Wednesday, June 27, 2007
We had a great weekend! We got to hang out with most of our best friends. Heath and Barbara brought Carter, who is only 10 weeks old, for his first visit to Houston. We had so much fun. What great weekend doesn't include shopping and hanging out at a pool? Heath took care of Carter while Ross worked and Barbara and I had some girl time (shopping) on Friday. Then Saturday we took Carter to his first pool party at Emma and Chris' house where we got to hang out with more of our good friends. There were lots of babies there, and you can tell that they were the center of attention...just checkout the pictures in the album!
Then a couple of days later all of the computers in the Russian Service Module failed...you may have heard about this one in the news, so I'll spare you the details. Let's just say this was a big deal and involved a lot of smart people to figure out a workaround that would allow the crew to stay on the ISS! It took longer than anyone would have like, but the Russians figured out a way to workaround the problem. We are still getting comfortable with the workaround, but we are continuing with our normal operations.
With all of this and the blanket problems on the shuttle that were also all over the news, we were happy to see the shuttle undock and safely land. The "fly-around" that the shuttle does after undocking from ISS was one of the coolest things I've ever seen. I'll try to get a picture to post.
Our next big event happens next week...yes, during the July 4th holiday. It is our biggest software transition, and software transitions are my group's responsibility. I'd like to say that once that is over I'll get a break, but there's another big event on ISS the following week. Then we hope to launch another shuttle in early August!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
It's been raining a lot this weekend which isn't so bad in itself but I really need to mow the yard. It's particularly annoying because it comes in spurts. Just when it seems like it might be dry enough to mow, another downpour comes. One of those moments just happened. It wasn't dry enough yet but it wasn't raining and the sun was shining so I thought I could take Bailey for a walk and then when we returned I would be able to mow. About half way through our walk it started to sprinkle and I could hear and see the downpour about half a block away, so Bailey and I turned and ran. It was kind of fun running from the rain that I could hear chasing me down from behind especially since I just got through watching an episode of Man vs. Wild and it felt like I was in an adventurous struggle for my life! Of course, then I had to turn a corner to head home and the rain caught me. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
The Shuttle successfully launched Friday evening which is both good and bad. Of course, we would never wish for a launch delay but it does mean that E and I both have to work tough hours. You might notice the time of this post (~3AM). I am currently working midnight to 9AM and E is working 4AM to 1PM. It's not too bad though; at least we aren't working opposite shifts.