Yesterday was our first day at the rock and gem show in Moab, UT. We spent the time before 10 am getting our booth set up and ready to go. The doors opened at 10, and we were in business, literally.
While in the booth, I was able to log quite a few hours for UpWork, as well as finish off a few things that had been on my to do list, so that worked out great for me. I still have quite a bit of grading and lesson planning to do, as well as more work for UpWork, but this was a good start.
I took a long lunchbreak and walk, but not quite enough of a walk to log my 10,000 steps for the day. Instead, I ended at 9,938, just shy of my goal.
In the evening, we watched another pass of the International Space Station (ISS), though I did not try to photograph it. I also programmed my handheld radio for a repeater here in town.
Yesterday, I spent the morning tutoring at Magdalena. Well, that’s not entirely true. I woke up in my office around 3:30 and did some work for an UpWork project and some grading for my instrumentation class before heading into Magdalena to tutor.
In the afternoon, I drove back to NMT and tried to make contacts in the 10 meter contest. I never heard another station, nor a reply to my calls.
Once I arrived at NMT, I helped several groups with their chemical engineering cars before teaching two sections of instrumentation lab.
After that, my Varsity Tutoring appointment had been cancelled (student’s school has been closed, thanks to Hurricane Nate), and so I put in a few UpWork hours before walking to my brother’s house for the evening.
Yesterday, I commuted up to Albuquerque and worked at Albuquerque High in the morning. It was a lot of fun, as they hosted an AVID mixer event with some games and such.
In the afternoon, I took the Crown Vic to the shop to see if they could figure out why I was running so lean. They did, and it turns out I need $958 worth of work to the car. It needs a new intake manifold and gaskets. In the mean time, it will run okay, and isn’t doing any damage, other than perhaps running a little warmer and wearing out my probably-already-worn-out catalytic converter. I will also have a loss of power and will burn a little coolant.
While the car was in the shop, they also managed to break my 20 meter Hamstick antenna, which is quite annoying. They have offered to replace it, and I will definitely take them up on that.
I also started editing my NaNoWriMo project from 2015. I only made it a few pages in so far, but will continue to edit it over the next few weeks.
In the evening I attempted to watch The Wall with JoAnna and Joey, but ended up falling asleep part of the way through.
Yesterday was my first day tutoring in Albuquerque High. It was pretty neat, actually, as one of the tutors was someone I had worked with before at another school, and another tutor was one of my old students from Magdalena.
I did some work on the Dynamo project and also did some cleanup of my external hard drive and cell phones, as I have pictures scattered on all of these devices.
In the afternoon, I answered amateur radio questions for the folks at the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church who are studying for their exams. After the study session, I attended the prayer meeting that they have every Friday night.
We watched Antz, but my lack of sleep caught up to me halfway through the movie.
Yesterday, I spent most of the day in an amateur radio class hosted by the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church. I was not expecting that to happen, but it did. As it turns out, several folks I know were leading a class at the church for the Pathfinders; some of the teachers didn’t know I knew amateur radio and some of them weren’t from the church and didn’t know I attended this church.
However, I did start my day out with a 4 mile run, and, while the time was awful, it felt good to get back out there again and run. It had been three weeks since my last run.
In the evening, I cooked, cleaned and shopped. I changed the cat boxes, added salt to the water softener, and played with my weather station to try to get it working.
Yesterday was my first day back to Magdalena Schools. I was able to get a few questions answered, and started out my week. It looks like I will be able to work 15 hours a week, and will cover an AVID class or two (depending on the day), the Math Analysis class, an Algebra II class (on certain days), and the Chemistry class.
Yesterday was also the first day of my new transit schedule. I returned to NMT, updated my calendar, and got on the bus. We arrived in time to catch the 5:51 pm train in Belen, instead of the 7:01 pm train, so I arrived in Albuquerque earlier (and farther north!) I made it home by 7:45 pm, and it was still light outside. I actually beat JoAnna and Joey home!
I checked into an amateur radio net on my way home.
In the evening, JoAnna and I talked and watched the sunset by the small thunderstorm that had formed near my house.
I don’t remember laying down, but I did, because I woke up when my alarm sounded this morning.
Yesterday, I spent the morning at the Duke City Hamfest again. The only session I attended was another Skywarn Training, hosted by the Albuquerque NWS. I like attending these, as I get referenced quite a bit for storms and storm chasing.
In the afternoon, I did some shopping and some cooking and cleaning. I made jalapeno and cream cheese wrapped in turkey bacon, caprese, breakfast hash with hamburger, potatoes and peppers from my garden, and green Thai curry with ground turkey.
I also sat outside in the evening and posted to several of my blogs. I also applied for a few more jobs on UpWork, so we will see how that goes.
Overall, it was a good day. I will start at Magdalena tomorrow, and am looking forward to it.