Yin {yawn}, John Irving’s latest, what’s waking me at 3:30 a.m.

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Well, I’m finally getting a little exercise again {other than gardening and yard work}. I’ve hiked Pilot Butte 3 times in the last 2 weeks and also got myself to a yoga class today. It was “yin” and it’s basically a bunch of stretches, each held for a verrrryyyyyyyy long time. Not my favorite—I prefer the active vinyasa type classes, but it was probably a good way to ease back into it. I got to thinking, why am I letting the summer slip away without keeping my fitness level up? I really have no excuses, except that this step-mom thing is more time-consuming (mentally and physically) than it seems like it should be. 

Yesterday, I finally got myself a late birthday present: the kindle version of John Irving’s latest novel, In One Person. I finished up my Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine first, since I was pretty near the end, and this week I’m going to dive into the novel. John Irving is one of my favorite authors of all time and way back in the early days {96ish?} I maintained one of the only Irving fan sites on the internet. I wish he published more frequently, but then again it makes it pretty special when he does.

The last few nights/mornings I’ve found myself wide awake around 3:30 a.m. {even after going to bed around 1 or 2}. Our bedroom window faces east and we’ve been leaving the windows and curtains open to keep it as cool as possible. A sliver of an orange moon has been flanked by two very bright, colorful planets—they must be Venus and Jupiter. Apparently, I’ve hit it just right: Venus is brightest mid-July and according to this site, “For a real treat, get up early to see the waning crescent moon joining up with Venus and Jupiter on the mornings of July 14, 15 and 16.”  It would be annoying if it weren’t so beautiful. Moon, Venus, Jupiter—I forgive you. Alas, my phone did not capture a decent picture of them through the glass, but not for lack of trying. See some photos here.

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