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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I'm back.

It's not like I was gone for a long time or anything. So, I don't know if you noticed or not but there is a lunar eclipse happening tonight. I'm a major nerd so I had to go see it. Not only did I have to go see it, I had to go take a picture of it... There was this really cool fog to go along with it in the sky, it was very magical. Actually, thats a lie. If you look very closely you can see a little dot of bright light in the center of the picture. That's the moon. Or, thats the part of the moon that was not yet covered in the shadow...my camera doesn't take fantastic pictures. Oh, and the mystical fog...thats my breath. It is freaking COLD outside! I wish that I had a telescope..but only for tonight. I would probably never ever use a telescope on any other night but tonight. I guess I could google some pictures...it's just not the same though.

I'm reading this book for my American Environmental History class and its about the Great Lakes. It's interesting. Not so interesting that I can't put it down, but you know, interesting as far as school required reading goes. Anyway, I got to this part tonight that I found really funny. This company called the North West Company had a great deal in the fur trade. They were over in what was then called Grand Portage, which I believe is near Minnesota..but anyway. They had to transport these furs over the Great Lakes to get them back to England to sell. Obviously the people who owned the companies weren't going to do it themselves. They hired these guys who all had certain things in common, (1) they were small men so they could fit in the canoes, (2) they had great strength so that they could carry the furs more efficiently, (3) they had good singing voices because they often sang to make the work go by faster, and (4) none of them could swim. Isn't that nuts. They went to all that trouble to find guys who met that criteria. All because if they guys couldn't swim they would be extra careful to not tip the canoe and if the canoe didn't tip the furs wouldn't be ruined. Crazy huh? Learn somethin' new every day. Thats some crazy logic.

We went to Chicago yesterday. Not much to tell. We went to the Art Institute, it wasn't as fascinating as I had imagined it to be. This is the piece I have to write my paper about. It is a vase that shows Hercules fighting and killing a lion. I don't know that much about it, I haven't started my paper yet...I need to get on that. But then we ate at Bennigans..YUM! My FAV! And we went to the aquarium. We both decided that we could not live in Chicago. I'm glad we agree : ) I don't know what ever I was thinking when I thought I wanted to live in New York City. I had to have been on something then. Yuck. I'm not a big city girl. I like little ol' Fort Wayne. Doesn't mean I want to stay here forever...I just don't want to live in a gigantic city. Make sense? Ok.

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-Queen, Fat Bottom Girls

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