Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Currently

Naomi over at Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups does these really cute posts that sum up everything that's going on in her life quite nicely. I'm going to do the same every now and then! 


Loving: Something new that won't be going anywhere. At the time being, I won't say more than this! (;


Reading: "A Game of Thrones" by George R.R. Martin and "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman" by Richard Feynman. As far as "Thrones" goes, I typically read it between 30 minutes-1 hour every night, but I've been too busy the past few nights to pick it up! I'm almost halfway through with the first book; it is really good. I've also been reading a PDF copy of "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman". It's about brilliant physicist's (and my idol) quirky and crazy adventures. It is not about his scientific life, but more of an insight to his personality. It is such a funny read; it makes me laugh a lot! It is definitely one of my favorite books.


Listening to: Fall Out Boy. A couple weeks ago, I listened to the entire "Take This To Your Grave" album by FOB, and I fell in love all over again. It's a good album. 






Anticipating: I'm greatly anticipating the start of the semester. It's a combination of nervous and excited anticipation, (but there's more emphasis on the nervous side!). This semester is going to be so rough, and I've tried to spend my summer preparing myself for it... But I am still very nervous!


Thinking about: How I am going to get ASME organized until we get a new president elected.


Watching:
Source.
I LOOOOVE the Olympics. They are so addicting and fun to watch. Typically, I would be watching something from my insanely large Netflix instant queue, but the Olympics have taken priority. When it comes to Netflix, the shows I'm watching are Doctor Who, Supernatural, and The Tudors, but I have many, many more waiting for me to start. 


Working on: I haven't been working on too much lately! I'm trying to relax before plunging into the treacherous waters of my junior year of engineering school. 


Wishing: I wish for lots of things. Right now, I'm wishing for good sleep, to find the perfect lace shirt, for a good semester, and that my vanity and table will paint themselves black so I won't have to. 


Blog hop!

Imee over at I'm Talking is hosting her very first blog hop! Imee runs an awesome blog, and I'm always keeping up to date on what she's writing. You can enter any posts into her blog hop, and I think it's an awesome way to connect with other bloggers. Feel free to join!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Featured on Bloggers.com!

Good morning everyone! Just wanted to share my excitement; I was featured on bloggers.com! This is an awesome website to find and connect with other blogs, and I am very excited to be featured on it today. To those who were directed here from bloggers, welcome! Feel free to follow via bloggers or google friend connect. :) If you found me through bloggers, please comment below! If you include your blog, twitter, etc, I'll definitely check it out!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Dear future self....

Dear future self,

How's your day going? Hope everything is going well. Your past self is just writing to tell you to SMILE! Take this time to stop whatever you are doing, look up 90's music videos, jam out, dance, and laugh. Take this moment to just relax and relieve any tension you may be having. I know how life can get and I know that you don't always take out the time you need to just relax, so do that now.

I'm hoping everything is going well. If you haven't spoken to the family in a while, call them or text them, find out how they are doing. Always remember your family. This applies to friends as well, both old and new. Take a little time out of your day to connect with someone you care about.

I am wishing you nothing but the best.

Love, Chelsea

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New blog page!

Have you noticed the new blog page? "Geek Out!" shows all of my posts related to the "geekier" aspects of my life; you can find all of my science, engineering, math, and other geeky-like posts there. They will also publish on my main page as they're posted, but this is definitely a good way to keep up with those posts. Hope you enjoy! What do you think? 

Thanks to the darling Naomi at {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups} for teaching me how to make this page!



RIP Sally Ride


The first American woman in space, Sally Ride, died yesterday from pancreatic cancer. She was only 61 years old. Sally was a physicist, and went to space twice aboard Space Shuttle Challenger. She also helped investigate both the Challenger and Colombia tragedies. Sally worked hard to teach and encourage students, (particularly females), about science, engineering, math, & technology with her company, Sally Ride Science. She was a true inspiration, and will surely be missed. 


Sally aboard Space Shuttle Challenger (Source.)
Challenger mission patch (Source.)




Monday, July 23, 2012

Aurora Colorado shooting

My heart goes out to the families and victims of the Dark Knight Rises shooting in Aurora, Colorado. It was such a horrible tragedy; what possesses a person to do such horrific acts is beyond me. These people went to the premier expecting a wonderful movie experience. "It's just a movie" is such a common saying, nobody expects to go out and suddenly be part of a horror story. These victims are all people, they had their entire lives ahead of them. How can anyone feel safe anymore when you have sick people violating that very right? I just don't understand why somebody would do this.


