About Hayley Schneider

University of Colorado, Mechanical Engineering student.

Pepere and the Inverted Plane

“When I was in training, they didn’t have clocks. The mechanics always stole them out of the planes.”

“What? They stole the clocks? Why?”

“To use as a decoration in their house.”


“So we had to wear watches to keep track of the time. I didn’t like wearing a watch, so instead I would keep a big ben in my lap, between my legs, during flights. It seemed to work okay.

“We were in a dual controlled plane. At one point during the flight, I had to invert the plane. Thunk. My big ben had fallen from my lap onto the ceiling. I reached up, and trying to grab it, lost control of the plane. It wasn’t a big deal because I was up pretty high, so I reached for it and then corrected the plane a few more times. On the last reach, I nudged the clock backwards on accident and it moved to an impossible position. I regained control of the plane and as I thought about it, became worried about the control boxes and the clock. I had heard stories of guys with messed up control boxes and those never ended well.

“I did a quick maneuver to right the plane. Thunk. The clock dropped to the floor. I ended my flight early to recover the clock and go buy a watch.”

I’m Not Unhappy, I’m Just on Business Travel

At the end of next week, I will have lived five out of six weeks in a small town north of Detroit, Michigan. I live and work in Palo Alto, California and never imagined spending such an extended period of time away from the place I live. Don’t get me wrong – I love going to new places, learning new things, and I’ll try just about anything. It’s hard to leave one of the reasons you took a job – California was a big part of the deal.

Week 1. This is something new. The work is challenging, time consuming, and this could be something good.

Week 2. The time difference sets in. If you never stop working, you can’t account for the time difference by going to bed early and your mind starts to pay during those early morning wakeups.

Week 3. Sweet relief. California air. Long hours to prep for the upcoming weeks.

Week 4. Pumped up and ready to work hard.

Week 5. Weeks 1-4 of terrible sleep begin to show up. Hard work becomes discouraging work.

Week 6. Dead tired. Not unhappy, just a business traveler.

It is time for my work to bring me home. I guess that means California!

Questions to Ask…Anyone?

  • What is your hometown like?
  • How are you different now than you were 1 year ago? 5 years ago? 1 week ago?
  • What’s the dumbest thing you have ever done (that you are willing to share)? Keep in mind that you may only ask this question if you have a great answer to return.
  • What’s the most important thing you think about?
  • When was the last time you felt important?
  • How do you decide how to spend your time?
  • What are you proud of?
  • What are you best at?
  • If today were your birthday, what would you wish for?
  • How have your hopes changed as you’ve aged?

Hayley Schneider:

As an avid supporter of Tesla and the EV movement, I found this article quite encouraging.

Originally posted on SENSORTECH:

If you’ve ever visited Greenfield Village or the Henry Ford museum, it’s easy to mentally thrust yourself back in time, as you stand in the midst of the carefully preserved yet functional, living artifacts that exist in this jewel of a living museum in the middle of busy Dearborn, Michigan.  It’s quite easy to imagine what early pioneers like Karl Benz, Ransom Olds, and Henry Ford experienced as they tinkered with the internal combustion engine or toyed with the idea of automated assembly.  It’s a little harder to imagine how these people fought through and endured the negativity created by those who didn’t share the vision.

Those early “car people”  had the intestinal fortitude to resist staying in the grips of a transportation paradigm involving the horse and buggy, to fight the status quo and to stand fast to their beliefs that hydrocarbon powered vehicles would replace animals pulling wagons as…

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Andrew and Hayley See Tall Trees

Here we go! AdventureList (soon to be renamed) begins!


Last weekend, I made time to see a friend I made while on Semester at Sea. We’ve been spending a fair amount of time together since it was easy to pick up where we left off – we’ve been in contact about once a month for the past 3 years (wow, has it really been that long?).

Right now, my friend lives in San Francisco, so it made sense for me to swing by his place on the way to Muir Woods National Monument. The forest is famous for many of the tall redwoods that find their home here. The trees were, as promised, quite tall. Although the forest itself was very beautiful, some of the things we saw along the way made a much greater impression on me.

