"There's no point in being grownup if you can't be childish sometimes." -the 4th Doctor.
My name is Romanadvoratrelundar, but the Doctor says it's too long, so you can just call me Romana.
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Friday, October 31, 2003
"The sky looks red...."
D.W.Q.M.: "Eurkea!" -the Third Doctor
Persephone, Northern lights take 2 was a success!!! Yay!!!
I went outside tonight (thursday) around 7pm EDT to wait for Persephone, Heather, and Jon (the four of us were going to dinner). I step outside my apartment, and notice that just above the roof, the sky was looking redder than usual-not 'the-sun-is-setting" red or 'hey-there's-a-fire!' red, but red as in 'northern lights' red. I couldn't believe it, since we've been disappointed the past couple of nights. So quickly ran around my building so I could get a better look, and lo and behold, I was seeing the aurora borealis!!! The northern lights! Here in Cleveland!!! I was soo excited-I gave Jerm a call 'cause a promised him I would (i hope he was able to see it from his apartment-there are an awful lot of trees in the direction of the display i saw) When Persephone, Heather, and Jon arrived, I began waving my arms around and pointing up at the sky-they were all like, 'what's with her?' I'm sure. ;) I said, 'look! it's the northern lights! Aurora borealis!!' Because of the light pollution, it looked like a rather small display, but it was still there! We only saw one major color-red-but it was soo cool!!! :) (ok, so I may get a little over excited about stuff like this-I can't help it!) :) ;)
According to NOAA, Region 486 is still the most active and continues to maintain a strong potential for further major flares, with region 488 also looking rather promising. I guess, compared to his buddies, region 484 is rather quiet. Probably feels a little daunted by the other two. ;) Seriously though, Europe has the best chance for a show from the latest flare (on Oct. 30th), but North America could be favored too. The geomagnetic storm accompanying the flares is ratede G5-the most powerful rating for a storm. Note to readers: believing Daily Show's geomagnetic storm forecast can be harmful to your intelligence-but pretty damn funny. ;)
BTW, just in case you are wondering, the aurora has been seen as far south as California, New Mexico, Texas, and Florida. Woo!
Oh, and since technically it is the 31st, I'd like to wish all my readers A Happy Halloween!!!
posted by Romana1 on 1:29 AM |
Thursday, October 30, 2003
Space weather forecast
D.W.Q.M.: "Oh, by the way, talking of eggs, I want a four-hour scan below the hydrogen line tomorrow; I'll give you the precise wavelength later." -One of the astronomers in "Terror of the Autons"
I'm sure some of you will hate me, but I have to say it, I just have to say it: "Stupid warm front!!!"
There, that's better. The warm front that came through last night also brought clouds and a few sprinkles-not good if you're trying to catch a glimpse of the northern lights!!
According to NOAA there is going to be plenty of solar activity over the next few days. The active regions(there are currently three active regions-486, 488, and 484) of the sun are likely to produce more major flare activity (although probably not as big as the X17 on Tuesday). Yesterday region 486 (same region as the X17) produced another flare-X10. 486 has been the most active, with 488 looking promising also. 484 flares have been C and M class. I'm hoping it will remain clear tonight, even though I haven't heard any aurora reports around Ohio for today(in part because I can't seem to get into the site where I found yesterday's sighting info). Also, last I checked, there wasn't any info/predictions about the results from X10 flare yet. Still, it never hurts to look! :)
I wish I could offer some advice as where to look (besides in a northernly direction ;) )-like I said before, the last time I saw the northern lights was when I was a little girl in Minneapolis. NOAA has a site for aurora viewing tips, http://www.sec.noaa.gov/Aurora/ although that might not be very helpful unless you are familiar with the Kp index and your magnetic latitude. (btw, I think Cleveland's magnetic latitude is around 41-for comparision, Minneapolis is 55.1) It's never 'cut and dry', but that's what makes it fun! (or in some cases...frustrating!) :)
On another note, I finally finished my virtual front porch page!! Just in time for Halloween! Feel free to check it out: http://romana.dreamingheart.net/porch.html
I hope you enjoy the pictures!
posted by Romana1 on 12:14 PM |
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
this is an update on the Aurora Borealis, as well as a test to see if I can get my blog to republish correctly! ;)
Around 4am EDT, there was a reported sighting of the Aurora Borealis in Watersville, OH (near Toledo)!!!! Chances are good that we might actually see something, provided the weather holds up. (of course, as with most astronomical events of this type, we might see something, we might not. Here's hoping for the best!)
posted by Romana1 on 2:01 PM |
Aurora Borealis, Shining Down in Dallas....
