Horsie Ride," aka the William Tell Overture, so she can run around and around. When it's time for bedtime, she's protesting now, saying "No - no stowees!" (no stories), "No, no naps!" and "No, no bet!" (no bed). But fortunately she's still easy to put to bed.
snowman jammies very much. Just tonight she asked for them specifically and cried when we said not tonight, but tomorrow she could wear them. She wears the snowman jammie slippers faithfully, though. She's made lots of friends at preschool and talks about them a lot. She gets very excited when they come over to play or when she gets to go to their house to play. She really likes when our photo gallery screen saver comes on and she can watch the pictures. She remembers Titi Toni and Titi Edna very well when the Orlando reunion pictures come up. She also loves the Curious George blanket that Aunt Raquel made her for Christmas. She frequently insists that it's the one and only blanket she wants to cover her at night.
I've been quite busy myself between home, the girls, choir, and especially work. I'm the only person that has been developing the mission planning software (MPS) for two satellite missions being launched this year and flown by Orbital Science Corporation in Dulles, VA. To really simplify what MPS does: it is a tool used in the mission operations center (MOC) that repeatedly analyzes the predicted satellite orbit and assembles the nominal command loads that get uploaded to the satellite for execution, checking for conditions that might damage the satellite in some way. I really could have used another developer to take some of the workload (the original plan), but since that didn't happen, just about every MPS-related question or task falls on me, for either mission, and recently from several groups with Orbital looking at possibly wanting their own customized MPS for upcoming missions. The two missions for which I'm currently developing the MPS are:
- Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), launching Summer '08. This satellite's mission is to build a "picture" of the boundary between our solar system and interstellar space. Think of it as the shock wave made by our solar system as it moves through the larger galaxy. Here's the official mission website.
- Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO), launching December '08. This satellite's mission is to act as a space-based platform to observe sources and sinks of carbon dioxide in the effort to better understand the carbon cycle and improve predictions of any future increases in CO2 and its impact on climate change.
Well, that probably brings us somewhat up to date for now. I'm sure there are things that have happened in the last month that I've forgotten and didn't have time to sit and write. Maybe things will slow down enough I'll be able to write more often. Or maybe I'm kidding myself…!