1. What is the most outrageous style you've ever rocked?
    Probably this one:

    (That's me in 2003, wearing a green vest, black trousers & boots, sunglasses and very long dreadlocks. I'm carrying the tiny metal box that functioned as my handbag in those days.)

  2. As a teen, were you an emo, goth, punk, grunger, or prep?
    As a young teen, I was trending toward goth, but I didn't go full rivethead until I was at university.

  3. Have you ever had a crazy hairstyle/colour?
    I have worn unnatural shades of hair colour: green, blue and purple. I don't really think of dreadlocks as "crazy".

  4. Do you think we ever really grow out of our teen selves?
    Um, yes, definitely. Thank GOODNESS.

  5. Is there any fashion style you wish you could wear but maybe don't have the confidence?
    I would definitely love to be a bit more goth/rivet still. It's not that I lack the confidence, it's that I don't have the time, the money or the energy to maintain the look. I spend what resources I do have on my kids' wardrobes, not my own. Also, it would be pretty incongruous at my work, which is small-c conservative.


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nanila: little and wicked (mizuno: lil naughty)
( Feb. 24th, 2017 09:55 am)
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The exceptionally splendiferous [personal profile] thirdbird sent Humuhumu and me some "kitty hats", as Humuhumu is calling them. She was so proud of hers she wore it to nursery today. Thank you!
The lab xmas party begins
This is me and my officemate B* in our Santa hats, which we wore to the bitter end (around 9:30 PM). Our lab Christmas party begins in the office with Irish coffees, after which we traipse across Hyde Park to a seekrit squirrel location (aka a pub) for 1 PM, when we commence eating and drinking in earnest. Later, there are Bananagrams, arguments about politics, and maudlin reminiscences about Christmas parties of the past. (There are no photos of this.)

Anyway, between organising, participating in, and recovering from, this party, there hasn't much time for updating Dreamwidth. I'll endeavour to rectify this over the next few days. Happy Solstice, everyone!

* In case you're wondering why he looks like a giant, he is. He's about 6'5". I'm a foot shorter than him.
I felt the new haircut was worth documenting with the dSLR, as the chances of me straightening my hair in the three months until my next haircut are pretty much nil. :)

New Haircut Day

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nanila: fulla starz (lolcat: science)
( Nov. 2nd, 2016 04:55 pm)
Leiden Centraal to Noordwijk
A selfie I took on the bus from Leiden Centraal to Noordwijk. The bus takes about 45 minutes, so most people opt for a taxi when they’re visiting ESTEC. I like the bus, though. It’s a really pretty route through the city and out into the countryside. Plus, it only costs 4 euros.

While I’m on the subject of space agencies, here are a few links.

  • Want to holiday like an Elder God? Try these lethal exoplanet destinations! Galaxy of Horrors (h/t to [personal profile] redsixwing)

  • For a more soothing experience, you can watch a mildly animated page of the Deep Space Network stations uplinking and downlinking data from different spacecraft. I sometimes do this. I mean, I have a PDF with all the scheduled DSN passes for Cassini, but let’s face it, this is much prettier. Eyes on the DSN.

  • And finally, in Geeky Space Swag news, the Rosetta mission shop has been updated with new shirts and hoodies that include the cartoon spacecraft from the “Once Upon a Time” video series about the mission. Best of all, you can get your mitts on a cuddly/plushy toy of Rosetta and Philae, or donate one to be sent to a primary school.
The Engineer Dress
I got this dress as a reward for backing the Kickstarter campaign Svaha STEAM Angels: Smart Dresses for Smart Women. It's terribly comfortable, and it has pocketses!

I was very pleased that it arrived in time to come with me on my trip to the Netherlands on Tuesday, and make its debut appearance at a European Space Agency meeting.
Scientist At Work
[Me sitting in what the bloke calls "NASA HQ": my home office.]

[personal profile] silveradept asked for a photo of me doing science. I'm afraid this may have turned out to be less exciting than anticipated, since most of what I do is sit in front of a pair of large flat screen monitors and tinker. Anyway, here I am at my desk at home, with my overly long hair half-pinned up. Essential fuel sits in front of me on my desk: a glass of water and a cup of tea. Precariously balanced, semi-organised piles of paper are to my left and a printer/scanner to my right. My notebook, in which I still faithfully record by hand the instrument status every day, as well as meeting notes, etc. On the left screen can be seen instrument ops (this is why the photo is deliberately out of focus) and on the right, a Word document containing an abstract submission that I'm procrastinating on by writing this post in progress.

My desk is not actually a single piece of furniture. It is a piece of wooden kitchen worktop balanced on a pair of lime green filing cabinets (which are packed to the gills). It provides a large surface at a comfortable height, and it was a lot cheaper than buying a desk this size would have been.

[A view of my crossed legs as I lounge in the swing in the lobby of my Tenerife hotel.]

[personal profile] omnipotent asked for a cute dress selfie. I know you can't see the full dress here, but this is a good impression of the way this rich purple woolen sheath dress makes me feel. It was bequeathed to me by [livejournal.com profile] dizzykj before she moved to the States, and it's a favourite. I also like that the little bows on my black suede flats have come undone. Talks done, time to relax: even my shoes agree.

~*~

In totally unrelated news, Keiki unlocked the achievement "Baby's First Poo In The Bath" tonight. Chaotic scenes ensued as both children were hastily evicted and the bath drained, bleached and refilled. The second bath proved a success. No tears were shed before bedtime. However, I reserve the right to cry softly into my gin in a minute.
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
( Nov. 26th, 2015 09:41 pm)
An assortment of dSLR photos from Tenerife. Most of this first lot were taken after I arrived on Sunday, as I didn't have much time otherwise to take photos apart from my daily balcony selfie.


My foot, framed by my flowy black dress, as I walk through the sand.

Walking around Costa Adeje )

And some photos from my phone. I ran every morning I was in Adeje. It was such a pleasure. There's wide stone promenade that winds for several kilometres along the waterfront with lots of places where you can dip down and run on the sand for a spell if you like.

Having time to myself is a rare and precious luxury. I reveled in being able to roll out of bed, put on my running gear and just go.

Came the dawn.

Early morning running around Costa Adeje )

A bit of R&R )


Me in my Rosetta mission t-shirt on my last morning in Tenerife, soaking up the sun.
Tenerife balcony
Me in another dress, on my balcony. Did I mention I only brought dresses to wear at this meeting? YAY DRESSES.

The Operations Review is over. I have completed one presentation. Tomorrow, the Cross-Calibration meeting begins, and I do my second presentation.

I have been running on the beach before the dawn both mornings so far. I have eaten ALL THE THINGS because this resort is all-inclusive with the food and the drinks. I have been swimming in, and lounging by, the pool with my fellow lady engineer/programmer/scientist colleagues. I have done a great deal of work, including some on-the-fly analysis that I've just put into tomorrow's presentation. I'm feeling accomplished.

It just might be rum o'clock.
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