Monday, December 20, 2010

Winter Solstice

Tomorrow is the first day of winter, which means it is the winter Solstice, or the shortest day of the year.

Time and date dot com says this about it-

The December solstice will occur at 23:38 (or 11.38pm) Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on December 21, 2010. It is also known as the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere and the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere due to the seasonal differences. Its date varies from December 20 to December 23 depending on the year in the Gregorian calendar.

I don’t think one should waver when it comes to the Gregorians. Just sayin’

That being said, it’s snowing today. Again. Fortunately, I now have Cody to help me shovel. Which we will have to do in an hour or so.


Is it so different than the last blizzard pictures? No. Not really. Although, this is supposed to be a little heavier snow. Yippee. (Insert sarcasm font here).

Between yesterday and today we have had a bit of a breakdown in systems. First of all, our big TV broke. The color no longer converges correctly. Magic Focus gets stuck on Blue, and we cannot manually align the colors. It does add a lovely jaundiced pallor to the characters on TV. But can get somewhat irritating after a quarter or two of football. So we went online and looked around and found that 1) the TV never had a very good customer rating and 2) average life span is about 5 years. 5 years? Really? Because all of my other TV’s last forever. I probably have one in the storeroom that still has dial channel changing on it.

Oh well, I give up. So off to Best Buy with Cody today, after a massage at the gym. One should always have a massage before spending money on a new TV. Luckily, it’s Dave’s birthday in 3 weeks so Happy Birthday honey. The broken TV was also a birthday present, 7 years ago. I can’t keep this up.

Here’s what we got-it was on sale. I was going to go with a little cheaper model, but, well, Cody was with me and the rest is history.

9595066 Front Large

  • Insignia™ - 42" Class / 1080p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV

Oh, and by the way, we got the 4 year warranty, just so you won’t worry

After this, we went shopping a little more but it was starting to snow. So we hurried home after going to Pine Needles Quilt Shop. For some reason, Cody said there was nothing to look at there, and it bugged him that there were no price tags on the sewing machines. Ha. You don’t want to know, honey.

Arriving home, we found that the pilot light was out on the heater, and  the wiring on the kitchen TV cable box was broken. Man. I am almost afraid to be using the computer.

And speaking of which, sometimes certain people complain when there is not a new blog posting in what they consider a timely manner. (You know who you are…..) Maybe this will offer some explanation.


Sometimes I just can’t fight it. It’s like the help I got when wrapping presents.


Yes he is lying in the box I was going to use. And that crappy brown blanket hanging over the door is Dave’s way of keeping drafts out. Ghetto, eh?

Jack was also busy over by the quilting area-


The Chaos theory.


Here he pretends to ignore the mess he made and study his bag.

Jack seems to be getting quite a bit of press in the blog lately. Probably because, as we’ve seen, he insinuates himself into everything, unlike my little Yeltsie, who very politely sits on her cat square and lets bygones be bygones.


Besides all this, last week at work I heard a little buzz from the next cubical over, and look what I saw-


Mary was sewing. Sewing! Yep, that’s what we do at work. Actually, her machine broke, so she was trying to use the machine Laura brought in. It gave me just a little chuckle.

Oh, and speaking of Laura, we like to play some games on Facebook. She has always beaten me at Bejeweled, and now we have found a new game Zuma. I’ll just show you the leader boards so you can see what I am talking about.

DSC00309 DSC00308

Oh, wait. Is that me at the top of the leader board on both games this week? Well, I’d never intentionally post something like that. Dave asked me if Laura and I had a little bit of a competition going, and I said that Laura and I would never compete over something as freaking important as this so trivial. Seriously. I don’t know where he gets these ideas.

So, off to shovel. The weather guy on the radio said that this isn’t going to be another “snomageddon” like the last one. But it looks like it is going to be enough. Again.

Hey-Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a Good Night.

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