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 →


What I’ve Been Up To – July, Part 2

Flowers: Trump your cat! Bunny! We had lunch in Old Greenbelt and walking back to the car, we saw this baby squirrel who, when he saw us coming, laid down to eat his acorn. Too funny! We did another Disney Food & Wine recipe – a beef kefta pocket with hummus. The pita bread we got totally ripped to pieces … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up To – July, Part 1

I’m way behind on pretty much everything, but here are some July pics, because I have to start somewhere! With Amber and Jody – two smart and awesome ladies who also work on JWST! We had lunch to talk about outreach stuff! My friend Unni sent me a care package from Norway and it had this nice, mild brunost (brown … Continue Reading →


What I’ve been up to – June

So when I came home from work and saw Doug, we realized we had both worn our JWST shirts that day. (He leaves before I do in the morning.) Willow: Joint birthday lunch for me and Joe: Master has given Willow a sock! Now Willow is a free cat! Sorry, couldn’t resist the Harry Potter reference: Bunny! This was the … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up To – May

Some May photos.. Another Disney Food & Wine recipe – Karaage Chicken with Teriyaki sauce – it was good! The chicken is breaded in corn starch and we fried it in a Dutch oven. Here’s the recipe (this vegan blog substituted for the chicken of course): http://disneyvegan.com/post/105352266621/epcot-recipe5 We went to Ft Fred and I barely took any pics since we … Continue Reading →