Showing posts with label work. Show all posts
Showing posts with label work. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


i haven't been around this blog (or a computer for that matter) for the past 4 days.  instead, i was touring some multibillion-dollar construction jobsites (yes, BILLION, like with a "B", i can't even imagine that much money) and spending time with some friends that live SO far away....

 photo photo2_zpsfe81edbf.jpg  photo photo4_zps4f2205d5.jpg  photo photo3_zps135ea799.jpg  photo photo1_zps9220ca83.jpg

they live in a cute little house in a cute little neighborhood, and i'd be lying if i said i wasn't a little envious of their holiday decorations ( our tree is so tiny compared to theirs!). first thing i did when i got home last night was festivify our chalkboard fridge (because it still said "autumn" on it) and wrap gifts (thank goodness for old trader joe's paper grocery bags! i didn't have to buy a single thing to wrap gifts this year!)  ...and i'm still tweaking my hair-styling skills. i'm not sure why i even tried on the day i took that photo though, because an hour later i had a hard hat smushing it all down and in weird directions out in the cold wind...

for the next many days though, i'll be spending quality time with my mom! she's coming to town for the first time over the holidays, so we have to go see all the lights and window displays in new york! maybe head to grand central for the holiday market...

do you have any holiday-ish suggestions for must-see/must-do's in new york city!?? i'll gladly take them!


Monday, March 18, 2013

unexpected hiatus

it's been so long since i've posted it feels weird...
here's the scoop, though.
as you know, i'm not your typical blogger.
i'm not a stay-at-home mom or wife, i'm not a teacher, i don't work in admin, i'm don't work in fashion, photography, or any other creative field. i'm an engineer, and i never JUST work 8-5.  though blogging is fun, and i truly enjoy doing it, work has just taken over lately. topics i write about rarely coincide with work, and because work takes 100% of my focus, sometimes it's hard to shift that focus to being creative (or at least push it into the non-nerd zone...).  normally i write or edit photos on my lunch break, it's nice to kick back and take a break from my normal engineer stuff (and hey, i don't get paid for lunch anyways, might as well take advantage of what's supposed to be free time)
right now, though, things are different. life is different. up until about the end of january, i worked 8-6ish, went to kickboxing with mr p every night we didn't have something else going on (like dinner with friends, happy hour, concerts, whatever we felt like doing) and although life was rather routine, i pretty much loved every second of it.  i normally got in a good workout, i normally saw my friends several times a week, mr p normally cooked a 5-star meal for me, i always got to snuggle with mr p at night, and i normally had time to blog.
now i'm getting up at 4am on mondays to catch the 5:29am train to manhattan (lets get real, i RUN to the train because i'm always running late) just so i can catch my 6:20am train to boston. i work long hours, sometimes skipping lunch or dinner just because i want to get as many work things done as possible, get back to my hotel at 9pm or 10pm, stay up late because i can't just fall askeep right away, get too little sleep, push through the week not going to kickboxing, eating out every meal because i'm staying in a hotel, pick up the afternoon train back to manhattan getting home by 8:30pm if i'm lucky.  most of all though, and, i'm missing mr p, my friends, and my life back in jersey city.
it's exhausting.
and i'm less than 2 months in. i've got a long haul to go. hopefully i will get a better grasp on how to better live this less-than-ideal life, but for now, all i can say is that it sort of sucks.  i realize that all successful people in the corporate world make some sacrifices.  i guess i can just be thankful that my time for making these sacrifices is before i have kids.  i'm thankful that i have a partner that, who obviously thinks it also sucks that i'm gone during the week, supports me and knows that taking this step in my career is a smart move.
(i know, all you hear is blah blah blah, life sucks, blach blah blah)
that's not entirely the case, i still see mr p and friends on the weekends, i still get to eat mr p's awesome food, and i still know how to have fun (my pounding head was reminding me of that on saturday morning) .....
 photo 2e557b90-b88a-46f8-8b5b-7ee34db87259_zps9053dc02.jpg
....including drinking my first guinness for st patrick's day (mr p was so proud :P)
it's all going to just take some getting-used-to...
the world's not ending....
and i'll make it through :)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

lessons on a late night in liverpool

well if that doesn't sound like a panic at the disco song title...

1.  good food in the UK is like finding a needle in a haystack.

