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December 31, 2019

endings and beginnings
posted by soe 1:25 am

Like many of you, I’m hurriedly trying to wrap up loose ends that have been lingering through this year so they don’t follow me into the new year.

Simultaneously I’m also working on putting things into place so that I start 2020 off on the right foot.

Unless I should be starting it off on the left foot.


Either way, I’ll definitely begin it in motion — maybe with a pirouette or by doing a step-ball-change with some jazz hands thrown in for flair.

In the meantime, I need about a dozen hands, preferably doing things like typing or binding off a shawl in order to get things done around here before we head to the movies this afternoon with friends.

I wish you a peaceful end to 2019 and a new year filled with joy.

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December 30, 2019

final weekending of 2019
posted by soe 1:29 am


This weekend included:

  • Sleeping in.
  • A lot of reading.
  • A little shopping — mostly groceries.
  • Going out to see Last Christmas at our local second-run theater.
  • A nice long walk in the ridiculously warm weather.
  • Knitting — my sock is about twice as long now as it was in that picture from yesterday afternoon.
  • Drinking tea.
  • Painting my nails.
  • Hanging up my Christmas cards.
  • Snuggling with Corey.
  • I have three more days before life returns to its workaday normal. Some of that will be spent with chores, some with friends watching films, and some relaxing. But I’d like to go back to work feeling like I’d made the most of my time off, so I plan to spend the time deliberately, no matter what I’m doing.

    How was your final weekend of the year?

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December 29, 2019

dupont decorations
posted by soe 1:20 am

Because I was sick and working too much just before the holidays, I didn’t get as much of a chance to check out the neighborhood’s Christmas displays as I would have liked. Today I went on a bit of a walkabout and got to see one of the local restaurant’s tree theme for the year:

Floriana Tree

Last year, Floriana had a Nancy Pelosi-themed tree, but this year they opted to celebrate Sesame Street‘s 50th birthday.

Sesame Street Ornaments

December 28, 2019

final 2019 weekend planning
posted by soe 1:45 am

Rudi and I returned to D.C. tonight, but my holiday time off continues for several more days. I’m hoping to balance productivity with utter laziness. I’ll let you know how it goes…

Here’s what I’m thinking the weekend might include:

  • Sending out my Christmas cards.
  • Coordinating with our two friends about our NYE movie marathon plans.
  • Watching a movie or two.
  • Reading.
  • Taking a walk or a bike ride. (I’ve been very sedentary the past week.)
  • Buying milk.
  • Baking.
  • Going to the library, the bagel shop, and the farmers market.
  • Sleeping in (but keeping in mind that if I miss the sun tomorrow I’ll be sad).
  • Tidying.
  • Checking out a museum exhibition.
  • Enjoying some holiday light displays.

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

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December 27, 2019

deadline, missed, and drug-free
posted by soe 1:28 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. I wrapped a project up at the end of the year that I’m very proud of.

2. Rudi came home after ten days away — and three days of driving cross-country.

3. Today was the first day that I hadn’t taken any cold medicine in a week.

What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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December 26, 2019

boxing day
posted by soe 2:04 am

Cap Hill Tree

I hope those who celebrate had a lovely Christmas today. We certainly did, filled with togetherness, gifts, delicious food, and lots of laughter and reminiscing.

And tomorrow, Boxing Day, there will be more of the same, with a visit with a friend taking center stage for me.

I wish you relaxation if you need it, in whatever form you can get it.

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