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International Space Station

A few nights ago, i saw something very bright and slightly elongated up in the sky.  Not a star or a planet and definately not a plane.  Then it dawned on me what i was looking at - the International Space Station!  It hadn't been a clear night for so long, i was slow to think of it.  It moves around the sky so much, you don't see it very often.  i stood and looked at it until i got too cold to say out any longer but i was thrilled, THRILLED i tell you!

i've had such quiet days recently with only a few quick trips up to the shops, it will be a shock to the system to spend most of the day out on Thursday.  Why do people lump so many things on one day?  i really didn't arrange this, it is my NHS interests which collide from time to time.  i have a two-hour meeting in the morning and a three-hour meeting, straight after a rather hurried lunch, which finishes around 5pm.  i'm going to see Tommy Emmanuel at 7.30pm (been booked for over 6 months) and i'm going to have dinner at Jamie's Italian, as i love the food and it is literally just over the road from the Corn Exchange.  This way i have an hour to get home from the last meeting, get changed and grab a taxi into town to be at Jamie's for 6pm.  Not a lot of wriggle-room!  Be worth it for Mr E; he's SO excellent!

i'm debating on going to Starfury's Miracle Day 2 in March - my credit card is rather full and i have to admit the gilt has gone off the gingerbread somewhat.  It does have a good line-up with almost the full list of Torchwood actors, especially now John Barrowman had decided to attend, and James Marsters too.  Only one missing is Burn Gorman, which is a pity 'cos he's a lovely feller. Still prevaricating... What is really tugging me are the people i know who are going.  The Hotel was expensive to eat in and you really can't eat McDonald's every day [even if it is next door].  i dunno - i'm tied...

We've been lucky with the weather down here, not trace of the snow & ice promised, so far.  It's been cold enough to freeze the standing water on the rubbish bins and put some solid frost on my scooter cover!  i've had the heating on more in the past week or so than the entire winter last year and i look at the weather maps and think, this can't last, it must get worse soon.  But - i've got my fingers crossed!
Stay warm, people!
penguins by maria moss 12x8.5 inches


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Jan. 21st, 2015 08:31 am (UTC)
I have an app on my phone which lets me know when I can see the ITT. It is amazing to think there are people all the way up there! I agree it's been so cloudy recently you can't see anything!!
Jan. 21st, 2015 11:25 am (UTC)
NASA sends me an email when the ISS goes live - but not a lot of use if it is in the omg-early morning!
Jan. 21st, 2015 11:34 am (UTC)
I'd like one of those cat/fishes for on my wall. They're lovely.

I hope you do go to the convention, maybe Burn will sign up. It's good to have something to look forward to and see all your friends again. Buy lottery tickets. :D

Re Space Station, I think a lot of people blank it out, it seems so space age. It's been up there ages now hasn't it? A few years ago we were all on our Ring & Ride bingo bus (for older peeps or disabled) which we get to bingo every Wednesday and they were all amazed by a very bright star in the sky and I just said oh no it's not a star, it'll be the space station...and they all looked at me like I had two heads. LOL They obviously didn't believe me.

Edited at 2015-01-21 11:36 am (UTC)
Jan. 21st, 2015 12:12 pm (UTC)
The cats are nice, aren't they? i have a large fish on order with her, Shirley Vauvelle is her name. She takes orders and will sell direct but i've bought a couple of her things through a shop too. Not cheap, but what is nowadays, especially handmade stuff. i do like to encourage artists when i can.
i'm so in two-minds about the Con...i could just scrape enough to buy a ticket and book a room [if there's some left] but i've met all the guests except Naoko - and do i want more pictures of me and James/John etc? It's rumored James will do photos in Capt. John uniform [for a bit extra] and aren't the fangirls creaming themselves over that!!
i just don't know.
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