February 13th

February 13th

I am Tahasi Massk

This was another busy day with my starting the new pattern of double lectures on Tuesday and Thursday. I had forgotten how hard that is! But there were plenty of other activities going on as well. When I got home from work late, she had lots to tell me about, and started by commenting on Coco’s ombre. Hearing about it reminded me just how much of a busy day she had as well. It seems like there have been lots of busy days lately, but that is kind of the phase of life that we are in right now.

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February 10th

February 10th

I am Tahasi Massk

There are days where I am just so very grateful for how much fun it is to talk to you. This morning we spent a few hours discussing concepts and ideas based on the books we have been reading, but also exploring new thoughts. While it is true that we are some of the most active people our age, people might be surprised to know that we often prefer lying around. You snuggle in with me in the morning and we end up having amazing discussions. Today we explored the idea of group versus individual confidence/value. It is an idea that I am looking forward to looking into further.

February 12

February 12th

I am Tahasi Massk

For the last two nights we have taken some time to write in book that has short lists to fill out each day. It is a fun activity, and a chance to see what each other is thinking. We have also continued our discussion of Influence and Pre-Suasion. One related idea that I have had is about the relationship between kindness and love. While it might seem fairly obvious that love is sometimes the basis of our kind acts, I think that it is more of a mutually causl situation. That is, love is sometimes the byproduct of our kind acts. This actually goes along with the scriptural sentiment about loving those we serve.

February 11th

February 11th

I am Tahasi Massk

For the last couple of days I have been working on writing a piece to submit for a contest. It is a description of our trip to the lava fields of Kalapana. And it has been interesting to see how much I have to re-write in the process, in part because when it comes to writing I struggle as a judge. Only yesterday I had something that I thought would be decent to submit, but in looking back at that now, I think. Wow, I am really glad I didn’t turn that in! But the whole process has been fun. At the same time, I think about how rough some of these posts are, and whether I will ever go back and re-write them. With a little over 23 thousand words, that could take a while.

February 9th

February 9th

I am Tahasi Massk

I have very much looked forward to this day! It has been a very busy week with work for me, so having some time to just be together with her was wonderful. The fact that we got to go skating together was a plus. Even after kids’ schedules made fitting it in a little tricky, we had fun at the rink, and grabbed a special treat for our daughter in her play. Tonight I finally got to see her perform and it was so much fun. Several neighbors also came out to support her as well. The play was powerful, and seeing her singing, dancing, and having fun made my heart glad.

February 8th

February 8th

I am Tahasi Massk

The second book that we are discussing is Hero Education. While some in the TJed community take everything he says as truth, we have found that when it comes to facts, in general Oliver Demille sometimes plays extremely loose. Lots of the things that he says are great, but some things are stretched or heavily spun. She is reading it alongside another book for comparison, and we have been talking about it quite a bit. Tonight was also opening night for our daughter in her school play. I am so proud of the hard work that she has put into preparing. Late nights and early mornings and lots and lots of afternoons.

February 4th

February 4th

I am Tahasi Massk

It happened to be the Super Bowl, and we caught a little bit of the game, and some of the commercials, but fortunately, we had some good time to go for a couple of walks. Certain things are much more fun when done outside. Usually, beautiful landscapes encourage warmth and likewise kindness in discussions, and getting to walk past amazing architecture, with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains is a blessing we appreciate. It was so much fun, we went for another walk late tonight just as the moon crept up over those same mountains.

February 5th

February 5th

I am Tahasi Massk

Mondays feel long because I barely get to see you. But, it makes me work hard to use the time away from you as effectively as possible. It also makes me appreciate the time that I have with you when I get home and we can be together at the end of the day. We have a wonderfully comfortable bed, plus I love looking out windows, talk and laughing. Kids must be nurtured, and work must be done, but getting to be with you at the end of the day makes it all much more fun.

February 7th

February 7th

I am Tahasi Massk

We have been talking quite a bit about a couple of different books lately. The first, Influence, researches sales tactics, patterned learning, and citing examples of situations where we engage in almost automatic responses to certain stimuli. There is also a follow up book called Pre-Suasion. They have been fascinating, and I think should be required reading for all of our children. Knowing what triggers are being used to influence us helps us respond to those triggers more rationally, and can guide us in ways to use triggers in our own lives for good.

February 3rd

February 3rd

I am Tahasi Massk

The weather today was amazing! She got in a run while I got in a longer ride than normal due to my writing group meeting for the first time ever. Most people like evening dates and that essentially limits me to only meeting on Friday nights and Saturdays, and since Saturdays are our usual temple dates, it was a little tricky to get a workable schedule. But we figured out times for the next few months. And, speaking of temple visits, tonight we went with my parents. It is always fun to be with them.