Sunday, July 19, 2009

A threesome with...

Myself, hubby and the night sky!

Last night hubby and I were reading in the living room when he went to the kitchen, opened a beer, grabbed a blanket and went outside to enjoy the cool night air. I liked what I saw so I joined him. As we sat there sipping his Guinness, we looked up and watched plane after plane fly overhead. The sun was setting and more and more stars started to appear. We are by no means in the country, the Caltrain run rights past our place, but it's enough to see the stars.

As we sat there enjoying the evening, we talked about how his brother likes to sleep outside without a tent. At first we both thought he was completely crazy, but on the last hiking trip they took, hubby tried it with him and said it was incredible. I threw out the idea of how awesome would it be to set something up outside and hubby said, ok - let's do it. Meaning, if I set it up, he'll go along.

So I went inside and first got a big blanket to lay down on the ground. Our little "backyard" is all stone with plans along all edges. Next I drug out the huge blow up mattress we have. This is the bed we have set up in our guest room. When we moved to California more than three years ago, we decided on this nicely raised air mattress that also fits standard queen sheets. We blew it up once and left it, only needing to add air occasionally. So I pulled that out there with all the trimmings - pillows, blankets and his G1.

We had the Sky Map app installed on his G1 and when the sun was gone, we were able to pull up all the constellations in the sky! We were out there for about an hour looking at stars and planets when we finally fell asleep. Waking up this morning to the cool air and the sun, through overcast clouds was so refreshing. I couldn't believe how well I slept all night. It makes me want to do it every night! Thank goodness I remembered to turn off the sprinklers so they wouldn't go off at 6:30 am!

If you've never slept out in the open air under the stars, I highly recommend it. It was an exciting adventure and we didn't have to go anywhere!