Yesterday, I started out the day by going for a four mile run. It felt good to get out for run, especially considering Saturday night’s debacle where I only an one mile. I will update my running page soon.
In the afternoon, I worked on moving my weather station from the shed to the house. With it located on the shed, it routinely loses contact with the base station, unless I have brand new, fresh batteries. Moving the station closer to the house means I won’t have to change batteries quite so often, and perhaps fewer missed packets. (EDIT: I received a message a few minutes ago that my station was down again. I’ll have to investigate when I get home).
In the evening, I went to Flying Star and did some writing. I had their sweet and spicy macaroni and cheese, and read two chapters of Atlas Shrugged as well as finished out the devotional I will give on 11/25.
Yesterday was a busy day. I started out the day by having my sleeping all out of whack due to Daylight Savings Time. I ended up sleeping in, much to my dismay, as I had intended to go jogging.
Instead, I rushed out the door for an appointment with the Crown Vic at Firestone. They were able to determine why I keep getting an engine code. As it turns out, one of my catalytic converters is weak and probably needs to be replaced. Thankfully, the fuel control computer is adjusting for it, so it’s no rush. They should be replaced in pairs, so I will wait until they are both failing, or failing so that the engine is running rich, before taking any action.
In the afternoon, I ran quite a few loads of laundry, as well as dishes. I did a lot of housework as well, de-cobwebbing, cleaning behind the dryer, and so on. In the evening, I worked in my outdoor shed and reloading shop, cleaning it up as well.
In the late evening, I worked on my NaNoWriMo project and did some grading for my instrumentation lab.
Yesterday, I drove from Socorro to Albuquerque to tutor at Albuquerque High. I needed to bring the Crown Vic back to Albuquerque to have it looked at one more time (I hope), so I drove it home from Socorro.
I tutored two sections of AVID at Albuquerque High, and then did some grocery shopping. I rushed home after grocery shopping so that I would be on time to my online tutoring appointment through Varsity Tutors.
In the evening, I spent some time working on my NaNoWriMo project, and ended up falling asleep in my chair, with Lester (one of my cats) curled up asleep on my lap. Overall, it was a good day.
Yesterday was a depressing, frustrating day. I started out a little later than intended, so I did not go for a run, like I should have. I haven’t been running in a month, and it’s starting to show.
I then went grocery shopping and to pick up the Crown Vic. $1300, I had my car back. Then, I drove less than 10 miles away, and it started doing the same thing that I put it in the shop for. I took it back to the Firestone and they said they would look at it “this week.” No. I needed it by Thursday. I took it to a different Firestone who says they will look at it today. I am beyond frustrated. I put that $1300 on a 22.8% interest credit card (the only money I had), and it didn’t fix the problem. They are fraud. I may call and do a stop payment on that card. Let ’em take me to court. I did see where they replaced my intake manifold, oil and serpentine belt, so they did what they said they would do- it just didn’t actually fix the problem. They also didn’t reimburse me for the antenna they broke. They suck. Firestone at San Mateo is a fraud and they suck.
After that, we went to dinner at Tucano’s to celebrate JoAnna’s birthday, as we will be out of town (in different directions) for her birthday. That was a good time. We spent some time chatting and also some time writing, as we are all involved in different writing projects.
Yesterday, we had another day at the show in Moab, UT. I started out the day by helping set up, then walking to the Moab Seventh Day Adventist church, about two miles away.
The church was nice and the people were quite friendly. They invited me to stay for potluck, which I did. I ended up chatting with all of the children, especially one of the girls, who was interested in all aspects of science.
In the afternoon, I helped at the show some more, and then we set up camp again at the KOA. It was considerably colder yesterday as compared to Friday, so we ducked into the van a little earlier at night. I read a chapter in Atlas Shrugged and did a little editing of a book that I wrote a few years ago.
Yesterday, I commuted up to Albuquerque and worked at Albuquerque High in the morning. It was a lot of fun, as they hosted an AVID mixer event with some games and such.
In the afternoon, I took the Crown Vic to the shop to see if they could figure out why I was running so lean. They did, and it turns out I need $958 worth of work to the car. It needs a new intake manifold and gaskets. In the mean time, it will run okay, and isn’t doing any damage, other than perhaps running a little warmer and wearing out my probably-already-worn-out catalytic converter. I will also have a loss of power and will burn a little coolant.
While the car was in the shop, they also managed to break my 20 meter Hamstick antenna, which is quite annoying. They have offered to replace it, and I will definitely take them up on that.
I also started editing my NaNoWriMo project from 2015. I only made it a few pages in so far, but will continue to edit it over the next few weeks.
In the evening I attempted to watch The Wall with JoAnna and Joey, but ended up falling asleep part of the way through.
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.