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"There's no point in being grownup if you can't be childish sometimes." -the 4th Doctor.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

last, but by no means least. :)

D.W.Q.M.: "The ceremonial gift merely symbolizes friendship. We have no need for symbols, you and I." -K'anpo, from the 3rd Doctor story, Planet of the Spiders

'Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock...I'm talking to Au-n-ntie!' -Boo, today on the phone. :)

It's hard not to love that! :-D
I called my sister today to see how she was doing and it turns out she already got the packages I sent the kids on Monday! Woo! They all loved the books, and Boo especially loved the new clothes (she starts kindergarten next week-I don't believe it!) Al said she got pictures of them with their new books, including Mellon, holding hers up with the 'so big' expression and a huge smile on her face. Oooh! I can't wait to see 'em!!!!

Yesterday they went to the Minnesota State Fair and had a great time-they got a new wagon. (the kids and mom seem very excited about this new wagon) I was going to ask the kiddies if they had tried Norweigan on a stick, but decided against that. ;) My sister's new job is going well, so that's good-she sounds good, too! They had to leave, though-they are going to an open house for Boo-she gets to meet her new teacher!

So yesterday I talked about how my family made me happy-see example above, too. ;) Today, for the last day of the blog challenge-I will talk about the second important thing that makes me happy-my friendS! Friends to hang out with, really close ones become an extension of your family, you laugh together, cry together-stick together through tough times, just like your family.

My oldest friend (who still keeps in touch) is definitly Shan (Al's best friend)-we all grew up together-met before Al and Shan started school. Our mom's hung out together, we hung out together, and now, Al and Shan's kids hang out together. As a matter of fact, Al and the girls were at a birthday party for one of Shan's girls this past weekend. Boy, the stories we could tell...

My fave is definitely Shan and the mints-the three of us were having a slumber party at Shan's-after her mother went to bed, we decided to raid the fridge for the really yummy mints that were stowed away in there. Shan opened the fridge, but instead of getting on her knees, just crouched down (easier position for a quick getaway if her mom decided to come downstairs). Well, she pulled out the mints with two hands and lost her balance-ended up slamming the box against her chest and the mints spilled out everywhere. Shan, with a look of complete shock upon her face, was somewhere between crying worriedly and laughing hysterically when she said, 'Hey, you guys, get in here and help me!' But did we? No, of course not. My sister and I were laughing hysterically ourselves. Ahh, to be young again.

This past summer the three of us went to dinner with our moms and Mellon (she got lucky cause she's just a baby. :) ). We finally told Shan's mom that story, after all these years. Wow, the laughter could be heard for miles. ;)

My friend Angel and I have known each other since junior high-although we suspect we met briefly before that-just haven't figured out when. The first time I was allowed to go trick-or-treating without an adult was with Angel-it was so cool! We wandered around the neighborhood with our costumes (I was a witch, I think Angel was a zombie, or some other creature from the dead), and were so proud of ourselves. Too bad that was one of the last years we went trick-or-treatin! ;)

One weekend I went camping up north (in MN) with her family. It was the first camping trip of the summer (they went up almost every weekend during the summer) When we got to the campsite, her uncle opened the grill and noticed that there was still a wrapped corn on the cob left there from the previous summer. Yikes! Everyone was afraid to touch it...I don't know what happened to it-perhaps it got up and walked off on it's own, now that it was free from the confines of the grill. LOL.
At night Angel and I explored the campground-we were wandering around when all of the sudden, we heard someone behind us. we started to joke and say maybe it was the ghost of the campground, when we heard, 'BOO!' We screamed and started to run, and as we ran we heard her brother's hysterical laughter fading in the background. Oooh, that meanie. ;)

