# Sunday, 02 April 2017

4/2
Today I am grateful for an opportunity to finally offer a long-overdue apology. And that it was accepted.

4/1
Today I am grateful that everything on the Internet is true!

3/31
Today I am grateful for lunch with Dan yesterday.

3/30
Today I am grateful to reconnect with old friends and to meet some new ones in Indianapolis yesterday.

3/29
Today I am grateful to spend yesterday with Ted.

3/28
Today I am grateful that we were close to a gas station when we ran out of gas.

3/27
Today I am grateful for drinks with Mike last night.

3/26
Today I am grateful to the organizers and volunteers at yesterday's Global Integration Boot Camp.

3/25
Today I am grateful to kick off a new project with a local startup.

3/24
Today I am grateful to see Al Stewart in concert last night and to meet him after the show.

3/23
Today I am grateful to see Kris Kristofferson in concert last night.

3/22
Today I am grateful that some people want to hear me talk.

3/21
Today I am grateful for the vibrant startup community in Chicago.

3/20
Today I am grateful for springtime.

3/19
Today I am grateful that Tim came to visit me this weekend.

3/18
Today I am grateful for a couple days back in Kentucky.

3/17
Today I am grateful for dinner with Ed last night in Louisville.

3/16
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Mike and Lee.

3/15
Today I am grateful for:
-Attendees who told me they enjoyed the IoT camp last night
-New running shoes, thanks to Nick

3/14
Today I am grateful I can work from home when I need to.

3/13
Today I am grateful to Bret for his help getting me through these IoT labs on a Sunday night.

3/12
Today I am grateful for dinner and a movie last night with Emilija and Larissa.

3/11
Today I am grateful to see Delbert McClinton in concert last night.

3/10
Today I am grateful for an evening with my team at Second City yesterday.

3/9
Today I am grateful for breakfast with Angela yesterday.

3/8
Today I am grateful to see Marcia Ball in concert last night and to meet her after the show.

3/7
Today I am grateful for lunch with Hao yesterday.

3/6
Today I am grateful to all those who chose to listen to my presentation on a Sunday afternoon, even though the weather was nice and they had other options.

Sunday, 02 April 2017 12:34:28 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 05 March 2017

3/5
Today I am grateful to see Booker T. Jones in concert last night in Evanston.

3/4
Today I am grateful for a long-overdue haircut.

3/3
Today I am grateful that the worst cold in 5 years is now behind me.

3/2
Today I am grateful for all the birthday wishes yesterday - especially to those who took the time to call or send a personal message.

3/1
Today I am grateful
-to all those who braved the storm last night to hear the world premiere of my Big Data on Azure presentation
-that I made it home safely last night, avoiding tornados in the area

2/28
Today I am grateful to attend a very interesting Diversity Panel last night in Chicago.

2/27
Today I am grateful to the organizers, volunteers, student hackers, and mentors who worked so hard to made #HackIllinois excellent this past weekend.

2/26
Today I am grateful for the number of students who were inspired enough to use the technologies I showed in my workshops yesterday.

2/25
Today I am grateful for medicine to battle this cold - especially when I want to sleep.

2/24
Today I am grateful to the lady who pointed out the approaching meter maid yesterday in time for me to move my car.

2/23
Today I am grateful for dinner in Chicago last night with my team.

2/22
Today I am grateful to Mostafa for volunteering his time yesterday and providing me valuable feedback on my presentation.

2/21
Today I am grateful for coffee with Kasia yesterday.

2/20
Today I am grateful for dinner last night in Little Italy with Gary and Patricia.

2/19
Today I am grateful for dinner and a movie last night with Emilija and Larissa.

2/18
Today I am grateful for: -Lunch with Jaidev yesterday -A drink with Beckyy last night

2/17
Today I am grateful for my first time speaking at the Northwest Chicago JavaScript meetup.

2/16
Today I am grateful for a chance to finally edit some of the photos I've taken in the past few months.

2/15
Today I am grateful for a 6-course gourmet meal last night at River Valley Farmers Table.

2/14
Today I am grateful I've completed the coursework for the Xamarin certification.

2/13
Today I am grateful to discover 2 new coffee houses in my neighborhood yesterday.

2/12
Today I am grateful to see Ladysmith Black Mambazo in concert last night.

2/11
Today I am grateful to complete my passport application after numerous false starts.

2/10
Today I am grateful to people who ask me questions and to people who answer my questions.

2/9
Today I am grateful for dinner with Esteban last night.

2/8
Today I am grateful to Christina, who brought me some homemade soup yesterday.

2/7
Today I am grateful for:
-A first visit to a new gym yesterday
-A long walk in Chicago in my shorts last night. In February!

2/6
Today I am grateful to watch an exciting Super Bowl yesterday.

Sunday, 05 March 2017 16:19:27 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 05 February 2017

2/5
Today I am grateful for checks and balances and those who believe in them.

2/4
Today I am grateful for a trip to Milwaukee, including a visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum yesterday.

2/3
Today I am grateful for a chance to spend time alone with those I care about.

2/2
Today I am grateful for high productivity days.

2/1
Today I am grateful to the countless immigrants and children of immigrants who contributed to the greatness of my country.

1/30
Today I am grateful for good dental care, good dental insurance, and healthy teeth.

1/29
Today I am grateful for a Microsoft party last night at Shedd Aquarium.

1/28
Today I am grateful I was able to attend Pam's funeral yesterday with Jim and his family.

1/27
Today I am grateful to Sara for driving me from San Francisco to Oregon yesterday.

1/26
Today I am grateful for all the crap I threw away yesterday when going through boxes in my closet.

1/25
Today I am grateful to Dan for driving down to Champaign on his own time yesterday to help me help out me and some professors.

1/24
Today I am grateful for a number of successful meetings with university professors.

1/23
Today I am grateful for my new MacBook Pro.

1/22
Today I am grateful to attend a Webb Wilder concert in Chicago last night.

1/21
Today I am grateful for how much better my life is - in almost every way - than it was a decade ago.

1/20
Today I am grateful I was able to get a last-minute ticket to the Microsoft Tech Summit at McCormick Place this week.

1/19
Today I am grateful for the wonderful imagination of Neil Gaiman.

1/18
Today I am grateful for -a record crowd at the Wisconsin .NET User Group last night -Hao helping me tweak my Angular presentation yesterday

1/17
Today I am grateful for lunch with Brian yesterday.

1/16
Today I am grateful to see Buddy Guy in concert last night at his own club - Buddy Guy's Legends.

1/15
Today I am grateful we made it home safely after a long drive yesterday.

1/14
Today I am grateful to all who have built the #CodeMash conference and made it such a great event.

1/13
Today I am grateful for: -Visiting a Japanese steakhouse with my team -An evening at a waterpark

1/12
Today I am grateful for the overwhelming generosity of the tech community.

1/11
Today I am grateful for friends who want to help and support one another when tragedy strikes.

1/10
Today I am grateful for: -A return to #MIGANG last night -Driving 400 miles in an SUV with 7 smart people -Jason driving our excess luggage to Sandusky, OH.

1/9
Today I am grateful to find time to get together on a very busy Sunday.

1/8
Today I am grateful for a full day with Tim Giard.

1/7
Today I am grateful for an evening at Second City with Tim Giard.

1/6
Today I am grateful for my first presentation of 2017 last night.

1/5
Today I am grateful for the infinite possibilities of 2017!

1/4
Today I am grateful for a desire to continually learn new things.

1/3
Today I am grateful for: -An evening spent browsing in a Lincoln Square book store -Finally seeing Rogue One last night

1/2
Today I am grateful for -a night at the movies watching La La Land -unexpected free parking when I exited the structure last night

Sunday, 05 February 2017 12:16:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 01 January 2017

1/1
Today I am grateful to all those who touched my life in 2016. Yes, all of them.

12/31
Today I am grateful for an amazing 2016!

12/30
Today I am grateful for my new electric toothbrush.

12/29
Today I am grateful for all the fresh food that is now in my refrigerator.

12/28
Today I am grateful
-to spend a few days with my family in Michigan
-for my first visit to the Four Winds Casino last night.

12/27
Today I am grateful for:
-The hospitality of Diane and Pat this week
-Dinner last night with Ken -A drink from Paul at The New Parthenon
-Visits yesterday to the homes of my brother, my sister, and my mother

12/26
Today I am grateful to spend Christmas Day with my family.

12/24
Today I am grateful for an excellent dinner last night at a Turkish restaurant in Roscoe Village.

12/23
Today I am grateful that last week's painfully cold weather has abated.

12/22
Today I am grateful to spend much of yesterday afternoon with Nick and to see the SIUE - Marquette basketball game last night.

12/21
Today I am grateful for
-a basketball game at UIC last night
-my second sleep study and my new cpap machine

12/20
Today I am grateful for Christmas presents from Emilija.

12/19
Today I am grateful I get to watch TV shows after they already aired.

12/18
Today I am grateful to see a performance of Stomp last night at the Broadway Playhouse Theater.

12/17
Today I am grateful for free, self-paced, online courses.

12/16
Today I am grateful that I still get to give away stuff that other people paid for.

12/15
Today I am grateful to deliver my final technical presentation of 2016 last night.

12/14
Today I am grateful for 2 user groups in1 day, including a chance to speak at a new one.

12/13
Today I am grateful that I can learn so much, sitting at my laptop in my living room.

12/12
Today I am grateful for my new winter coat.

12/11
Today I am grateful for pad thai last night in Lincoln Square.

12/10
Today I am grateful to see Stanley Clarke in concert last night.

12/9
Today I am grateful for the soreness in my upper body, thanks to yesterday's training session.

12/8
Today I am grateful to attend the Chicago User Group Holiday Party last night.

12/7
Today I am grateful that, after attending for years, I was finally the featured speaker at the Chicago JavaScript meetup last night.

12/6
Today I am grateful that I finished my final work trip of 2016 yesterday.

12/5
Today I am grateful to J. Tower for returning my socks to me.

Sunday, 01 January 2017 20:16:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 04 December 2016

12/4
Today I am grateful for the first snow of the winter.

12/3
Today I am grateful for a week in New York City and all that I learned there while coding with smart people.

12/2
Today I am grateful to see a Nets game at the Barclay Center last night.

12/1
Today I am grateful to see "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway last night.

11/30
Today I am grateful for a walk around Times Square last night.

11/29
Today I am grateful for my first visit to New York City in over 3 years.

11/28
Today I am grateful to relax and watch the NFL on a Sunday afternoon.

11/27
Today I am grateful for a dinner party at Emilija's last night.

11/26
Today I am grateful for a few days in Michigan.

11/25
Today I am grateful for Thanksgiving dinner yesterday with my siblings and their families.

11/24
Today I am grateful for an afternoon in St. Joseph yesterday.

11/23
Today I am grateful for my first visit to New Buffalo, MI.

11/22
Today I am grateful for those who said they were inspired by me in the same way I was inspired by others.

11/21
Today I am grateful there is a gym inside the building where I live.

11/20
Today I am grateful that I still live in a country where freedom of speech is guaranteed by the Constitution.

11/19
Today I am grateful for: -an after-work drink with Jon -the Flatlanders concert last night at the Old Time School of Folk Music

11/18
Today I am grateful for my first-ever sleep study last night.

11/17
Today I am grateful to David, who made me look good this week.

11/16
Today I am grateful to meet one of my work goals for the current half-year with 6 weeks to spare.

11/15
Today I am grateful to get a new laptop set this morning up after mine died yesterday.

11/14
Today I am grateful to eat lunch on my balcony in mid-November. In Chicago!

11/13
Today I am grateful for extra sleep last night.

11/12
Today I am grateful to see Dr. Strange during a rare visit to a movie theater yesterday.

11/11
Today I am grateful to our nation's veterans, especially my late father Lt Cmdr E. Normand Giard, US Navy.

11/10
Today I am grateful for dinner with Kevin last night.

11/9
Today I am grateful for a Personal Trainer session yesterday for the first time in months.

11/8
Today I am grateful for: -a visit from Randy the past few days -a chance to cast a vote for elected officials

11/7
Today I am grateful for a walk through the Linne Woods Forest Preserve yesterday morning.

Sunday, 04 December 2016 23:36:52 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 06 November 2016

11/6
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Randy and Emilija.

11/5
Today I am grateful for lunch yesterday with Aalap.

11/4
Today I am grateful that I recovered a keyboard that I left weeks ago in a Starbucks 140 miles from my home.

11/3
Today I am grateful to sip scotch and watch baseball last night with J.

11/2
Today I am grateful for a 7-game World Series.

11/1
Today I am grateful for a quiet corner table I a restaurant to unwind while traveling.

10/31
Today I am grateful for open and honest debate, free of ad hominem attacks and untruths. I do wish they were more common.

10/30
Today I am grateful to see a Jeff Daniels play last night at the Windy City Playhouse

10/29
Today I am grateful to ride my new bike to and from work yesterday.

10/28
Today I am grateful for my new phone.

10/27
Today I am grateful for a friend who will listen to me rant when I'm feeling overwhelmed.

10/26
Today I am grateful for dinner with Manohar last night.

10/25
Today I am grateful for lunch yesterday with Jimmy in Austin.

10/24
Today I am grateful for drinks last night with Jeff and Chrissy.

10/23
Today I am grateful for college students with a passion for learning.

10/22
Today I am grateful to be part of DevUp this year.

10/21
Today I am grateful to be back in St. Louis.

10/20
Today I am grateful for dinner with Nick last night.

10/19
Today I am grateful Emilija was able to meet for a late dinner before I leave town for a week.

10/18
Today I am grateful that an old friend called me to ask for some advice.

10/17
Today I am grateful for these 2 bikes that I bought from my brother last week.

10/16
Today I am grateful for my first visit to the Milwaukee Public Market yesterday.

10/15
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Gary, Patricia, Andrew, and Lisa.

10/14
Today I am grateful for 3 years at the best job I've ever had.

10/13
Today I am grateful for a day in Champaign, IL.

10/12
Today I am grateful to my 2,000 Twitter followers who think I'm saying something worth listening to.

10/11
Today I am grateful for:
-Great crowds at MSU and #SEMJS last night
-Lunch with Matt yesterday.
10/10
Today I am grateful that my brother, my nephew and I had a chance to visit my mother yesterday.

10/9
Today I am grateful for a weekend in Detroit.

10/8
Today I am grateful for an afternoon with my mother yesterday.

10/7
Today I am grateful for:
-Attending and speaking at #dogfoodcon for the first time
-An unexpected drink with Stuart and Michele last night.

10/6
Today I am grateful for a full room at each of my presentations yesterday.

10/5
Today I am grateful for audiobooks on a long drive.

10/4
Today I am grateful for:
-Lunch yesterday with Thad
-Dinner last night with Dan

10/3
Today I am grateful for all the people who came out to hear my presentation on a Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, 06 November 2016 22:40:43 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 02 October 2016

10/2
Today I am grateful for dinner with Emilija last night.