...Can you picture that? ;)
D.W.Q.M.: "One day we'll know all the mysteries of the skies, and we'll stop our wanderings." -Susan Foreman
Ah, the Sun is at it again. Last week we witnessed a solar storm that many hoped would trigger the aurorae (northern and southern lights). Well, I don't know about you, but it was too cloudy here in Cleveland to see anything. Sounds like there wasn't much to see, anyway.
Never you fear, Aurorae lovers! We have another chance-and a much, much bigger one at that. First, a little astronomy lesson (I love this stuff!!!) Solar flares are classified as C (weak), M (moderate), and X(strong) with a corresponding number-the higher the number, the bigger the flare. Last week's solar flare was classifed between X1 and X5, according to SOHO (the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. The one that was emitted yesterday was classified as X17!!! That's the third largest one ever recorded!!! Now, this doesn't necessarily mean that there will be aurorae, but if the earth's magnetic fields are oriented in the right position when the solar winds hit, it could lead to a pretty awesome display!
According to Sky and Telescope the sun is going to be pretty active over the next few days in terms of sunspots, solar flares, and possibly more aurora displays!! :) If you are a sun watcher, you must be in heaven right now. ;)
Unfortunately, solar storms such as these may cause a disruption in communications and the power grid. Guess we'll find out if all the new safeguards that have been developed actually work... ;)
I haven't seen the northern lights since I was a little girl. It is so amazing-like colorful clouds that glide silently across the night sky. Sort of eerie, and definitely breathtaking. If you've never seen them before, I sincerely hope that you will have the opportunity to this week!!! :) :)
Quick note: i'm not sure what is up with my comments-Persephone mentioned that she tried to post twice, but ended up with a 'page cannot be displayed' error message-when I went to leave a test post, I found that both of Persephone's attempts were there, even though it says I don't have any comments. Weird. I'm looking into either getting that fixed, or changing my host for the comments... Feel free to continue attempts for leaving comments though-I really appreciate them! :)
posted by Romana1 on 12:45 AM |
Monday, October 27, 2003
Here's to friends, near and far! :)
D.W.Q.M.: "I know it's irrational, but human beings are quite my favorite species." -the Fourth Doctor
Before I begin, I'd like to say 'Hi!' to Carol from New Zealand! I came across her blog after I had updated my own-the name 'Aragorn' caught my eye (LOTR, need I say more? ;) ) Carol is originally from the U.K. and is currently taking a career break(from the police), working(with horses and other animals) and living in NZ. I've been reading her blog since August, and finally decided to drop her a line-she was delighted to have another state-side reader. :)
This weekend P^2 and I took a trip down to visit Sasha and her family before they move to VA this weekend. Before we headed down, Persephone and I canvased Coventry Village in search for the perfect going-away gift. Since Sasha loves gargoyles, we decided to try High Tide and Rock Bottom first. We walk in, and we see this skeleton dressed in a black cloak and red glasses with a basket of DumDums in his lap talking to a man. At first I thought it was just one of those displays that are motion-sensored, until I realized that the Skeleton (or Mr. Bones, as he likes to be called) was actually holding a conversation with this man. Then all of the sudden he says, 'and look at these to ladies here-this one is a Packers and Vikings fan' (i had on 'my two fave teams are the packers and whoever plays the vikings' tshirt) so I decided to have a little fun and say, 'that's not what it says!' he replies with, 'look at my eyes, do you think I can read with these eyes?' Then he said, 'here, take a sucker for your family' to the both of us. Persephone was a little wary (well, wouldn't you be?) but obliged. When we left the store, she said that he has sort of a Woody Allen type voice, which made him creepy. I couldn't figure out where the guy who was controlling him was. We think he might have been right at the door. We ended up going back in for the card, but Persephone didn't want to go because Mr. Bones was still there-I decided to tease her and said I would hold her hand, but she whipped around and said, 'No! That will just give him fodder!!' ;) *heehee* We managed to get the card without incident-seems that Mr. Bones was taking a nap when we went back in. ;)
We made it to Sasha's and had a great time!! You guys are so much fun! I'm just sorry you are leaving, just as we are getting to know you. :( But at least we did get the chance to know you! Lluc's new job sounds pretty awesome, so it's all good...and it just means that we are all going to have to plan some road trips. :) Snugglebug is so adorable-she reminds me so much of my neice, Boo (formally known as L'il A-but my method of nicknames got a little confusing, so I'm redoing them all) Anyhoo, she was so cute in her little witches costume-she even let me try on her hat. ;) Next time we get together we'll have to play Phase 10-so you can break in your cards! I also had fun 'crashing' the Halloween party, 'cause we got to see Kerowyn, Clio and Arrina, too. :)
Sunday I helped P^2 paint their ceiling (and boy are my arms and neck sore today!) Their livingroom looks so much brighter now, too. We also finally carved our pumpkins, so hopefully I will be able to post a picture of them soon. Yah, I know-I promised to have that done this weekend. Oops. ;) They'll be up before Halloween, I swear!!! LOL. Later we had a rousing game of Phase 10 with Persephone's brother and Jerm. I have got to learn to keep a straight face whenever Jerm teases me-he won't get bored as long as I keep reacting. LOL-you stinker, Jerm!! ;) Note to self: Blue Kool-Aid can be just as painful through the nose as Coca-Cola. ;) syzygy!!