Of course, I can't leave this post without mentioning
Perseph!!! She helped me start my blog. ;) *heehee* Perseph and I were apart of the big Tippit family that was created back when we migrated from north to southside when most of us were starting our second year at CWRU. Perseph was starting her junior year, and she got the kick-a$$ lottery number 15!! I still remember hearing her voice on Karen's answering machine...at the time, I only knew her by sight-she was in my physics (P2) class. Who woulda thought we'd become so close? I found a new sister! :) Similar life experiences brought us closer together, and I don't know what I'd do without her. :) Last year I had the honor of being her maid of honor at her wedding. :)

She was still living in the Dayton area when a friend of mine from high school got married-so she said I could stay with her, and I, in turn-invited her to the wedding as my guest. A year later, I was her guest at
Jaya's wedding. (this was pre-Foofy, of course. LOL) Anyhoo, I was taking the greyhound down to Dayton, and had 2 hour layover in Columbus. Perseph took one look at my schedule and said, 'Don't come all the way to Dayton-we'll come get you in Columbus.' How cool was that? :) Last year she drove us down to Marcon. Any road trip with Perseph at the wheel (or behind the map) is a blast. :)

I feel very fortunate to be blessed with such terrific friends-both old and new! (In person and online too!) ;)

To all my friends: you guys make me happy! :)
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

the home stretch...

D.W.Q.M.: "It takes all sorts to make a galaxy." -the Fourth Doctor

Ah, yes, we are coming to the end of the August blog challenge, so I thought I'd talk a little bit about a couple of things that are really important that make me happy. :)

The first, of course, is my family. :) Of course, now that I want to write about them I have complete writer's block. LOL.

Seriously, though-I have alot of happy memories of my family-weddings, reunions, graduations, picnics, the holidays, Sunday dinners.

How many have played a family reunion volleyball game, with, like, 20 people on each side? (ok, maybe only 15) At one reunion back in 1990, I remember we played guys against girls. One of my second cousins was serving-she served the ball, and her husband, who had casually walked onto the court, just stuck his arm out in mid-stride and the ball bounced off of it with such force we all had to run for cover. Family volleyball games are cool, 'cause even the smallest kiddies get to play. When we had gatherings at my Aunt's in Ham Lake, MN, I remember the volleyball net being 3 times my height, but I was still allowed to play. (I'm sure some would argue that I'm still quite short and the net is still way over my head. ;) )

Then there was the summer my grandma came down to Minneapolis on her birthday. It was one of the few times that I remember my grandmother coming to visit us. I remember we had made alphabet cookies and arranged them on a table so they spelled out 'Happy Birthday, Grandma!' Me, my sister and my cousins Christina, Jane, and Robin all stood in front of the table and as she walked in the door shouted, 'Surprise!!' She was very happy. :) (I think this was right after we had moved into our new house, but I'm not sure...)

Of course family gatherings usually meant Daddy's slideshows!!! My dad would take hundreds of pictures-but the joke was he only developed them into slides-so we rarely got to see them...except at family gatherings-it was like watching a movie of our past. :)

Nowadays it seems harder to keep in touch (even with things like email!) But we still try. My aunt makes it a habit to keep in contact with all the cousins-and my great uncle still sends out family newsletters at Christmas. Although at times, communication seems sparse, my sister still keeps me informed with milestones with my neices and nephew. (hey, the door swings both ways on this one-I'm just as guilty of not calling-but it's so hard to get ahold of her! And vice versa, I'm told. ;) )

And of course-talking to my mom always makes me feel better. :) Yay, Mom!!!

no, I did not forget the second thing-that is for tomorrow. :) (I hope!) ;)
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Friday, August 26, 2005

friendly game of happiness...

D.W.Q.M.: "Well, you see, Mr Scarman, I have the advantage of being slightly ahead of you. Sometimes behind you, but normally ahead of you." -the Fourth Doctor

Three cheers to
Perseph, who won Settler's on taco night!

Yay, taco night! This past taco night we watched the first episode of Farscape that I saw. It brought back a fond memory. My friend Jeff needed a place to stay while visiting, so I offered him my apartment. He accepted, but about a week before he came over, he asked if we could watch this show called Farscape (apparently it was starting it's second season that week) He said, 'you gotta love Farscape.' I said, sure, okay.

