At a Non Regrettable Level
Community Emergency (CERT), Earthquake Response, and Emergency First Responder trained.
Rescue scuba diver certified -- scuba seems like a more ecologically friendly way to interact with sea life than snorkel boats that chase after the animals.
Fruit & vegetable garden
Viewed a clear milky way, total solar eclipse 2017, Perseids meteor shower of 2016, total lunar eclipse Jan 2018, ...
RV across northern California (over 40 trips)
Tried & decided, Burning Man is not my preferred vacation destination.
Aerial Silks: stuck at inversion; don't have core muscles...
Snorkel with dozens of wild dolphins & sharks in Hawaii (Life changing. What a lucky day.)
Threw up on the Zero G flight aka vomit comet
Squeezed into and flew in the back seat of a glider
Enjoyed breathtaking views from hot air balloons
Volunteer at a farm
Play the piano terribly
Figure Skating: passed free style 3 -- includes salchow, waltz, ... jumps
Casual racquet ball & badminton (much better and social than tennis!)
French. Oui Oui.
Cross Country running
Sign the ABCs!
Swimming: stopped at butterfly, who needs that? Dolphin all the way.
Still Working On or To Do
American Sign Language
Bike more regularly to work
Increase conversational fluency in Japanese & Taiwanese
Increase reading fluency in Mandarin to college level
Make more things
Horse back riding: ability to canter well; post in bare-back
Increase vocal range and strength
Learn Wu Shu
RV across Europe & Japan
Experience the Grand Canyon
Work with sheep dogs
Snorkel/Dive in the Galapagos
Water color more
Make an impact in education, healthcare, and/or renewable energy.
Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Learned how to project the sun through a telescope.
Bottom: Projection of sun with clouds over it. The dots are sun spots!
How to project the sun through a telescope:
- Remove the eye piece.
- Align the telescope so its shadow is shortest and straightest.
- Tilt the telescope up/down by adjusting the telescope directly until it's pointed at the sun -- gross movement. You can tell when the telescope is pointed at the sun when you cup your hands at the end where the eye piece is. If the telescope is pointed at the sun, you will see the sunlight pass through and hit your cupped hand. This is the hardest part imho.
- Place angled eye piece. You should now see part of the sun on the paper. Expect to repeat step 3 & 4 until you've got the sun. Patience, Nina, patience.
- Focus and center sun into view.
- You’ll have to continuously finely move the direction the telescope is pointing at as the earth rotates.
- Observe w ur naked eye and invite your neighbors to share this awesome paper TV experience :)