Did you know that you can tell the temperature by counting the chirps of crickets? You can! According to the Library of Congress Science and References Services, here’s the formula:
Number of cricket chirps in 15 seconds + 37 = Approximate temperature in Fahrenheit
A fun little thing to try when you’re sitting outside on warm summer evenings.
It has been so crazy and futuristic to follow astronaut Mike Massimino on Twitter while he’s in space. Mingled among the tweets from my mommy friends like “Putting the baby down for a nap” or “Headed out to the grocery store” I’d see:
@Astro_Mike Getting ready for our first spacewalk
@Astro_Mike Eating chocolates in space, floating then in front of me then floating and eating them like I am a fish
@Astro_Mike Flying over the Pacific Ocean at night there were some thunder storms, it is so cool to see lightning go off below the clouds
It’s funny, when I was a kid I read Arthur C. Clarke’s book 2010, which left me thinking a lot about what that mysterious future year “2010” would be like. Oddly enough, reading instantaneous thoughts from someone hovering above the earth was kinda what I pictured.
If you know anyone at St. Catherine of Siena parish at Drake University in Des Moines, tell them how very lucky they are: our beloved priest, Fr. Joel McNeil, is leaving our diocese to be closer to home, and will be going to that parish (those of you who read my post about baby “Joy”‘s name will know I loved to hear that it was St. Catherine of Siena). He was a big influence on my conversion from atheism to Christianity and is the only pastor I’ve ever had. As painful as it is to see him go, I’m delighted for the folks in Des Moines!
Thank you for all the happy birthday wishes for my grandfather last week! Since everyone seemed to like the food pictures, here’s what we had for his birthday dinner:
I’ve mentioned before that the previous owner of this house (who obviously did not have young children) installed ivory-white carpet all throughout the house right before we bought it. Trying to keep this carpet looking decent with four children under age five has made me consider legally changing my name to Sisyphus.
A couple weeks ago the carpet got so bad that my husband realized a bold move was required, so he bought a Hoover Steam Vac with “Clean Surge” on Amazon. At first we were hesitant to spend the money, but can I just say that that was the best $155 we ever spent? Both of us were almost teary-eyed the first time we watched the dark stains just disappear beneath it. We’re about to start penning odes to this thing. (And please do not put my husband in the awkward position of asking him whether he was more excited about the arrival of this steam vac or the birth of our children.)
Something big has been going on over here for the past couple of months that I have been DYING to blog about but haven’t been able to until now. I’ll have something exciting to tell you all next week!
I look forward to reading your posts!
UPDATE: As you may have noticed, Mr. Linky is running slowly today and having some technical difficulties. He assures us he’s working on it! Updates here.