        Two words: Holy crap. The views from the Panoramic Highway, also known as Highway 1 as you drive away from San Francisco were picturesque. On our adventure, the sky was clear, so it was possible to see the city, the Golden Gate Bridge, Oakland Bridge, and a fair amount of the bay. We stopped along the way to buy some cherries from a grumpy old man who seemed to have forgottten what a beautiful view he would see had he turned around.

Since my friend has lived in the area for his whole life, I think he was shocked by the weight and significance I placed in driving over the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time ever. This drive is one that I’ve been looking forward to since I knew I would be moving to California. For some reason, I’ve equated driving over the Golden Gate as my symbolic acceptance of residency in California – the true moment where I no longer live in Colorado. In any case, I sped across the bridge in my non-electric vehicle and celebrated my new home as the California wind rushed through my windows and pushed my hair into my face.

  • Marin Headlands

On our way back to the city, we stopped at a vista in Marin Headlands and once again enjoyed the view.

  • Muir Woods

The main trails through the park are constructed as a raised boardwalk – this makes for the most un-rugged hike I’ve ever attempted. We did decide to go a bit further and ventured into the woods for a few miles before turning back, admiring trees along the way.

Anise Drops

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How to Make Yourself Smile #1


ImageToday was not easy for no reason in particular. I’ve been struggling with feeling unproductive and lazy despite the fact that I am not being either of these two things. In fact, I’ve been quite the opposite – in one morning, I managed to meet two different friends for long meals (breakfast and then lunch), I re-organized and cleaned my apartment, fixed up my bank account, secured new car insurance…the list goes on.

The feeling that you haven’t accomplished anything is downer. I’m used to accomplishing a lot everyday. That’s how I did so many things during school. There’s not much to getting around this feeling other than to do something to make yourself smile.

Today, I begin the smile-making list. To qualify for the list, the activity must: 1. include some sort of feat, 2. make me smile. Clearly, this list has potential to be quite extensive (that’s what makes it perfect for this blog). Let the games begin!

How to Make Yourself Smile #1:

Make cookies you haven’t made before. After checking that they don’t taste awful, give them all away. Put them on little plates and go meet people, using the cookies as an icebreaker.

A few weeks ago, I paged through Martha Stewart’s Cookies (a gift I received from my boyfriend during college) and noticed the recipe for Anise Drops because the ingredient list is so short compared to so many of the other cookies in the book. I made them, and it turns out that they are fantastic – very sweet  and meringue-y with an anise accent. It took me two weeks to find a store with Anise Extract (I guess this isn’t a normal ingredient for Palo Alto residents). The cookies were well worth the wait.

Anise Drops:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Put eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on medium speed until eggs are fluffy, about 3 minutes. Gradually beat in the sugar until incorporated, about 3 minutes. Mix in anise extract. Reduce speed to low; mix in flour mixture. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a coupler or a 1/2-inch plain tip (such as an Ateco No. 806). Pipe 1 3/4-inch rounds onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 1/2 inch apart.
  3. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until tops crack and cookies are very pale, 8 to 9 minutes. Transfer to wire racks using a spatula; let cool.

The first plate was a test plate – I brought a few over to my hometown friend (and next-door neighbor). The next plate was for the only other person at home in my building – a woman that I’ve actually never seen before. She was busy when she answered the door, took the cookies, and told me she would come over later. Sure enough, she stopped by and we had a great conversation. Although she’s older than me, I think she’s someone I can call on for friendship once in a while. Like me, she’s new to the area and we have some similar interests.

Mission accomplished!

The Art of Complaining

I smile a lot. Everywhere I’ve lived, I’ve had people comment on how happy I am all the time. My secret: I am happy. My other secret: I think complaining may play a critical roll in that happiness.

Complaining is not an attractive quality. It is annoying – nobody likes to hear about other people’s problems. Generally, it is bad taste and bad practice to dwell on the negative aspects of your life. However, I think complaining can have a very positive outcome. It gets the thought out so it can stay out.

I use it as a tool to overcome negativity. In this sense, complaining has served me well.