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September 24, 2021

‘you are not alone,’ gathering, and ‘it’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it’
posted by soe 1:27 am

9-5 Barbies

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. We caught a sneak preview of Dear Evan Hansen this week. While we haven’t seen the stage show, Rudi and I thought the movie was really well done.

2. I manage to organize some of our volleyball team into getting together for drinks before our doubleheader.

3. The Q Street Barbie Pond has a 9 to 5 theme going on. (I’d suggest you click through the above photo so you can zoom in on Flickr.)

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

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September 23, 2021

first unraveling of fall
posted by soe 1:45 am

First Unraveling of Fall

I have one and a half more mosaic charts left to knit and then I return to the wasteland of ribbing and an icord bindoff. It’s possible I’ll finish the shawl in the next month, which would be great, because I’m over knitting it.

Jared Reck’s Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love has had a slower start than I would have hoped, since who doesn’t love the idea of a doughnut and kebab sandwich food truck? I also wanted a little space from the audiobook I started last week, so I decided to pick up a long-neglected listen, Michelle Obama’s Becoming. We just reached the 2004 Democratic National Convention, which is when most of us first became aware of her husband.

Head over to As Kat Knits for the weekly roundup of reads and crafts.

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September 22, 2021

posted by soe 1:09 am

I discovered a pull in my knitting tonight. It was on the wrong side, so conceivably I could have just stretched the fabric a little bit and then woven it under the stitches.

But instead I picked at the stitches with a spare needle, teasing the elongated loop in both directions until all the slack was gone.

It took more than an hour to accomplish, but I’m glad I took the time.

There’s a lesson there to apply to real life, where taking the time to relieve tiny increments of a major stressor eventually lead to the problem being solved. But that takes time and patience, and I really just want to weave in the threads and disguise the things that could take down the entire thing.

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September 21, 2021

top ten tbr reads of fall
posted by soe 1:11 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl is a seasonal favorite of mine: the top ten books I’m looking forward to reading this fall:

  1. Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune
  2. Miss Moriarty, I Presume? by Sherry Thomas
  3. The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks by Mackenzi Lee
  4. Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell (first I have to read Wayward Son, though)
  5. The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
  6. Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  7. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
  8. Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  9. Stuntboy by Jason Reynolds
  10. Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore

How about you? What are you looking forward to reading now that fall is nearly upon us?

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September 20, 2021

final summer weekending
posted by soe 1:48 am

I am pleased to report that very few insurrection-friendly protestors arrived in D.C. this weekend, so mostly we were all able to live our lives as usual.

Yesterday I finished a book, returned things to two libraries, bought some doughnuts, and video-chatted with some friends.

Today I went to the farmers market (but too late for paw paws, chanterelles, baguettes, and milk), started a book I picked up from the library yesterday, and spent a couple hours at the garden (I planted lettuce, dill, and cilantro, as well as some fall seeds; harvested a bunch of things; trimmed lots of tomato plants; watered; and weeded).

In an effort to disentangle my life hours from my work hours, I thought I’d share that we’re planning to head to the movies on Wednesday and I have a volleyball doubleheader on Thursday night. I just need to make some plans for tomorrow, Tuesday, and Friday.

How was your weekend?

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September 19, 2021

doggos, waltzers, and nearly there
posted by soe 1:03 am

Three more beautiful things from my past week, because we’re in a week that demands I find the positives in life:

1. Last week was Doggie Day Swim, or, as Rudi and I call it, Pups in the Pool. Every year, after they close the pool to people, they give dog owners a chance to bring their pooches over to use it. There were about two dozen dogs, most of whom were running around the pool, rather than playing in it, but still.

2. Dancers were out practicing their waltzing at one of the nearby triangle parks one afternoon. I assume it was the social dancing group that meets at the nearby church.

3. The windshield of the car has brown leaves all over it. Fall is nearly here!

How about you? Anything beautiful in your world lately you feel like sharing?

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