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August 13, 2021

appreciated, to the rescue, and kind words
posted by soe 1:19 am

D.C. Rainbow

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Work gave us Friday off as a staff appreciation day. I’m going to appreciate starting my long weekend by sleeping in tomorrow.

2. I participated in a gift exchange last month, but my Santa fell through. It happens sometimes, and I try not to take it personally. But the swap organizer emailed today to say I shouldn’t despair; she and some other participants were taking over as elves.

3. One of our summer interns wrapped up her time with us this week. Her last act was to send me an email telling me how much she’d learned and enjoyed her internship and how much my hands-on approach to mentoring had been something she’d really appreciated.

Dupont Rainbow

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

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August 12, 2021

unraveling to come
posted by soe 1:39 am

Unraveling to Come

If you look closely at my knitting, you will see that the rows on the left, tucked under my book, do not match the earlier ribbing section on the right. That’s because I didn’t do it correctly, so the ripping out of a couple rows is imminent. I just need to grab a small needle to facilitate picking the stitches back up. That’s what happens when you get cocky and don’t look at your pattern quite closely enough.

I told Rudi when we got to the beach on Monday that if I didn’t finish Gods of Jade and Shadow while we were there, we’d need to come back at least once more. It has been my beach book this summer, and I don’t want to start reading it not at the beach. While I’m nearly halfway done and enjoying it, the action hasn’t gotten so intense that I feel bad leaving Casiopea and the God of Death on their own in between trips.

Head over to As Kat Knits to see what others are crafting and reading.

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August 11, 2021

top ten secondary characters who need their own book
posted by soe 1:22 am

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, That Artsy Reader Girl asks us to share which secondary characters need their own books. Although this is a favorite topic of mine, this was harder than I thought it would be:

  1. Gigi, the Brown sisters’ grandmother in the Talia Hibbert series
  2. Eshna Raje, the oldest cousin in Sonali Dev’s Austen-inspired series (since I have confirmation from the author there will only be four books in the series, rather than the six I’d hoped for, I’m now hoping Eshna’s story gets a happy ending in the final book (although I expect the main character to be the youngest Raje sibling).
  3. Isola Pribby from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  4. Luigi Lemoncello of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
  5. Georgie and Clem of The Greenglass House
  6. Rosa Ramona Díaz’s mother (when she was a girl) from A Properly Unhaunted Place
  7. Angelica from With the Fire on High
  8. June Claremont-Diaz from Red, White, and Royal Blue
  9. Garrison Griswold from Book Scavenger
  10. Berta Lundgren from The Discreet Retrieval Agency books

How about you? Are there favorite secondary or tertiary characters you’d like to have tell their own stories?

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August 10, 2021

beach trip in the books
posted by soe 1:31 am

Post Thunderstorm Wake Boarders

I’m going to postpone Top Ten Tuesday until tomorrow, share this photo of the wake boarders on the mostly deserted post-thunderstorm beach, and head to bed. It’s been a long day.

See you tomorrow!

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August 9, 2021

another japanese feast
posted by soe 1:50 am

Veggie Sushi

We paired the closing ceremony of the Olympic games to another Japanese feast. We got to try another restaurant, because the one near us is closed on Sunday. Umi also makes very good veggie sushi. I opted for tempura sweet potato, mushroom with cream cheese, and inari avocado rolls.


For dessert, I again picked up some mochi.


But I also picked up some dango, because it featured in the Google doodle Olympic game. It was very tasty, but I would definitely not want to eat it outside on a windy day!

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August 8, 2021

posted by soe 1:44 am

I don’t know about you, but I’ve watched a lot of Olympic coverage over the past two weeks. And I’ve enjoyed lots of it, particularly the volleyball, both beach and indoor, and basketball.

And I found lots of it compelling. I mean who doesn’t love watching a swimmer win his country’s fifth gold medal ever? Or watching a gymnast cheer her teammates to their own victories? Or a woman emerge victorious after her shoe sponsor dropped her because she’d had a baby and was never going to be fast again?

But I’ve also missed watching movies and tv shows, and I’m ready for those to return. Maybe next time they could make the Olympics be just one week, or better, yet, space the two weeks out better.

No? I suppose I can live with it as is.

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