Saturday, January 25, 2020


Hey, happy to be back. I have a new phone. It's a pixel 4. It's pretty good.

I'm grateful for good friends. Jake and Julia had us over for dinner tonight. Great food, and we had fun talking. Our kids played together which is really the best part.

I'm grateful for diversity. By that I mean that I'm grateful that we all have different strengths. I focus a ton on my deficiencies. I'm not going to list them here, because that's the opposite of our purposes in the first place. But I do get great joy out of seeing friends really be good at things. Like, Jake made an awesome dinner tonight, and I'm super happy that he has that ability.

I'm grateful for a quick drive to work today. 35 minutes with no tolls. That's a quality commute. The weather was pretty and it just felt sunny, you know?

My kids are cute. And asleep. Sure love that.

I'm grateful for good kids' books. We have one (borrowed) that is 15 children's books authors explaining their favorite animals. It's cute. And I like exploring new books with E. 

I'm grateful for growing up and changing ideas. I was a conservative kid, politically speaking. And I'm not sure when it changed, but I'm way different from that now. I like those changes. I feel really good about the things I believe. 

Word, that's enough. Time for great sleep!

Monday, January 20, 2020


Is anyone else irritated that this gratitude journal thing works pretty well? Like I've got issues that are non trivial. And here this "enumerate the good things in your life" advice comes along and does improve the way I feel. 

Grateful for Naproxen. My daughter got dropped on my broken rib today and it was really bad. Just really not good. But two Aleve liquigels and a few hours later and I'm back to feeling good. Medicine is great. We should definitely keep using it.

Grateful for my wife and I being on the same page. Sunday school was hard today. Lesson was on Lehi's vision of the tree of life. As I've gotten older that vision has become more and more meaningful to me. The trouble is that the vision (and like, all scripture tbh) is open for lots of different interpretations. And my interpretation is different from the *very linear and proscriptive* interpretations offered by well meaning class members today. So we were both... Irritated by it today? Either way we talked and are on the same page. Most times you just have to love ward members and ignore their opinions that aren't doctrine and don't jive with yours. 

Grateful for my wife's delicious cake she made today. It was good!

Thursday, January 16, 2020


You might be wondering if I'm going to create unique titles for all of these posts going forward. The answer, of course, is yes.

I think I broke a rib playing basketball the other night. The pain isn't horrible, but it's bad if I move wrong. Or try hard to poo. Or try to open a drawer with my right hand. But there's really but much you can do with a broken rib. As long as you aren't puncturing a lung with jagged rib parts, you just chill for six weeks and then it should be better. Instead of getting x-rays ('Merica!) I'm just going to wait it out. Pretty sure my lung is fine.

I had an eight hour meeting at work today. I can't remember the last time I worked that many hours straight, let alone in a meeting that long. It was good though. My directors know their crap, and I feel really good about that.

Let's do gratitude.

I'm grateful for good coworkers. They are smart, kind, and interested in unified success. And they believe in me, which is super cool.

I'm grateful for good friends. We had dinner with the Salas family tonight. They're so great and we lucky that they're in our lives.

I'm grateful that the Jazz had a ten game win streak. It's over now, but it was super fun. They're fun to watch and follow. 

I'm grateful that my rib isn't worse. 

I'm grateful for this great weather.

I'm grateful, once again, for this fantastic bed. One hundred percent would buy again. Ten out of ten.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020


I'm grateful for our cat. She's missing. Probably dead. But she was the best cat and we loved her so much. I'm glad we had her!

Grateful for our new successful bedtime routine. I now get two books with S and we get family scriptures. And it takes less time. A win!

Sunday, January 12, 2020


Had a good Saturday. 

Grateful for: 
How nice our house looks when it is clean. We got interrupted while shredding our mail, then E threw all the shreddings on me one morning. We cleaned it today! FeelsGoodMan.

Grateful for a thankful wife. I bought her cans of Diet Dr Pepper tonight and she made me feel it was the biggest deal ever. She's a great receiver.

Grateful for compost and gardening and mostly I'm grateful for dreams. Maybe I'll never start that garden or company or whatever, but I do enjoy thinking about it.

Saturday, January 11, 2020


Tired, but had a good day. 

There was supposed to be big storms and maybe a tornado around here today. Nothing really materialized, but we got ready anyways. Staked down the trampoline and moved the cars to the garage.

Today grateful for: Tractor supply company. I love shopping there. It makes me feel like I should be a real farmer.

Major's Burgers in Liberty Hill. We had them for lunch and they were so good. 

I got good work done today, despite work from home. 

Friday, January 10, 2020


I got some real work done at the office today! After two garbage days with no productivity I kicked butt. I know I'll have good days and bad days but today was a good day.

We had leftover pizza for dinner and it tasted good. Grateful for that.

I did a 30 minute course on resilience at work today. Grateful Google has good mental health resources.