Friday, June 29, 2012

Fill in the blank Friday.

Hello everyone! Since it's Friday, the little things we do has posted another Fill in the Blank Friday post.

This Friday's theme is color
These are all personal pictures I've taken that are rich with color. I hope you enjoy!

Blue Door Artists, Fernandina Beach.

Galaxy Skirt.
Cinderella Mosaic at Disney's Magic Kingdom

Flowers blooming in the backyard.

A picture of me taken in Five Points.

My little sister's birthday cake.
One of my favorite, most colorful shirts!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

How to get moving at your desk.

I was browsing through GE's live healthier articles, and came across a few about ways to move at your desk.  I really liked the article and do some of the things it entails, and I thought I ought to share! You can find the article here, but I will quote the ways to get moving that the article describes.
NOTE: Like I stated above, none of these ideas are mine. All of these come from GE HealthAhead.
  • Stand up. Talking on the phone? Stand up. Reading over a paper or a bunch of figures? Get up on your feet. Just the simple act of standing uses up more calories than sitting.
  • March in place. If you have some privacy, run in place for one-to-two minutes. You can also try hopping on one foot or both.
  • Lift your legs. While sitting, lift one leg off the chair, extend it straight out, hold for five seconds, then lower your foot until your heel is just barely off the floor and hold for five-to-ten seconds. Switch to the other leg. Repeat for five-to-ten minutes.
  • Do body lifts. Make sure your chair is stable, then place both hands on the arms and slowly lift yourself off the seat. Lower back down but stop short of resting on the chair, and hold for ten-to-fifteen seconds. Repeat 10-15 times. If the arms of the chair don't feel strong enough, hold onto the sides of the seat.
  • Lift your arms. Sit tall and hold a full water bottle in your left hand. Extend your arm straight out to the side and lift the bottle to shoulder level, then over your head. Relax back down and repeat 10 times, then switch sides.
  • Squeeze your buttocks. Squeeze and release 10-20 times once every other hour.
  • Contract your belly. Sitting tall, draw your belly button into the spine and hold for 10-20 seconds, then relax. Repeat.
  • Stretch your back. Place your hands on the edge of the desk, then push your chair back until your head is between your arms and your gaze is on the floor. Hold 10-15 seconds, pull back up, and repeat.
  • Stretch your neck. Move your ear to your shoulder and hold. Use your hand to gently pull your head toward your shoulder if you want to. Repeat on the other side.
  • Stretch your side. Sit up straight. Keeping your hips square and your back straight, grab the right armrest with both hands and twist until you're looking behind you. Hold for 10 seconds, then repeat on the other side.
  • Stretch your hamstrings. Ease your chair back until you can put your heel on your desk. Keeping your back straight, gently move forward until you feel the stretch in the back of your leg. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat three times. Switch to the other side..
  • Stretch your hips. Place one ankle on the other knee so the leg is at a right angle to the floor. Keeping the lower back flat, lean forward until you feel the stretch in the leg and hip. Hold 10-30 seconds.
  • Roll your wrists and ankles. Role your wrists and ankles about once an hour, five times clockwise and then counterclockwise. You can do the same with your shoulders—circle them forward and back.
  • Sit up straight. While at the computer many people tend to hunch their shoulders and thrust their heads forward. To counteract this unhealthy posture, open your arms wide as if you were going to hug someone and pull your shoulders back. Hold for 10-15 seconds and repeat.
In a separate article, I read about the benefits of just standing during the day. Standing is better for your back and burns more calories than sitting. Hope these tips are useful! 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

3...2...1... is now on Bloggers and Bloglovin!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Rain, rain, go away....

Come again another day... It's summer, and in Florida, that means one thing: rain. Tropical Storm Debby is giving Jacksonville hell. A very wet, soggy hell. On my way home from work today, the creek near my house had majorly flooded; water is edging closer and closer to the road. Streets all around my side of town have been closed due to flooding. My street itself is starting to resemble a river:

(A brief video my brother took of the water)

I'm all for a rainy day now and then, but this is a little much. It's not supposed to stop for a few more days, too.... I may be rowing to work by the week's end!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Liebster Award!

