March is almost coming to an end, and I wanted to catch up with my dear blogging friends. Was your March all that you had hoped for?
For me, it was more fun than I had expected. My mom came to visit us from San Antonio for about three weeks, which threw off my plans for blogging. Wouldn’t you know it, while she was here, it snowed and rained almost constantly. Now that mom’s returned home, warmer weather is here.
Fortunately, in early March, there was a piece of nice weather, when my family traveled down to the University of Illinois in Champaign for Engineering Open House 2013. I was asked to be a judge this year, and decided to say yes though it’s been years since I’ve been a practicing engineer. Fortunately, I was assigned to the Sustainability award team. As an alumni judge on the Sustainability team, I was fortunate to see engineering student projects from across all the engineering disciplines on the campus related to going green, a subject near and dear to my heart.
The Department of Materials Science also gave me and my family a tour of the Materials Science labs. The labs have changed a bit since I was a student back in the early 1980’s. 🙂 The thing that hasn’t changed is that the department is very well-regarded. It’s ranked number two in the nation behind only MIT, probably because there are some amazingly talented engineers who graduated from this department. I was never one of those people, but I knew many of them.
Visiting the campus with my mom and kids was quite an enchanting adventure. Probably, my kids’ favorite part was the Tesla Coil concert, played on a rather cold night with songs ranging from original compositions by the organizers to the theme from Star Wars.
Over the years, I have had mixed feelings about my engineering background, but this trip reminded me of all the good things that came into my life because of my choice to study materials science. Engineers are very important to a sustainable future, and often unsung heroes in the world, and I am glad that I understand and appreciate that world of endeavor.
My other enchanting adventure this last month was very different. I decided to create a book on CreateSpace for my son’s eleventh birthday. I’m still editing it, but had the proof in time for his birthday. My goal was to share my ideas on what it means to live well with my son and give him something unique, in addition to his xbox games and nerf guns. My son ended up creating the final title for the book — The Moon Meets The Sun in You.
Over the course of the next couple weeks, I’ll be sharing snippets of that book here, and hopefully catching up with many of you on the enchanting adventures that you have been having lately.
What were your enchanting adventures in March?
Did you have any unexpected adventures this month?