3/19/18: Daily Post

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’.

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3/14/18: Daily Post

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.

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3/12/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day poorly.  I walked from my house to Unser and Southern to board the bus.  It left five minutes early (I watched it pull out of the parking lot before I arrived).  I ended up calling JoAnna to get a ride to the Sandia Pueblo train station.

Once I finished my commute to Socorro, I went to Magdalena, and tutored for most of the day.

After tutoring, I returned to NMT and did some work around the chemical engineering labs.

In the evening, I tutored for Varsity Tutors.  Unfortunately, their system does not understand daylight saving time, and so it got really confused when I tried to meet up with a student from Arizona.  Anyway, we made contact and had the lesson, eventually.

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3/5/18: Daily Post

Happy Birthday to Mom! (Today!!!)

Yesterday, I spent the morning tutoring at Magdalena. This week is all messed up as they are going to the state basketball tournament, and school will be letting out early a bunch of days this week so that people can go to the game.

After Magdalena, I watched a bunch of Junior Design presentations. I have some work to do for them to get them ready for finals, though most groups have a good plan to get there.

I did two Varsity Tutors sessions last night as well. I picked up a new student who is taking a Materials Engineering class, and she will occasionally want help before quizzes and tests. I also met online with one of my new regulars. That’s five sessions in less than 24 hours.

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3/1/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning and afternoon tutoring at Magdalena High. We spent most of chemistry class trying to solder a tiny chip to a board using solder paste and a heat gun. I don’t think I have a fine enough syringe to actually apply the appropriate amount of paste. Also, the chip is small enough that it wants to move around with the heat gun’s air.

In the afternoon, I missed my ride to the Boys and Girls Ranches, so I instead turned my attention to the Unit Operations lab. I spent the evening rearranging quite a few things in there. I have a checklist of things still to do by next semester, but I’m off to a good start.

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2/22/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day split between tutoring in Magdalena and doing lab clean-up in the NMT Chemical Engineering department.

Tutoring went well, though a bunch of my gifted students were absent. Instead of soldering the rest of the radio project, we made a little progress, and finished up some chemistry homework together.

In the afternoon, I missed out on going to the Boys and Girls Ranches. Instead, I updated a bunch of computers in the NMT Chemical Engineering department, and cleaned up the Unit Operations lab.

In the evening, I went to my brother’s house and had a nice dinner before going to bed.

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2/21/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was largely uneventful. Wednesday is my “meetings” day, where I spend most of my time bouncing between different meetings.

My first meeting was with the Physics department. I finally signed paperwork to get paid for this semester, and also got a little more direction on what still needs to be done on this project. I think things are coming along nicely.

My second meeting was with the Dynamo group. I picked up the latest version of the software and then discussed different debugging techniques with the programmer.

My third meeting was with the chemical engineering department, as it was our weekly meeting. There was not much worth mentioning on here.

After those meetings, I helped a professor move some shelves and then went and taught a section of instrumentation lab. This section was the first lecture on microcontrollers, and I think the students had a good time.

After class, I commuted home. Along the commute, I did a little writing, finishing another chapter in my fiction book.

After my commute, I went home, filled out a few QSL cards and watched two episodes of Justified with Joey.

Overall, it was a good day.

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