What racoons and funk have in common.

They are both on written somewhere in these 833 words.

There is really nothing like a bad week. You get in a funk and then you are stuck there. One thing that has made me happy over the course of my multiday funk was this gratitude challenge. I kept track of those little things I have been grateful for. I DID NOT ABANDON THE CHALLENGE. Check it out

1. raccoons: Apparently they are vicious animals. I wouldn’t know; all of my correspondence with them is attempting to avoid them while driving. There was a family of four raccoons on my way home from work the other day. Mom was on one side two had yet to cross and one couldn’t decide if it was safer to run to mom or sibbilings. It was a moment to stop and think.

2. High Beams: The previous circumstance was made possible by the high beams on my car. I probably would have hit them without them.

3. Church: one of those things that I need, truly NEED. It kept me on track this week despite other circumstances.

4. The Ball Point Pen: Could you imagine having to write with a pen and quill? All the time, no. It would be really cool, unpractical, however.

5. Little slots of time for naps: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

6. The Petzl Gri-Gri: SO MANY LIVES SAVED!!!!

7. Texas Instruments TI-89: It saved my grade in the final weeks of my trig class. Imaginary numbers are fun, as long as you have the right calculator to handle  hem. Did I mention I am an extreme nerd?

8. The Fender Jazz Bass: I do play bass, well I’m learning (are we not always). The Fender Jazz Bass is one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard. So smooth. Very relaxing.

9. Coronal Mass Ejections (a solar flare): I did tell you I’m a nerd, right? There was a possibility that I could see the Arora Borealis from my house!!!

10. My roof: I doesn’t leak. It is always there. More importantly I have one! I am grateful for that.

11. Yes’s Starship Trooper: It is one of my favorite songs. Absolutely amazing!

12. More specifically, the final movement: Wurm: Four minutes of pure musical bliss. I strongly recommend you listen.

13. Following the lines of music still, Yes’s album Fragile: It was the first album I ever got. I was fiver or six and it was Easter in Joshua Tree National Park. My favorite album by far.

14. My Bible: Talk about things that get you through the day.

15: Black Tea: Just your standard Lipton black. Easy to brew. Not much work required, yet very relaxing.

16. Fresh eggs: we have chickens and they lay A LOT of eggs. We get eight or so a day…

17. The roosters: yes you read that right roosters, that is plural; we have two of them. One of which begins crowing at 4 am. It is nice to hear. Sometimes.

18. The fact that my bento box can hold my sandwich: I got a bento box for school and I did not think that its larger compartment would be able to hold the bread I use for my sandwiches (it is larger than a standard loaf). IT DOES!!!!

19. Spellcheck: I am surprised that I left this one until now. I am a HORRIBLE speller. I spelled surprised wrong and sandwiches.

20. Rain: Some people hate it. EVERYONE in the Pacific Northwest is ready for it. How would your garden grow without it?

21. Cameras: The ability to express how you feel and capture emotion with a camera is astounding. Think about how may times a day YOU use a camera. Or something the benefits you uses a camera.

22. Digital Photography: Now think about how much you use a camera and how difficult it would be if it was a film camera.

23. Adobe: They bring us so many lovely programs. I did not actually realize that I could not do really anything on the web without Adobe Flash Player. All that behind the scenes work.

24. Adobe Lightroom: Very powerful and beginner friendly. If you are just getting into editing photos or photography I recommend lightroom.

25. Kelby training: I would know about _ that much about Lightroom if it was not for Kelby Training. If you want to get good at Lightroom, GET KELBY TRAINING. (I’m not paid to say that, it would be cool if I were though).

26. Watches: Timer, chronograph, alarm, heart rate, altimeter, barometer, depth meter, compass, storm alarm, all on my wrist. I think James Bond is a little envious of that one. Oh, it tells time, too.

27. SCHOOL: It has not started yet. I cant wait.

28. People that are more grateful than I: It is like a call to action that I need to be more positive about my circumstances.

29. Ansel Adams: I have two of his photographs in my room. They are portals into another world.

30. Bad days: you have to have bad ones to know when the good ones are.

I leave you with that my friends. There will be more tomorrow. Because, well, tomorrow is a new day.




