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June 21, 2024


overlap, combine forces, and i love these people
posted by soe 1:29 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. It is a fantastic week for local produce with spring and summer overlapping. In addition to lots of veg, I bring home strawberries, sweet and tart cherries, blueberries, and peaches.

2. I suggest to my friend Aroush and his wife Taneesha that their Saturday team and mine merge for the next season so we have enough folks who regularly make the game. They agree, so we’re looking forward to many fun games in July and August.

3. For only the third time, we’re able to pull off pick-up with the team, this time mostly the women. We play three 4×4 sets, splitting pretty evenly. Then seven of us head out for food and a couple hours of storytelling and laughter.

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

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June 18, 2024


top ten books on my summer ’24 tbr list
posted by soe 2:05 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl is a seasonal favorite — the top ten books on my summer TBR list:

  1. Rainbow Rowell’s Slow Dance
  2. A Letter to the Luminous Deep by Sylvia Cathrall
  3. Nicola Yoon’s One of Our Kind
  4. Apprentice to the Villain by Hannah Nicole Maehrer
  5. How to Read a Book by Monica Wood
  6. The Summer Pact by Emily Giffin
  7. Kate Quinn’s The Briar Club
  8. A Gentleman and a Thief by Dean Jobb
  9. We Shall Be Monsters by Tara Sim
  10. A Fellowship of Bakers & Magic by J. Penner

What books are you hoping to read this summer?

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June 14, 2024


dq, questions, and gardening
posted by soe 2:14 pm

Apparently I’m having a very hard time keeping up with which day is Thursday…

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Rudi and I stop at Dairy Queen for soft-serve cones on our way home from a long weekend. Mine is covered in rainbow sprinkles, his dipped in chocolate.

2. Most of the team heads out for a post-game supper after back-to-back rainout weeks. We discuss astronomical phenomena and what of it does or doesn’t matter to us individually.

3. By pulling up some bolted lettuce in the garden, I can see I have two poblano peppers that will be ready for picking early next week. A shishito should be ready the following week, and our first tomato (a black krim maybe by the end of the month).

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

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June 7, 2024


the dumpster battle, little ballers, and catch up
posted by soe 10:12 am

Three beautiful things from my last week:

1. My fellow volunteer volleyball coach, Aroush, and I took our significant others to watch the new Haikyu! anime movie Saturday morning. It was delightful, with a particularly amazing shot sequence toward the very end of the movie and with a focus on Nekoma setter Kenma, whom we all love.

2. The moms of two of our youngest volleyball kids share their appreciation. One of their kids wrote a story about volleyball for her kindergarten class. The other one told me how much she’s appreciated how supportive we are of the kids. Her daughter came in afraid of the ball and, very last thing before the end of the spring session, got a modified serve over the net.

3. Anna meets me for drinks. We spend several hours catching up, since she hasn’t been to volleyball lately. We have plans to get together again (outside of team stuff) at the end of the month, too.

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

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