Not Cease from Exploration...a blog by Steve Albert

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Road Apples, #19

Finally, Some Warmer Weather - It looks like Spring is finally on the way in this corner of Pennsylvania. It was in the high 50's yesterday and will get close to 60 degrees today. Saying I'm thrilled is like saying there might be a Tuesday next week. I might try and get some light yard work done today, if it doesn't rain.

In The Truly Anal-Geek Department - I bought some cord organizers yesterday at WalMart, so that the stuff I put in the office over the past week doesn't look like something out of a bad science fiction movie. It's the simple things in life...

Weekend Routine - I have this "normal" weekend routine where I take Saturday off and try not to do too much of anything, but then I spend Sunday morning cleaning, Sunday afternoon taking my mother shopping and Sunday evening getting ready for the next week of work. That changes for this weekend, as my middle daughter Korin is in a play at school and I'm going to that tomorrow, so the whole schedule has to adapt. In practical terms, that means I'll take my mother shopping today, which means that virtually everything else changes as well. No bother. Sometimes it's a good thing that the usual routine is turned on its head.

Kepler Mission - NASA launched the planet-hunting Kepler Mission yesterday. Article here. This is very exciting stuff, even if you are not a fan of Astronomy. Kepler is the first mission designed specifically to find Earth-sized planets that orbit around the "Goldilocks Zone" (not too hot, not too cold) around other stars. While hundreds of other planets have been discovered, all are much larger than Earth and most orbit far too close to their parent stars. While this will not answer the age-old question of "are we truly alone in the universe", it will definitely help to level-set expectations. My view? Kepler will find at least one Earth-sized planet in the desired location during it's mission. Hope springs eternal.

Company Stock - The stock of my employer dropped quite a bit over the past two weeks, to the point where it is now almost $17 below it's 2001 IPO price. While that's good for me as I buy the shares, it doesn't do much for anything else. I'm hoping that it's hit the cellar, if you will. There was a good sign in that it closed slightly higher (by about a penny) on Friday. Again, hope springs eternal.

In The "Not A Surprise" Department - Since I now have a nice television in my office, I now find that I actually watch more TV. I know, rather shocking. I'm not sure if that is a good thing or not, but all things considered, it's probably better than sitting doing nothing. I need to do a better job of staying busy in the evenings, as that will help me manage my weight a little better (or so goes the theory).

Katrina Is Back At School - From her spring-break service project in Cleveland. I'm very, very proud of her.

Okay, I need to actually start getting some things done today.

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