Yesterday, I spent the day at NMT, working on Chemical Engineering stuff. I have been updating our chemical inventory logs and updating a few things in the Unit Ops lab.
I spent part of the day rewiring the batch reactor. I had borrowed parts from it for several different experiments, so it needed to be repaired. I thought I had a problem with the heater relay, but that might not be the case. I will look into that more tomorrow.
In the evening, I did a bunch of work for my Upwork contract. I finished reading the textbook for the class I am advising for this program, and I will soon finish up the test questions.
Yesterday went by too quickly. I started out the day by commuting to Socorro to meet with the new HazMat person.
I then went to Magdalena to turn in the receipts and keys for the Magdalena storm chase. The students were on a field trip, so I ended up on lunch duty for the middle school instead of tutoring.
In the afternoon, I worked in the Unit Operations lab. The first thing I did was take apart the pump system on the absorption column. The drain pump had failed a few semesters ago, and we were using gravity to drain the tank from the bottom. I put a submersible sump pump in place instead, and that seems to work. I also traced down a leak that has been giving me trouble.
After messing the column, I turned my attention to the batch reactor. I was able to set up a hot water line for heating the reactor faster. I leak tested it, and, after having a fitting pop and spray hot water everywhere, I was able to get it working.
In the evening, I had an online tutoring session for Varsity Tutors- my first in several weeks.
Yesterday, I spent the day working on projects around the department. I have updated many of the computers, and will work on a few more today. While I waited for the computers to update, I also worked on an Upwork contract. I would set up the computers to download and install software, then type for a bit, then check on the computers.
In the afternoon, my students bailed on helping with the robotics group. Instead, I drove up alone. I talked to my parents along the commute, which was nice.
Robotics went alright. Two of the three groups have working robots, and the third is still a bit behind. They keep building pieces to put on the robot, but haven’t finished several of the major parts, and we keep having to convince them to give up pieces to put on the main robot. It needs to have a claw to pick up things, and that is incomplete.
In the evening, Joey and I watched several episodes of Justified. When JoAnna got home, we did some catching up from the last few days of work.
Yesterday marked 12 years with JoAnna! We didn’t do anything special- her parents were in town, and we both worked until late. I think I saw her when she came home from her parents apartment, though I had already fallen asleep in my chair.
I spent the day bouncing between meeting and doing work in the chemical engineering department. I worked with several Junior Design groups and also updated the department on the conference. Overall, it was a good day.
For whatever reason, I have been stressed out and my chest hurts. Not sure what is going on there.
In the evening, I had a Varsity Tutoring session online- the first one in a while. It was good to meet again.
Yesterday, I drove with three students from Provo, UT, to Socorro, NM. The conference was over, so we headed back to our normal lives.
We did our best to make the drive fun. We stopped at the Moab Grill in, well, Moab, for lunch. Once there, we did a little wandering around town. I took photos of “now hiring signs” and they got ice cream. We also found a little geocache and signed the log.
We also stopped by Wilson Arch and climbed to the opening. I had passed through there many times, though mostly at night, so it was neat to go up and see the arch.
We made one final stop at the Beehive on the way out of Utah. I was disappointed at the amount of trash around it…
We arrived in Socorro around 12:30 or so in the morning, so I went straight to bed (my office).
Yesterday was a busy day, and I have quite a few more of those on the horizon.
I spent the morning tutoring at Magdalena. I have been working on our travel paperwork for the upcoming storm chase and have a ways to go on that. This week will be a good time to do it though, as next week is spring break for these students, and so this week is light on the workload.
I spent the afternoon and early part of the evening at NMT. I helped out with Junior Design, and then went to a potential faculty member’s presentation. In the evening, I chatted with a bunch of the juniors, who I kept running into at Walmart, one after the other.
In the late evening, I put in several hours of work for Upwork. I have many more hours on this project- more than I anticipated. I better get crackin’.
Yesterday was quite busy. I started out the day by tutoring in Magdalena. The important part of that, however, was having a meeting concerning this year’s Magdalena storm chase. It is a go! The students have to fund raise $1000 and we have a few other small details to iron out, but we will be chasing.
In the afternoon, I met with the inventory folks at NMT, and then we ran around campus, tagging all of our equipment. I thought it would take an hour, and it took nearly two.
After that, I rescheduled a meeting with the dynamo programmer, because the inventory meeting took too long. After I finished with inventory, I had my first tutoring session with a new student. I will help her write and edit a final report and presentation for a materials engineering class. I think the meeting went well.
I commuted back to Rio Rancho, working on the dynamo flow charts along the way.
I also met with one of my students for an in-person tutoring session. I have another one scheduled with him tonight as well.