go back to sleep, but this time in bed, rather than curled up under a blanket on the couch.

Here’s what I’m hoping the rest of the weekend includes, after I recharge a little more:

  • Watch the Nationals win the World Series. There are two more games in D.C., which are the exact number we need to wrap this thing up. Obviously that cannot be a coincidence. If it looks like we will clinch on Sunday, Rudi and I will probably head down to the Yards to watch on the jumbotrons they’ve set up in the park. (If it doesn’t, our tv does not require our getting rained on, and we’ll save that experience for another evening.)
  • Cheer on a coworker who is running her first marathon.
  • Do a coffeeneuring bike ride. I don’t know where yet.
  • Procure Baby Shark donuts.
  • Switch out my cold-weather clothing.
  • Finish my shawl. I mean, come on already.
  • Send some mail.
  • Find Halloween lights (and candy to give out). Also give some thought to a costume.
  • Possibly go apple picking. I need to reconnect with Sarah. If not, pick up a pumpkin at the farmers market on Sunday.
  • Do laundry so I have clean sports bras. New volleyball league (with mostly friends from my outdoor team) starts Monday!
  • Read, because it’s the fall Dewey’s Readathon and there are at least three books I’m reading that I could finish.

What’s on your to-do list for this final weekend of October? (Also, how is it nearly November? Wasn’t it just 90 degrees?)

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