10/1
Today I am grateful for:
-The organizers and volunteers of the inaugural TechBash for all their hard work that paid off in a very good conference.
-Stephen showing me how to connect to my company's VPN.
-Making it home last night, despite a flight being delayed, then canceled.

9/30
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Kendall, Joel, Ondrej, and Glenn.

9/28
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with James, Glenn, and Justin

9/27
Today I am grateful for fact-checkers.

9/26
Today I am grateful for a photo walk around the South Loop to capture all the local artwork.

9/24
Today I am grateful for a productive week.

9/23
Today I am grateful for coffee yesterday with Lwin, Min, and Tierney.

9/21
Today I am grateful for coffee with Pete yesterday.

9/20
Today I am grateful for
-dinner and drinks last night with Tierney, Jason, and Claire
-my first (awful) taste of Jeppson's Malort

9/19
Today I am grateful for a weekend with Tim.

9/18
Today I am grateful to watch the Spartans defeat the Irish at Notre Dame Stadium yesterday - my first game there since 1989.

9/17
Today I am grateful that my son is in town this weekend.

9/16
Today I am grateful for a week in the Seattle area.

9/15
Today I am grateful to attend an offsite event with teammates I don't see often enough.

9/14
Today I am grateful for a boat cruise last night around Lake Washington and Lake Union.

9/13
Today I am grateful to see many of my teammates from across the country yesterday.

9/12
Today I am grateful for:
-My first Seahawks game at Century Link Field yesterday;
-Dinner with Ted and Charlotte and friends last night.

9/11
Today I am grateful for lunch with Kelly yesterday.

9/10
Today I am grateful for an infinite selection of online music.

9/9
Today I am grateful that my son played for a Hall of Fame basketball coach.

9/8
Today I am grateful for my first time guest-lecturing at the University of Illinois.

9/7
Today I am grateful I had a chance to spend time yesterday with Matthew after he arrived in Chicago and before I left town.

9/6
Today I am grateful for finally finding the motivation to clean my bathroom.

9/5
Today I am grateful for a short vacation to Milwaukee, including my first visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Sunday, 02 October 2016 18:28:27 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 05 September 2016

9/4
Today I am grateful for all the information and code samples available online.

9/3
Today I am grateful that my son Tim continues to make me proud 22 years after his birth. Happy birthday Tim!

9/2
Today I am grateful for the start of the college football season.

9/1
Today I am grateful we are finally starting to code this project we have been talking about for months.

8/31
Today I am grateful for students at Purdue last night who were eager to learn.

8/30
Today I am grateful for drinks with Kevin last night.

8/29
Today I am grateful for a visit to Jane Adams's Hull House at UIC yesterday.

8/28
Today I am grateful to attend the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio tour yesterday in Oak Park.

8/27
Today I am grateful that I have no overnight trips planned for the next 2 weeks.

8/26
Today I am grateful for meetings at Microsoft this week that addressed my number 1 concern: better communication.

8/25
Today I am grateful for a reception at the Purple Café in Bellevue last night.

8/24
Today I am grateful for the espresso machine in my kitchen.

8/23
Today I am grateful for a day at home to catch up on a hundred little things.

8/22
Today I am grateful for the flights of Wine at Andie's Mediterranean in Andersonville last night.

8/21
Today I am grateful for a visit to Madison, WI yesterday.

8/19
Today I am grateful for:
-Seeing the "America After the Fall" exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago
-Stumbling upon the "Chefs on the Grill" event at Millennium Park
-Dinner at Vapiano for the first time
-An apology from United Airlines

8/18
Today I am grateful for 2 days in Champaign, IL.

8/17
Today I am grateful to kick off this project at the University of Illinois.

8/16
Today I am grateful for sleep. Lots of sleep.

8/15
Today I am grateful for:
-a visit with my mother yesterday morning
-touring the MSU Museum & the Art Broad Museum in E. Lansing yesterday afternoon
-my first visit to the Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks last night

8/14
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with my siblings and cousins.

8/13
Today I am grateful for 2 days in Minneapolis - one of my favourite cities.

8/12
Today I am grateful for:
-Help on my software project from Jeremy and Jon
-Attending a St. Paul Saints game last night

8/11
Today I am grateful for kind words by my boss during my annual review yesterday.

8/10
Today I am grateful to the organizers of #ThatConference for another great conference.

8/9
Today I am grateful for an excellent audience for my presentation yesterday at #ThatConference.

8/8
Today I am grateful to Ondrej for a ride to Wisconsin yesterday.

Monday, 05 September 2016 00:06:43 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 07 August 2016

8/7
Today I am grateful for a walk along Loyola Beach last night.

8/6
Today I am grateful for dinner with Emilija last night.

8/5
Today I am grateful for 3 days in Sydney, Australia - my first visit since 1998.

8/4
Today I am grateful for the opportunity to speak at and attend #ndcsydney.

8/3
Today I am grateful for a cruise around Sydney Harbor last night.

8/2
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Rowena and Sabrina at a revolving restaurant at the top of the Sydney Tower.

8/1
Today I am grateful for
-a day in Vancouver for the first time in years
-finally arriving in Sydney after many delays.

7/31
Today I am grateful to participate in a successful Nodebots Day yesterday in Chicago.

7/30
Today I am grateful to spend much of this week learning Xamarin.

7/29
Today I am grateful for the party last night hosted by CJUG, ChiPy, and ChicagoRuby that extended well past its scheduled time.

7/28
Today is the birthday of my friend William Fink, who passed away in December. Today I am grateful that I had the opportunity to visit him and become closer to him in the last months of his life, when we both knew he was dying. And I am grateful for the lessons he taught me about facing tragedy with courage and dignity. Happy birthday Bill. Rest in peace, my friend.

7/26
Today I am grateful to dine in Chicago's Greektown yesterday for the first time.

7/25
Today I am grateful for lunch and coffee yesterday with Sven and Ebony.

7/24
Today I am grateful to see "C.S. Lewis On Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert" at the Mercury Theater yesterday.

7/23
Today I am grateful for:
-Breakfast yesterday with Debbie and Diane
-A visit with my mother yesterday.
-A quick trip to my brother Doug's Pawn Shop
-An afternoon with Megan
-A stranger who stopped to help me yesterday evening
-An unscheduled dinner and outdoor concert in East Lansing, MI last night
-Arriving safely home, following a few days in Michigan and a long drive home.

7/22
Today I am grateful for:
-Drinks with Ondrej, Godfrey, and Ed last ngiht
-The hospitality of Debbie and her family
-A great crowd at the Troy .NET User Group last night.

7/21
Today I am grateful for:
-My first time back at #MIGANG this year
-The hospitality and kindness of Ondrej and his family.

7/19
Today I am grateful to go to a movie theater last night - my first visit this year. (I saw Ghostbusters)

7/18
Today I am grateful for:
-A Cubs game at Wrigley yesterday
-A weekend with my boys

7/17
Today I am grateful for
-An evening at the IO Theater in Old Town.
-Taking Nick and Adriana to their first-ever improv show.

7/16
Today I am grateful for dinner and drinks last night with Nick, Tim, and Adriana.

7/15
Today I am grateful to have Tim Giard in town for a few days.

7/14
Today I am grateful for:
-2 days at a resort in Orlando
-drinks with Joe and Chris
-presenting in front of a new audience
-help on my Angular project from John

7/13
Today I am grateful for fireworks outside my room last night.

7/12
Today I am grateful to make it safely to Orlando.

7/11
Today I am grateful I was able to get my laptop working again this morning.

7/10
Today I am grateful for my first time at the Taste of Chicago.

7/9
Today I am grateful for a good night sleep for the first time in weeks.

7/8
Today I am grateful to those who take the time to tell me they enjoyed one of my presentations.

7/7
Today I am grateful for coffee with Chris yesterday.

7/6
Today I am grateful for lunch yesterday with my new teammates.

7/5
Today I am grateful for a weekend in Lexington, KY.

7/4
Today I am grateful to celebrate the marriage of Christopher and Katie last night.

Sunday, 07 August 2016 13:11:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 03 July 2016

7/3
Today I am grateful for dinner with Mike last night in Cincinnati.

7/2
Today I am grateful for an amazing month and year.

7/1
Today I am grateful for the very kind handwritten note from Jeff Yates that was in my mailbox yesterday.

6/30
Today I am grateful that Sharon's CT Scan yesterday revealed no sign of cancer.

6/29
Today I am grateful for:
-2 good interviews yesterday
-a walk around Northerly Island on a pleasant evening

6/28
Today I am grateful that Adam and Zsófia came to visit me in Chicago for 2 days.

6/27
Today I am grateful for: -An architecture cruise down the Chicago River -An afternoon at Navy Pier -A weekend with Rowena and Sabrina

6/26
Today I am grateful for a chance yesterday to take visitors to Grant Park, Lake Michigan, Buckingham Fountain, Millennium Park, Maggie Daly Park, Cloud Gate, Chase Fountain, and the Navy Pier fireworks.

6/25
Today I am grateful for: -My first visit to Lincoln Park Zoo -Seeing the SpongeBob Musical last night.

6/24
Today I am grateful for an evening in Chicago with my sister-in-law and niece.

6/23
Today I am grateful for lunch yesterday with Lora and her son.

6/22
Today I am grateful for a drive to Wisconsin yesterday.

6/21
Today I am grateful for dinner with John last night in Old Town.

6/20
Today I am grateful for lunch with Ayda yesterday.

6/19
Today I am grateful to attend my first Kane County Cougars baseball game last night.

6/18
Today I am grateful that I meet so many people that are willing to volunteer their time to help others.

6/17
Today I am grateful for an excellent audience last night for my Angular 2 & TypeScript presentation.

6/16
Today I am grateful -to be the most recent guest on the "Hello World" podcast. -to spend the afternoon hanging out with Shawn and Resa -to watch the Navy Pier fireworks from the 31st floor last night

6/15
Today I am grateful for a walk around the South Loop on a warm spring night.

6/14
Today I am grateful for the love and support of Jesus Christ, who helps me through the difficult times.

6/13
Today I am grateful to attend LitFest in my neighborhood this weekend.

6/12
Today I am grateful for -my first visit to Northerly Island -my first visit to FirstMerit Bank Pavilion -my first time seeing Steely Dan in concert -my first time seeing Steve Winwood in concert

6/11
Today I am grateful for breakfast with Derek in Minnesota yesterday.

6/10
Today I am grateful for pierogis and vodka with Lisa and Kevin.

6/9
Today I am grateful for: -breakfast with Kevin and Kasey in Chicago yesterday morning; -dinner and ice cream with evangelists and local devs in Minneapolis last night

6/8
Today I am grateful to all those who said kind things to me when I was having a bad day.

6/7
Today I am grateful to be invited to speak again at the Chicago Coder Conference this year.

6/6
Today I am grateful to spend a couple days with J. Tower this weekend.

Sunday, 03 July 2016 16:12:20 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 05 June 2016

6/5
Today I am grateful for
-the number of people who traveled far to attend Open Day yesterday.
-Chicago style pizza on the Gold Coast last night with friends and colleagues.

6/4
Today I am grateful for dinner last night in Downers Grove, IL with a bunch of MVPs.

6/3
Today I am grateful for Japanese BBQ with my team last night.

6/2
Today I am grateful for all the online references, articles, lessons, videos, and tutorials that make learning new technologies much more accessible.

6/1
Today I am grateful for dinner at a Swedish restaurant last night.

5/31
Today I am grateful for my camera, which helps me preserve and share memories.

5/30
Today I am grateful to all those who gave their lives in the service of our country.

5/29
Today I am grateful for an excellent week in Romania.

5/28
Today I am grateful for wine tasting with friends at a castle in Jidvei, Romania

5/27
Today I am grateful for another excellent #ITCAMP16.

5/25
Today I am grateful for my first visit to Bucharest.

5/23
Today I am grateful to arrive safely in Romania.

5/22
Today I am grateful for:
-seeing Nonnie's new house
-breakfast with Debora, David, Sue, and Gary this morning in Forest Park.

5/21
Today I am grateful for a walk around Andersonville last night.

5/20
Today I am grateful for:
-Lunch at Superdawg in Norwood Park
-An afternoon walk along Lake Michigan

5/19
Today I am grateful for a chance to play with a HoloLens yesterday.

5/18
Today I am grateful for pierogis with Christina last night.

5/17
Today I am grateful that my son began his internship yesterday.

5/16
Today I am grateful to see Gary Numan in concert last night.

5/15
Today I am grateful for a hot latte to start the morning.

5/14
Today I am grateful for a vibrant startup community in Chicago.

5/13
Today I am grateful that the skies here have cleared up, giving us a brilliant sunny day.

5/12
Today I am grateful for a day spent writing code.

5/10
Today I am grateful for lunch yesterday with Nick and Tim.

5/9
Today I am grateful:
-to be able to spend most of yesterday with my mother
-to my brother Doug and sister-in-law Sherree housing me for the weekend
-for a rare chance to spend time my brother Dan, who lives in a different hemisphere.
-Mother's Day dinner with family

5/8
Today I am grateful to be back in Michigan with my brothers and other family members.

5/7
Today I am grateful for the ability to binge-watch an entire season of my favourite TV shows.

5/6
Today I am grateful for every person who ever came up to me after a presentation to tell me they enjoyed it and learned something.

5/5
Today I am grateful for Tacos and margaritas at the Taco Joint last night.

5/4
Today I am grateful for a fresh latte, without leaving my kitchen.

5/3
Today I am grateful for an excellent steak dinner with Kevin last night.

5/2
Today I am grateful for lunch yesterday with James.

Sunday, 05 June 2016 20:29:24 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 01 May 2016

5/1
Today I am grateful for a chance to be part of the Chicago Code Camp keynote yesterday.

4/30
Today I am grateful for:
-My first experience at a FIRST Robotics competition.
-An upgraded flight home last night.

4/29
Today I am grateful for an upgraded hotel room and my first taste of Peruvian food.

4/28
Today I am grateful:
-for dinner last night with Nick, Kathy, and Rick.
-that I arrived safely in St. Louis, despite a rocky start to my trip.
-to Nick for driving me to and from the airport last night.

4/27
Today I am grateful for a hot sauna at the end of a long day.

4/26
Today I am grateful for post-meetup drinks last night with a bunch of JavaScript developers I just met.

4/25
Today I am grateful for breakfast on my balcony in my pajamas.

4/24
Today I am grateful to spend time with Nick and Adriana in Chicago this weekend.

4/23
Today I am grateful for:
-Lunch in the South Loop with Scott yesterday
-Dinner in ChinaTown with Nick and Adriana last night

4/22
Today I am grateful for the variety of people I meet every day.

