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Week 6 - Week of July 7 - Jul 11, 2008 at 2:19PM
Mary Avatar
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This has been a rather monotonous week at work. Although Sunday we did go on a Washington Monument tour. It was really awesome. When we were waiting in line the park ranger asked us where we were from and he said he would pick where he liked the best. I was really surprised when he picked Cincinnati but I won, ha!

Monday the abstract for the AAPT meeting was due and I spent a good portion of the day rewriting that until it was satisfactory. I'll be presenting a poster on the SOCK and The Nucleus. The rest of the day I finished up writing the elementary polarization lesson because the rough draft for the entire polarization lesson was due on Tuesday. We also had a meeting with Gary in the afternoon to talk about out plans for the rest of the summer and to plan out the reflection/refraction lesson. It's still not penned down but I think we have a better idea of what we're going to do. When I got home Barbara and I watched 6 episodes of How I Met Your Mother. I really think that constitutes as an addiction.

On Tuesday, Jenna and I turned out lessons into Kendra for revision. I started looking for polarized sunglasses online and retractable poles to use for the polarization lesson. While I was looking, I got hit with a sudden eureka. We could just use tension curtain rods! That night Jenna and I decided that was my one and only genius moment of the summer, haha. We went to lunch with Gary to a place called Franklins where I had an amazingly large vegetarian cottage pie. It was scrumptious! We left work early with Jack to meet Dr. Layman at the metro to go to dinner and the theater. Dinner was delicious and we went to see a hilarious play called The Mystery of Irma Vep. There only two male actors, but many characters both male and female. One of the actors originated a part on Broadway in the producers so you know it had to be a great show.

Wednesday we got up and went to have coffee with Senator Herb Kohl and a capitol tour. Senator Kohl was really nice and the tour was cool. We almost got to see the big vote that happened but we missed it by a half-hour. I kinda wish we would have just stayed but oh well. I spent the rest of the day going through the purchases and adding in the new ones. Just getting things organized again. I also started writing the other documents that go into the user's guide other than the lessons. That night I went home with Susannah to have dinner and dye my hair. It is now a dark auburn and I like it a lot! When I got home Barbara and I finished the third disk of first season of How I Met Your Mother but I fell asleep during the last episode in my contacts. Now we'll just have to watch the last one over again.

Thursday I dug deep into the other docs for the SOCKs as I've begun calling them. I got a number of them done. I would have finished more of them, but I spent quite a while reading the National Science Education Standards which are oh so thrilling. It's actually pretty interesting to read about what you're supposed to learn in school. By the end of the day I felt very accomplished. After work, Barbara and I went to Pentagon Row to eat at Noodles & Co. and listen to Gonzo's Nose, a band that was supposed to be an 80's cover band but played more recent music than 80's music. It was kinda disappointing since we went because it was 80's music and because the girl could NOT sing. At least the food was yummy.

Today has been full more docs for the SOCKs.  I've been writing all day and I think I'm going to move onto something else. Tonight we're going to a jazz concert at the National Gallery's Sculpture Garden. Either that or I'm going to stay in and go to sleep early. Meagan, Logan, Kunal, Daniel, and I are going to Philadelphia tomorrow but we have to get up at 6:45 to catch the bus. I might need the extra sleep, although I can sleep on the bus. It's going to be a great weekend!

Until next week,

Post edited July 24, 2008 at 12:18 PM EST.

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Re: Week 6 - Week of July 11 - Jul 11 2008 2:25PM
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It had better not be your only genius moment of the summer!

Oh. And it made me smile that you actually went out of your way to find the upside down exclamation point. :-)

Post edited July 11, 2008 at 2:29 PM EST.

Re: Re: Week 6 - Week of July 11 - Jul 11 2008 2:35PM
Mary Avatar
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Haha, it won't be. You should read the letter that gets send to people for getting a SOCK. It's great! And I just copied the exclamatoin mark from word. You can't have Spanish and an exclamation mark without both of them. That's just improper and I'm a wee bit OCD.

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