Skip to main content

The Birthday

Since my birthday is relatively close to the new year, I like to perform a year-in-review of sorts on February 4. What have I accomplished this year? A lot actually, in fact I think this was probably one of my most productive years in the history of April. So here are ‘23’ of the accomplishments worth noting…

(1) We finally got the ball rolling on our NASA UAV, and now it is flying!

(2) I presented all of my engineering analysis related to the UAV at a NASA Symposium in April.

(3) I made my first “adult” purchase: a car. I absolutely love my 2006 Ford Fusion [aka Ned, the NASCAR]!

(4) I continued teaching my two piano students. They are doing so great, and I know they will continue to develop their talents even though I’m not there.

(5) I was selected for an internship at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL summer 2009. This opportunity allowed me to contribute to the Ares I Upper Stage development which is something I am proud of, even if it does get cancelled.

(6) I started this blog!

(7) I prepared a poster and presented my summer internship at a NASA event.

(8) My blog post entitled Diabetes: Master of Invisibility was featured on Keri’s Diabetes Blog SUM during her blog carnival.

(9) I completed my NASA outreach hours at Emerson Elementary School. This was the sole purpose for the famous tin-can Ares I Rocket. I taught the kids about the LRO mission (since it was impacting that week) and about our future travels to the moon.

(10)I passed all my classes (Senior Design, Rocket Propulsion, Entrepreneurship for Engineers, and Vibration Analysis).

(11)I graduated!!!!!! Hurray!

(12)I was offered 2.5 jobs (I am going to count the second interview with General Dynamics as 0.5, since I turned down the interview. I know, you should never turn down an interview, but seriously the first one was 3 hours long and the job sounded horrible).

(13)I finished 5 and ½ years working with the Resurrection Bellchoirs. We finished out strong with a bunch of holiday concerts and Masses. I already miss working with these fine people.

(14)I completed 3 years as secretary of the Resurrection Parish Council.

(15)I accepted a job working for the Army as a Flight Test Engineer in Huntsville, AL.

(16)I had a great holiday season lighting up the house, decorating inside, eating tons of horribly delicious food, and spending some quality time with the family.

(17)Chris helped me drive Ned out to Alabama from Arizona just after new years.

(18)I moved all my crap (well, ok, the movers moved most of it) to Alabama and have my own little one-bedroom apartment.

(19)I bought a new MacBook Pro…so I can Skype with my family (note: I did not buy it simply for that purpose, but it completes the task amazingly!).

(20)I had three letters to the editor printed this year (1 was in both the Huntsville Times and the Mesa Tribune and the other was just recently in the Huntsville Times).

(21)I joined the Huntsville Concert Band.

(22)I’m slowly venturing into the land of “cooking.” I started small, chicken noodle soup, and last night I made some banana bread and my own birthday angel-food cake.

(23)I learned that hardwork does pay off, but there’s always more hard work ahead. I can’t wait to see what happens this year!

Thanks for all the birthday wishes everyone!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

MCM - Certified Mom

This morning I woke up early, the baby monitor was chirping just a few minutes before my alarm was set to go off. Chris graciously rolled out of bed and set out to re-insert Otto's paci. Meanwhile, I pressed my clothes, curled my hair and brewed some coffee - my standard pre-console routine. After a quick breakfast Zara peeped her head over the railing and I heard a gentle "mama" echo down the stairs. It was still dark, but this little one was ready for her daily breakfast of oatmeal and milk in preparation for a fun day at swim lessons and school. As she sat, eating her "oatsss" (as she calls them), I whirled around the kitchen prepping bottles, gathering outfits for school, and ensuring all the swim lesson supplies were set out. It's hard leaving Chris to take care of both kids in the morning (#momguilt) so I try my best to complete as many get-ahead tasks as possible, in hopes his morning goes smoothly. 
This morning schedule description may seem mundan…

MCM - On Call

It's definitely Monday. Otto spit up on my work clothes this morning, I forgot to brush my teeth and I sat down in my car forgetting to clean the layer of sand from the beach yesterday. Whoops. But, it's also MONDAY!!!!! Which means you get a special look behind the proverbial curtain of Mission Control in a series I'm dubbing "Mission Control Monday". We all need a little "boost" (pun intended) at the beginning of the week, so why not get it from the heart of Manned Spaceflight itself - NASA's Mission Control
This week I am highlighting the little known fact that sometimes, as an ADCO Specialist, I am scheduled to be "On Call". It just so happens I am "on-call" this week! Even though we don't have a sweet 1990's pager, the ADCO on-call is a Specialist with the cumbersome responsibility of having their cell phone strapped to them at all times. Yes, even during the night. Yes, even when you have a 3 month old. Yes, just…

Experience the Kennedy Space Center

Manned spaceflight is not a challenge forged from one molten idea - it's not a put-this-in get-that-out equation - it's not a sport for the isolationists. The notion that it was "one man's passion" or "one nation's resources" that got us to this engineering moment is simply false. And the idea that alienation could ever lead to exploration is impossible. There is likely no other industry or singular goal so intentional about teamwork - from employing teachers to technicians, soliciting standard to specialized natural resources, planning short term and long, investing in ideas and inspiration, training fresh-outs to experts, and communicating technically and politically. Tangibly, the manned spaceflight challenge crosses borders and age and gender, there are pieces of its presence spanning the entire globe, and beyond! 
One of those spots - notable for it's history as the last piece of Earth many astronauts touched before launch - is the Kennedy…
01 09 10