posted by Romana1 on 1:42 PM |
Thursday, October 23, 2003
D.W.Q.M.: "I often think dimensional transcendentalism is preposterous, but it works." -the Fourth Doctor
I'm sorry I haven't written anything lately-I've been too lazy at home and during my lunch hour to write! My Halloween decos are finally up, and I even have a new building for my Spooky Town village! woo-hoo! It turns out that my sister is starting a Halloween village-she's collecting Spooky Town houses, too. I didn't know where she was getting them, but when I talked to her, she started describing a building that I had in my collection! Ah, yes, she is truly my sister. :-D We're both really excited, and it'll be really cool to see how she sets hers up! (hmmm...better tell her to take a picture) There's a section in the Spooky Town home page where people send in pics of their set ups-boy, they can be really fancy!! Maybe I should look into getting accesorries (like people, trees, pumpkins, etc) rather than houses, to make my display more interesting.... ;)
I called my sister while I was on break yesterday so that I could get her new address so I could send my nephew a birthday card. She answers the phone and says, 'Wait just a sec' then calls out at the top of her lungs, 'Hey! Guess what!! Auntie Ella is on the phone!' Then I hear the delighted (and very loud!) squeal from my niece (who will be 4 in January), 'YAY! I LOVE YOU AUNTIE ELLA!!!' She was so loud that my coworker sitting next to me could hear her! She totally made my morning. :-D I can't wait to see her at Christmas!!!
Time for a webpage update: It's coming along, but coming along slowly. I was hoping to at least have my 'virtual front porch' page up, but I still need to get some pics for it. Since I don't have a front porch of my own to decorate for the holidays/ seasons, I decided to create a virtual one. ;) I'm also having a little trouble formatting the text on what will be my new index page. The good news is I figured out how to make a table for my trading cards that I would like to trade!!! :) Part of the reason why this is so slow going (besides working on it after midnight, when the html code starts to spin on the page and make me dizzy.. ;) ) is I am being extremely stubborn and not asking for help, because I would like to try to figure it out for myself....so far anyway. LOL To my html friends-don't be suprised if I ask you for help soon...but then again, don't be suprised if I don't! *heehee*
Ah, my lunch hour is up. Tonight I'm hoping to carve pumpkins with Persephone and roast the seeds! Mmmm...pumpkin seeds... ;) Ah, I love this time of year!!!
posted by Romana1 on 12:17 PM |
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
coming soon to a library near you...
D.W.Q.M.: The Fourth Doctor: "Should we try using our intelligence?
Leela: "Well, if you think that's a good idea."
Breakfast cereal of the day: Captain Smack Puffs- 'the heroin that smokes like a joint' Brought to you by Paul. :)
Interesting gadget of the week: A coffin that, with the press of 2 buttons, explodes into a jet ski-MacGyver style, of course. :)
Most Exciting Sports moment of the weekend: the Fourth Inning of the 2nd Boston Red Sox/New York Yankees playoff game. Cleared the benches! 'nuff said.
Goal for the Week: To finish putting up all of my Halloween decorations!
Well, I'm over halfway there-99% of my lights, 95% of the halloween garland and 100% of the wall and window decos are up. I just have to arrange a few Halloween figures around, and find a place for my lighted Halloween village, and then I'm all set. I love lights-just ask anybody who has been to my apartment. ;)
Things are pretty slow here at the library- for me, at least until the Approval plan really starts to kick in. In the meantime, I'm trying to find other things to do, since I don't have many books to catalog.
