November is coming up! Time to reprise the “Things I’m Thankful For” theme!!
End of the year! (And post 777)
I guess it’s obvious and important to note that I couldn’t capture EVERYTHING, but hopefully looking back one day, this blog can serve for quick reminders of good moments and memories.
To round out the “Things I’m Thankful For” series… my parents, Henning, Penny, family members unnamed, everyone who has been kind to me and probably those who haven’t. Thank you to anyone who inspired me, anyone who included me and anyone who let me include them.
Below is the lazy man’s collection of photos I found when cleaning out my phone, in random order. Most of them are from 2012.
All have something positive in them.
To health and happiness in 2013,
I’m thankful for – Day #17 – Adventures
My goal for this vacation was really to do as little as I possibly could. Read, relax, sit at Starbucks, enjoy people’s company…
That said, every now and again you’ve gotta let people take you on an adventure to revive that sense of awe and wonder in all of us.
Henning and I joined Steve & co on a hike in the Anza-Borrego State Park, east of San Diego. It was nice to be back to the desert for a day.
Driving into the clouds at sunrise…
Entering Hellhole Canyon in search of the fabled Maindenhair Falls…
“They Didn’t Bring Enough Water”…. got it…
Jumping cholla cacti…
Finding an oasis (palm tree jungle)…
…and lots of boulders…
…and… not quite a waterfall.
Well… it was fun anyway…
Slot canyons… (didn’t know we had these in California?!)
Feet too tired!
Salton Sea behind the guys.
I’m thankful for – Day #15 – Video Games…
While it pains me to say this… I do think that video games have helped bring our family together, ever since we were little kids. Now with easier control interfaces like Wii and Kinect, our parents have even gotten involved!
Below are some of our family’s Wii characters… :P
Brandon, Ryan, Brianna, Pete, Steve, me and Henning.
We even ended up making characters for some of my other aunts and uncles. What a hoot!
I’m thankful for – Day #14 – Henning + my family!
I love that my family loves Henning (and vice versa)!
After a nice workout, we went to eat German food with Stephen in Anaheim. Then to Addison Homebrew, where Henning showed Stephen how to pick out the ingredients for the beer they’re going to brew tomorrow.
I’m thankful for – Day #12 – Greg & Punit!
The 4 of us suited up (!) and headed to Rabbit’s Foot Meadery’s holiday party. (Also popped Punit’s Rabbit’s Foot cherry!) So many great opportunities to celebrate with old and new friends.
Then we headed back to Punit’s aunt’s house to watch the Muppets Movie. Pleasant surprise. :)
Didn’t document the formal attire (oops), but here is an exciting RFM development—got to sample Odin, a very limited (one-batch) mead that is going to be labeled and distributed early next year!
I’m thankful for – Day #10 – Work + Alcohol
This year’s company holiday party not only includes socializing with coworkers… but also a white elephant gift exchange (!!) and free alcohol (not pictured)!! Very much an upgrade from last year.
To celebrate a year of WRUP team bonding, we also opened a bottle of Henning’s recently brewed stout. I think the guys appreciated the gesture.
Traffic cone in a box…
I’m thankful for – Day #9 – The Holidays
Two great things about the holiday season—celebrating with friends and family (!!), and days off (so excited)!!!
Here are our “simple & sweet” holiday decorations for Apartment 703 this year… our lamppost tree… and our updated seasons wreath in the hall.
Perhaps next year will be more elaborate. :)
I’m thankful for – Day #8 – Craft Fairs
Went to the Renegade Craft Fair SF on Sunday with Hannah and Jess. Not only is everything there SO cute… I finally found a purse to replace the one I’ve carried every day for the last 7-8 years. It’s been a long time coming, and I think this one is going to be a worthy purchase.
I also LOVED meeting and chatting with the sweet gal who designs and makes these bags. It’s such a bonus to be able to support someone’s passion and straight-up quality work.
I’m thankful for – Day #7 – Henning’s coworkers
We went to dinner with Henning’s advisor Mike, his PI David, David’s family, and some of their lab mates. I think it’s great that David extends his time to the share with the lab outside of work. I know that Henning’s PhD experience wouldn’t be the same if he weren’t working with this group!
PS This building was designed by Julia Morgan, California’s first licensed female architect!
I’m thankful for – Day #5 – Martial arts
It would take too much time to explain how much the martial arts and the people I’ve trained with have changed my life since 2004. All I can say is that I am a stronger, healthier, more confident, more aware, more considerate, more humble person for it.
To everyone who has punched at and struck at me in my journey, and who has allowed me to return the favor—thank you!
Below are photos from Susan’s Zen Budokai Jujitsu black belt test this evening. Many congratulations to her. :)
I’m thankful for – Day #4 – Our neighbors!
Liz and Etay made jelly filled donuts (for the Hanukkah season) and shared them with the neighbors! Then we proceeded to play Reverse Charades (look it up), which was a LOT of fun! Glad we have such great people within such close proximity to us.
I’m thankful for – Day #3 – The Stanford campus.
As much as I bitch and moan about “The Bubble” (my interest in avoiding Stanford actually goes much further back)… I couldn’t be a luckier person, with all the great people and experiences that Stanford has allowed me over the years. Studying abroad, meeting some BFFs, working at the hospital, living in Abrams, jujitsu, Henning!
So lucky indeed. <3
I’m thankful for – Day #2 – My job.
Construction is so great because you get to see the physical results of your efforts. Staring at numbers and schedules all day is so much more satisfying when I can step outside and watch this…!
And know that someday it will be a brand new state-of-the-art hospital.