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t-rex, originally uploaded by applesticker.

We survived Solstice again. Somehow I'm still awake -- been up for 24 hours now. As soon as I finish this post, I'm going to try to lay down.

Around 4:45am we got in the car and headed over to the meetup point. From there we drove down to Pt. Pleasant. For about 20 or 30 minutes we froze on the beach while we waited for the sun to come up.

It was pretty cloudy so we thought we wouldn't see anything. We did see something -- although it wasn't the sun. When sunrise time hit, the ocean and the sky completely changed color. Norma called it "an ocean the color of dark wine." Very pretty.

Went to Atlantis Diner afterwards and attempted to eat. Couldn't really, which is normal for long nights.

I'd say this Yule was a great success. We made lots of great cookies and cute little dinosaurs, we jumped around to fun music, and got to almost see the sun come up over the ocean. And I didn't get very tired at all. Super keen.

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We're moving steadily along, in this Solstice thing.

The cookie-blitz is *almost* over. Our tired-almost-3am brand of strange humor went into the decoration of the cookie packages.

As promised last year, there are dinosaurs at this year's Yule. In the oven right now are three adorable salt dough dinosaurs. There are also cartoon dinosaurs (and things that wish they were dinosaurs) on our cookie packages. Hurray for long dead things!

(The cats are most perplexed by our late night up-ness.)

Going to Rocky every week is great practice for staying up all night. I can remember years past (four or five years ago) where the vigil was an intense struggle for me. I was just not a night person. Now I'm pretty used to being up until 5 or 6 in the morning. Score.

Things left to do: Contemplate making bubble bread (very good middle of the night bread); finish cookie-blitz; drive drive drive.

(My shirt is entirely covered in flour, corn starch, and confectioner's sugar.)
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The sun disappeared at 4:30pm on the dot.

(Of course, it was behind a wall of clouds, so we had to do a bit of imagining.)

It comes back at 7:16am.

(During the night I'll be doing small posts about the vigil's goings on.)

We just finished cookie-blitz phase I. Making many kinds of cookies is a great way to keep awake and focused. 'Course it's only 8pm, so really I don't need that much help yet.

(Before Hill left for a night of glamor and excitement, she gave us our Yule pressies. Pat got an assortment of strange jellies and condiments, many featuring prickly pear. I got a collection of nifty southwest spices. Wonderful present because they're edible rather than collect-dust-able.)

Cookie-blitz phase II is about to start -- so I depart.

(Back later.)


Dec. 23rd, 2006 06:38 am
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We have discovered how to crochet a frisbee. This is awesome.

This is what happens at 6:30am on the almost-longest-night of the year.


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