Well, the Wenesday before he came, I noticed that USA was going to be airing a two part story from the show. I decided to watch it to see what I had agreed to.

By the end of the first episode, I was like, 'wow, this is pretty frellin' cool.' By the end of the second, I was like, 'I want more! I want more!!!' I could not wait for Friday!


Yup, it's all Jeff's fault-he's the one responsible for getting me hooked on my second-favorite tv show of all time. (the first being Doctor Who of course. ;) ) LOL.

Last night Perseph, Jerm and I had a nice, somewhat unusal friendly (no one got stuck with the robber!) game of Settlers. I am proud to say that I had the same strategy as Jerm for winning the game.

...unfortunately he had both the resources and the turn before I could implement it. LOL

Tonight I have hanging out with my friends and SciFi Friday.

This weekend I have discgolf with the guys and shopping with Perseph to look forward too.

I'm so happy it's Friday!!!
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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

A weekend of happiness...

D.W.Q.M.: "It's so peaceful, like Earth after a thunderstorm." -Tegan Jovanka

Happiness is...the middle of August and the temp's less than 70 degrees.

Bliss.

Ahh, I can let my hair down.

Yesterday it was sunny and cool-and I loved it! So did
Perseph! ;)
Today it was cloudy, and we had some lake-effect rain (much needed rain, I think) but the temp is still cool, and it's not muggy-perfect for a lunch break walk! (Since she's back at KSL, Shar and I are determined to start walking during lunch on a regular basis again!)

Before I forget-I'd like to thank Andy and Adam for showing up for the evening procession the last day of the Feast! Since they arrived after we had lined up, I didn't see them. During the evening procession, since we are playing constantly, the only people I am aware of are those who are right next to me. "Thanks, you two!!" :-D (special thank you to Perseph, too-who let me know they were there) :)

Happiness from Saturday:
Disc golf with Adam, Jerm, Perseph and Foofy! Adam, Jerm and I started out early. I have to admit, I wasn't feeling well when I woke up, but I'm glad I went. As soon as I was up and around, I started to feel better, and the exercise helped. Also, I improved my score! Encouragement from the guys was a big plus, too. :) Later, when we stopped for lunch, Jerm had to leave, but we met up with Perseph and Foofy to play some more. The four of use almost got half way, but we had to stop so Adam could get to work. (Good thing we did, too! Storms were coming in)
After disc golf, Perseph and I went to JoAnn's and raided the clearance isle. Shopping with Perseph is always fun!! Hey, Perseph-ready for this coming weekend? I have an extra JoAnn's coupon! LOL. ;)

Sunday happiness:
Short, easy Italian band gig (San Nicola procession at St. Rocco's-also fondly referred to as the 'pots and pans procession' ;)) Then an afternoon and evening at home doing nothing but relaxing-first time in a couple of weeks! That was nice...ahhhh... I'm feeling much better now. :)
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Monday, August 22, 2005

Monday morning fun

D.W.Q.M.: "There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes." -the Fourth Doctor

*hee*
The Fourth Doctor
You are the Fourth Doctor: A walking Bohemian
conundrum with a brooding personal magnetism
and a first-rate intellect concealed somewhere
beneath your charmingly goofy exterior. You are
perhaps the most terribly clever of all the
Doctors, though your occasional bouts of
childishness get you in trouble. You never go
looking for a fight, but when someone messes
with you... good heavens, are they ever sorry
they did.


