Hidden Figures

The mum and I watched a movie tonight. A really, really good one about three extraordinary women who helped to significantly advance NASA in the space race to the moon. 

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Katherine Johnson performed calculations that helped the Friendship 7's and John Glenn's orbit around Earth become a success.

Dorothy Vaughan helped get the IBM computer in working order and became the first black woman to be a supervisor in the West Campus at Langley.

Mary Jackson became NASA's first black female engineer.

Such brilliant women. I think I may have found three new people to look up to.

Juggling Act

I've decided I want to learn how to juggle.

Naturally the only course of action is to immediately make myself ten, rice-filled sacks because they're easy to grasp, a good weight, and don't bounce away when dropped.

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I kinda wish I had taken photos along the way of how I did it, but I still have the pattern I drew up, so I technically do a how-to anytime I wanted. 

Really though, I just feel like documenting the day I began to learn how to juggle. 

Old News

It's probably water under the bridge to most people that Germany is a rather cool country. The average highest summer temperature is about 74 degrees Fahrenheit and the average winter low is a (not too chilly by American standards) 30 degrees Fahrenheit. I think I'd actually really like it, except that they get a lot of precipitation throughout the year, so it's often overcast. I'm one of those "I thrive when it's sunny out" people, so I'd probably get extremely depressed if I ever spent too much time there.

Anyways, onto what I actually learned today. That phrase I used above, "water under the bridge," there is a similar phrase in German.

Das ist Schnee von gestern.

Literally translated it means, "That is yesterday's snow." It's just so perfectly fitted to the German culture, I love it. (And who can't love the word for snow. Schnee. Hehe!)

Sewing Mattress Pads

I've been meaning to get to these for months; there have just been greater priorities.

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It was my first time using bias tape. I'm officially in love with it; it creates such a clean edge.  

Two ways I discovered how to use it:

When covering the end of one tape with another, make sure the top layer doesn't go against the direction of sewing. In this photo, the pin arrow shows the direction of sew.

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Also, there's no need to cut corners when I can just tuck them in and have the seam hold it in place. So much less work, it's wonderful.  

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