Sunday, January 30, 2011

Gratitude

Have you ever put up a picture of a sewer manhole cover and then just stared at the blinking cursor just wondering what you will say about it?  Well, I have.  My knowledge of these things don't go very far at all, so I think I'll write about something else.

I've been thinking lately on some of the many things that I'm grateful for-- maybe I'll take a minute and relate a few of them.  I'm grateful for family and friends.  I have great parents and siblings that I look up to in many ways.  The other day I went over to my sister's and had a fantastic chicken enchilada dinner (one of my favorites) and played the wii with my nephews.  It was a lot of fun, but I can't tell if I'm getting a lot worse at that or if they are just getting better but I can't help feel that I'm losing it.  After I left, I was very grateful for the time I spent with them.  I really have great friends.  Last week, we went down the BYU - SDSU game and honestly, it was the best basketball game that I've ever been too.  It was loud and hot, but amazing to be there--great game, great people.  I recently told a friend a joke the other day, I totally botched up the joke but still got a good laugh.  That made me happy.  I'm grateful I have fears and anxieties but not so many that it totally messes up things, you know?  I heard of a guy the other day that had a fear of toys coming on by themselves without anyone touching them, a fear that pigeons don't know right or wrong when they are in the street, a fear of blobs, a fear of long necked giraffes, and a whole slew of others.  I wish I was less fearful, but I'm grateful I'm not hyper-fearful.  I'm grateful for my education and the university that sparked an interest in a myriad of topics.  I'm grateful for photographs that make me smile, for songs that get me excited, for trees that put me at awe, for dogs that show me how to have joy in little things, and for people that do the right thing when nobody is looking.  I guess what I'm trying to say is that we have a lot to live for.  One of my favorite people knew that even when his inevitable death was a few years down the road.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Person, Place, or Thing

Scrolling down through the blog, I noticed that this should probably be a thing or a place picture instead of another person picture.  You know, to mix it up a little bit so you all don't get bored.  This is a fine exception, though, because Emma is quite the pretty little girl.
And lastly, here's Nate and Kristy.  I guess I can put it up because Kristy will never put it up on her blog.  This was taken at the same time as Finn's below and also their Christmas card picture.  Over the holidays, we got to enjoy quite a few episodes of Psych together, ate a myriad of treats, and Christian clobbered me 13 games strait in FIFA Worldcup Soccer for the Wii.  Pretty sad, I know.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Deep Laugh

Finn's not exactly sure what to think about this whole photo op thing.  He acquiesced, though, and even pulled a few smiles out of his pockets.  His hesitancy might have come from the fact that it was pretty cold outside when we took these pictures.  He's a good sport and a good kid; I like our little Finny.
Here's a classic picture of Erin.  There are a couple of things that I like about his picture.  I like her hello kitty necklace that is sideways, her hair that is covering her eye, and of course, her glare that she gives me all the time.  I guess I deserve it because I dish out the teasing a little too much sometimes.  This picture makes me laugh.  Speaking of laughing, I was reminded last night about Erin's cute and pretty deep laugh she has that will make you laugh too.
Finally, one last picture.  I was just going to end with the sassy picture of Erin, but heck, it's Thursday and I thought I would throw in a bonus picture.  I have this one in color too and I'm trying to figure out which one I like better.  Hmm...  This one looks like a blast from the past-- kind of a nostalgic feel to it.  I'll go with this one then.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Good Brother

Here's a picture of Seth and his little Sister.  She's actually choking him in this picture, but he's such a good sport that you really can't tell.  This is from Thanksgiving when we made our trip down there.  I know that it's an old picture, but it's kind of hard to take new ones when you leave and come home from work when it's dark-- 'tis the season, I guess.  I thought I would share because it's such a good picture of them both.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Carbon

I learned something the other day.  In fact, it's kind of embarrassing to admit as a science graduate, but here it is.  Have you ever mowed the lawn or raked the leaves and wondered where all that stuff is coming form?  Like the grass for example, if you bag it, you'll  have four or five bags a week and over a hundred bags per summer.  That is a lot of carbon-based material to be pulling out of your yard and sending to the dump.  The same with the trees, every year they spend so much time and energy growing all those leaves and we just rake them up and throw them away.  How inconsiderate, we don't even let mother nature do her thing and reabsorb the leaves in the ground.

Well, what I learned is that 90% of the mass that trees and grass make comes from the carbon dioxide in the air and not the nutrients from the ground.  All this time I was worried that we were going to run out of ground stuff so we won't have leaves on our trees.  Like I said, pretty embarrassing cause I probably should have known that, but interesting none the less.  It's incredible that plants can pull carbon out of the air and make the things we need.

On a similar note --and I know that I've already lost most people because I'm over one paragraph-- when you exercise the weight that you burn off doesn't just disappear it's converted to energy, water, and carbon dioxide.  So technically, the weight you are losing is actually leaving the body through your mouth as you breath.  Now that part I knew but when you put it like that, it's pretty interesting--You are actually breathing out the pounds.  These pictures above are from today.  The snow, as you can see, is melting a little bit because it actually got above freezing.  In fact, Salt Lake got up to 38 degrees according to KSL.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Thousands of Them

This nice little picture was taken coming out of Waterfall Canyon a few months ago.  I haven't been able to get out much to take new pictures lately because I've been pretty busy.  This old picture will have to do until then.  I know you've probably seen a thousand pictures of sunsets, and for that I apologize.  You can handle one more, can't you?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Stinky Doggy Treats

Christmas was as good as it gets.  Here is a picture of some of the nieces and nephews with their new University of Utah beanies.  Only Finn is looking at the camera, but I really didn't try to get them all.  The probability of all of them looking at the exact same time is about 1 in 100.  I'm not joking either, I've done an experiment.  But in that case, there were 4 kids and only one picture in 80 had them all looking at once.
 Oscar had the right idea of taking a little snoozer on Emily's lap while everyone else was busy with unwrapping and socializing.  He even got a couple of presents.  They were stinky doggy treats, but presents none the less.
 I wonder what Sean is thinking here.  It would be interesting to know some of the thoughts of kids.  One morning, Amber and I woke up early when we were little and sat on the back porch looking at the new door that my parents bought the day before.  There is nothing slightly exciting about the door except for the fact that it was new.  Still, we thought it was the coolest thing in the house and made a point to wake up early one day just to look at it.  I don't even think we collaborated our efforts, we just both made our way down to sit silently next to each other looking, just looking, at the new door .

Another time, I remember taking some food out to the many cats that we had running around our yard.  Living next to a grain warehouse proved to be an excellent place to dump your cat if you didn't want it anymore.  A lot of people did that, and therefore, there were a lot of cats around.  I was bringing back the bowl inside when before I made it to the door, I dropped the bowl on the concrete.  As my mind slowed down time, as it will often do in a state of terror, I knew that it was going to shatter in a hundred pieces when it hit the hard surface.  Well, it hit and to my surprise, it didn't break.  I was shocked and grateful because nobody's mom likes broken dishes, right?  I couldn't believe that a bowl like that dropped from 4 feet wouldn't shatter.  I just had to see it again.  I picked up the bowl, slowly let it drop, and... watched it shatter into a hundred pieces.