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Hello Everyone, Sorry I have been away so long. I have been working on a new project called HI-SEAS: Hawaii Space ...
This year I am on sabbatical from my work. Instead of teaching I will be doing two internships. The first ...
I am the aerospace education officer for my Civil Air Patrol squadron and I was recently (August 6, 2012) presented ...
After I finished the Camino de Santiago I took the train to Porto and then on to Lisbon. I loved ...
Here are the pages for my Camino de Santiago trip. It is a 500 miles walk (pilgrimage) across northern Spain. I ...
Hello Mom, family, and friends. I flew to Barcelona for the first time this past week all by myself. I ...
Hello everyone, I would like to share with you my latest adventure. I have been selected to participated in a Mars ...
I had a terrific time presenting at the Phoenix Comicon. I gave two panels. The first was on my 2009 ...
After living in Arizona for over a decade I decided to finally visit the historic town of Bisbee and do ...
I am a geologist who has lived in Phoenix, Arizona since 1994 and I have never been to the bottom ...
Tonight I am watching The Colony with friends who missed the last two episodes. It is weird seeing it again. ...
This blog is about Glacier NP but before we get there, it all begins in Idaho. My good friend Donna ...
I just returned from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) National Emergency Services Academy (NESA) at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. I attended ...
One of the reasons why I went to Cambodia this year was to visit the Aogaah Foundation. The purpose of ...
Angkor Wat Archeological Park is a region near Siem Reap, Cambodia that served as the seat of the Khmer Empire. ...
Today I went to a Cambodian cooking class in Siem Reap at the Tigre De Papier Restaurant. Here is Donna ...
Today I took my very first cooking class and it was in Thailand. The Koh Chang Thai Cooking School is ...
Today Donna and I navigated our way by boat, car, multiple minivans, and a ferry to Koh Chang Island, Thailand. Donna ...
This is for my mom, aunt Dottie, and friends like Dee, so they can follow my adventures (Hi to you ...
My good friend Lisa talked me into doing our first running event together. It is called the Warrior Dash. It ...
Today I decided to make a childhood favorite: cheesy scallop potatoes. I recently purchases some individual casserole dishes and I was itching to try them out. This dish is so simple.all you need is: Potatoes Cheddar cheese Chicken broth Salt, Pepper, chopped garlic 1. Wash and thinly slice your potatoes. 2. Slice your cheddar cheese [...]Green Curry Red Snapper
I pan seared red snapper in 2 tablespoons coconut oil with chopped onions and ginger. Seasoned with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. Added green curry sauce and served it with brown rice. This was my first time cooking fish in coconut oil. It turned out really good.Sizzling Green Beans
Fresh cut green beans and red potatoes sizzling in olive oil and garlic with crushed red potatoes. Add vegetable broth, cover, and simmer to desired tenderness. This is a healthy dish I like to call delicious!Hambone Soup
Today I made Ham Bone Soup Step 1 Boil a small sized bone in ham for about 2-3 hours until meat falls off the bone. Remove meat from stock and put stock in fridge to congeal. Step 2 I sautéd sliced small red potatoes, garlic, and finely diced onions and sweet peppers in garlic. Step [...]Cambodian Cooking Class
Today I went to a Cambodian cooking class in Siem Reap at the Tigre De Papier Restaurant. Here is Donna giving you a video recap: Donna and I went to a Thai cooking class just a few days ago in Koh Chang so we were eager to compare the similarities and differences between the two. [...]Koh Chang Thai Cooking School
Today I took my very first cooking class and it was in Thailand. The Koh Chang Thai Cooking School is located on Koh Chang island and the head chef is Nam. She was very knowledgeable on traditional Thai spices and foods. http://www.kohchangthaicooking.com/ Our class was 4 hours long (9-1) and between the two of us [...]Spicy Salami Mushroom & Rice Soup
This recipe is part of my quick-n-easy cooking tips. All these recipe’s use easy, already prepared ingredients. All I do is teach you how to mashup, or blend them together, into something tasty in less than 15 minutes. Ingredients 1 can/box of cream of mushroom soup 1 bag of Birds Eye multi-grain blend with spinach, [...]Quick & Easy Greens
Here is an easy way to make Greens (Collard & Mustard). Most people either love them or hate them. I grew up on them so I am in the LOVE category.