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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Today's happiness

D.W.Q.M.: "You know, I am so constantly outwitting the opposition, I tend to forget the delight and satisfaction of the arts... the gentle art of fisticuffs." -the First Doctor

Tuesday Jerm and Adam introduced me to disc golf. Even though my arm was quite sore, and I was so much over par that I lost count, I still had a great time! Adam's been doing this for several years ago, so he is the expert. Jerm just started last week, but he's looking pretty good out there. :) We went to play again this evening, and although I still sucked, I was able to keep track of my score this time around. :) Both Adam and Jerm say they can see that I'm improving, so that made me happy!! :) We play again this Saturday-I hope to improve even more! ;) It's going to be a slow process, but well worth it. :)

Also-we made Adam happy-he's really excited that we like disc golf. He was afraid that he'd take us, and we'd be like, yeah, this is cool,we should do it ahgain sometime', and then never hearing anything about it again. Now he'll have some buddies in town to play with. :-D Yay!
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new dorms...

D.W.Q.M.: Sarah Jane Smith: "Boot cupboard? But it's enormous!"
the Fourth Doctor: "Oh, I've seen bigger boot cupboards."

First, apologies to those who read my blog who got my email on the subject-this entry will pretty much repeat it. Maybe a couple more comments-feel free to voice your opinion on the new dorms!

Case has finished building the new dorms. 7 new dorms-buildings 1-4 for the upper classmen, buildings 5-7 for the second years. Today Shar(also a case alum), Brian, and I took a tour of the new dorms...

OMG. Where to begin?

The common room: A working fireplace. Working fireplace!, big flat plasma screen tv. Comfy chairs, a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, and full oven/stove. The stove is one of those flattop ranges...WOW. My sister was willing to sacrifice an awesome fridge just for one of those stoves...

Starbucks (open 7 days a week-7am to midnight), a convience store... Fancy staircases (as we were walking down, Shar said, 'it's the Griffyndor common room!), airconditioning. Several areas for studying, a workout room!!! And we aren't even to the living suites yet...

This is what one of the suites that we toured had: 4 bedrooms, a walk in hall closet(well, maybe not exactly walk in-but I was able to stand in it!), 2 bathrooms, a huge living area, carpeting, double beds, a kitchenette with a breakfast bar, huge fridge, full stove/oven, a microwave, sink, and a dishwasher. A DISHWASHER!!!! Do you realize how many dishes could have been saved if we had a dishwasher?!?!?!! I still can't get over that! Also a balcony looking over the football field (those are uncommon, actually-we only saw a few) The dorms surround the football field. When Shar walked into the bathroom, she said, 'you know, this bathroom is too small for 4 people-there's gonna be alot of fighting!' I said, 'Well, that's because you haven't seen this!' And I flew open the door to the second bathroom. She was floored!!!

WOW-I would hate to be a freshman living in on Northside this year! I'd be sooo jealous! Shar took lots of pictures-hopefully I'll be able to post some soon.

These dorms are better than my apartment!!
WOW.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Happiness is...

D.W.Q.M.:Barbara: "What's that awful noise?"
the First Doctor: "I beg your pardon... 'Awful noise'? A good way to talk about my singing!"
Barbara: "No, Doctor, not that awful noise -- the other one!"

Surviving the Feast! :)

Yup, I survived, and had a good time! I have to admit, though-I was quite worried. The first night of the Feast, Friday, was extremely hot and muggy-add to that the 3 hours of sleep I got the night before, I was very crabby by the time the evening was done. Since it was very cloudy, we didn't see any meteors, either. :( Although I was bummed,
Perseph knew exactly how to cheer me up-a late night trip to the IHOP for dessert! ;) And, despite the fact that we didn't see anything, it was cool to hang out on the farm with Perseph, Foofy, Jerm and Mike(who came up from Dayton for the Feast) Although, the past three astronomical events that we have tried to see have been spoiled by clouds and haze (comet, planetary alignment, the Perseids) It's going to be harder to convince people to go! ;)

Okay, back to the Feast: the quick breakdown!
The winner of 'traveled the farthest': Gabby! She came up from New Orleans to play. Ben Stern came from DC, Mike from Dayton, and Marty from Athens, OH. It was great to see them all!

