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10

Sep

I Love Drones and Energy! Who knew?!

Something that occurred to me recently is that a good life suggestion is to learn something new that is outside of your comfort zone.  When I left my job working for an interior design showroom last year to be a stay at home mom, I didn’t necessarily have as much time as I thought I would have.  When he started going to school, however, suddenly I had a couple free hours in the day.  It is within those couple hours that I discovered that despite my constant complaining about how much I hate tech and that I was really meant to be born in an upper crust family in 19th century England, I really love what is going on in drone technology and in the energy field (I’m not combining these two or saying that they are the same thing. They have connections/relationships but are very different fields.  I just happen to be really interested in these subjects suddenly).

Now I follow many of the drone companies and the companies that specialize in technology that supports drones and drone uses.  I am so out of my comfort zone and am just learning reading articles, posts etc.  I find myself thinking about drones through out the day.

"Could we have an app that connects to a drone that can pick up samples and delivers them to a customer?"

"What’s the energy and cost usage difference between delivering a package from point A to B using a truck route versus a drone?"

"Could I ‘sponsor’ a hurricane victim shivering in their home by using a drone to send the family blankets and extra clothes?"

The funny thing is that if you had told me two years ago that I would be really into energy and drones I would have told you that you were crazy and clearly you haven’t spent five minutes with me or looked at the books in my house.

As exciting as drones are to me, I wonder if just being outside of my comfort zone and the adrenaline rush of working and stimulating parts of my brain that are dusty and covered with cobwebs is the real excitement.

I think next maybe I will tackle the economics of vaccines…

09

Sep

The thing about motherhood is that everyone recognizes and talks about the beauty of motherhood. There is sometimes an ugliness to it as well: An ugliness that, because it cannot be separated from the beauty, will appear uglier.
Pudge’s first day of PreSchool!

Pudge’s first day of PreSchool!

26

Aug

Sexting, Speed and Clean Sharp Lines are not Really Sexy

I had a sorority sister in college who claimed sometimes when she studied she would pretend that she was a 15th century monk studying by candlelight. Another college friend of mine would actually study by candlelight…the romance of feeling like he was Isaac Newton or something really got him through some all nighters.  I think, if I remember correctly, to the demise of his eyesight.

In any case, it occurred to me that my fascination with the old, the ancient, and basically of times gone by is that there is a sexiness to these eras that are romantic.  Having never lived these times, we are allowed to use our imaginations to create a mood…a vision that will rarely be challenged, because the glamour of the dream will far surpass the white noise of the historian who brings up the notion that, “in the olden days,” life was hard, disease and poverty rampant, and abuses of people of “inferior” classes completely acceptable. Today’s people fantasize about the past and never is that more apparent than in the success of today’s television shows and movies like Penny Dreadful, Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones (fantasy, yet somewhat grounded in the medieval past of Europe).

I often have said to people that I was born in the wrong era.  I loved history when I was growing up and my favorite was reading about royals in Europe between the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries.  Now that I’m older and still like period pieces, period information it occurred to me that I find the fabrics, textures, colors, lines, curves and softness sexy.   

In contrast, if you look at modern marketing, FAST is sexy.  Technology is sexy.  Sleek lines are sexy. I don’t find fast sexy at all.  Sleek lines are hard…austere.  Technology with all its buttons and fancy moves, albeit interesting, is too utilitarian to be sexy. An email, while instantly gratifying in its communication of funny videos or witty repartee between friends, is decidedly less sexy than the scripted black lines of ink on paper. 

"Fast" can be stressful and laden with anxiety.

For all my complaints of technology and speed, I finally found one thing in my early retirement that is technological and fast completely useful and sexy.  Twitter.  

I am so embarrassed to say that I joined Twitter three years ago for the express purpose of finding out what donuts were coming out fresh at Bob’s Donuts.  I was pregnant.  Hungry.  Craving donuts and rocky road ice cream 24/7.  I found out that the best way to find out what was freshest at Bob’s was to sign up for a Twitter account and follow them.  Reluctantly I did.

After I gave birth my  account went cold.  Last August when I left my career to be a full time mother I revived my account.  Just in the past month I started using Twitter finally for news, opinions and causes.  

Then it clicked.  This is sexy.  Knowing what’s going on as quickly as the information is released to the newswire was amazing. Finally this old dinosaur was figuring out what those kids had been talking about all this time.  

There it is.  I’m an old dinosaur.  An old dog trying to learn new tricks that aren’t even new to anyone else but me.  I will always be a person who loves the romance of a time gone by, but realize that unless I want to be discarded and buried with the things I love, I too have to embrace the things that define today.

30

Jul

Four days ago while this girl screamed and struggled with her friends to stay alive, I sat on a beach lovingly holding my son while he played.  

My own child is a constant reminder of these families that are suffering and scared.  I’m not a big prayer, but recently I can’t help but pray for these mothers and these children.

Pudge at world’s edge…

Pudge at world’s edge…

24

Jul

Often have seen 2 ‘98 greige Toyota camrys In a row, but THREE?

Often have seen 2 ‘98 greige Toyota camrys In a row, but THREE?

21

Jul

Things that made me smile and go, “hey!”:
Rainbow cookie… With SPRINKLES! Go Fillmore Street Bakeshop

In somewhat related news: Go President Obama! An executive order clearly emphasizing that discrimination due to sexual orientation is equal to and just as illegal as discrimination due to sex, color and disability. 
Boehner and republicans that have gone off the deep end: your lawsuit is a waste of tax payer dollars and time. Please focus on immigration reform and the humanitarian crisis abroad. Also please hire a better Constitutional law team.

Things that made me smile and go, “hey!”:
Rainbow cookie… With SPRINKLES! Go Fillmore Street Bakeshop

In somewhat related news: Go President Obama! An executive order clearly emphasizing that discrimination due to sexual orientation is equal to and just as illegal as discrimination due to sex, color and disability. Boehner and republicans that have gone off the deep end: your lawsuit is a waste of tax payer dollars and time. Please focus on immigration reform and the humanitarian crisis abroad. Also please hire a better Constitutional law team.
In war the people that have the weapons and have the power to just walk away are rarely the ones with anything to lose.

In war the people that have the weapons and have the power to just walk away are rarely the ones with anything to lose.

18

Jul

Walking from school after dropping off Pudge at school or to school when picking him up:
“Where’s your baby?”
“Did you know there is no baby?”
Weird/ concerned look

Walking from school after dropping off Pudge at school or to school when picking him up:
“Where’s your baby?”
“Did you know there is no baby?”
Weird/ concerned look