11/22/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was an interesting day.  I started out by commuting from Socorro to Rio Rancho via buses and trains.

After commuting, I did some light grocery shopping to get ready for Thanksgiving.  The stores were mobbed, but I was able to get everything we needed.

In the evening, I did some work on the sodium dynamo project and also a little bit of writing on my NaNoWriMo project, though I am far behind on both of these.  I was also looking for Varsity Tutoring opportunities, but none showed up, as everyone is on Thanksgiving break.

In the late evening, I got a call from JoAnna.  She had a flat tire near the Big-I in Albuquerque.  And the spare was also flat.  I drove up there, looked at both tires and then called AAA to have the Volvo towed to the Firestone near our house.  I have 100 miles of free towing per call, so it made sense to tow it to the one near our house.  Anyway, the rear passenger tire shredded, and the spare had a nail in it!

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11/21/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning in Magdalena.  There wasn’t much teaching happening, as it was a half-day set of classes.  However, there was quite a bit of tutoring, as students finished up their homework before break.

In the afternoon, I taught two sections of Instrumentation lab.  They were my last of the semester, and the students were able to finish up their final projects during the classtime.  Now, I just need to grade all of the work they have turned in.

In the evening, I went and had dinner with my brother and his family.  I played Minecraft lazily from the couch with my nephew until I fell asleep.

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11/20/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day split between tutoring at Magdalena, visiting some family and working with freshmen on their chemical engineering chem-e car projects.

The tutoring went well.  I say I tutored, but actually I filled in for some folks at a career fair.  My job yesterday was to talk about my career in education, as well as my careers in engineering and meteorology.  Naturally, this was a lot of fun, as I got to talk about Intel, and explosives, and storm chasing and the whole bit.

After that, I did some visiting.

Then, I went back into work and helped a few of the freshman groups on their chem-e cars.  One group did quite a bit of testing of different fuels for their steam engine.  I also chatted with some of the mentors about what still needs to happen with the student projects.

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11/19/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, the highlight of my day was finishing out the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes amateur radio contest.  I needed 100 contacts for my participation pin, and I managed to snag 107 contacts in all.  It was quite a bit of work, but I was able to do it.

I didn’t do much else, however.  I did some housekeeping, some cooking, and some general cleaning, but I did no writing, work, or much else, for that matter.

I am about done with the cold, however.  I am disappointed that I did not go for a run, but I wasn’t up for going outside in the cold, and then once it was later in the day, I was playing in the radio contest instead.

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11/18/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day late. I had intended to go to Sabbath School, but I wasn’t feeling well in the morning.  I have almost kicked this cold, but the extra rest helped tremendously, as I think I am about done with it now.

I did go to church and then to potluck afterwards.  I had a good time, as usual.  Next week, I will lead the Sabbath School devotional, and I already have that topic set up and ready.

In the afternoon, I did quite a bit of writing and resting.  Like I say, I was almost done with the cold, so I would write for a bit, then I would rest.

I also played in the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes amateur radio contest.  I made 40 contacts last night, split between the 20 meter and 40 meter bands.

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11/16/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was a busy day for me.  I spent most of the day immersed in chemistry of one form or another.

I started out the day by commuting to Magdalena and setting up a chemistry demonstration.  Actually, it wasn’t so much a demonstration as it was getting the students to build models with sticks, springs and wooden balls.  I think they had a good time, and may have accidentally learned some chemistry, too.

In the afternoon, I went to the Boys and Girls Ranches.  I helped a student finish his Geometry class.  He will graduate soon, with only a little bit of Algebra left to complete.

In the evening, I assisted several chem-e car groups.  One group made fuel pellets using sawdust and glue, and another group reacted magnesium and hydrochloric acid, which was quite violent.

Between test runs, I typed another 2200 words towards my NaNoWrio novel.  I have a ways to go, but I am just under half finished (23,000 words down, 27,000 left.

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11/15/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was Joey’s birthday!  I took off work and drove back from Socorro in the morning so that we could spend the day together.

We started out by watching Blade Runner 2049.  I had not seen the original, but this one was pretty good.  It was intense, and there were a lot of neat questions that arose during this movie.

After the movie, we went to Tucano’s for lunch.  Tucano’s is always a treat, and I ate way too much.  Overall, I think Joey had a good birthday!

In the evening, they went to a Landmark seminar in Santa Fe, and I stayed at home.  I am still recovering from a cold, so I alternated between writing in my NaNoWriMo project and sleeping.  I did just over 1700 words yesterday, but I need to catch up, as I’m just under 4000 words behind.

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