Yesterday, I spent the early afternoon at a memorial service for one of my former students. He was 30. I don’t know what happened, and am still in shock that he is gone. Just two months ago, he toured my labs and we had a great time. Other former students (from his class) were at the service as well, so we did get to chat and catch up. I can’t believe that they are all regular adults now.
In the evening, I spent the entire time getting ready to travel. We ended up spending last night at home instead of leaving, so hopefully today we will catch up. I don’t know our plan at this point.
Yesterday concluded our return trip from Minnesota. We spent from midnight until lunchtime on the road, crossing through Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico along US-54.
Once I arrived at NMT, I took a shower on campus and then did some work around the department. I have also been rebuilding my “To Do” list to reflect what needs to be done this month. It’s going to be incredibly busy, as I am taking on a NaNoWriMo project as well.
In the evening, JoAnna, Joey and I did some grocery shopping for the lady she assists, and then we watched It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and the Beavis and Butthead Halloween Special.
The last week has been incredibly hectic with the conference travel. We drove to MN, attended the AIChE National Conference, and all that entailed, and drove back, all in just a few short days.
Yesterday, I attended the AIChE poster session, where several of the NMT chemical engineers were presenting their research posters. After that, I had lunch with my friend Andrew, who was formerly a lab tech at NMT, but now works at a different university. Then, I had second lunch with the department head and all of the students before driving home.
The drive home was long. We stopped for Steak N Shake in Kansas City, KS, and then I let someone else drive until Guymon, OK. We arrived back at NMT around lunch time today.
Yesterday, we had our last day at the Moab Gem and Mineral show. It was a cold night and led into a cold day, and a slow end to the show. Sundays are typically slow at these events, especially in Utah.
During the downtime at the show, I was able to do some work for my UpWork contract, as well as deal with a bunch of emails that had been piling up over the weekend.
We had a nice drive home. It was chilly, but we had some good discussions, and then I had a good nap for the last hour or so of the trip.
Yesterday, we spent the day traveling to Moab, UT, for the rock and mineral show this weekend.
Along the way, we stopped and watched the International Space Station (ISS) pass over the Utah sky. As a side note, I will probably need to add an ISS page, just because I am amassing too many photos of the ISS over different states.
We are camping out in the van at a KOA just south of Moab. There isn’t much to say about it, other than that it has been a fun trip so far, and I am looking forward to the next few days. Moab is beautiful, though it will be cold at night.
Yesterday, we spent the day on the road, on a return trip from the solar eclipse. The night before, we only made it as far as Westminster, CO, and so we spent the night at my cousin’s house.
In the morning, we got up and actually visited (we arrived late the night before and everyone was tired). After chatting for a bit, we all went to lunch at Whole Foods. After lunch, we said our goodbyes and headed south on I-25, driving the rest of the day to Rio Rancho.
We had a great visit, and the drive was easy and painless as well. All said and done, the eclipse traffic was the nicest traffic I have ever seen. In Wyoming, we spent around 10 hours waiting in traffic leaving the eclipse site. In that time, I heard one car horn and saw zero accidents. Even though the lines at the rest area were often close to an hour long, everyone chatted and was friendly.
Now, it’s back to our regularly scheduled routine.
Yesterday, I watched the eclipse from rural Wyoming. I will post about it later this week, when I am not on the road, and have a few minutes to go through my photos.
It was seriously one of the coolest experiences ever.
On the way home, we hit a ton of eclipse traffic. We left our viewing spot at 1:30 pm, and had not left Wyoming until after dark. Instead of driving to Rio Rancho, we only made it as far as Westminster, CO. I crashed at my cousin’s house for the night and am still driving home (I am stopped at a rest area at this moment).