Yesterday, we packed up and headed east for a two week road trip. We only made it as far as Amarillo. We stayed at a Quality Inn just a little ways off I-40. Along our route, we also punched a weak hail core (slushy pea-sized hail). I tweeted about it and it was picked up by Albuquerque NWS as well as Channel 4 in Albuquerque.
JoAnna and I talked about hard work last night. I value hard work and struggle, but why value struggle? It is inefficient and stupid. Learn something new everyday, I suppose.
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.
Yesterday, I started out the day by running almost six miles in 1:10. I did alright, and may have been able to go farther, but I decided not to burn myself out too much. I only have like one more day to run before I travel again.
After my run, I ran around town to take care of a few errands. I had a backpack that had ripped, so I sent it back to the factory, which took quite a bit of time. I did some light grocery shopping, though I have so much more to do later this weekend.
Probably the biggest accomplishment of the day was sending off a bunch of emails that needed to be sent. I have a few more to do as well.
I also pulled a radio from the Crown Vic to send back to the factory. My Yaesu FT-857D is deafening (S9+20dB) all the time. I borrowed another 857 from the NMT Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) as a comparison, and it sounds much better. I’m not sure what is wrong with this one, but this is the fourth time I’ve sent it back for a repair. It’s getting annoying.
I watched a few episodes of Justified with Joey to try to brighten my day.
Yesterday, I commuted to NMT to get a few things done on campus. I didn’t have a tremendously productive day, but I was able to borrow a radio from the Tech Amateur Radio Association, meet with my sodium dynamo group and my ultrasound group. I also did some reading in two different books along my commute.
I did see that the NMT Community College calendar is featuring me for the month of June. I went into Auxiliary Services to have my ID re-keyed for summer semester and saw the calendar on the wall. Apparently, I am Mr. June.
I have not been eating much lately, and have not been hungry, which has been a good thing. Still fighting depression, but losing a few pounds this week has been nice.
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.