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November 04, 2014 at 11:41PM

Unplugging from the Stream

Question tonight is  …
How old were you when you learned to tie your shoes? Do you remember it? Did you start with the “bunny ears” method, or pick up the standard method first?

Question from 2014-10-22
_What part of pop culture do you wish would just go away? _ 

Answers that I received were reality tv and hipsters.  I agree with reality tv, but I would just be happy if someone would do away with skinny jeans … they are frightful 😉

My personal pick for the piece of pop culture that I would do away with would be gauges. I don’t have anything against people doing what they want, but I truly believe that a lot of folks with incredibly large ones are going to regret it later in life, and it’s REALLY hard not to stare at them, ya know?  Think about the fellow who put them in his cheeks so that his teeth show. He must have a ridiculous amount of drool on his pillow for one thing, and who wants that???

My answer to last night’s question of
If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

+Elon Musk  – srsly  I’m in this Performance Psychology doctoral program right now, and I’m starting an MS in Space Science in January, and if I survive, then I’ll get a Master of Aeronautical Science in Human Factors and Safety in Space right on top of those two, while earning a CISSP and PMP certification in the middle somewhere.

I had given up on really doing anything worthwhile with my life, but I’ve done everything that I set out to do over the past 15 years, and after my visit to NASA last year … after sitting around shooting the shit with Astronauts and NASA engineers, scientists, and PR peeps at a little watering hole in Houston, it clicked that hey … I can still do this … it’s not too late … I. CAN. DO. THIS.  So, I am.

I have several reasons why I chose Elon Musk as who I would like to be my mentor. First of all, he’s crazy smart, successful, he’s a creative thinker, a problem solver, he thinks long-term, and he thinks BIG!!! That and he owns a space technology company who I would work for if NASA falls through 😀  He has many important qualities that I am looking for in a mentor, and I think that he would provide good advice and possibly sponsorship for my research. If Elon falls through, then I am still looking …

I was really productive at work today, plus I finished an assignment over lunch. At the end of the day I stood up, and I felt …  satisfied … maybe even happy … about what I got accomplished today.  I really like that feeling of having completed everything; of being able to walk away from work with no unfinished tasks dangling in the back of my head and distracting from my enjoyment of the evening. It feels GOOD to be productive, and I smiled almost all afternoon as I saw everything coming together and item after item dropped off my to do list. It’s feeling especially good tonight because I’ve not been posting how I like – I’ve been rushed, and I’ve enjoyed going back through and responding to comments and getting a more substantial post together tonight.

Keep your fingers crossed for me that this lasts 🙂

Questions from a few different nights that I haven’t answered yet are listed below, and I’ll work my way through them over the next few nights. I answered one extra tonight, so I’ll keep doing that every day or two until I get these knocked out … I have some fun memories associated with these, so prepare yourselves for long posts when I answer 😉

1) What was your favorite food when you were little? Is it still your favorite?  Was there a food that you couldn’t stand that you like now?  Any foods that you didn’t like then and never will?

2) Did you ever threaten, or even prepare, to run away from home when you were a kid?  Do you remember why?  Did you pack anything?  Did you make it out of the house, and if so, how far did you get?

3) Have you ever been given a present that you hated/disliked? What was it?  Who gave it to you? What was the occasion? How did you react – could they tell that you didn’t like it?
Have a great night, fellow +Plussers, and Ride the Stream while I dream 🙂

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From: Eileen A. McAllister @ Google+
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October 30, 2014 at 11:14PM

Unplugging from the Stream

Questions tonight are …
What is your favorite time of day? Why?

Questions from last night were:
What was your favorite food when you were little? Is it still your favorite?  Was there a food that you couldn’t stand that you like now?  Any foods that you didn’t like then and never will?

Questions from night before last were:
Did you ever threaten, or even prepare, to run away from home when you were a kid?  Do you remember why?  Did you pack anything?  Did you make it out of the house, and if so, how far did you get?

I’m gonna pile all of these answers into one long post soon – maybe this weekend, or maybe I’ll just dole them out … not certain yet, but I’m definitely enjoying your answers and participation 🙂

Previous question that I will eventually answer  😉
Have you ever been given a present that you hated/disliked? What was it?  Who gave it to you? What was the occasion? How did you react – could they tell that you didn’t like it?