4/21
Today I am grateful for this view.
ChicagoSkyline (1)
ChicagoSkyline (2)
ChicagoSkyline (3)
ChicagoSkyline (4)

4/20
Today I am grateful to attend the AWS Summit yesterday with Brian and Kevin.

4/19
Today I am grateful that I got my car back with a repaired fender.

4/18
Today I am grateful to sit out on my balcony last night sipping a cocktail and enjoying a warm breeze.

4/17
Today I am grateful for a drink and some beer cheese soup last night with Katie, Justin, and Shira.

4/16
Today I am grateful for:
-Lunch at Wildberry with a bunch of folks from the dev community
-Dinner at a Columbian steakhouse in Lakeview.

4/15
Today I am grateful to see Johnny Clegg in concert last night, after 30+ years as a fan.

4/14
Today I am grateful for lunch with Nonnie yesterday.

4/13
Today I am grateful to get together with my team yesterday, which doesn't happen often enough.

4/12
Today I am grateful that all these family photos are now hanging on the walls of my new apartment.

4/11
Today I am grateful that my taxes are filed.

4/10
Today I am grateful for:
-The opportunity to deliver the keynote presentation at the Tech In 2016 conference yesterday.
-A front-row ticket to see Marshall Crenshaw last night.

4/9
Today I am grateful I was able to track down all my missing tax forms yesterday.

4/8
Today I am grateful for my new cuff links - the first I've received in years!

4/7
Today I am grateful for the power of ibuprofen.

4/6
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Shelly and her family.

4/5
Today I am grateful to Brian for helping me prepare my upcoming presentation on Virtualization Containers.

4/4
Today I am grateful that I've been able to make it to the gym almost every day for the past 3 months.

Sunday, 01 May 2016 17:14:12 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 03 April 2016

4/3
Today I am grateful that I now have cable TV in my apartment for the first time since moving to Chicago.

4/2
Today I am grateful for breakfast with Tim yesterday.

4/1
Today I am grateful to co-present with my son Tim at Indiana University last night.

3/31
Today I am grateful to attend The McDonald's High School All-American basketball games for the first time.

3/30
Today I am grateful for my first visit to the historic Harold Washington Library.

3/29
Today I am grateful that my son was offered a summer internship yesterday.

3/28
Today I am grateful for Easter dinner with family.

3/27
Today I am grateful for:
-An evening seeing Trevor Noah at the Chicago Theatre
-New clothes and Christina for helping me choose them.

3/26
Today I am grateful for: -Dinner with Dave and Bobbi. -Drinks with Gary and Patty

3/25
Today I am grateful for my new (to me) espresso machine and for the 2 cappuccinos I've had so far this morning.

3/24
Today I am grateful that my TSA Pre-Check status was approved.

3/23
Today I am grateful I was finally able to restore my personal email account yesterday.

3/20
Today I am grateful to see "Love and Information" at the Patinkin Theatre yesterday - my first time seeing live theater in years.

3/19
Today I am grateful for a day in St. Louis, with Nick, Darlene, Kevin, and Henry.

3/18
Today I am grateful for: -a chance to speak at Indy Software Artisans for the first time in almost 2 years. -a visit to my so Nick's home.

3/17
Today I am grateful I was able to unpack a bunch of boxes yesterday and remove some clutter from my life.

3/16
Today I am grateful for an amazing view of last night's lightning storm.

3/15
Today I am grateful for a good afternoon at the gym yesterday.

3/14
Today I am grateful for another Big10 Championship! #GoGreen

3/13
Today I am grateful to attend the St. Patrick's Day parade yesterday in downtown Chicago.

3/12
Today I am grateful for coffee with Tom yesterday.

3/10
Today I am grateful for a sushi dinner, and a walk around the South Loop on a balmy evening.

3/9
Today I am grateful for a surprise gift from my sons.

3/8
Today I am grateful for good dental insurance.

3/7
Today I am grateful for: -A long walk through the city yesterday -Relaxing in this apartment's Jacuzzi last night for the first time.

Sunday, 03 April 2016 14:00:37 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 06 March 2016

3/6
Today I am grateful to unexpectedly run into Jody​ and David in Chicago yesterday.

3/5
Today I am grateful for new shelves and less clutter in my apartment.

3/4
Today I am grateful for a home-cooked dinner last night.

3/3
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Kevin.

3/2
Today I am grateful for:
-an overwhelming number of kind messages on Facebook yesterday.
-a birthday lunch with Chris in Grand Rapids yesterday.

3/1
Today I am grateful for my first visit to ann arbor, MI since I sold my house, including: -A personal tour of The Forge by Jeeva -Coffee with Velichka -A great crowd to attend my Azure Mobile Apps talk at Mobile Monday.

2/29
Today I am grateful to the SpartaHack organizers and hackers who contributed to a successful hackathon this past weekend.

2/28
Today I am grateful that this parking ticket was thrown out by the local police.

2/27
Today I am grateful for a day in East Lansing, MI and at Michigan State University.

2/26
Today I am grateful for a good crowd at our Azure Workshop last night at MSU.

2/25
Today I am grateful for the technology that allows me to watch TV and movies when and where I want.

2/24
Today I am grateful to Michael, Chris, Chris, and Murali for helping make yesterday's Cloud Camp a success by bringing real world experience to the presentations.

2/23
Today I am grateful to be able to ride my bike in February in Chicago.

2/22
Today I am grateful to the organizers and participants at HackIllinois who made this weekend's hackathon so successful.

2/21
Today I am grateful to Vanessa, who brought me espresso yesterday each time my energy ran low.

2/20
Today I am grateful for the hundreds of students who came to my Azure talk last night that I re-wrote yesterday afternoon.

2/19
Today I am grateful for this excellent and unexpected moving gift from Betsy

2/18
Today I am grateful for unsolicited praise from a co-worker yesterday.

2/17
Today I am grateful for an unexpected call from my cousin Kevin yesterday.

2/16
Today I am grateful for dinner with Christina last night.

2/15
Today I am grateful for a pristine blanket of snow covering downtown Chicago this morning.

2/14
Today I am grateful for Nyquil, Dayquil, and a Neti Pot.

2/13
Today I am grateful for finally paying off some sleep debt.

2/12
Today I am grateful for: -Lunch yesterday with Matt -A chance to present to a group of University of Chicago students

2/11
Today I am grateful for: -My first day with a personal trainer at the new gym -Attending Founder Institute graduation

2/10
Today I am grateful for my first game at Purdue's Mackey Arena.

2/9
Today I am grateful for the help I received yesterday unpacking dozens of boxes from my move.

2/8
Today I am grateful for an excellent week in Seattle.

Sunday, 06 March 2016 12:51:12 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 07 February 2016

2/7
Today I am grateful for yesterday's Hackathon.

2/6
Today I am grateful for my first time recording in the Microsoft Channel 9 studios.

2/5
Today I am grateful for yesterday's highlights:
-Coffee with Suzanna
-Lunch with Glenn
-TechReady party at Century Link Field

2/4
Today I am grateful for lunch with Tim yesterday.

2/3
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Ted and his family.

2/2
Today I am grateful for a rare evening, hanging out with much of my team in-person.

2/1
Today I am grateful for an evening watching Improv comedy last night.

1/31
Today I am grateful I was able to finally make it to Seattle last night.

1/30
Today I am grateful for lunch with Nick yesterday.

1/29
Today I am grateful for my first ever Illinois basketball home game at Assembly Hall.

1/28
Today I am grateful for coffee with Chris yesterday.

1/27
Today I am grateful to the neighbor who stopped by while I was moving yesterday and offered to go grocery shopping for me.

1/26
Today I am grateful for lunch with Kristen yesterday.

1/25
Today I am grateful for the ribs at Twin Anchors.

1/24
Today I am grateful for the Microsoft Holiday Party at the Mid-America Club high above Chicago last night.

1/23
Today I am grateful for coffee with Manohar yesterday.

1/22
Today I am grateful that Marc, my personal trainer is still working with me, even though we were supposed to finish in December.

1/21
Today I am grateful that my calendar is mostly clear the next 2 days, so I can get some actual work done.

1/20
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Paul and Jeremy. .

1/19
Today I am grateful I was able to find the packages this morning that FedEx lost yesterday.

1/18
Today I am grateful for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who confronted hatred, violence and racism; and responded with peace and the word of God.

1/17
Today I am grateful for all the independent coffee shops in Chicago.

1/16
Today I am grateful that the story of my friend Bill was told during an executive meeting with the Microsoft CEO yesterday.

1/15
Today I am grateful for a chance to use the new MTC studio for the first time.

1/14
Today I am grateful to chat with Becky last night.

1/13
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Adam at the Old Town Pub.

1/12
Today I am grateful to all the guests and viewers who made it possible for #TechnologyAndFriends to reach 400 episodes.

1/11
Today I am grateful for: -The strangers who helped push my car out of a snow bank yesterday. -Watching my first game at IU's Assembly Hall.

1/10
Today I am grateful for an afternoon and evening with my son Tim.

1/9
Today I am grateful to Brian Prince and the other organizers of #CodeMash, who worked so hard to put on another excellent conference this week.

1/8
Today I am grateful for: -all those who helped us build toys for special needs children yesterday. -a party at a water park last night.

1/7
Today I am grateful for an excellent steak dinner last night with friends, courtesy of Betsy.

1/6
Today I am grateful that Best Buy exchanged my broken SD card, even though I didn't have the receipt.

1/5
Today I am grateful to see so many old friends last night in Sandusky - many for the first time in a long time.

1/4
Today I am grateful for this large latte that Sarah just bought me.

Sunday, 07 February 2016 23:02:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 03 January 2016

1/3
Today I am grateful for unbound optimism for the coming year.

1/2
Today I am grateful for the progress I made on my software project yesterday.

1/1
Today I am grateful for an amazing season by the Michigan State Spartans football team. ‪#‎GoGreen

12/31
Today I am grateful for 2015 - all the good times and all the challenges and opportunities to learn and become better.

12/30
Today I am grateful for a hot tea in a warm room on a cold morning.

12/29
Today I am grateful that Matt and Tim made it back to Michigan yesterday, despite the bad weather and hazardous road conditions.

12/28
Today I am grateful for a couple days in Chicago with my son Tim and my nephew Matt.

12/27
Today I am grateful for a visit to Shedd Aquarium yesterday with my son and my nephew.

12/26
Today I am grateful for Christmas with my family.

12/25
Today I am grateful for Christmas Eve dinner with Nick and Tim last night.

12/24
Today I am grateful to re-start my Personal Trainer sessions after a long hiatus.

12/23
Today I am grateful for a morning exploring Chicago's South Loop yesterday.

12/22
Today I am grateful to those who donated over $800 to the Fink family in the first couple hours the donation page was online.

12/21
Today I am grateful to win a bottle of wine at a Christmas party raffle last night.

12/20
Today I am grateful for a rare day of relaxing and doing almost nothing.

12/19
Today I am grateful for: -Seeing "The Force Awakens" yesterday morning. -Watching a 4-overtime victory by the Pistons last night at the United Center.

12/18
Today I am grateful for the empathy shown by friends, colleagues, and strangers.

12/17
Today I am grateful to know William Fink as a friend and a colleague and that I had a chance to spend time with him the last few months of his life.

12/16
Today I am grateful for inspiration and education from those around me.

12/15
Today I am grateful to be able to ride my bike in the middle of December. In Chicago!

12/14
Today I am grateful I live in a neighborhood with beautiful churches.

12/13
Today I am grateful for dinner with Kate last night.

12/12
Today I am grateful that my car is now fixed.

12/11
Today I am grateful to J. for inviting me to speak at GRDevNight in Grand Rapids and allowing me to stay at his house last night.

12/10
Today I am grateful for: -A chance to teach young children to code yesterday -A holiday party at 1871 last night

12/9
Today I am grateful for God's grace that shines on me every day.

12/8
Today I am grateful for dinner with my team last night.

12/7
Today I am grateful to arrive home safely yesterday morning after driving all night.

Sunday, 03 January 2016 16:16:17 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 06 December 2015

12/6
Today I am grateful for:
-Watching the Big10 Championship Game in Indianapolis with college friends last night.
-A Spartan victory and championship
-Post-game drinks with friends from Cincinnati
-A chance to see Nick's team play at Northwestern yesterday afternoon.

12/5
Today I am grateful for a walk around downtown Chicago yesterday with Nick​.

12/4
Today I am grateful to see Nick and his new team in Milwaukee yesterday.

12/3
Today I am grateful that someone found my ID card that has been lost for weeks.

12/2
Today I am grateful for:
-Breakfast with Mike
-Coffee with Patty
-An afternoon and evening at the University of Cincinnati

12/1
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 6:28am EST
David Giard updated his status.
Today I am grateful for dinner in northern Kentucky last night with David, Sue, and Debora.

11/30
Today I am grateful for
-The hospitality and generosity of Sherree and Doug.
-A week with my family in Michigan.

11/29
Today I am grateful for a day in East Lansing seeing old friends and watching the Spartans dominate.

11/28
Today I am grateful for yesterday afternoon with my mother.

11/27
Today I am grateful for:
-A Lions game (my first-ever Thanksgiving game) with my 2 brothers and my son Tim
-Thanksgiving dinner with all my siblings, their spouses, and their kids.

11/26
Today I am grateful for an afternoon at the Art Institute of Chicago.

11/25
Today I am grateful for a double cheeseburger (cheezborger cheezborger), a coke (no Pepsi), and chips (no fries) at the Billy Goat Tavern yesterday.

11/24
Today I am grateful for an afternoon exploring Chicago neighborhoods with Dan.

11/23
Today I am grateful for:
-My brother finally arriving in Chicago after flight cancellations
-An excellent hackathon at Northwestern
-A very funny show at Second City last night.

11/22
Today I am grateful for a second Spartan victory over a top-4 team this week - this time in football! #GoGreen

11/21
Today I am grateful for a snowy evening with Kate.

11/20
Today I am grateful for a chance to teach a workshop in Evanston last night and students who are eager to learn.

11/19
Today I am grateful for:
-My first time speaking at the Chicago .NET User Group in Downers Grove.
-The stranger who gave me a ride from the gas station yesterday, so I wouldn't be late for my meeting

11/18
Today I am grateful to watch the Champions Classic basketball games (MSU defeated Kansas; Kentucky defeated Duke) at the United Center last night.

11/17
Today I am grateful that I finally got my car repaired. It has been randomly stalling for months.

11/16
Today I am grateful for an amazing day yesterday:
-A visit with my mother
-Dinner with my nieces
-Mass at 150-year-old St. Mary's Church
-Lunch in Greektown
-A drive around Belle Isle
-Cruising down Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe
-A First Class upgrade on my flight home

11/15
Today I am grateful for:
-A chance to deliver the keynote presentation at Detroit Dev Day yesterday morning.
-Dinner with Jay and J. last night.

