9/18/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning working on a few projects around the chemical engineering department.  I prepped for today’s lab, cleaned up a few things around the office, and graded a few homework assignments.

In the afternoon, I worked on some Khan Academy Physics lessons and assisted with the Unit Operations lab.  Today was their last day before presentations, so many of the groups were working on presentations, rather than using equipment.

In the evening, I tutored Physics through Varsity Tutors for almost 2.5 hours, so that was fun.  I did a little writing as well, as I am working on an article for the Society for Industrial Archeology.  I also did a little reading, finishing a few more chapters in Desire of Ages.

Thank you for reading my post.


9/13/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I was able to come up with a solution for the Malibu.  From my phone, I requested a $50 Walmart Gift Card from MyPoints (I had been earning one for six months, and it was ready to use).  Then, I bought a tow bar on the Walmart App, and am having it shipped to my house (arriving Monday).  I will tow the Malibu to my house, park it in the back yard, use it as a green house (and probably sell the virtually new tires).

I split the day between Magdalena and NMT.  I started out by tutoring at Magdalena.  I tutored AVID, Math Analysis and Chemistry.  Then, I headed back to NMT for a group meeting and then to assist with Unit Operations Lab.

In the evening, I commuted home along the buses and trains.  One guy that rides the bus with me is also a former storm chaser from Colorado, so we had a lot to talk about on the ride.

In the evening, I went to Flying Star for dinner and to do some work. I finished reading two more chapters in Atlas Shrugged, as well as one chapter of The Desire of Ages, and quite a few issues of Machine Design Today (an technology e-zine).

Overall, it was a better day than I’ve had for a few days.

Thank you for reading my post.

8/18/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Socorro, working on a few smaller projects.  I started out the day meeting with the Physics Department about a LabVIEW project they are running.  We still have a few contract issues to resolve, but other than that, things are good, and the project looks do-able.

After that, I finished up a quick project with PRRC, and then went and worked with my ultrasound group.  I skipped out on one meeting I thought was going to happen, but other than that, I had a pretty good day.

In the evening, I sat outside in the pleasant weather and did a little reading.  I finished up three chapters in Desire of Ages, and one in Tell It To The World.

Thank you for reading my post.

8/4/17: Daily Post

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…


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.

Overall, it was a good day.


7/21/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day prepping for my upcoming trip.  I ran like four loads of laundry, cleaned the fish tank, cleaned the bathroom and kitchen, and so on, before packing my bags.

We did find out that the Durango leg of our trip was cancelled, so we are driving straight to Illinois instead.

In the evening, I went to the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church and attended another prayer session and study of the Desire of Ages by Ellen G. White.  We are on Chapter 55, and had a lively discussion about the parable of the Good Samaritan.

In the late evening, we saw the International Space Station (ISS) pass overhead, and then we made some chips and dip, and watched Ghostbusters.

Thank you for reading my post.

6/23/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day by picking up the Crown Vic from the repair shop.  $959.09 for a new throttle body.  They kept my old one for a demonstration piece, but they showed me what happened.  It had so much carbon build up that it didn’t open properly, and the solenoid was wearing out.  That’s why it died on me on I-40.

After that, I had a nice lunch at Little Anita’s, which is a local New Mexican restaurant.  I had not been there before, but I ordered the steak tacos and was not disappointed.  Nothing special, but it was nice.

In the late afternoon, I submitted some more work for UpWork, clocking about another three hours. That contract is done for now, but I really liked doing the work. I was editing a text book.  I am hoping they will send me more chapters at a later time.

In the late evening, I went to the Bible Study at the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church.  I try to attend it on Friday evenings.  We have made most of our way through The Desire of Ages by Ellen G. White.

In the evening, I updated my Industrial Archaeology blog, as well as started working on a  YouTube Channel .

Thank you for reading my post.


4/14/17: Daily Post

I started out the day by commuting from Socorro to Rio Rancho, as I had spent the previous night at my brother’s house.  Atrisco Heritage Academy and New Mexico Tech were off on Friday for “vernal holiday,” which everyone knew meant “Good Friday.”

In the morning, I chatted with JoAnna a bunch and then did a few chores around the house.  I also mailed off a broken Bluetooth keyboard and got an estimate on a screen repair for an old tablet.

In the afternoon, I walked around Alameda and took photos of “Now Hiring” signs for an app that pays for these photos.  I made around $4, and had a nice walk on a nice afternoon for my troubles.

In the evening, I attended the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church for their session on “Desire of Ages” by Ellen G. White.

Thank you for reading my post.