Yesterday was a bit of a lazy day. I mostly worked on housework and updated my amateur radio logs. I think I ran three loads of laundry, vacuumed, and did some general organizing around the house. I also started packing for the Summer Science Program in Boulder, CO.
I was able to finish my amateur radio logs for now. Unfortunately, some of the contacts I made won’t count for the year-long contest, as apparently, you only have until the 10th day of the following month to upload them, and so none of my storm chasing radio contacts counted.
In the evening, JoAnna and I went for a walk to the park near our house. Then, we sat outside looking for Iridium Flares.
Yesterday, I spent the day in Bonita Park near Capitan, NM. I drove down there to attend the Texico Seventh Day Adventist Camp Meeting. Along the drive, I made a few radio contacts on 20 meters picking up two new grid squares.
I arrived just after Sabbath School had started. I first started attending the main Sabbath School, but then wandered over to the Young Adults section. Seeing several people that were quite a bit older than I, I went ahead in. The pastor was great. He was very interactive and funny.
I had bean dish in the cafeteria for lunch, and met a few folks from Albuquerque.
In the afternoon break, I started reading a weather book that I will describe more when I finish it.
In the late afternoon, I attended another session by the same pastor. Both sessions involved discipleship and discussed the beatitudes.
In the evening, I drove back to Rio Rancho and chatted with JoAnna for a while before going to bed.
Yesterday, I spent part of the day working in the yard, cleaning up around the garden. I have a lot to do before spring, as my garden is nowhere near ready. All I managed to do was clean up some of the fluff from where Dog-Dog shredded his bed, and trip back the sagebrush from the edge of the garden.
After that, I went to a tutoring session, then did another one online. I did some grocery shopping and then some housework. I also did a few hours of work for Upwork, and I have a lot to go on that project. I feel like I’m starting to slip a little, but I know I can catch up. Next week is Spring Break at Magdalena, so I know I’ll get some extra hours in at NMT, Upwork, and so on.
I did make a few contacts in the VA QSO Party on amateur radio, however, so that was fun.
My day was pretty boring, actually. I’m not sure why you read this, but I’m glad you do!
Yesterday, we set up the booth for the Deming Rock and Gem show. It took us a little while to set up, as it is an outdoor show, and we had to set up the tent.
In the afternoon, I put in quite a few hours for Upwork. I have so much to do for this project, and I’m not behind schedule yet. I wrote around 4000 words though, so that was good. I also spent some of the time organizing what else needs to be written.
I also tested out the 40 meter antenna and radio in the van. For this trip, I moved one of my HF radios to the van and gave it a good road test. I made several contacts. I also updated my logbook.
In the evening, I did a little reading, finishing out another chapter in Atlas Shrugged, and answering this week’s discussion questions.
Yesterday, I started the morning by going on a run. I went a little over two miles, though I’ll have to check to see how much over two miles. One of my tracker apps crashed, so I’ll have to see if it recorded it totally.
After that, I finished up the work that needed to be done to the van. I had left it on the jack in the street in front of my house, with one tire at Firestone (awaiting a replacement) and the brakes disassembled when we ran out of light. Yesterday morning, I was able to get the driver’s side brakes back together (new pads, checked the rotors) quickly, having sunlight instead of a flashlight. Then, I drove the Crown Vic to Firestone, picked up the tire, put it on, switched the van’s direction, and then did the passenger’s side brakes. Those took only about half an hour, having learned the lessons I needed to learn on the driver’s side. I reassembled them, then drove the van to Firestone to have the tires rotated. I only have one jack, but I have free rotations at Firestone, so that’s why I did it this way. Now, the van is set, with two larger tires in the rear and two stock ones in the front.
In the evening, I finished up my LabVIEW Core II training and worked on getting eQSL set up. I think I am ready to start logging contacts in eQSL, finally. I also read a chapter of Atlas Shrugged.
I spent yesterday morning and early afternoon tutoring at Magdalena. I won’t be able to work this many hours there once the semester is underway, but for now, it’s good to make up for lost time.
I did make one contact on amateur radio during my commute between Magdalena and Socorro.
In the afternoon, I began updating the computers in the chemical engineering computer lab. I have a ways to go on that project, mostly because the internet is slow in my building. Therefore, every Windows update takes forever, and half of them time out before they have completed.
In the evening, I did some work reviewing the dynamo LabVIEW code. It looks like the programmer decided to go with an event-driven state machine as the main architecture. I need to learn more about this to learn which architectures hold which advantages over the others.
Well, WordPress lost my post. Thank you, I love redoing things, it’s a totally worthwhile use of my time.
Yesterday was a tough day. We took Lester to be cremated. We went to Terrace Grove, in Belen, which was the same place we took Miss Curiosity years ago. I will never forget the sound of permanence when the furnace door shut.
In the evening, I updated my amateur radio logs and played some Civilization II with Joey.
We also had a good Christmas leftover meal, and it was perfect!
I originally had more to say, but I think I’m about done now.