Yesterday, I spent some time cleaning up my house from my travels. I did basic things like clean the cat litter boxes and aquarium, as well as ran a load of laundry. I have a lot more cleaning to do, but that was a good start.
I also spent a few hours working on some contract work for UpWork. I was pleased to get a few things knocked out on that project.
In the evening, I had dinner with an old friend of mine (David) and his brother. We chatted radio, school, engineering and several other nerdy topics.
In the late evening, I took a walk around UNM’s campus, just to add a few steps to my FitBit.
Yesterday was a travel day for me, though I did get to do some visiting as well. I left my parents’ house and headed south towards Virginia Beach. I will eventually go back to Pittsburgh, but I wanted to catch up to a few friends on the eastern shore of Virginia, as it has been almost ten years since I last saw them.
I got stuck in I-64 traffic, but I eventually made it through the mess. I operated my amateur radio equipment in several new counties southeast of Richmond, and attempted to livestream my crossing of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel system, though the phone overheated, and I think I lost the video.
I ended up meeting my friends for dinner, with some of their coworkers, at Riverside Grill, just inside the Maryland border. We had a great time!
In the evening, I drove over to Ocean City, MD, and spent the night in the Sahara, which is a hotel on the boardwalk. I was able to get the place for $99, which is pretty sweet. I stayed up kinda late walking the boardwalk.
Yesterday, I dropped JoAnna and Joey off at the conference and then did a little driving. I drove nearly to Erie, PA, then turned around and drove to Steubenville, OH. I did most of my driving so that I could operate my amateur radio equipment from new counties. I operated from 3 counties in PA, 2 in WV, and 2 in OH.
In the evening, I picked up JoAnna and Joey, and then we met our old friend, Atta, at a Whole Foods. We hadn’t seen Atta in years, though she was our roommate for a few days back in 2006, and a good friend for many years after. It was good to catch up to her!
Yesterday, I started the day by running eight miles. It is the longest run I have ever taken.
After my run, I did some shopping and then some cooking in preparation for our road trip over the next two weeks. I cooked three stir fries (15 meals).
I have been messing with my weather station a lot over the past few days. For whatever reason, the transmitter is not able to get a signal into the house like it used to. I changed the batteries, and still no luck. I found that moving the receiver closer to the transmitter helped, so I may mount the receiver closer. It’s annoying though, because it used to work just fine.
Yesterday, I attended Sabbath School and church at the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church. The Sabbath School teachers were new, and were quite well-versed in the scriptures and history. Church service was an introduction to Esther and Daniel, as they will begin the study of Esther next week. I will be on the road.
In the afternoon, I did some reading and some writing. I have a new short-story idea that I will probably never share on here, but I am writing it anyway. I also chatted with a few old friends.
I played on 20 meters a bit, giving the rig a good test before my road trip. I made a few shipboard contacts and one or two in the Alabama QSO Party.
In the evening, we went to the Solid Grounds Coffee House and watched a bluegrass band play. I can’t remember their names, but their fiddle player was phenomenal.
I am still battling depression. I think it has settled in for the long haul.
I helped JoAnna plant her herb garden in the morning, and that was fun. She has had the herbs for a while and was watering them by hand. This new arrangement allows us to automate the watering process. They look nice, too.
I went for a run, but it was shorter and slower than previous days. With the igh humidity and still conditions, it was a bit miserable.
In the afternoon, I cooked some stir fry for the next few days, and. I also applied for some Upwork contracts and sent out some emails that neeed to be sent.
I have been fasting during the day for the most part. I have a glass of chocolate milk in the morning, and then nothing during the day until after sundown. Yesterday, I did eat something light in the late afternoon before dinner.
For dinner, I met JoAnna and Joey at her parents’ house for some chili.