Well, they found something for me to do-I am doing 'form to books'. Our collection managers receive forms every week from our vendor with titles that our coming out that might match their profiles. They give me the forms they want, and I go online and 'activate' them. I guess it's low-level ordering-I'm telling them to go ahead and send them through the Approval plan. I've done alot the past couple of weeks-hopefully soon we'll actually start receiving some of them!!
Here are some interesting, cheery (yeah, right) titles that I've come across:
"The Daemon of Theory: Literature and Common Sense" (oooh, exciting)
"Essential Guide to Werewolf Literature" (just what i needed-a guide to books that'll scare the crap out of me-oh, wait, i like books like that! ;) )
"Bloodscripts: Writing the Violent Subject" (eh, won't even go there)
"The Vulgar Tounge: Medieval and Postmedieval Vernacularity" (this actually sounds interesting)
Well, there is no guarentee when these books will actually arrive, but the library wants 'em! :) Actually, I love this aspect of my job-I get to see what comes in before anybody else! :-D
posted by Romana1 on 12:22 PM |
Friday, October 10, 2003
time for fun!
D.W.Q.M.: "There's no point in being grownup if you can't be childish sometimes." -the Fourth Doctor
My inner child is ten years old!
The adult world is pretty irrelevant to me. Whether
I'm off on my bicycle (or pony) exploring, lost
in a good book, or giggling with my best
friend, I live in a world apart, one full of
adventure and wonder and other stuff adults
How Old is Your Inner Child?
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We could all use a little break to discover our inner child. :)
posted by Romana1 on 3:04 PM |
Wednesday, October 08, 2003
D.W.Q.M.: "I've reversed the polarity of the neutron flow." -the Third Doctor
THANK YOU, PAUL!!! He fixed my modem problem!! I'm online at home again! Well, at least for now, until the next problem. LOL, look at me, I'm sounding like, as Col. O'Neill put it, 'Mr. Glass-is-half-empty.' ;) Nah, it'll be alright, if the same problem should arrise, Paul showed me what to do. When Arthur asked what he did, Paul said he did the software equivalent of 'taking the screw out and putting it back in.' For those unfamiliar with the story behind that statement, when Paul's vcr was acting up, Jer looked at the vcr, took out one screw, then put it back in, and it worked!!! :)
Now, if only we could solve the mystery of the disappearance of my Network Neighborhood icon from my desktop.... :-D
This is Romanadvoratrelundar checking in from home! Yay!
posted by Romana1 on 11:53 PM |
Tuesday, October 07, 2003
D.W.Q.M.: "I see, Captain Yates. So the Doctor was frozen stiff at the barrow, then revived by a freak heatwave. Benton was beaten up by invisible forces, and the local white witch claims she's seen the devil. Apart from that, it's been a quiet night?" -the Brigadier
No, I didn't forget the 'r'. I really wanted to use the word 'Boing!' in the title...for the lack of a better one.
Before I begin, is there anyone out there who knows a thing or two about modems? My new modem started acting up-it wouldn't talk to the computer or something. I tried to reinstall, got it to work once, and then my computer crashed, and I haven't be able to make it work since. We've pulled it out, plugged it back in, the main trouble is every time I try to delete the current drivers(so I can reinstall them), I get an error message saying there's an application that trying to use the drivers. I have no idea what it could be, since it won't connect to the internet. *sigh* This puts a damper on plans to do anything besides basic blogger entry, at least for now, anyway... Any ideas as to what application might be trying to use the drivers? Has anyone had this problem before?
Baseball season is officially over for me-oh, I'll probably watch the World Series, but my team is out. :( I got home Sunday afternoon just in time to see the Twins loose to the Yankees at the Metrodome. 6 runs in one inning...ouch. or was it 4? I dunno, it's all sort of a blurr for me now....at least the Packers won Sunday afternoon!!! :) Anyho, so now I think a Sox vs. Cubs series might be pretty cool-something different from the usual (yah, I know, I'm only saying that because my team is out-and I'm not ashamed to admit that!! LOL. ) ;) Ok, so the Twins haven't been in that many playoffs, but they won the World Series in 1987 and 1991...hmm...I guess that was a while ago...I need to stop making myself sound so old!!!!!
