The weather on Jupiter…

is kind of orange 😛 and I know this because last night was beautifully clear, so I got my telescope out. I’m hoping the sky will stay like this for a few days because the peak of the Perseids meteor shower is in four days time, but in the meantime I knew Jupiter is pretty close to the moon at the moment so I thought I’d see if I could find it. Success! Not only could I see Jupiter – complete with cream and orange cloud bands – but I could also see four of its moons: Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa. Wow. I’ve never managed to find a planet with my telescope before. Probably sounds a bit daft, because I have had it for 18 months, but about 15 of those months were spent at weights far too low to enjoy standing around outside or lugging very heavy telescopes around, and although I live at a pretty dark site that doesn’t mean the sky is always clear, the weather is not often very conducive to amateur astronomy on the south coast of England! Plus, I haven’t had anyone to show me how my telescope actually works, I tend to just take it out and attempt a sort of point and shoot business. Anyway, I think I’ve gotten the hang of it now 😀

This is yet another thing I have stolen back from the anorexia. The stupid eating disorder successively stole a lot of things that I cared about in York – the astronomy, juggling and concert band societies (too cold and tired), the ability to socialise outside of class (too brain dead and anxious), the opportunity to enjoy the rather fabulous gluten free and vegan restaurant in town, the enjoyment I got from my coursework (yeah whatever, I know I’m a nerd and I’m fine with that 😛 I just love problem solving), and finally it forced me to leave the course completely, having totally wiped out my health and my personality. I’ve been stealing them back over the last few months! I went to that restaurant when I went on my northern road trip a couple of weeks ago, I got my poi out again, I’m thinking of joining a local concert band, I am trying to find some voluntary work so I can start socialising again, the materials for the Open University physics course should be arriving sometime in early September, and my telescope is not locked in the study anymore. I get frustrated sometimes that rebuilding my life takes so damn long, but looking at it like that I’ve made quite a lot of progress.

Before I got too ill, cold and tired to go out with the astronomy society in the evenings, I did get to have a look at the Andromeda galaxy through their eight inch reflector. It was amazing. Another GALAXY. It just kind of blows my mind (apparently I’m short on words to describe the experience, lol). That was the same kind of feeling I got last night when I realised that I could actually see not just the shape of Jupiter, but some of the weather systems. Just…wow. That’s the sort of thing that makes life worth sticking around for. And amateur astronomy is far, far more enjoyable and comfortable at an almost-healthy weight than it is when anorexic 😛

I got this award from Hannah and Emma – thank you so much girls!

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“This award is bestowed on a fellow blogger whose blog content or design is, in the giver’s opinion, brilliant.  This award is about bloggers who post from their heart, who often in times put their heart on display as they write from the depths of their soul.
There are three rules that need to be followed on accepting this award:
1. Brag about it!
2. Select seven blogs you find brilliant and link back to them.
3. List ten honest things about yourself.”

Heh…these things always embarrass me a bit. It’s hard publically announcing that you accept people saying nice things about you! Probably good practise though.

The seven bloggers I am passing this on to are:
1. Jessica, because the second sentence of the award description could have been written with her in mind
2. Kim, because she always makes me think (and usually laugh as well)
3. Jemima (although she’s already had this passed on to her by a dozen people :P) because I think she’s really brave and her posts always seem to come from the heart
4. Lexi, who has stuck with recovery and kept fighting for as long as I’ve been reading her blog, and I think that’s actually harder than the initial weight gain business
5. Katie, who I have known for approximately a million years (oh ok, eight :P), who actually has an art blog but is courageously putting material from her graphic novel about her experiences with anorexia up on her blog alongside her other work
6. Fiona, who has just started blogging again after a bit of a break, who I really admire for her tenacity in the face of clueless dieticians and psychiatrists who masquerade as prophets of doom 😉
7. and blueeyedheart, because she is always honest and keeps going even when things are rubbish. Sometimes there’s a hell of a lot of rubbish before anything good happens, and it’s not easy to carry on regardless.