My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the shooting.



Thursday, July 19, 2012

Books, books, books. Recent and future reads.

I really wish there were more hours in my day. It seems like I'm always busy nowadays, and I definitely don't read as much as I used to. As a kid, I used to read all the time. I started reading big books when I was young, and I could read a book a day. (And I'm not talking Junie B. Jones! I was reading much bigger books than that.) I would read anything and everything. I was literally obsessed with Harry Potter (an obsession I will never truly be over); I loved the Lord of the Rings novels, Artemis Fowl. I also loved fantasies about princesses and knights. I have an impressive list of biographies that I've also read... I just love reading. I've been trying to find more time to read; these are my recent, current and future reads.


Recent read: The Fellowship of the Ring
 The Fellowship of the Ring is the first (well, second, if you consider The Hobbit to be the first) book in the Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R Tolkien. I first read these books when I was in sixth grade, since I greatly adored the movies, and the books were even better. These are a great read.


Current read: We
  We by Yevgeny Zamyatin is an awesome book about this futuristic "utopian" world. It's very similar to 1984 (which I could never finish because it got too slow), but I would argue that We is much better. The book is relatively short, as well, but I haven't read all of it as of yet. One of the things I like about the book is it was written by a Russian marine engineer in the early 1920s. You hardly find engineers that write fiction! I would like to thank the anonymous commenter from a month or so back that told me about this book!


Future read: A Game of Thrones
  I've gained a new, (albeit less severe than my Harry Potter obsession), obsession with A Game of Thrones (or A Song of Fire and Ice). I absolutely fell in love with the show, and decided since the show was so great, tradition proves the books to be greater. I have a copy of the first book, A Game of Thrones, reserved at my local library, and I am super excited to start this book!

What books have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments! I will more than likely look into them! (After all, that's how I found out about We!)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Amazing interactive panorama of the LHC

Time Lightbox has published an incredible interactive panorama of the Large Hadron Collider. The LHC, for those of you who don't know, is the world's biggest particle accelerator. It is located under the French/Swiss border. The panorama focuses on the Compact Muon Solenoid, and is really cool and detailed. Check it out! What do you think of it?

The panorama can be found here.



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New social media buttons!

You can now easily connect to me on twitter, pinterest, facebook, instagram, and bloglovin'! Check them out and follow me! Thanks for Her New Leaf for the tutorial, and I'm Talking...Just About Everything  for providing the link over on her blog!


Amazing Hubble images

I love looking through NASA's Image of the Day or Astronomy Image of the Day and looking at the breathtaking images of space. All of the glorious nebulae, stars, and galaxies... It's mind-blowing, knowing that all of these are actually out there, and that we can see them, thanks to the Hubble telescope. I often use the images I find as laptop/phone wallpapers. Below are some amazing Hubble images, (the top four being my absolute favorites). What do you think of these images? Do you have any particular Hubble images you find incredible?












NOTE: All images courtesy of NASA Image of the Day



Monday, July 16, 2012

"Beautiful" songs

Happy Monday everyone! How did your weekend go? 


For those of you that know my musical tastes, I listen to a lot of rock music. I listen to all types of rock. A Day to Remember, As I Lay Dying, Rufio, Blink-182, Avenged Sevenfold...I'm not picky. But I enjoy listening to other types of music, such as country and rap, but I really enjoy what I call "beautiful" music. 
This kind of music is typically pianos and vocals, and maybe a few other instruments. I don't know what the particular genre this type of music is (pop, maybe?), but if anyone does, feel free to let me know! Below are a few songs and accompanying videos of some of my favorite "beautiful" songs. 


Dancing: Elisa


Drop in the Ocean: Ron Pope


Drops of Jupiter: Train

Trouble: Nevershoutnever



What do you think of these songs? Do you have any similar type songs that you love?

Friday, July 13, 2012

Congrats to a dear friend!

I just wanted to post and say congratulations to one of my dearest friends, Kellie! After getting a teaching degree and lots of searching, she starts her career as a fifth grade science teacher soon! I'm so beyond happy for her, Kellie really has a passion for teaching and will make a marvelous teacher. Kellie runs an awesome blog as well, On the Brink of Something Beautiful. Check her out! 


Again, congratulations Smalls! (; 



Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pluto's fifth moon discovered!