11/14
Today I am grateful to the organizers and volunteers of the St. Louis Day of .NET - great conference!

11/13
Today I am grateful to meet up with old friends.

11/12
Today I am grateful for:
-Time with William Fink and Michele Gardiner-Fink
-A trip to the top of the St. Louis arch with Jennifer Marsman

11/11
Today I am grateful to all this nation's veterans, especially my Dad.

11/10
Today I am grateful for the energy I gather from the local startup community.

11/9
Today I am grateful that much of my job is stuff that I would be doing anyway.

11/8
Today I am grateful for a chance to edit months worth of photographs yesterday.

11/7
Today I am grateful to turn off my alarm and pay off some sleep debt last night.

11/6
Today I am grateful for:
-a visit to the Denver Art Museum
-a Nuggets game at the Pepsi Center last night

11/5
Today I am grateful that the back pain I experienced yesterday is almost completely gone this morning.

11/4
Today I am grateful for a few days in San Francisco - one of the great cities of the US.

11/3
Today I am grateful for:
-Lunch with Jerry and Jenelle yesterday
-Watching the Warriors - Grizzlies game live in Oakland last night.

11/2
Today I am grateful for:
-a visit with Sharon and her family last night
-a Raiders game at the Coliseum yesterday

Sunday, 06 December 2015 20:28:11 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 01 November 2015

11/1
Today I am grateful for lunch with Noelle yesterday.

10/31
Today I am grateful to attend my first Hack Night at the University of Chicago yesterday.

10/30
Today I am grateful that I was part of something very special yesterday.

10/29
Today I am grateful to share the Hololens experience with so many people at the event in Chicago this week.

10/28
Today I am grateful for a much-needed night of sleep.

10/27
Today I am grateful for a chance to play with a Hololens yesterday.

10/26
Today I am grateful for brunch yesterday with Corrina and Chris, who I haven't seen in years.

10/25
Today I am grateful -that I made it home safely after way too many miles driving and way too little sleep this week. -for a surprise call from my brother Dan in Australia to tell me he's coming to visit. -for an amazing week at a series of fortunate events.

10/24
Today I am grateful for #CloudDevelop

10/23
Today I am grateful for speaker gifts.

10/22
Today I am grateful for a chance to go back and speak last night at #MIGANG - where I used to spend so much of my time and energy!

10/21
Today I am grateful for a successful cloud computing workshop at Michigan State University last night.

10/20
Today I am grateful to all those who volunteer their time to the tech community.

10/19
Today I am grateful for a weekend in West Lafayette, IN.

10/18
Today I am grateful that miracles sometimes happen.

10/17
Today I am grateful that Mark Dantonio has raised the level of MSU football, while maintaining a high standard of integrity for the program. #GoGreen

10/16
Today I am grateful that Indian food is a thing in America.

10/15
Today I am grateful to all those who invite me to their tech events.

10/14
Today I am grateful for 2 years at the best job I have known.

10/13
Today I am grateful for a quiet morning at home and a chance to catch up on some things.

10/12
Today I am grateful to see the Titans-Bills game at Nissan Stadium yesterday.

10/11
Today I am grateful for my first ever visit to Alabama.

10/10
Today I am grateful to spend time last night in Huntsville with old friends.

10/9
Today I am grateful for: -Dinner with Michael in Huntsville last night -Chris arranging a workshop for me at UAH yesterday afternoon.

10/8
Today I am grateful for a visit yesterday with Kent and his family at his home in Tennessee.

10/7
Today I am grateful that the weather is still nice enough to ride my bike around town.

10/6
Today I am grateful to all those who help me do my job better.

10/5
Today I am grateful for the ability to watch my favourite TV shows when it's convenient to me.

Sunday, 01 November 2015 11:52:54 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 04 October 2015

10/4
Today I am grateful for time spent yesterday with friends at the MSU football game  and dinner afterward in downtown East Lansing.

10/3
Today I am grateful for 1500 Twitter followers.

10/2
Today I am grateful for a chance to spend an afternoon with Bill Fink and his family yesterday.

10/1
Today I am grateful for my first tech presentation at the University of Illinois and the premiere of a new talk last night.

9/30
Today I am grateful for a chance to meet up with local MVPs last night.

9/29
Today I am grateful the 3 cloud camps are successfully behind me.

9/28
Today I am grateful for -A call from my brother yesterday -A chance to see the super blood moon last night from my roof

9/27
Today I am grateful for a good night sleep 3 nights i a row.

9/26
Today I am grateful that I did not gain weight while traveling the last 3 weeks.

9/25
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Jason Fox.

9/24
Today I am grateful for Texas barbecue.

9/23
Today I am grateful to Eric, Michael, and Randy for helping make the first cloud camp a success yesterday.

9/22
Today I am grateful for a chance to visit my mother this past weekend.

9/21
Today I am grateful for John and Kim's wedding celebration yesterday.

9/20
Today I am grateful for: -The MDOT worker who rescued me when my car died on the freeway yesterday. -Dinner & drinks with college friends last night.

9/19
Today I am grateful for: -A week in San Diego -Dinner with Nick last night -A place to stay this weekend, thanks to my sister and her family -A good night sleep (finally)

9/18
Today I am grateful for yesterday's events: -Improv training -An afternoon at a San Diego beach -A party on the USS Midway

9/17
Today I am grateful for time with the DX team from all across the country this week.

9/16
Today I am grateful for a chance to learn about Azure Machine Learning at yesterday's hackathon.

9/15
Today I am grateful for a chance to visit yesterday with Steve for the first time in years.

9/14
Today I am grateful for my first trip to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego to watch the Chargers-Lions game yesterday.

9/13
Today I am grateful to watch a huge Spartan victory from the um campus. #GoGreen

9/12
Today I am grateful my son stopped by to visit yesterday while I was in town working the hackathon.

9/10
Today I am grateful for a full room last night for my first time speaking at the ACM Chicago chapter.

9/9
Today I am grateful I was able to make it to Purdue yesterday in spite of a driving rain storm.

9/8
Today I am grateful to spend time with WhatsThe BigIt yesterday for the first time in months.

9/7
Today I am grateful for my first game at the current version of Busch Stadium last night.

Sunday, 04 October 2015 15:27:06 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 06 September 2015

9/6
Today I am grateful for an afternoon yesterday at the Chicago History Museum.

9/5
Today I am grateful for my first visit to Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo and for a Spartan victory last night! ‪#‎GoGreen

9/4
Today I am grateful that I get to spend so much time with passionate developers and entrepreneurs.

9/3
Today I am grateful for the pleasure and privilege of raising of my son Tim, who turns 21 today.

9/2
Today I am grateful to the Azure support team, who fixed my web site, even though it was totally my fault.

9/1
Today I am grateful that my cousin Sharon is cancer-free and her ovarian cancer is in remission following 3 months of chemo and radiation treatments.

8/29
Today I am grateful for a minor league baseball game last night.

8/28
Today I am grateful that my custom Illinois license plate finally arrived after months of delays.

8/27
Today I am grateful to all the Purdue students who came out to yesterday's Microsoft event.

8/26
Today I am grateful to be able to ride my bike to work.

8/25
Today I am grateful that my bike is repaired and fit to ride for the first time in years.

8/24
Today I am grateful I got my Angular Service demo working yesterday.

8/23
Today I am grateful that, for the first time in over a decade, I am living in a place of my own choosing.

8/22
Today I am grateful that, although I lost money on my house sale, I did not have to bring a check to the closing to cover any of the mortgage principle, as some folks in Michigan have done.

8/21
Today I am grateful for a day in East Lansing and an evening with the local user group communities.

8/20
Today I am grateful for an excellent evening with the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group - one of my favourite tech communities. Missed you guys! It's been too long. #MIGANG http://migang.org/

8/19
Today I am grateful to spend a few hours with my mother in her new home last night.

8/18
Today I am grateful for: 1. Selling my house yesterday 2. Dinner with Michele 3. Patrick providing me a place to stay last night.

8/17
Today I am grateful for 11+ years in this house.

8/16
Today I am grateful for coffee in Minnesota with Derek yesterday.

8/15
Today I am grateful for: 1. My first game at Target Field 2. Speaking for the first time at #MidwestJS.

8/14
Today I am grateful to Sarah, Brian, Brian, Paul, and David, who made me look good with all their hard work at #ThatConference this week.

8/13
Today I am grateful to those that work so hard and make #ThatConference great every year.

8/12
Today I am grateful for so many good conversations yesterday.

8/11
Today I am grateful for a busy, hectic, crazy, productive, successful first day at #ThatConference.

8/10
Today I am grateful for seeing so many old friends yesterday.

8/9
Today I am grateful for all I've learned about AngularJS this past week.

8/8
Today I am grateful for my son's new job offer.

8/7
Today I am grateful for: 1. Lunch with Manohar yesterday 2. A good crowd for my presentation last night at the .NET meetup.

8/6
Today I am grateful that nearly all of my possessions are now in Chicago.

8/5
Today I am grateful to Ondrej, who drove over 600 miles yesterday to help me move.

8/4
Today I am grateful for all the things I sold, gave away, and threw away the past few days.

8/3
Today I am grateful for dinner in Dexter last night with my sons, Nick's girlfriend, and her parents, who I met for the first time.

Sunday, 06 September 2015 16:17:38 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 02 August 2015

8/2
Today I am grateful for a party at Velichka​'s last night to celebrate her 15 years in the US.

8/1
Today I am grateful for a sunny day, some shade, and a tall glass of water.

7/31
Today I am grateful that my team is sponsoring more community events than when I first joined.

7/30
Today I am grateful for a chance to work with high school students yesterday in south Chicago.

7/29
Today I am grateful to Layla and Elizabeth, who inspired me to begin each day thinking of what I'm grateful for.

7/28
Today I am grateful for an afternoon with my son yesterday

7/27
Today I am grateful for all the people who came to my garage sale this weekend.

7/26
Today I am grateful for a surprise visit last night from John and Kim.

7/25
Today I am grateful for a late-night swim yesterday.

7/24
Today I am grateful to be back in Michigan for a few days.

7/23
Today I am grateful that I am 40 lbs. lighter than I was at this time last year.

7/22
Today I am grateful for a year in my Old Town apartment - a year that went by much faster than I expected.

7/21
Today I am grateful for member access to 1871;

7/20
Today I am grateful for dinner with Oksana last night to celebrate her new job.

7/19
Today I am grateful for all the videos I produced yesterday.

7/18
Today I am grateful I've been able to schedule my long-neglected medical & dental appointments this month.

7/17
Today I am grateful for:

  1. All those who came to my office hours the past 2 days.
  2. Two user groups back-to-back on the same floor last night.

7/16
Today I am grateful for:

  • An invitation to appear on the Azure Podcast yesterday;
  • An invitation to teach at Xamarin University yesterday.

7/15
Today I am grateful to Tim, who rearranged his schedule to pick me up from the doctor office yesterday.

7/14
Today I am a grateful for a free Matthew Sweet concert in Millennium Park last night.

7/13
Today I am grateful for a few days at home.

7/12
Today I am grateful to the organizers and attendees of #codestock2015 for making this an excellent conference and a great overall experience

7/11
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Jennifer and Paul.

7/9
Today I am grateful for my second trip ever to Appleton, WI - the hometown of my maternal grandmother.

7/8
Today I am grateful I'm on a team that collaborates so well and so willingly.

7/7
Today I am grateful I finished all my demos yesterday for my new presentation.

7/6
Today I am grateful for a Japanese Hibachi dinner last night - tasty and entertaining.

Sunday, 02 August 2015 13:36:14 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 05 July 2015

7/5
Today I am grateful for impressive fireworks at Navy Pier last night.

7/4
Today I am grateful to be an American.

7/3
Today I am grateful I attended a very good Pokey LaFarge concert last night.

7/2
Today I am grateful for an afternoon in East Lansing, MI.

7/1
Today I am grateful for a visit with my mother and sister last night

6/30
Today I am grateful for 3 offers on my house the past 3 days.

6/29
Today I am grateful to finally have a chance to celebrate Father's Day yesterday with my son Tim.

6/28
Today I am grateful for an evening with my classmates at our high school reunion last night in Detroit.

6/27
Today I am grateful for a chance to spend a few days back in Michigan visiting family and old friends.

6/26
Today I am grateful for the ability to stay in touch with distant friends via social media.

6/25
Today I am grateful to Brian, who made himself immediately available to answer my Powershell questions.

6/24
Today I am grateful there is a gym in my building - right down the hall from my apartment.

6/23
Today I am grateful that I live within walking distance of so many places I want and need to get to.

6/22
Today I am grateful to my Dad, who showed me what it is like to be a good father. I pray I made him proud.

6/21
Today I am grateful for an evening at Ravinia watching A Prairie Home Companion live for the first time.

6/20
Today I am grateful for my new Chicago Public Library card.

6/19
Today I am grateful for all the free food I keep receiving at these events.

6/18
Today I am grateful for an Architectural boat tour of Chicago yesterday.

6/17
Today I am grateful I built my first node.js project yesterday.

6/16
Today I am grateful for my balcony, this chair, and nice weather nice enough to sit outside in the morning.

6/15
Today I am grateful for 2 different festivals this weekend.

6/14
Today I am grateful for a chance to see and hear blues legend Buddy Guy last night.

6/13
Today I am grateful for those who worked to make the local Toastmasters club a success this past year.

6/12
Today I am grateful for a day with no appointments, so i could catch up on stuff.

6/11
Today I am grateful for a successful BuildChicago event yesterday at the Field Museum.

6/8
Today I am grateful for a weekend in Michigan.

Sunday, 05 July 2015 16:06:04 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 07 June 2015

6/7
Today I am grateful for an evening with my mother yesterday.

6/6
Today I am grateful for dinner with my son Tim yesterday.

6/5
Today I am grateful for a chance to hear Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talk with a small group of startups yesterday in Chicago.

6/4
Today I am grateful I was able to lose 25 pounds in the past 5 months.

6/3
Today I am grateful for my camera.

6/2
Today I am grateful for all the items I crossed off my "To Do" list yesterday.

6/1
Today I am grateful for a Mass yesterday at St. Michael filled with amazing music.

5/31
Today I am grateful for an amazing trip to Europe, the things I saw, and the people I met there.

5/30
Today I am grateful for a day in Uppsalla, Sweden with Tiberiu and his family.

5/29
Today I am grateful for an excellent dinner last night in Stockholm with Julie, Ward, and Patricia.

5/28
Today I am grateful for a chance to explore Stockholm yesterday with Jimmy.

5/26
Today I am grateful for a visit to the Vasa Museum, a walk through Stockholm, and end-of-day dinner&drinks.

5/25
Today I am grateful for the men and women who gave their lives in defense of my country.

5/24
Today I am grateful for a tour of Corvin Castle yesterday in Hunedoara, Romania.

5/23
Today I am grateful to be part of an excellent IT Camp this year.

