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February 22, 2021

posted by soe 1:26 am


This handsome fellow came home yesterday afternoon, which was absolutely lovely. Because he was out of state, obviously, we need to keep mostly to ourselves until after he tests negative later in the week, but the sun just made it too impossible to stay below ground. So we ventured forth to the Georgetown to the waterfront, double-masked except for when we were far away from others and drinking/eating.

We had saved the final To All the Boys movie for Rudi’s return, which was both a satisfying end to the trilogy and also a perfect February Saturday date night. And tonight we watched some lovely season finales to Miss Scarlet and the Duke and All Creatures Great and Small.

We replenished all the batteries on the fairy lights and ate lots of cookies (thanks, Mum and Dad!) and doted on the cat and generally just enjoyed being under the same roof again.

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February 21, 2021

seen around the neighborhood
posted by soe 1:09 am

Where's the Pineapple?

I know, I know. It’s graffiti. I’m not supposed to appreciate it. And, yet, it made me smile, hypocrite that I am.

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February 20, 2021

brighter days ahead
posted by soe 1:58 am

The Promise of Spring

These daffodils are from before the winter storm passed through, so I’m not positive whether they’re still standing. But spring bulbs, like people, tend to be remarkably resilient when faced with adversity.

Either way, the equinox is a month from today. Daylight savings kicks back in in three weeks.

Hold on, everyone. Change is coming. It’s just hard to tell from where we’re standing.

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February 19, 2021

personal space, marshmallow explosion, and books from floor to ceiling
posted by soe 1:22 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Sarah invites me into her home for supper. I don’t take that for granted anymore. (Plus, she sends me home with cake and doughnuts.)

2. Among the birthday gifts my parents send me is a container of the super-hip hot chocolate bombs I’ve seen all over the internet and been curious about

3. As part of my birthday weekend, I watch the original animated Beauty and the Beast Disney cartoon. The scene where Belle walks into the library the first time still makes my heart soar.

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

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February 18, 2021

post-birthday unraveling
posted by soe 1:38 am

Looking Ahead Unraveling

Saturday was a particularly productive evening for sock knitting, so I now have half a pair of socks.

I am still reading Recipe for Persuasion, but since catchers and pitchers have officially reported for duty in Florida and Arizona, I thought it was time to turn my attention toward a spring training novel, The Cactus League by Emily Nemens. I’m looking forward to starting it this week.

Head over to As Kat Knits for a reading/crafting roundup.

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February 17, 2021

long weekending
posted by soe 1:40 am

Birthday Bouquet

It’s good I had managing expectations down on my list of ways to celebrate my birthday weekend. Rudi was forced to deviate from our plans in order to fly out to Utah on Monday to help his mom move into assisted living today. This will be a good decision for her health and independence, but the accelerated timeline and pandemic protocols made it particularly fraught in the short term. I’m incredibly proud of both him and his mom, because I know this wasn’t an easy step.

Galentine's Day Author Event

Galentine's Day Waffles

I did get to do some celebrating in between that and the ice storm. On Saturday, I attended a virtual author event held by one of my local bookshops with four authors who had romance novels coming out this month, including a mother-daughter duo who wrote their story from the perspective of a couple’s dog. I also gave myself a Galentine’s Day treat and made waffles for supper, knit on my sock, and watched the animated Beauty and the Beast movie.

Birthday Doughnuts

Birthday Ice Cream

On my birthday proper, I hit up the farmers market (where my order from the bakery included heart-shaped baguette and cookies, a loaf of cherry chocolate bread, and my favorite of their jams, red berry rose). I did some reading, and when Rudi got home from coaching, he and I went to pick up some free birthday doughnuts and ice cream. I chatted with my parents, we ate pizza from my favorite pizzeria, and we ended the evening with Miss Scarlet and the Duke and All Creatures Great and Small.

Yesterday, we slept in a little and then had some birthday treats my parents had sent before diving into virtual tours of assisted living facilities. I took Rudi to the airport and returned home for a long chat with a friend from college.

Bouquet Collateral

Today, I slept in very late to celebrate taking the day off from work. The rain had ended during the morning and while I didn’t want to drive all the way to the ocean on my own, I decided to head to the Chesapeake Bay instead. To be honest, while it looks not dissimilar to the Long Island Sound, which I grew up on, it’s more like a lake and is hugely disappointing as a substitute for the ocean. It doesn’t really get waves and it doesn’t smell remotely salty. But I made an effort, and it was the longest I’ve been outside in ages without a mask, since I only saw a handful of people from a great distance. Plus, the Universe seemed to accept the apology I offered the Bay before leaving for just being itself and not what I wanted it to be, since it allowed the sun to peek through the omnipresent clouds. When I got back to D.C., I spent the evening with a friend, eating pizza and King Cake and petting her cats (and wearing masks when not eating, just so you don’t think us irresponsible).

Sunset at the Bay

And, now, forward! On to a new year! (And a new, short workweek!)

The Sun Sets on a Long Birthday Weekend

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