Wow, two space posts in a row! That's a new one for my blog, but I could not help but post this. About an hour ago, it was announced that a fifth moon orbiting Pluto has been discovered, thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope. The moon, nicknamed P5, has an irregular shape and is estimated to be between 6-15 miles across. This discoveries comes almost a year after Pluto's fourth moon, P4, was discovered. Pluto has three other moons, Charon, which is nearly half of Pluto's size, Nix, and Hydra.

CREDIT: NASA, ESA, and M. Showalter (SETI Institute),  http://www.space.com/16535-plutos-moons.html
Articles on the discovery can be found here and here.

Why the everyday person needs a good space program (a must read).

Have you ever used cosmetic products? Used bluetooth or any wireless headset, fed an infant enriched child formula, used a cordless vacuum? Do you have scratch resistant eyeglasses? Did you know these were developed and modified due to space exploration?


For those of you who don't know, I am a big advocate of the sciences. I truly believe in funding science programs, promoting STEM education, and funding one of the nation's greatest agencies, NASA. Most everyday people don't understand the importance of our space program, and why important it is to keep funding it and to not cut its budget. I won't go into the scientific and global reasons why a good space program is needed, but rather, why the average Joe, needs it.

NASA impacts us everyday. Before I mentioned a few ways that NASA has impacted our daily home lives, but it impacts cities and so much more. All of these are known as spinoffs. "Spinoffs" are technologies used as a result of space exploration and NASA research. For ever dollar invested into NASA research, you get between seven and twenty-two dollars in return technologies. (Plummer, NASA Plan Needs a Little Spin) NASA gets less than 0.05% of the national budget, yet it is a vital entity in everyday life. 

One of my favorite spinoffs is in cosmetics. Moon technology has been used for skin care! The digital imaging processing that helped create 3D maps of the moon has been used by cosmetic (in particular, Estee Lauder) and pharmaceutical companies to create safer, more effective, and better cosmetics and medicinal skin treatments. How cool is that?

From the moon to cosmetics, NASA improves life on every level.  (Source.)
Imagine how life could be impacted if we increased NASA's budget, rather than constantly cutting it. The world could be a much better place! What are your thoughts on space & NASA? Comment below!

To learn more about NASA's impact on our daily lives, and about NASA spinoffs, check out the links below. 




Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Recent Purchases

Since I've been working this summer, I've been shopping a little bit and have gotten some really awesome things. These are some of the things I've bought.

V-necks!
Denim
Macbook pro!

Galaxy skirt
Aldo clutch
Tickets to Disney


Monday, July 9, 2012

News articles worth reading

Melinda Gates, a woman who I deeply admire, is fighting for women around the world to have the power to determine their future. The No Controversy foundation is fighting for worldwide access to contraceptives.
Google, a company that supports equal rights among all employees, is fighting anti-homosexuality laws in various countries with its "Legalize Love" campaign. (Note that they are fighting for anti-discrimination laws, not necessarily or exclusively same sex marriage).



Have you read any articles worth mentioning, or have opinions on the articles I've posted? I'd love to discuss thoughts and opinions!






Sunday, July 8, 2012

Saying goodbye to my baby brother.

My brother Dakota just walked out the door to leave for the Army. He doesn't actually leave until tomorrow, but he has to be at the hotel today. I'm really sad, I'm going to miss my brother so much. He and I have been there for each other our entire lives, and now we have to lead separate ones. It's really hard on me, knowing he won't be around anymore. But I know he's going to do well.
This is us.















I love you Dakota. 


Photo a Day July: Week One

Day 1: Self Portrait
Me at the beach!

Day 2: Busy
Just a busy day at work

Day 3: Best part of your day
Getting my Aldo clutch in the mail!

Day 4: Fun
Fourth of July cookout 

Day 5: On the floor
Shoe and lightsaber

Day 6: Chair
Finally have two chairs in my office!

Day 7: Garden
Picture of one of my favorite places, Ravine Gardens (NOTE: this is not my picture)

Day 8: Food
My lunch!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Fill in the blank Friday

Today's Fill in the Blank Friday (hosted at the little things we do) is: 

"If I could get away for the day, I would go...."

If I could get away for the day, I would definitely go to Greece, (particularly Santorini). I love everything Greek. It is a beautiful country with such a rich and interesting history. I would love to go there.  If you could get away for the day, where would you go? Comment below, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Santorini, Greece

Zakynthos, Greece

Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece
Acropolis, moon rising
Mykonos Greek Island

 (NOTE: all images retrieved from Pinterest)