Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nov. 28
1. Priesthood.
2. President Monson:
3. Organizing, for some reason I am grateful that I have the capacity to organize. I think it's cool to be able to create like that.

Nov. 27
1. Good friends to spend time with after flying. And Johnny we watched some of Curious George together.
2. The temple, I didn't go today, I'm just grateful for that lodestar.
3. My mom said it was one of her best Thanksgivings ever.

Nov. 26
1. The Washington DC Zoo.
2. The Borne Ultimatum movie. All of them really. Never gets old.
3. Scott for driving me to the metro.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Nov. 25
1. My mission. I would drop anything to go back for six months if I was asked.
2. Being poor. It's so much easier to live simply and to keep track of stuff if you don't have much.
3. Knowing this is mortality. I am grateful I know what this life is not about and what will not make me happy.

Nov. 24
1. I saw a huge rat at a restaurant in DC. I'm kind of grateful I saw a huge rat.
2. Blow up mattresses
3. Sherlock Holmes

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

All at Once

Hoover Dam. Have you see this?

Nov. 23
1. My mom took me to see a fun movie and then to lunch.
2. Getting a bunch of homework done.
3. Being involved with planning in the Boys & Girls club.

Nov. 22
1. Movies. They are fun.
2. Mandy. I know her from Maine and she reminded me of what a great experience that was.
3. Good fitting T-shirts.

Nov. 21
1. Sis. Axley's talk on miracles. It made me stop and think about my life and the miracles I've had. Apparently you don't have to go to Harvard or have a perfect life to be good enough.
2. A good strengthening google chat conversation about Elder Busche's life.
3. I was able to sketch out some ideas for a documentary I want to make.

Nov. 20
1. Ryan, my friend since the age of 4.
2. Saw two black bears in Shenandoah National Park.
3. An employee from the GAO sent me an email in response to our conversation saying that working at the GAO is boring and you don't actually do anything. You just write about what other people do. I would hate that.

Nov. 19
1. Skype - I co-hosted my ward's Price is Right game show in Provo while in DC. Really funny.
2. The week is over, now I can sleep.
3. Jennica for making me laugh over a large intercom system while hosting the Price is Right.

Nov. 18
1. Went to a calm social Mormon party in Alexandria. It was a good breather.
2. Sugar cookies with a big frosting 'S'.
3. Although I stayed up till 3am to finish a project I'm grateful I had something to do.

Nov. 17
1. NPR, I visited them today. They're snobs but it was still cool to see what goes into it.
2. Walking in amazing weather.
3. Architecture that is classic, enduring, and solid.

Nov. 16
1. Timing.
2. Norman Rockwell paintings - specifically the 'Freedom of Speech' one - it was so great to look at them in person.
3. Sincere people.

Nov. 15
1. Oil Paintings.
2. Free Museums in DC - they haven't privatized beauty.
3. Left over money on my Metro Card from last year.

Nov. 14
1. Good examples.
2. My mom for driving me and friends to the hotel.
3. Although things are always changing, I am grateful that some things stay the same long enough to learn from them even if it takes a few years - Like Gettysburg.

Nov. 13
1. Sleep, it saves me from throwing up while flying. I'd rather drive
2. My mom always having food for me. It means she loves me.
3. My mom getting a new house that's everything she wants and deserves.

Nov. 12
1. Homework. I am grateful I have things to do. Much better than nothing.
2. Carl Bloch. I went to his exhibit tonight on campus. Amazing, and free. Used an IPad as a tour guide, way cool.
3. Microsoft Excel. Yup, that's right.

Nov. 11
1. When my MPA program Team clicks well.
2. Music on my laptop.
3. My bed even though it sinks into the center of the earth.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Nov. 10
1. Well written history
2. Movies - to me they're art. We watched a clip from Schindler's List in Organizational Behavior today on the definition of power.
3. I am grateful that I can jump.

Nov. 9
1. Good timing - had two friends walk into my study room who at first were a distraction but quickly became strengths.
2. Naps that aren't laziness but necessities
3. The well rounded people out there: "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." --Robert A. Heinlein

Monday, November 8, 2010


Nov. 8

1. Racquetball. Physical Activity is as necessary as sleep.

2. I can't believe I'm actually in grad school. I can't believe they let me in. I am grateful. And they don't care about grades once we're in the program either!

3. I like deep, strong words. I usually don't like others quoting them, haha, but I like knowing about them. Here let me quote one for you:

"It also means recognizing that we are not here on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others" (Gordon B. Hinckley, Way to Be, 95).

P.S. This is a cool video: education


Sunday, November 7, 2010

What is going on?

Gratitude November 7
1. Teaching Gospel Doctrine
2. My sister making me grilled cheese and tomato soup
3. People forgiving and forgetting
3.a. Friends who validate when you weren't looking for it.

In answer to the previous post's questions:
1. That picture was of me flipping off a lobster boat into the ocean off the coast of Maine.

2. Telephone Murder Charades is the funnest game in the world next to ga-ga ball (which is a form of dodge ball which neutralizes competition and aggression.) One person from one team has to act out a long elaborate way someone can die which the other team makes up. Then the next person has to watch the acting job and act it out for the next person and so on. So funny.

3. I am grateful for homeless people because they humble me. They make me realize a lot about this mortality. I don't believe it matters why they are begging. I beg all the time in my prayers for stuff I don't deserve.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

I'll copy My Sister

I am copying elizabeth who has copied heather. Here are some things for which I am grateful.

Nov. 1
1. Pictures of good times
2. Road Trips and Back flips
3. Maine and Mount Rushmore

Nov. 2
1. Soccer
2. Answering questions
3. The smell of pumpkins and fall

Nov. 3
1. Spiking hard in volleyball
2. The word BAM
3. My Organizational Behavior class and learning about keys to creativity and insight - mixing it up

Nov. 4
1. Man talk
2. Knowing it's ok to be me even if that means not wanting to earn a lot of money
3. Knowing life will click eventually, it has in the past

Nov. 5
1. Telephone Murder Charades
2. Salt on Avocados
3. Prayer and PowerPoint homework over essays any day

Nov. 6
1. The Decemberists' songs CraneWife 1,2, & 3 and the Mariner's Revenge Song
2. Homeless People
3. Good friends who call me on the phone and tell me good things