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.
Yesterday, I started out the day by going for a four mile run. It felt good to get out for run, especially considering Saturday night’s debacle where I only an one mile. I will update my running page soon.
In the afternoon, I worked on moving my weather station from the shed to the house. With it located on the shed, it routinely loses contact with the base station, unless I have brand new, fresh batteries. Moving the station closer to the house means I won’t have to change batteries quite so often, and perhaps fewer missed packets. (EDIT: I received a message a few minutes ago that my station was down again. I’ll have to investigate when I get home).
In the evening, I went to Flying Star and did some writing. I had their sweet and spicy macaroni and cheese, and read two chapters of Atlas Shrugged as well as finished out the devotional I will give on 11/25.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.