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In which I'm not doing very much

There is a raging lightning storm going on outside my window. This after the weatherman assured us in Phoenix that storms would not begin until tomorrow or Tuesday (which meant I wasn't expecting them at all). I can hear the thunder now (I've been seeing intermittent lightning for about an hour). I suppose I won't be able to get the dog to go outside at all now (I had my doubts about me being able to coax him out under the best of circumstances - that's usually rahirah's job).

I'm watching a cool show on meteors/meteorites on the History Channel right now. Very cool, meteorite rocks. It makes me want to go out and get a metal detector and head out for the desert. They said small meteorites hit the Earth once every ten hours! (I've lived more than twenty-five years in Arizona and never been to Meteor Crater. We really need to get up there.)

I saw someone else who was at WriterCon already heading out, posting from the airport - I realized suddenly that, duh, it's three hours later there - who posted that the wireless was spotty at the con hotel, so I can assume that's why I never heard from my roving partner in all this time. She comes in late tomorrow night, so hopefully they'll have something fun to do tomorrow. Hopefully all went well.

Ack. I just swallowed a cherry pit. (Very good cherries this year.)

I have to work tomorrow and Tuesday, and then I'm off until August 7. Whoo hoo!

Today was the third day in a row with record-breaking heat in Phoenix, I believe it was 114, 113, and 113, respectively. I still managed to get the laundry done today (one thing about high heat is the clothes on the line dry REALLY fast), and did get over to the gym for a little while. I actually managed twenty minutes on the cross-country ski machine, which isn't easy. I was pleased with myself. I did not get the driveway cleaned, but seeing those temperatures, I don't think anyone will say I was wrong. I did clean the living room (although I'll have to vacuum again, since the dog tends to leave a layer of black hair and dust on the rug whenever he's inside). All in all, a pretty reasonably accomplished day, even though I slept for most of the morning, just 'cause I could. At least, until the cats decided it was REALLY time for me to be up.

ETA: Shortly after finishing this post, it started to pour. Absolutely pour - a real, old-fashioned Arizona monsoon, with lots of lightning and thunder. I opened the door and watched a moment, then commented to Sam, "I hope we don't lose power." Immediately, the power went out. It was barely a blip, and everything came right back on, but it felt very like a *knock wood* moment, as the fates laughed at me.

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nutmeg3
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:14 pm (UTC)
Is Meteor Crater the place where Jeff Bridges went to meet his ship in Starman? I'm dying to go there someday. My other Someday Destination in AZ is Karchner Cavern.

I don't blame you. *g*
wildrider
Jul. 24th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
It's been so long since I've seen Starman I can't remember. It's a great huge hole in the ground - something Arizona is famous for! *g* It's almost a perfect crater, still round. It hasn't been as weathered as craters in other places. They never found the meteorite that made it. The show was saying it may have broken on impact into millions of pieces ('cause that's what was found).

Kartchner we've been to - although we went shortly after they were first opened and only got to see the first caverns - they've opened more since then. The drought has been hurting them, though.
sillymagpie
Jul. 24th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
(I had my doubts about me being able to coax him out under the best of circumstances - that's usually rahirah's job).

You mean drag him out or scoot him out -- Sam's one determined doggie.

You do know you'll grow a cherry tree in your tummy, right?
>;-P

I missed the monsoon -- I heard the thunder, but by the time I took the trash out, it was over. :-(
wildrider
Jul. 25th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
Hee hee.

Well, it only rained about fifteen minutes, but it was some SERIOUS rain while it lasted.
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