9/30/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning at the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church.  I was able to attend the Sabbath School and the church service, which is always fun.

In the afternoon, we went and attended a friend’s birthday/retirement party.  It was a great time, with two live bands, tons of good food and a crazy storm.

Speaking of a crazy storm, I watched a storm form from my house, just before we left for the party.  I was looking southwest into the precipitation core and thought, “hmm… that storm has some nice structure…”  Little did I know that this storm produced a tornado 25 miles from my house!  I’m the worst storm chaser ever.

In the evening, we watched another band at the Solid Grounds Coffee House.  I went out for a walk at the intermission and ended up getting rained and (BB-pea-sized) hailed on.  My clothes are still soaked.

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9/23/17: Daily Post

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.

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8/27/17: Daily Post

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.

Overall, it was a busy day.

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8/14/17: Daily Post

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.

Overall, it was a good day.

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8/13/17: Daily Post

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.

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8/6/17: Daily Post

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.

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7/22/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we began a road trip to Illinois.  We started out the day late, but that allowed us time to get to the airport for Joey’s late afternoon flight to visit his father.  As soon as he boarded the plane, we headed east.

We turned northeast on US-54 at Tucumcari and stopped to see this awesome sunset under a (non-severe) thunderstorm.

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While we watched this storm and sunset, two hawks landed on a tree nearby.

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We continued northeast on US-54, crossing into Texas soon after dark.  Before we drove through Stratford, TX, we stopped to watch the International Space Station (ISS) pass overhead.

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On the other side of Stratford, we stopped once again, only this time, we watched the continuous lightning on the non-severe storms that had formed over the Texas Panhandle.  Most of the lightning was obscured by rain (sheet lightning), but, as you can see, it made for some fantastic photographic opportunities anyway.

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We ended our night in Guymon, OK, at the Quality Inn near the north end of town.

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