Predawn light

predawn castleWhoever said ‘it is darkest before dawn’ hasn’t waited for the sunrise in the northern latitudes. It is incredibly bright for at least an hour before the actual sunrise. After finally falling asleep sometime after 1 AM, I was woken up at 3:22 AM. While fumbling around to find a clock I happened to look out the window and saw the slim crescent moon hovering over the horizon, rising just before the sun. Since I was up, I decided to see if I could take a picture of it. It was surreal being outside at 3:30 AM to watch the moon and sunrise. And of course, the entire time I was thinking, ‘Why didn’t I do this when the sun rose at 9 AM?’ The clouds quickly hid the moon, and while I waited for them to part, I walked up and down the Scores taking more pictures.

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I went back to my room at 4:30, so I didn’t see the actual sunrise, but I was tired and cold. I sort-of slept, and I’ve been exhausted all day, but I guess the cool pictures I got made the disturbed sleep worth it. I’ll post the rest of my pictures on Facebook eventually.

Yesterday I got two very large packages in the mail, from Kelly and Sarah. I was gong to wait to open them until my actual birthday, but I heard suspicious rattling in one of the boxes, and, afraid for a repeat of the Japanese Tea Set Misfortune, decided to open them early while I skyped with both gift-givers to pre-empt possible disappointment, and, well, to celebrate early. And, I just have to say, I have the two bestest friends ever. 😀

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IMG_8351A tea mug, loose leaf Jasmine tea, and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman from Sarah (as well as a cookie recipe book which foretells all sorts of baked delights in the near future). Now, a word about The Graveyard Book. I mentioned some time ago that Neil Gaiman was the keynote speaker at the Sigma Tau Delta convention, which Sarah went to. I knew she was going to get the book for me and have it signed, but, neither of us were prepared for the signature. If I didn’t already love Neil Gaiman, I would now, if only for the amazing, awesome signature and drawing he did in my book after three hours of signing books. Yeah I’m pretty sure this is one of the best signatures I’ve gotten in a book. Thank you Sarah!

IMG_8353The other three books, including the Kelly-Approved Edition™ of The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, which may very well be the Smartest book I ever read, are from Kelly; along with a copper medallion of a unicorn, map bookplates, an SCA publication, and approximately one and one-half New Yorker’s that I can reassemble if I so choose. The short-story anthology comes with good timing as I am about to finish The Compass Rose by Ursula K. Le Guin, and Midnight Never Come will supplement my dwindling unread-fantasy collection, and, well, The Name of the Rose speaks for itself. Or it should. Yay books! Thank you Kelly!

I am quickly losing coherency, so I think I’m going to veg and watch movies until I’m able to actually fall asleep. Hopefully I’ll sleep uninterrupted tonight. I shall leave you with another one of my favorite pictures from this morning:

I found a bug.

I found a bug.