Annual Florida Vacation – Beach!

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  • July 24, 2014
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The beach was about as perfect as it has ever been this year. I love New Smyrna Beach – it is definitely is one of my happy places. It wasn’t great weather the day we got there, but was still beautiful. And then the rest of the week was gorgeous. The ocean was really blue, which the Atlantic generally isn’t, … Continue Reading →


Annual Florida Vacation – First Disney!

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  • July 23, 2014
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Since we still had annual passes, so we spent an evening at Disney on the front end of our trip to the beach. I didn’t catch this breathing fire, but it was really cool! We did get on the 7 Dwarfs Mine Car ride, which was fun, but a sort of kiddy coaster. This is the dwarf’s house: We had … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up to – June

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  • July 18, 2014
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These are kind of out of chronological order because I didn’t order my Flickr set right. But never mind that. The Goddard Godzillas moved again: Kitty!


First Aid Kit

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  • July 14, 2014
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The night before my Florida vacation, we got to see one of my fav bands, First Aid Kit at the 9:30 Club in DC. They’re Swedish sisters and so talented. We were very close to the front, so we had a nice view. Emmylou is one of my fav songs ever: Here are some pics from the show. Selfie! They … Continue Reading →


Flying with Amber

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  • July 14, 2014
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I was invited to go flying with Amber again for breakfast over in Cambridge, MD. My friend Beth was in town and Amber had room for us both, so we said yes! It was a gorgeous day for flying and the Chesapeake is gorgeous from above. Breakfast was surprisingly amazing – the best grits I think I’ve ever had! And … Continue Reading →


NASA Social

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  • July 14, 2014
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So in June we finally had our JWST NASA Social, that we were supposed to have in January. It was such a lot of work planning it, but it was totally worth it. The event was really fun and went very smoothly. We had a bunch of project folks, Amber, Ray, and Eric give an overview of the mission: Followed … Continue Reading →


Time Traveled Tales 2

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  • July 11, 2014
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Time Traveled Tales 2 is out! I’m really excited about this. As you might remember, our Time Traveled Tales anthology did so well we put together a bonus anthology with the same authors including the late, great Aaron Allston. I’m really happy with my story in it! So if you are interested in a copy, you can order one here: … Continue Reading →


Neil DeGrasse Tyson

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  • July 11, 2014
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So Neil DeGrasse Tyson stopped by work last month. He happened to be in town for the premiere of the finale Cosmos episode, so we invited him to come by Goddard to talk to the JWST folks. And HE ACTUALLY CAME BY! We had some of our scientists talk to him and he talked to us, A LOT. And our … Continue Reading →


Riversdale House

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  • July 8, 2014
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Gloria organized a lovely outing and picnic to Riversdale House in Maryland, near College Park. It dates to between 1801-1807. http://www.riversdale.org/ We picnicked and they gave us a tour and the weather was just gorgeous. Here are some pictures. Gloria and Mike’s photos: Chelsea and her brand new fiance: Part of our group hearing about the house. Which unfortunately has … Continue Reading →


Abbey Road on the River 2014

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  • July 6, 2014
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What can I say about Abbey Road on the River? It’s like DragonCon – my once-a-year chance to see friends I adore but never get to hang out with otherwise. The weather was pretty much perfect again – a little warmer than last year, but far cooler than the scorcher two years ago. This year I flew in Thursday instead … Continue Reading →


Downton Abbey Exhibit – costumes!

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  • June 26, 2014
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So, I took a lot of photos, too many to link individually. So here is the full album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/maggie42/sets/72157645030253726/ The exhibit is at Winterthur, a gorgeous mansion in Delaware with beautiful grounds. The exhibit was FABULOUS. It runs through January and you can take all the pics you like. The layout of the exhibit is really great and the views … Continue Reading →


Downton Abbey exhibit – our costumes + Winterthur Grounds

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  • June 26, 2014
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So ages ago – was it May? (I am so behind) we had a group outing to see the Downton Abbey exhibit at Winterthur in Delaware. Everyone dressed in teens or 20s and we saw the exhibit, had a picnic, and then spent a bunch of time tromping around the gorgeous grounds in smaller groups. It was so much fun, … Continue Reading →