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Bring Your Child to Work Day 2017

Bring Your Child to Work Day 2017

I spent the day at work with Atom and Marie in hopes of helping them decide on a STEM education and career. Although they have already seen most of the projects we went to, having dedicated time focused on talking about working in STEM is so worth it. It’s a time for them to get too see the many aspects of STEM that doesn’t focus on technical parts such as seeing the many different types of people that call themselves engineers, the various problems they’re trying to solve and the creativity that goes into solving engineering problems. 

I hope their exposure to this environment helped open the potential to deciding on a STEM major especially in physics, math, or chemistry!

It was a blast hanging out with my kids.

Bday #45 – Restful and Appreciated

Bday #45 – Restful and Appreciated

My 45th birthday was restful and sprinkled with special birthday moments throughout the day by Jackie, Atom, and Marie – thank you guys, you’re the best. 

My day started with a day off from work, a tradition of mine. I was surprisingly awakened with an early morning birthday song and gifts. I opened my new all black Nike Roche shoes and nice looking black shirt. After a short lived rounds of groggy birthday hugs we quickly had to jump into “get ready for school mode”.  

To make a long story short, the hours during the morning and late afternoon was a big blurr but i know I watched TV, read a book, and some social media surfing and eventually got ready. 

The family birthday festivities reconvened after Jackie and the kids got out of school. I decided on  Cheesecake Factory for my birthday dinner. We all ordered our favorite, steak Diane. Marie and I add shrimp scampi. After a satisfying dinner we went to the mall for a while and headed home. We stopped by Baskin Robbins for a final celebratory ice cream cake just in time for Modern Family and Blackish. Unfortunately Modern Family was not showing so we ended up watching the highly anticipated Genius series about Albert Einstein on the Histoty Channel. I was not expecting and disappointed on the racy scene at the beginning, not kid friendly. 

Anyhow, my birth day was restful, enjoyable, and appreciated. Thank you Jackie, Marie, and Atom for another awesome celebration!!

Atom’s exciting double

Atom’s exciting double

Atom had an awesome double hit with bases loaded despite losing 4-6 to La Habra at Esteli park. Atom started the game, played good defense with a pop up catch to right field, and ended with a clutch hit to center field (a few feet away from a grand slam) to get us closer to a win. However despite some good hitting, our MR Dodgers came up short. 

Loading our Xmas 2015 tree

Loading our Xmas 2015 tree

Finally found the time to shop for our Christmas 2015 tree! We stopped by at Home Depot in Whittier after a quick dinner at Carl’s Jr, a blah burger. This years tree is an 7-8 ft Douglas fir tree. It looks nice and full wrapped up and it’s really really heavy. Hopefully we aren’t disappointed when we unwrap it and set it up tomorrow. It was a family effort getting up on the roof of the Q7 and securing it. 

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Relativity Theory

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Relativity Theory

One hundred years ago on November 25, 1915, Albert Einstein published his famous paper on General Relativty. The four page was submitted to the Prussian Academy of Sciences and it included his field equations describing the relationship between matter and the geometry of space time. 

Anyhow, to celebrate this cool day, I decided to purchase the 100th year anniversary edition of Einstein’s Relativity book. I’ve been passing the book up the last few visits to Barnes and Vroman’s bookstores. 

We decided to go to the Barnes in Chino but it was just my luck, they didn’t have the book. After double and triple checking, I told Jackie the bad news and jokingly suggested that we have to go to another Barnes. Luckily her reaction was supportive and so I did a quick search on the Barnes website and found that the Barnes in Fullerton had the book in stock. We left Chino and headed to Fullerton. Long story short, I found the book.  During my book browsing I also found another interesting Einstein book titled, “Einstein A Hundred Years of Relativity”. The pictures closed the deal for me and I added the book to my book clutching hand. 

Much to my surprise my Einstein buying swag did not end at Barnes. I found the following magazine at Albertsons on our way home. How cool is that. 

  
This craziness (as some might interpret this) is just another opportunity to share some physics history with my kiddos and show them how some imagination and physics skillz can change the world!

Marie meets Ree Drummon, The Pioneer Woman

Marie meets Ree Drummon, The Pioneer Woman

After 3 hours in line outside Vroman’s bookstore in Pasadena on a cold chilly night, Marie met The Pioneer Woman at her book signing event. We got to Pasadena around 5:40pm where we saw the long long line of eager Ree fans waiting to meet and get their book signed. The long line wrapped around the block but that did not deter us from joining the craziness. We quickly parked and extended the line by four more people. Atom and I went into the bookstore to browse while Marie and Jackie waited in line. After about an hour, Atom and I rejoined the girls outside with three books, two were Ree’s new book for the signing and the third, a good Physics book (of course), The Philosopher & the Physicist. It didn’t take long before Jackie got the urge for a warm cup of joe. She and the kids ran across the street for a Starbucks run while I waited in line. After realizing that the wait was going to be longer than expected, we decided to take advantage of the wait time by having the kids study their spelling bees words. By 8pm and many words later, we found out it was going to take about one more hour, so we started talking about food. After few minutes of heated discussion we ended up with a few boxes of pizza and had dinner on foot. It was actually decent but more importantly it gave us some energy for the long wait ahead. By 9:20pm, we finally made it inside and were a few feet away from Ree! We were quickly directed to Ree, presented the two books and got the two books signed. Ree actually talked to Marie and posed for a few pictures. Overall it was a pleasant experience despite the long long wait. It was all worth it seeing Marie’s reaction and enjoyment of meeting Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman!

   
  

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