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Visiting Boston

I will be holding office hours this Wednesday, July 1, 2:30-5pm Thursday, July 2, 3-5pm at Zaftigs Deli in Natick, MA. I will be answering (and asking) questions about Life, the Universe and Everything. RSVPs are not required, but would be helpful.

Race report

Ran my second half-marathon this morning! The same race I did last year, actually.

Last year's time was about 2:34, so my goal was to run it in 2:30 or less. (Spoiler: I succeeded.)

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Dinner trip

Tonight (6/29) 6pm at Redbones. Let me know if you want to come so I can reserve us a able!


See all the people!

So, I'm going to be in Boston this coming weekend, arriving sometime before noon on Friday, and leaving early Sunday.

Therefore, I propose a dinner mob!
Let's say, Friday 6pm, the Bertucci's at Alewife. Unless someone has a better suggestion.

Also, I propose a dim sum mob!
Let's say, Saturday morning at 10am, New China Pearl in Woburn.

Please comment below if you'd like to come.

Also if you can't come to either of these, let me know, since my schedule is pretty flexible right now. I might also propose a Saturday night dinner mob, if I can think of a good place to go to. Maybe Redbones?

And if you're in Italy, phooey on you! I mean, maybe I'll catch you next time I'm in town.


So, I volunteered to make an octopode to send to Italy. (The Italy octopodes story is someone else's, so I won't go into it here.) I made this smirking troublemaker out of some yarn I had lying around. She insists that she's silver, not gray, thankyouverymuch.

When my kids saw her and I told them that she was going to Italy, they told me I had made her all wrong. And since my kids are brilliant, I made her a friend...

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Now, to send them off...

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This week is fired.

I'm freaking out a bit here.

Despite living over a thousand miles away, despite having been born in raised in Chicago, despite the amount of time that has past since I lived in Massachusetts, in many ways I still consider Boston to be my home. So, although I live and work in areas that are highly unlikely to be the subject of a terrorist attack (there's gotta be some silver lining to living in a fly-over state), all I really want to do is curl up under the bedcovers and cry.

I don't even need a map to know the locations that I'm hearing about in the news. I can see the towns, the neighborhoods, the streets that they are talking about. It's invaded my freaking college campus!

I am thinking of every single one of my friends who live in the Boston area, and there are an awful lot of you. I'm sure that what I'm going through here is much milder than what you are actually living through right now, and yet my minor personal struggles, like driving through work through blowing snow and icy roads, seem tiny and petty in comparison.

I'm experiencing a similar gut-wrenching feeling and disconnect from reality, like I'm living in a really bad action flick, that I experienced on September 11, 2001, when I was still living in Arlington, MA.

Anyway, I really needed to get that out of my system, and hopefully I can move on with my day now. Thank goodness for icanhazcheezburger.com.
(Couldn't resist this meme)

I work at a school for people who have finished high school and want to learn more. People take classes from me to learn how and why things in space and on the ground move the way they do. Last fall, my students learned how balls move when you throw them, using numbers. Now my students (different students from last fall) are learning about worlds around other stars. Outside classes, I study how worlds form around other stars. I use great big computers to study this. Worlds form out of stuff left behind from when the star formed. You can see this stuff around young stars when you look at them with things that can see far. Sometimes you can see a world hiding in the stuff, too.


The Proposaling Carol

Here we come proposaling in order to get green!
Here we come proposaling so faaair to be seen,
Love and Joy come to you!
and to you an Excellent Review!
NASA bless you and grant you some funding next year,
NASA grant you some funding next year.


I've decided that "proposal" can be a verb. As in, "Sorry I can't make the meeting, I'm busy proposaling this week." Or, "I was up until 4am proposaling last night, er, this morning."

Since the deadline is tomorrow, at least I'll have the long weekend to recover from proposaling all week.

Weather woes

We had a lovely weekend in $HOME_TOWN. It got to over 80 degrees, and we ate dinner out on our deck twice.

This morning, it's f**king snowing in $UNIVERSITY_TOWN.