Sunday, July 30, 2006

3 Things

So my sister did this on her blog a couple of weeks ago (and me being the procrastinator that I am), I am just now doing this on my blog. So here it goes:

(By the way, my answers are in no particular order)

3 things that scare me:
Losing Ben
Losing my parents
Not being able to have kids some day

3 people that make me laugh:
My sister, Jessica
My Best Friend Morgan
My husband and our friends

3 things that I love:
going on cruises
hanging out with friends

3 things I don’t understand:
stupid people
calculus based physics
one eyed one horned giant purple people eaters

3 things on my desk:
pic of Ben and me on our honeymoon
lightup mini glitter lamp from Boeing
cool rolling magnetic paper clip holder

3 things I’m doing right now:
Watching America's Got Talent
filling in this blog
sitting under a blanket despite the fact that it's 90+ degrees outside

3 things I want to do before I die:
Have kids and grandkids
travel Europe (mostly France, Ireland, Scotland, and Sweden)
go on a hot air balloon ride

3 things I can do:
Talk (a lot)
educate others
type really fast

3 things that describe my personality:

3 things I can’t do:
be an astronaut (having donated a kidney probably precludes me from going into space)
play the piano with both hands at the same time
tie a cherry stem in my mouth

3 things I think that I should listen to:
my friends
my husband
my family

3 things I should NEVER listen to:
I don't know... I guess I never really listen to telemarketers (I rarely answer the phone when they call, and hang up on them when I do)

3 of my ABSOLUTE favorite foods:
My grandmother's cooking (especially her pies)

3 things that I ‘d like to learn:
Sign Language

3 beverages that I drink regularly:

3 shows I watched as a kid:
Star Search (the ORIGINAL America's Got Talent)
Sesame Street

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Totally Random

Jessi and Craig (my sister and bro-in-law) are on their merry little way to Omaha, their newest place of residence (at least for the next year). They weren't able to make the move without any drama, though. As if it isn't enough to be moving halfway across the country, it turns out the people who run their apartment complex in Louisville, KY, are greedy bastards and nobody ever gets their deposits back. Jessi and Craig scrubbed that place from ceiling to floor and according to the apartment people "It's not clean enough, we'll have to dock you some." Are you flipping kidding me?! If Jessi can't get a place looking sparklin' new, then Mr. Clean ain't gonna do it either!!! Greedy buttfaces. Then, yesterday as Craig is packing up his car getting ready to drive away, he falls down the last couple of steps and hurts his ankle. It looks awful. I feel badly for him, it's gotta hurt. (Check out Jessi's blog for pics.) So Craig's Mom and Dad were kind enough to drive him up yesterday, because he hurt his driving ankle.

Now the mini-drama in my life. I got a speeding ticket. In O'Fallon. But according to the officer, if I show up in court on the appointed date, I'll get three months court supervision and if I don't get another traffic citation, I'm off the hook, and insurance will never be the wiser. For giving me a ticket, this guy was seriously nice. But up until he was getting ready to walk away, he thought that he had pulled over an astronaut!! I had my flight suit in the back of my car and I was wearing my NASA tee-shirt "I Need My Space" with the NASA logo on the front. I told him that, no, I'm not an astronaut yet, but that I would be applying in the next round for Educator Astronaut. Now, I don't think that I would ever be accepted to be an astronaut. I have a feeling that my missing kidney pretty much precludes me from them taking a risk with my life. But I seriously would like to apply next year when apps will be accepted again. I'm still younger than the average astronaut. Most don't get accepted until they are in their mid-30's. So, we'll see.

Finally, I'm going to see my boss and her newest member of the family, Owen Zachary. I'll post a pic as soon as I have one. I hope I can figure out how to do that...

Friday, July 07, 2006


I have a horrible new addiction and it is called NASA TV. I have the TV set to the channel all the time now. When I'm on the computer, I've got NASA TV streaming live. It's sick. It's obsessive. I LOVE it!

This just tells me how right my boss was for hiring me. How many other people so love the subject of their profession that they continue to obsess about it long after they've gone home for the day? I've been off this week, which has been GREAT. It's allowed me to watch and keep up with what's going on in space this week.

I'm a total space geek. Yay!!!!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Scrubbed Again

So now launch is postponed until July 4th, 2:38 p.m. Eastern time.

Keep track of NASA's launch plans by reading the Launch Blog

Boy, I hope the launch goes off on the 4th. If it doesn't, I'm probably going to be asked questions about launch (which I have some knowledge about, but I'm studying mission objectives and re-entry like the show producer asked me to).

We'll see how it goes, though.

Not to worry...

OK, so Discovery didn't launch yesterday. That's OK. I just hope it gets to launch today.

How cool would it be to be an American astronaut in space over the USA at night on July 4th? I bet they'd be able to see all those colorful flashes of light everywhere. Man, really makes you want to be an astronaut, doesn't it?

Don't forget, I'll be on Channel 5 way freaking early on July 5th! Set your Tivo to record between 6 and 7 am. Otherwise, check that day for video of the interview.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Space News

Camp last week was great, but then again, I had middle schoolers.

Today is the Discovery shuttle launch, and I have to watch it because I'll be interviewed live on Today in St. Louis (channel 5) on Wednesday July 5th. I'll probably be on between 6:30 and 6:45 a.m. They are supposed to interview me as a local shuttle and re-entry "expert." So I'm brushing up like mad to make sure I can answer those questions. There are probably people more knowledgeable, but I bet they aren't as cute or able to get the point across as well as I can since I'm a teacher. For those of you who are not from St. Louis, I bet they'll put my interview online at Feel free to check the site later that day for video feed of me! :)

Only a few minutes until Launch. God, I'm excited.