I got a phone call at 4:45 this morning from my sister, Keri. I answered the phone "What happened?!" only to find out that the Indiana tv station she was watching said that the space shuttle would be flying over Oxnard and Ventura California soon. I woke up Randy, checked outside it and found that it was overcast (go figure- yay Ventura). Randy looked up NASA.gov, saw where the space shuttle was positioned off the California coast, and we grabbed a blanket and headed out to the park across the street. Sure enough, at about 5:07, we heard the sonic boom (the loudest I've ever heard) and right after that, a "whooshing" sound as the shuttle made it's way through the air. It sounded like it was so close and right over our heads! It was incredible!!!!
All those memories about wanting to be an astronaut came flooding back. Space flight has been and always will be awesome to me. Wonder if they need nurses up in space....Maybe I could be a Payload Specialist Nurse. I could perform experiments on Bandaids and what kind sticks best of different kinds of wounds in space. Or how about different ways to insert a urinary catheter in a weightless environment? Hmmm....the possibilities are endless. I'll get around to filling out that NASA astronaut application someday.