Yesterday, I spent the day in Socorro, finishing up the move from the storage space. Finally, it is all done. I have like two emails to send (which I will do sometime soon), and it is finished.
After I finished with the move, I worked on the absorption column software in the Unit Operations Lab. I am about 1/2 done with it at this point, though there is still a lot to go. Not to mention, I also have the distillation column and the heat exchanger software to write, safety equipment to order and chemicals to order.
In the afternoon, I ran into a first responder who was in town for explosives training. He is a ham radio operator, so we had a good time talking radio. He had emailed me and asked to tour the college club’s radio station, so we spent an hour or so chatting in the radio station.
I missed the bus, so I worked on a few more things before heading to my brother’s house for the evening.
Yesterday, I spent the day in Socorro again. I have almost completely moved out of Speare, and will finish that up today. However, yesterday I had a bunch of meetings, so I went to those instead of finishing up.
The meetings were all good. First, we talked about renovations to Jones, and, if they all go through, perhaps it won’t be so bad to move there. After that, I met with one of the other professors about several smaller projects, including manufacturing a mold and firing up an old toy steam engine.
I also attended a LabVIEW webinar and reviewed some code for our dynamo project.
In the evening, I came home to an empty house, as Joey and JoAnna were at a Landmark event. I did some free writing and went to bed a little early.
Yesterday, I spent the day moving equipment in Socorro. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and I am almost finished. Perhaps I will be able to move onto other projects after I finish with this nonsense.
I commuted to Socorro with the Malibu. It will live down there during the semester, available for my commutes to Magdalena. It took a minute or two to get started, but then it ran the whole way without any hiccups.
In the evening, I commuted home via train and bus. JoAnna picked me up at the bus station, and we spent the rest of the night chatting and having a good time. We sat outside in the pleasant evening. Joey came out and showed us photos from the Joan Jett and Boston concert he had attended a few weeks ago.
Yesterday, I spent the day in meetings at NMT. We had our annual department retreat, and by retreat, I mean we hung out in the same room as all of our meetings, but we did so all day instead of for an hour.
I left the meeting quite depressed, but that is okay.
In the evening, I met up with my good friends, Laura and Ryan, for dinner. They will go back to graduate school, as their semesters start again soon, and so I caught up with them one more time before they left town.
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.
Yesterday was a good day. I started out the day by attending the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church for both Sabbath School and regular church service. While I was there, one of the ladies at the church invited me over for Sabbath lunch.
When I arrived, there were quite a few members of our church in attendance. We all sat down to eat, and the food was delicious. The hosts were from Trinidad, so all of the food had a Caribbean zest to it. I had a fruit called “bitter lemon” or “bitter melon” that was pretty good. I had tasted it once before, as apparently, it is also a Filipino dish, but had forgotten about it until this meal.
In the afternoon, I took a long nap. I am low on some of my vitamins, and it shows.
In the evening, we went to music at the Solid Grounds Coffee House. While there, I went for a walk during the intermission and took a photo of the sunset.
In the late evening, Joey and I watched three episodes of Justified. We are in Season 2, and it is as good as I remember.
Yesterday, I drove to Los Lunas to take my National Instruments Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (NI-CLAD) exam. I had passed this exam years ago, but had let my certification lapse. Since letting my certification lapse, the exam changed. I did not do well on the practice questions, so I was not hopeful…
I PASSED IT ANYWAY!
It was a good day. After I passed the exam, I started driving home, only to realize that I had left things in the locker at the test center and had to return to Los Lunas to get them.
It was still an okay day. I then went to the junkyard at the south end of Albuquerque to browse around for car parts. I did that until the pouring rain hit.
I attended the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist prayer and reading group in the evening, where we studied a chapter of The Desire of Ages concerning the raising of Lazarus.