Music most played: Finiculi, Finicula and Hey, Compare! I'm going to have those stuck in my head forever. Suprisingly, we didn't play the Tarentella as much as these two. People must be confused. ;)

Total reed fatalities: 4. Ouch! Although I think I may be able to stretch the last one for the San Nicola procession at St. Rocco's this weekend.

Cutest band memeber: Why, Tina's and Jesse's little girl, of course! She came around with us for the neighborhood walks a couple of nights-even had her own maracca! Got some great pictures. The question is still out on wether she'll be a reed or brass player. Tina and I are rooting for the reeds, of course! LOL ;)

Near collisons with a judge: at least 5-possibly more. I really dislike being behind the politicians in a procession. What the heck are they doing in a religious procession, anyway?

Rained out: only for a couple of hours. Friday it rained during one of our breaks between the sitdown concert sets. There was a scramble to get all the instruments and music inside, but it cleared up before the break was over, so we were able to bring everything out again. We did the neighborhood walk from 6-7:30 on Saturday, then it rained from 7:45 to about 9pm. We didn't do a sitdown that night-good thing, too-at 10:25 it started to rain again-all we had to do this time was run inside.

Funniest moment: When Marty played the Italian music cd he had-he got it from the Italian historical society in Little Italy-we played several songs on that cd. One was Violetta-he loved to play the intro for us-because the trumpets sounds so, well, out of whack. They definitely were not together in the beginning of that tune. Mike was quick to defend his section-he said that quite often the trumpets are not given alot of warning when they are supposed to start-so things get crazy. LOL. Marty must have played that intro 20 times. ;) Ahhhhhhh! I can still hear it!!!!!!!

I think the weather improved greatly as the weekend went on-started off hot and muggy, but cooled down-it was actually quite pleasant Sunday night, and the procession on Monday-wow! Low 80s, sunny, but not muggy. Can't beat that! Perseph, Foofy and Jerm all showed up for the evening procession Monday night-that made me happy, too! :) Thanks, guys!

All in all, a great weekend!
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Friday, August 12, 2005

Fingers crossed...

D.W.Q.M.: Cornish: "Control to capsule: do you have visual contact?"
the Third Doctor: "Do you mean 'Can I see it'?"

Keep your fingers crossed for a break in the clouds tonight!!

The Perseids are coming, the Perseids are coming! ;)
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Thursday, August 11, 2005

happiness is making others happy :)

D.W.Q.M.: "Our lives are different from anybody else's. That's the exciting thing. Nobody in the universe can do what we're doing!" -the Second Doctor

Awnings are up, tables are up, trucks are blocking the road, signs, and lights are being draped across buildings, and Mama Santas is closed for the week...

Must be time for the Feast!!

I love the Feast of the Assumption-I'm sure I've said this before, but the Feast is my favorite Italian Band gig. :) And it starts tomorrow!!

We'll be there Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday-starting at 6 (the neighborhood walk), with a sit down concert around 8:30 or so (weather permitting, of course)

For the neighborhood walk, Father Racco gives us a list of Parish members who can't make it down to the Feast. When we go play for them, they are happy for the visit, often moved to tears. I can't really find the words to describe how I feel when we visit each home-the simplest way is to say that I feel happy when I see that our band has brought a little happiness into others' lives. :)

During the Feast we are often approached by older Itlalian Americans who are glad that someone is keeping the traditional music alive (so New York, New York isn't exactly traditional Itlalian music, but they still love to hear it!) I love it when we play the Tarentella and people in the crowd try to dance to it. Little do they know that Pete on the snare always tries to play as fast as he can during the last verse! It's hard to keep up! ;)

I've been doing this for 8 years now. Wow, I can't believe it! I love it when my friends can come down and see me play (since the Feast is near where I work and live, it's the best chance I get to see people I know!) A couple of years ago my boss and a few of my coworkers came to watch the procession. That same evening, Jerm, the Doctor,
Perseph, Foofy, Andy, and Michelle all came down to see me. That was awesome! I'm hoping they'll come down to see me this year, too. :)
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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

laughter=happy

D.W.Q.M.: Barbara: "What's that awful noise?"
the First Doctor: "I beg your pardon... 'Awful noise'? A good way to talk about my singing!"
Barbara: "No, Doctor, not that awful noise -- the other one!"

