Skip to main content

It's Friday... Furreal

It's Friday...yup...


Last night I had great intentions of doing my homework before the weekend so that the BF and I would have plenty of time to work on our weekend project. But instead, the Baja boys came over for a looonnngggg meeting, which meant they were using my computer, which meant instead of being scholarly productive, I was house-wife-esque productive. I cleaned the crap out of our bedroom and bathroom...it sucked, I hated it, I experienced a low blood sugar, and now it is amazingly clean. So yay!

To bring up my low blood sugar I decided to treat myself to something I've been avoiding lately...coffee with my fav creamer "Mint Chocolate Truffle." This was not a very smart idea since it took me until well after midnight to fall asleep....mmmm...but mint chocolate truffle is so worth it!!


Anyway, I also decided to finish up work on a little painting I've been working on....

FYI: The ground is supposed to be slanty because it is on its way up the hill to the pad...
And just for fun because I like messing with picture settings...


And in related shuttle news, I am absolutely relieved that they pushed the launch back until the end of February (I was having flashbacks of NASA's hell week when they picked Feb. 3...more on this later), but I am a little sad Mr. Kopra will not be flying...he is my homeboy you know ;-)

Comments

  1. Mint chocolate truffle is Trey's favorite creamer, too. We currently have 5 unopened bottles in our fridge because it's a limited edition. "They're good until May," he says. So if you ever run out or would like some extra, give me a call. ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Dude...Chris thought I was crazy when I bought 3 bottles. I told him about the "limited edition" stuff and he just gave me the "you're freaking crazy April" look...haha, glad to know someone else shares my obsession ;-)

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Who has two thumbs and loves comments? Nerdy April!!! Type one out and hit publish!

Popular posts from this blog

The road to curing Type 1 Diabetes

From the moment of diagnosis, the road is rough, the learning curve is steep and the stakes are literally life or death. The map is less-than-helpful - paths originating from virtually every corner, coalescing at a center point (aka "diagnosis") and bursting back outwards - some paths cross and wrap around each other but others are isolated. And even with all of these roads, most of the territory is uncharted - how did we all get here and how will we all exit? Where are the obstacles we haven't found yet? Which passage holds the key to unlocking the solution?

On any given day I feel pretty isolated with this disease - I'm the only T1D in my group at work, the only one in mission control, the only one in my family. I go through the logistics of calling insurance companies, ordering supplies, changing sites and troubleshooting malfunctions mostly on my own. Even those pesky carbs really only get counted in my brain, no group think for a meal bolus here. But there is b…

International Travel with Type 1 Diabetes

Whew! Back from one international trip and on to another next week! I will admit my eyes roll every time I get the "we're gunna need to pat you down" talk at TSA, but international travel is a whole different animal. I thought it might be fun to see what goes through my brain and into my bags for these types of trips!


I wouldn't be a NASA Flight Controller if I wasn't good at planning, the key to international travel as a T1D is PLANNING!

3 months prior

Assess supplies. Mine come in 90-days supplies so I like to inventory at least 3 months prior and make a plan to order more early if the trip is going to coincide with the end of my 90-day stock. In my experience supply companies are usually pretty good about adjusting orders as needed if you tell them the reason for the early request - just mention you have an international trip coming up and want to make sure to have plenty of supplies (and backups!) in time. Request a loaner insulin pump. It's likely the comp…

Hot OJT

Last week I had the chance to mentor a newly certified ADCO trainee - the NASA process is called "Hot On-The-Job-Training", or Hot OJT. What makes it "hot" you ask? Well, essentially I am hands off - he is sitting at the console, working all the plan reviews and updates, making calls to other flight controllers and to the flight director, reacting to anomalies and preparing material for the shift handover. My job is to act as the fault tolerance - a backup ADCO of sorts.

Tuesday was his last official day and by Wednesday morning he was in the backroom sending commands to ISS in preparation for the docking of a three-person Soyuz.


The beauty of this system is the gradual buildup in responsibility. There is a subtle shift from student, to subject matter expert, to fresh operations trainee to advanced trainee and finally to certification and real-time operations flight controller - the process takes two years on average and is considered by many to be enough specializ…
01 09 10