May 15th, 2003


and everything under the sun is in tune; but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.

Actually, the moon will be eclipsed by the earth tonight for most of my US friends :)

Taken from Sky & Telescope:
Total eclipse of the Moon tonight, visible throughout the Americas (except Alaska). The eclipse is also visible from western Europe and western and southern Africa before dawn Friday morning.

The first faint shading should become detectable on one side of the full Moon around 9:30 p.m. EDT, while the Moon is in the penumbra (outer fringe) of the Earth's shadow. Partial eclipse begins at 10:03 p.m. EDT, when the edge of the Moon enters the umbra, the dark central part of Earth's shadow. Total eclipse (when the Moon is completely in the umbra) runs from 11:14 p.m. to 12:06 a.m. EDT. During this time the Moon will probably glow an eerie, deep orange-red. Partial eclipse ends at 1:17 a.m. EDT. The last penumbral shading is gone around 1:50 a.m. EDT.

Convert these times to your own time zone. In western North America, the eclipse will already be under way when the Moon rises around the time of sunset. For more on this beautiful eclipse, see our article in the May Sky & Telescope, page 104, or online.

I shall seek out my telescope after work, for I simply must see this :)
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    printer, printer, burning bright, in the office day and night
rubbah and horns

In the past 24 hours

Maxman had an ingrown claw. It was huge and scary, and looked like a large white disk sticking out of his paw! Michele picked up a specialized cutting instrument and we operated last night. The patient was very brave, and is recovering nicely. I'm hoping the rest of that claw sheds soon. But since there is nobody available to feed him this weekend, our departure time to NJ may be pushed to early Saturday morning so we can keep an eye on it another night, and so that he isn't left too long without human contact.

I made one of my favouritest bachelorette one-pot meals, Taco Pie. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I can't believe we ate the whole thing.

Had an interesting phone conversation with Charlie on the great MIT music conspiracy, and how it relates to other planets, and to our own.

After that, Michele and I went out for drinks last night to say farewell to our dear friend Ruthie, who is returning home to Montana. Ruthie had called me earlier that evening:

Ruth: Hey, Ldy, it's Ruthie
Ldy: Hey Ruthie!
Ruth: I'm leaving tomorrow, and I thought it would be nice to get together tonight for a few drinks.
Ldy: I can't believe you're leaving already!
Ruth: Yeah, well time flies. I just got back from surgery. Did I tell you I was having surgery today?
Ldy: You had what?
Ruth: Surgery. Remember my scowl?
Ldy: Your what?
Ruth: My scowl. The lines on my forehead. Well, they're gone now.
Ldy: They're what?
Ruth: Gone. They guy got rid of them. And I think he took out a muscle so I don't do it anymore.
Ldy: Oh, wow.
Ruth: Yeah. I look like Frankenstein. So we're going out for drinks. You game?

I hate the phone, and rarely use it. But those times I do actually talk on it, things are usually very... interesting.

So, we went out for drinks, and this guy tried to pick me up. Fawned over me, even. It was funny for the following reasons:
  • He was 22 years old, and acted like he was 15

  • He thought I was 26, and revealing my true age just made him more excited

"You're like a really sexy older woman... like a sexy teacher and stuff!" *fawnfawnfawn* "And you play pool! Have I told you you're the prettiest girl I've ever seen in this place? Like, ever? Like, any age? Like, wow. You're really pretty. And you play pool! Wow. You've got beautiful eyes. Do you wanna play pool?"

"Fast Eddie" Jeff was his name, I believe. Turn-ons were skateboarding, Led Zep, billiards and (evidently) older women. Turn-offs were... well, I'm not sure he had any.

Skaterboy was kept at arm's length, and old ldy's ego was nicely inflated :)

And yesterday, somebody posted the lewdest, raunchiest, most demeaning piece of text-based smut I've ever read, and I am appalled because I can't stop reading it *squirm*.

Tonight's plans:
  • get an oil change (or change it myself)

  • do laundry

  • make homemade pizza

  • rehearse 3.1 & 4.1

  • watch at least a few minutes of the eclipse (if the sky is clear)

  • pack for Jersey

  • sweep the bedroom

  • paypal a certain photographer some buckaronies

  • gently examine my pussy*

  • get to bed at a decent hour

I'm tired today. I didn't drink much last night (I rarely do), but I really do need to catch up on my sleep. *yawn*

Back to workies!

* If you think I'm talking about anything besides my cat, shame on you. If that didn't even occur to you until I said that, well, shame on me.
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    Here's to me, Mrs. Robinson - he was a skaterboy, she said seeya later, boy

And hand in hand on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon

Rehearsal: done *sigh*

Laundry: almost done *woo*

Pizza: perfectly done *urp* (it was good, but got et before I could take photos!)

Pussy: lookin' gooood, baybeee!

I'll drop the car off tomorrow at the shop to have the oil changed. It may be a couple more bucks, but it's two blocks from work, and it's damned convenient. Maybe they can fix the edging that's coming off the front, too.

M won't be going with me to Jersey. Bad news, because she's great company, but good news in that she can keep an eye on Maxman.

I should be packing. But I'm going to attempt to find my telescope, instead :)

Life's too short not to take a moment or three to contemplate how amazing it is that our planet, our moon and our sun are so well aligned, and just the perfect sizes and distances apart that our earth's shadow is as big as the moon and passes over it nearly perfectly.

I mean, seriously. Whoever designed this universe of ours had a great eye for detail, and a wonderful sense of irony. At least, I think so. (It sure would explain a lot!)

I'm gonna go appreciate that for just a little bit :)

The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!"

Glad I stepp'd out before seeking the 'scope--
clouds obscure any glimpse of the moon.
I'll pop out my head ere heading to bed
Damn, it's late! Guess I'll have to look soon!

My ass is all about female endings, don'tcha know.
And this female ends here. G'night, moon, wherever you are :)
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    The icon looks like a sun, but it's really a moon from an eclipse a couple years ago :)