Walking up to the football field with my whole family was a treat. There were the aunts, uncles, grandmothers, cousins, daughters, step-children and babies. My youngest of my many nephews had so much fun with all of his siblings (half and step) surrounding him. He will be three years older than my grand daughter and (as my sister and I are planning) to have them grow up together and become in the same social groups. That would make me a very happy Titi and Grandmother....more
When I was a teenager, I would be at the pool every single day during the summer. Of course, I had a pretty nice body back then, before life hit me like a Peterbilt. And back then I was all about boys, so showing off my bathing suit, and what was in it, was sooo very important. I stayed out of the deep end, because I absolutely MUST have one foot on the ground at all times(a sensory processing issue) so I don't freak completely out. ...more
On Friday, I sat in a little cafe with my sons waiting for our lunch as the space shuttle Atlantis prepared for its last trip. I tweeted that we were watching it, which apparently many other moms were tweeting as well.
My older son was amazed and watched the countdown clock like a hawk. When you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, his answer is almost always "a firefighter and a Space Ranger." A man waiting for his food turned to our table, listening to my sons' excitement, and said, "Sad that this is the last one, isn't it?" ...more
I didn't want to write this post and I certainly didn't want to write that cliched title. But it must be done. As you know, the space program is coming to an end, and today it was decided which cities were going to get a shuttle. Houston, Texas is not on that list. Houston, home of Mission Control, will NOT have a space shuttle. This is heart breaking, absolutely ridiculous, and just plain sad.You said it Jack Swigert......more
It was St. Patrick’s Day, and the crowd of nearly 400 waited expectantly in the Kossiakoff auditorium at APL. Irish dancing music was piped into the auditorium as recorded interviews of Daniel O’Shaughnessy, Eric Finnegan, and Eric Calloway played on the giant screen, reviewing the six planetary gravity assists, the five deep space maneuvers, and the big idea to add solar sailing that arose as the spacecraft approached the first Mercury flyby....more
As a young girl, I was a dreamer, and believed in endless possibilities! It was dreams of being a marine biologist, astronaut, anthropologist that made me want to learn about the world around me, dreaming up at the stars, and charting my next adventure into unknown territories.
It was this past week that I was able to get as close to the stars as I could ever imagine....more
I managed to get recruited as the team journalist for a group of brilliant and dedicated aerospace engineering students from the University of Michigan, who needed a reporter to fly in zero-gravity with them this past week. On June 17, I ventured into the unforgiving heat and humidity of Houston, Texas, to start my first day of NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program at Ellington Field at 7 a.m. sharp.