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Monday, August 14, 2006

The Feast 2006

D.W.Q.M.: the Second Doctor: "If only I could find my recorder, I could play you a little something to pass the time."
the Brigadier: "We should be thankful for small mercies."

Ahh, here we are, half way through the Feast of the Assumption. Two days behind us, two days ahead.

It's been a rough week-(not even Feast related). But hopefully things will start to calm down soon.

The Feast has been fun, though-the weather has been great-not too warm in the evenings. Tonight there is a 50 percent chance that we may be rained out, so we'll see. Hopefully the weather will be nice when we do the procession tomorrow morning.

The first night we were at the home of one of the shut-ins, playing some music for her, when, right in the middle of Tik Tok Polka a lady in the house next door slammed her window shut. Half the band nearly lost it while playing. LOL. Oh, well-at least the woman who we were playing for enjoyed the music. ;)

Suprisingly, after two nights of the Feast, I have Sousa marches stuck in my head, instead of things like Roxie's and the Tarentella. Wonder what's with the high concentration of Sousa this year...? At least we got to play Libiamo, Libiamo both nights-that's one of my favorites from the black book!

Reed count: 2 (one chipped, one completely flat)
Lower Lip condition: Little sore, but no blood. ;)

Hey, special thanks to my friends who stopped by last night to say 'hi!' You guys rock! :)

If we don't get rained out tonight, we'll be wandering the streets of Little Italy between 6-7:30 pm tonight. Sit down concert will be around 8:30, in front of the school.

Tomorrow the procession starts sometime after 11am. Tomorrow night, we'll be roaming the streets for a little while (usual time), but since it's the last night of the Feast, there won't be a sit down concert. We will be playing in the evening procession, which starts around 9-9:30, maybe? Oh! And there'll be fireworks tomorrow night at the close of the Feast. :)
posted by Romana1 on 1:01 PM | *

Friday, August 11, 2006

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 Madragora)

I've decided that if I don't get to the night sky posts until the middle of the month, I'll still write about events that happened in the past.

Today's astronomy post is brought to you by Sky and Telescope.

Sky Events
August 2nd: Jupiter reaches quadrature (90 degrees east of the Sun)
August 7th-10th: Mercury is 2 degrees below Venus near the eastern horizon at the first hint of dawn twilight.
August 9th: Full Moon
August 10th: Neptune in opposition.
August 11th-12th: This morning and tomorrow, Venus forms a nearly straight line with Castor and Pollux.
August 12th: Perseids peak, but the moon interferes (see below).
August 16th: From now until the end of the month-10:30pm-1:00am is the best time to see the Milky Way.
August 21st: Low in the bright predawn sky, Saturn is 1 degree to the upper right of Mercury (you'll probably need binoculars).
August 27th: Saturn is just above and to the right of Venus
August 29th: The Moon is below Jupiter in the evening sky.

August Meteors
The peak nights for the Perseids this year are August 11th-12th and 12th-13th. Unfortunately, the moon will be in it's waning gibbous phase, just around the best time to see the meteors (11pm (or 12am) till first light). However, the moonlight will only fade faint meteors, so if it's quality instead of quantity that you're after, go right ahead! (I know I'll still be trying.) The Perseids will appear anywhere in the sky, so just arrange to watch the sky in a direction where the moonlight won't be directly in your eyes.

This Day in Astronomy
August 17th, 1877: Asaph Hall discovered Phobos and Deimos, 2 moons of Mars.
August 24th, 1989: Voyager 2 flies by Neptune.

Just because...an interesting fact.
August is considered the Meteor Month-not only because it is the month of the Perseids, but there are several minor showers that occur throughout the month as well.

Clear skies and happy viewing!!
posted by Romana1 on 12:56 PM | *

Thursday, August 10, 2006

August Blog Challenge #5

D.W.Q.M.: "Eureka!" -the Third Doctor

Apparently, the same thing made me and
Michael happy today.

It's finally official!!! Both the
BBC and the SciFi Channel have confirmed that series 2 of Doctor Who will air on the SciFi Channel starting at the end of September! YAY!

New Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactica on the same night?! I'm in scifi heaven.
Perseph and Foofy-better make room on the couch! I'm comin' over!!!!

(oh, and the Twins won again last night! They won the series against the Tigers! Woo-Hoo!)

*Romana does the happy dance all the way home.*
posted by Romana1 on 2:45 PM | *

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

August Blog Challenge #4

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

Things that make me happy: Good sports days-
Twins: 4
Tigers: 2

Yeah, baby!!

