Florida Trip- NASA

Hey guys,

I am so sorry that I was away from you these days, since I was traveling with some friends this week.

Trip to NASA was one of the most important compositions in my trip to Florida. In my mind, it is a highly sacred business that human beings do. Many brave men have devoted all into it, even their lives. It has been a long way since we explore the space. We have imagined so much before we take efforts into it. Finally, we landed on it, the Moon,  Mars.

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NASA is a good place for space education, especially for the children. It can instill them with brave, hope, and action. I think NASA pays much attention on the education to the next generations. In the IMAX, the theme of the movie was to share the dream of exploring the space with the children from the beginning of the movie to the end. They even provide the chance of having meal with the astronauts. NASA really does a good job in publicizing, understanding, and supporting the development of the space business.

Florida Trip-Coast Ride

I have never experienced roller coaster ride before. This was the first time that I ride a roller coaster ride. It was in the Universal Studio, Orlando. The name is called “Mummy”. I got on it and did not know what will happen ahead. Just wait silently in the cabin. And the most exciting and challenging time is that it will stop and start immediately. Its highest point is that you will never know what will happen ahead. The turning point challenged me a lot. It suddenly stopped in front of a wall and returned back in an accelerating speed. It was really a good memory to me. I cannot forget it.

After I experienced it, I knew how it works and I was braver and tried more coast rides in the following days, including the Thunder Train, Splash Water, and Simpson. The most unforgettable moment was during the Thunder Train. A five year old girl sitting beside me was quiet and brave. This impressed me really lot. I think we should let children experience more to help build up their bravery.

This quarter is starting off just fine!

Some things I’m thankful for:

After buying/ordering all the books for Winter Quarter, I added up everything… and was thrilled that the total was only $188.07… About a third of what Autumn Quarter was!

I made it through a week-long road trip and nearly two weeks with the family over winter break without any mishaps.

Christmas with my extended family was relaxing, and everyone enjoyed their gifts.

I successfully achieved > 90% on the SAT I took this afternoon – in order to teach SAT prep classes at Kaplan, your score has to be over 90% AND from within the past five years… mine was eight years ago!

New Year’s Eve is shaping up to be a nice, low-key event with friends, music and of course some tasty beverages.

I hope everyone is enjoying their last few days of “freedom” before we start classes again!

Best wishes,

Stacey

Random Rants: dreaming of a white Christmas

A white Christmas is actually a dream where I come from, as it NEVER snows. I’ve seen some people actually make decorations with styrofoam just to have the color (cleaning up the mess afterward must be quite time-consuming).

Also, I’ve heard that there is usually not much snow in Washington, DC (the Fairy Godmother actually told me that a single snowflake in DC has the power to shut down the city). However, here’s what DC looked like this holiday season.

White Christmas in DC
White Christmas in DC

And yes, shoveling snow is boring.

“Llamé pa verte… tú quieres conocerme y yo conocerte…” — Wisin y Yandel

The Open Road Song

I notice there haven’t been any posts for a while, so I figured I could take a quick moment to jot down some thoughts about winter break…

I decided that a road trip was in order (cheap, easy, lots of options)!

Since 11:00 AM on December 17th, I have:

  • Put over 1800 miles on the KNPSHUN Fit
  • Driven through seven states
  • Sang along (probably poorly) to at least 450 songs
  • Become re-acquainted with my music collection which spans from the 1940’s to 2009… from Aerosmith to Wesley Willis and a LOT of artists in between
  • Spent the night in Decatur, Alabama, the French Quarter (New Orleans), Louisiana, Live Oaks, Florida, and Orlando, Florida
  • Seen TWO white alligators!
  • Seen several live bands on Bourbon Street
  • Eaten beignets (Google: Cafe du Monde)
  • Splashed around in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Driven through the Irish Bayou
  • Learned the origins of the words “Creole” and “Cajun”
  • Saw the “Oldest Building” and the “Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse” in St. Augustine, Florida
  • Realized how beautiful the southeastern part of the US is – the last time I was in Florida… I’m not sure if I was even in the double digits yet.
  • Met SO many wonderful people that were willing to give advice and take pictures!
  • And so, so much more!

I wish I could add all the pictures to this post, but unfortunately, there is only room for a few.

I hope everyone is having an excellent break, and enjoying time with family and friends!

Stacey

This week’s top five

  1. My Opa is OK after undergoing heart surgery… that ROCKS! Ich wünsch dir eine gute Besserung, Opa!
  2. Southwest guy: “So are you studying here in Columbus?” Me: “Yah, I am” Southwest guy: “So why didn’t you go study someplace warm?” Me: “…”
  3. Sunrise at 6 a.m., sunny with a high of 20+°C… heaven!
  4. The 2009 Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Those were some BEAUTIFUL angels!
  5. JF’s conviction power: he got EV, NF, and MH to squeeze a lemon in their eyes (among other things).

“I just can’t get you out of my head”  – Kylie Minogue (among others)

Kid’s story: Long, hard road out of hell

Timeline: Sunday morning

I see: Liverpool vs. Arsenal

I hear: the commentators and my brother’s constant messenger sounds

I smell: yes, I do… I need a shower

I feel: younger

Yup, I’m home for Christmas break. The trip over was quite fine: I flew on Thursday to Fort Lauderdale and got a ride down to Coral Gables where I spent the night, and flew home from Miami on Friday. I can’t begin to describe how happy I was to be back in Latin America.

