8/6/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out my morning with a five mile run.  My time was not fantastic, but it did feel good to go running again.  It had been almost a month since my last run, due to my travels and work schedule.

When I returned from running, I weeded the gardens for two hours.  I did so without a shirt, so my back is now nice and red.  I can’t wait to strap on my backpack this morning, as I’m sure that will feel great.  While I was out there, I replaced the batteries in the weather station, as the transmitter was having trouble reaching the receiver inside the house.

In the evening, I did some cooking and cleaning.  I made some delicious tuna steaks, seared and coated with pepper and Old Bay.

I also applied for a handful of jobs on UpWork, so we’ll see how that goes.  Some of them were really neat!  I also updated my amateur radio logbooks and sent a few QSL cards.

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8/1/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning working on moving stuff for Chemical Engineering.  I am still furious about it all.  However, I did manage to move quite a few things, including some of the heavy metal frames.  They aren’t the heaviest things to move, but they were still a pain.

In the afternoon, I gave up on moving furniture (20,000 steps later), and worked on the software for the batch reactor in the Unit Operations Lab.  I still have a long ways to go, and I had planned on spending my time at NMT before classes started by working on this instead of moving furniture.

I also met with the ultrasound group.  As it turns out, we had a bad transducer, which has been part of our problem.  We are having a new test box built, as removing the bad transducer damaged our old test box.

In the evening, JoAnna and I sat outside in the nice weather and ate some chips, salsa and avocado.

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7/15/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I went to Sabbath School and Church at the Rio Grande Seventh Day Adventist church.  As usual, it was a good time.  In particular, they gave their 4th of July session.  Typically, this is given the weekend nearest Independence Day, but for some reason, it was delayed.  They focused on Francis Scott Key and writing the National Anthem as part of the sermon.

In the late afternoon and evening, JoAnna and I had a date night to Annapurna’s and then for a nice walk around the UNM campus.  Along our walk, we saw quite a few ducks, mice, rabbits, turtles and one bullfrog that took a while to find.  We had a great time.

Overnight, we lost power, and so I spent part of this morning in recovery mode, rebooting computers and restarting my weather station.  I will need to invest in an UPS at some point to save me this trouble.

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7/12/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day by running five miles. I had wanted to go farther, but it was really humid.  It wasn’t hot, but humid.  A large cirrus shield from the overnight convection kept the moisture locked in place.  Anyway, I stopped running after five miles and had to walk another three back home.  I posted a screen shot of this run on my running page.

In the afternoon, I did a little housework and some work on the sodium dynamo project.

I also tested out my Yaesu FT-857D amateur radio that I had sent away for a repair, and recently received.  It still seems noisy, but band conditions were not great on 20 meters.  I did make two contacts in a brief amount of time, and had a good path to Pennsylvania for whatever reason.  Before the repair, contacts were impossible, so perhaps it is fixed.

In the evening, we went to a Landmark event. I had not attended one in a long time, so it was good to see some of my old friends.

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7/9/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the majority of the day outside.  I started out by going for an 8.1 mile run around Rio Rancho.  It got pretty hot along the way.  However, 8.1 miles is the farthest I’ve ever run.  It wasn’t quite continuous, as I had to stop and tie my shoe, and I also found random neat things along the way (wheel weights, a wrench extension, etc.) so I’d stop momentarily to pick them up.

Once I returned from my run, I worked in the garden for a while.  I weeded the second large bed, and set up a soaker hose.  I will plant 24 sweet potato plants there in a few minutes.

In the evening, I worked on my amateur radio logbooks.  I still have quite a few QSL cards here that need to be logged, sent and organized.  I logged another 30 or so that did not require me to send a response.  Today, I will go through more of the SASEs.

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7/8/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out by remotely attending a Society for Industrial Archeology board meeting.  I checked in via my phone on my way to Santa Fe.

In Santa Fe, I attended the Skywarn Training, led by Kerry Jones.  He does a great job, and I’ve attended several of his training sessions.   He referenced me several times in the talk as a fellow storm chaser.

I drove back from Santa Fe, and stopped to go for a long walk in Bernalillo.  I knew I had eaten too much, and I did my best to walk off the calories.  I overdid it slightly, and ended up taking a nap when I got home.

After my nap, Joey and I went to the music show at the Solid Grounds Coffee House.  It wasn’t the same without the whole group there, but we still had a good time.

In the late evening, I posted several updates to this blog, including monthly updates for April, May and June, as well as one of my running screenshots.

I started using MapMyRun again, as I am having trouble with FitBit accurately representing my path, even though it gets the mileage and times right.  It can’t seem to map it correctly.  I promise I’ve gone on quite a few runs since 1/2/17, though my page doesn’t accurately represent them.

Joey and I also finished up the first season of Justified.

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7/2/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day by trying to photograph the International Space Station (ISS) pass at 5:22 am.  I saw it, but was unable to photograph it, unfortunately.  There will be another pass tomorrow, almost directly overhead (86 degrees), so I’ll try again.

After that, I ran for 6.67 miles.  I hadn’t been on a run in quite a few days, so it felt good to get out and run again.

Once I returned from my run, I spent several hours weeding and cleaning up my garden.  I have been disappointed in it so far this year, and have semi-avoided working in it for the last week or two.  However, I cleaned things up yesterday, and will hopefully stay ahead of it in the weeks to come.

In the afternoon, I did some grocery shopping, though I will do more today.  I also photographed my entire folder of car repair receipts and threw them away.  I am trying to clean up my house and make it as paper-free as possible.  I updated my car blog as I did this, so that I have that information in multiple places, electronically.

In the evening, I updated my DX4Win logs, and have now caught up on all of my amateur radio logbooks.  I will start sending out QSL cards this week, and hopefully catch up on that project as well.

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