Yesterday, my group went to lunch together at Ted’s Montana Grill. It was pretty good. I’m 90% sure that is the chain of restaurants Ted Turner opened.
After lunch, we spent the day in meetings before going to dinner. I am overeating these days, and I need to fix it.
In the late evening, I walked for a bit. I had expected it to be nasty weather and for the data collection at the observatory to be cancelled. Instead, the skies cleared and it was cool and pleasant. I chatted with JoAnna for around two hours before returning to the apartment to get some sleep.
Yesterday, I spent the morning in meetings. I did miss my first meeting, as I was on hold for too long on a phone call. However, I made the other two I needed to make. One of the other meetings ran long, so I did not have the fourth meeting. Thankfully, the person I intended to meet with was in the same meeting, so we just rescheduled it. I also met up with an old student as well.
In the afternoon, I taught my last official section of instrumentation lab for the semester. We will meet next week to work on a project, but there will be no more lectures. With only two students and nice weather, we went outside to work on a the classwork instead of staying indoors. It was a nice change of pace.
In the evening, I commuted home, cooked some dinner, and went to bed a little early (23:30 or so).
I can’t believe it is already the end of January. On one hand, I feel like the time has flown by, and I have not been productive. On the other hand, I look at some of the things that I’ve done and that have happened, and it feels like I have been extra productive. I will post a monthly summary this weekend that will go over some of these accomplishments.
Somehow, it feels like ages ago that Lester passed away. I still can’t think about it.
I spent the day at NMT, bouncing between different meetings. They weren’t terribly exciting, but they were necessary. I also taught the second week of instrumentation lab. That certainly wasn’t exciting for the students, and I will have to figure out how to make it better.
I have some exciting projects happening, but I am not at liberty to discuss them yet. Just know that I still have too many irons in the fire!
Joey and I started Justified – Season 3. Seasons 4, 5, and 6 arrived yesterday as well, courtesy of Dad! Thank you!
Yesterday, I spent the day at NMT. I started out by going to an interview for becoming an Explora Fellow. This wasn’t a placement interview, but it was an interview to get the preliminary work done for my project. The interviewer and I had a great time talking about the weather.
I had two meetings get cancelled, but ended up sucked into other projects. I spent a good part of yesterday mid-day working on the computer lab, updating software. I also had a department meeting sandwiched in there as well.
In the afternoon, I taught my first section of instrumentation lab this semester. I have only two students, so the lab goes by very quickly. I spent the remainder of the afternoon working on the computers and then meeting with another student to practice using the plastic welder. I had to leave before it got up to temperature, but we will try again later.
On my commute home, I worked on my storm chasing book. I added about 400 words to it. I have a ways to go, but I told the publisher I would have the table of contents and the first chapter by February, and I am on schedule to do that.
In the evening, Joey and I watched an episode of Justified. We are almost done the second season. I also updated my amateur radio logbooks.
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 was not tremendously exciting. I took the bus and train down to Socorro and spent the day in meetings about our department and ABET. Several of my labs were inspected while I was in there, and I got a strong thumbs up for all of them.
In the evening, I had a conference call and I think that went well. I’ll talk more about that one as I learn more.
After that, I commuted back to Albuquerque, and JoAnna and I had dinner and discussion at Annapurna. We also messed around with the van, as it was making a new noise. Seeing as we were not parked far from the repair shop, we left it there until this morning, and rode back in the truck.
I also added two more Albuquerque Isotopes game pages to this blog (8/9/13 and 8/29/13).