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the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
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Long Weekend
I spontaneously drove to Chicago on friday. It's been way too long since I visited, and I decided that if I waited until I planned it I'd never go.

So I went. I'm glad I did! The kiddies are changing so much, especially Tilly.

I saw a shooting star driving home this evening. (I mean *I* was driving, not the star.) It was brighter than I thought shooting stars could be, flaming through the sky then stopping halfway down in sparks. I actually checked the news when I got home, it seemed so unusual, but didn't see anything.

Then I stayed up late finishing my first homework assignment. The code questions were interesting, but I forgot what a research paper would involve. I worked on it this week, but not enough I guess. This will take some getting used to, this school thing.

Also, I lost 2 hours today, due to time change plus travel. Crazy! Must sleep now...
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ellison From: ellison Date: March 12th, 2007 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Omg wasn't she just born?? How old is she now? What a cutie!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 18th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
15 months! Her first birthday was just after christmas.
ellison From: ellison Date: March 18th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)
That's so cool! My niece will be 18 months next week, and I get to see her tomorrow!
johnridley From: johnridley Date: March 12th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Unplanned trips are the best.

Just as a matter of random info, shooting stars that explode are called bolides. They can be dazzlingly, even blindingly bright. Normal meteors are sand-grain sized. The one you saw may have been fist sized.

A few years back, I was on meteor watch with an astronomy group. We spent all night lying on lawn chairs wrapped in blankets, talking and sipping hot drinks. I didn't see anything terribly interesting, the usual about 20 meteors an hour, normal brightness. Finally about 3AM I decided to pack up and go home. As I was bending over picking up my stuff, suddenly I thought someone had fired a camera flash. Then everyone yelled WHOA! AWESOME! WOOHOOHOO!!!

I just said "goddammit." I did look up and see a little bit of sparkly trail. One bolide that lights up the sky AND the ground all night, and it couldn't happen 5 seconds sooner.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 18th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Cool, now I have a name for it. It really was amazing to see!
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: March 12th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
sounds like it was a neat trip...

I wonder if what you saw was actually falling space junk? I read an article on space junk a while back in National Geographic... turns out there is a ton of the stuff floating about up there!
johnridley From: johnridley Date: March 12th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's possible. Space junk, being metallic, usually persists for a long time and leaves trails. Also it falls fairly slowly since it's falling from earth orbit rather than solar orbit. A trained observer could probably tell the difference, but I wouldn't hazard a guess on second-hand data.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: March 12th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tilly's getting so big!

most of the time i don't mind that they're far away, but right now i really wish my family lived close enough that i could hop in the car and see them in a weekend. you're a lucky girl (:
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 18th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
That is true, thanks for the reminder. (:
From: writerwench Date: March 12th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwww she looks gorgeous! And that's what- about 18 months-2 years old? Very lovable age as well.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 18th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
She's 15 months, although to me she looks almost like a little girl in that picture, not a baby. She's a very sweet baby, very good natured.
juliebata From: juliebata Date: March 13th, 2007 07:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I saw a very brief snippet on the news tonight, it looked like the meteor was captured by the dashboard camera of a cop car. I didn't hear the whole thing, but they said "meteor over Michigan". Must have been the same thing you saw. It looked spectacular!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 18th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh how cool! Yep, it really was spectacular. I've always heard about shooting stars, and imagined them star-sized. This was much bigger, much brighter. I felt lucky to see it.
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