Yesterday, I spent the early afternoon at a memorial service for one of my former students. He was 30. I don’t know what happened, and am still in shock that he is gone. Just two months ago, he toured my labs and we had a great time. Other former students (from his class) were at the service as well, so we did get to chat and catch up. I can’t believe that they are all regular adults now.
In the evening, I spent the entire time getting ready to travel. We ended up spending last night at home instead of leaving, so hopefully today we will catch up. I don’t know our plan at this point.
Yesterday, I spent the morning at Magdalena, tutoring. I did my normal Wednesday line up of AVID, Math Analysis and Chemistry, though all of the classes are in review for their semester final exams next week.
In the afternoon, I met with the architects that are going to renovate Old Jones Hall, which will become our “new” space. I don’t know how that will go, and I am nervous, because Old Jones is awful. I don’t know how one dresses it up to make it tolerable.
In the evening, I went to Flying Star, had a nice plate of Sweet and Spicy Mac and Cheese, and finished my grading for the semester. I had several homework assignments left, and I was able to crank through those and post final grades.
I went home and started preparing a few more things for our upcoming road trip.
A very happy birthday (yesterday) to my Grandfather, who turned 96!
Yesterday, I spent the morning tutoring in Magdalena. I am trying to get in as many hours as I can this week, as it will be my last week until the second week of January to earn money. I tutored the usual lineup of AVID, Math Analysis and Chemistry.
At lunchtime, I went back to Socorro, bolted a quick meal, and then ran to the Senior Design Presentations. Overall, this fall’s presentations were good, and there was a lot of great discussion and guidance for the future of these projects.
In the afternoon, I commuted home. I spent the afternoon grading some homework for the instrumentation lab. I have a few changes to make for next year’s assignments, but overall, I am reaching a steady state position with that class, finally.
In the evening, I cooked quite a few meals for our travels next week. I will cook a few more on Friday, but I’m almost ready to go.
Yesterday was simultaneously busy…and not. I knew I needed to drive to Socorro, so I slept in a bit in the morning, and lazily commuted south. However, I did have an appointment in Belen, and another in Socorro, so I couldn’t skip out on the day entirely.
My appointment in Belen went well. I had a meeting with the principal of a Catholic School there. She was looking for someone to tutor the students in robotics after school (4th-8th graders), and said that I might be a good fit for this. There is a stipend, and I can bring in volunteers as well, so I’ll see what I can put together.
In the afternoon, I spent several hours meeting with the sodium dynamo team and have a few more items on my “To Do” list there. We had a meeting, then a lunch meeting, then continued to meet after lunch.
In the evening, I commuted home. I worked on the ChE Website a bit, though I am totally unhappy with it. It’s not worth investing too much time, however, as the university will be changing how it handles these websites soon.
I got to spend a few hours chatting with JoAnna as well, so that was good.
Yesterday was sort of busy. I started out the day by working on a few projects around the house, including cooking and cleaning. I did not get everything I need for cooking, so I will have to go out again soon and finish grocery shopping.
JoAnna and I went and saw a musical show before heading home for the evening. It was a combination of our friend’s acting group and the gay mens. choir. It was a good show, with good music and funny routines.
In the evening, I did an extra long Varsity Tutors session, as well as some cooking.
Yesterday, I spent the morning and the early afternoon in the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church. We had Sabbath School, church service, and then potluck, so it was a good day. The lesson was on Daniel 8, and we are working our way through Daniel one chapter at a time.
In the afternoon, I played with guns, cleaning a few of them up and unjamming my M1. I don’t know why, but sometimes it doesn’t extract, and the bolt remains locked. The only way to unjam it is to slam the bolt back by tapping it with a mallet until it unlocks. I disassembled the rifle entirely this time, and gave it a good cleaning. Hopefully, that will prevent future problems, though I will test it this spring.
In the evening, we went to Solid Grounds Coffee House and listened to some bluegrass music and had a good time.
I also learned that a former student of mine passed away on Thursday. I can’t really believe it. I just saw him a few months ago when he toured our department.
Yesterday, I woke up slightly confused. I was in my own house on a Friday morning (when I normally wake up in Socorro on Friday mornings). Instead, I thought it was Sabbath morning, and slowly went about my Sabbath morning routine. Then, my phone buzzed informing me that it was almost time to start tutoring in Albuquerque High. I rushed out the door, but was still a half an hour late.
However, after tutoring for the remainder of the time (my first time late in a very long time- never at this school), I drove down to Socorro to go shooting at the shooting range south of town. Nearly 20 students had put together a shooting event to try each other’s guns and to teach people who have never shot before.
We had a great time! I have a few minor repairs to conduct, but other than that, it was a lot of fun. Everyone was safe and everyone tried things they’ve never tried before, and so I think it was a success.
In the evening, JoAnna, Joey and I watched Airplane, which is a brilliant movie.