9/24/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day by going for a six mile run.  It felt good to get back out there and run again, as it had been almost two weeks.  I might have been able to run little farther, but six miles seemed like a good place to stop.

After my run, I worked in my garden for about two hours.  I weeded the sweet potatoes, harvested tomatoes, beans, okra, squash and peppers, and also cut some high weeds (with pruning shears) that were growing in the row.

In the afternoon, JoAnna and I chatted a bunch, then went to the junkyard.  At the junkyard, we picked up another gas cap for the Crown Vic.  I bought a cheap-o one from Walmart, and it didn’t seal properly, so hopefully, this one will do better.

In the evening, we had dinner at Annapurna and then finished up our grocery shopping for the week.  When we returned home, I did a bunch of cooking and then called it a night.

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9/14/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day tutoring in Magdalena.  I ended up skipping the Boys and Girls Ranches tutoring, as I was in a conference call with the Society for Industrial Archeology (SIA), as I serve on their board of directors.

After Magdalena and the conference call, I had a Varsity Tutors session, where I tutored Physics.  I don’t even know how many sessions I’ve had with this student, but she seems to learn from me.

In the evening, I went to my brother’s house and fell asleep on his couch while my laundry tumbled away in the dryer, as per usual.

I did add one more route to my running page.

Overall, it was an uneventful day.

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9/10/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day by going on a 4 mile run around my neighborhood.  It felt good to get back out there and run, as Saturday was pretty lazy.

After that, I did a little housework before meeting with one of my students on Varsity Tutors.  We had an hour and a half lesson in Physics.

In the late afternoon, JoAnna and I did some grocery shopping, and went on a quick date to Whole Foods for dinner.  We sat outside and chatted until well after dark, before heading home.

In the evening, I did some cooking and finished processing the green chile from last week.  I had peeled all of it, but had not yet run all of it through the food processor.  Now, it’s all finished.

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9/4/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was our last day at this year’s Grant County Rock and Gem show in Silver City, NM.

I started out the day with a 45 minute (3.62 mile) run.  My run time was slow, but I stopped to take quite a few photos and submit “Now Hiring” signs to JobSeeker.

After my run, we went to the rock show.  I ducked out for part of it in an attempt to do some online tutoring.  Instead, I had all sorts of audio problems, so I cancelled the rest of my tutoring appointments for the day, rather than continuously fight these problems.  Hopefully, the students will agree to the rescheduled times.

In the evening, we drove back to Socorro.  We stopped several times along NM 152, as it is a scenic drive.  First stop was the Silver Fire site, which overlooked a good chunk of the Gila National Forest.

While we were there, we found a geocache.

The next stop was near an old bridge.  Unfortunately for us, the name plates had been removed, so we have no idea when the bridge was constructed.

The final stop was along the Percha creek.  We walked along a former road bridge that crossed the canyon formed by the Percha creek.  We also looked for a geocache here, but, as the sun set, the light became too little to continue our search.

Overall, this was a great trip, and I look forward to next year’s adventure down here.

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9/3/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day working on green chiles.  I started out the day by going on a five mile run before doing much else.  I also updated my running page to reflect a few recent runs.

When I returned from my run, I helped set up the Trunk Shows New Mexico booth and then headed the two hours east to Hatch, NM, to pick up green chiles.  This year, I bought 60 lbs instead of 30 lbs, as we ran out half way through the year, and ended up buying them in the jar instead.

Once I returned to the hotel, thus began the laborious process of cleaning 60 lbs of chiles.  I would peel enough of them to fill the food processor, then run the food processor, then dump the contents in containers meant for our freezer (when we arrive home).

I ran out of containers, and then went to Walmart to get more.   Then, I restarted the process until the evening hours, when I decided not to run the food processor any more, as it is quite loud.  Instead, I put the peeled chiles in the containers as strips to be processed later.

I tried to do a tutoring session, but the internet connection would not support it.  I rescheduled it and hope that it will work out next time.

I finished around 11 pm, and my hands are on fire.

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8/6/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out my morning with a five mile run.  My time was not fantastic, but it did feel good to go running again.  It had been almost a month since my last run, due to my travels and work schedule.

When I returned from running, I weeded the gardens for two hours.  I did so without a shirt, so my back is now nice and red.  I can’t wait to strap on my backpack this morning, as I’m sure that will feel great.  While I was out there, I replaced the batteries in the weather station, as the transmitter was having trouble reaching the receiver inside the house.

In the evening, I did some cooking and cleaning.  I made some delicious tuna steaks, seared and coated with pepper and Old Bay.

I also applied for a handful of jobs on UpWork, so we’ll see how that goes.  Some of them were really neat!  I also updated my amateur radio logbooks and sent a few QSL cards.

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7/12/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day by running five miles. I had wanted to go farther, but it was really humid.  It wasn’t hot, but humid.  A large cirrus shield from the overnight convection kept the moisture locked in place.  Anyway, I stopped running after five miles and had to walk another three back home.  I posted a screen shot of this run on my running page.

In the afternoon, I did a little housework and some work on the sodium dynamo project.

I also tested out my Yaesu FT-857D amateur radio that I had sent away for a repair, and recently received.  It still seems noisy, but band conditions were not great on 20 meters.  I did make two contacts in a brief amount of time, and had a good path to Pennsylvania for whatever reason.  Before the repair, contacts were impossible, so perhaps it is fixed.

In the evening, we went to a Landmark event. I had not attended one in a long time, so it was good to see some of my old friends.

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