Liz over at Crazy Little Thing Called Life has nominated me for the Liebster Award!

Here's the description of the award (taken from Liz's page):
The Liebster Blog Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The Meaning; Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.

Here are the rules for receiving this award:
 1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. Remember, no tag backs!

Okay. Here goes the 11 things about me! 
  1. I am a mechanical engineering student at the University of North Florida. 
  2. I love pin-up girls. I wish I could be one. 
  3. Minty things make me sleepy. 
  4. I HATE cilantro. It tastes borderline poisonous to me! 
  5. I love vintage things, especially furniture.
  6. I got a mac from the NASA INSPIRE program and have been hooked to Apple products ever since. 
  7. There was a porcelain doll made after me when I was a baby. My grandfather has the letters that show it was made after me.
  8. I have a strong affection for glitter and shiny things.
  9. I mainly just drink water.
  10. I'm obsessed when it comes to organization. 
  11. The Red Hot Chili Peppers never fail to put a smile on my face. 
Liz's questions! 
  1. What is your favorite movie?  Favorite line?
    • Pride and Prejudice "You have bewitched me mind, body and soul."
  2. What has been your most romantic moment? 
    • That's hard. There was this one night my ex and I walked around this park on the river, and the entire evening was romantic.
  3. Who has influenced you the most? 
    • My parents and teachers.
  4. What part of your morning routine do you consider essential? 
    • Eating breakfast.
  5. What is the biggest change you have made in your life in the last year?
    • My style has changed a lot, as well as my school life; I know go to engineering school which is a pretty big change.
  6. What is your favorite quote? Why?
    • "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."- Einstein. I love this pretty much because it's really funny.
  7. What is the best compliment that you have ever received? 
    • Probably that I have a really big heart. 
  8. When have you embarrassed yourself in public?
    • The question should be when haven't I... I used to be a major klutz and trip and fall all the time. 
  9. Who is your favorite author? 
    • Rowling or Tolkien. 
  10. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? 
    • Tons of things. Vet, astronaut, teacher, writer, NASCAR driver, Navy officer, lawyer, Olympic track runner.... 
  11. What was the last movie you saw in the theater? Was it good? 
    • The Dictator. It was pretty funny, but I thought it was going to be more of the style that Borat or Bruno was, but it was more "cinematic.
 My Questions: 
  1. What is your favorite song lyric and why? 
  2. What is an average day in your life like? 
  3. Sweet food or spicy food?
  4. Why did you start blogging? 
  5. If you were on a desert island and could have one person with you, what person would that be and why?
  6. Where do you find inspiration? 
  7. What are your goals for the next five years? 
  8. What are three things you wish would disappear from the world/your life?
  9. What do you do in your spare time?
  10. What are your guilty pleasures? 
  11. What is your biggest dream?
My nominations: 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Science Fiction Day: MOSH

Yesterday I went with my family to MOSH's Science Fiction Day. It was a lot of fun! There were Star Wars and Star Trek replicas and cosplayers, a TARDIS replica, and tons of scifi fans. A lot of my friends were there and it was just a fun event.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Fill in the blank Friday

One of the newer blogs I've discovered the little things we do, does a "Fill in the Blank Friday" segment. I've decided to take part in this, and this Friday's topic is summer!

Summer to me is a wonderful season to expand and gain new experiences. This summer, as well as the past two, I have worked in engineering internships, and have had more experiences than I ever thought possible. Not only have I greatly expanded my knowledge and experiences in engineering, but I have made amazing friends along the way. During my first two internships at Kennedy Space Center, I met some amazing people, both interns and full-time employees, that I would have never met otherwise. I give major kudos to the NASA INSPIRE program for giving me these opportunities. The past few summers have also taught me how to be independent, how to take care of myself, and has given me a greater appreciation for my childhood and how my parents raised me. If not for them, I would have never excelled as much as I did. To me, summer is a season about self-discovery and growth, as well as having fun and enjoying life. You never know what the summertime will bring. What are your thoughts and feelings about summer? What does summer mean to you? Comment below.

Jeff, Carlimar, Megan, Mia, and I with two lady astronauts.

