Gratitude (Feb. 3 – 9)
- Sitting in on my colleague’s class to be better prepared for substituting for him on Friday (Jan. 5).
- Being complimented by a colleague on my “rugged” commitment to biking in winter
- We have many rehearsals before our concert on a very challenging program in Symphonic Band.
- My wife and I verified that the lowest notes on a (soprano ) clarinet overlap with the highest notes I can play on a tuba. Specifically, we simultaneously played D3 (146.83 Hz), which is the lowest note she can play on a clarinet and near the top of my range on the tuba. Given how many clarinets I could fit inside a tuba, I’m amazed these ranges overlap at all.
- Getting lots of shoveling done over the past few days.
- All the shoveling my wife has done over the past few days.
- All of the people who attended my wife’s birthday party (Feb. 6)
- Having a great card to give her before the party
- Good pizza and much other good food at the party
- At least two people said it was the best pizza they ever had
- All of the culinary contributions of the party guests
- How brave and well-behaved our youngest guest was at the party
- The party provided us motivation to clean and declutter the house more than we have in a long time.
- One of my students learned how to set up and operate our department’s telescope for the first time.
- I was finally able to receive Channel 33 on our antenna.
- Channel 33.2 is RetroTV, and I have been able to record Mystery Science Theater 3000 from it.
- The windy conditions lately have provided me with good tailwinds for some of my bike riding.
- Time to rest on Sunday after the party (Feb. 7)
- Fresh clean sheets on the bed after a shower
- Arranging some of our books on our downstairs built-in bookshelves.
- Good dinner with friends (Feb. 9)
- We are receiving help from the EE Dept. in my lab
- Useful meetings in the morning (Feb. 9)
- Help from a graduate student showing me equipment in another lab.
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