I looked it up and found that the Winter solstice for 2005 will occur at 12:35 pm CST on December 21. Ethan and I have been thinking about it and we decided we want to have a small celebration for the solstice. Since both of us will be at our respective family’s houses for christmas, we thought it would be nice to have a small celebration beforehand. Also, we only really celebrate the pagan aspects of christmas (the tree, lighting candles and gift giving have nothing to do with religion), so why not celebrate it on the day it’s meant for? I also found this neat little fact – the reason people light candles on christmas which then burn all day is because it is considered unlucky for a candle or fire to go out on christmas, this traces back to the solstice holiday which exists because people feared that daylight would continue to wane if they did not heartily celebrate. To bring more light to the darkest day of the year, candles were lit for the duration of the day.
– Speaking of the solstice, Winter was really rearing its ugly head today. Ethan couldn’t get into his car because his locks and doors keep freezing shut. We were finally able to string together several extension cords and he thawed his frozen lock with a hair dryer. Later, when I got out of class, I wasn’t able to drive home because the inside of my windshield and front windows had completely frosted over. Instead I got to sit for a bit with the car running until a large enough patch was cleared so that I could see in front of the car… I decided to leave it running until I had to leave again.
– I started a new blender project this weekend. I’m not entirely sure what it will be when I’m done, but if I render the entire thing right now, it takes around two and a half hours. Thankfully it can be sort of broken down and I can render just the bits I’m working on. I am having a strange problem though, and I’m not sure if there is anyplace I can find help. One of my textures just isn’t wrapping the way it should, and I can’t figure out why. Grrr. I’m sure I’ll figure it out eventually, or find some nifty work around. Anyway, it’s time to close up shop and head home.