Thursday, January 12, 2017

Orbital Space is Finite

I recently listened to a podcast about space junk, the man-made debris floating around in Earth’s orbit. It discussed how one Cold War-era rocket booster over time may break into 100 smaller pieces of debris, which eventually break into 1,000 bits of space junk. It all spins around the planet, occasionally crashing into things, which creates exponentially more and smaller debris.

All these little pieces are not gently floating around us in a Hollywood version of zero gravity. They’re moving at incredibly high speed. Millions of tiny pieces of shrapnel, which we know will inevitably cause damage to the satellites and the things in our orbit that we view as important and useful. Like HBO.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Happy New Year video!

This is what happens when Responsibility.org gives 14 bloggers confetti, ugly sweaters and a video camera.



This post is sponsored by Responsibility.org as part of their #StartsWithMe campaign, encouraging families to talk early, talk often, and be healthy. All the opinions are my own because no one is the boss of me. I'm very proud to be part of the #TalkEarly blogger team this year. 
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

How I approach the holidays, so as not to lose my mind

As many of you know, I work with responsibility.org and this month they asked me to write about how I keep my stress level down around the holidays. This is an important topic for me because after loving Christmas my whole life, I realized a few years ago I had totally lost my holiday spirit.

In fact, I found the process of managing Christmas as a mom and an adult to be frankly horrible. For years, by mid-December I was giant ball of stress and feeling like this:

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Things My Husband Says About My Ice Cold Hands

You know it's winter when my husband, the cranky but adorable Cap'n Coupon, starts complaining about how cold my hands are all the time*. Here's a list of unkind things my husband has told me about my ice cold hands.
  • Are you a Frost Giant?
  • Your fingers feel like hot dogs right out of the fridge.
  • Yes, you woke me up. It’s like sleeping with a White Walker.
  • If you touched liquid nitrogen, you’d make it COLDER.
  • Cadaver hands! Gah!
  • A yeti would shiver and yelp if you touched his neck like that.
  • Your hands are so cold I would assume they were Canadian, except they’re very rude.
  • Put your gloves back on, Elsa. 
  • You should get a job as a snow cone vendor.
  • It’s like you plucked a lobster from the icy waters of Maine and then tried to hold my hand.
  • Good lord, were you just touching tundra?
  • That’s not snuggling. That’s assaulting me with Siberian dagger hands.
  • How are your hands so cold and clammy? Do you live in Gollum’s cave?

*He especially objects to me trying to warm my hands on him while he's sleeping. Unreasonable.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Using Harry Potter to Talk to Your Kids About Being "Under the Influence"


One of the reasons I love working with Responsibility.org is that they give me the coolest writing prompts. They know that I love Harry Potter and with the new movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opening tomorrow, they asked me to write about lessons from the wizarding world that I use to talk to my kids about all kinds of character issues. Today, I want to look at some examples from the text that underscore the dangers of being "under the influence". 

Let’s get nerdy, you guys.

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