This year I am on sabbatical from my work. Instead of teaching I will be doing two internships. The first internship starts next week and is at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institution. I will spend 8 weeks there taking classes and working on the science of disasters. Check out the website for EMI: http://training.fema.gov/EMI/ When I [...]Portugal 2012
After I finished the Camino de Santiago I took the train to Porto and then on to Lisbon. I loved Portugal. I actually don’t have time to do a cool write-up for Portugal because of my travel. So I’m posting pictures only and the three things I want you to know about Portugal are: 1. [...]Camino de Santiago 30
Some of my friends would say I am lucky. I ABSOLUTELY agree. I have had some terrific once-in-a-life opportunities. The only bad thing that’s ever happened to me was loosing my father at 19. So what do you do when you’ve had a charmed life? I say inspire others. I teach because I love being [...]Camino de Santiago 29
The biggest takeaway for me was the people. There was such a variety of ages, nationality, and stories. It’s hard for me to express how quickly connections are made. I met some really terrific people and the most shocking part about my journey is I got to say goodbye to most of them. What I [...]Camino de Santiago 28
Now you all know I couldn’t go on a trip like this without devoting one entire day to food. Everyone knows I love food. Most of my Facebook posts are of pictures of my food. I workout simply so can eat, anything, and still look good. Which gets more challenging with age. So I want [...]Camino de Santiago 27
Something I didn’t expect about the Camino was the level of openness. Everyone is walking the Camino for a reason whether they know it or not and one way to gain insight into your quest is through the connections you make along the way. I am generally a guarded individual. The only people I like [...]Camino de Santiago 26
One of the most interesting things I experienced on the Camino was pace. Everyone has one. My pace has always been fast. Not sure why. Maybe because I am a futurist and I’m always looking, thinking, and moving ahead. On the Camino I thought a lot about pace. Not just on this journey, but also [...]Camino de Santiago 25
I want to start off day 25 by acknowledging the real hero of my journey and that is my feet. I have asked a lot of them over the past month and they’ve responded well. Not a single blister! Now I’ve seen some jacked-up feet along the way. Some people have so many blisters I [...]
My day at Angkor Wat was enhanced when a group of monks showed up. I chased them around trying to get a great shot. This is one of my favorites from that day.Favorite Bird Photo
My friend Randel, who I met through the astronaut selection process, loves photography and we started to share some of our favorite photos. I love pelicans and it just happens that his favorite bird photo is also a pelican. I have always loved the way they fly in formation and dive bomb for food. They [...]Photo of the Month: May
This photo was taken on the San Antonio River Walk. I stopped in San Antonio on my cross-country drive. What a terrific city. Me and my friend Diana did a boat tour. The sun’s rays were coming through the trees perfectly as I snapped this photo.Photo of the Month: April
Here is an MRI image of my brain. Medical test are just one of the many cool parts about interviewing for the astronaut program. It was great learning more about my body and my overall health. I learned that my brain is “Grossly Normal”…and I’m hoping that’s a good thing!Photo of the Month: March
The photo above is my natural hair. For most of my life I got my hair chemically straightened and never knew my natural hair was actually kinda nice. Hard to believe…but true. Now that I have had curly hair for about 5 years I wanted to compare it to the straight hair I use to [...]Photo of the Month: February
I needed to get orthotics and had x-rays taken of my feet. I thought this photo of my feet was unique and interesting. I wish I had video taped the doctors explanation of why orthotics would be useful with all my physical activities but so far my feet feel great.Photo of the Month: January
Come on…you knew I was going to pick a NASA photo, Right??? It was one of the best professional experiences of my life and this photo sums up my childhood goal of wanting to be a Space Shuttle Commander. I had always seen the road to being an astronaut through a military lens and flying. [...]Photo of the Month: December
Horseback riding in Ometepe, Nicaragua. Lucerious is my horse and we are riding along the beach of Lake Nicaragua.
Golfing with the Geese
Golfing with the Geese from psyan on Vimeo.Favorite Aviation Photos
Here is a video album of my favorite aviation photos. All the photos were taken by me. I really enjoy aviation photography and I hope you like the album. I’ve been trying out Animoto and so far I like it.Peruvian Rain Forest and Grubs!
My best friend Diana will eat anything. That’s just one of many reasons why she is so great to travel with. During our South American jaunt we stopped in the Peruvian Rain Forest where Diana put her survival 101 skills to use. I entered this video in a contest and you can see what I [...]