5/22
Today I am grateful to re-connect up with so many speakers that I met last year in Romania and haven't seen since.

5/21
Today I am grateful I am back in Romania for the second year in a row.

5/20
Today I am grateful for the stranger who picked up my cab fare in Munich.

5/19
Today I am grateful that my back pain subsided enough that I could go to the gym yesterday for the first time in weeks.

5/18
Today I am grateful that I found 2 videos that I thought were lost forever.

5/17
Today I am grateful for: A moving, very personal eulogy by Jay yesterday about his wife Amy, that brought all of us to tears. The fact that I live close enough to attend Amy's funeral yesterday. Seeing Scott drive 16 hours in 1 day to say goodbye to a friend. Jason, who shared his umbrella with me when it rained at the grave site.

5/16
Today I am grateful to all who made the Chicago Coder Conference this week a success.

5/15
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Jason, James, Oksana, and Krystin.

5/14
Today I am grateful for the inspiration I draw from the strength displayed by my friends who are struggling with tragedies in their lives.

5/13
Today I am grateful for dinner with my son Tim last night.

5/12
Today I am grateful for an evening with the folks at the SE Michigan JavaScript group, helping them celebrate their second anniversary.

5/11
Today I am grateful I was able to make it back to Michigan yesterday to spend Mother's Day with my mom.

5/10
Today I am grateful for my mother Joyce Giard, for all she has done and for all she has come through.

5/9
Today I am grateful for all the old friends who are in town this week for #MSIgnite.

5/8
Today I am grateful to attend the Fall Out Boy concert last night.

5/7
Today I am grateful for an evening at the Vertigo Sky Club.

5/5
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Betsy Weber and the folks at TechSmith.

5/4
Today I am grateful for a chance to help at the INTX Hackathon this past weekend. #INTXHack

Sunday, 07 June 2015 14:38:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 05 April 2015

4/5
Today I am grateful to watch the game and have dinner last night in Indianapolis with Nick Giard.

4/4
Today I am grateful that my taxes are completed and filed early this year.

4/3
Today I am grateful to Jesus Christ, who died for my sins.

4/2
Today I am grateful for an afternoon yesterday walking around Chicago acting like a tourist. I visited the Chicago Temple - a church sanctuary 23 floors above the Loop - and I rode the water taxi up and down the Chicago River.

4/1
Today I am grateful for dinner and ice cream with the Kevin and Darlene last night in St. Louis.

3/31
Today I am grateful to attend a .NET User Group in St. Louis last night.

3/30
Today I am grateful for a brief visit yesterday in New Jersey with my cousin Linda and her family, who I haven't seen in years.

3/29
Today I am grateful to Rowena, Esther, Fernanda, Brian, and all who made the US MVP Open Days a success!

3/28
Today I am grateful for the toughness shown by the Spartans in the last few games.

3/27
Today I am grateful for dessert with Oksana last night.

3/26
Today I am grateful that my cousin Kevin - who has been a widower for years - found someone to share the rest of his life with.

3/25
Today I am grateful I got to witness an exciting 4th-quarter comeback and a last-second victory by the Bucks last night at the Bradley Center.

3/24
Today I am grateful I finally got my Illinois driver's license yesterday.

3/23
Today I am grateful for an exciting Spartan victory over an excellent opponent, sending MSU to yet another Sweet 16!

3/22
Today I am grateful to those who suggested that my illness yesterday was due to dehydration. They were right and I am better.

3/21
Today I am grateful for an active crowd full of questions at yesterday's Cloud Dev Camp in Denver.

3/20
Today I am grateful my car was not towed yesterday in Michigan.

3/19
Today I am grateful I got to hang out with Leon last night.

3/18
Today I am grateful for a phone call from Adriana - our first conversation in 35 years.

3/17
Today I am grateful for a chance to get back to Michigan for a few days.

3/16
Today I am grateful to spend most of Saturday with my son Tim.

3/15
Today I am grateful for a chance to learn and to be inspired and to see old friends at the KalamazooX conference yesterday. #kalx15

3/14
Today I am grateful for unexpectedly running into Paul at dinner last night.

3/13
Today I am grateful for my first time speaking at the Houston .NET User Group.

3/12
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Paul, Brad, and Janet.

3/11
Today I am grateful for my first trip ever to Austin, TX.

3/10
Today I am grateful I made it safely to Austin yesterday after 1 flight, 2 Uber rides, a cab ride, & a 3-hour Greyhound bus ride.

3/9
Today I am grateful I slept almost the entire 3-hour flight from Chicago to Houston.

3/8
Today I am grateful for a hot shower and a hot latte to partially offset a lack of sleep this weekend.

3/7
Today I am grateful for all the Purdue students who showed up for this weekend's hackathon.

3/6
Today I am grateful I was able to catch up on some things yesterday that I can only get done in my office.

3/5
Today I am grateful for a few days in Miami in the middle of winter.

3/4
Today I am grateful for Yelp, which helps me find tasty and interesting meal choices in a strange city.

3/3
Today I am grateful for a chance to watch the Heat play the Suns in Miami last night.

3/2
Today I am grateful for all the birthday wishes yesterday.

Sunday, 05 April 2015 18:01:11 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 02 March 2015

3/1
Today I am grateful that my boys are safe and healthy.

2/28
Today I am grateful for a trip to the University of Illinois.

2/27
Today I am grateful for this new Logitech headset.

2/26
Today I am grateful for a packed room at yesterday's Web Camp.

2/25
Today I am grateful for meeting up with Mark and Anne last night in Minnesota for the first time in about 3 decades.

2/24
Today I am grateful for: -Aaron the handyman fixing a bunch of broken stuff in my house -Words of encouragement from Ted, whose voice I haven't heard in too long.

2/23
Today I am grateful that my pipes did not freeze at my Michigan house while I was away for weeks of sub-zero temperatures.

2/22
Today I am grateful for the opportunity yesterday to deliver my first keynote presentation.

2/21
Today I am grateful to those who braved the weather in Nashville yesterday to attend my Web Camp.

2/19
Today I am grateful for my first-ever trip to Kansas.

2/18
Today I am grateful for dinner with Lee Brandt last night.

2/17
Today I am grateful for a belly full of Kansas City ribs last night.

2/16
Today I am grateful that every day brings new possibilities.

2/15
Today I am grateful for breakfast yesterday with Gail, who I haven't seen in 20+ years.

2/14
Today I am grateful that there are people in my life who care enough about me to pick me up when I'm down.

2/13
Today I am grateful for 2 engaged web camps today - at a Web Camp in Indianapolis, followed by an Android development class at IU.

2/12
Today I am grateful to all those who organize technical conferences in their spare time.

2/11
Today I am grateful I got to see the Spartan basketball team play very well at Northwestern last night. #GoGreen

2/10
Today I am grateful for lunch with Timmy in Bloomington and dinner with Laura in Chicago and a safe drive in between.

2/9
Today I am grateful to spend yesterday evening with my son Tim.

2/8
Today I am grateful for: -Driving my son around to his old homes and school in northern Kentucky -Dinner with Gary and Patricia last night. -My first trip to the Shoemaker Center in over a decade to watch an exciting USF-UC basketball game.

Monday, 02 March 2015 02:19:28 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 01 February 2015

2/1
Today I am grateful to finally sign the papers to put my house on the market.

1/31
Today I am grateful for my house being as clean as it has been in 10 years.

1/30
Today I am grateful for meeting up with friends from my high school last night.

1/29
Today I am grateful I've been able to make it to the gym for 6 straight days.

1/28
Today I am grateful to my teammates who answered all my questions yesterday.

1/27
Today I am grateful I crossed off a bunch of items from my To Do List yesterday.

1/26
Today I am grateful I organized the contents of a large stack of boxes in my house yesterday.

1/25
Today I am grateful for 4 miles on the elliptical yesterday - the most I've done in a very long time.

1/24
Today I am grateful for an exciting Mavericks-Bulls game last night in Dallas.

1/23
Today I am grateful to Brian Sherwin for delivering half the Web Camp sessions yesterday.

1/22
Today I am grateful for Texas barbecue last night.

1/21
Today I am grateful for new carpeting in my house.

1/20
Today I am grateful to Bill Wagner for all his help with yesterday's Web Camp.

1/19
Today I am grateful to Patrick, Susan, and Jordan, who helped me move furniture last night.

1/18
Today I am grateful for a drink with the #MHacks organizers and sponsors before heading home last night.

1/17
Today I am grateful for all the students excited to learn about and try Azure yesterday.

1/16
Today I am grateful for a break in this cold weather.

1/15
Today I am grateful for financial stability.

1/14
Today I am grateful to the large crowd at Wisconsin .NET User Group, who stayed engaged even while I was having Internet issues.

1/13
Today I am grateful to: -Marc of LA Fitness, who kicked my ass yesterday at my first Personal Trainer session. -Those who stayed for my Azure presentation last night, even though many of them missed the National Championship game kickoff.

1/12
Today I am grateful I didn't have to drive in the snow yesterday.

1/11
Today I am grateful for coffee with Claire yesterday.

1/10
Today I am grateful to Brian Prince and the organizers of #CodeMash for another excellent conference.

1/9
Today I am grateful for a full room at our workshop yesterday and dinner with my team last night.

1/7
Today I am grateful for the first day of a conference when I get to see people I haven't seen in months.

1/6
Today I am grateful for dinner with friends at Kalahari last night.

1/5
Today I am grateful I was able to put in my best workout in months yesterday.

Sunday, 01 February 2015 20:45:43 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 04 January 2015

1/4
Today I am grateful I made it home safely on the icy roads last night.

1/3
Today I am grateful for a shawarma and hummus dinner with Tim Giard and his girlfriend last night.

1/2
Today I am grateful for an amazing comeback victory by the Spartans in The Cotton Bowl yesterday
and for a chance to watch the game with a group of people who met in MSU's Akers Hall in 1980 and remained friends for decades.

1/1
Today I am grateful for all the new people I met and all the new places I visited in 2014.

12/31
Today I am grateful for 2014 - one of the most eventful years in my life!

12/30
Today I am grateful that, despite my procrastination, I was able to reserve a #CodeMash Kalahari room yesterday.

12/29
Today I am grateful I was able to free myself from the malware I accidentally added to my computer a couple days ago.

12/28
Today I am grateful to talk with some old friends during my drive yesterday.

12/27
Today I am grateful for the bathrobe that my boys gave me for Christmas. And for the undershirts also.

12/26
Today I am grateful for Christmas dinner with my family at my sister Diane's house.

12/25
Today I am grateful for Jesus Christ and the comfort he brings me when I am troubled.

12/24
Today I am grateful for all the papers I organized yesterday and all the crap I threw away.

12/23
Today I am grateful for a post-game drink with Patrick Affholter at Beggar's Banquet last night.

12/22
Today I am grateful to talk this week with my cousin John and with my cousin Linda for the first time in years.

12/21
Today I am grateful to those who picked me up with kind words yesterday.

12/20
Today I am grateful I was able to drive my son Tim home from college yesterday.

12/19
Today I am grateful for lunch with Annie yesterday.

12/18
Today I am grateful for the annual #MIGANG Holiday Party last night! It was a great time, as always!

12/17
Today I am grateful I got to see a record-setting hockey game last night: Longest shootout in NHL history!

12/16
Today I am grateful I could take my mother to see my son's team play last night.

12/15
Today I am grateful for the chance to have dinner and watch the Lions game last night with my son Nick.

12/14
Today I am grateful for a chance to visit my mother in Florida for the first time this year.

12/13
Today I am grateful for the organizers of this week's company Hackathon, where I learned about Git, Windows 10, Azure, and IoT and to my teammates, who pitched in and won first prize!

12/12
Today I am grateful for an excellent stone crab dinner last night.

12/11
Today I am grateful for my first ever trip to Miami / Miami Beach.

12/10
Today I am grateful that the rental car company finally found and returned my garage door opener I left in a car last week.

12/9
Today I am grateful for my new furnace and for being warm on a cold morning.

12/8
Today I am grateful I got to spend a lot of time with my son this weekend before he returned to Florida.

12/7
Today I am grateful for a chance to watch Nick Giard's USF team at Detroit and for dinner with Nick after the game.

12/6
Today I am grateful I made it to my presentation in Detroit on time after driving 5+ hours from Indiana.

Sunday, 04 January 2015 22:18:58 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 07 December 2014

12/5
Today I am grateful to all the Purdue students who came out to my Azure Mobile Services workshop last night.

12/4
Today I am grateful for lunch with Adina yesterday. in Wicker Park.

12/3
Today I am grateful for the audience at my final Cloud Dev Camp yesterday in Indianapolis.

12/2
Today I am grateful for my final 2014 trip to Indianapolis.

12/1
Today I am grateful I spent most of the past 24 hours with my son Tim.

11/30
Today I am grateful for another Michigan State football season with double-digit wins! #GoGreen

11/29
Today I am grateful for a home-cooked meal last night and leftovers for lunch today.

11/28
Today I am grateful for Thanksgiving dinner with my family yesterday.

11/27
Today I am grateful for my family - both near and far.

11/26
Today I am grateful that I have heat restored to my house on this chilly morning.

11/25
Today I am grateful I made it back to Michigan in time to take care of a couple emergencies with my house.

11/24
Today I am grateful to Jason Farrell, who loaned me his laptop power cord for over a week, making it possible for me to get some actual work done.

11/23
Today I am grateful for all the energy at the Northwestern University WildHacks hackathon this weekend.

11/22
Today I am grateful to be heading back home for the first time in over 10 days.

11/21
Today I am grateful to attend and speak at M3Conf for the first time yesterday and today http://m3conf.com .

11/20
Today I am grateful to those who came to the Cloud Dev Camp yesterday and to George, who helped me out by delivering an excellent Azure SQL Database presentation.

11/19
Today I am grateful for lunch yesterday with Kent in Franklin, TN.

11/18
Today I am grateful for a network of smart people I can call on for technical assistance.

11/17
Today I am grateful for: 1. The hospitality of Darlene and Kevin. 2. Getting to see an exciting Rams-Broncos game in St. Louis yesterday. 3. Fitz's root beer.

11/16
Today I am grateful for: 1. My first visit to St. Louis Day of .NET, and all the organizers, speakers, and attendees, who made it a great experience. 2. An exciting basketball game at St. Louis University last night.

11/15
Today I am grateful for all the great people I am meeting my first time at St. Louis Days of .NET.

11/14
Today I am grateful for; * Making it onto the last flight to St. Louis via standby. * My first-ever visit to Houston, TX * A great turnout at the Cloud Dev Camp yesterday * Finding my phone

11/13
Today I am grateful to spend yesterday hanging out with Sarah, driving around the state of Illinois.

11/12
Today I am grateful for the opportunity to teach my first college class last night.

