10/17/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was a busy, but productive day again.  The day was divided between responsibilities at NMT and Magdalena.

I started out the day working on a few things around the office before driving into Magdalena and tutoring several classes there.  I actually got in a little early to make up for a few missing hours last week.

In the afternoon, I taught two sections of Instrumentation Lab, back to back.  I introduced LabVIEW in this week’s sections.  I do need to develop a new project for them, and so I spent the evening working on that development.  This year’s class is twice as big (for some reason- our enrollment hasn’t really changed), so I need to design something for use with the equipment I have available.

I had dinner at my brother’s house at a reasonable hour instead of my normal late night, and then I went to bed.

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10/16/17: Daily Post

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).

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10/15/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we had our last day at the Moab Gem and Mineral show.  It was a cold night and led into a cold day, and a slow end to the show.  Sundays are typically slow at these events, especially in Utah.

During the downtime at the show, I was able to do some work for my UpWork contract, as well as deal with a bunch of emails that had been piling up over the weekend.

We had a nice drive home.  It was chilly, but we had some good discussions, and then I had a good nap for the last hour or so of the trip.

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10/13/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was our first day at the rock and gem show in Moab, UT.  We spent the time before 10 am getting our booth set up and ready to go.  The doors opened at 10, and we were in business, literally.

While in the booth, I was able to log quite a few hours for UpWork, as well as finish off a few things that had been on my to do list, so that worked out great for me.  I still have quite a bit of grading and lesson planning to do, as well as more work for UpWork, but this was a good start.

I took a long lunchbreak and walk, but not quite enough of a walk to log my 10,000 steps for the day.  Instead, I ended at 9,938, just shy of my goal.

In the evening, we watched another pass of the International Space Station (ISS), though I did not try to photograph it.  I also programmed my handheld radio for a repeater here in town.

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10/11/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I tutored at Magdalena in the morning. I knew I was not going to be working at Magdalena on Thursday, so I tried to divide up those hours between Tuesday and yesterday, and was only a few hours short.

In the afternoon, I went to our department meeting, then to help with Unit Operations Lab.  Once I saw Unit Operations Lab was running smoothly, I went to a meeting with the Dynamo group for an hour.

In the evening, I had my regular Varsity Tutoring session cancelled, but was able to pick up an hour and a half “instant” lesson.  I really struggled with the lesson myself, but hopefully, it was some help.

Then, I drove the truck home.  Correction, I drove the truck to Bernardo, and realized that I had left my medicine in my office, so I drove back to my office, picked up the medicine, then drove home and went straight to bed.

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10/10/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning tutoring at Magdalena.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  I woke up in my office around 3:30 and did some work for an UpWork project and some grading for my instrumentation class before heading into Magdalena to tutor.

In the afternoon, I drove back to NMT and tried to make contacts in the 10 meter contest.  I never heard another station, nor a reply to my calls.

Once I arrived at NMT, I helped several groups with their chemical engineering cars before teaching two sections of instrumentation lab.

After that, my Varsity Tutoring appointment had been cancelled (student’s school has been closed, thanks to Hurricane Nate), and so I put in a few UpWork hours before walking to my brother’s house for the evening.

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10/9/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I drove to NMT and worked there for the day.  It was Columbus Day, so there were no shuttles (hence driving to NMT), and no classes at Magdalena.

First, I worked on the Cavendish experiment in the physics department.  I am having trouble getting LabVIEW to see the Omega DAQ device.  So far, I’ve tried installing the drivers and NI VISA, but no dice yet.

In the afternoon, I helped with the Unit Operations lab, and then started grading.  I had quite a bit of work to do, catching up on the grading, but that is almost complete.  I will have to post midterm grades soon.

In the evening, I shot one round of targets at air rifle practice, and then drove over to Sourdough Mine (a new restaurant in Socorro).  My shooting was not spectacular, but I logged it anyhow.

Sourdough Mine was alright.  I got the roast beef po’ boy, onion rings, and chips and salsa.  It was nothing special, but it was good.

At some point, I was too tired to work and fell asleep in my office.

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