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February 12, 2022

birthday extravaganza weekend planning
posted by soe 1:08 am

My birthday weekend has arrived. I’ve done no formal planning, short of taking Monday off from work. But here’s how I think I’ll spend at least some of the time:

My friend Neal and I are going to do something outside on Saturday. It’s still supposed to be ridiculously warm for February and he’s even more cautious about COVID than I am. So maybe we’ll explore Kingman Island or something like that.

I’ve got some books to read (I started four the other day in an effort to figure out which one would stick first) and some more to pick up at the library.

And I really want to do some baking. Some cookies or brownies or a cake… Since weather is expected tomorrow night, that’s probably a good time to make some comfort food.

On Sunday, it’ll start with the farmers market.

I’m thinking I might head over to Planet Word in the afternoon to see if I can score a day pass. It opened during the pandemic, and I have yet to add museums back into my repertoire. But it’s one devoted to language and that seems an appropriate gift to myself.

I’m going to plan on watching Around the World in Eighty Days and All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece on Sunday, plus some Olympics and a movie or two to stream (I caught Legally Blonde tonight) in the meantime. I might even pull the knitting out of the bag and work on it.

Monday, maybe Rudi and I will just head to the movies for the day. There are several things playing, and I’d like to think daytime movies aren’t too crowded. The zoo and the museums aren’t open on Mondays, so it’s either that or go for a drive. There will be pizza for supper and a stop for ice cream at some point, since you should never turn down free ice cream on your birthday.

What’s on your weekend agenda?

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February 11, 2022

reconnecting, bolstered, and zzz’s
posted by soe 1:57 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. A long, chatty phone call with my BFF. We hadn’t spoken since Thanksgiving, and it felt like we had tons to catch up on.

2. My volleyball team brainstorms solutions for a problem I’m having as we sit at the bar after our game. Some ideas are perfectly reasonable, and I’ll definitely use them. Others have unintended lewd connotations (wrong word choices, mostly), and while we decided those should end up on the cutting room floor, they provide a genuine laugh track during a week where the humor has otherwise been grim. Either way, I come away feeling more certain of myself because people I care about believe in me.

3. A nap under the duvet surrounded by books while Rudi’s on a conference call.

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

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February 10, 2022

s’more(s), please!
posted by soe 1:28 am

Indoor Smores

One of the things my parents gave us for Christmas was a smores maker that you can plug in. It’s a kitschy gift, but precisely the sort of thing that I adore. We didn’t get a chance to test it out during January, because while eating gooey chocolate and marshmallow sandwiches may make you feel better about a loved one’s demise, it’s tough to pack the cooker in your carry on.

Tonight, though, we were both home, neither of us had meetings or activities, and we’d had a healthy diet otherwise for the day, which meant overindulging for dessert was not only allowed, but encouraged.

Indoor Smores

In addition to the maker, my parents also outfitted us with our first few rounds of ingredients, including jumbo marshmallows. This makes eating a little more challenging as you’ve got to worry about leakage on all sides of your dessert, but also means you’re pretty content with two.

Thanks, Mum and Dad!

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February 9, 2022

reading for black history month
posted by soe 1:12 am

I thought I’d share some of the books I’m hoping to read during February as part of Black History Month:

  • Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon
  • Moth by Amber McBride
  • Black Boy Joy, edited by Kwame Mbalia
  • Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  • So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo

What are you reading this month?

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February 8, 2022

top ten romances on my library holds list
posted by soe 1:44 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic at That Artsy Reader Girl is a write-your-own topic related to love in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Romance has become a favorite genre during the pandemic, because I desperately need to cling to the certainty of a happy ending. Here are the top ten romances on my library holds lists:

  1. A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske
  2. The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer
  3. A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore
  4. Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
  5. Serendipity, edited by Marissa Meyer
  6. The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune
  7. Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis J. Hall
  8. Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell
  9. Not Here to Be Liked by Michelle Quach
  10. Digging Up Love by Chandra Blumberg

How about you? Got any romance recommendations for by holds list?

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February 7, 2022

first february weekending
posted by soe 1:02 am

Ice on the Canal

I didn’t get to everything I’d hoped to this weekend, but I did enough.

Most importantly, I spent time with friends every day.

I got outside into the sun both yesterday and today. Yesterday it was for a walk to Georgetown and today it was a bike ride over to NoMa to eat cupcakes with Sarah. I also spent time at the garden, putting my plot to bed. Much like with myself, I’m doing this far too closely to when I’ll need to wake it up (peas go in next month!), but better than not putting it to bed at all.

I went to the library, the grocery store, the hardware store, and a couple shops where I didn’t buy anything.

I got rid of the compost and picked up some produce and bread products at the farmers market.

I ate actual real food and not just cereal straight out of the box (that was Thursday night).

I didn’t do much cleaning or laundry, but I did deal with all the flood-related materials, and there’s now a gigantic bag of clean, dry towels just waiting for the next time we get two straight days of rain. And I’ve got a load of clothing ready to go into the wash tomorrow, when fewer of my neighbors will be queueing up for the machine.

While I spent a lot of time reading, I will not finish my book, Beth & Amy, before bed, much to my dismay.

Along with the book and the laundry, there are some other things that will trickle into this week, and that’s as it should be. I mean, I’ll need cookies to eat in the middle of the week, too.

How was your weekend?

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