New Smyrna Beach 2017

Our yearly family Florida vacation took place in August this year! And though we had a bad time here two years ago, we were returning successfully pregnant. We were a little nervous but I was pretty far along, so we hoped all would be well and we’d have a good family vacation this time. It did not start well. We … Continue Reading →


Williamsburg

Since I’d been unable to go on the variety of other Williamsburg trips (IVF can really limit your travel), Gloria proposed we go this summer for a weekend. So we did in July! I wasn’t super pregnant so I was ambulatory if a little slow, and we had a really nice time. Thanks, Gloria, for doing the organizing! We first … Continue Reading →


AwesomeCon – June 2017

AwesomeCon was in June this year. Despite being about 5 months pregnant, I was able to fit into my League of Their Own costumes so Gloria and I could be twinsies. I also was a part of a JWST panel on how we combine Art and Science to tell the story of the mission. Had a great weekend! Here’s pics! … Continue Reading →


JWST Art exhibit at Art.Science.Gallery in Austin

A selection of the art from my JWST art exhibit was invited to be displayed at Art.Science.Gallery in Austin in June through July 2017! My company paid for me to fly out to be there for the opening of it, wherein I gave a little talk and answered questions. It was awesome! Doug went with me (we paid for him … Continue Reading →


Austin, June 2017

A selection of the art from my JWST art exhibit was invited to be displayed at Art.Science.Gallery in Austin! My company paid for me to fly out to be there for the opening of it, wherein I gave a little talk and answered questions. It was awesome! Doug went with me (we paid for him out of pocket obvs) and … Continue Reading →


Abbey Road on the River 2017

Abbey Road on the River this year was pretty low-key, but great. My fav Norwegians and Dutch folks were there, as was Katie. Katie and I were both pregnant, so neither of us were drinking or staying up exceedingly late. I did the best I could, but I was tired!! And the hotel was far from the new festival venue. … Continue Reading →


What I Was Up To – May 2017

Here is May! We are slowing (sorta) catching up! Willow: We had some nice peonies this year: Ginger was in town for work, so a bunch of us costume folks met up for dinner in Bethesda at Barrel and Crow. The food was excellent. I got t he Seared Sea Scallops over pasta. It was terrific! Also a crab beignet … Continue Reading →


Arroz, May 2017

For our Odd Night Out group, we went to a Mike Isabella restaurant in DC called Arroz. We love Graffiato, which is also his. This place was Moroccan/Spanish inspired and was so good. It’s a bit pricy, but we had a big group and we ordered a bunch of stuff (it’s sort of small plates/shareables) and we all got a … Continue Reading →


Diagonalley, part 2

Here’s part 2 of our afternoon at Diagonalley. In Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes: Pygmy puffs: U No Poo The Leaky Cauldron sign actually leaks: The Daily Prophet: Crumple-horned snorkack to the right: Owlry again: You can ask questions inside Gringotts: And some videos that you’ll have to click through to view. Inside Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes: Dragonfire: Self-knitting needles Skele-gro: Candy shop: … Continue Reading →


Diagonalley, part 1

Last post was the Simpsons stuff at Universal – but we were really there to spend the afternoon at Diagonalley! Here is part 1 of my photos. And here’s a list of some of the Easter Eggs, or things to look for while you are there! https://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/hidden-gems-in-diagon-alley?utm_term=.bekOWOz3p#.ig64O461r You can see the main facade and the night bus here: Night Bus! … Continue Reading →


Universal Studios

On our last day in Florida last April, we went to Universal, mostly to see Diagonalley. I was pregnant and couldn’t go on any of the rides, but we bought an interactive wand and had fun just exploring and looking for Easter eggs, of which there are many! Before we got to Diagonalley (which was nicely shaded and totally bearable … Continue Reading →


Disney Flower & Garden Day 4 (April 2017)

We’d had a bad breakfast at Cape May Cafe, but we’d passed Trattoria Al Forno and seen that they had an interesting looking breakfast (Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast) – . We took a chance on it. It was also a character breakfast but the food was OMG good and not a crappy buffet. Highly recommend. The characters were Ariel and … Continue Reading →


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