Don’t Wait For the Calendar (New Year’s Reflections)

This conversation transpired between my parents as we turned on the New Year’s Eve Twilight Zone Marathon: Mom: “Can you believe it’s the last day of 2012?” Dad: “Yeah.” Reminders that it’s the end of the year abound today.  The gym was full of Resolutionaries (more on that tomorrow), and my Facebook feed was littered…

STORM:CON, Naming Winter Storms, and Other Media Hype

A few months ago, The Weather Channel announced it would begin naming winter storms.  Today, it released a new winter storm severity index named STORM:CON.  The idea is similar to its summer TOR:CON, identifying tornado potential risk, although the latter is little more than an interpretation of the Storm Prediction Center’s severe weather outlook. The…

The Right to Be Wrong: Embracing Weaknesses

I’ve spent the past few months working as a nanny for two teenage girls in an affluent part of the greater D.C. area.  Out of respect for the family, I’ve limited the number of social media posts I’ve made about their personal affairs.  The girls are bright, attend private schools, and are involved in multiple…

Formula for a Science Museum

This weekend, Matt and I went to the Science Center in Baltimore thanks to a nifty LivingSocial deal.  As Scientists(TM) and self-proclaimed nerds, we really enjoy playing around at museums.  We take somewhat different approaches to each exhibit, however: I read each posted sign or instruction (for hands-on exhibits), while Matt runs around touching things…

Must Love Dogs

When I moved to Rockville a few months ago, it was under the condition that I could find a part-time job.  I’d applied to retail positions around my parents’ house in Culpeper, VA, but the only response I got was from Starbucks.  That was not due to my excellent barista skillz either (though that would…