Ooh, the August blog challenge is really challenging, not because I don't have enough things that makes me happy, but rather, I don't have enough time to post every day! ;) That's ok, though. As
Michael had mentioned in his comments, the way we go about it is up to our own interpretation. :) So, I have another small post. ;)

In my opinion, if you are laughing, you are happy, so I'll post something that I heard on the program,
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue that made me burst into laughter:

The song, 'I've got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts' sung to the tune of 'Girl From Iponema'

Enjoy!!! :-D
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Monday, August 08, 2005

Happiness is Crunchy Granola...

D.W.Q.M.: "If only I could find my recorder, I could play you a little something to pass the time." -the Second Doctor

...Suite. ;)

Several weeks ago we drove past a sign advertizing Neil Diamond's concert at the Gund. Jerm said, 'I'd like to go to that...'

A little over a week ago I won 4 tickets to that very concert.

Last night we went to an awesome concert!

Originally we were going to go with
Perseph and Foofy, but due to last minute injuries (arm and big toe-I'm sorry guys! I hope you're both feeling better) they decided not to go. So I invited the Doctor, who, upon seeing my tickets, had exclaimed, 'holy $h*t! I'd even consider going to that.' and my friend Kim, who wasn't doing anything that night and loves spontaneity.

It was awesome-our seats were pretty high up, but we were next to the stage and could see the band, the backup singers, and most importantly, Neil Diamond. ;) Also from our perspective we were able to get the full impact of the light show over the audience. (Way cool!!) At the beginning of the concert, the stage came up in sections, with different members of the band.

No opening act, no intermission-he came out singing and would walk around the entire stage so that the people sitting behind the stage could see him too. He played really well to the audience. When he sang one of his love songs, a section of the audience began to scream, and the look on his face said, 'well, okay, I'll sing to you guys next!' LOL When he sang one of my favorites, America, instead of having the view of the stage, the screens displayed images of immigrants coming to America, with red, white, and blue lights flashing across the audience. He sang all of my favorite songs, a couple I didn't recognize, and a couple that the Doctor suspects are from his new album.

Not as wild as the Duran Duran concert that Perseph went to a couple of weeks ago (Well, consider the age of most of the audience. Jerm kept looking around for people younger than him. Little kiddies didn't count though. LOL ;) ) but still lots of fun.

From Crunchy Granola Suite to Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show, good times were had by all. :)
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Friday, August 05, 2005

It makes me smile :)

Well, originally I was going to have a nice long post about what makes me happy-related to my August Night Sky post.

...unfortunately my lunch hour is just about up, so I'll save that for tomorrow. :)

Instead I'll just post two little things that made me smile:

Yesterday I was out sick (no, that did not make me happy-my ear was killing me!) Anyhoo,
Perseph gave me a call to see how I was doing, and mentioned that Karen noticed I wasn't in and hoped that I felt better too. That certainly brightened my day and made me feel a whole lot better! :) Thanks, guys!

The second happened this morning. I was riding the bus with my coworker Barb and we got off at the library and saw Ron, another coworker who rides the bus with us, walking towards us. So Barb calls out, 'I see somebody got the early bus today!'

Ron, with a semi-serious/mock-horrified look, replies, 'You mean it isn't time to go home yet?!?!'

LOL-that totally made my day.
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August Night Sky

D.W.Q.M.: Duke Juliano: "There's this man in Florence- claims that by arranging ground glasses in a certain order, it's possible to see the moon and stars as large as your hand."
Marco:"Is that a good thing?" (from the Fourth Doctor story, The Masque of Mandragora)

Woo-hoo! August! What a great month for backyard astronomy! :)

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Sky and Telescope

Planets ...vs. the moon. ;)
August 7th: Crescent moon close to Venus at dusk. Neptune comes to opposition.

