Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
DIAMOND DUSTMy husband, Ollie Lyle, and I went to dinner in New Hope in early December, and the waiter asked, "Did you the columns of light everywhere?" We thought it must be a reflection from the Northern Lights.Later, Ollie came in from outside and said, "There are shafts of lights are all around us, like a forest. Look out here!" He opened the drapes where white and pink columns of light were shooting up from the ground and from the streetlight in the next block. The light was completely focused, elegant and majestic. We'd never seen anything like it.We checked the Internet for "Light Shafts," and here's what we found from Alaska:" 'Diamond Dust' or tiny ice crystals in the winter air over Fairbanks cause many curious optical phenomena in the sky … At night one frequently sees pillars of light extending vertically upward from street lights or other bright sources. These forests of glowing vertical shafts can be easily mistaken for displays of the rayed aurora."These optical effects and others like them are caused by the reflection and refraction [bending] of light by the small ice crystals. The ice crystals are flat and they fall through the air with their flat sides horizontal. Light reflecting from the flat faces of the ice crystals causes vertical light shafts. Reflection alone does not alter the color of light, so the vertical pillars are the color of the light source, usually white."-- Kolf Jayaweera, the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Monday, December 19, 2005
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Friday, December 09, 2005
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Christmas Eve Their are 2 services I need to be at 3:00 & 5:00. Jessi will be working childcare for the 3:00 and I thought we could all go to the 5:00 service, I have to be there for the whole time.
LodgingJessi, Mom, Dad stay at Ira and Ashley's until Christmas Day. Ira, Ash and Beck arrive home on Christmas Day at which point they will need their house back. So Jessi, Mom, Dad will pack up to stay at Jamie's that night. (may work out for Jessi to stay and sleep on IAB's couch but we can decide that at the time.)
Christmas DayChristmas Day eve we will open gifts and hang out and eat at Jamie's house (before everyone brings their "gear" in from their cars so their is room for us and it still looks pretty)
Once we have adequetly celebrated at Jamie's house, Mom, Dad, Jessi will move their gear into my place where we will spend the night listening to each other snore and walk around at night because we can't sleep. fun.
Day after Christmas DayThe next morning we will meet at Jamie's house to exchange stockings after which we will go out for breakfast somewhere fabulous like Perkins (note the sarcasm)
We still need to work out the details of food and fun but I think this is enough of a plan right now for people to work with.
Mike and Jess...we wish you could come...you would have to sleep on a floor with the rest of us but wouldn't that be cozy? :-) We will fill you in on all the goings on I'm sure. Maybe you could tell us how you are celebrating so we can imagine you and all the fun you are having!
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Did I mention I got to eat three russian tea cakes...my all time favorite cookie...yum...a good end to a long work weekend!
Off to brave the winter wonderland of frozen Minnesota...brrr....
Friday, December 02, 2005
So Much to Love
I love people. I love bright eyes. I love my sons, Judah & Lucas. I love laughing. I love my ringtone. I love love. I love Jesus. I love tattoos. I love milk. I love creative expression. I love smiles. I love Philippians. I love bridges. I love my house and haven. I love a rainy night. I love doing nothing. I love almonds and banana chips. I love music. I love cowboy hats. I love Anna Maria Island. I love (diet) dr.pepper. I love a good story. I love wildflowers. I love to fly. I love rod iron. I love babies. I love going to the movies. I love midnight. I love allegra. I love sunsets. I love long kisses. I love the color red. I love starshollow. I love community. I love doing life with friends. I love witty banter. I love jessilynn.com. I love my family. I love pretty things. I love cruisin' with my girls. I love remembering when. I love authentic individuals. I love hot tamales. I love when kids giggle. I love Lance. I love bonfires. I love finding people I thought I'd lost. I love yard sales. I love tacobell. I love seeing people do good. I love violins and steel guitar. I love driving to the airport. I love seeing people around me succeed at their dreams. I love being included. I love flipflops. I love blogging. I love long talks. I love dreaming.