We went to the beach. We had to - it was for work - a business trip - where the clear skies were. There were whitecaps on the lake, and the sound of the waves lapping up onto the shore was as soothing as it was unsettling - the wind in the trees as well. 

And after pulling back into the driveway at home just before 4a, there still wasn't a trace of the northern lights in the sky. She's a tricky one, that lady.