Thursday, November 22, 2012

And More Thanks ...

Continuation of More Thanks (Should be the last installment)...
  • For the push for electric cars and reducing dependency on foreign oil. I will buy one someday, I just need the range to be a little bit longer.
  • For Twizzlers.
  • For my wife's exceedingly thoughtful gifts.
  • For my wife in her yoga tights!
  • For my wife's consideration of forgiveness. I won't let you down!!
  • For people that respect cyclists that respect drivers.
  • For telling Verizon they can keep their TV service, the Sjoberg clan wants to experience the world first hand.
  • For the library, you provide so many lessons learned.
  • For power tools. In the words of Tim the Toolman Taylor, "ARGH, ARGH, ARGH!!"
  • For learning there is more to life than bringing home a big paycheck
  • For warm clothes fresh out of the dryer on a cold day.
  • For Kids having only to worry about how they are going to play.
  • For my boys laughter.
  • For understanding that some higher power will judge whether I left the world a better place.
  • For learning to live in the moment because our lives could be taken away from us in the blink of an eye. I miss you Julie Taylor (Frank) and Lemmy Kirkland. It is so easy to get caught up in stuff and forget this. Let's hope I can keep remembering to do this.
  • For punctuality.
  • For audio books and figuring out that mundane tasks (i.e. raking leaves, driving) allow for easy listening opportunities.
  • For trying to learn to do things in moderation. Very much a work in progress.
  • And lastly for the air I breathe.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

More Thanks ...

A continuation of Give Thanks ...
  • For having lots to be thankful for.
  • For songs and musicians that move me. From Garth Brooks to Pearl Jam to Techno to Peter Gabriel.
  • For learning from my mistakes. I have made some big ones. Unfortunately I can be a slow learner sometimes.
  • For Boy Scouts and the life long lessons it taught me. I wish I would have kept reciting the Scout Law over the years. I let you down on a few. Going to work hard to not allow that to happen again.
  • For the outdoors and camping and hiking.
  • For getting lost because it makes you want to stay found.
  • For home cooked meals that have lots of love poured into them.
  • For playing cards with my family.
  • For traditions.
  • For the internet. It is amazing how much information is at our fingertips now a day's. Who knew that duct tape could be used to remove a wart on my son's finger.
  • For the great schools my kids are able to go to.
  • For strong work ethics.
  • For my step-parents.
  • For my in-laws.
  • For my step-brother.
  • For my wife's organization skills. She is a labeling machine.
  • For my wife's seafood lasagna.
  • For people that don't text and drive. I am trying to stop this. Almost there.
  • For my weaknesses and identifying them and trying to improve them.
  • For my strengths, not always sure what those are but everyday is a chance for strengthening.
  • For those that serve in the military.
  • For some awesome teachers that I had growing up. Mrs. Bloomquist, Mr. Shaw, Mr. Davis.
  • For the summers I used to spend in Maine with my grandparents.
  • For the humongous Swiss Roll Grammy used to make.
  • For geocaching, although we don't do it enough but it sure is fun when we do it.
  • For scavenger hunts my wife has planned for me.
  • For learning to be myself and not what I think someone wants me to be. This is a work in progress.
  • For my boys that never think twice and always wear their bike helmets.
  • For different perspectives.

Probably to be continued ...

Giving Thanks

  • For great friends that you can always count on.
  • For books like 7 habits of highly effective people, 7 principles for making a marriage work, parenting that works, Scrum guide (Odd but has good stuff for all aspects of life).
  • For my beautiful wife that has put her individual life on hold for our family and is raising two amazing boys that she is very proud of.
  • For my wife that gets up everyday and feeds the boys, gets them dressed and then takes them to school
  • For meeting my wife.
  • For finding a goals list from 1999 that included "propose to Lyra" on it.
  • For regaining the focus and values I once had in life.
  • For a job that I enjoy.
  • For the community of Crofton.
  • For those that volunteer and don't expect anything in return.
  • For my two healthy, smart, loving boys.
  • For my mom.
  • For my dad.
  • For my grandparents.
  • For my other mom (Helen-Sue).
  • For my best friend (Wes).
  • For my therapist.
  • For EMDR, that stuff is bringing back some good old memories.
  • For the people in my past that gave me positive and negative experiences. For the negative things I have learned from them and forgiven you for those. For the positive experiences, I hold onto those and try to implement them in the way that was impressed on me.
  • For three stray cats in our backyard that we feed.
  • For all the animals that have been a part of my life and touched me deeply.
  • For leaves that provide shade during the summer eventhough you always fall to the ground and we have to pick you up every year.
  • For my hammock.
  • For my camera and the pictures it has captured over the years.
  • For Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, Delirium Tremons.
  • For unselfish teammates and to sacrificing myself for the greater good of the team.
  • For learning how to share feelings.
  • For patience.
  • For focusing on the positive. 
  • For my puffy coat that keeps me warm.
  • For the floor heat in my car.
  • For crossfit.
  • For my bike and the freedom and natural highs it provides me when I am rolling through the country side and the endorphins are kicking in.
  • For Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Not only are you beautiful but you have a very special meaning to the Sjoberg family.
  • Sadly I must admit that I am thankful for Taco Bell and Mountain Dew.
  • For a nice cup of hot Dunkin Donuts Original Blend home brewed coffee. Nothing smells much better than that in the morning.
  • For learning to support my kids in whatever they choose to do. I will not live vicariously through my kids and try to push them to do what I wanted to do. If you want to do the ribbon event in gymnastics, I will be right there with you and will love every minute of it.
  • For finally learning to appreciate my wife the way she deserves, sorry babe it took so long.
  • For friends that would rather go out rucking on Friday night then go to a bar.
  • For empathic people.

To be continued ...