I have an opportunity tonight to go to be … like … now.  I’m taking it.  I have a lot to catch up on this weekend, and I’ll be adding a lot to my blog.  I’ve analyzed my work and sleep patterns, determined a few things that aren’t working, and I want to outline those in case my observations and ideas can help someone else 🙂

Today is now day 30 (YAY!!! It’s Halloween Eve!!!) of my favorite month which culminates, as I’ve mentioned many, many times now, in my favorite holiday of Halloween, and my next Halloween themed image can be seen below …

Have a great night, fellow Pressers, and sweet dream 🙂

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From: Eileen A. McAllister @ Google+
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October 21, 2014 at 11:29PM

Unplugging from the Stream

Questions tonight are …

Have you ever been given a present that you hated/disliked? What was it?  Who gave it to you? What was the occasion? How did you react – could they tell that you didn’t like it?

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I got about … no wait, exactly ZERO responses to last night’s questions, so I’ll just skip those myself …

What was the apartment or house like that you grew up in? How many bedrooms did it have? Bathrooms? What was your bedroom like?

No nap today, but guess what??? I get to go to bed at a reasonable hour!!!  This is simply unheard of for me 🙂

… screw the eggs …

Today is now day 21 (YAY!!!) of my favorite month which culminates, as I’ve mentioned many, many times now, in my favorite holiday of Halloween, and my next Halloween themed photo can be seen below …

I stopped to snap this on the way home, and then I kept not being happy with the processing, so I tried again, and again, and again until I had five versions of this one.  I had the entire family vote, and this was the winner 🙂

Have a great night, fellow Pressers, and  sweet dreams 🙂

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From: Eileen A. McAllister @ Google+
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October 21, 2014 at 04:23AM

Unplugging from the Stream

Questions tonight are …
What was the apartment or house like that you grew up in? How many bedrooms did it have? Bathrooms? What was your bedroom like?

My answers to the night before last’s questions
What cartoons did you watch/like best growing up? Were Saturday morning cartoons your favorite part of the week?

As I mentioned last night, last Saturday was the end of an era, and the first week since about forever ago that the main networks didn’t show cartoons on Saturday morning.

I used to get up ridiculously early on Saturday mornings to catch Casper.  He came on at 6:30 or 7:30am, and if I got up too early, then I had an interminable wait staring at the fuzzy screen until the channel came alive 15 minutes before.  I watched the Superfriends at 11:30am (not sure why that stuck), The New Schmoo was on at 10L00am, I think, and there was Johnny Quest, Scooby Do, and Hong King Phooey, and Bugs Bunny, and Land of the Lost (not a cartoon, but c’mon), The Pink Panther, Underdog, H.R. Puffinstuff  (yes, I am admitting this publicly), The Jetsons, Mr. Magoo, Shazam, Sigmund and the Seamonster, Captain Caveman, that thing with Lamb Chop … whew … this is NOT an exhaustive list … but man – that was the highlight of my week to get to watch all of these, and sometimes I would flip back and forth because I couldn’t decide which one to watch.

When I was a little older I watched G-force, Speed Racer, Two Stupid Dogs, and many more, and my all-time favorite was Underdog when I was little, and later on The Tick 😀

I took a marathon nap again today,  although much shorter than yesterday.  I am definitely splitting my days up with a long nap, work, another long nap, homework/posts/stuff around the house. I was incredibly productive at work today, and that always feels good.  I struggled, however, with my homework assignment, and I was two minutes late with it   My freaking internet went out again, and the 5 minutes that I had to spend getting that back up and running literally put me 2 minutes over the deadline.  Grrrr

Yeah, I know that I shouldn’t be cutting it so close, but dangit – I had it ready to submit and the connection dropped.  How do you plan ahead for shit like that?

… gonna end up throwing the stupid eggs away …

Today is now day 20 (YAY!!!) of my favorite month which culminates, as I’ve mentioned many, many times now, in my favorite holiday of Halloween, and my next Halloween themed ANIMATED photo can be seen below …

I stopped to snap this on the way home, and then I kept not being happy with the processing, so I tried again, and again, and again until I had seven versions.  At that point I couldn’t decide which one I liked best, so I just animated the lot, and shared them all 🙂 Turns out that those don’t work here, so I changed to the static images …

Have a great night, fellow Pressers, and many sweet dreams 🙂

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From: Eileen A. McAllister @ Google+
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October 09, 2014 at 12:25AM

Unplugging from the Stream

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Well, the whole getting up at 4:00am to shoot the eclipse thing didn’t happen earlier.  The kids were excited about going, and actually got themselves up before me, and came to call me at 3:45am.  I asked them if they had checked outside … there was a short pause, and then I was informed in a dejected tone, that it was raining.  They went back to bed a little disappointed.  Me?  I  snuggled deeper under the covers, and happily went back to sleep.  I would have gone, if for no other reason than to not disappoint the kids,  but I was not the least bit upset that there was no eclipse to be seen for us 😉

Day 49 of my doctoral journey, and I am looking at two more hours or so to finish this week’s assignment tonight.  I worked on it a bit at lunch, but got pulled over to other things (squirrel!), and made little headway.  I was so exhausted when I got home from work that I took a nap, although that’s kind of my plan anyway, and now I am rested and ready to tackle the assignment.