11/11
Today I am grateful to all the veterans who have served our country, especially my Dad - Lt. Cmdr. E Normand Giard, USN, ret. His photo is my profile picture today in his honor.

11/10
Today I am grateful to Susan Anspaugh, who loaned me her carpet cleaner to shampoo my carpets and wasn't mad that I kept it so long.

11/9
Today I am grateful for a ticket to the MSU game last night, even though the good guys lost.

11/8
Today I am grateful I had a chance to watch the local premiere of "Teenage Ghost Punk" last night.

11/7
Today I am grateful for my first Office Hours at Chicago Innovation Exchange yesterday and to all those who showed up.

11/6
Today I am grateful that the sharp stomach cramps I took to bed last night were gone this morning.

11/5
Today I am grateful to return to Chicago and get back to what I do.

11/4
Today I am grateful I was able to stay in one place for a week, where I had a chance to catch my breath.

11/3
Today I am grateful for a walk along the river on an Autumn afternoon.

Sunday, 07 December 2014 17:09:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 02 November 2014

11/2
Today I am grateful for the friends I have kept for decades. They've known me at my best and at my worst.

11/1
Today I am grateful I finally caught up editing all my videos and photos.

10/31
Today I am grateful for dinner with my niece Amanda last night.

10/30
Today I am grateful for a home-cooked meal last night.

10/29
Today I am grateful for a chance to speak at the Motor City Software Testers last night & to all who came to hear me.

10/28
Today I am grateful I attended an exciting Monday Night Football game in Dallas last night.

10/27
Today I am grateful for some authentic Texas BBQ last night.

10/26
Today I am grateful for the students at TAMUHack who show energy, imagination, and passion and built so many great projects this weekend. I'm also grateful for the Michigan State Spartans, who drove through the michigan wolverines like a spike through grass yesterday!

10/25
Today I am grateful for my first trip to College Station, TX.

10/24
Today I am grateful I was invited to speak at the inaugural meeting of the Local Variables user group in South Bend, IN yesterday.

10/23
Today I am grateful for a long hot shower on a chilly morning.

10/22
Today I am grateful to God, who helped me through the difficult times in my life.

10/21
Today I am grateful for a day with few responsibilities.

10/20
Today I am grateful for a weekend in Indiana watching football with Tim Giard

10/18
Today I am grateful for lunch yesterday with Corey Haines

10/17
Today I am grateful for an unexpected gift from the Madison Mobile .NET Developers Group .

10/16
Today I am grateful for a successfully completed trip to Minnesota and Wisconsin.

10/15
Today I am grateful I completed 1 year at the best job I've ever had.

10/14
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Brent Stineman

10/13
Today I am grateful for the open Wi-Fi that suddenly showed up when I'm in my apartment. I'm not sure if the apartment complex added a repeater or if I have a new neighbor, but I appreciate it.

10/12
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was published 35 years ago today! I am fortunate to have met the book's author before his passing.

10/11
Today I am grateful for dinner and drinks last night with Patricia and Gary.

10/10
Today I am grateful to the folks a the Schaumburg Microsoft .NET Technologies Meetup for inviting me to speak last night

10/9
Today I am grateful for a great audience yesterday at the first Azure Dev Camp in St. Louis.

10/8
Today I am grateful that my son called me yesterday just to say "Hi".

10/7
Today I am grateful to Velichka, who brought me chicken soup when I was sick.

10/6
Today I am grateful for 12+ hours sleep last night that I desperately needed.

10/5
Today I am grateful for dinner with friends, a ticket to the Nebraska game, and a Spartan victory!

Sunday, 02 November 2014 15:03:28 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 05 October 2014

10/4
Today I am grateful for a weekend in Michigan.

10/3
Today I am grateful for time spent yesterday with Tim Giard. We shared a couple meals and he even attended my App Studio workshop at IU last night.

10/2
Today I am grateful for a great group of students who showed up for my first event at Purdue last night.

10/1
Today I am grateful for the gift of Life, which has been granted to me for yet another day.

9/30
Today I am grateful I finally made it home after numerous airport delays this weekend.

9/29
Today I am grateful for breakfast this morning with Josh Holmes

9/28
Today I am grateful I was able to write my first-ever Java code for Android yesterday.

9/27
Today I am grateful I finally made it to Redmond after multiple canceled flights yesterday.

9/26
Today I am grateful for an invitation to a Home Automation hackathon in Redmond.

9/25
Today I am grateful for my first trip to Rockford, IL and a great audience for my Azure Mobile Services presentation last night.

9/24
Today I am grateful I have a job that pays me to help others.

9/23
Today I am grateful for the past 9 days in which I saw many old friends, met lots of smart people, learned a lot, traveled to Colorado and California, & had a blast.

9/22
Today I am grateful to attend #FalafelCon and to all who came to my sessions yesterday.

9/21
Today I am grateful for an excellent steak diner last night and excellent company to share it with.

9/20
Today I am grateful for a weekend in San Francisco at #falafelcon

9/19
Today I am grateful I had a chance this week to meet and connect with so many of my peers from across the country.

9/18
Today I am grateful for the opportunity to assemble wheelchairs for ALS victims yesterday.

9/17
Today I am grateful for a chance to meet so many people on my team across the country.

9/16
Today I am grateful for a walk yesterday along Colorado mountain trails.

9/15
Today I am grateful for 1. Being pampered in first class for the first time in >5 years 2. Visiting Mile High Stadium for the first time and seeing an exciting football game.

9/14
Today I am grateful for my first trip to Colorado in almost 2 decades.

9/13
Today I am grateful I saw an exciting game at Miller Park last night. The Brewers won on a walk-off RBI in the bottom of the 9th.

9/12
Today I am grateful I was able to pay off some sleep debt last night.

9/11
Today I am grateful for the kind words from my boss during my first MS annual review.

9/10
Today I am grateful for a walk to the lake last night with Velichka.

9/9
Today I am grateful that the handyman I hired completed so many home repairs this past week.

9/8
Today I am grateful to spend this past weekend with a bunch of hackers and experience their passion for technology.

Sunday, 05 October 2014 20:46:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 07 September 2014

9/6
Today I am grateful to wake up to a house filled with the smell of chocolate chip cookies, fresh baked by Brian Sherwin's kids.

9/5
Today I am grateful for:
-Jennifer unexpectedly inviting me to 3 events in the East Lansing area last night
-Being there for Jennifer's first experience of MSU Dairy Store ice cream.
-A private, late-night tour of the Lansing Maker Space by Betsy and Nick.

9/4
Today I am grateful for all the books I've read in my life and the joy they brought me.

9/3
Today I am grateful for my son Tim Giard, who joined us 20 years ago today!

9/2
Today I am grateful for the tasty homemade fudge that Susan brought me yesterday.

9/1
Today I am grateful that, following recent surgery on her leg, my mother is now free of skin cancer.

8/31
Today I am grateful for
1.) Dinner last night with my friend Mike whom I haven't seen in months.
2.) Visiting my former next door neighbors Carl and Susanne, whom I haven't seen in years.

8/30
Today I am grateful to John Kellar and his team for all their hard work that resulted in an excellent DevLink conference.

8/29
Today I am grateful for my first visit to the Chattanooga Aquarium.

8/28
Today I am grateful for dinner with DevLink crowd last night and ice cream afterward.

8/27
Today I am grateful to be back in Chattanooga for the first time in 3 years.

8/26
Today I am grateful for the hospitality and generosity of Patricia Desmarais and Gary Desmarais.

8/25
Today I am grateful I was able to send so much furniture to a better home this past week.

8/24
Today I am grateful for a second burst of energy yesterday after I felt completely drained.

8/23
Today I am grateful for 1.) Dinner last night with my friend Mike whom I haven't seen in months. 2.) Visiting my former next door neighbors Carl and Susanne, whom I haven't seen in years.

8/22
Today I am grateful to God, who has always stood by me even during the times I tried to push Him away.

8/21
Today I am grateful for an evening with the folks at the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group

8/20
Today I am grateful for time spent with my boys this summer before they headed out of state to college.

8/19
Today I am grateful for my first time speaking at the Detroit Mobile .Net Users Group

8/18
Today I am grateful my son came to visit me multiple times on his last day in town.

8/17
Today I am grateful I could cook fried rice for all the meals I was able to prepare for my sons in this kitchen.

8/16
Today I am grateful for the chance to celebrate the marriage of Shelly and Jason last night.

8/15
Today I am grateful I was able to find parking right next to my building 2 days in a row.

8/14
Today I am grateful to the organizers, volunteers, and speakers, who make That Conference bigger and better every year.

8/13
Today I am grateful for water parks.

8/12
Today I am grateful for the chance to see so many old friends yesterday.

8/10
Today I am grateful I was able to fix my shower and my bed. Mornings will be far more comfortable from now on.

8/9
Today I am grateful to attend my first ToastMasters meeting yesterday - something I've been hoping to do for years.

8/8
Today I am grateful for the helpful customer service at Target this morning.

8/7
Today I am grateful to be heading back to Chicago for a few days.

8/6
Today I am grateful that, after owning this car for a year and a half, I finally figured out how to use Ford Sync.

8/5
Today I am grateful that Jason Follas found me a place to stay during That Conference, even though it was more difficult than expected.

8/4
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with my son Tim Giard for the first time in weeks.

Sunday, 07 September 2014 16:55:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 04 August 2014

8/3
Today I am grateful I was able to complete a lot of work around my house yesterday.

8/2
Today I am grateful for a few days without the pressure of driving hundreds of miles.

8/1
Today I am grateful for
Finally getting my electrical account straightened out
Finally getting my parking pass at my new apartment
Random Packer fans who showed me around Lambeau yesterday.
7/31
Today I am grateful for the chance to visit 3 great user groups in northern Wisconsin over the past 3 days.

7/30
Today I am grateful for drinks at The Lazy Monk, lunch at Taco Juanita, and conversation at The Green Mill - 3 great places to hang out in Eau Claire, WI.

7/29
Today I am grateful for my first trip to Eau Claire, WI.

7/28
2 nights ago, I slept on the floor and got very little sleep. Today I am grateful for the air mattress on which I slept last night.

7/27
Today I am grateful for my new home.

7/26
Today I am grateful to be invited to my first MGX conference and for the free Lady Gaga concert last night..

7/25
Today I am grateful for free lattes and free Dove bars.

7/24
Today I am grateful for all the people I met on my team at the DX dinner last night.

7/23
Today I am grateful for a visit to the amazing Georgia Aquarium last night.

7/22
Today I am grateful I attended my first Atlanta Braves home game last night.

7/21
Today I am grateful for my first trip to Atlanta in about 10 years.

7/20
Today I am grateful for a fresh start. And a chance to take back control of my life.

7/19
Today I am grateful that I found my drivers license, which has been missing for a week.

7/18
Today I am grateful for 2 great user group audiences in Indiana this week.

7/17
Today I am grateful to see young people getting excited about software development.

7/16
Today I am grateful to spend time with my mother for the first time since the death of my father.

7/15
Today I am grateful that I am starting to get rid of all the crap I've accumulated over the decades.

7/14
Today I am grateful for: 1. Attending the 125th anniversary Mass at St. Henry - my old church in Kentucky. 2. Lunch with Gary Desmarais and Patricia Desmarais. 3. Visiting my cousin Susan Jean Kight. 4. Surviving 2 severe thunderstorms on the drive home.

7/13
Today I am grateful to the organizers of #Codestock, who put on a great conference and allowed me to be a part of it.

7/12
Today I am grateful for the 50 years my sister Denise spent with us before she passed away, 5 years ago today.

7/11
Today I am grateful for my first #Codestock in 4 years and for time spent with old friends last night.

7/10
Today I am grateful for: 1. Great sandwiches and amazing potato pancakes at Izzy's in northern Kentucky. 2. A great audience at the Nashville Microsoft Azure Users Group. 3. Seeing Kent Fehribach for the first time in a year 4. Dinner and sidewalk music in downtown Nashville last night with Brian Sherwin and Kent.

7/9
Today I am grateful for lunch with Jeeva and for watching soccer with my son Tim.

7/8
Today I am grateful for an unexpected extra day at home between trips to help me recharge.

7/7
Today I am grateful to spend the holiday weekend with family in California.

Monday, 04 August 2014 01:05:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 07 July 2014

7/6
Today I am grateful for the hospitality and generosity of my cousin Sharon and her family, who shared their San Rafael home with us this week.

7/5
Today I am grateful for an afternoon watching the Oakland A's win in walk-off fashion yesterday with Tim Giard and cousin Billy.

7/4
Today I am grateful for my first trip to California in 6 years.

7/3
Today I am grateful for a successful apartment search yesterday.

7/2
Today I am grateful for:
1. Running into old friends yesterday
2. A good night's sleep last night
3. Staying close to home most of June before the crazy travel month of July.

7/1
Today I am grateful to my friend Mike for taking the time yesterday to teach me about Azure Notification Hubs.

6/30
Today I am grateful for a strong end to the first Fiscal Year with me on the inside.

6/29
Today I'm excited that I've had the chance to meet so many entrepreneurs the past couple months. Their energy is contagious!

6/28
Today I am grateful for a few hours hanging out yesterday in my hometown of Grosse Pointe, MI.

6/27
Today I am grateful I could spend yesterday evening with my son Tim.

6/26
Today I am grateful I had a chance to spend yesterday afternoon with Nick Giard before he returned to Florida this morning.

6/25
Today I am grateful for my teammates, who often go out of their way to support one another.

6/24
Today I am grateful I have the opportunity to work from home when it makes sense.

6/23
Today I am grateful by the overwhelming choice of videos I can watch whenever I have free time.

6/22
Today I am grateful for some extra sleep this weekend to make up for the last few weeks.

6/21
Today I am grateful for a combined birthday/Father's Day dinner celebration last night with my boys.

6/20
Today I am grateful I finally got my car fixed after being unable to open my trunk for a month.

6/19
Today I am grateful for the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group. Volunteering the past 6 years has been a great experience! I will miss you guys!  #‎MIGANG‬

6/18
Today I am grateful for a week full of user groups and other dev community stuff!

6/17
Today I am grateful to all those who missed the USA-Ghana World Cup game last night to hear me talk about Azure Mobile Services at the Windows Developer Group in Columbus.

6/16
Today I am grateful I could spend Father's Day with my 2 favourite people - Nick Giard and Tim Giard - at the Tigers game yesterday. (and a walk-off RBI)

6/15
Today I am grateful for
1. The example set and the lessons taught by my father.
2. The privilege of being a father to my 2 boys who have grown into excellent young me.

6/14
Today I am grateful for
1. Sushi with my boys
2. Technical assistance from a friend.

6/13
Today I am grateful my son found a summer job yesterday.

6/12
Today I am grateful for a successful Dev Day yesterday in Columbus - our final first-party event of FY14.

6/11
Today I am grateful I could spend time yesterday with my boys and I got to meet Nick's girlfriend for the first time..