The Twins are currently in Detroit-playing the best team in the league. I have to admit-the Tigers are kicking some major butt this year. So at the start of this series, all I asked was that the Twins don't get swept-let them win just one game and I'll be happy. Last night I got my wish! It's so hard being a Twins fan here in Cleveland-the only time I get to see them play is if they are playing the Indians or the White Sox (thanks to WGN.) So last night I spent the evening surfing through all the channels that show scores-and when I saw the Twins score, I couldn't help it, I shouted "YEAH!" and jumped off the couch. ;) So I got my wish, and I'm quite happy.

Of course, if they win again tonight-that'll be hunky-dory, too. :) :)

posted by Romana1 on 11:00 AM | *

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

August Blog Challenge #3

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

Oooh! Two days in a row!

No matter how hard I try to change (well, I don't really try that hard)-I will ALWAYS be a kid at heart. ;) Today Sharon and I were reminscing about Sesame Street, and I found this-my favorite Sesame Street sketch/song EVER!


Ahh, that never grows old! I still get a silly grin after watching it. ;)
I had a vinyl LP of Sesame Street with this song on it-it was my first record-and I just love this song!

Of course, on the record, it ends with Harry telling Cookie that he does know about up and down. And Cookie replies, "Well, of course I do!" So Harry asked why he was looking up in the sky for his cookie, and Cookie says, "Because I dropped it and then a birdie came and grabbed it!" (or something along those lines.)

I remember seeing it on tv while I was in college-I was flipping through the channels, stopped at Sesame Street-saw the song and I was so excited I screamed. Just as I did that, my friend Jeff walked into my dorm room-he took one look at me, one look at the screen, then did a complete 180 and bolted out! LOL.

Here's to the kid in all of us: YAY!
posted by Romana1 on 12:50 PM | *

Monday, August 07, 2006

August Blog Challenge #2

D.W.Q.M.: "How about a trip in the TARDIS? I'm just off." -the Fourth Doctor

Hmm...well, it looks like this is going to be a weekly entry, rather than a daily-or maybe every other day... :)

Happiness is...
Road trips!

Perseph, Jerm and I went to Orville to visit Smuckers, and explore the area. Smuckers was fun-I love the big Doughboy they have in the middle of the store. Krismutt came too-and I hope I have time to update his page soon(I haven't updated it in ages!). The ladies and Smuckers loved him-I was taking a picture of him writing on a chalkboard table, when they came up and said, 'Oh, how cute! I wish my dog behaved that well.' LOL. We also got some cute shots of him hanging around town. :)

Of course, when you're in Amish country, you have to stop for some cheese-I bought some yummy smoked Gouda, and some Norwegian Jalsberg-YUM! :-D We also stopped in a store called World Crafts-they had some really cool stuff. All of the items in the store were made from members of different villages around the world, and the proceeds from the store went to help out the communities they came from. Perseph found some really cute angels from the Phillipines, I fell in love with a small elephant from Bangladesh and a small jewlery box from India, and Jerm found a musical instrument that he tried out in the store, and liked it so much he bought it. (although I don't remember where it was from). We also visited a hardware store that seemed to have just about everything. My mom loves cookie cutters, and I found some really cute ones for her.

It was a fun day-it's good to take a day off every once in a while-I came home tired, but happy. :)
posted by Romana1 on 11:55 AM | *

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

August Blog Challenge #1

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

Last year, I participated in the August Blog challenge-where everyday (or most days) I'd write about something that makes me happy.
Michael has challenged us to do it again this year, so I'm certainly going to try. (btw, this is Michael's 3rd year for the challenge)

What made me happy today? Unexpected kindness from a cashier.
Sometimes there are just days when you get the cashier who is tired, grumpy, and had a bad day. They toss your stuff around like they don't care, and have a serious attitude problem. I always try to be nice to the cashiers, but if you're rude to me and I didn't do anything to deserve it, well then...

So, anyway-
Perseph and I had to run to "the evil" Walmart today, and we both managed to forget a bag at the counter. We discovered our error several feet from the door-I turned around to go back from them, and there was our cashier, running after us saying we forgot our bags. First of all, there was a long line behind us. Second, it's freakin' hot outside!!! We thanked her profusely and she went back to her counter. If I ever see a cashier in my line go running after a customer who has forgotten their stuff, I'm never going to get mad-it's happened to us!

Speaking of cashiers, there is a new cashier at the Walgreens I shop at. She's really nice-will say hello, ask us if we want our stuff double bagged (for heavier items), ask if we want our cold items bagged separately. Then she'll tell us to have a nice day. The first time I had her, I told her to have a good evening, and she seemed a little surprised-and started to say, 'you're welcome' but quickly recovered and said, 'Thank you-you're so nice!' She always seems to have a nice and pleasant attitude. The other day when I was picking up my drops for my ears from the pharmacy, she was running around, but stopped long enough to say 'hi! how's your day?'

Of course, I can't end this post without saying that my sister is a great cashier too! :)
posted by Romana1 on 10:06 PM | *

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