Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Chris Hadfield Challenge

Chris Hadfield is an awesome guy. He's a Canadian astronaut currently commanding the International Space Station. He's responsible for a lot of the awesome space photos going around, and during his time on the station before taking command, the Canadian Space Agency hosted the "Chris Hadfield Photo Challenge". Anyone can submit photos of a miniature Chris Hadfield cut out, and the ones with the most votes when various prizes. Here are pictures I have took for the challenge. Unfortunately, none won, but it was fun taking them!

















Thursday, March 21, 2013

Follow me on Bloglovin' !

Since Google Reader is going out of the window, many people are switching over to following their blogs on Bloglovin'. So follow me over there! You can always find my Bloglovin' page by clicking on the "+" button in my button sidebar, or you can find me here: 3...2...1...

For those of you new to Bloglovin', it's an awesome site that allows you to follow your blogs. You can download the app and keep up with your blogs anywhere. It even conveniently allows you to import all of the blogs you follow on Google Reader! 

Hope to see you all over there! Leave your Bloglovin' URLs in the comment section and I'll be sure to follow you back! 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Exploring the nation's oldest city

I started off this spring break by going to St. Augustine with a friend of mine from Georgia Tech. Our spring breaks lined up, and he flew down to visit. We took his plane over to St. Augustine since he had never been there (the flight was amazing!), and explored the city.






First thing was to walk around St. George street. We visited some of the shops, and made our way to the city gate.
                 

  

Then a parade came through! It was the "Parade of Chariots", and it was really cool. There was a lot of singing and dancing and so many colors.


After the parade, we walked over to the Castillo de San Marcos and walked around there. The Matanzas was gorgeous that day.





We made our way over to Flagler next and accidentally crashed some sort of tour of the college. It was the last stop, and the guides thought we were with them and ushered everyone into a room. It turned out to be some sort of expensive tour (oops...), but it was a really cool little room. Everything in the room, including the drapes, were original to the room when it was the Ponce de Leon Hotel. There was even a clock made by Thomas Edison!






After that, we went to Scarlett O'Hara's to eat. It's right next door to Rhett's, and I felt at home with my floppy hat.


We flew back to Jax that night, and although I don't have any really good pictures, the view was incredible. I can't describe how amazing seeing all of the lights twinkle as you fly past is; it was like someone blanketed the Earth with stars. Thanks again Richard for the awesome trip!





Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Currently



Hey everyone! How are you all doing? It's my spring break, and although I have tons of work to do, I intend on catching up on some of my blogging while I have the chance. It's about that time for another "currently" post...

Loving: I am currently loving a few things! First is the awesome month the world of science has been having so far. Between finding out Mars was previously habitable, and the Higgs being confirmed, the scientific world is elated. I'm also loving my new Zumba shoes! I started Zumba a little over a month ago, and bought some awesome Ryka shoes. They definitely make a difference while I'm working out.

Reading: Right before writing this post, I just finished reading "Doctor Who: Fugitive", a graphic novel my sister got me for my birthday a few weeks ago. I love Doctor Who and graphic novels, it was such a cool present and good book.

Listening to: I just discovered this "undiscovered" artist from Nashville, Kim Logan. She has an INCREDIBLE voice. I love her lyrics, as well.

Anticipating: I'm anticipating the arrival if my new glasses! I found the greatest frames today and I cannot wait for them to arrive. They're very different from my last few pairs of rimless glasses.

Thinking about: my thermo II project! That's one of the bigger tasks I have to accomplish while on break. I'm also thinking a lot about financial aid and student loans...

Watching: SMASH! Is it just me, or does anyone else think the new direction of the show is absolutely perfect? I can't wait to new episode each week. Speaking of new episodes, the new season of Game of Thrones is coming out soon, and I am dying! It can't come soon enough!

Working on: I usually mention some school thing that has me preoccupied, but I'm taking a different approach right now. I'm working on a few things, (such as my abs), and my blogging frequency. I really try to blog more, but school has been very overwhelming and is my main priority.

Wishing: I'm wishing I will get a summer internship! I've applied for a few, let's hope it works out!


Monday, March 11, 2013

A girl's best friend

" A dog doesn't care if your rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he'll give you his." -John Grogan

My black lab Probie is my baby. I love this dog more than I could even put in words. I've had her ever since she was a tiny puppy, through the good times and the bad. Every time I come home, she is there, excited as ever to see me, and she rarely leaves my side. She loves me unconditionally and thinks I'm the most fantastic thing after dog biscuits. This post is in honor of my beloved goof ball.








Saturday, March 9, 2013

STEM Links of the Week

Photos: SpaceX Dragon Launches on Third Flight to Space Station
Amazing photos of the Dragon launch.

LHC team observes first instance of D-mesons oscillating between matter and antimatter
Researchers at the LHC have determined D-mesons, like K and B-mesons, can oscillate between matter and antimatter. Note: this article is a little physics heavy, but is fascinating nonetheless.

NASA'S Fermi Proves Supernova Remnants Produce Cosmic Rays
NASA's Fermi Gamma-Ray Telescope is helping prove the origin of cosmic rays.

Spellbinding Cosmic Beauty: Why Astronomy Images Matter
Ever wonder about the colors you see when you look at a Hubble image? Discover why these colors matter.