Time zones and the night sky

I was very excited this morning, because the ISS (International Space Station) was visible in the early morning sky, directly overhead. It is always up there, but not always visible where I am located. And, in case you didn’t know, I am kind of a space ranger. I like to know things about space, spacecraft, and especially the night sky.

So, early this morning, there was a 4:46 am viewing for 6 minutes. BAM! Done. Most days  All days, I am not up at 4:46 am. And I am not one to crawl out of my warm bed just to look at the sky. (There was a time we did get up, drive to a clear viewing location and watch the ISS, only to find out it orbits every 1 hr17 min, and is visible OFTEN in normally sane hours, like before I go to bed). Nowadays, it would have to be pretty spectacular for me to do that!!

With that caveat, why was I excited about this particular viewing at this very early time? Well, we are on a biggo fly fishing road trip, and we had a great day on a local river (OK, not really local, but in the adjacent state). I agreed, under great duress, to rise at 3:45 am, drink a cup of coffee, and drive an hour to be on this river before the sun gets on the water. I was promised breakfast upon our return!! That did it.

So, I was going to be on the road in Big Sky country at 4:46 am. I even set an alarm to remind me to look up so that I wouldn’t miss it.

Well, a funny thing happens with time zones. The light and darkness of a particular time varies SIGNIFICANTLY from the center of a time zone (like where I normally reside) and the edges of a time zone, like 33 miles into Big Sky country. Needless to say, it was full on light outside. It did not look like 4:46 am and it was actually 5:46 am as soon as we crossed the Continental Divide.

I’m sure we could have seen the ISS, had we stopped and studied the sky. But, since we were en route to the preferred fishing location prior to the sun getting on the water, we drove on.

No ISS sighting for me. There will be another day…er night to see it!

I also want to see the Northern Lights, I think I may need to get up real early for that one!!

 

 

 

Target and other mailorder miracles

Recently, I have taken to ordering from Target and other stores. I know there are millions of folks who are Amazon Prime members and order EVERYTHING from Amazon. I may get there soon, too.

Some items just are not that fun to shop for, you know toilet paper and other paper products are just so big and bulky, they end up being the only items in the cart or the car. Also, things like cat litter and laundry detergent are just heavy to lug around and load in and out of the cart.

I saw that Target had free shipping for orders over $25 or $35. It’s easy for me to get to that amount. I can build a shopping list then place the order and it is normally delivered in a few days.

My list has grown to include staples like oatmeal, nuts, peanut butter, brownie mix (yes, in my world brownie mix is a staple!), along with foil and wax paper, tissue, shampoo, and laundry and dishwasher detergent.

I love it. Free shipping. Some of my boxes weigh 40 pounds. On my front porch. Free shipping. Convenient. Free shipping.

Did I mention free shipping? I am contributing to the brown cardboard boxes being recycled, but I am saving on gasoline. 

Do you take advantage of online shopping and free shipping? What are your favorite sites?

 

 

…worth repeating…Fred Meyer online shopping

ClickIt online ordering and shopping list at Fred Meyer.

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one.  Fred Meyer has expanded it’s services and now has online shopping lists and orders that you schedule and pick up in the parking lot. In designated parking spaces. They bring your order out, load it into your car, process your payment (using a Square at your car) and you are on your way! 

There is a charge, I think it is $4.95 per order (at our store in Bend, OR).

What I have heard is “life saver”–“game changer” –“so convenient”.

I have yet to use it, but I checked it out and I really liked that the system automatically loads my recent purchases, with their current prices, for me to choose from. There is a running estimated total (as produce is estimated at per item, when they are actually weighed and charged per lb) so the actual total will be different. You are provided an itemized receipt and you pay the total, via the remote payment process i.e., Square.

I can see this as a very convenient tool, time saver, and necessity when you need a few things and could save a few minutes. Or when you are sick or have sick (or cranky) tiny humans that you don’t want to haul around the store, or when the parking lot is thick with ice and you just really don’t want to traipse through the muck!

Give it a try! It might be a marriage saver if your spouse does not favor a trip to the store, and all he needs to do is drive in, pay, and drive home!

However, he will need to find the designated parking area and call a number to let them know he is there…..oh, I’m starting to see this begin to unravel…no, I will be brave and give it a try! 

 

…worth repeating…..I.D.

Recently attended a Grace Potter concert at a small outdoor courtyard venue in Bend. While the venue was small and intimate, Grace Potter killed it! She could have been in a stadium. It was awesome.

I love outdoor music on warm summer nights. We hadn’t been to this venue before, so we went to the gate and asked about re-entry if we needed to ditch the sunglasses or grab a jacket. We also didn’t know about seating, chairs or not?

Once we got all the details, we headed back to the car. One of the security dudes hollered, “don’t forget your i.d.”–I said, “do I have to have it, even if I’m not drinking?”–he said, “you’ll want to have it on you, so we can identify your body in case there is an incident.”

What??? This was a first. I’m not sure what type of incident we were expecting. Maybe the world has changed. Maybe I do need to have my i.d. on me whenever I am in a crowd. 

I just saw this cool little gadget for your tiny humans. I think it could be very helpful for trips to the zoo or a festival. They are a temporary tattoo “watch” that you put your phone number on. Pretty cool. Take a look! Madeline’s Box Temporary Watch.

Be safe!