Let me ‘splain

No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

  1. We were happy to be invited to our friends’ house for Thanksgiving and had a lovely time with lots (and lots) of food.
  2. This was only the second Thanksgiving I have every spent away from family. It was very difficult to be surrounded by four generations of someone else’s family with no members of my family around. I spent much of my time in the corner with my knitting which was pleasant and relaxing, but also kind of lonely and sad.
  3. Erik had a rare five days off and we thoroughly enjoyed the extended time off. We slept in every day and cuddled as much as our hearts desired. We went to see the last Hunger Games movie and The Good Dinosaur. I was disappointed by both movies. We went to Costco twice and took many walks.
  4. I cooked my very first Turkey on Saturday (just for Erik and I). And this holiday, I made paleo stuffing, paleo cranberry sauce, and gravy – all things I had never made before. They were all surprisingly delicious, if I do say so myself and we had a delicious (if late) turkey dinner on Saturday evening.
  5. Sunday we went to the Kitt Peak National Observatory, which is the only national observatory in the country. image_23400036976_oThere are 30ish telescopes on top of Kitt Peak, which is about an hour and a half outside of Tucson proper on the Tohona O’oodham Reservation.image_22799053463_o We were above 6,000 feet, which gave us great views of the surrounding landscape.
  6. Tucson has a rare dark sky ordinance, which limits the lighting at night in and around the city and makes Southern Arizona a fantastic place to stargaze. We participated in the Nightly Observing Program, which is an approximately 4 hour program that includes a light dinner, time with a large telescope, a star-chart lesson, and binocular views of the night sky. Through the telescope, we got to see Andromeda, Uranus, the Owl cluster, a globular cluster, and a few others. With our binoculars, we saw the Pleiades (this was my favorite, so bright and vibrant), Orion, Hercules, Pegasus, the Summer Triangle, Capricorn, Pisces, and many others. We also got to see a rare view of an Iridium Satellite flare as it passed overhead. It was a rare opportunity to see the reflection of the sun flare off of the solar panels as they spun around the satellite. For a few moments it was the brightest thing in the sky.
  7. It was freezing. Which really isn’t surprising for November 29th, except when you remember that I live in Tucson, AZ and the temperature has regularly been in the high 60s and even low 70s during the day. The temperature just finally started dropping below 50 degrees at night. It was in the mid to low 30s up on the mountaing. I had to put on long johns because my legs were numb. Luckily, the website gave us ample warning of the cold temperatures on the mountain, so we were well covered with hats, scarves, gloves, warm socks, and winter coats. But even with all of that, we were still pretty cold after a couple hours of sitting and standing outside looking at the stars.
  8. I would totally do it all again. But fully reccommend, that if you have the opportunity to go to an observatory, you go in the summer.
  9. I think I was frozen solid by the end of the evening, because even after the hour and a half drive home I was still freezing. Erik was sticking his head out the window, while the heat was blasting and I was covered in his winter coat and wrapped up in all of my winter items. When we climbed into bed I was shivering and my skin was cold even under my thick, snuggly socks, a comforter, and another thick blanket. The cold was so exhausting, I slept like the dead.
  10. There are 24 days until Christmas. Tomorrow I’ll show you the knitting accomplished over the holiday. I hope you all had a fabulous holiday and were surrounded by the people you love and who love you.

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