Thursday, April 17, 2014

Story Musgrave Speech

Picture of the Day for 4/17/2014. The Clark Planetarium held a fund raising gala tonight and the keynote speaker was Story Musgrave, a celebrated space shuttle astronaut who has seven graduate degrees. Needless to say, he's smart. And like most every other astronaut I've met, a bit of a flirt. When I approached him at the reception prior to the banquet and warned him that I had cold hands when he reached out to shake my hand, he replied "I'll take care of that." I love flirty astronauts.

Story's speech was fabulous! He actually addressed the adults in the crowd and not the youth. It was such a refreshing change since at events like this you usually hear "children are our future, blah, blah, blah." It's true, they are our future, but I'm still very much interested in crafting an interesting and productive life right now. He talked about how all our life experiences, no matter how mundane, are valuable. He grew up on a farm and observed how the mechanical skills he acquired from working on farm equipment as a boy came in handy when he was called upon to repair the Hubble telescope several hundred miles above the earth forty years later. He also spoke about deliberately charting a course and how we should all consider tomorrow, April 18, as the launch of the life we want to create/live and to figure out who we want to be. 

After Story's speech, there was a star party outside where several telescopes were trained on Jupiter. I was able to see the planet through a view finder after I finally figured out that even though I'm right-handed, my left eye is dominant. I was totally geeking out over seeing Jupiter and its moons through a telescope.

All-in-all, it was the perfect evening for a nerdy space fanatic. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Sister Can Crochet Anything

Picture of the Day for 4/16/2014. A Facebook friend of mine was mentioning how she was learning to crochet and I bragged that my sister Robynne can crochet literally ANYTHING. Want proof? Here's a moose head plaque she crocheted for my dad. He had it hanging in his home office for years.

Need a grandfather clock? Robynne can crochet one. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Back in the Gym

Picture of the Day for 4/15/2014. My back is finally recovered enough that I'm going to head back to the gym. None too soon either as I've been gaining weight at an alarming rate. I didn't realize until I stopped exercising for the past three months just how effective that daily 1/2 hour at the gym has been for maintaining my weight for the past few years. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Letter from a Missionary

Picture of the Day for 4/14/2014. I received a letter from my nephew Rob who is serving an LDS mission in the Four Corners region of the country. Currently, he's stationed in Chinle, Arizona which has stunning red rock scenery, but not much else. According to Rob, the one fast food place in town was struck by lightening and boarded up afterwards since according to Navajo superstition, anything struck by lightening is considered to be cursed. 

"So what is so notable about this letter?" you might ask. People get letters from missionaries all the time. Rob has been faithful about sending out a mass email once a week to his email distribution list, but getting him to respond to emails has been next to impossible. I know he's been busy and I've been delighted he's having a fabulous time serving the Navajo people, but it's been a little frustrating. I believe his mother had a word with him. Something to the effect of, "you better write to your Aunt Michelle before she has a seizure." The word was effective because I received this very charming letter which I was delighted to receive. He asked if the letter was going make the blog. Duh!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dandelion Problem

Picture of the Day for 4/13/2014. Hmm...I'm guessing I have an dandelion infestation problem. I'll deal with it later. Sometime in the future. Whenever. Like how I deal with most things in my life.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Pan Am Bag

Picture of the Day for 4/12/2014. Do you ever see an item that you've lived your whole life contentedly without owning and then all of a sudden you MUST have it. That happened to me this weekend. I observed an older woman carrying an original (not a reproduction) Pan Am bag and I was overcome with an overwhelming desire to have a Pan Am bag of my own!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Free eBook

Picture of the Day for 4/11/2014. Occasionally I'll download a free book on my Kindle because "hey, free dummy." (I'll explain that quote below. In the meantime, keep reading.) I downloaded this book, Louisiana Longshot, on a whim since the premise appealed to me- a former military operative  is forced to take refuge in a small town in Louisiana and pose as a former beauty queen. I thought it was very entertaining to the point that I ordered the second book in the series for $5.99. Pretty smart move on the author's part to lure you in with a free book to whet your appetite. 

Free Dummy Explanation: A friend and I both loved the following Jack Handy quote and would repeat it if we ever got something for free.

"If you ever fall off the Sears Tower, just go real limp, because maybe you'll look like a dummy and people will try to catch you because, hey, free dummy."