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Right? I'm sure I was spending way too much time with my little screen. Ooops.
So now I've got a flip phone. I'd forgotten how satisfying it is to hang up calls by closing the phone. Plus hitting the keys a million times to text = just saying 'screw it' and calling people. I can see this being a good change already.
Lemon chicken pasta with capers. Pretty sure either this or homemade snicker-doodles is how I hooked my bae.
- salt & pepper 2 chicken breasts cut into large chunks
- add 1-2 tbsp olive oil to a deep pan
- brown the chicken on all sides on medium high and then remove from the pan
- sautee a few cloves of garlic in the same pan on medium with 1/2 tbsp butter until fragrant
- add about half a lemon sliced into 1/8" rounds and let cook for ~2 minutes while stirring
- de-glaze the pan with 1/4 cup white wine then add 1/4 cup chicken broth plus 1.5 cups water plus 1/4 cup lemon juice
- return chicken to the pan with 16oz of raw pasta
- bring to a light boil and then let simmer for 10-12 minutes (6-8 if you are using GF pasta) covered until chicken is cooked through, and pasta is cooked to al dente
- stir in about a tablespoon of capers
- serve with some shredded Parmesan on top
If your bae likes cheese like I do though there's an awesome one pot recipe for cheesy sun-dried tomato pasta that is so. freaking. good. Mine is mildly lactose intolerant, so I just make that when he's out of town.
That feeling when the square footage of my $2k/month apartment is only slightly more than the cost of your mortgage. Oof. Who wants to help me move JPL to the midwest on a big crawler...
Life is better this week; not feeling as overwhelmed which is nice, and I think getting to see some family over the weekend helped so much. Plus now my fiance's sister is married! Fiance and I were dancing during the reception and had this exciting but also kinda weird realization that the next wedding we'll go to is ours. Starting to set the fire under myself to get plans nailed down, though our date isn't until October.
I lost my cell phone on Friday. Left it, dead, on top of a car that then drove across Cincinnati, so it's gone for good. I've surprised myself in really dragging my feet on getting a new one though. Like the first couple days were super hard because I felt like no I neeeeeeed my phone ahhh but with the wedding and having to do pre-planned things for planning ours there really wasn't time to spend an hour or two at the store getting a new one. Then I noticed by Monday that I actually feel pretty great without a phone. When I go on runs it's just me whoever I'm with, the birds, the plants, etc. I used to hate running without music, but this week it has been so calming. And now about a week in, I can tell my focus is better and my mind is quiet. Kinda want to see how long this can go...
Mars driving post will happen in the next couple days. I got really inspired to work on the Nepal pictures/video so now that's here + shared with family & friends. Birthday is this weekend and I have no plans. Hopefully my more extroverted friends won't be mad if I just bake things and read because honestly that's all I want to do. Life is good =)
- I think driving any of these all-electric vehicles is going to change your perception of driving, from "all the comforts of home, in the car", to transportation as utilitarian need.
Interesting, and that makes sense considering range is the name of the game with EVs right now and weight from extra BS = less range.
I wonder though how that will change when widespread use of autopilot enters the game, since my assumption is that autonomy is more likely to show up in all the EVs/hybrid/tech-y cars before the gassy ones (totally talking out of the air here). Once you remove the passenger from driving, it seems like the trend would go towards making the interior more home-y rather than less. I guess it makes the most sense to think two branches will emerge: one cheap utilitarian set of vehicles, and a set of luxury ones.
Those new Civics keep popping up in my life lately as a lot of my friends and family are getting them and loving it. I got to drive one over the weekend and yeah. If they could stuff a battery in the bottom I'd trade in my Prius for it yesterday.
To be fair it's not just work that has me so stressed. We went from evacuated for a wildfire that came within a few blocks -> watching my sister's psychotic dog that barks constantly for 2 weeks -> overtime fiesta at work with no time to just sit. I just want to afford to be a hermit for like 3 weeks and then come back and still be employed lol
I've been lurking in the woodwork for a while, figured I'd pop back in and say hello.
