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[written before I moved to my apartment; for some reason the internet at home stopped loading Dreamdwidth the very morning I wrote this :\ so this is actually rather old]

♪Went for a morning walk. The sunrise this morning was just beautiful. When I first saw it, there was a low layer of clouds just above the treetops, in this pale yellow color, followed by a thin stripe of robin's egg blue sky, then a stripe of clouds in pink-orange, pale green sky, and a wider band of faint red clouds and wisps. A couple of deer made their way across the field (never a rare sight); two morning birds were silhouettes against the sky. I sat down to watch and the lowest clouds gradually turned bright golden yellow, the pale green a kind of murky teal, the pink orange became a real yellow-orange, and the red deepened and brightened as more of the sky lit up. A plane took off, creating a faint red trail as it climbed; actually, at some point the color faded entirely, and the trail became almost impossible to see, before turning translucent white. When I started walking again, I could see the moon, a little over half full, glowing faintly in the sky right above me. It's often described like a pearl, but I don't think a pearl could ever be so lovely, lovely.

♪Am seriously considering looking into whether more research has been done on the effects of polyphasic sleep in the past few years to see if I should even contemplate thinking of trying one of the less extreme schedules (4.5 hrs/2 naps, or whatever it is). Several reasons: I like staying up but also getting up early for the sun rise. I have reason to believe I might actually have a sleep disorder that makes 'normal' schedule setting difficult (or maybe not, but it's more than just 'I like doing things on the internet late', dates back to elementary school, and involves family members). The few weeks four years ago that I got onto a poly sleep schedule actually worked out pretty well; then again, it was only a few weeks, and I was probably being more serious about sleep hygiene than usual.
...I might as well see if there's been some research, at least, before I start talking myself out of even thinking about it.

♪Watched Kurosawa's Ikiru last night with my dad. I think it is literally one of the best films I've ever seen. The main character's way of speaking and the actor's facial expressions tell so much, the story is set up in an interesting way, and of course there are some very well done shots. The famous snowy swing scene is something that is very touching in context; I wouldn't watch it without context.

♪For breakfast: crepe/pancakes with lemon curd, and I think I'll make some matcha with milk (and some without, to follow up). And also, at last, some travelog:
Vilnius part one )

Trip Day 0

Jun. 8th, 2015 01:25 pm
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In ~1 hr my friend and I leave for the Baltics(+Iceland) trip! Thank goodness. I've only been looking forward to it for a year, planning it for a few months, finding places to stay for the past week... (That was fun when combined with looking for an apartment for grad school.)

I was persuaded to take a few more things than can fit in my Bag of Holding and take stuff in my backpack as well, but we're traveling pretty lightly. Which is good, because we have three planes to Vilnius (US to Iceland, Iceland to somewhere in Scandinavia, that place to VNO), and we're going to be visiting a ton of places.

Glad to have at least one friend who could make it out of all the ones I asked. I mean, I would have been fine on my own, but this should be fun. Hopefully all will go well. (It better, seeing as this is my graduation present to myself :|) There's some room for spontaneity in the itinerary but we at least have most of our places to sleep by now. And a good mix of old buildings (castles!), museums, and pretty nature. Very excited!

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