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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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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10/9/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I drove to NMT and worked there for the day.  It was Columbus Day, so there were no shuttles (hence driving to NMT), and no classes at Magdalena.

First, I worked on the Cavendish experiment in the physics department.  I am having trouble getting LabVIEW to see the Omega DAQ device.  So far, I’ve tried installing the drivers and NI VISA, but no dice yet.

In the afternoon, I helped with the Unit Operations lab, and then started grading.  I had quite a bit of work to do, catching up on the grading, but that is almost complete.  I will have to post midterm grades soon.

In the evening, I shot one round of targets at air rifle practice, and then drove over to Sourdough Mine (a new restaurant in Socorro).  My shooting was not spectacular, but I logged it anyhow.

Sourdough Mine was alright.  I got the roast beef po’ boy, onion rings, and chips and salsa.  It was nothing special, but it was good.

At some point, I was too tired to work and fell asleep in my office.

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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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9/18/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning working on a few projects around the chemical engineering department.  I prepped for today’s lab, cleaned up a few things around the office, and graded a few homework assignments.

In the afternoon, I worked on some Khan Academy Physics lessons and assisted with the Unit Operations lab.  Today was their last day before presentations, so many of the groups were working on presentations, rather than using equipment.

In the evening, I tutored Physics through Varsity Tutors for almost 2.5 hours, so that was fun.  I did a little writing as well, as I am working on an article for the Society for Industrial Archeology.  I also did a little reading, finishing a few more chapters in Desire of Ages.

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