My good friend Lisa talked me into doing our first running event together. It is called the Warrior Dash. It is a 3.4 mile run with about 12 obstacles along the way. Our only goal for this event was to finish. Here is a recap of the event.Superstition Hike 4/10/11
We decided to go on a longer, more challenging, superstitions hike. Over 1/3 of this hike involved climbing over and scrambling around river boulders. The total hike length was around 14 miles and it was a 9 hour hiking day.Superstitions Hike 3/27/11
Went on a hike in the superstitions today with my friends Donna, Greg, and Steve. It was a lot of fun but also very challenging. We had to swim about 100 yards in the end to finish the hike. The swimming part was a surprise to all of us and I am definitely not a [...]Picacho Peak Hike 2010
I have lived in Arizona since 1994 and I have never hiked Picacho Peak – that is until now. Picacho peak is just west of I-10 about halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. The summit sits at 3374 feet above sea level. It appears to be partly a debris flow overlain by lava flows. Picacho means [...]First Walk in Germany
This morning I went for an exploration walk around Stephan’s village. Just a few steps out the door and I am in the country. It’s hard to describe just how beautiful the landscape is here. The weather so far has been perfect! Stephan’s village is in the background. Checkout my runkeeper.com map below to see [...]New Hiking Program: RunKeeper
Today I started using a new program to track my hiking. It’s called My Runkeeper. I hiked South Mountain Preserve and was really happy with the results. Below is the route map I hiked. You can also see statistical data on start and end time, how far we hiked, our pace, and how high we [...]Hiking South Mountain Area
For the past couple of weeks I have been hiking South Mountain Preserve. The preserve consists of over 16,000 acres and is considered the largest municipal park in the country. There are over 51 miles of trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking. For the past month I have been hiking the Mormon and [...]Spirits
My friends have decided to utter their spirits (Wine, Beer, and any other alcohol). Since I am not a big drinker I probably won’t have a lot of utterz. However, I think you will enjoy my friends unique tastes!
I had a terrific time presenting at the Phoenix Comicon. I gave two panels. The first was on my 2009 NASA astronaut experience. At first I didn’t think people would be interested but my comicon contact assured me that the Sci-fi crowd cared equally about both the fictional and real world of space exploration. My [...]The Colony Revisited
Tonight I am watching The Colony with friends who missed the last two episodes. It is weird seeing it again. I had to buy the DVD because I didn’t have it. It’s funny to see yourself on the cover of a DVD people buy. The best part is that I was 40 when the cover [...]Article in the Arizona Republic
I have an article in the AZ Republic today talking about me being on the colony. Totally cool!The Colony
If you are interested in information about The Colony please see the Discovery Channel Colony website or my public facebook page Sian Proctor. If you click the like button on my facebook page you will automatically receive updates when I post new information about the show. I created a Cartoon Guide to The Colony while [...]
Dear family and friends, As you know my journey to become a part of the 20th Astronaut class has come to an end. On June 22nd I received a call from Astronaut Sunita Williams. She was really nice as she informed me that I didn’t get selected and encouraged me to try again. Me with [...]Call From NASA
Dear Family and Friends, At my age I don’t expect really cool birthday gifts but yesterday I got the best belated gift ever, a call from NASA. To recap the situation, NASA conducted 2nd interviews with 40 individuals from the original pool of ~120 candidates. I went on the first interview but didn’t make the [...]My NASA Astronaut Interview
These last few days have been some of the best of my life. I interviewed for my dream job and in the process I got to meet some amazing people. What more could you ask for? Interviewing for the Astronaut Program isn’t just about the interview. It begins with meeting your astronaut candidate group. These [...]Day 1 at NASA
This morning I got on a plane and headed to my Interview at Johnson Space Center for the NASA Astronaut Program. I am really excited to be here and also in shock. I feel like harry potter when he finds out he’s a wizard and says, “I can’t be a wizard, I’m just harry!” It’s [...]NASA Interview!!!
Dear Friends, I got my interview with NASA. It is January 14-16. (BTW – I jumped up and down and ran all over my campus hugging my colleagues!) There is no way I could have done this alone. I want you to know that each one of you has had an impact on me and [...]Astronaut Update!!
This week was like any other except that my boyfriend called from Prescott, Az to inform me of a letter from NASA. “What do you want me to do with it?” he asked. I was in North Carolina at a Sustainability conference and wasn’t due back into the valley for two more days. “Open it!” [...]