I’ve been sharing slices of my life online since the late 1990s so this ol’ blog covers a lot of ground, from 20-year-old college student to almost-40 married with kids! These days I write mostly about quilting and family life with the occasional musings on spaceflight and career thrown in.
I began working for NASA as college student in 1997. There are multiple NASA centers across the country, but I’ve spent my whole career thus far at Johnson Space Center aka JSC. I’ve had several different jobs over the years and while they’ve all been fun, my most “glamorous” role was working as a flight controller for the space shuttle. I’ve written a number of things about working in Mission Control and my specific role there. I left flight control when the space shuttle retired in 2011 and now lead a group of operations safety engineers for the International Space Station.
My day job is very left-brained but outside of work I’ve always pursued more creative interests. I loved art as a kid, dabbled in web design in college, freelanced as a photographer a few times, and even went back to school part-time for a graduate degree in digital media. In 2011 I discovered sewing and quickly became focused on quilting, which pulls together my engineering and design skills in a really satisfying way. I love the puzzle-solving required to turn an idea into reality, and that I get to combine visually-appealing things like color and design with more technical details like pattern-making and construction.
A few places you might have seen me elsewhere: