Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
We repeated the exit strategy out of Vermont for the next few years - with the bus leaving after VermontFest (Vermont's edtech conference traditionally held first Thursday and Friday in November). This was always a bit later than Craig wanted to leave, but he was a good sport about my need to be at this conference. Not only is organizing the maker lounge fun, skipping out would NOT be a good career move for me right now.
I must say that splitting up to leave Vermont was a lot harder than I expected.
I had to pack everything that I wanted on the road for 6 months (EXCEPT the things I needed for a week in Vermont) in the bus before Craig left. On top of that, I had to limit what I would keep for my week in Vermont, but also needed back with me to the size of a suitcase that I take on a flight from VT to NY, where I would then transport possibly by train, tax, subway as I couch surfed in NYC on my way to join my husband and our home in NJ a few days later!
I survived, but just barely!
After an INTENSE couple of days pulling off what I must say was a ROCKIN Maker/Innovation Lounge in Killington, I unpacked and repacked and grabbed a flight to New York City, where I spent two nights with MY kids. NOT only did I get to see Matt's brand new Co-op, I also got to visit both their churches and enjoy a lovely Sunday filled with music and love and family.
Finally almost 10 days after Craig left Vermont in our home, I joined him at Turkey Swamp Park in New Jersey, which despite's its name turned out to be a very lovely campground - about 45 minutes from New York.
This morning we started our 7 day trek from the East Coast to Colorado where we'll spend some time with Craig's son Warren and his wife Allison.
We lingered over coffee and took our time heading out (about 11:00 a.m) waiting for morning commuters to be off the road. I did a little research looking for some alternatives to Walmart and TruckStops and found a lovely Harvest Host just a few miles outside of Hagerstown Maryland.
We're now both keeping an eye on election results come in, fingers crossed, as we surf around the web, write blog post, and gear up mentally for the next 6 days on the road.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
For his birthday, I gifted Craig a motorcycle lift so he could take his bike on the road. As a man who has traveled across the US with his motorcycle and also has crossed the country a dozen times (including up to Alaska), I hope that this might be a way for him to bring along his favorite vehicle.
Sunday, February 14, 2016
During our first visit to the Fab Lab, I noted four female makers on the poster board that featured their Resident Maker Experts -- one seemed a little younger than the rest.
Although I’ve seen a lot of different STEM products, I had yet to encounter the Rokenbok STEM kits and what better way to learn about them than through Izzi’s eyes. This reinforced my beliefs that STEM does not have to be pink or girly to engage girls, but it does need to have a variety of entry points. The Rokenbok STEM kits quickly went on my list of products with low threshold, high ceilings, and wide walls which I feel are key to engaging a more diverse population of tech-savvy creators, makers, innovators, inventors and problem solvers.
When I learned that another area that fascinated Izzi at the FabLab was the sewing area. filled with different types of sewing machines for various types of maker projects, I shared with her my interest in using Arduino in eTextile projects and showed her my latest hat project -- a black hat designed to show off an Arduino Bean that controls blue and white LEDs sewed into embroidered snowflakes. She was particularly fascinated with the fact that the project included a sensor that triggered a buzzer to play Star Wars music and started dancing to set off the accelerometer.
I pulled out a LilyPad Twinkle, some conductive thread and some more sewable LEDs to leave with Izzi so that she could experience the way microprocessors can be used in her next sewing project. Then I showed her how I was using a more powerful microprocessor called the LilyPad Arduino to control some multi-colored neopixels on a unicorn headband project I was working on.
Monday, February 8, 2016
11/22/15 - Broomfield CO
We arrived at Warren and Allison's house while a neighbor of theirs was having a football party and the street was full of parked cars. I drove up the block and parked temporarily as we checked out Warren and Allison's new (and first) house.
Once the neighbor's guests left I was able to park the RV on the road in front of the house. Warren and I got an extension cord run from the house to the RV which set us up to stay happily parked at Allison and Warren's campground for the week.
As our stay continued through the last week in November the temperatures dropped. Snow fell and as Thanksgiving approached and the thermometer dropped below freezing and stayed there. This turned into the longest stretch we had stayed in the RV in this kind of weather. We survived pretty well, putting a sleeping bag on the bed and on several occasions setting a small heater blowing into the spaces where the pipes ran to thaw them out.
Thanksgiving was spent cooking and preparing the house for the two young couples who would join Warren and Allison and us for a wonderful Thanksgiving feast.
After dinner Warren hosted a Single Malt Scotch tasting, sharing his collection and explaining the merits of each bottle.
The long weekend after Thanksgiving was spent hanging out at home, touring this beautiful part of Colorado, a little shopping and antiquing.
The temperature remained below freezing with snow falling regularly. Finally on Tuesday December 1, we loaded the car behind the RV and headed south in search of warmer weather.