That was AWESOME!

I just got home from giving a talk on eclipses for Ann Arbor’s Nerd Nite! It was fantastic! I had so much fun! Even with the slide show changing the slides on me on an inaccurate timer. LOVED presenting! Thank you so much Nerd Nite Ann Arbor for asking me to fill in tonight! #nna2

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Motel 6

Stayed at a motel 6 last night. Not sure it was better than the camp ground.

Just finished washing it off the girls and I.

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Missed Free Book

I have a free book from Shutterfly, the code for which ends today at midnight PDT. I TRIED *SO* hard, but I can’t get it done in time. I picked out the book theme, and went and found a bunch of backgrounds to make it better for the subject I want: Big Sister book. It took days, but I’ve finally pulled together all the pictures of Aurora from various sources (except my newest cell phone, which is 1.5 years old), and gotten through all the pictures of the girls together (including pics from my newest cell phone) and have been narrowing the set down for the book. I just 15 minutes ago finished categorizing them into possible page groups. But now it’s my bedtime. Even if I stayed up ’til midnight, I don’t know if I could get it done, and I’d pay for staying up that late. I’ve made that bad decision enough in the last few weeks to know I don’t want to. (I’m trying to break myself of the bad-decision-to-stay-up-too-late-because-I’m-so-tired habit I’ve been in.) Maybe, _maybe_ if I ran up until the code expires at 3am… assuming that would be a good decision in order to get a free book from Shutterfly instead of another bad decision… and trying to fight my future tired and thus brain inept self to remember that I won’t be able to make everything perfect, ever color, every picture placement, every word… but then I’d be useless tomorrow. Highly likely unable to do more than minimal at work, and would have to go to bed right after the kids, which means losing a night’s worth of effort towards being ready for our trip this weekend.

*sigh* :( I guess I’ve already decided, it’s not worth the $20-some the free book costs. Though I do want to stay up to make it. But I don’t want to sabotage myself so close to having to drive alone with a 2 year old and a(n almost) seven year old to Massachusetts. Well, I’ve done a lot of the work. Here’s hoping somehow somewhere another free book code comes my way before either Amber’s birthday or in time for Christmas.

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I loathe Summer

Summer is awful. I despise Summer. I loathe Summer.

I’m glad so many of you are out there enjoying it. I truly am. Someone should, so it’s not just a waste of a season. But, I’m not one of you.

It’s too HOT. UGH. So yucky. Even when not sticky or unbreathably, oppressively humid. My body stops functioning at 85 degrees, it starts to shut down. I move so much slower, and all my body wants to do is sleep. SUCKY.

It’s too BRIGHT for TOO LONG. The freaking Sun is up 2 hours before I am, and I get up around 7am, and it stays up WAAAY to late at night. Last light around 10pm!? How does anyone get any decent length of sleep? Can’t even be up much for looking at the night sky, or feeling the cool-ish air on the not crappy nights.

It’s not just me, you know. Plants, even animals, suffer in Summer too. Grass goes brown and dormant. Flowers wilt, garden crops droop, even leaves turn brown and crisp. It gets ugly outside, as in literal ugliness to look at.

And on top of all that horribleness, everyone goes away in Summer. And I’m still here… Isolated… abandoned. It does make me want to cry sometimes.

It’s all just so draining. I loathe Summer. One long trudgery from the beauty and contentment of Spring to the glory and welcomed release of Autumn.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Summer is my seasonal depression time. If I haven’t been reaching out to you to hang out or chat or keeping up in my normal way, it’s NOT because I’m too busy. It’s because I don’t have the strength to try. Or because the daily struggle has temporarily removed you from my functional memory. Which only makes it all worse, because social interaction is one of the few things that truly re-energizes me.

And it’s only the middle of July. The worst of it is still to come. :(

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Not me…

Saw U of M tours being given today, and I was sad. Sad because it won’t be me (taking a tour of the University). :( At least, not this year, it seems.

Oddly enough, last night I had one of those at-college-but-still-working-my-job dreams. Only this time, for the first time in my waking life, the college stress dream was actually about college – well Grad school to be specific. Which I have started saying, but haven’t fully accepted as fact because I’m currently avoiding the whole issue: I think I’ve decided that I’m not applying for Med School this year for entrance in 2018. Which completely sucks, because it means I have to wait another two years, instead of just one. But, I can’t honestly expect to get into either of my Med Schools of choice with the bad MCAT overall score I got, nor can I realistically expect to be able to self-learn biochem and organic-chem in the evenings in 5 weeks, or even 8.

Anyway, the dream’s flavor was just arrived for the start of the school year (and not late after classes have already started, and not I can’t find every where I need to be / go, and not move in to where I’d be living fails for some reason). Surprisingly the stress dream part doesn’t start there. After three days -ish I realized finally that I probably should be leaving the dorm house at some point, and thus I figured both that I should call in to the school administration for my class schedule, and that I should tell my job that I was going to school. Here the stress dream part starts, but don’t remember hardly any of it now as of writing, and I think I woke up soon after anyway.

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When doctors or their forms ask if there’s any history of cancer in my family, I scoff and say “My family IS the history of cancer!”

Apparently that applies to those who marry in too. Second Uncle in 7 months to be diagnosed with stage 4. My favorite Uncle this time.

So I’ve been eating my sorrow and watching clips of Gal G as Wonder Woman this evening. Maybe I’ll sleep tomorrow.

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What Galileo Likely Saw – Moons Around Jupiter

I can not believe I haven’t shared this video of Jupiter being orbited by its 4 largest moons yet. I will do so now, as it’s extremely relevant to my planet viewing event next Friday!

The dramatic music really does add to it.

Juno Approach Movie of Jupiter and the Galilean Moons
“NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured a unique time-lapse movie of the Galilean satellites in motion about Jupiter. The movie begins on June 12th…” (2016)

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Outerspace is so interesting

I found out last night that Venus and Mars do not have magnetospheres. But Mercury does! WHAT?! Mercury doesn’t even have an atmosphere! (I knew this last one.)

However, Venus is still protected from solar wind because of its amazingly dense atmosphere! Crazy stuff!

Outerspace is so interesting.

Now I want to know the following for each planet (and dwarf planet). I forced myself to go to bed before I could do the research.
- How many Moons?
- How many Rings?
- Orbital plane inclination?
- Has an Atmosphere?
- Has a Magnetosphere?
- Is Layered / Has a Core?
- Larger or Smaller than Ganymede? (The largest moon in our solar system, one of Jupiter’s moons)
- Anything noteworthy about its Rotation?

Actually, to be factual:
- Venus does has an extremely weak magnetosphere, but it’s useless
- Mercury does kind of have an atmosphere, but it’s SO tiny, thin, and variable it’s just the exosphere part of an atmosphere. It doesn’t keep in heat, it doesn’t do much of anything that an atmosphere does.

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Solar System Explained From the Inside Out (Infographic)

From This is fantastic. View the image, then scroll down.

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Astronaut Class of 2017

Congrats Astronaut Class of 2017!

5 women, 7 men. Decent ratio there! The last class was 50 / 50.

3 minorities out of 12. They did better than the last class (which was 1 out of 8, in 2013).

In case you missed it, we just announced the Astronaut Class of 2017! Our 12 new astronaut candidates were chosen from more than 18,300 applicants, more than double the previous record of 8,000 set in 1978. Get to know them:…/16155…/meet-americas-newastronauts

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