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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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A couple of months ago - I'm embarrassed to say, now that I've typed that - I mentioned that the bloke and I redecorated the front room of our home. I neglected to post pictures. We need to stop spending all our time in there, or out in the garden, assiduously ignoring the rest of the house, which also needs redecorating. I'm putting up these Before and After shots in the hopes of lighting a fire under out butts to tackle the kitchen.

Before

Bay window


Corner with archway


After

Bay window


Bookshelves


Corner opposite arch


In unrelated news, I submitted a grant proposal today. Now, one of the myriad reasons I decided not to become a career academic was that I didn't particularly enjoy writing grant proposals. This one, however, was actually fun to write, because it's for something I feel passionately about. It's an STFC Science in Society Small Award for a mere £7k, so it's not like it'll pay my salary for a year or anything. But if I get it, I'll be able (with the help of [profile] flexagain) to put a ground station in a school that's capable of tracking spacecraft in low Earth orbit, including the nanosatellites known as CubeSats. We'll teach the students to be responsible for its operation and maintenance. If we get even luckier and manage to find the funding to build our own CubeSat, the students would get the chance to contribute directly to ongoing space-based science research.

I won't find out if our application is successful until mid-June, but for the moment, I'm just proud of having accomplished, with pleasure and pride and real belief in the cause, something that I used to find onerous.
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[User Picture]From: painted_dreams
2010-04-16 01:09 (UTC)
I like the new decorating... Especially, the bookshelves.. One day I would love to have bookshelves with books adorning a house I own everywhere.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-19 20:29 (UTC)
Our bedroom has a wall of bookshelf, and the spare room is completely lined in shelves.

Unfortunately, I still have 27 boxes of them to ship over from the States at some point. I haven't a clue where I'm going to put them.
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[User Picture]From: swerve
2010-04-16 04:38 (UTC)
All those books and plants make me smile.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-19 20:31 (UTC)
It's a theme that's repeated throughout the house. Including the kitchen and the bathroom.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2010-04-16 16:21 (UTC)
Very nice! I particularly like how many plants and books you have *g*.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-19 20:33 (UTC)
It's the only way to live. I sometimes wish we were a little better at restraining ourselves from acquiring more, though when people know you, that's pretty much all you receive as gifts!
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2010-04-18 04:39 (UTC)
Plants & red & books FTW! And good on you for getting the grant completed--it sounds quite interesting & the kids would be lucky to have the opportunity to get involved. Might even aim a few in a career direction they would have never considered, otherwise. (Of course you know this but I thought it worth the cheer) ;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-19 20:36 (UTC)
It might, but my aims are even more modest than that. I would be happy if they simply find that science research is useful, transparent and comprehensible, whether or not they decide to do it themselves for a living.
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