10/31/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was my first day back to normal life. I started out by commuting to Socorro, working on my Upwork contract along the way. Once I reached Socorro, I fired up the pickup and drove to Magdalena for several hours of tutoring there.

After tutoring, I returned to NMT to help with Unit Ops lab. This week was the first week on a new experiment for the students, so I went over safety and operations with them.

In the evening, I finished up the Upwork contract and did some grocery shopping. I am changing up a few things in my diet, so it was good to get the groceries and be excited about some foods.

I am generally excited about November, and I’m not sure why.

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10/4/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was busy, just like every day is becoming these days.

I started out the day by commuting to Socorro.  Along the way, I worked on my Upwork contract.

In the morning, I did not go to Magdalena.  Instead, they came to NMT for a college fair.  I helped a few of them fill out college applications and wandered around, talking to some of the recruiters myself, just to see how things were at their universities.

I then booked flights for my conference travel to Pittsburgh.  That’s almost all worked out at this point, and I am excited about going.

In the afternoon, I did my standard route of driving to Belen to tutor robotics at St. Mary’s, and then to the Boys and Girls Ranches.

In the evening, I tutored on Varsity Tutors, then spent several hours working on my Upwork contract.  I developed a new schedule to get things done on that contract, and I’m only slightly behind on it.  Hopefully, I’ll catch up tomorrow, Sunday or Monday.  Monday is a holiday for me, so I won’t commute to Socorro.

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8/28/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was a busy and hectic day, and it is only indicative of what is still to come.

I commuted to NMT, then to Magdalena.  At Magdalena, I tutored four classes and attended a staff meeting about tutoring.  We will have more similar staff meetings the rest of this week, and it likely means more hours for me.

I went back to NMT and assisted with the Freshman Design lab.  After that, I taught my first section of instrumentation lab.  In that lab, I taught the students to solder.  I had trouble getting connected to the internet, which was infuriating.

After that, I had a session of Varsity Tutors.  While I was working with that student, I received  notice that I have another student.  I will meet him for the first time on Friday.

In the evening, I went to my brother’s house and dis a bunch of work towards my Upwork contract.  I also received word that I have ANOTHER Upwork contract that will start soon.

I fell asleep on the couch sometime in the early morning hours.

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4/18/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning in meetings.  I did miss my first meeting, as I was on hold for too long on a phone call.  However, I made the other two I needed to make.  One of the other meetings ran long, so I did not have the fourth meeting.  Thankfully, the person I intended to meet with was in the same meeting, so we just rescheduled it.  I also met up with an old student as well.

In the afternoon, I taught my last official section of instrumentation lab for the semester.  We will meet next week to work on a project, but there will be no more lectures.  With only two students and nice weather, we went outside to work on a the classwork instead of staying indoors.  It was a nice change of pace.

In the evening, I commuted home, cooked some dinner, and went to bed a little early (23:30 or so).

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3/21/18: Daily Post

I’m struggling through getting everything done.  It’s going to be difficult, but I’ll see how close I can get to finishing everything.  I slept in my office Tuesday night for a few hours, and then got started on work early Wednesday morning.  I put in a few hours for the Dynamo project and a few more for the Upwork contract.  This was in addition to my regular Wednesday duties of teaching instrumentation class.

There was also a potential faculty presentation to attend, and, in the evening, there was a “last lecture” for Dr. Calvert.  His lecture was a lot of fun, and he’s done a lot of neat things.

In the late evening, I drove my truck back to Rio Rancho.  I had corned beef and cabbage with Joey and JoAnna.  She makes this every so often for St. Patrick’s Day, and I was glad this year was one of those years.

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2/28/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was a moderately productive day. I started out the day by doing some work on the Cavendish project. I was supposed to have a meeting about it, but I was the only one who showed up.

After that meeting, I went to a meeting about the dynamo software. I got the latest copy of the software (and backed it up yesterday evening).

After that meeting, I had a department meeting where I got some specifics for traveling to a conference later this month. I’ll need to get everything set up for that adventure in the next few days.

I had a phone conference as well, and I will start working on another project for UpWork as soon as the contract hits.

In the afternoon, I gave lecture 6 for instrumentation lab. It is really weak, but I think the students had a good time working on the assignment.

In the evening, I watched the 1998 version of Moby Dick with Joey and JoAnna. It featured Patrick Stewart as Captain Ahab, and it was well done.

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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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