Spaceport America

3 11 2011

So again I am somehow the luckiest person in the world. I went to the unveiling of Spaceport America. It was a great feeling to be there for something you truly love and support.. the endeavor of human space travel. This year in particular it was great to be with all the people who are a part of it and to make friends with many of those working to make this possible and those paying, ‘the future astronauts.’
We started the day out with registration and then we’re sent off on a 2 hour bus ride to the middle of nowhere New Mexico to the Spaceport. After Richard Branson gave his welcoming speech we all ran out towards the runway to watch WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo take off together. Then we went in for some long speeches where I spent my time spotting people like Wally and Buzz Aldrin. ūüėÄ Wowa. We had lunch, took photos, and Branson did his epic induction of the Spaceport. After we got back in El Paso we partied at a Historic venue… Double Eagle de Mesilla. I met and danced with Kate Winslet, the Bransons, and the ‘family’ that is Virgin Galactic. It was all pretty surreal at the moment but looking back it was just a great party with a bunch of interesting people for a very cool reason. ¬†Here are pictures of the future astronauts, ¬†a couple of the flight, Richard Branson, the ceremony, and the festivities…..









Thanks again, to my buddy Craig Wichner.  He rocks.  If you want to see more photos just go to my flickr account.  And if you would like to see a good video, I have a link to the Virgin website:


Silly Boys… Aerospace Toys are Made By Girls :

6 01 2010

So what does a female aerospace engineer do at work… I get to play with these bad boys:

I meant the hover craft, unmanned aircraft and ground vehicles of course! (not the men themselves) ;-D

Unmanned Helicopter ūüėÄ (Unwomanned? too)

Blended Wing Body w/retractable wings (I am not talking about myself) ūüėÄ

You are able to see that even unmanned aircraft can still be very large.

Above are some of the Robots that are used in warfare or to scope out safe areas.

I got to personally play around with the armed robot below…. really COOL.¬† It is fast and very agile. WATCH OUT!

The red truck is remotely driven and operated; there will probably be a dummy in the vehicle.

Some UAVs are launched off of a platform.

The UAV above has a rotating propulsion unit which enables it to vertically takeoff and land.

The UAV depicted above is the famous Predator!  Predator is known for its surveillance and recent video feed leaks in Afghanistan :-p

Many of the robots and UAVs are operated from small portable laptops and control stations all over the world.

Thanks for following me on a hard day of work. ūüėČ

Life Lessons Learned in 2009

31 12 2009

The list of what I have done is¬†too long and no one wants to read a self-congratulatory “look-at-me” list. But I hope you will reflect on your year and challenge yourself to do more in the coming year.¬† I have had the best 2 years of my life, single and fancy free. So what have I¬†learned in the past year:

1) “Luxury is Artificial Poverty.” ~Socrates; Having fancy things and everything catered to you is not all it is cracked up to be.¬† Being¬†rich and famous¬†is much¬†like being a caged bird.¬†Really, if¬†you have nothing,¬†you have nothing to hold¬†you back.¬† Only keep or concern yourself with¬†things that are actually important in your life… in mine: family and friends. Everything else is dispensible and merely¬†for entertainment value.

2) My family is truly my inspiration. I used to think they held me back. Now I see¬†my family¬†allowed me the¬†room to grow.¬†I felt behind the curve because none of them had a college degree and could help or understand my endeavors.¬† When in fact a family’s unwavering support was always¬†a 100 times more¬†valuable than their help.

3) ¬†Education is a necessary evil. It often holds us back but it also gives us a facility to learn things that may¬†improve the quality of our life.¬† Always question what you learn.¬†“Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.” ~Benjamin Franklin

4) Stop listening to the noise of other people telling you the way it has to be¬† or how to live happy… most of those people aren’t themselves. Even if it is family and friends telling you that you need to get a “new” purse/tv/crap, you should slow down or that working your life away is a neccessary evil…. Drum to your own beat. Don’t listen!