And yes, I count the Miami area as Latin America. I mean no offense to the Americans, really, but even those living there (and I mean those who have no Latino heritage for at least four generations, or around 1% of the population) agree. A popular saying down south is that Miami is the capital of Latin America; make of it what you wish.

Back to the topic: I’m home for Christmas break. It was tough coming here at first. I mean, I had a very clear yearning for seeing my friends and speaking Spanish and the food and all that. However, I was afraid that it would be hard for me to go back to Columbus.

Regarding the friends thing, I have a few friends in Columbus (at least for my part), but I have known them for a little over three months for the best part, and in my culture you have to know a person for a longer time than a few months in order for him/her to be considered a close friend (by the way, the lady friends are a different category altogether). We’re getting there, but I miss my close friends.

Speaking Spanish is pretty self-explanatory, as is the food thing.

Even with all that, I have a few plans pending for the upcoming quarters that do quite a good job at outweighing the pros of staying home. There’s also the fact that my gordita told me she misses me (and I believed her), and the fact that I found a new home for my baby Samantha here (home) so I must relieve my babysitter MH of his duties with Sarah (in Columbus). And yes, I feel proud that I can have a babysitter with more than half an MBA degree for my baby :).

So it was hard to decide to come home and it will be even harder to go back, but I feel I must make my so-far-very-large-and-soon-to-be-even-larger investment (and all those A’s) count for something. Sorry, Fisher College, looks like you’ll have to cope with me for another quarter.

Now I just have to forget about that bloody loneliness that usually kills me in Columbus…

“¿Y quién tiene la shave del gol? Sha te voy a deciiiiir quién tiene la shave del gol…”  – Fox Sports guy

Final exams are upon us

The bad news is that it’s finals week. The good news is that it means the quarter is almost over. This weekend I have spent most of my time studying although I was able to make some time to watch a little college football and watch the Blue Jackets put together a poor effort against the Colorado Avalanche. Cincinnati won their football game yesterday to finish an undefeated regular season. In my opinion, their coach, Brian Kelly, will soon be Notre Dama’s coach and make the Irish winners again.

Overall it has been a good quarter. School has taken a lot more of my time than I had expected but I have learned a lot. I am sure the Christmas break will be very relaxing but I am kind of looking forward to my next quarter when I will be taking Global Sourcing and Operations Management.

Anyway, time to get back to studying. As promised, here are a few pictures from Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving and returning to class

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I went down to Hilton Head with my girlfriend’s family and it was a nice break. We got on the road at 3:45 pm on Tuesday and arrived at our destination at 2:30 am Wednesday morning. Overall it was a pretty relaxing trip. I got to play golf twice, went horseback riding and got in a round of putt putt golf. Unfortunately, I also had to do a  little school work over the break since I have a group project due today for MBA 812.

Going back to work yesterday was a little bit of an adjustment, but I think I am already back in the swing of things. Right now I am looking forward to getting this quarter over with and enjoying the Christmas break. If I’m lucky I’ll make it to a Blue Jackets game or two and maybe even an OSU basketball game.

This weekend I am going to be spending all of my time studying for my finals on Monday and Tuesday, but hopefully I will be able to find some time to watch the SEC Championship game.  Anyway, that’s it for now. I will post some pictures from Thanksgiving in my next blog entry.

Aaaaaand we’re back!

Well I had to get right back into gear upon arriving back in Columbus yesterday morning.  It was great to be back but slightly depressing knowing I was coming back to a big presentation and 2 big papers and then 2 finals…all in under two weeks.  But today I’m confident that I have things under control.

My Thanksgiving was wonderful.  For the first time ever in the 5 thanksgivings I’ve been flying back and forth between Columbus and NYC I was not delayed.  The trick is to get the absolute first flight out on Wednesday (which happened to be 6am…) and wait and fly back on Monday morning.  I also lucked out with the weather.  So I successfully made it to New York by 7:30 am and was picked up by my mom.  We then went over to the Bronx to pick up my brother from school at Manhattan and ate at a great diner near his school.  The rest of Wednesday was spent playing rock band with my siblings, taking a nap and eating thanksgiving dinner number 1.

Thursday, Thankgiving, we had our traditional “non-traditional” thanksgiving.  My family never seems to have the traditional thanksgiving day which I actually like.  Sometimes traditions get a little intense and people get upset if they aren’t followed, so we never make plans.  3 years ago we were all in Ireland because I was studying abroad and my family came to visit.  We had chicken and watched Back to the Future.  2 years ago we were in Mexico with my aunt uncle and cousins because my cousin was studying abroad in the Yucatan (that has been my favorite thus far).  Last year we stayed at home but went out to eat with friends.  This year was a little bit different, we met my aunt uncle and cousin in upstate NY near Poughkeepsie and went for a beautiful hike and then ate dinner at TGI Fridays.  As I said…non traditional.

The rest of the weekend was spent mostly relaxing and procrastinating. I also had thanksgiving dinner number 2 courtesy of my Uncle Mike who had the big traditional thanksgiving…and bbqed his turkey with bacon on top (it was delicious).  By Monday though I was ready to be back to my own apartment (I have been relegated to the guest room at my parents house) and finish up the quarter.

Exciting things coming up:

-Finishing all of my work

-OSU Christmas concert with my co-workers in Career Management

-A trip to see the wild lights at the Columbus Zoo!!