If I were able to focus, and just work on the assignment, it would probably just take an hour, but my mind jumps all over the place, and I have to take feed some of these distractions or they truly interfere with my concentration. That’s how I work best, though, so I’m not complaining … I just know that I have to add in the extra time to break frequently and regain my focus.

I am a firm believer in the old Greek adage of, “Know thyself” and I work most effectively when I focus in short spurts when it’s a rote assignment like I have tonight.  I can become fully absorbed almost to the point of obsession, and to the exclusion of external distractions when I’m working on a research paper.  I let my kids know in advance when I am preparing to tackle a research topic, and they are usually good about not interrupting, or at least letting me complete my thought before I pull my attention away.  It can frequently take them several attempts to get my attention in this mode when I am “in the zone” and I thoroughly enjoy those times when I become that deeply immersed in research or an activity such as editing a photo or creating a digital paintograph 🙂

— Turned out to be 3 hours as my daughter thought called in a panic because she was stranded with a flat tire, so I went to pick her up.  I arrived, walked around the car, and the tires were fine, but the low pressure gauge had come on, and she was under the impression that the car was doing all manner of horrible bouncy, pulling, noisy, dangerous things.  I walked around the car, only to find that the tires all looked fine, and we switched vehicles so that I could assess the issue.  It was pulling a bit to the right, but not horribly so, and was a little wobbly, but she could have driven home just fine on it.

This, however, was not what made me angry – what made me angry is that I found out that she never even got out of the vehicle to inspect the tires!!!  My assignment was late because of this, and that angered me a bit more.  She is moving out of the house into an apartment with a friend in a couple of weeks, and this helpless stance that she has assumed will not serve her well in that situation … teenagers!!!

Nearing the end of day 8 of my favorite month which ends on my favorite holiday – Halloween, and my next Halloween themed photo can be seen above …

I call this one – what else?  Purple Haze 😉

Have a great night, fellow Pressers !!!

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From: Eileen A. McAllister @ Google+
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October 07, 2014 at 09:33PM

I just went to take a peek at this, since I went to sleep right after posting it, only I discovered it still in my Drafts, so here is Day 48’s update on Day 49.

Unplugging from the Stream

Getting up around 4:00am to go shoot the eclipse … that’s the plan, anyway … we’ll see how I feel when the alarm goes off 😉

This is now day 48 of my doctoral journey, and I finished another small assignment at lunch, and got organized to finish the big one tomorrow.

Nearing the end of day 7 of my favorite month which ends on my favorite holiday – Halloween, and my next Halloween themed photo can be seen below …

I call this one – What Lurks Beyond

Have a great night, fellow Pressers 🙂

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Day 40 – Big Happy Sigh

Happy, because I have had a positive, productive, and fun day! Work was, well, work, but I shared a few laughs and good conversation with folks, and I accomplished a lot. I have my notebook sitting open on my desk ready for me to write my six pages in the morning, and I wrote up a fresh, shiny to do list to start on tomorrow. I usually leave one on my keyboard on Fridays as a memory jog for Monday morning, but I neglected to do so last week as I took an unexpected half day off. I will not do that to myself again. It took me until close to lunch to get my brain wrapped back around my priorities, and I never was able to write my pages today.

This cascaded into preventing me from taking my 11:00am walk with my friend, and caused me to cut my lunch short to prepare for a meeting. The good part was that I did take a walk, camera in hand, on my truncated lunch hour, and I found some lovely little gems to photograph on a seldom-used secluded slice of nature behind my place of work. One of those is shared below.

I took a nap after I got home, completed my homework, and now I am catching up on my self-imposed social media responsibilities. The nap thing is a little difficult to adjust to, but after 6 weeks, my body seems to be adjusting well. The mental aspect is more difficult. My mind gets distressed when I’m up so much later, so that, even though I am getting enough sleep, and have plenty of energy during the day, I start to feel almost panicked after so many years of 1:00am indicating insomnia rather than the norm on a work night.

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Until then …