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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I've had a heck of a week. Keiki was off nursery Tuesday and Wednesday. I looked after him on Tuesday. I flew from Birmingham to Noordwijk on Wednesday and the bloke looked after Keiki. I was at an all-day meeting on Thursday at ESTEC (ESA centre in the Netherlands). I flew to London on Thursday night. This morning (Friday) I went to a four-hour meeting (at which I gave a presentation) and then ran over to another building to give an outreach talk to a large group of teenage girls about what it's like to be a spacecraft engineer.

At least I did it all whilst looking rivet af.

[Me in my Noordwijk hotel room, wearing Docs, purple tights, my black wool coat with the fluffy collar and my engineer dress from Svaha.]

[Keiki with our first daffodil.]

[Humuhumu and Keiki pretending to be ducks.]

[Panorama from my hotel room window. I got the top floor this time!]

[Saying hello to the mermaid in front of the Palace Hotel.]

[Me in the hotel bar with vodka tonic, sporting my Solar Orbiter polo shirt.]

[Starling murmuration over the Huis ter Duin hotel in Noordwijk at sunset.]

[Walkway down to the beach from the Noordwijk promenade at sunset.]

I could wear those moonboots
[My booted foot in the moonboot footprint on the Noordwijk promenade.]

[Selfie on the Noordwijk beach, looking out at the sunset.]

[View over central London at night from the plane.]

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[User Picture]From: meringues
2017-03-10 15:47 (UTC)
I love the outfit!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2017-03-13 21:36 (UTC)
Thank you! So do I. In fact, I think I'm going to wear it to work again (but in London this time) this week. :)
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[User Picture]From: pheloniusfriar
2017-03-10 17:00 (UTC)
Given that I am relatively newly introduced to your blog I find myself in need of exclaiming: spacecraft engineer! By your shirt, would it be fair to assume are working on the Solar Orbiter project? Having worked on solar weather physics (well, still working, but am in the middle of a pause before the summer), I am waiting with bated breath for the launch :).

Rivet af, indeed!

P.S. I love flying at night. That is a gorgeous picture of London! I don't think I have seen any night pictures of it before, hmmm.

P.P.S. It's great that you do outreach as well — people need to see themselves represented in a field to be able to easily imagine themselves there some day too.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2017-03-13 21:39 (UTC)
I don't personally work on Solar Orbiter*, but the lab I work in built the magnetometer. The flight model was recently delivered (woo hoo!).

* Apart from a small amount of product assurance stuff
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[User Picture]From: lesli
2017-03-10 17:41 (UTC)
I LOVE your purple tights and Doc's, well I like the entire outfit. By the way you are very pretty.

The first time I saw a murmuring was at our farm in Oregon adjacent to 450 acres of grapes. I was mesmerized when several hundred starling's took flight and landed in a couple of our giant ancient oak trees. I miss watching that.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2017-03-13 21:40 (UTC)
Thank you on both counts!

That sounds fantastic. The biggest murmuration I ever saw was in Sicily. We were driving back to Palermo at sunset from the south of the island for our flight home and there were these huge swirling black clouds over us the whole way.
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[User Picture]From: ravengirl
2017-03-11 01:54 (UTC)
You are absolutely one of the coolest people on the planet. And you look terrific! LOVE the "engineer" dress and the pic of you at sunset. Gorgeous.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2017-03-13 21:41 (UTC)
Aw, thank you! I enjoyed the trip, busy as it was. Was pretty tired this weekend, though. ;)
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2017-03-11 10:32 (UTC)
Oh squid that's a full on week! Glad to see the little guy is looking better.

Awesome outfit. :D
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2017-03-13 21:41 (UTC)
It was! Yes, he's definitely recovered from the tummy bug now, although he seems to have gone into a bout of teething this week, poor lad. Hopefully he can catch a break soon.

Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2017-03-13 08:31 (UTC)


That is a hefty schedule and you look so cool all the time. I get jet lag leaving the postcode!

I adore the installation of the moonboot footprint, is it permanent? That is the kind of thing I would remember as a child.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2017-03-13 21:42 (UTC)

Re: !

Ha, I was looking pretty rumpled by the time I got to Heathrow on Thursday night. No selfies of that! :P

Yes, the footprint is permanent. There are astronaut handprints nearby, too.
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[User Picture]From: pax_athena
2017-03-13 11:27 (UTC)
That dress <3
(I'm so super sorry I missed you :( At some point this series of colds that plague me this winter will go. It has to ...)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2017-03-13 21:43 (UTC)
Hee. Thank you.

(I hope you can kick the colds soon. It sounds like your immune system could use a break.)
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