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October 22, 2010

Ah, yes. <tink, tink, tink>  That’s the sound of website construction.  See, kids?  Renovation always takes twice as long and costs four times as much.  Whether it’s online or in your kitchen.  (As it turned out, photoshopping some badass graphics takes a leetle more time than your very own Mastress of Nothing Related to Graphic Design had originally anticipated.)

But – good news!  We’re going to start blogging even before the nifty graphics get sorted out and the cool functionalities we’re planning on installing are ready to go.  Yay for regularly-posted scathingly-hot information, dazzling resources, captivating stories, and hilarious hijinks!

Today I have GREAT news.  After an unacceptably-long period of inactivity, I’m calling my very favorite childhood treat out from the bull pen, and it’s one you’ll love as much today as I did back then.  Stargazing.  More specifically?  The magical art of sitting in a lawn chair and trying to distinguish airplanes from flaming hunks of cosmic debris, known as meteors.

“Ah yes!,” you might think to yourself.  “I remember how magical those are!  I wonder when the next meteor shower is??”  And then boom.  I’m right here with that information.

While the last one was last night – hence the amazing photograph my husband took below of nothing even closely-related to meteor showers, the next one is just around the corner on November 17th and 18th.  That meteor shower will appear to be radiating out of the constellation “Leo.”  (All you July/August birthdays know what’s up.)

And we’re pros at this!  Well, we’re getting there.  Last night Dan and I drove out to the middle of nowhere (alright, fine – suburbia), parked ourselves on the park bench, and with total childlike awe in our eyes observed…deer.  Lots of ’em.  We followed them around and took photos and just had a blast.

Alright, so here are my…

Top 10 Tips for Observing the Nov. 17/18 Meteor Shower:

1.  Don’t start until midnight.  That’s when you can actually start to see stuff.

2.  If you want to see a shower, don’t pass on the November one.  The Leonids shower is pretty darn good, producing an average of 40 meteors per hour at its peak.

3.  This isn’t like prime time T.V. where you need to be seated with popcorn popped by 8pm or you’ll miss something juicy – so don’t freak out if you show up at 11:30pm or 12:15am to your field of choice.  This is a cosmic event.  There isn’t an advertiser-sanctioned start time.  The shower usually peaks on November 17 & 18, but you may see some meteors from November 13 – 20.

4.  Bring a blanket to cuddle in.

5.  Bring a blanket for whomever in YOUR family is known for stealing your blanket to cuddle in.

6.  Bring another blanket for under your butt.  This move will make you famous among your friends for decades.  It’s just that smart.

7.  Sitting on the hood of your car rocks when you’re stargazing on a crisp autumn night.  It’s all warm and wonderful.

8.  Just in case you’re kinda prissy about things like sitting on your hood (or if your driver may be), bring a lawn chair.

9.  Be patient.  It takes a minute for your eyes to adjust when you’re looking up, and even then, you’re witnessing a totally unpredictable event.  Just keep your head craned up and if you want to mess with your friends, be the first person to claim to HAVE SEEN ONE!  (This gets old after the first round.)

10. Ignore the really cute and incredibly agile Bambi-like creatures!  Take it from us, staying focused is hard, but worth it.

So, as it turns out, you have to have a bit of adult-like focus to watch meteor showers.  A certain level of determination that, it would appear, Dan and I lack.  But we’re undaunted and heading back out next month.

You should totally join us.

❤ kate

Deer! Look kinda into the middle ground for white fluffy tails.


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