It's the second week of October and I don't even have my Halloween decos up-if you've seen my apartment the past few years, you'll know that I am totally slacking here. ;)
Things to do this week:
-feed fishies :) not a problem :)
-figure out what is wrong with modem (blah)
-take down spring time/summer-patriotic lights and finish packing up spring/summer knicknacks and candle holders
-dig out Halloween decos-goal is to have most of them up by Sunday...*heehee* we'll see.
-work on scarf!!!
I'm sure I've left out some other stuff, but no need to bore you all with those! :)
posted by Romana1 on 12:10 PM |
Friday, October 03, 2003
A.J.'s Country Kitchen
D.W.Q.M.: "Chap with wings there...Five rounds rapid!!" -the Brigadier, issuing the most ludicrous order in military history. ;)
Forget the IHOP, I wanna go to A.J.'s Country Kitchen in Anola, Manitoba!
Ah, the playoffs-gotta love baseball, gotta love statistics, gotta love so called sports analyzers/commentators with their predictions and their so-called knowledge.
The Twins suprised everyone(well, I suspect mostly Yankee fans and sports analyzers) Tuesday afternoon when they beat the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, 3-1. It was almost a shut-out, but they let a Yankee run sneak by in the bottom of the ninth. So Thursday night, it was Yankee this, Yankee that. What will the Yankees do if the Twins beat them tonight?!? Might be the end for Joe Torre, are they still the fabulous team they once were? blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, etc, etc. Enough!!!! PLAY BALL, PLEASE!!!!!!!!! (to be fair, I also dislike it when they talk about the team i'm rootin' for-I wanna watch the game, gosh darn it!!!! NOT listen to sports commentators give their opinions all the time.) The exception to this general rule is Madden-I love listening to him during Monday night football!!! ;)
Thursday's game was quite painful for me to watch-the Twins were loosing 1-0 and I found it intersting that they kept showing the hand signals the Twins catcher was giving the pitcher, but they never showed the Yankee signals...hhmmm....interesting. To top it off, during the top of the 5th, which was about 9:30 pm, I noticed that my VCR was not recording CSI like it was supposed to!!! Arrrggg!!!! So I started recording halfway through the episode, realizing that the week before I must have programmed a one-time only, rather than a weekly. Well, things began to look up 5 minutes later when Torii Hunter hit a homer, making it 1-1!!! The Twins had hope! ...or so I thought...the 7th inning was a very painful inning to watch-they Yankees scored big on some Twins errors. The Yankees had their fair share of errors, but the Twins weren't able to score on them, as the Yankees did. Final score, 4-1, Yanks. :( Now they are tied. The good news for me is that they are now heading for the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome!!! Yay home field advantage!!!!!! One of my hightlights for the game was when Jacques Jones hit the ball right up to the pitchers mound-he started running towards first, the pitcher got in front of him, the Jones stoped, raised his arms as to say, 'what do you think you're doing?' then tried to run around, but relented, was tagged out, then jogged back to the Minnesota dugout with this huge grin on his face, while Yankee fans booed him. It was hysterical!!!
So, our lovely Fox Sports commentators, T-Mac and Half-a-Buck (aka Tim McCarter(?) and Joe Buck) had what they called, 'You didn't ask, BUT,' tidbits about the Twins, here are a few of my faves:
Koskie's hometown is Anola, Manitoba, and his favorite hometown resturant is A.J.'s Country Kitchen. They had the number on the screen and told people to call them. When they themselves called, the number was always busy! Well, duh! You just told a good portion of the country to call them!!!!! LOL.
LeCroy's nickname is Big Country, and he's not much of a swearer(sic)-likes to use 'foot' instead of...well, I think you know the word. ;)
Jacques Jones's nickname is Double J.
There is about a 115 million dollar difference between the Yankees payroll and the Twins payroll. Dang, that's alot-what could you do with all that dough?!? I have a few ideas.... ;)
They also showed some team stats-how many times each team has one their division, the American League, and the World series. Of course, the Yankees had bigger numbers, but they've been around since 1901!!!! Twins have only been around since 1961. Since I have been a Twins fan since I was a little girl, I really hope they win this round of the playoffs!!!! GOOOOOO TWINS!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D Yay, Underdogs!
Yes, I am totally slacking with my tvjunkie files-I have to decide what I'm going to do about CSI (the season premiere was a two-parter, of which, I only have half of the second part-at least it's the second half, so we're only missing 30 minutes out of a 2hour story. I hope Persephone sees it the same way!! ;) ) A JAG review is also coming soon-hahahaha, I said JAG review Nevermind. ;)
posted by Romana1 on 10:33 PM |
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