6/12/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was a bit of a lazy day.  I mostly worked on housework and updated my amateur radio logs.  I think I ran three loads of laundry, vacuumed, and did some general organizing around the house.  I also started packing for the Summer Science Program in Boulder, CO.

I was able to finish my amateur radio logs for now.  Unfortunately, some of the contacts I made won’t count for the year-long contest, as apparently, you only have until the 10th day of the following month to upload them, and so none of my storm chasing radio contacts counted.

In the evening, JoAnna and I went for a walk to the park near our house.  Then, we sat outside looking for Iridium Flares.

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6/9/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Bonita Park near Capitan, NM.  I drove down there to attend the Texico Seventh Day Adventist Camp Meeting.  Along the drive, I made a few radio contacts on 20 meters picking up two new grid squares.

I arrived just after Sabbath School had started.  I first started attending the main Sabbath School, but then wandered over to the Young Adults section.  Seeing several people that were quite a bit older than I, I went ahead in.  The pastor was great.  He was very interactive and funny.

I had bean dish in the cafeteria for lunch, and met a few folks from Albuquerque.

In the afternoon break, I started reading a weather book that I will describe more when I finish it.

In the late afternoon, I attended another session by the same pastor.  Both sessions involved discipleship and discussed the beatitudes.

In the evening, I drove back to Rio Rancho and chatted with JoAnna for a while before going to bed.

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6/5/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in a surreal state.  I was super tired, but then also wanting to be super productive.  I bounced between sleeping in my chair and working on Upwork, Chemical Engineering, or SSP related projects.

I was able to knock out a few important tasks for SSP.  I’m trying to get rolling with things there, but sometimes I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do.  Anyway, by this time next year, I’ll be doing much better with it.

I also started logging some of my amateur radio contacts from the storm chase.  I have a long ways to go on that project as well.

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3/18/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent part of the day working in the yard, cleaning up around the garden.  I have a lot to do before spring, as my garden is nowhere near ready.  All I managed to do was clean up some of the fluff from where Dog-Dog shredded his bed, and trip back the sagebrush from the edge of the garden.

After that, I went to a tutoring session, then did another one online.  I did some grocery shopping and then some housework.  I also did a few hours of work for Upwork, and I have a lot to go on that project.  I feel like I’m starting to slip a little, but I know I can catch up.  Next week is Spring Break at Magdalena, so I know I’ll get some extra hours in at NMT, Upwork, and so on.

I did make a few contacts in the VA QSO Party on amateur radio, however, so that was fun.

My day was pretty boring, actually.  I’m not sure why you read this, but I’m glad you do!

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3/8/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, we set up the booth for the Deming Rock and Gem show. It took us a little while to set up, as it is an outdoor show, and we had to set up the tent.

In the afternoon, I put in quite a few hours for Upwork. I have so much to do for this project, and I’m not behind schedule yet. I wrote around 4000 words though, so that was good. I also spent some of the time organizing what else needs to be written.

I also tested out the 40 meter antenna and radio in the van. For this trip, I moved one of my HF radios to the van and gave it a good road test. I made several contacts. I also updated my logbook.

In the evening, I did a little reading, finishing out another chapter in Atlas Shrugged, and answering this week’s discussion questions.

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2/21/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was largely uneventful. Wednesday is my “meetings” day, where I spend most of my time bouncing between different meetings.

My first meeting was with the Physics department. I finally signed paperwork to get paid for this semester, and also got a little more direction on what still needs to be done on this project. I think things are coming along nicely.

My second meeting was with the Dynamo group. I picked up the latest version of the software and then discussed different debugging techniques with the programmer.

My third meeting was with the chemical engineering department, as it was our weekly meeting. There was not much worth mentioning on here.

After those meetings, I helped a professor move some shelves and then went and taught a section of instrumentation lab. This section was the first lecture on microcontrollers, and I think the students had a good time.

After class, I commuted home. Along the commute, I did a little writing, finishing another chapter in my fiction book.

After my commute, I went home, filled out a few QSL cards and watched two episodes of Justified with Joey.

Overall, it was a good day.

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1/24/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day at NMT. I started out by going to an interview for becoming an Explora Fellow. This wasn’t a placement interview, but it was an interview to get the preliminary work done for my project. The interviewer and I had a great time talking about the weather.

I had two meetings get cancelled, but ended up sucked into other projects. I spent a good part of yesterday mid-day working on the computer lab, updating software. I also had a department meeting sandwiched in there as well.

In the afternoon, I taught my first section of instrumentation lab this semester. I have only two students, so the lab goes by very quickly. I spent the remainder of the afternoon working on the computers and then meeting with another student to practice using the plastic welder. I had to leave before it got up to temperature, but we will try again later.

On my commute home, I worked on my storm chasing book. I added about 400 words to it. I have a ways to go, but I told the publisher I would have the table of contents and the first chapter by February, and I am on schedule to do that.

In the evening, Joey and I watched an episode of Justified. We are almost done the second season. I also updated my amateur radio logbooks.

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