Gratitude List (Apr. 5 – 25)

I have not posted  one of these in a while for multiple reasons. With a friend’s daughter dying, I didn’t feel like being grateful. Of course, that is the time when it is most important to be grateful, so here is a triple edition of my gratitude list.

  1. All of the donors who have contributed to Anna’s medical expenses and memorial fund
  2. Our department wanting to care for colleagues who have lost loved ones.
  3. The hope of the Resurrection:
    “Death has been swallowed up in victory.
    Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?” (I Corinthians 15:54-55)
  4. The hope of the Resurrection:  “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead…” (Ephesians 1:19-20)
  5. Lunch club at Murphy’s
  6. Interesting colloquium about astrophysical neutrinos
  7. Meeting with the colloquium speaker
  8. Tubas earned a 3.9 (out of 4) on our latest playing test.
  9. Having time to take care of my wife while she is sick
  10. My wife made an amazing homemade pizza crust
  11. Friends and a wife who show me the truth about myself even when it is unpleasant
  12. Having so many good books to read
  13. The amazing power of a hard reboot.
  14. Our Symphonic Band concert went very well (Apr. 23)
  15. The Facebook live feed of our concert worked well
  16. The hilarious performance of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by the School’s drama club
  17. We had wonderful weather for the March for Science
  18. Excellent turnout for the March for Science
  19. My speech at the March was well-received
  20. Chas Jewett’s speech at the March for Science
  21. News coverage of the March
  22. The new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000
  23. One of our students passed a candidacy exam
  24. Title IX training that was actually useful
  25. Being asked to give a presentation of DUNE at a conference in Prague
  26. Seeing our students win awards at the annual convocation
  27. Enjoying the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra concert with friends (Apr. 8)
  28. Fixing my bike by replacing a bolt that had fallen off
  29. Buying ice cream for us
  30. My wife taking care of me while I was sick
  31. Finishing the yoga class for this semester
  32. Our garden is sprouting
  33. The seeds my wife planted indoors are sprouting
  34. Planning for the conference is going well
  35. Training my fellow committee members in editing the conference website
  36. Writing a flyer advertising our new course in the fall
  37. Settling several other logistical questions about the course
  38. Lunch Club at Fuji Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
  39. Useful and important grad student admission discussions
  40. Ribbon cutting on the remodeled Chemistry Building
  41. Skype conversation with a good friend
  42. Good discussion on Daniel with the Wobbly Table
  43. Friends willing to hear and critique my speech before I gave it
  44. My wife being willing to hear and critique my speech before I gave it
  45. Watering the garden
  46. Successfully using my bicycle pump on a Presta valve
  47. A potential new funding opportunity
  48. Lunch Club at Panera
  49. Ordering gaskets for my lab
  50. Visiting the booths at the Earth Day Expo
  51. Interesting physics colloquium from the new postdoc in our department
  52. Colloquium by the Society of Physics Students on their activities over the past year
  53. Praying with InterVarsity
  54. Ice cream social for the final band rehearsal of the semeseter
  55. My wife starting softball practice for the upcoming season
  56. The University Orchestra concert
  57. The amazing string bass soloist in the concert
  58. Dunn Bros. being such a good meeting place
  59. Starting a new discussion series at The Well
  60. Dinner with my wife at Saigon (Apr. 25)
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