10/11/17: Daily Post

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.

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10/4/17: Daily Post

The last few days have been quite busy.  I had a minor flood in my lab, so I had some cleanup associated with that.  Therefore, I missed the bus and am still in Socorro.  I ended up falling asleep in my chair last night, and here I am writing this at 4:08 am, getting ready to start another day.

However, things are getting better, believe it or not.  I am knocking things off my to do list almost as quickly as I am adding them to it.

Yesterday, I worked at Magdalena almost the entire day.  I had intended to come back to NMT, jump on the bus and head home, but instead I dealt with lab stuff until almost midnight.  I had also intended to do some online tutoring, but the appointment I had was cancelled.  Then, I intended to do some work for my UpWork contract, but the interface was being upgraded and I could not do the work I needed to do.

Anyway, I am going to get back to work.

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9/27/17: Daily Post

I forgot to post this one, as it crashed on my tablet and I ended up having to rewrite it:

Yesterday (Wednesday), I spent the early morning hours working on a few projects for the chemical engineering department.  I have been slowly catching up on my grading, and perhaps I will be all caught up by next week.

I tutored for several hours in the Magdalena schools, tutoring Algebra II, AVID, Math Analysis and Chemistry.

In the afternoon, I caught up to a former student who was on campus for a visit.  He was in the very first class of chemical engineers I taught, way back in 2008.  It was good to see that he was doing well.

We had unit operations lab in the afternoon as well, so I assisted with that class until it was time to catch my bus and commute home.

At home, I really became busy.  My Varsity Tutoring appointment had been cancelled (substitute teacher, no new content that day), so I did some housework.  Of most effort was cleaning on the top of some cabinets and hanging up some decorative coffee mugs.  I think it worked out though, so it was worth it.

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9/26/17: Daily Post

I mislabeled yesterday’s post, as it should have read, “9/25/17” not “9/26/17,” but I have fixed that error.

Yesterday, I commuted to Magdalena and tutored all morning and into the afternoon.  My standard schedule there for Tuesdays is to tutor a section of AVID, Math Analysis, Chemistry, lunch, and then a second section of AVID.

In the afternoon and evening, I cancelled my instrumentation lab and instead worked with the freshman chemical engineering car groups. As it turns out, most of the mentors for the freshmen are in my class, and we wanted to have a good meeting between mentors and freshmen, so I was happy to postpone lab for a day.

Later, I tutored two physics students for Varsity Tutors.  Both of them are doing well, and I am proud of them.

I then drove to my brother’s house for the evening.

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9/21/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the majority of the day at Magdalena.  I was really nervous about this chemistry lab, as it involved burning hydrogen gas.  As it turns out, I couldn’t get the hydrogen to light.  There was either not enough hydrogen, or it was escaping my test tube setup.   Instead of being too exciting, it was too boring.

In the late afternoon, I went to the Boys and Girls Ranches and we ran a lab using cooking supplies.  The lab only took a half an hour or so, instead of the 90 minutes we had planned, so we actually left a little early.

In the evening, I had back to back Varsity Tutors sessions with my two high school physics students.  Three hours of tutoring, after a half hour (plus hour of travel time) of tutoring at the Ranches, after five hours of tutoring (and another hour of travel time).

In the evening, I stopped by my brother’s house.  I am waiting on laundry, so I’m still awake, and likely pulling an all-nighter.

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9/19/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning and early afternoon tutoring at Magdalena, as per my usual schedule.  I tutored two AVID classes, one chemistry class, and one Math Analysis class.

After tutoring, I went to NMT and assisted with the Freshman Design class and then taught two sections of my Instrumentation Lab.  I was not pleased with how they went, and I need to order some more equipment, as I have far too many students for the number of pieces of hardware I have available.

In the evening, I walked to my brother’s house and did a few more tasks before falling asleep on his couch, again.

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9/12/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I had a busy, exhausting and sad day.  The Malibu will not run again in a useable fashion.  I spent part of the day totally decommissioning it- removing antennas, radios, cleaning stuff from the glove box, trunk, and under the seats.  It took several hours, as I removed some of the cabling as well.

In the morning, I worked on the car until it was time to tutor at Magdalena.  I tutored, half-heartedly for several hours.

After that, I went back to NMT and taught two sections of instrumentation lab, plus a makeup session, back-to-back-to-back.  It was six hours of solid teaching.  I also did some work on the Physics Cavendish experiment, starting out the user interface and laying the groundwork for the file-writing capabilities.

After I finished that, I worked on the car some more, and also organized my truck, as I had piled much of the Malibu’s content haphazardly in the truck.

I walked to my brother’s house, but he had gone to bed by the time I got there.

I fasted the entire day, and today is a lot better, even with the slight headache.

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