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Posted by Gin on June 26, 2009

I am so over this summer already.


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Happy Birthday, George Michael!

Posted by Gin on June 25, 2009

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Posted by Gin on June 25, 2009

Since I spent a lot of time in airplanes/airports/lonely hotel rooms last week, I managed to polish off two books: Bonk by Mary Roach, and Rockabye by Rebecca Woolf.

I really dug Bonk – smart, funny, knowledgeable without being dry. Yes, please – let’s talk about the more humorous aspects of sex and its study and how something can be kind of ridiculous and awesome at the same time. I loved the footnotes; I talk with parentheses and asides and footnotes, and it made total sense to me. The ending was a little abrupt and lacking – it felt rushed and a little lacking. Overall, pretty entertaining: B+

Rockabye was a little disappointing. I heard of Rebecca through momversations, and I always enjoy what she has to say, though I have never followed her blog. I guess maybe some writing styles don’t translate very well into book form – I found myself skimming over paragraphs at a time because it sometimes got a little too navel-gazing for me, I guess. You are the sea, your son is the sky, the wind in the trees, yadda yadda yadda, I get it, okay moving on. I did like the constant message that you should always hold on to your sense of self with all the life changes you go through – it can be possible to absorb a new identity as mother (or spouse or whatever), and while it will change you, it does not have to define you – that is not all you are capable of being. So, meh: C+

I have three other half-read books lying around the house, but none of them are really calling out to me right now. Any suggestions?

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Oh, yeah!

Posted by Gin on June 25, 2009

I took a little vacation! And didn’t post any pictures! Because Life got in the way!

J is about to make some sweet love to a mockup of the external tank and solid rocket boosters.

We got complimentary passes to the exhibits at the Kennedy Space Center visitor’s center as part of our launch passes. I took pictures of some of that stuff, but they aren’t as interesting as they contain no references to fellatio.

And even though we got up at 3 in the morning (!!!) to catch the original launch time of 7:40 EDT on June 13, it wasn’t for nothing. Out hotel was about 100 yards from the beach, so we walked down and watched the sun rise.

It was pretty fucking awesome.

So is my husband.

But dude, I can’t take him anywhere without him trying to put shit in his mouth.

The upside of not having a launch to attend is that we were able to spend most of the day at the beach, though we managed to not only avoid sunburn but return just as white as when we started.

And despite the disappointment of not getting to see a launch, we still had a really good time.

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Posted by Gin on June 24, 2009

And this is without heat index, mind you.

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Buzz Aldrin is so gangsta.

Posted by Gin on June 24, 2009


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Posted by Gin on June 17, 2009

Aaaaand scrub.

This sucks.

Back to work tomorrow, having gotten maybe a total of 12 hours sleep in the past six days, to start replanning for a launch No Earlier Than July 11.

One of my coworkers, who just stayed this whole week instead of flying back and forth: “Gin, you should really try to come again in July.”
Me: “Only if I start pooping fifties in between now and then.”

I am disappointed and sad, and not at all looking forward to the task at hand, but glad that the NASA program did the right thing – better to be late and safe and successful.

Off to spend another afternoon in various airports – though this time I only have a 1-hour layover in Atlanta, as compared to the 3 1/2 hours I spent there on Tuesday.

Peace out, homies.

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Posted by Gin on June 16, 2009

I am currently in Cocoa Beach, Fla for the second time in six days, using expensive internet in the lobby of a cheap hotel, hoping and praying with every ounce of my being that we have a successful launch tomorrow. I wish this for a multitude of reasons – mostly selfish (mainly, Holy Shit, I have now dropped roughly $2k on this back-and-forth business now), but ultimately good-intentioned. If you are so inclined, please send prayers/good thoughts/good vibes Kennedy Space Center way, and if you happen to be up, watch the launch at 0540 EDT.

Until later this week….

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Weekend pics

Posted by Gin on June 8, 2009

Nothing earth-shattering – just a few pictures that I took while entertaining myself before J’s youngest brother’s graduation.

I pray every day of my life that our children get J’s eyelashes.

How cute is my husband?

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Posted by Gin on June 5, 2009

I am in a fabulous mood today. So much so that in the Starbucks drive-thru this morning, I bought the coffee of the person behind me.

I’m wearing a new shirt. My hair is looking pretty good. My Southern Living order came in, and I have a new cookbook to break in this weekend. Jamie’s back in Texas (YAY!). And in one week from now I will be waking up in Florida, and in just shy of 8 days, I’ll be watching the launch of STS-127, a reward for the past 14 months of the hardest work I have ever done in my life. It will be awesome to know that I Helped Do That. I can’t wait!!!!!

I wish you all were here with me today. We would go out to lunch, find a nice Mexican restaurant with an inviting patio, and the first round of margaritas would be on me. We’d laugh and soak up the Sun and the Happy like sponges.

May your weekend be filled with sunshine, lollipops and rainbows and everything that’s wonderful, since I’m sure that’s what I’d feel when we’re together.

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