This One and That One in front of Space Shuttle Atlantis!

Aida, Cati, Axel, Karishma, and myself in front of an Atlas V "butt".

Kennedy and Marshall Asian time! 

Hang ten!

The best of KSC.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I love tattoos.

It is a simple truth. To me, tattoos are beautiful. Don't get me wrong, there are horribly executed and bad tattoos, but as a whole, I find them to be a wonderful, personal expression. I know they aren't everyone's particular cup of tea, a lot of people I know aren't fond of the idea of having something permanently etched on their body, but to each their own. Some tattoos are very unique, some have awesome stories or meanings to them, some are just spur of the moment or "I just got it because I liked it!".

I've never really "advertised" it before, but I myself have a tattoo.

This is my pi symbol! As someone who enjoys math, it was a perfect choice of a tattoo. I've had it for a little over two years now, and I've never grown tired of it. It's just a part of me, and I really love it. I will get more tattoos in the future, (this summer maybe?), and I know like my first, I won't regret them. Like pi, my future tattoos will also be easily covered and mean something to me. All in all, I love tattoos.

What about my readers? What are your opinions on tattoos? Anyone have any tattoos/stories they would like to share?

3...2...1... now has a blog button!

What do you think? I've been meaning to make one for ages, and I found a great tutorial at Ellison Lane Quilts. You can find my button on the right sidebar. Feel free to display it on your blog! If you do, let me know, and I'll return the favor.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New "About Me" page!

3...2...1... has been spiffed up a bit! I changed the background and made some other small aesthetic changes, but I think it looks great! In addition, there is a new "About Me" page that everyone should go check out. What do you think about the changes? Feel free to leave love in the comment section!


Bike rides and sunsets.

I have recently started a "quest" to get healthier, by eating better and exercising more. Last night, my brother, sister, and I went on a six-mile bike ride at Rails to Trails here in Jacksonville. It's a beautiful area, and is away from the busy city life. You can go here and really relax. Throughout our bike ride, I took some pictures of the area. Although it's hard to tell, the last picture is of the sun setting behind a tree and an abandoned airplane hanger. Isn't nature so serene and beautiful?

Monday, June 18, 2012

My favorite tv shows (in pictures)


The Most Magical Place on Earth!

On Saturday, my brother, sister, and I went to Magic Kingdom for the first time! It was so much fun, we had a blast. It was great quality time with my siblings. I took about 100 pictures while I was there, but here are some of my favorite ones! Enjoy!

First entering the park!
Main Street USA
The closest I'll ever get to Jupiter.

Space Mountain!

Standing beneath a mechanical palm tree!
Cinderella's Castle off in the distance.
Mickey Mouse!
In front of my future home.

My brother and I in Liberty Square.

Mad Tea Party

My little sister with Stitch!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Soon to be Disney bound!

Tomorrow, my brother, sister, and I shall be embarking on an adventure! We will be going to Disney for the first time!
I'm so excited; we are all. It is awesome quality time amongst siblings, and since we've never been, it will be cool to experience. Pictures and stories will definitely be posted on Sunday!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Interning at GE Transportation

I hate that I have not been blogging as often as I would like to lately, but I have been terribly busy as of late. I'm spending this summer interning full-time at GE Transportation, located here in Jacksonville. The past two summers, I interned at NASA's Kennedy Space Center full-time, (an endeavor I never got to chronicle on here, although I must, and shall, write a post about some of my times there!), but this summer, I stayed in town.

I am working as a signals engineering intern, which is a pretty specialized area of electrical engineering. Although I am a mechanical engineering major, I am using this opportunity to expand both my knowledge and experiences, to become a more well-rounded engineer. Here at GE Transportation, we work with:
Well, the Jacksonville location doesn't work with actual locomotives, (we are a smaller location; however, the HQ in Erie, PA does work with locomotives), we work with the signals aspect of railroads. When I say signals, I don't particularly mean railroad crossing signs or things like that. The work that is done here allows the trains to navigate safely as they navigate the rails. As an intern here, I'm being exposed to a whole new area of engineering I never even considered before. It's also very different from my experiences at NASA, and I like that I am seeing a new area of engineering.