6/10
Today I am grateful my son's car trouble was easily repaired.

6/9
Today I am grateful for the network of smart people I find myself surrounded by.

6/8
Today I am grateful to the organizers and attendees of the Pittsburgh TechFest for making me feel welcome here. ‪#‎pghtechfest‬

6/7
Today I am grateful for dinner and an evening with Randy and Pam in Pittsburgh. It has been too long.

6/6
Today I am grateful to see my son Nick yesterday for the first time in months and to share dinner with both my boys last night.

6/5
Today I am grateful for a full day yesterday and a chance to meet so many new people.

6/4
Today I am grateful for
1. Lunch with an old friend I haven't seen in years
2. A chance to clear the air
3. The enthusiasm in the audience last night for my Azure talk at The Factory Co-Working space in GR.

6/3
Today I am grateful to my brother Doug, who found and fixed up a used car for my son.

6/2
Today I am grateful to Peter Ritchie and Susan Yount, who said nice things about me in public.

Monday, 07 July 2014 00:21:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 01 June 2014

6/1
Today I am grateful for lunch with my son yesterday.

5/31
Today I am grateful for a great experience at ‪#‎selfconference‬ yesterday.

5/30
Today I am grateful to Jose Mojica for letting me keep his car at his house while I was out of the country and to Jennifer Marsman for picking me up from the airport. You guys saved me hundreds of dollars.

5/29
Today I am grateful to Mihai Tataran for inviting me to ‪#‎ITCamp14‬ and to Diana Tataran for arranging my travel to Romania.

5/28
Today I am grateful for 3 amazing days in Budapest.

5/27
Today I am grateful to Adam Granicz and Magdolna for taking me to dinner and showing me around Budapest. They made my visit here so much better. I hope I can return the favour one day.

5/26
Today I am grateful to all the men and women who gave their lives in defense of our country.

5/25
Today I am grateful to the 2 young ladies who rescued me when I was lost miles from my hotel in downtown Budapest.

5/24
Today I am grateful for those who organized an excellent IT Camp here in Cluj-Napoca and made me feel so welcome. ‪

5/22
Today I am grateful for all the new people I've met and talked with the past 24 hours.

5/21
Today I am grateful for 2 days of a guided tour of Transylvania by Adela Dadu. ‪

5/20
Today I am grateful that my luggage was finally returned to me and the cameras appear to be in working order.

5/19
Today I am grateful for the hospitality of Tiberiu Covaci and his wife Nicoleta.

5/18
Today I am grateful for my first trip to Europe in 26 years.

5/17
Today I am grateful for all the people who came out to the //PUBLISH hackathon this weekend and those who worked hard to organized it.

5/16
Today I am grateful I was able to celebrate my niece's college graduation with her and her sister.

5/15
Today I am grateful for:
1. A successful Dev Day yesterday;
2. My new camera;
3. Jose Mojica and his son for helping me choose the camera
5/14
Today I am grateful for lunch with my son yesterday.

5/13
Today I am grateful for the pond in my backyard, especially on a sunny day like this.

5/11
Today I am grateful for my mother, who has shown amazing strength through the past few years.

5/10
Today I am grateful to have my son home for the summer.

5/9
Today I am grateful that my son has completed his Freshman year at Indiana University!

5/8
Today I am grateful for the hospitality and generosity of Nickolas Landry.

5/7
Today I am grateful to those who have helped me greatly as my workload has increased. There are too many to mention here and I would probably leave out someone if I tried.

5/6
Today I'm grateful for the inspiration from meeting so many entrepreneurs last night with so many great ideas and so much energy.

Sunday, 01 June 2014 14:26:17 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 04 May 2014

5/4
Today I am grateful I had a chance to see my nephew Dylan receive his First Communion yesterday.

5/3
Today I am grateful for a nice lunch with Velichka yesterday.

5/2
Today I am grateful that my summer schedule is shaping up so nicely.

5/1
Today I am grateful for:
1. The great job that Michael S. Collier did yesterday at the Chicago Azure Dev Camp, which made me look good.
2. Drinks with Douglas Leung, before he left for Hong Kong.

4/30
Today I am grateful for these amazing views from my office.

4/29
Today I am grateful I crossed so many items off my To-Do list yesterday.

4/28
Today I am grateful for no early morning meetings or calls.

4/27
Congratulations to the MSU Women's Golf Team, who won their 3rd conference championship in the last 4 years! ‪#‎GoGreen‬

4/26
Today I'm grateful I was able to this blog post.
http://www.davidgiard.com/2014/04/25/AYearOfGratitudeOutLoud.aspx

4/24
Today I am grateful that Tom Bruns, who I haven't seen in years, drove up to Columbus to attend my class yesterday.

4/23
Today I am grateful to those who step up and help when things seem overwhelming.

4/22
Today I am grateful for lunch with John and the awesome gift he brought with him.

4/21
Today I am grateful for
1. Spending Easter with family
2. My son Tim was home this weekend and we spent a large part of it together.
3. Seeing Deepak last night for the first time since last year and hearing about all that's happening in his life.

4/20
Today I am grateful I will be seeing my siblings and their kids this afternoon.

4/19
Today I am grateful to God, who gave his only son to save the world and me.

4/18
Today I am grateful for lunch with Christine, who I haven't seen in far too long.

4/17
Today I am grateful for the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group and all that I gained from working with this group these past 6 years. ‪#‎MIGANG‬

4/16
Today I am grateful for the stranger at Biggby yesterday who returned the $60 that fell out of my jacket. He wouldn't accept a reward, so I dropped some of it in the tip jar.

4/15
Today I am grateful for my mother Joyce Giard, who celebrates her 81st birthday today.

4/14
Today I am grateful I was able to introduce my niece Amanda to the MSU Dairy Store, which serves the best ice cream in the world!

4/13
Today I am grateful for drinks with friends last night at an outdoor café in downtown Chicago.

4/12
Today I am grateful for the empathy and kindness that I witness every day - online and in-person.

4/11
Today I am grateful for the great turnout and enthusiasm by students on my Indiana college tour this week.

4/10
Today I am grateful that I was in Bloomington only 2 days and I had lunch with my son twice and he even came to my workshop Tuesday night.

4/9
Today I am grateful I had the privilege to know Dave Bost for few years before he went to heaven.

4/8
Today I am grateful that I will see my son in a few hours.

4/7
Congratulations to Nick Giard, who coaches in the conference that just won the national championship! :D

Sunday, 04 May 2014 20:30:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 06 April 2014

4/6
Today I am grateful for students who are so passionate about learning that they are willing to stay up all night finishing a cool project.

4/5
Today I am grateful for those people with the talent, time and willingness to work to make outstanding movies for me to enjoy.

4/4
Today I am grateful for the amazing tools I work with every day.

4/3
Today I am grateful for all the time I spent with my son this week while he was in town.

4/2
Today I am grateful that I'm getting paid to watch the #BLDWIN keynote address.

4/1
Today I am grateful for this sunburn and this cold and this back pain and this heartache and a sleepless night and my inability to stop breaking wind.

3/31
Today I am grateful I am taking my son to his first Detroit Tigers Opening Day!

3/30
Today I am grateful I was able to spend time last night with old friends I hadn't seen in years - Pat and Joe in the early evening; and John and Melissa after dinner.

3/29
Today I am grateful for all those who donated their time to host a local edition of the Global Windows Azure Boot Camp all over the world.

3/28
Today I am grateful for the dozens of people who gave up their evenings to hear me speak in Bloomington, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus this week.

3/27
Today I am grateful for lunch with friends yesterday and a great turnout at the Dayton .NET Developers Group last night.

3/26
Today I am grateful for

  1. Lunch with Barry Fridley, whom I haven't seen in years.
  2. A great audience at the Cincinnati .NET User Group last night.
  3. Going to the pub with the local Cinci devs.
  4. Hanging out with Nino late into the night.

3/25
Today I am grateful for the hospitality and generosity of Nino Benvenuti and his wife Shannon.

3/24
Today I am grateful that I spent nearly all my waking hours yesterday with my son.

3/23
Today I am grateful for excellent community events like #GrDevDay and for those work to put them on.

3/22
Today I am grateful that Lino told me he looks forward to my daily gratitude posts.

3/21
Today I am grateful for a long phone call with my sister, who I only see every few months.

3/20
Today I am grateful that the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group is still going strong years after I stepped away from leading it.

3/19
Today I am grateful for my first nerd lunch in a long time. It was good to see everyone again.

3/18
Today I am grateful for a few days at home before I hit the road again.

3/17
Today I am grateful for the Michigan State Spartans, who won a Big 10 basketball championship game in Indianapolis, just like the MSU football team in November!

3/15
Today I am grateful that, even though I am only home for a few hours, I get to spend much of it with my son.

3/14
Today I am grateful to #VSLive for inviting me to speak here. I had a great time!

3/13
Today I am grateful for 11 hours sleep and no morning commitments.

3/12
Today I am grateful for those who trust me enough to share their secrets with me..

3/11
Today I am grateful for a few days in the desert to recover from a brutal Michigan winter.

3/10
Today I am grateful that I am on my way to VSLive for the first time.

3/9
Today I am grateful I was finally able to resolve my e-mail client issues of the past week.

3/8
Today I am grateful for all this great recorded music from which I can choose.

3/7
Today I am grateful for a large and enthusiastic crowd for my presentation in Chicago last night.

3/6
Today I am grateful for the cartoonist Herge and the pleasure his character Tintin brought to so many of his fans, including me.

3/5
Today I am grateful for a packed room at the Findlay Area .NET User Group last night and for the the guy in the front row who helped me troubleshoot my failing demo.

3/4
Today I am grateful for my 8 apps that were approved for the Windows 8 and Windows Phone store this past week.

3/3
Today I am grateful for the 12 books I sold on eBay this weekend.

3/2
Today I am grateful for all the kind birthday wishes yesterday.

3/1
Today I am grateful I made it safely to Columbus last night, despite driving while exhausted.

Sunday, 06 April 2014 19:27:56 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 02 March 2014

3/2
Today I am grateful for all the kind birthday wishes yesterday.

3/1
Today I am grateful I made it safely to Columbus last night, despite driving while exhausted.

2/28
Today I am grateful to see so many old friends and to meet so many new people this week.

2/27
Today I am grateful for the amazing job that @ChadGreen and his team did in making my first CodePaLOUsa a great success. #cpl14

2/26
Today I am grateful I was able to finish all the training, scheduling, expense reports, travel booking and other required administrivia yesterday so I can now focus on important things.

2/25
Today I am grateful that I am attending CodePaLOUSa for the first time.

2/24
Today I am grateful for audiobooks, which make a long drive more pleasant.

2/23
Today I am grateful for a trip back to Louisville, KY.

2/22
Today I am grateful for a couple days at home to catch up on things.

2/21
Today I am grateful I was able to spend half the week in and around my old Kentucky home.

2/20
Today I am grateful for 1. Lunch with my old friend Patricia Desmarais 2. A packed classroom last night for my workshop at the University of Cincinnati. 3. Reality Tuesday Coffee House in Park Hills, KY. 4. The opportunity to know Jim Weirich and those whose lives he touched these past few years.

2/19
Today I am grateful for 1. Spending an afternoon with my son Nick. 2. A front-row ticket to the Louisville-USF game 3. Lunch with Jonathan Hunt whom I haven't seen in over a year 4. Skyline Chili

2/18
Today I am grateful for a successful workshop last night. It was the first time I demoed App Studio.

2/17
Today I am grateful to learn something new every day.

2/16
Today I am grateful for the opportunity to be a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Francis Catholic Church these past 10 years. Today is my last scheduled day as a Lector.

2/15
Today I am grateful for 1. A great crowd to hear my presentation at Avanade. 2. Discovering, on my way out of Chicago, that downtown Portillo's has a drive thru.

2/14
Today I am grateful to John for last night's basketball ticket and to Patrick and Susan for a place to stay last night.

2/13
Today I am grateful for 1. Great student groups who came out to hear me yesterday at the University of Toledo and at Eastern Michigan University 2. Lunch with my old team in Toledo.

2/12
Today I am grateful for the anticipation of a full day.

2/11
Today I am grateful for the flexibility to attend conference calls while sitting in my living room, sipping coffee in my pajamas.

2/10
Today I am grateful that I found 3 unused gift cards in my desk.

2/9
Today I am grateful for a night in my own bed and a chance to catch up on things at home.

2/8
Today I am grateful for: 1. Lunch with Joseph Guadagno and his brother; 2. A Coyotes hockey game last night; 3. An unexpected Alice Cooper concert between periods

2/7
Today I am grateful that my recent travels have allowed me to avoid a couple weeks of sub-freezing temperatures back home.

2/6
Today I am grateful for my cousin Sharon, whose positive attitude in the face of ovarian cancer and chemotherapy is humbling.

2/5
Today I am grateful that my mother is heading home after weeks in a hospital and a rehab center following her recent back injury.

2/4
Today I am grateful for the diversity of cultures, colors, and ideas that makes my country great.

2/3
Today I am grateful for the opportunity to pay off a large amount of sleep debt the past 2 nights.

Sunday, 02 March 2014 16:00:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 02 February 2014

2/2
Today I am grateful to those who went out of their way to connect with me personally while I was in Seattle last week.

2/1
Today I am grateful for a week at TechReady filling my brain and my belly.

1/31
Today I am grateful I was invited to a private party at a frickin' pro football stadium!

1/30
Today I am grateful for a seafood dinner in Seattle last night with my teammates, that I met this week.

1/29
Today I am grateful to the honest person who found and returned my laptop yesterday.

1/28
Today I am grateful for the opportunity to learn so much.

1/27
Today I am grateful for the hospitality and generosity of my friend Ted Neward and his family.

1/26
Today I am grateful for a good night sleep after a long day of travel.

1/25
Today I am grateful that my team is patient and willing to answer all my dumb questions.

1/24
Today I am grateful that so many universities are willing to allow me to come in and teach their students.

1/23
Today I am grateful I was able to stay inside yesterday and avoid the extreme cold.

1/22
Today I am grateful for lunch yesterday with my friend Dan, who I don't see often enough.

1/21
Today I am grateful that the folks at Indiana University were able to organize a game development event on short notice and that people attended on a day the University is closed.

1/20
Today I am grateful that my job takes me to Bloomington, IN, so I get to spend bonus time with Tim Giard.

1/19
Today I am grateful for a successful game development hackathon at Rose-Hulman yesterday in Terrre Haute, IN.

1/18
In 2012, I bought a new car. Although it's not fancy, I am grateful today that it has navigated safely through the many miles of bad weather and rough road conditions I've driven these past 2 weeks.

1/17
Today I am grateful I was upgraded to a 2-bedroom suite last night.

1/16
Today I am grateful that I've found a job I love.

