Sunday, October 29, 2006

An Extra Hour of Sleep...

Before Church Today

I had just about gotten used to it getting darker, earlier and earlier in the day.

And now, with Daylight Saving Time, and the days getting shorter, and nights longer, the sun will rise even later, and the sun will set earlier and earlier.

So...What's the big deal?

It was all very simple when I lived just 1 degree above the equator - the length of day varied only VERY slightly from 12 hours all year round, i.e. on any given day, the number of hours of daylight would equal the number of hours of night time, just about.

i.e. No Daylight Saving Time, almost no difference in the time the sun rises or sets all year round, no remembering to "spring forward" or "fall back".

Click HERE for a cool interactive thingy on the length of day and night in a year around the world.

Daylight saving time (DST), also known as summer time, is a widely used system of adjusting the official local time forward, usually by one hour from its official standard time, for the spring, summer, and early autumn periods. DST is most commonly used in temperate regions, due to the considerable variation in the amount of daylight versus darkness across the seasons in those regions.

: Oh, we have to remember to change the clocks tonight
David : Yeah, the clocks gotta fall back
Letti : Which means? ( I still can't remember if we lose an hour or gain an hour )
David :Arent the words"falling back" pretty obvious?

*10 second pause*

Letti : So does falling back mean an hour earlier or an hour later?
David : *rolls eyes*
Letti : Hey, I come from a country that has just ONE time zone and NO worrying about springings and fallings of any shape, size or form.
David : .......
Letti : Grrr.

Incidentally, Arizona (except some Indian Reservations), Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa have chosen not to observe Daylight Saving Time.

This choice does make sense for the areas closer to the equator because the days are more consistent in length throughout the year. ( Indiana joined the rest of the US in observing DST this year )

Beginning in 2007, for the US, DST will start the second Sunday of March and end on the first Sunday of November.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Selamat Hari Raya

To all my Muslim friends

Selamat Hari Raya and Happy Eid Mubarak

Friday, October 20, 2006

Learning new sayings

The things I learn crack me up sometimes.. *laughs*

I had listened to this song since i was a kid and had wondered what the heck L7 meant. Duh me.

Sam The Sham - Wooly Bully

Uno, dos, one, two, tres, quatro
Matty told Hatty about a thing she saw.
Had two big horns and a wooly jaw.
Wooly bully, wooly bully.
Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully.
Hatty told Matty, "Let's don't take no chance.
Let's not be *L-seven*, come and learn to dance."
Wooly bully, wooly bully
Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully.
Matty told Hatty, "That's the thing to do.
Get you someone really to pull the wool with you."
Wooly bully, wooly bully.
Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully.

So....what IS L-Seven??

"The L7 line means not being a square, as in geek, nerd, et cetera. As seen in the pic on the left, when your hands make a L and a 7, what do you get? A square!"

Added 10/23 For K. Restoule's benefit : Wooly Bully was the name of Sam's Cat

Saturday, October 14, 2006

An Eventful Friday

Hurray for Girls' Day Out

Cindy and I usually try to make at least some sort of adventure out of the Fridays we have after Bible Class, just for a girly day out or catching up with the sights and sounds around town. This week was exceptionally cool.

I didn't want to increase the page loading time due to the massive amounts of pictures, so the different "adventures" have links to different photo posts on my photo blog.

Florinda's Birthday at Bible Class

Click HERE to see all birthday pictures
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McMurray Uni's Homecoming Festivities

Click HERE to see all the Festivities

Asian Noodles!

Click HERE for more food

A Walk in the Park with Prairie Dogs

Click HERE for more "dogs"

Pumpkins Galore at the Pumpkin Patch

Click HERE for more Pumpkin Patch Pictures

Scrabble at Starbucks to wrap up the Day


Thursday, October 12, 2006

Amazing Forces of Nature

The Cold Front is Here

David made me wake him up at 6 am today.

You read that right ..... SIX freakin' A.M.!

Well, it was all good coz Mr. No Tail was at the Vet's for surgery on his ear ( he had popped a vein in his ear, scratching it, and the ear had swelled all the way up ), and he is David's favourite cat, so it was understandable he was very anxious about it.

ANYWAY, he came into the house after coming home from the Vet's and said "Honey, you GOTTA come out and see this". So I trudged off to get a robe ( stole David's ) and grumpily walked outside to see what the big deal was.

I took one look outside, went "EEEEEEKKKK!!!!", and ran inside to get my camera.

It was the cold front .....


Monday, October 09, 2006

Boo at Being Sick

The Common Cold?

ittle did I know I was really going to be sick. I had been feeling a little off the morning we went to Watauga, but thought that I was probably tired or something, and then spent all of Sunday with a horrible sore throat, fever and post nasal drip ( ugh ). So, it was rest, Halls Mentholyptus lozenges and zinc chewables with lotsa green tea all day long. Good thing we had bought me some comfort food while at Fort Worth or I would have REALLY been miserable.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

R.I.P Blackie

My other Siamese Fighting Fish died

Fishy died a year ago in August 2005 , and now Blackie's left us too...... at a ripe old age of 27 months. We will miss you immensely. Who will entertain me now with their spit fests and flaring of gills?

Goodbye Blackie.. we loved you very much.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Short Road Trip

To Watauga we all went

Cindy ( David's older sister & Walter's mom ) somehow got us to get off our behinds and drive to Frances', for a visit. I think David was more enticed by the fact that there was a Costco at Fort Worth more than anything - other than getting to see his niece & her children, of course...

The Journey

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Family Fun

Do visit Frances' website SoulSeedsVideos if you get the chance

Monday, October 02, 2006

So I didn't have to make dinner on Saturday

David's dad is a member of the local Kiwanis Club

and so we were down at the Abilene Civic Center on Friday for a good cause, supping ( I KNOW this is a word ) on chicken and fish..

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Kiwanis annual fish fry attendance boosted by addition of chicken strips

By Blanca Cantu /
October 1, 2006

The Key City Kiwanis may have to change the name of their annual fundraiser from the fish fry to the fish and chicken fry.

For the first time ever in the organization's 35 years, the Kiwanis added fried chicken to the menu.

''We're trying to appeal to some more people,'' said Randy Duwe, co-chair of the fish fry. ''This way we can cover everyone.''

The meal includes all-you-can-eat fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce, bread and drinks.

By mid-afternoon, about 200 more people had bought tickets for the event than last year, Duwe said.

Mark Tate, a dedicated member of about 20 years, said over the years, the attendance figures stay at a pretty level trend.

''Now that we've added chicken, who knows what the future holds,'' Tate said.

Duwe said the club will definitely will keep their new menu item.

It will probably spark an increase in the number of ticket sales, he said.

Last year, the event raised between $10,000 and $11,000 for organizations around town - mostly those that cater to children, such as AISD Peer Assistance and Leadership; Adopt-A-School Fund; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Abilene; the Boys and Girls Clubs of Abilene; Ben Richey Boys Ranch; and the Day Nursery of Abilene.

By the numbers

# 1,800 pounds of fish

# 400 pounds of chicken strips

# 440 pounds of coleslaw