Yesterday was a good day. I started out the day by attending the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church for both Sabbath School and regular church service. While I was there, one of the ladies at the church invited me over for Sabbath lunch.
When I arrived, there were quite a few members of our church in attendance. We all sat down to eat, and the food was delicious. The hosts were from Trinidad, so all of the food had a Caribbean zest to it. I had a fruit called “bitter lemon” or “bitter melon” that was pretty good. I had tasted it once before, as apparently, it is also a Filipino dish, but had forgotten about it until this meal.
In the afternoon, I took a long nap. I am low on some of my vitamins, and it shows.
In the evening, we went to music at the Solid Grounds Coffee House. While there, I went for a walk during the intermission and took a photo of the sunset.
In the late evening, Joey and I watched three episodes of Justified. We are in Season 2, and it is as good as I remember.
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…
I PASSED IT ANYWAY!
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.
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.
Yesterday, I went to Sabbath School and Church at the Rio Grande Seventh Day Adventist church. As usual, it was a good time. In particular, they gave their 4th of July session. Typically, this is given the weekend nearest Independence Day, but for some reason, it was delayed. They focused on Francis Scott Key and writing the National Anthem as part of the sermon.
In the late afternoon and evening, JoAnna and I had a date night to Annapurna’s and then for a nice walk around the UNM campus. Along our walk, we saw quite a few ducks, mice, rabbits, turtles and one bullfrog that took a while to find. We had a great time.
Overnight, we lost power, and so I spent part of this morning in recovery mode, rebooting computers and restarting my weather station. I will need to invest in an UPS at some point to save me this trouble.
Yesterday, I went to Sabbath School and Church at the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church. It was 13th Sabbath, but I did not get the new quarterly. I will need to pick one up soon, though next week is camp meeting.
After church, JoAnna and I drove to Datil Wells Campground to participate in the American Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) Field Day contest. This is an annual amateur radio contest where stations try to contact as many other stations as possible. I met up with a few good friends and fellow amateur radio operators and had a great time. I will post more about this on my blog.
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 .
Yesterday, I attended Sabbath School and church at the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church. The Sabbath School teachers were new, and were quite well-versed in the scriptures and history. Church service was an introduction to Esther and Daniel, as they will begin the study of Esther next week. I will be on the road.
In the afternoon, I did some reading and some writing. I have a new short-story idea that I will probably never share on here, but I am writing it anyway. I also chatted with a few old friends.
I played on 20 meters a bit, giving the rig a good test before my road trip. I made a few shipboard contacts and one or two in the Alabama QSO Party.
In the evening, we went to the Solid Grounds Coffee House and watched a bluegrass band play. I can’t remember their names, but their fiddle player was phenomenal.