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Moon/venus/jupiter trifecta caused funk? And speaking of funky, the worm bin is a bit ripe

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Went to bed early, but still woke up 3 or 4 times this morning to look at the moon/venus/jupiter trifecta. Made for a weird sleep night, but I couldn’t help it.

Today, a funk. I just feel off. Ever have those days?

And speaking of funky… The worm bin is starting to smell a wee bit in the warm garage. Any suggestions? Am I giving them too much food and they can’t keep up? Last I looked, the worms were alive and going to town. Smells like, well, rotting veggies. Is this normal?

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.

A little Lapsong Souchang while pondering the Venus transit

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Venus Transit via NASA USTREAM

Venus Transit via NASA USTREAM

As I write this, Venus is nearly out of its 78,000 miles per hour sun transit. Around 3p, I brought up venustransit.nasa.gov/transitofvenus on the external monitor and left it on most of the afternoon. Apparently, right now, it is at 3rd contact, which is a term I’ve just learned. The NASA video from Hawaii has streamed very well and they’ve had some entertaining commentary and occasional video of people there. It was also interesting to see the several large sunspots.

Here’s a great black & white pic from Bend (not mine).

I would have liked to have driven the kids down to the Sunriver Observatory and looked at it through the telescopes or eclipse glasses, but the timing didn’t work out very well as the twins needed to get stuff around for their coast trip. Plus, we couldn’t really afford the gas. We did bring out the pinhole projection box—I could see the sun clearly, but alas, not Venus—the projected image was just too small.

Seems odd that the solar eclipse was just over two weeks ago. I’m glad I got to experience both of them, even though today’s was only virtual. I only wish I could get my family a little bit more excited about these things.

Tomorrow will be busy since I didn’t get much done today other than getting my step-son to his 7 a.m. dentist appointment, and packing some vegan food for the coast trip. I’m not confident that the school is going to care enough to make sure they have vegan options to eat—other than I know they are bringing some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. So at least the twins will have plenty of backup options available and won’t go hungry.

And tomorrow is farmer’s market day: I get to make my first payment for the CSA and pick up box #1!