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The full moon is seen early Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, during a total lunar eclipse near Frankfurt, Germany.
I'm totally knackered today and it's all hubby's fault.
Well, most of it, as I was a willing accomplice, but it was his idea: wake up in the middle of the night last night (or rather extremely early this morning) to watch the lunar eclipse. Which sounded like a fun thing to do at 10:00 PM when he first floated the idea. Not so fun (or funny) when we woke up at 2:30 AM, half an hour early due to having set the alarm clock wrong (oops). Still, we persevered. After a little argument over whose turn it had been to charge the camera battery (totally pointless, as camera battery charging is a man's job in our household, like taking the rubbish down or doing the hoovering, not to mention there was nothing to take a picture of, although we didn't know that at the time) we settled down to watch half an episode of Hart to Hart until it was time to get out and look up.
Which we did promptly at 3:00 AM as instructed by the BBC, but all we could see was cloud, cloud and a little more cloud for good measure. We took it in turns to keep guard for a good 40 minutes in the freezing cold (thank God for fleecy bathrobe), and the best we managed to get were a couple of glimpses of what vaguely resembled a round object with a reddish hue. Sort of. In fact, if I hadn't known it was the moon, I'd have thought it was light pollution.
We gave up eventually and went back to bed around 4:00 AM, only to wake up three hours later feeling tired and grumpy, a state that didn't improve during the day. I guess going through a major "corporate planning" exercise at work (aka holding a finger to the wind and hoping for the best, along with lots of number crunching) doesn't help - but that's a whole new post altogether. Let's just say I got home from work this evening feeling like screaming or crying, or both. And breaking things.
According to the evening paper, the next total lunar eclipse is set to occur in 2010. Which I guess is a blessing, as I couldn't cope with another night like last night any time soon. Although to be honest, two raspberry daiquiris later I feel a lot more relaxed - another one and I reckon I'll be totally chilled out.
I'm off to crush some ice.