August 9th: Crescent moon close to Jupiter at dusk.

August 24th: Moon near Mars after 11pm (EDT)

August 25th: For the next week, Mercury is below Saturn near the eastern horizon about 75 minutes before sunrise. Don't forget your binoculars!

August 31st: Moon near Saturn in twilight this morning. Uranus reaches opposition tonight.
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Meteors!
August 11th-12th: Perseids peak tonight! The best known, most reliable shower (dubbed 'old faithful' by many astronomers) peaks just after midnight on the 12th. The cool thing about this shower is that it remains pretty active just before and just after the peak. In fact, you might be able to catch as stray Perseid as early as tonight! Also, the moon sets before midnight, so the sky will be nice and dark (now if only it will remain clear as well!) If you have to get up early Friday morning, don't worry, there should be good viewing Friday night/early Saturday, too. :) :) (perhaps I can convince my friends right after the Feast????) ;) There's a really cool online article, just
click here. :)

Other cool stuff
August 19th: Full Moon.

August 28th: from 10:30pm - 1am for the next 10 days is the best time to see the Milky Way this summer! :)

This Day in Astronomy
August 17th, 1877: Asaph Hall discovers Phobos and Deimos, the 2 moons of Mars.

August 24th, 1989: Voyager 2 flies by Neptune.

Clear skies and happy viewing!
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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Blog challenge

D.W.Q.M.: "Oh, my giddy aunt!" -the Second Doctor

My second entry for
August blog challenge. :)

I actually have two today. One-my sister found a job! Yay! :) She had been looking for a while, but it was hard finding something part time for the hours she could work. But now she has one, so we're all happy! :)

Of course, this always makes me happy:

Mellon: 'I've got to get away from these weirdos!' LOL ;)

My sister took this while we were stopping for gas, right after they had picked me up this past June. Whether it's just them saying, 'I miss you! I love you!' over the phone, sending me an email through Grandma's account, a hand written note, even just the pictures my sister sends me through her cell phone-they always makes me happy!

Whenever my sister sends me a new picture, I have a habit of printing it out and running around and showing it to everybody. One of my coworkers, Mary, once commented, 'I thought I heard a squeal of delight!' As I was showing her a new picture. Everyone remembers when Boo was born; the baby blanket that I had to finish before Mellon was born; everyone has seen at least one drawing that T has made for me, and I'm pretty sure everyones heard at least once, probably twice about the time we picked up Kyle from a friends house (the same day the picked up me) and how he saw me and yelled, 'Auntie Ella! It's my auntie!' and ran up and gave me this great big, sweaty bear hug. (hey, it was the summer and he had been playing all day!) ;)


Yah, they make me happy. :)
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Monday, August 01, 2005

Be happy!

D.W.Q.M.:The Third Doctor: "Your paper on DNA synthesis was quite remarkable for your age."
Prof. Jones: "A promising youngster, huh?"
Third Doctor: "No, no; I mean for the age that you live in."

I thought that I would start
Micheal's August challenge by posting something that made me smile over the weekend. :)

I was in the children's section of Half-Priced Books looking for something for Mellon and Boo when I heard this tiny voice say, ''scuse me.' I looked down and saw this little boy who was politely waiting for me to move so he could put a book back onto the shelf. His mother, who was keeping track of at least 3 kids, had just turned around to look at him as he said it, looked up at me and said, 'Oh, my gosh! He said it unprompted!!' Then, with an embarrassed laugh said, 'I'm sorry, it's just that he's only 2! I'm so proud of him!' I smiled and told her it was ok, and that she should be proud. As I was walking away, my friend Kim came up to me and said, 'ahhh, I should have known this is where you'd disappear to!' I laughed and told her about the little boy. He was so cute!


Everyone have a great day!
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