5) “Stuff”¬†holds no value in my¬†life…people do.¬†If you are working to buy big tvs,¬†designer purses,¬†and cars you may need to re-evaluate something. I only see people, intimacy, love, laughter, conversation¬†and learning.

6) He’s just not that into you… and frankly my dear, you’re not that into him either. I have learned to recognize when my ego gets in the way of my rationality in men.¬† If he is not actively pursuing you or is with anyone else he is not that into you.¬† Period.¬† It is not because he is busy.¬† Men will put you in their life if you are worth their time.¬† And again, often times¬†you are not that into him either, your ego is…

7) Your relationships¬†should not¬†be love/ hate¬†or hold you back.¬† I think the best relationships are the ones that allow both people the room to grow.¬† I had a 4.5 year and 1+ relationships, etc.¬†like this and I have had very short ones that were love/hate.¬† I know the former can be done and is much more fullfilling. My parents and grandparents have been good models for me… the best kind of love is that which grows. ¬†The same goes with friendship.

8 ) Reject Social Stigma against Women by good example not with combatant words. Women can fly airplanes and design them. Women can enjoy sex.¬† Women can be smart, sexy and fun. Women don’t have to be a bitch to get respect. Focus your energy on the right people and don’t try to please those unworthy.

Top 10 Gifts Men Should Never Give a Woman

20 12 2009

Because I am snowed in at my house a gift blog for the holidays seems appropriate. At first I was going to say gifts women don’t want but most women are smart enough to know what women don’t want. So here it is, the top 10 gifts men should never give a woman (this applies to mothers, wifes, girlfriends, friends, co-workers, etc.):

1) Exercise Equipment

This includes exercise balls, videos, clothes.¬† These gifts make a woman insecure.¬† I don’t care if she is a personal trainer, exercise fanatic, she does not want this as a gift. Period.¬† She will buy it for herself if she thinks she needs it.

2) Self-help books

This says you need help on whatever level that may be.

3) Cleaning Equipment

This includes those new vacuum cleaners that do all the work themselves or anything that is an improvement to the junky stuff she uses now. This says you don’t do enough or it could be done better. Either way, why give this?

4) A Picture of Yourself

Unless you are her son or grandson giving a gift like this says you are arrogant or self-indulgent.

5) Clothes

Unless you know her exact size, I would avoid this.  Even if it is her size and it so happens to not fit she MAY feel insecure or upset. Plus women enjoy picking out their own clothes.

6) Makeup

Unless you work in the makeup department of a store and know all about foundation, texture, just don’t!

7) Cubic Zirconium

Unless you can afford diamonds, just get something else….really. Get a completely different stone, her birthstone, a sapphire, anything else… even no stone is better.

8 ) Electrical Appliances

Unless they were specifically requested…

9) Cooking utensils

Unless she is a chef or a big enthusiast

And Last but not LEAST:

10) A Gift Certificate to weight watchers

This includes gym memberships or any other weight loss program.


Honestly, when it comes to gifts I think we are the simpler creatures.  Some women still want the gadgets or the toys but usually they will tell you about them.  Jewelry is always a winner but mostly women just want time and appreciation.  Trips are good gifts, event tickets, a spa treatment, and sometimes high-end lotion (non-sexual).  If she is just a friend or acquaintance: a plant, a good wine (or liquor), a candle, a christmas card, event tickets, or something you specifically know will give her joy or a good laugh.

The link to the boyfriend pillow is:

SpaceShipTwo Unveil – VSS Enterprise

10 12 2009

So how did I get invited to such a high-profile event? Well someone pretty cool discovered my last blog. ūüėÄ hehe. I don’t like to get too wordy but what a great opportunity to be at the release of the first Commercial Spacecraft. WOW.¬† I was inspired if nothing else.¬†I talked to so many amazing people, the pilots, the engineers, entrepreneurs, authors, and well even…. socialites (people who carry their own camera crew…haha).¬† I¬† didn’t get to talk to Arnold Schwarzenegger;¬†he was ultra protected from really interacting with anyone.¬† I¬†probably would have been too nervous to approach him anyways…haha.¬†¬†He was definitely the most “entertaining”¬†speaker of the night.¬†¬†Ended with “I’ll be back!”¬†Of course I got a picture with my man Sir Richard Branson ūüėȬ† Here is my Photo/Video Blog:

Richard now¬†kissing the Governor of New Mexico’s butt ūüėÄ hehe

Arnold Schwarzenegger

These videos¬†make my heart race a little now…at that moment I was freezing to death

Virgin Galactic is definitely a good insurance policy for aspiring Astronauts ūüėÄ

A¬†huge thanks to all the pilots, engineers, entrepreneurs¬†who make wonderful things like space flight happen.¬† You are my heroes ūüėÄ

And a special thanks to my new friend Craig Wichner and future Astronaut.  You are the best!

The End (hehhehehe) -Richard Branson’s Butt

Sir Richard Branson

24 11 2009

Richard Branson arrives at Air Venture with White Knight II

Sir Richard Branson comments he got the first ride because he is the Virgin ūüėÄ

Rich Branson kisses Burt Rutan

Pretty much the least fashionable and happiest day of my life ūüėÄ

My pics from inside the cockpit (check out the Simpson sticker):

My New Ride Home ūüėÄ

I had at least 5 sales guys at Oshkosh say to me (like I was a little girl): “I bet you want to learn to fly now.” No Mo**** F***** I know how to fly! :-p¬† See if I ever buy a plane from you ūüėÄ Not sure whether to correct them, slap them, or smile and be a “lady” ūüėÄ

Rate East Africa

18 11 2009

1) Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls)  3.5 Stars


  • intriguing¬†political atmosphere and its effect on the people
  • Many action packed activities: Walking with lions, riding elephants, the infamous bungee jump, Gorge jumping
  • Enjoyed the hippy dive bar I went to


  • Victoria Falls did not live up to its name (atleast in May)… I like Niagra
  • Activities are high priced

2) Zambia (Zambezi River) 2 Stars


  • Campsite on Zambezi River was beautiful
  • I love monkeys and there¬†were thousands everywhere, also animals invade your campsite.. ever see the book “Monkey Portraits” (LOVE IT!)


  • lack luster overall

3) Malawi 4 Stars – Personal Favorite


  • the reason it is my favorite is not because it is the best but because it involved connecting with the culture and the people
  • People in Malawi are very friendly and happy even though they are the poorest (makes you open your eyes ALOT)
  • The Area is beautiful, very lush, very¬†relaxed and most of Malawi is on Lake Malawi

4) Tanzania 3.5 Stars


  • All about safaris, and Masaii Mara culture, Snake Park is¬†a must campsite
  • Ngorongoro crater is absolutely the most amazing spectacle in¬†nature


  • Serengeti was lack luster, in fact¬†null luster (but only because of bad timing… MAKE SURE TO GO ON SAFARI WHEN THE MIGRATION IS THERE BEFORE YOU SPEND $400

5) Zanzibar 5 Stars


  • An island in the Indian Ocean almost speaks for itself. All Day Snorkeling, boating¬† and huge lunch was well worth the $10?!?!? what
  • It is not just an Island, it has sooo much culture, history, and don’t forget to take a Spice Tour… well worth it!

6) Nairobi, Kenya 3 Stars


  • It is Nairobi, you must say that you have been there
  • You are instantly a celebrity if you are White. I felt like Britney Spears (maybe not a pro)


  • People Stalk you and hassle you
  • It is not particularly safe
  • Sites are nothing spectucular, unless you go kiss a Giraffe like me ūüėČ look at my travel page

7) Masai Mara (mostly Kenya) 4.5 Stars


  • The GREAT MIGRATION WAS HERE…. sort of. Not in full force but it was here.
  • Felt like I was on the National geographic, scouting around… Kenya¬†has more liberal laws¬†about driving right up on animals
  • The Masaii Mara culture is interesting. From circumsizing girls/boys to killing lions for manhood.

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