Tuesday, August 14, 2007

From Mission Control back to My Kingdom

I can't believe I forgot to mention in yesterday's post- one of the best parts about my trip to Florida was getting to watch the shuttle launch. I didn't actually get to Kennedy Space Center (not enough time between mad dashes between printers and 5-star dinners) but I did head out to my balcony on the 15th floor around 6:30PM last Tuesday, and had one of those experiences that you know will be etched into your memory for many years to come. It looked like it does on T.V., only so much more real. It was this bright streak of neon orange pushing determinedly through the atmosphere against a graying sky. And knowing there were people strapped on board... well, it was more powerful than I'd given it credit for, in my over-spreadsheeted and amaretto soured mind.

Meanwhile, The Funasaurus had no idea there was even a shuttle launch happening when I talked to him later that night. I was horrified, but wasn't able to do anything about it right away. But when my flight was delayed for two hours on Friday, I naturally headed to the airport gift store, where I had my choice of Mickey Mouse/Dolphins/Space Shuttle trinkets to chose from, I immediately procured some freeze-dried ice cream for The Funasaurus, who has never had it before, which I considered to be a Damn Shame, because I loved that stuff as a kid. I think I may have single-handedly funded the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum for a summer, for all the freeze-dried ice cream that I bought from them. (Longest sentence EVER.)

It kind of tastes like syrupy cardboard. Mmm. I really don't know why the supermarkets don't stock it.

And now it's time to head back to ye ol' spreadsheets.

Princess Out.


Christie said...

I'm so jealous! I bet that was an awesome thing to see. And I freaken' love freeze dried ice cream. They sell it at OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), and I always buy some for us. My husband gets totally pissed if I buy the kids some and don't bring him home any. They also have freeze dried ice cream sandwiches, which was a big hit for our daughter.

Angela said...

Oh fabulous! I'm going to tell Colby you saw the launch and he is going to be SO jealous of you. And do you know I have never had that freeze dried ice cream? I bought some once years ago and then I lost it before I could eat it. Oh well, where ever it is, it's probably still just as edible as it was when I bought it!

M-M-M-Mishy said...

Freeze dried ice cream? I am shocked and appalled that not only have I never had any, I'd never even heard that such a thing exists! Someone mail me a care package. Stat.

Kanigget said...

I have a cousin who actually LOVES the freeze-dried ice cream. Loves It. He actually put it on his Christmas gift list--I bought him a video game instead. I told him to act like a normal kid and rot his brain in the usual ways. He's young, he'll get over it. Luckily he became addicted to the game.

Diane said...

I'm telling ya, back in the 60s/early 70s, NASA style astronaut food was all the rage, and man, did it suck!

Cool experience seeing the launch

Jenn said...

Hey darlin'!!! Saw Ellen today in London and she assured me your blog was the coolest thing EVERYDAY in her reality. After reading the last few posts I do believe I am a convert! I'll add you to my regular procrastination schedule...looking forward to more updates. And we are all excited about the wedding!
Love ya,

Princess in Galoshes said...

Christie- It WAS pretty spectacular. And I am glad to know you are representin' for the west coast freeze-dried ice cream consumers.

Angela- I'm sure it's still good. Just brush off the dust bunnies and nibble away!

Mishy- I am appalled as well. Get thee to a rocket-ship related museum stat.

Kanigget- I don't think I approve of the conversion to video games. Why not foster the total freakishness of freeze dried ice cream addiction?

Diane- Sucked?? SUCKED? I'm not sure we can be friends anymore.

JENNIFER! -How the hell are you? And what is Ellen doing in London? You ARE coming to the wedding then, yes? The Funasaurus and I are taking bets as to whose side you sit on. No pressure.