Had my first drive on Mars on Jan 2nd which was super exciting. More on that in a post I'm working on & will link here when it's done. Bottom line - it was awesome. Drilling capability on the rover should be back soon!
Fiance's sister is getting married this weekend, which means we get to see family for the first time in over a year. It will only be a couple days, but his family has the most fun weddings and I really really miss them.
Training for marathon #6 is going well. Not too enthused that my running routes are all flat and the race is going to be hilly, so hopefully the stairs and inclined treadmill I've added into my training routine will help with that. Not sure what else to do besides drive myself into the mountains at 4am to get in hills before work. We'll see what happens.
I've started making art again!
Always trying to be creative with xmas gifts for friends and family, I decided this year to sketch everyone's pets onto plywood, use nails for a good border, and then fill in the colors with yarn. I'm pretty proud of how they turned out, and it's one low-tech thing I can do now that really does relax me. Which I need because...
I can't even begin to describe how burnt out I am right now. I can't remember even basic words when speaking (would call it aphasia but it goes away when I'm not long term loosing my mind; had it on and off in grad school), GAD is hardcore kicking in, and basically I feel like I'm trying to live on fumes with half a brain. It's so frustrating to not be able to articulate myself at work, and I'm sure it must be confusing to see someone who clearly knows what they're doing not be able to use words to talk about it, and someone who a few months ago was on top of everything and coming in before deadlines no longer be able to make an extended, extended deadline. I love the work I'm doing and don't want to complain, but at the same time I keep getting asked to work overtime on days off and can't get myself to say no. I was supposed to work overtime the day before NYE and ended up being so sick I couldn't leave my bed for 4 days. On day 5 I was back at 8am. At least in a sense it shows how much I love what I'm doing, because it's a dream job.
I know the answer is that I need a break, I just don't know how to get one, because I have no vacation days. Without trying to go into too much detail, I got hired into NASA not as a full employee but as a long term contractor (DC level people putting a stranglehold on JPL hiring is my understanding) which means while all my colleagues get 8+ weeks of vacation every year I max out at 5 days. I was told that the contractor->JPL transition would be quick, but 2 years later here I am, still with no ability to take a break, and still no timeline for the conversion. Going to Nepal feels like a mistake, and even half of that trip was unpaid leave. I didn't know this would keep going this long. With half our family on the other side of the country and the other half in Europe, I haven't seen family besides my sibling, who luckily lives nearby, in a year. It doesn't help that I hate living in a city setting, I don't like LA weather (would much prefer to be snowed in right now! I used to love it) and our rent just raised us out of being able to afford our apartment. So now we're hunting again, and most places ignore you when you mention you have a service animal. Guys, I'm exhausted.
rover gonna rove
It was a nice surprise to find out popular science picked up on a news release from JPL about the work I + feed extended drilling team have been hammering out since June:
I'm still geeking out about this because it's a magazine I've been reading since I was little. So even if my name isn't mentioned just the fact that something I've directly been working on is being talked about omg.
Finally done wading through the drilling sequence for now... though it's probably going to change a few more times. At least now I have the architecture figured out in my mind so I can start mapping that out in some visual way and subsequently figuring out what needs testing next month.
Otherwise work is going well. We had a crazy drive planning day yesterday since the sol plan got pulled at the last minute after some unusual data came down (dirt in a weird spot), which meant lots of work for me and the other strategic planner outlining relevant data to look at later and where we think things will go over the weekend (spoiler: it kept changing until our answer basically became ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). It was super fun though; first time there has been so much action for me on strategic planning :D There are some cool panoramas from where we are on the ridge currently, so once those get past ITAR I'll share them.
Fiance and I have been 100% addicted to Zelda Breath of the Wild this week since he got a Nintendo Switch. It's such an open ended, relaxing, beautiful game. Very different from the other Zelda games, but in the best way possible. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a new game addiction. Spoiler - you can ride the bears... very carefully.