6/8/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Socorro.  I was able to finish out an Upwork project, as well as work on the dynamo project.

I worked in the Unit Ops lab as well.  I tested a heating jacket and a heating water line.  The jacket worked fine.  The heating line was rated at 55 C.  When the temperature reached 62 C, the line burst and began to flood the room.  I was a few doors down and didn’t catch it right away, so I had a giant clean up on my hands!

I spent the night in Socorro at my brother’s house.  That meant I got to hang out with his family for a few minutes yesterday evening.

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6/6/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day at NMT, working on Chemical Engineering stuff.  I have been updating our chemical inventory logs and updating a few things in the Unit Ops lab.

I spent part of the day rewiring the batch reactor.  I had borrowed parts from it for several different experiments, so it needed to be repaired.  I thought I had a problem with the heater relay, but that might not be the case.  I will look into that more tomorrow.

In the evening, I did a bunch of work for my Upwork contract.  I finished reading the textbook for the class I am advising for this program, and I will soon finish up the test questions.

Overall, it was a good day.

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6/1/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I commuted down to Socorro for a meeting and to get a few things done around the department.   It wasn’t terribly exciting.  I caught up with the department administrative assistant, as well as the sodium dynamo group.  I forgot to invoice the dynamo group, but I’ll do that next week.

I also inventoried the chemical stock in the Unit Operations Lab.  I am making a spread sheet in Google Documents that will keep track of what chemicals we have and their SDS information.  I just want to stay on top of this, rather than trying to catch up.

In the evening, I did a few housework items and then watched some Justified with Joey.

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5/7/18: Daily Post

Yesterday went by too quickly.  I started out the day by commuting to Socorro to meet with the new HazMat person.

I then went to Magdalena to turn in the receipts and keys for the Magdalena storm chase.  The students were on a field trip, so I ended up on lunch duty for the middle school instead of tutoring.

In the afternoon, I worked in the Unit Operations lab.  The first thing I did was take apart the pump system on the absorption column.  The drain pump had failed a few semesters ago, and we were using gravity to drain the tank from the bottom.  I put a submersible sump pump in place instead, and that seems to work.  I also traced down a leak that has been giving me trouble.

After messing the column, I turned my attention to the batch reactor.  I was able to set up a hot water line for heating the reactor faster.  I leak tested it, and, after having a fitting pop and spray hot water everywhere, I was able to get it working.

In the evening, I had an online tutoring session for Varsity Tutors- my first in several weeks.

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3/2/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the entire day working in the Unit Operations lab, rearranging things, updating computers and just generally improving the lab. I’m actually really excited about the way it will be when it is finished.

In the afternoon, I worked on a new Upwork Contract and confirmed some Sunday appointments for Varsity Tutors. I also had a meeting about the sodium dynamo. I need to be careful this year and make sure to set aside money for my taxes, as I have quite a few side contracts these days.

In the evening, Joey and I started season 4 of Justified. That show is awesome.

I called it an early evening, as I have been a bit tired the last few days. I think I may be fighting off sickness, so I tend to get more rest when I think I’m under attack.

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3/1/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning and afternoon tutoring at Magdalena High. We spent most of chemistry class trying to solder a tiny chip to a board using solder paste and a heat gun. I don’t think I have a fine enough syringe to actually apply the appropriate amount of paste. Also, the chip is small enough that it wants to move around with the heat gun’s air.

In the afternoon, I missed my ride to the Boys and Girls Ranches, so I instead turned my attention to the Unit Operations lab. I spent the evening rearranging quite a few things in there. I have a checklist of things still to do by next semester, but I’m off to a good start.

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11/1/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was the first day of November.  I can’t believe it.

I spent the morning in Magdalena as an AVID tutor.  The classes went by quickly and I am trying to figure out how to make up a few hours, as I am behind this week.  I typically work several hours on Tuesdays, but I was still returning from Minneapolis this past Tuesday.

In the afternoon, I went to the Unit Operations lab and watched the students teach each other how to use the various equipment.  I also met with the AIChE student chapter president for a post-conference debriefing.

In the evening, I commuted home on the trains and met up with JoAnna and Joey for dinner.  We had Tucanos again (in celebration of everyone’s participation in NaNoWriMo as well as the last game in the World Series).

Overall, it was a good day.

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