Monday, December 30, 2013

Body Heat Map of Emotions

While listening to NPR today, I heard about a study from Finland that mapped body heat based on emotional state.  The image below is a summary of that study’s findings.  Warm colors indicate an active area of the body, where cool colors indicate deactivated areas of the body. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Space Shuttle Discovery

Today I took my father to the Udvar-Hazy Building at the Air and Space Museum.  It has been a while since I was inside last, so I was really looking forward to seeing the Shuttle Discovery on display.  I was quite excited to see how beautiful it looks.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Our Christmas Village

Nearly a year ago, Barbie’s mom gave one of her most personal possessions: her Christmas village.  This village has been something that she has been adding to for over a decade and it has become something that all of her friends and family in southern Arizona included on their things to see during the holiday season.

Although we have had this village in our home for almost a year we hadn’t opened up any of the boxes it was shipped to us in until she was with us to help us understand and recognize what each piece was.

The video below is a walk-through of the village after it was completely assembled.  Barbie and I are really looking forward to adding to this gift in the years to come.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Washington Monument Scaffolding

The Washington Monument has been covered in scaffolding for nearly 2 years.  The structure was damaged in an earthquake in 2011, and soon there after it was closed to the public while repairs made it safe again.

Recently the repairs have been coming to a conclusion and the scaffolding has started to come down.  I was in Washington this morning and took some pictures as I drove by it on Constitution Ave.  It makes me happy to see it reappearing again.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Care Package from Arizona

Barbie’s mom, Mery, arrived today and she brought with her a TON of food from Arizona.

In addition to sixteen dozen tamales that Mery, Barbie’s sisters, and nieces made for us, she also brought thirty dozen home made flour tortillas, six pounds of chorizo and a bunch of Mexican candies.  As good as this food will be to eat, I suspect it will be gone in a few months!