Archive - August 2017

Friday 5 on Saturday: Five of Whatever

Happy, um, Saturday. I don’t know where yesterday went, other than after work WM and I went to Iron Hill Brewery for a lovely dinner. I had one beer (one!) and came home and snored on the sofa while we ran reruns of New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Can we TRY to hold onto summer for a week longer? Thanks.

We had an equally delightful outing today, along with some weeding and grocery shopping and here I am. On the sofa again, snorfling with my dogs.

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Time for the Friday 5. Today’s theme is Five of Whatever. Let’s get to it!

1. How tidy are your kitchen cabinets?
Pretty darn tidy. The really nice thing about our kitchen is that there is enough cabinet space for just about everything. The oversink cabinet could probably use a shelf inside so things aren’t crammed together. And I don’t line my shelves with shelf liner/contact paper. I’m not sure if it has an actual use or is a remnant in my mind of my childhood when everyone lined their shelves.

2. What’s an art project you did in school that you remember fondly?
I am NOT an artist. But we did one project in school (4th or 5th grade) where we cut out rectangles of construction paper and folded the edges in to make tabs. Then we created a cityscape by pasting the rectangles side by side onto another larger piece of paper and adding details. I added windows, trash cans, posters, etc and my version was so good I got to demo it on Project Night. It was kind of a big deal. I tried Googling the project just now and found that kids now are doing MUCH BETTER things with construction paper.

3. What’s the best thing you ate on your most recent trip?
We bought sticky buns from the Amish Market, but if I think back to Seattle, we had a fantastic barbecue on July 4th. I don’t have a Fall Business Trip this year (sigh) but I do have something different coming up in October. More on that … in October.

4. What’s the dumbest non-political thing you’ve seen lately?

CAN YOU BELIEVE TRU– (rereads question) — hm. This is tough. It’s all political. Let’s go with the public rehashing of grief over Diana Spencer’s death 20 years ago. Other than her two contracted births, she was such an inconsequential person. The Kourtney Kardashian of the Royal Family. Yes, she did charity work, but what else could she do, really, to kill time in between galas and partying? Yes, she was a great mom, but with nannies and the boys off to boarding school at the ripe old age of 8, she really didn’t have to try hard at that. She was the People’s Princess as much as certain leaders of certain countries are TOTALLY for the Working Man, but that’s political and I’m going to stop.

5. What’s something in your home that’s lasted longer than you expected?
I’m afraid to name anything lest it dies, but our washer/dryer are pretty darn old, and they’re still kicking.

Seattle 2017

Our fifth anniversary was in July and we spent it sitting on a crosscountry flight on our way back from our second trip to Seattle. Not the best way to spend the day, but a great trip to mark the occasion on a whole.

We have friends out there who we’ve known for a long time through our World of Warcraft guild. We went last year, but the happy memories were quickly obliterated by Max’s death (over one year later I still miss you so much my tiny direwolf…) and a broken HVAC. Read More

Total Eclipse of the Heart

In case you’ve been living under a rock, there was a total solar eclipse in North America yesterday. And while I wasn’t passionate enough to get myself into the path of totality, I wasn’t about to miss out on the 80% that I was going to see.

This weekend I used a mineral-based subtance to build a piece of astronomical observation equipment.

(I made an eclipse viewer.)

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!


The eclipse started at 1:21 pm and ended at 4:01pm. I made sure my laptop was charged up and then moved my “home office” to my backyard lawn chair. The eclipse viewer was pretty effective.

The “pac-man” phase of the eclipse. That’s a scientific term.


But then my next-door neighbor popped her head over the fence with an extra pair of eclipse glasses, and it made a big difference. (I love my neighbors.) They were kid size but who cares?

I’m a knob.


I put the glasses over my iPhone camera and got this lovely shot.

Totality, here in South Jersey. God, this picture is so 2017.


And then this goofball hopped up and demanded attention.

Look at how freaking huge this puppy is. And he’s only 7 months old.


Here are my eclipse observations:

  • As a connoisseur of sunshine, I could definitely tell something was up with the quality/quantity of light as we approached totality.
  • It was cloudy, but that was okay. I think if I were outside in full sun from 1:20-4:01 I would have melted. Plus, it made it easier to look up without the glasses on, if I were stupid enough to have done that.
  • I thought I was prepared for the birds to stop chirping mid-day, but I really wasn’t. That was pretty darn eerie.
  • The sun and moon appeared perfectly round. I find comfort in perceived perfection these days.
  • Our trees weren’t in good position to take the neat crescent-shaped shadows that I saw in others’ pictures.

    A++ would eclipse again. Bring on 2024!

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