12/15/17: Daily Post

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.

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12/13/17: Daily Post

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.

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12/12/17: Daily Post

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.

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12/11/17: Daily Post

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.

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12/10/17: Daily Post

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.

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12/9/17: Daily Post

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.

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12/8/17: Daily Post

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.

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