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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!

Again with the night owl

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#reverb11 #resound11

“Yesterday we summed up 2011 in one word. Today we’re going to talk about vices. Did you slip back into any old habits that you wish you hadn’t? Did you gain any new habits that you wish you would have walked away from? Did you discover the evils of Nutella? ‘Fess up … we won’t tell. This prompt may sound dark and dreary, but we’ll be back to our sunshine selves tomorrow. Take today to reflect on a vice (or two or twelve) that you’d like to give up in the new year.

How will you resound?”

The worst habit, that I quickly slipped back into this past year, was allowing my night owl tendencies to rule. Along with staying up way too late and then getting up late, I also “wing it” instead of sticking to a routine. Then I feel guilty for not sticking to a routine. And trying to get up with the sun every day for a month earlier this year didn’t last long. I’m not sure what to do about this in 2012. Maybe I just need to set a later schedule and stop feeling guilty about what is clearly a natural pattern for me.

Runner-up bad habits: Too much black tea. Not enough water. Nonprofit commitments often keep me away from home too many nights per week.