July 20, 2009 § 3 Comments
First day of the new job was wonderful! Here are some gems from the day:
Kathryn: “Miss Ellie, are you a Grandma?”
Me: “Nope. I’m not even a Mommy!”
Kathryn: “Oh, then you ARE a Grandma!”
Nathan, at nap-time: “You’re coming to nap with ME!”
Robert, two seconds later: “Will you come nap with me Miss Ellie?”
Me to both: “Sorry fellas but I’m afraid you need sleep by yourselves for a few more years.”
Amber, playing dress-up in a long black robe: “Yay, I’m a witch!”
Me: “Oh no! Witches are scary!”
Amber: “Well, you’re the baby and I’m the Daddy.”
Me: “But I thought you were a witch.”
Amber: “Witches can be Daddies.”
Robert, to three other kids and myself during a pow-wow at the top of the playground jungle gym: “Ok. I have an idea. This will be good.” (Cheeky grin) “I’m going to chase y’all. And you should really plug your ears now when I chase you, because this is going to be a loud thing.”
Love these little monkeys so far…
July 12, 2009 § 1 Comment
Alright folks, I try not to rhapsodize about too many things here, but this is pretty great. If you like watching shuttle launches, you can go to the NASA-TV website and see it all live as the astronauts suit up and get strapped into their seats. You can hear as they check communication between flight and mid-decks, and between shuttle and launch control.
I have a huge love of astronomy, and whether or not I really understand or agree with everything going on in the space program, it is a blast to watch these amazing people prepare to leave the planet. Or as Firefly would put it, “leave atmo.”
Here’s a bit from the launch blog about two of the crew members going up today. Rather entertaining:
“If Christopher Cassidy didn’t exist, Hollywood would invent him. Before joining NASA, Cassidy served 10 years in the U.S Navy’s elite SEAL teams. The special operations teams get their name because they operate in the sea, air and on land. Many know of the SEALs because of the infamous “Hell Week” training that works SEAL candidates day and night with almost no rest. Cassidy’s missions took him into the Afghanistan region two weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. He also paddled a kayak 180 miles from Norfolk, Va., to Washington, D.C., to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Cassidy is the second NASA astronaut to come from the SEAL ranks. The first was Bill Shepherd, first commander of the International Space Station. Cassidy will sit on the flight deck behind Pilot Doug Hurley for launch, and will make three spacewalks during the mission.”
And then about Julie Payette:
“As flight engineer, Julie Payette will sit on the flight deck in a seat behind and between Polansky and Hurley for launch and landing. She will call important milestones to the crew as they launch into orbit and perform other tasks critical during ascent.
Payette is a Canadian astronaut who has flown once before. When she reaches orbit, it will be the first time two Canadians have been in space at the same time. The other Canadian in orbit is Robert Thirsk, currently a resident on the International Space Station.
Aside from her space interests, Payette is an accomplished singer and pianist. She even sang with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.”
What a cool gal! Talk about having varied interests and talents.
If you want to watch, go here: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html
If you want to read, go here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/launch_blog.html
T-minus 1 hour 10 minutes and counting…
(Yes, I’m a geek.)
July 6, 2009 § Leave a comment
This isn’t the kind of thing I normally do! 🙂 Please bear with me.
I have recently become a representative for a decorative art company called Caromal Colours, and I just ask you to take a look at the new page I have posted in the upper right corner of this blog. Even if you are not in a position to take advantage of it yourself, please feel free to refer others there.
July 4, 2009 § Leave a comment
Those poor cheeseheads. Even though I miss the days of Cunningham, Carter, and Moss, this could be good!
I’m off to go look for the flying pigs.
July 1, 2009 § Leave a comment
“It was on this day in 1731 that Ben Franklin founded the first circulating library, a forerunner to the now ubiquitous free public library. He started it as a way to help settle intellectual arguments among his group of Philadelphia friends, the Junto, a group of civic-minded individuals gathered together to discuss the important issues of their day.
Each of the 50 charter members bought an initial share into the company (40 shillings), which helped fund the buying of books, and then paid a smaller yearly fee (10 shillings) that went to buying more books and maintaining the library. In exchange, the members could borrow any of the books. Donations of books were gladly accepted.
They called their charter the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the next year, Franklin hired America’s first librarian, Louis Timothee. At first, the books were stored at the librarian’s house, but by the end of the decade, they were moved to the Pennsylvania State House, which is now known as Independence Hall.” (The Writer’s Almanac, 07.01.09)
We just got home from picking Mom up at the airport and running three protracted errands. The dogs are beside themselves with glee at her return. There’s nobody like Mommy =}
Monday night I went to Chili’s with Anna and Holly, it was a great time; we were all exuberant for various reasons and goofy just as usual, so there was no lack of entertainment. Anna even privileged us with some of her famously useful advice, such as “Don’t play leap-frog with a unicorn.” They were also both a huge encouragement to me. Their energy, piquancy, and particular nuggets of wisdom were uplifting! 🙂 Thanks you two!
Last night was hang-out-with-Dad time. We folded laundry and made it through 4 episodes of The West Wing (end of season 1 into season 2), taking little breaks here and there to accomplish more useful things. Such a hilarious and intellectually stimulating show! Aaron Sorkin is amazing.
The vacuuming, bathroom-cleaning and clothes-folding calls my name…alas, our work is never done.