Wednesday, February 20, 2008

In which I tell you what's really important.

I'll be the first to admit that it would have blown right by me, if my husband hadn't mentioned it.

I mean, between the headlines about Obama grabbing Wisconsin and Lindsay Lohan's godawful so-called "homage" to the famous Bert Stern/Marilyn Monroe last session photographs and the government finally admitting that the economy is kind of tanking--who realized that there was a total lunar eclipse tonight?

Well, there was. And it was so cool.

I wanted to watch it from the comfort of my house, but the glass in our windows is so old and wavy that I was missing the details, so I went outside to watch--wrapped up in a fur coat because "it's COOOLD out there!"*

When the moon was in the earth's shadow, it had a weird, burnt-umber glow. You could still see the craters, though. And then watching the light get blotted out, and then reappear. What could be better? I can't believe I was thisclose to missing it.

* Note the completely-off-the-subject Groundhog Day quotation. This is as close as I got to being funny tonight. "Hey", as they used to say in the eighteenth century, "even Homer nods."


  1. We caught it. Homeschoolers get nuts about that sort of thing. My knitting group didn't care, though.

  2. And to think I bitched about going out to pick up Middle - it was perfect timing. Then we made K get out of bed.

    Nice label.

  3. I remembered, but we had 100% cloud cover ovah heah. Dammit.

  4. For whatever reason, the moon looked brown here and not even a cool burnt umber either.

  5. I thought it had a reddish tint to it, too. Must have been the Chicago view -


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