February 6th

February 6th

I am Tahasi Massk

Our closet has been dark for a few days because I have been having trouble finding both the time and the vehicles to go and get a new one. But today, after fiddling with the icemaker on the new fridge, I went in search of a replacement bulb. It ended up being more work than I thought, but I finally found one at Lowes. I got home, three bulbs unloaded, brought upstairs, and was starting to put them away when one exploded covering the closet with glass shards. She came up a few minutes later to change and simply praised me for fixing the light and didn’t even complain about the mess I was now working to clean up. I appreciated her immensely for seeing the good in the situation and not the bad!

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February 2nd

February 2nd

I am Tahasi Massk

Today we got to spend some car time together with our youngest, who enjoyed the chance to go to the bookstore with just the three of us. It has been a busy couple of days, but it is amazing just how much I crave being with her. Of course that is expected with lovestruck university students, but it is so much more potent for me now. Even when she helps out with a sly grin and a suggestive comment. Those little playful moments have an instantaneous effect on me. In a very positive way!

February 1st

February 1st

I am Tahasi Massk

Today she kept me happy throughout the day with little messages. It seems strange looking at it, but I realize it is the little things that help me feel uplifted. Receiving texts under normal everyday situations shouldn’t have a substantial impact on my happiness level, but when they are from her, they really do. Especially on days when I have lots of things going on. It makes me feel like I we are on the same team, working together even when we are in different places.

January 31st

January 31st

I am Tahasi Massk

I spent the day getting the new refrigerator installed. I had measured wrong when I picked it up, but after a little bit of work with a hand saw, it fit right in. Getting done early enough to be able to bike together was an extra special treat! There was a ‘fresh’ wind out of the north, but it was still fun to get out and ride side by side.

January 30th

January 30th

I am Tahasi Massk

We had a nice morning just talking and connecting about our day, and the week ahead. There are lots of things going on, and it should be good, even though I generally don’t like it busy. Realizing a state that isn’t my favorite thing is temporary helps with enjoying it. I know I won’t get to see her as much as I would like for the next few days, and that is less favorite. But it is only a couple of days, and it is good to get the extra work in. It definitely makes me appreciate how good it feels to be wrapped up with her at the end of a long day.

January 29th

January 29th

I am Tahasi Massk

Today was the first day of the class I teach. It is always a little bit exciting, and a little bit stressful at the same time. I managed to squeeze in lots of things though, including up picking up a fridge that is new. Even with copying lecture sheets so students who don’t have books yet, it all worked out fine time wise. The best part of the day was being back home with her laying in bed talking about the day.

January 28th

January 28th

I am Tahasi Massk

Today we had a busy day. Not only did we have the normal aspects of family dinner, but also two added extra meetings. On top of all that, at church this week, she taught, and rocked the experience. Anyone commending her excellent research probably fails to grasp just how much care and effort she puts into her teaching. For every hour she teaches, she has prepared two or three hours’ worth of material. And each of those represents another several hours spent preparing to the point that she has it deeply internalized. It is a joy to see what an amazing teacher she is, because of the effort she puts into it.

January 27th

January 27th

I am Tahasi Massk

I was actually surprised at the turnout for the events we held in Rexburg. It would actually have been problematic if it weren’t for a few spare tests that were up there from previous practice test events. My plan relied somewhat simplistically on past events, and this one ended up being the largest ever. It felt like a win, and she did a great job of being excited about the success. Her approval, and excitement are powerful motivators for me. More than I think she could possibly realize.

January 25th

January 25th

I am Tahasi Massk

Todays adventure felt like a gift from above. By amazing fortune or fate, we were able to get a pass to enter Yellowstone on snowmobile with just the two of us and have free reign of the park for the day. And on our trip through the part we were blessed with outstanding luck. Visiting every site of note in a single day isn’t usually possible, but we managed it and saw wildlife up close—sometimes too close for comfort, like getting stuck for a while in the middle of the herd of bison. An eagle flew right above us, and we saw a coyote, and a fox. Thanks to a great tip from the ranger, we saw a pack of wolves feeding on their recent kill. An amazing day!

January 26th

January 26th

I am Tahasi Massk

Today we did more adventuring, but this time going about on our own feet. And with the help of some skis. We revisited the trail we had skied a year ago, but this time took a slightly different route. It was fun to put our new skis to good use! New snow coated the trees, and dusted the trail, making it feel like we were the first ones on the trail in days, and we only saw one other person on the whole trip. We had a little bit of extra time, and she wanted to try shooting some guns! It was a surprise to me, but we did it, and had a great time. Fully automatic weapons are a kick, but they really burn through ammunition quickly!