Yesterday, I tutored at Magdalena in the morning. I knew I was not going to be working at Magdalena on Thursday, so I tried to divide up those hours between Tuesday and yesterday, and was only a few hours short.
In the afternoon, I went to our department meeting, then to help with Unit Operations Lab. Once I saw Unit Operations Lab was running smoothly, I went to a meeting with the Dynamo group for an hour.
In the evening, I had my regular Varsity Tutoring session cancelled, but was able to pick up an hour and a half “instant” lesson. I really struggled with the lesson myself, but hopefully, it was some help.
Then, I drove the truck home. Correction, I drove the truck to Bernardo, and realized that I had left my medicine in my office, so I drove back to my office, picked up the medicine, then drove home and went straight to bed.
Yesterday, I started out the day with bad news. I went and worked on the Malibu for a bit, adding coolant and running it. It was incredibly hard to start, even jumping the battery from the truck. I also noticed that there is coolant leaking from the head gasket, though it could be leaking from the valve covers down to the head gasket area, but I can’t get in to see. Either way, things don’t look good for my car. And I like that car more than I like most people.
After that, I did some work around the chemical engineering department. I graded some assignments and worked on a few things for this week’s lecture and lab.
For lunch, I met with the dynamo group and caught up on the last month’s worth of work. I picked up the latest software backup and schematics.
In the afternoon, I tried to track down some paperwork, and kept tabs on the Unit Operations lab while I wandered around campus. I also tried to track down some packages I ordered several weeks ago that have never arrived.
In the evening, I ran back-to-back Varsity Tutors sessions, both of which were successful. That platform is working out beautifully.
I then went for a walk, and then to my brother’s house for the evening.
Yesterday was my first day tutoring in Albuquerque High. It was pretty neat, actually, as one of the tutors was someone I had worked with before at another school, and another tutor was one of my old students from Magdalena.
I did some work on the Dynamo project and also did some cleanup of my external hard drive and cell phones, as I have pictures scattered on all of these devices.
In the afternoon, I answered amateur radio questions for the folks at the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church who are studying for their exams. After the study session, I attended the prayer meeting that they have every Friday night.
We watched Antz, but my lack of sleep caught up to me halfway through the movie.
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 in Socorro, starting back to a semi-normal routine.
At NMT, I did quite a bit of reading. I started out by reading from two different LabVIEW books, finishing The LabVIEW Book of Style by Peter Blume. This is an excellent reference for figuring out ways to organize and optimize LabVIEW code.
I also started reviving my LabVIEW network. I signed up to take my recertifcation exam in August for Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer. I admit that I am nervous about this (hence why I put it off for so long) as I don’t actually use it very often. However, it is time to redevelop some of those skills again, so I read what I can.
I also am planning on attending the local LabVIEW user group meeting on Thursday.
I had lunch with my dynamo group and discussed a few of the changes that are happening with the hardware and software.
In the evening, I attended a webinar on amateur radio communication during hurricanes, hosted by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). I have not been active with hurricane nets, but I will listen again when there is one threatening landfall.
Yesterday, I made the journey down to Socorro to do some work for both the Chemical Engineering department, as well as meet with several other groups. I met with my ultrasound group and my dynamo group and got a few things done.
I am still struggling to get our hydrophone ultrasound system up and running. I will dedicate a day to working on it exclusively next week and see what I can figure out. I think I am satisfied with most of the oscilloscope settings at this point, but we are not hearing the wave with the hydrophone.
I commuted home in the evening and did a little reading. I read several papers by Stirling Colgate about tornadoes, as well as a few more chapters in an Ellen G. White book.
Yesterday, I started out the day by running five miles. I had wanted to go farther, but it was really humid. It wasn’t hot, but humid. A large cirrus shield from the overnight convection kept the moisture locked in place. Anyway, I stopped running after five miles and had to walk another three back home. I posted a screen shot of this run on my running page.
In the afternoon, I did a little housework and some work on the sodium dynamo project.
I also tested out my Yaesu FT-857D amateur radio that I had sent away for a repair, and recently received. It still seems noisy, but band conditions were not great on 20 meters. I did make two contacts in a brief amount of time, and had a good path to Pennsylvania for whatever reason. Before the repair, contacts were impossible, so perhaps it is fixed.
In the evening, we went to a Landmark event. I had not attended one in a long time, so it was good to see some of my old friends.