What I’ve Been Up To – January 2016, part 2

Willow napping with Left Shark: I believe this is JWST mirror #16: It was super cold and Alex and I both wore hats with ear flaps and took a goofy picture to commemorate it: With my girl: The guys made a fake Alex after he left for the day. It even has coffee. I think the right arm is a … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up To – January 2016, part 1

We started out the new year with another IKEA trip because I wanted to get a few more things for my sewing room re-do. And we also made sure to have some Swedish meatballs: Then Willow helped me sew: Left Shark also came home with us from IKEA. My friend Dawn sent me a copy of the little interview I … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up To – December, part 2

In honor of Star Wars, here is Willow in her Princess Leia hat. She was thrilled. Aw! Here’s our tree – we added Doug’s old train around the bottom: Frozen ornaments: Star Wars: Willow is so happy to have more hats! Ok, getting a little Star Wras crazy! I bought this at the mall. Sunset! Another sunset: At our holiday … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up To – December, part 1

Here we go with December – I’m only a month behind now! My Christmas cactus is blooming again: More JWST mirrors: So I’m famous for disliking Subway, but I was looking for a change of pace on this day, and they had big signs advertising guacamole, so I decided to get Subway. Dave documented it. And of course, they were … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up to – November, part 3

Angela really sweetly sent me a little gift to cheer me up. Thank you! Beatles pencils!


What I’ve Been Up to – November, part 2

On to the 2nd part of November! Here’s Willow in front of a painting my mom did of her. She hopped up on this spot herself. And before long was emulating the painting! My intern-for-the-week Jasmin and Nick (the person that recommended her to us) sent me a sweet package with this in it – a signed Split Enz picture … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up To – October, Part 3

Yep, you get a part 3! Here’s some more cat: Jasmin, my intern for the week, sent me a present! Wrapped in cupcake paper! Because we had a running cupcake joke after we traumatized her with cupcakes and a Nobel Laureate: Look at the awesome stuff she sent me! More late dahlias: Our anniversary dinner at Christophers ended with this … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up To – October, part 2

All right, we have a lot of ground to cover so here we go back into October. (And I do this so I can remember what the heck I’ve spent my life on, so please humor me!) Here’s Willow doing her thing where she likes to lay on our clothes: So we were out for an evening walk and saw … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up to – October, Part 1

Soooo…. it’s been busy. Let’s see if I can remember what I did in October! Here’s Willow on her favorite seat: Though honestly, she can be comfortable anywhere: She prefers cracks: Here’s my Halloween fireplace mantle: More Halloween! My Haunted Mansion plate! So this…. Doug and I were out for dinner and he got texts from me. But I wasn’t … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up to – September, part 2

So – mid-September. My friend Koji asked me if I’d give a tour to friends of his who were in town while he was out of town. I’d heard that there were going to be two astronauts giving a talk that day as well, and Koji’s friends said they’d be interested. So I arranged to badge them in in time … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up To – August, part 2

Since we’re into October, let’s finish off August! Let’s start with Koji’s birthday! Because we are horrible people, we torture our friend Koji (who hates Japanese pop culture in general and Hello Kitty in particular) with Hello Kitty birthday cakes as often as we can. This year was no exception. This cake was purchased on the way to Koji’s birthday … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up To – August, part 1

So here’s what my August looked like. Some cool stuff at work – this is a full-scale model of the structure of our telescope – the hexagonal things on the sides are the wings. The would fold downwards and the mirrors would be mounted on them. The real thing is in our cleanroom now. Here them working on the instrument … Continue Reading →