Skip to main content

Solar Eclipse

The total solar eclipse has been getting a lot of press lately.

Rightfully so, of course.  I am not completely geeked out over it, but am excited and looking forward to it.  I mean, the sun is totally getting mooned.  That's awesome.

Technically our suburb of Kansas City is getting a partial eclipse, approximately 99.5%, which is good enough for me.  I have prepared, somewhat, and even practiced viewing the eclipse.  

But I don't think I was doing it right.

Our school district got a grant and provided all the students with glasses to view, so that was covered.  Then they decided not to have to younger students go outside to view, which means I am picking up Baby Girl 2 to view with me, and the school sent her glasses home.  I got glasses for me, hubby, my sister, my bro-in-law, and have plans with my parents to go to our town's solar eclipse shindig in our downtown.  

I made the girlies eclipse shirts using a paper plate and a bleach pen.  They turned out pretty rad, I think.  


I even made little giftlets for their teachers.

So, I feel prepared, enough.  I didn't read through every article I have seen about the eclipse or even every warning post about eye damage (though I did have a talk with the girls that ended with, DON'T peek around your glasses or you will BURN your eyes and GO BLIND.  A healthy dose of fear keeps everybody safe, right?).  But, I did read some of those articles, which led me to The. Best. News.  

I will wait while you check it out.  

Did you see that?  Isn't that awesome?

And to help celebrate this day of eclipse, please enjoy my favorite rendition of the song.  (It contains foul language, though you might've already guessed that coming from me.)

So tell me what are you doing for the eclipse?  Or if you are reading this after it has passed, what did you do?  Comment below.


  1. Watched outside at work with about 100 other medical people. It was awesome & 2024 I am going to totality. It will be worth it. Wish I had done it this time while it was so close.

    1. I know what you mean. I was still pretty impressed with near totality but in 7 years even my kids will be able to appreciate the whole shebang.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog


I love my town,  which is my hometown.  I live in a town of about 30,000, which is an inner ring suburb of Kansas City, MO (which P.S. is where the Kansas City that you hear about is located).  It is an incredibly convenient place to live, containing all the basic necessities of suburban living: neighborhoods, parks, schools, churchs, some restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, drugstores, and a smattering of small businesses.  And what we don't have is surely located nearby in the Kansas City Metro area, which is easily accessible from our town, usually no more than a twenty minute drive.  Also the stadiums (Chiefs and Royals) are so close, they are practically in our town. 
I feel a tremendous gratitude to my fellow citizens and neighbors, and also a immense sense of pride in our town.  Disappointingly, my town has some people who regard it negatively, or speak about it with negative connotations.  And we have definitely experienced the spread of the phenomenon of white fli…

Fitness That Fits

Once upon a time,I was working at a local gym, teaching group fitness.  My best friend (aka gym wife) and I taught a dance fitness class, and used our own choreography, but also a lot we found on the internet.  (Shout out to the internet!  You have all the things!)  In this search, we discovered this YouTube channel:
We loved the choreography, but were really taken by the music.  It was familiar and fun, but also we immediately noticed the values of the songs.  Our gym is in a church, so the lyrics and meanings were especially significant to us because of that, but also to us personally.  And then we noticed...
REFIT® was coming to Kansas City that fall to do a training!!!
We got approval and encouragement from our boss to sign up.  We were so excited!
Flash Forward... It was now October, and I had signed up for the training, but my gym wife was no longer working at the gym, so I was going alone.  I was nervous and as a true Missourian, completely …

I Love My Body

I Love My Body But I haven't always.  Beginning in 4th or 5th grade I remember being conscious of the size and shape of my body and convinced of its "unrightness."  Not a word; it is now; change approved.  
Looking back of course, I can appreciate its beauty, my beauty, but back then, I just knew it didn't measure up (or down, as the case may be) to what I saw in magazines, on TV, or in movies.  I knew I wasn't pretty like my sister.  I knew, I knew, it wouldn't matter how smart or funny or all around rad I was, because I wasn't pretty enough, skinny enough, curvy enough, flawless enough.  Thanks, society, for that.  
Coupled with a struggle with depression, my insecurities turned really quickly into body image issues, and when I was in high school, I became bulimic.  I learned all the tricks of the trade, I kid you not, from teen magazine articles that were supposed to be cautionary tales about eating disorders.  Instead, they became a tutorial of how a…