Real Pumps Have Curves

These are pumps. This is a pump. No, we’re not talking shoes (though those are great too). Pumps move water (or other liquids). They provide flow like this. Each curve is a different pump or impeller size. We’ve all been in the shower and said “there’s not enough pressure!”. So we’re all in agreement, that […]

All’s Well That Ends…Properly Cemented

How did it all go so wrong? It’s the day before. We’re out in the Texan countryside, enjoying the 100+ heat index and watching roadrunners dance by the drill rig (such cute little guys!). I’ve expertly navigated the field truck around the mesquite thorn trees…well truthfully, we didn’t get a flat tire so I’d call that […]

on the surface (podcast & commentary)

Agriculture is one of the largest consumers of water in the world and in the US, about 70-80%. References here and here. It’s no wonder that there’s been a lot of media surrounding the California drought and over-pumping of the groundwater. As you all might know, I LOVE podcasts. I love listening to them when I […]

bullet journaling techniques

About a year ago, I was trying to figure out organizational tips to help beat anxiety. Since then, bullet journaling has exploded and evolved into a many headed beast. As there’s been a significant increase in interest over the last few months, I wanted to share the tips that work for me. That’s not to say […]

chocolate cake generation

Treated wastewater from one of the two wastewater plants in my city, the 1% poopwater slurry (sludge) heads down to an award-winning biosolids recycling facility. Today, I got to tour the plant and see how they make chocolate cake. I mean, compost. The coolest part that we got to see was the gravity belt thickener used […]

Groundwater Wells 101

water well (wĕl)  n. A water well is a hole, shaft, or excavation used for the purpose of extracting groundwater from the subsurface.  The general design of a well has two objectives: Find adequate water supply that can be pumped at an adequate rate with adequate water quality. Protect the aquifer from surface contaminates. Here’s the general […]

bullet journaling & stress

Folks, I am shedding my fur for winter. I am worse than zanzamittens at this point. There are hundreds of hair strands on the floor around my desk….and that’s not a hyperbole. I can narrow it down to one of two reasons: (1) aging, or the most probable, (2) stress. More research is needed at this […]

caturday nostalgia & PE prep

It’s been a loooooong long long longlonglonglong 6 months. It didn’t really hit me until last night–how much of the last 6 months I’ve spent stressing and worrying about the PE exam.  My instagram has been a montage of Zanzamittens kindly requesting more attention by inserting herself on top of anything I am studying. I’ve […]

staying home with computational fluid dynamics

One of the many perks of my job is that I don’t absolutely have to go into the office every day. I’m sure I *should* especially being the Engineer-In-Training (EIT) on projects, coordinating with project managers, and working on interdisciplinary teams… But…. If I can swing not putting on pants and working with a disgruntled […]

Spicy Sweet Potato Chipotle Chili (vegan, gluten free)

In the past 16 hours, I’ve had three meals that consisted solely of chili. The best chili ever. And it just happens to be vegan and gluten-free. PERFECT for these rainy, chilly December days we’ve been having in Texas. I had soup-y chili for dinner last night, cold chili for breakfast, and then I whipped […]