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My bedroom suddenly went darker, and I knew it was happening...the lunar eclipse and blood moon were just outside my window.

I went back to sleep.

See, I watched it a few months ago and knew that there was no need for me to get up just yet. I would let other people get the nifty "stages of the eclipse" shots and combine them into one cool compilation.

I wanted a different look.

So I waited for the blood moon as it set, closer and closer to the line of trees behind my house.

After hitting the snooze on my alarm a few times, I got up...
I made my coffee...
Added two generous tablespoons of Hershey's Caramel Chocolate creamer...
Made sure I topped it off with some whipped topping...
Then got my camera out.

Oh, I got the normal zoom in shot of just the blood moon. But you can see that shot, better than mine, from other photographers.

I waited some more...
And whilst I waited, I saw a few stars...

Clear and starry night for the lunar eclipse, aka blood moon.
Clear and starry night for the lunar eclipse, aka blood moon.

And the Blood Moon sunk lower in the sky...

Blood Moon October 2014
Blood Moon, October 2014, just before it dipped behind the trees.

And before the moon and the stars disappeared for the day, I put together two photos, a mini panoramic pharmacy-no-rx.net (that buy ambien ended up a square).

Blood Moon and the starry sky, October 2014
Blood Moon and the starry sky, October 2014

But wait...the moon still appeared full when it rose that evening.

What's a girl to do?

How about take a walk down the riverfront trail to get the moon rising over the local bridge that spans the Missouri River?

The full moon begins to show itself, just below the Missouri River bridge in Washington, Missouri.
The full moon begins to show itself, just below the Missouri River bridge in Washington, Missouri.

What I really wanted, though, was the moon inside the girders of the bridge. So, I had to practice that trait called patience...while the empty trail in the woods got darker and darker...

Hey, what would happen if I did a 5 second exposure without a tripod and purposely moved the camera around?

Five seconds of moonlight, bridge lights, and passing vehicles at the end of blue hour.
Five seconds of moonlight, bridge lights, and passing vehicles at the end of blue hour.

Ok, that is cool...let's try a 10 second exposure next...

Ten second exposure of the full moon.
Ten second exposure of the full moon.

The moon got into place, the vehicles continued to cross the river, and the clouds floated in...

The full moon rises over the Missouri River bridge at Washington, Missouri.
The full moon rises over the Missouri River bridge at Washington, Missouri.

And then I ran back to my car.

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If you haven't read about how I nearly peed in my pants during my adventure in Las Vegas, you can do so here.

And now, sharing for Sweet Shot Tuesday, a few of my favorite photos from my few days of wandering around town:

Las Vegas Blvd
The famous Strip.
Ah, the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas.
Ah, the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Blvd from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Las Vegas Blvd from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Bally's and an escalator
Bally's and an escalator. I just love the way the lines converged.
Las Vegas Blvd intersection
Las Vegas Blvd intersection.
Sunrise in Vegas.
Sunrise in Vegas, from my hotel room.
The helicopter ride from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon.
The helicopter ride from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon.
From the floor of the Grand Canyon.
From the floor of the Grand Canyon.

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Racing through the house, he flipped the boys' lights on. They were already in bed, but my husband couldn't wait to interrogate them.

10 pm.

No lights on.

The long, narrow present was under the tree in the shadows, against the wall.

He sees it.

To: Mike
From: Your lovely wife

If he knows there is a gift for him...Christmas, birthday, Valentine's Day...he will do all he can to extract information, including going to great lengths of bribery of our boys.

My boys have to practice not spilling the beans after we get a gift for Mike. We role play. It goes like this:

Me: Pretend I am Dad.
Jacob: Ok.
Me: How was your day today?
Jacob: Good.
Me: Did you do anything fun?
Jacob: We got you a present.
Me: Oh, really?!?! What is it???
Jacob: I'm not telling you.
Me: Please???
Jacob: No.
Me: I'll give you a piece of candy if you tell me.
Jacob: Nope.
Me: Two pieces of candy.
Jacob: {starting to bend}
Me: Three pieces of candy if you tell me what the present is.
Jacob: Ok.
Me (as mom): Tell me it's a Barbie doll.
Jacob: It's a Barbie doll! {snickers with a big grin}

So when Mike comes home...the above conversation goes pretty much word for word, so I won't repeat it. But then, it goes further...

Mike: What?!?! I'll give you $5 if you tell me what it really is.
Jacob: It's a pink princess dress with sparkles! {said whilst laughing hysterically that you can barely understand what he said}

Does the role playing work? No. They cave. But it's all part of the fun of giving gifts in our house.

Back to the other night when Mike decided to interrogate the boys in bed, pharmacy-no-rx.net/antibiotics.html when they were trying to go to sleep...

The boys wouldn't tell...because they didn't know. No way was I going to risk them slipping on this present.

Mike was so sure he already knew the contents of the gift. "I opened the top. It's my golf clubs!" he exclaimed giddily. "Where did you get them from?"

"You know the rules. If you really opened it, I am taking it back in the morning."

"What?!?! What rule is that?"

"The rule we have always had."

"But that rule doesn't apply to me." He slowly backs out of the bedroom and towards the Christmas tree.

"Yes, it does."

"Then I'm taking them to work with me in the morning!" And he made a break for the present and the door.

I chased after him. "You are not taking them to work with you!"

"Yes, I am," he smiled with determination.

Oh, it was so very difficult not to just laugh at him. I had to keep a straight face.

It wasn't working. I cracked. Half laughing and half stern.

He opened the door to the garage and stepped out. I let him. The door automatically locks, and he would be locked out of the house.

Just before it clicked shut, Mike remembered. He pushed the door back open, leaving the prettily wrapped present leaning against the steps.

"Show me where you opened the present."

He was guilty. He had tried to trick me into confirming the contents of the gift. He never opened it.

I placed the present back under the tree. He was a happy camper Christmas morning.

Mike finally opens his present.