6/10/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I had intended to go for a bike ride, but  it was already too hot at 6 am.  Instead, I did some lounging around, doing nothing.

I started out the day by posting to my collection of blogs.  I updated the running page on here to reflect all of the running I did while storm chasing.  I also added a graphic to show the states I have been running through.

I took the Crown Vic in for a much-needed oil change as well.  I wanted to do it myself, but by the time I totaled up the cost of the oil, Firestone could do it cheaper.

In the evening, I did some grocery shopping and some writing.  I added another chapter to the novel I started back in February.  I also did some work for the Sodium Dynamo project.

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5/5/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was a nice, lazy day at home after a few days on the road.  I spent the afternoon hanging out with JoAnna and Joey at several different events.  First, we went and looked at some rocks from a rock collection.  Then, we went to Annapurna’s for lunch, and then Solid Grounds for music in the evening.

I was able to go through some of my storm chasing photos.  I updated my storm chase blog with photos from the Magdalena Storm Chase trip.

In the evening, I fell asleep in my chair a little earlier than I had intended, as I had more to do yesterday.  Oh well.

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3/8/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, we set up the booth for the Deming Rock and Gem show. It took us a little while to set up, as it is an outdoor show, and we had to set up the tent.

In the afternoon, I put in quite a few hours for Upwork. I have so much to do for this project, and I’m not behind schedule yet. I wrote around 4000 words though, so that was good. I also spent some of the time organizing what else needs to be written.

I also tested out the 40 meter antenna and radio in the van. For this trip, I moved one of my HF radios to the van and gave it a good road test. I made several contacts. I also updated my logbook.

In the evening, I did a little reading, finishing out another chapter in Atlas Shrugged, and answering this week’s discussion questions.

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2/25/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I had a really productive day, so to speak. I did several loads of laundry soon after getting out of bed. I did some housework as well.

I put in around 2.5 hours of work on the Dynamo project, working on a new flowchart for the program. There is a lot of work to do there, and I hope to finish it up by the end of the month.

In the afternoon, I had two Varsity Tutors sessions. One of them was a no-show, but I still got paid. The other was a tough math class for a UNM student. I don’t think that professor gives partial credit.

I also did 4500 words (around three short chapters) of writing in my fiction novel. I’m just over 18,000 words, so I still have quite a ways to go. The story is coming together nicely, however.

I also finished the latest issue of the Journal for Industrial Archeology, published by the Society for Industrial Archeology. This issue contained the history of New Bedford, particularly its ties to whaling and textile industries in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

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2/21/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was largely uneventful. Wednesday is my “meetings” day, where I spend most of my time bouncing between different meetings.

My first meeting was with the Physics department. I finally signed paperwork to get paid for this semester, and also got a little more direction on what still needs to be done on this project. I think things are coming along nicely.

My second meeting was with the Dynamo group. I picked up the latest version of the software and then discussed different debugging techniques with the programmer.

My third meeting was with the chemical engineering department, as it was our weekly meeting. There was not much worth mentioning on here.

After those meetings, I helped a professor move some shelves and then went and taught a section of instrumentation lab. This section was the first lecture on microcontrollers, and I think the students had a good time.

After class, I commuted home. Along the commute, I did a little writing, finishing another chapter in my fiction book.

After my commute, I went home, filled out a few QSL cards and watched two episodes of Justified with Joey.

Overall, it was a good day.

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2/20/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was split between tutoring at Magdalena and tutoring robotics at St. Mary’s. This week, I will not get in as many hours at Magdalena, as there was no school on Monday, and, because I did not stay in Socorro Monday night, I did not tutor early on Tuesday morning. I’ll have to make up the hours as I can.

While tutoring, I wrote a short story. That sounds dumb, but their assignment was to write a story based on a prompt they were provided. To prove that it was not a difficult assignment, I did one too, and I let a few of the students read mine when they had finished.

In the afternoon, I rode to Belen with a few of my students to help the robotics students at St. Mary’s. Two of the groups are totally redesigning their robots, and the third is learning the code to automate their robot. It’s been a fun time.

In the evening, Joey and I watched an episode of Justified. We are part of the way through Season 3. We will probably watch an episode or two this evening as well.

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2/17/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning at the Rio Rancho Seventh-Day Adventist church. I gave the devotional, and then led my first Sabbath School class. This week’s lesson was on tithing, and we had some good discussions.

In the late afternoon, JoAnna, Joey and I went to Annapurna for tea. While I was there, I wrote several chapters in my latest fiction novel, and was quite pleased with my progress.

I also added a “LabVIEW” section under engineering, as well as the “Cavendish Experiment” under that tab. I will add more LabVIEW projects in the future.

In the evening, we went to Solid Grounds Coffee House, as we normally do on Saturday nights. This week, there was a guitarist that was pretty good, though I can’t remember his name.

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