Vernal Equinox

The first day of spring when the planet is balance equally between daylight and darkness.

Or as described by the US Naval Observatory:

On the day of an equinox, the geometric center of the Sun’s disk crosses the equator, and this point is above the horizon for 12 hours everywhere on the Earth. However, the Sun is not simply a geometric point. Sunrise is defined as the instant when the leading edge of the Sun’s disk becomes visible on the horizon, whereas sunset is the instant when the trailing edge of the disk disappears below the horizon. These are the moments of first and last direct sunlight. At these times the center of the disk is below the horizon. Furthermore, atmospheric refraction causes the Sun’s disk to appear higher in the sky than it would if the Earth had no atmosphere.

I figured I would kick off the new season, the promise of rebirth, with drawings of various spring outfiits I found while roaming around tumblr.




Lucky One

There is a story behind this drawing. As a girl I went to camp in Vermont. Sugar, candy anything that would rev our little engines was verboten. It would be smuggled in like contraband at the beginning of the summer. If discovered it was confiscated and then doled out in manageable increments. Manageable, that is, for the camp counselors.

One day before the call to dinner. Our counselor told us if we found a four leaf clover she would take us in to Burlington for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s of our choice to share, or not, with our fellow bunk mates. It was too much to bear. We diligently combed through the grass quiet, intent and of course very manageable.

Now I am not lucky by nature. I never have been.  But on this day I think I fell in to the rare category. Or perhaps I made my luck. But there just as the bell tolled or so my memory served I found that elusive four leaf clover. I got to have the pint of my choice which I shared with Betsy, kindred spirit and bunkmate.

So in honor of St. Patty’s Day here is the Lucky One.

The Weekend ~ 3/9/12

Shannon Ables of the Simply Luxurious life asked this week Why Not….Unplug? I thought to myself….Why not?

So that is exactly what I plan to do. For the next week I am going to unplug from the world to recharge. Take time for a little self care and distance myself as best I can from technology.

This will be a challenge since my iPhone and I are inseparable. It is my alarm clock after all. Unfortunately I can’t get away from my day job at the moment (tax season) which means technology (computer, fax and email) will be involved in my day.

That makes the blog and my personal life the most obvious area to focus on disconnecting. So for the next week no personal internet searches, no television (this is an unbelievably difficult challenge on its own), and no blogging (reading or writing).

I plan to read the books piled on my bedside table, draw lots of goodies, write (with a pen and paper) and use my new camera that has been sorely neglected. Maybe I’ll even send a friend a hand written note.  Oh My!

Did I say NO television? I am already beginning to question this decision. Good thing I am stubborn and stick to my guns. Every personality trait has its positive and negative aspects. I believe a week off will do me good. And then who knows what I will have upon my return.

So until the 19th I leave you with this week’s Reading list.

Weekend Reading List:

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