Yesterday was a productive day for me, even if it did get off to a late start. I started out the day by sleeping in until 7 or so, and then driving down to Socorro.
I drove my pickup, so I took a truckload of boxes to the storage unit. I really need to organize that space, as it is a giant mess. It could hold many more boxes than are there currently, thanks to its disarray. This will be something I will work on over the next few months. In addition to simply organizing the existing boxes, there are tons of clothes that can be donated, paperwork to shred or trash, and so on.
In the afternoon, I finished up an UpWork assignment, and then graded papers for several hours. I also had a Varsity Tutors lesson and set up my instrumentation lab for later today.
In the evening, I shot one round at air rifle practice and ended up eventually going to my brother’s house for the evening (or early morning).
Yesterday morning, we went to the east side of town for a race. JoAnna did well in her 5k and had a good time.
After that, we went to Cool Springz, which is a trampoline park, to meet up with a new friend and her family. We watched Joey and the new friend bounce on the trampolines for two hours and had a nice chat with the parents. We will meet up again soon.
In the afternoon, we did some shopping and looked at some scrap stainless steel. The steel was of no use to me, but for someone making a food truck, it would be great. It was all stainless steel from a commercial kitchen, so there were warmers, pot and pan racks and so on.
In the evening, I saw Lester with something in his mouth. It squeaked. It was a tiny baby mouse. I got him to drop it and then went looking for the rest of them, as this one had a little fur, and its eyes were not yet open, so I knew there were more. He was too little to have made it far. Anyway, long story short, we found a total of four baby mice with no mother around. We have them in a box (away from the cats), and a live trap set nearby. I need to be more cold-hearted, I suppose, but I couldn’t kill the baby mice, nor sentence them to death by throwing them outside. Hopefully, we’ll catch the mom and turn them loose in the field not too far away.
I forgot to post this one, as it crashed on my tablet and I ended up having to rewrite it:
Yesterday (Wednesday), I spent the early morning hours working on a few projects for the chemical engineering department. I have been slowly catching up on my grading, and perhaps I will be all caught up by next week.
I tutored for several hours in the Magdalena schools, tutoring Algebra II, AVID, Math Analysis and Chemistry.
In the afternoon, I caught up to a former student who was on campus for a visit. He was in the very first class of chemical engineers I taught, way back in 2008. It was good to see that he was doing well.
We had unit operations lab in the afternoon as well, so I assisted with that class until it was time to catch my bus and commute home.
At home, I really became busy. My Varsity Tutoring appointment had been cancelled (substitute teacher, no new content that day), so I did some housework. Of most effort was cleaning on the top of some cabinets and hanging up some decorative coffee mugs. I think it worked out though, so it was worth it.
Yesterday, I attended the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist Church for Sabbath School, Church and Potluck. They started a new “Young Adults” Sabbath School class, and flattered me by considering me a young adult. The sermon was on Daniel 3, as we go through the book of Daniel over the next few weeks.
At potluck, I sat across the table from a lady who wanted to talk weather. About 3 pm, a storm rolled over the church, while we were still inside, chatting about the weather. We got hit with a strong downburst. During the potluck, we had propped the doors to the church open with a chair. That chair got launched into the parking lot, and everything on the bulletin boards inside was ripped off and strewn about. I’d estimate the winds were 50ish mph.
In the afternoon, I came home and took a nap.
In the evening, I did a bunch of housework while the others went to music at Solid Grounds. I rearranged the living room, ran several loads of laundry, washed a load of dishes and so on.
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.
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.
Yesterday, I spent the day prepping for my upcoming trip. I ran like four loads of laundry, cleaned the fish tank, cleaned the bathroom and kitchen, and so on, before packing my bags.
We did find out that the Durango leg of our trip was cancelled, so we are driving straight to Illinois instead.
In the evening, I went to the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church and attended another prayer session and study of the Desire of Ages by Ellen G. White. We are on Chapter 55, and had a lively discussion about the parable of the Good Samaritan.
In the late evening, we saw the International Space Station (ISS) pass overhead, and then we made some chips and dip, and watched Ghostbusters.