1/15/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started the morning by going on a run.  I went a little over two miles, though I’ll have to check to see how much over two miles.  One of my tracker apps crashed, so I’ll have to see if it recorded it totally.

After that, I finished up the work that needed to be done to the van.  I had left it on the jack in the street in front of my house, with one tire at Firestone (awaiting a replacement) and the brakes disassembled when we ran out of light.  Yesterday morning, I was able to get the driver’s side brakes back together (new pads, checked the rotors) quickly, having sunlight instead of a flashlight.  Then, I drove the Crown Vic to Firestone, picked up the tire, put it on, switched the van’s direction, and then did the passenger’s side brakes.  Those took only about half an hour, having learned the lessons I needed to learn on the driver’s side.  I reassembled them, then drove the van to Firestone to have the tires rotated.  I only have one jack, but I have free rotations at Firestone, so that’s why I did it this way.  Now, the van is set, with two larger tires in the rear and two stock ones in the front.

In the evening, I finished up my LabVIEW Core II training and worked on getting eQSL set up.  I think I am ready to start logging contacts in eQSL, finally.  I also read a chapter of Atlas Shrugged.

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1/14/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I had a moderately productive day.

I started out by going for a run, and though it was only a little over a mile, it was nice to get outside and run again.

After my run, I started work on the van.  It needs a tire and brakes.  I got the tire off and took it to Firestone.  They did not have the tire in stock, but said they would today.  With the tire off, I also started working on the brakes.  We were told it needs pads and rotors, though I see nothing wrong with the rotors that are in place.

I did some grocery shopping and then returned to work on the brakes.  I ran out of daylight, so I will have to finish those up today.

In the evening, I did a bunch of housework, updated my amateur radio logbook, and then some free writing.  I added another chapter to the fiction book I am writing.

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11/24/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent a mostly-relaxing day working on my NaNoWriMo project.  I am still behind, but not nearly so far behind after yesterday’s writing.  I also spent some time working on the sodium dynamo project, logging three hours yesterday afternoon on that.

I also put the Volvo in the shop, as it had two flat tires.  One needed a patch and the other needed replacement.  The Firestone replaced the one tire but informed me it could not patch the other tire, as when they ran the serial number, they found that the tire had been manufactured in 1999!

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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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11/5/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was a busy day.  I started out the day by having my sleeping all out of whack due to Daylight Savings Time.  I ended up sleeping in, much to my dismay, as I had intended to go jogging.

Instead, I rushed out the door for an appointment with the Crown Vic at Firestone.  They were able to determine why I keep getting an engine code.  As it turns out, one of my catalytic converters is weak and probably needs to be replaced.  Thankfully, the fuel control computer is adjusting for it, so it’s no rush.  They should be replaced in pairs, so I will wait until they are both failing, or failing so that the engine is running rich, before taking any action.

In the afternoon, I ran quite a few loads of laundry, as well as dishes.  I did a lot of housework as well, de-cobwebbing, cleaning behind the dryer, and so on.  In the evening, I worked in my outdoor shed and reloading shop, cleaning it up as well.

In the late evening, I worked on my NaNoWriMo project and did some grading for my instrumentation lab.

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11/3/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I drove from Socorro to Albuquerque to tutor at Albuquerque High.  I needed to bring the Crown Vic back to Albuquerque to have it looked at one more time (I hope), so I drove it home from Socorro.

I tutored two sections of AVID at Albuquerque High, and then did some grocery shopping.  I rushed home after grocery shopping so that I would be on time to my online tutoring appointment through Varsity Tutors.

In the evening, I spent some time working on my NaNoWriMo project, and ended up falling asleep in my chair, with Lester (one of my cats) curled up asleep on my lap.  Overall, it was a good day.

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10/23/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Socorro, worrying about my car.  I started out generally unproductive.  Then, my headphones stopped working, and I spent an hour on the phone dealing with that as well.

Eventually though, I started knocking a few items off my to do list, very slowly.

As it turns out, the car is fine.  They recalibrated a few sensors and the Crown Vic now runs like a champ.  They called me after they finished fixing it, and gave me the good news.

I picked it up after I got off the train.

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