And now I’m off to make my lunch! I’ll do the ten things about me bit later 😛

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13 responses to “The weather on Jupiter…

  1. Oops I forgot the ten things about me pat haha. Im so glad you are stealing everything back, go you!!
    That must have been an amazing thing to see another planet. Nothing is as good as seeing it throught your own eyes 🙂
    Have a great day hun xxx

  2. Wow you awarded ME! I am officially chuffed! I also can’t believe it’s only eight years (or perhaps less, depending on how you count them :P). I may not have chance to do my nominations till Monday, but thank you so much for choosing such a newbie blogger as me. Big smiles!

    And I’m very excited about your telescoping and your OU course. You progress sounds amazing, even if it seems slow from your vantage point, it seems lightening speed to me. I’m so happy for you!

    Happy weekend xxx

  3. And, I got so excited about being awarded that I totally forgot what I came here to say, which is, I am a very happy piece of anecdotal evidence 😛 (and I’m so glad the irony isn’t lost on everyone…but I think you’re right. I think the person who called me stupid probably didn’t have an eating disorder!)

  4. determinedtoshine

    You deserved that award my love 🙂
    And I’m so so happy that you are rediscovering all the pleasures in life that anorexia stole away from you. Thats so cool that you could see Jupiter!
    Enjoy your weekend in the sun! xoxo

  5. It’s wonderful that you are taking back the things ed took from you. I’ve never telescoped before because I am scared of seeing aliens (yes, crazy I know).

  6. Physics ❤
    I've always liked the idea of astronomy, I love looking at pictures of the planets and stars and universe, but I'm hopeless at looking through telescopes, microscopes… anything like that.

    Congrats on getting the award 🙂
    I'm interested in these ten honest things now. I'll be snooping back later! 😛

  7. Thanks for the award, love!

  8. Aww, you’re awesome! Thanks for passing on the award to me! Yours is very much deserved! You are always so honest and real. It’s refreshing and inspiring 🙂

  9. props to you on stealing your life back from ed. he deserves a bit of burglary, me thinks.

    i would love to be interested in science & physics. but i think i’m a little too dense for that kind of thing. althoughhhh, i am very tempted to buy the new scientist magazines so who knows? there could be hope for me yet.

    you better get used to people givin’ ya compliments cuz i’m betting that its going to be happening a LOT !

    L. x

  10. Sounds like a truly lovely evening! I have always been fascinated by astronomy, but have never actually experienced it. Star-gazing and actually being able to give a name to what your seeing sounds incredible. I am so excited that you are realizing how much life is out there, and will always be out there. You’ll slip, you’ll stumble, you might even break once in awhile, but all of those things that make you feel good will be there waiting for you. It’s so hard to remember what we are passionate about when our minds are preoccupied with dysfunction. But, they’re always right there, waiting for us to experience their comfort again.
    Girlie I am so uberly excited that you’re getting yourself back out there. Isolation is the worst thing a person, whether otherwise disordered, or not, can do. People need socialization and FUN to live. :]

  11. Katie, thank you so much for passing the award on to me, and in particular for the reason you gave! I’m so choked up it’s not even funny, and at the risk of sounding sappy it really means the world to me to have the respect of someone I hold in such high regard (that means you! Don’t be embarassed about admiting how brilliant you are)

    I really enjoyed my coursework too, so we can be nerds together ; ) Taking your life back bit by bit is still taking it back: slow and steady progress may be frustrating at times but it’s the destination that matters, not how quickly you arrived there. I’m so in awe of your passion for astronomy and your experience at the astronomy society sounds absolutely amazing (yep, I can’t find sufficient words to describe how life-affirming it must have been either!)

    You totally deserved that award and many thanks once again! You made my week-end : )

  12. Wow, that must have been so amazing to be able to see Jupiter, I’m so glad you are back into astronomy. I’d love to be able to experience that (just the night sky at camp – middle of nowhere – used to blow my mind). If im honest I had no idea regular telescopes were so powerful! (no idea what i did expect from one mind, lol). You shall have to show me how to use one some day 🙂

  13. Thanks for the award!! (Which you totally deserve, by the way.)

    I used to ask for a telescope… never got one. 😉 It must be SO awesome to see!

    ❤ ❤

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