2.  most UK stations stop broadcasting at midnight and start up again at 6am.
(makes it tough to get through the sleepless nights adjusting to the time change)

3.  "mind the gap" is a real phrase... and it's officially become more annoying than the infamous deep male voice on NYC's subway trains saying "stand clear of the closing doors, please"

4.  hairdryers (and subsequently the outlets for the hairdryers) in hotels are located in the desk drawer.

5.  i hate spending nights away from mr p.

6.  there are NO fat people in london.

7.  you have to turn the outlet on before your computer (that may normally take a few tries to turn on) will turn on.

8.  i miss mr p.

9.  nobody checks the tickets on the virgin trains.  my ticket from london to liverpool was 75 pounds.

10.  the internet in hotels (that you have to pay extra for) is very, VERY slow... so sorry for the lack of posts these last few days, i'm lucky enough just to get something to type, let alone bring up anything cool like pictures (that i didn't take because this is a meeting-intensive business trip)

am i as cynical as the dreary UK weather entices yet?


Sunday, December 2, 2012


happy holidays from the woman engineers at my company holiday party!

melissa's hubs snagged this classic candid as we all froze our butts off while trying to pose on the balcony/patio of the chart house without our hair blowing in our faces with the manhattan skyline in the background.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

the "other" space shuttle

did anyone ACTUALLY see the space shuttle endeavor travel 12 miles of city streets outside of LA?  now THAT would be a sight to see! my friend posted this video on facebook, and i couldn't help but share it!
(thanks, quan!)

(video time-lapse of endeavor's 12-mile journey produced by LA Times)

so, WHY do i call it the "other" space shuttle?

if you've been a follower of my blog since april or may or so, you saw many posts of the enterprise space shuttle that went to new york city!  i had the privilege of being involved in the engineering work behind getting the enterprise from JFK airport to the intrepid museum by water...

so, though i think it would be WAY cool to see the endeavor travel down the streets of LA, i feel  VERY lucky to ride the tug boat pulling the shuttle up the hudson river too!

it was pretty cool to see it piggy-backed in the air on top of another airplane too.  this first shot is my own photo, the second and third are photos courtesy of the NASA chase plane that followed the shuttle from DC to NYC.

now... TRY to tell me that science isn't cool ;)


Monday, June 11, 2012

opportunity of a lifetime

as you all well know , i've had the amazing opportunity to be involved with the final journey of the enterprise shuttle .
(i think mr p knows a little TOO well... i can't help but talk about it all the time, he's definitely tired of hearing about the space shuttle by now!)

my last post about the journey highlighted the transfer of the shuttle from the ground at JFK airport to a barge.

last wednesday was the big day though, when it went from our yard in jersey city up past the statue of liberty and ground zero, and up the hudson river to the intrepid sea, air, and space museum.   this is where our crane picked up the shuttle and placed it on the deck of the intrepid.

i got to ride the tug during this last leg of the journey!  it was fun texting my family to see if they could see me on tv, but after seeing news videos after i got home (around 11:00pm!!) it seems like they were focused more on the shuttle than the tug boat pushing it (shucks).

what a fun, exciting, but stressful day.
check out some "insider" photos below

Monday, June 4, 2012

i touched a space shuttle

yep, you heard that right.  i touched a space shuttle.
i've been spending the past few days at WORK, over the WEEKEND .
(no overtime awesomeness in this salaried position)
but, i can't exactly say i was upset about it. 


awkward posed photo #1
(am i the only one that thinks it's weird to ask your boss to take pictures of you??)

i got to spend it up close and personal to the enterprise space shuttle that's coming to the intrepid museum in manhattan!  i did some of the work for the lift plan, barge stability analysis, and layout plans.

sometimes i think my job is lame-o, but it's projects like this that makes it TOTALLY REDEEM ITSELF.

awkward posed photo #2
(yep, i definitely look more awkward in this one)

tonight i get to take mr p over to see it, and he might actually get to touch it himself too!
(he wants to lick it for some odd reason, i didn't ask questions, i just said no, i need my bosses to continue letting me join in on all the fun projects we get!!)

stay tuned for more! the shuttle still has to get to the intrepid!!
...and you can be sure i will be there!!

what did you do last weekend?? anything fun?? tell me about it!!


Thursday, May 31, 2012

busy bee

the long weekend has come and passed, and we've been SO busy since! family...

...saying goodbyes...

...and i've been busy working on super cool things at work...

sooner or later i will get the chance to tell you more, but for now, i'll leave you with this picture my boss took of me yesterday while at "work".

(NASA Enterprise Shuttle)