Creepy, Yet Thought Provoking

1. Spiders: Have you ever just sat and watched a spider spin its web? Or ever thought about all that they do? They are so graceful, so precise. They truly are fascinating creatures. And one particular spider really made my day yesterday.

2. Time: Well its pretty thought provoking. Especially for an aspiring physicist such as myself. Just sit and think about time for a few moments.

3. The Ability to Construct Abstract Thoughts: With a big emphasis on “abstract.” Is it not amazing that we can all think in such a verity of ways? Aristotle, Plato, The Apostles, Euclid, Einstein, and so many more. And you.

4. Rules: Yesterday was, well, difficult. It got that way because of rules and was resolved because of my ability to read and explain rules. Working at a rockwall, rules are required.

5. Nylon: I Climb. If its not aluminum its nylon. nylon is the really important part.

6. The Toilet Plunger: I don’t think I need to explain why.

7. My Green Journals:  EVERYTHING goes into these journals. Thoughts, notes, questions, ideas. Its all there. I have over 10 of them. Yes, I have an addiction to writing.

Day 6: The Best of Your Enviornment

I decided it would be better to post the challenge from the day before every morning. It gives me more time to reflect on the day.

1. Hot weather: By the time I am tired of the heat the rain and the cool always come. It’s September, fall is near.

2. Shade: It is the cornerstone of a nice day of reading outside.

3. Fans: My ceiling fan is truly a saving grace during the summer. The feeling of the wind cooling my face as I sleep is fantastic. It reminds me of camping when you wake up to the gentle wind blowing on a brisk morning.

4. Maps: I absolutely love maps. Following trails and contours is so intriguing. Old maps are time machines. You have a window into trails that once were and the landscape of long ago. Maps are common ground for all adventures; a book written in a universal language if you will.

5. Automatic Windows in a car: One button and the window is down. Really helpful in a hurry. I still love the old school cranks though.

6. Quiet: this is a big one. It takes 10,000 hours of recording to be able to piece to together an hour of silence in our modern world. When I stepped out of the car last night it was absolutely silent and I love that.


Gratitude Challenge: The Best Way to a Man’s Heart is Through His Stomach.

This is for day 4 and 5. Sorry about yesterday.

1. Our garden: Keep reading and you will find out why

2. Kale: Need I say more? It is a magnificent superfood that taste good and can be prepared in so many ways.

3. Tomatoes: Cherry, roma, Cherokee, Willamette, they are all so good. We have hundreds of tomatoes. I just need the weather to cool down so we can make soup with them.

4. Our chickens: They give us eggs, really good eggs. More than that, like other animals they are very peaceful to talk to and be around. which leads me to the next point.

5. Meditation: I have really come to appreciate the few minutes a day where I reconnect with the important things and remove the toxic thoughts from my mind. This benefits me in many ways.

6. Wind: The cool breeze brings back fond memories. It is as though these memories travel in the wind. I always stop and breath when I am accompanied by a gentle breeze.

7. Close to the Edge: a wonderful 20 minute piece by the progressive rock band “Yes.” This incredible piece is one of my all time favorites. Very soothing, thought provoking even.

8. Garage Sales: some people shy away. I got $100 worth of drafting pens for $2. Back to the drawing board (ba dun, tischhh)

9.  A bed to sleep in tonight: Because not all have one. One day I might not. For now I am thankful for the one I have and I intend on spending the next 7 hours in it.


Gratitude: Giving and Receiving

1. Pumpkin: Yes, I am grateful for pumpkin. It is my favorite food. Eaten with oatmeal for breakfast it is excellent. Truly excellent. It was the perfect way to start the day.

2. The kindness of strangers (not the book): It really makes my day when a stranger preforms an act of kindness, even if its not to me. Watching people do good things to one another really makes an impact on everyone around them. Today was one of those days where I noticed that.

3. The end of summer: I miss the long nights of winter. I miss the warm clothes and chilled breath. I miss the NEED for a cup of chai tea with breakfast. One thing that always entranced me was getting out of the tent in Joshua Tree National Park and feeling the euphoria of the cold stinging my lungs. The air was so crisp and clean. Everything was so vivid. Fall and winter are my favorite times of the year and the end of summer is the start of fall.