Yesterday, I spent the morning at Albuquerque High. I wasn’t sure I would make it in, though, as my train was almost an hour late. I emailed the teacher and said I would be late, if I made it at all. Instead, the train booked it, with short station stops and made up some of the lost time. I was only about two minutes late.
In the afternoon, I did some car maintenance. I checked tires and oil, and attempted to jumpstart two cars that are sitting in my yard. No dice on them, but I’ll try again perhaps on Monday.
In the evening, I attempted to watch the 1956 copy of Moby Dick, but I proved to be too tired, and ended up falling asleep.
Yesterday, I spent the early part of the day tutoring at Magdalena. They had a half-day for parent-teacher conferences, so the day passed by quickly. I tutored where I could, but for the most part, it was a homework day in most classes.
After tutoring, I ran a few errands and then worked at NMT. I skipped out on the Boys and Girls Ranches, as I was in the middle of a phone call when it was time to go.
My Varsity Tutoring appointment was also cancelled, so I spent more time updating computers for NMT.
In the evening, I messed with my vehicles. I checked the oil in the Ranger and the Malibu, and attempted to start the Malibu with no luck. I ended up pushing it into another parking spot, just to rotate the tires a bit.
I had rabbit and dumplings for dinner with my brother and his family before falling asleep on the couch again.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.