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Solar eclipse viewing and naughty vegan donuts

Pinhole projection box for viewing eclipse

Pinhole Projection

We actually saw part of the solar eclipse today, even though it was super overcast—well, a shadow of the eclipse, anyway. I almost didn’t bother because I was busy working away on the show notes so I could get them done prior to tomorrow.

But I didn’t really want to miss at least trying to see the eclipse. So when the kids got home, we constructed a Pinhole Projection box. After several tweaks, it worked! We just waited for periods of lesser clouds (the sky was never totally clear). It may have been cooler to have the glasses or a filter so that we could have looked directly at the sun, but then we wouldn’t have gotten the chance to run around with a box on our heads. (Sadly, those pictures did not turn out very well. Also, I tried to simultaneously take a picture of the shadow inside the box and see the shadow with my head in the box, and, well, you can understand how that didn’t work either.)

Voodoo Doughnuts boxAlso, the kids brought home naughty vegan Voodoo Doughnuts for their Dad and me! They’re awesome (the kids and the donuts).

Voodoo Doughnut assortment

The center one is the cream-filled “Cock-N-Balls.”

Lunar eclipse, lazy Saturday, and what I created in 2011

Lunar Eclipse: Dec 10, 2011

Yep, this is my fabulous eclipse photo. See that little white spot to the right of the tree?

Went to bed around 2 a.m. Hubby woke me up at 6:30 a.m. to see the lunar eclipse in the west, as the sun rose in the east. We could see the moon from the front windows, but the twins and I bundled up to go outside for a few minutes anyway. By the time we saw the moon, it was quite light outside and it was no longer red, but definitely still mostly in shadow. Kind of wish I had gotten up at 4:45 to see it nice and blood-red, but I have seen similar ones before: in fact, I think I dragged the kids out in the middle of the night for the last lunar eclipse (last June?) Afterwards, we all went back to bed and I got up at noon. Then a typical lazy Saturday commenced. There was a radio station holiday party that I could have gone to tonight, but I wasn’t up for it in so many ways.


Create. Share a creative project you undertook this year (art, writing, DIY, cooking, home decoration, crafts, photography … whatever comes to mind). How do you use your creativity to express yourself?

Ooh, look, my one craft of 2011. There’s a followup collage party coming up soon! Other than that I’ve spent the year working on daily blogging, improving my sketchy photography skills {mostly for the blog}, cooking up a vegan storm, and working on interview and production techniques for the show.

New Caledonian Crow: gel on canvas

New Caledonian Crow: gel on canvas. Original photo of Uek by Vince Musi, from National Geographic 2008 "Animal Minds" issue.