1/15
Today I am grateful to start another year of the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group. #MIGANG

1/14
Today I am grateful to all the amazing people who appeared on #TechnologyAndFriends, helping me to make it to show 300.

1/13
Today I am grateful I could spend yesterday walking around downtown Chicago with my son.

1/12
Today I am grateful for an amazing day yesterday - watching a Spartan overtime victory with my goddaughter Amanda and my son Tim; followed by the Microsoft mid-winter party at the Chicago Field Museum.

1/11
Today I am grateful that no damage was done to my house while I was out of town 4 days during a severe cold, snow, and rain.

1/10
Today I am grateful to Jim Holmes and the amazing job he and his minions have done producing the #CodeMash conference the past 8 years!

1/9
Today I am grateful that 2 full days of precompiler workshops at #CodeMash are now behind me.

1/8
Today I am grateful to reconnect with so many old friends this week at #CodeMash

1/7
Today I am grateful we made it safely driving 130 miles in arctic conditions last night.

1/6
Today I am grateful for the young men who helped push my car out of a snow bank last night.

1/4
Today I am grateful for lunch yesterday with my son, who took me to his favourite cheesesteak restaurant.

1/3
Today I am grateful for my Aunt Ida, who passed away earlier this week. After 90+ years being kind to others, she has gone to heaven to be with her husband. RIP Aunt Ida.

1/2
Today I am grateful for the Michigan State Spartan football team and their exciting Rose Bowl victory over an excellent Stanford Cardinal team. #GoGreen

1/1
Today I am grateful for an amazing 2013. I grew more these past 12 months than I have in many years.

12/31
Today I am grateful I was able to keep down my breakfast. I'm feeling much better than I did yesterday.

12/30
Today I am grateful my son Nick was able to make it home for Christmas.

Sunday, 02 February 2014 17:29:24 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Monday, 30 December 2013

12/29
Today I am grateful for a day in East Lansing with my son Tim.

12/28
Today I am grateful that I've been able this month to get rid of so much of the junk I've acquired these past 10 years.

12/27
Today I am grateful that 4 of my apps were approved by the Windows Store this morning.

12/26
Today I am grateful for Christmas dinner at my sister's house, surrounded by my family.

12/25
Today I am grateful that God loved us enough to send us his only son. Blessed Christmas, my friends.

12/24
Today I am grateful that my friend John, from whom I hadn't heard in years, called me out of the blue yesterday for no reason. We talked for over an hour.

12/23
Today I am grateful that the ice storm that paralyzed much of the state missed my neighborhood.

12/22
"Why were you late tonight, son?" "On my way here, I saw a woman begging on the side of the road. She was standing in the freezing rain with no jacket. So I went home and picked up my old jacket and drove it back to give it to her." "OK, I guess that's a pretty good excuse." That is what I am grateful for today.

12/21
Today I am grateful to have both my sons home for the holiday season.

12/20
Today I am grateful for the opportunity last night to speak at my first Demo Camp Lansing.

12/19
Today I am grateful for pizza, drinks, and fellowship at the #MIGANG Holiday Party last night.

12/18
Today I am grateful to have my son Tim home for a few weeks. It was totally worth driving 13 hours through a snowstorm yesterday to pick him up.

12/17
Today I am grateful my latest app was accepted in the Windows store.

12/16
Today I am grateful for all the stuff I sold on eBay last week, removing clutter and providing me with Christmas cash.

12/15
Today I am grateful to all those who braved the snowstorm yesterday to build apps with us at the DevUnleashed Hackathon.

12/13
Today I am grateful that: 1. I was invited to 2 holiday parties hosted by 2 great organizations in Toledo - Seed Co-Working and TechToledo 2. I ran into some old colleagues I did not expect to see again. 3. Lunch with my old team at Heidtman - one of the best teams I've ever been on.

12/12
Today I am grateful for the blanket of snow surrounding my house on this sunny day.

12/11
Today I am grateful for a break in my 500-mile round-trip commute until next year.

12/10
Today I am grateful for dinner last night with old friends and for the chance to meet a few new, very interesting people.

12/9
Today I am grateful that I had the chance this weekend to apologize personally for a mistake I made years ago.

12/8
Today I am grateful for: 1. A Spartan victory, a BIG10 Championship, and a trip to the Rose Bowl 2. Being able to attend the championship game last night - one of the most exciting games I've ever seen. 3. Watching the game with my son Tim and my friends Bryan, Patrick, and John. 4. Running into old friends Debora, David, and Sue and sharing a post-game drink with them. 5. John finding us a reasonably-priced hotel room for the weekend. 6. Being able to make it back to the hotel safely after driving hundreds of miles throughout the night.

12/7
Today I am grateful that I missed the storms in southern Indiana while driving last night.

12/6
Today I am grateful I was able to find a reasonably-priced hotel in downtown Chicago.

12/5
Today I am grateful for the kindness and hospitality of Pat Patrick Affholter and their wife who opened his home to me, saving me a lot of late-night/early-morning driving.

12/3
Today I am grateful for the warm reception the um Design + Business group gave to this Spartan last night as I taught them about Data Visualization.

12/2
Today I am grateful to the team that created Doctor Who and to those who recommended this excellent show to me.

12/1
Today I am grateful for 1. A chance to spend so much time this week with my son Timmy, who was home from college on Thanksgiving break. 2. Dinner last night with my friend Bryan. 3. Another Spartan victory.

11/30
Today I am grateful for a day in East Lansing, meeting many old friends and dinner with Darlene and her family.

11/29
Today I am grateful for 1. Thanksgiving dinner with my family. 2. My cousin Kevin Gill deciding to spend Thanksgiving with my mother in Florida.

Monday, 30 December 2013 01:55:18 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Thursday, 28 November 2013

11/28
Today I am grateful for the drawers I cleaned out last night and the all excess clutter I threw away this morning.

11/27
Today I am thankful that everyone else is thankful today.

11/26
There was a time in my life I would lay awake in bed every night, unable to sleep, my mind racing with stress and guilt and regret. These days, I tend to fall asleep immediately from exhaustion, which is a thousand times better. I am grateful that this has changed.

11/25
Today I am grateful that my mother is out of the hospital and feeling better.

11/24
Today I am grateful that the Michigan State Spartans won 2 championships yesterday - the Legends Division in football and the Coaches vs Cancer Classic in basketball! #GoGreen

11/22
Today I am grateful to all those who put on another great #MVPSummit.

11/21
Today I'm grateful that Keith Elder traveled 1000 miles from Hattiesburg, MS to Southfield, MI to speak at a the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group. I wish I could have been there.

11/20
Today I am grateful for a chance to meet with a group of Midwest MVPs last night and learn what is important to them. I'm excited to work with such a passionate group of community influencers.

11/19
Today I am grateful for a chance to meet and exchange ideas with so many of the smartest people in my industry.

11/18
Today I am grateful that I managed to get out of O'Hare before the storms hit Chicago yesterday.

11/17
Today I am grateful that I get to the #MVPSummit, even though I'm no longer an MVP.

11/16
Today I am grateful that my son's basketball team scheduled a game near my home so I had a chance to watch him work and spend some time with him last night.

11/15
Today I am grateful to Martin Schray, who has gone out of his way these past few weeks to help me learn my new job.

11/14
Today I am grateful that I made it through a full month of this new job with no visible scars!

11/13
Today I am grateful I was able to find a 2nd row seat at face value to watch the Spartans knock off the #1 team in the country last night!

11/12
Today I am grateful for an amazing developer community here in Michigan.

11/11
Today I am grateful to the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces, especially my father Normand Giard (Lt. Cmdr., ret), who gave 22 years of his life to the US Navy.

11/10
Today I am grateful that my son's coaching career began last night with a victory!

11/9
Today I am grateful for post-game drinks at Hop Cat with my friend John and his lady-friend.

11/8
Today I am grateful for the generosity and hospitality of Josh Cheek

11/7
Today I am grateful that I was finally able to replace my broken phone yesterday.

11/6
Today I am grateful to walk through a gently-falling autumn rain on the way to the office.

11/5
Today I am grateful for social media (like this one), which allows me to maintain relationships during the times I don't see friends and family.

11/4
Today I am grateful for another beatdown of um at Spartan Stadium this weekend. That makes 5 of the last 6 for the good guys!

11/3
Today I am grateful for

  1. Dinner with an old friend - John Karamanos - who I haven't seen in 3 years.
  2. making it home safely from Chicago despite driving most of the night and stopping to nap at a rest stop 40 miles from home.
  3. sleeping in a bed for the first time in a week.
  4. A chance to speak at SharePoint Saturday Chicago for the first time.

11/2
Today I am grateful for the generosity and hospitality of Jason Farrell, who opened his home to me this week, saving me a lot of trouble and money.

11/1
Today I am grateful that my mother is now living in a place where her health is more closely monitored.

10/31
Today I am grateful for my brother Dan, who traveled all the way from Australia to help our mother move.

10/30
Today I am grateful that my brother-in-law Brit is finally home after weeks in the hospital, following his liver transplant.

10/29
Today I am grateful for a mostly-sunny-not-cold-good-walking-around-weather day in Chicago.

10/28
Today I am grateful to Scott Zischerk, who helped me figure out my Outlook issues yesterday.

Thursday, 28 November 2013 18:46:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, 27 October 2013

10/27 Today I am grateful to Scott Zischerk, who helped me figure out my Outlook issues yesterday.

10/26 Today I am grateful for a rare opportunity to sleep in.

10/25 Today I am grateful to Jason Farrell, who introduced me to elk burgers last night.

10/24 Today I am grateful to wake up to this view.

10/23 Today I am grateful I was able to find a sweatshirt in my size downtown last night after the temperature plummeted and before my walk "home" across the river.

10/22 Today I am grateful for the hospitality and generosity of Charles Stacy Harris III. Thanks to him, I am not sleeping on the streets of Chicago.

10/21 Today I am grateful for my first day working in Chicago as a Technical Evangelist.

10/20 Today I am grateful for an enjoyable 4 days in Phoenix and the great community of FoxPro and XBase++ developers at Southwest Fox.

10/19 Today I am grateful that my brother-in-law Britt, whose liver began failing years ago, underwent a successful liver transplant last night.

10/18 Today I am grateful to the MVP program, which I had to leave when I joined Microsoft. I was honored to be a part of it and the MVP Summit remains one of my favourite events.

10/17 Today I am grateful for the opportunity to speak at Southwest Fox in Phoenix, AZ.

10/16 Today I am grateful that CodeMash has invite me back to speak again.

10/15 Today I am grateful for the information and mentoring of Jennifer Marsman, who is helping me to understand and adjust to life at Microsoft.

10/14 Today, I am grateful for new opportunities and past adventures and good changes.

10/13 Today I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the amazing, dedicated people on the INETA Board of Directors these past 2 years.

10/12 Today I am grateful for the support of Telerik and their Insiders Program, who sponsored so many of my presentations these past 4 years, allowing me to speak at many more events than I otherwise could have.

10/11 Today I am grateful for the support of Telerik and their Insiders Program, who sponsored so many of my presentations these past 4 years, allowing me to speak at many more events than I otherwise could have.

10/10 Today I am grateful that my son, who was rushed to the hospital Tuesday night with dizziness and an accelerated heart rate, is feeling better and appears to have recovered.

10/9 Today, I am grateful for all that I learned and all the great people I met and the great experiences I had and the interesting projects on which I worked and the customers that I respect during my 5+ years at Sogeti.

10/8 Today I am grateful for the outpouring of support and kind words following my announcement yesterday.

10/7 Today, I am grateful for the current team at my customer site - one of the best group of people with whom I have ever worked.

10/6 Today I am grateful to be going home. It has been a great trip, but I've been away a long time.

10/5 Today I am grateful to spend a weekend in Las Vegas with my son Nick, celebrating his college graduation.

10/4 Today I am grateful to Chander Dhall and to the team at Penton for putting on an excellent conference and for inviting me to speak at DevConnections

10/3 Today I am grateful that my DevConnections presentations are behind me and that they went well. I've been stressing over these for months.

10/2 Today I am grateful to those who came up to me after my presentation today and told me how much they enjoyed it.

10/1 Today I am grateful to Jose Mojica for giving me a ride to the airport yesterday and for a chance to see many old friends last night.

Sunday, 27 October 2013 20:42:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Wednesday, 02 October 2013

9/30
Today I am grateful for a trip to Las Vegas and a chance to speak at DevConnections.

9/29
Today I am grateful for those who worked so hard to put on a successful Bar Camp Tamp 2013 - The first bar camp I have experienced.

9/28
Today I am grateful for the health of my mother and for dinner last night with her and with my cousins Kevin and Kathleen, who drove up from Sarasota to meet us.

9/27
Today I am grateful that I'm heading to Florida this morning to visit my mother and my son.

9/26
Today I am grateful for the Detroit Tigers who have provided an exciting baseball season this summer.

9/24
Today I am grateful that I live in an area where there are so many user groups, giving me so many opportunities to learn and to meet smart people.

9/23
Today I am grateful for my blog, which has given me a forum to share my thoughts with anyone who wants to read them.

9/22
Today I am grateful to Julie Lerman and all those who helped her make the Vermont Code Camp an excellent event and my first visit to the Green Mountain state enjoyable.

9/21
Today I am grateful for a night on the town last night in downtown Burlington with Russell Fustino.

9/20
Today I am grateful that I'm visiting Vermont this morning for the first time in my life.

9/19
Today I am grateful to all those who came to my presentation at the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group last night.

9/18
Today I am grateful for exactly 5 years at Sogeti, for the people I've met, and for the things I've learned as a result of these years.

9/17
Today I am grateful for this coffee and the effect it is having on me this morning.

9/16
Today I am grateful for My first trip to Citi Field An exciting finish featuring a 2-out walk-off Mets RBI in the bottom of the 11th. The kindness of Becky Isserman, who helped me navigate NYC public transportation.

9/15
Today I am grateful to Stephen Bohlen and the other organizers of CodeCampNYC for their hard work in putting on a successful conference and for dinner and drinks with old and new friends in midtown last night.

9/14
Today I am grateful for a weekend in Manhattan and a chance to speak at #CodeCampNYC

9/13
Today I am grateful for the team on my current project. Some of our daily tasks are mundane, but I always enjoy interacting with this bright group of developers.

9/12
Today I am grateful for optimistic reports on the progress of Jeff Blankenburg's son Miles, who fell very ill recently and is now recovering from a brain operation.

9/11
Today I am grateful for an unexpected visit with John Avgoustis and Randy Eager.

9/10
Today I am grateful that I found my wallet that had been missing since Friday.

9/9
Today I am grateful for the opportunity to read the word of God to the congregation in church and for those who tell me they like the way I do it.

9/8
Today I am grateful for dinner with Pat, Brian, and Kelly and for the fact that we've remained friends for 33 years (so far)

9/7
Today I am grateful for Spartan football. Excited to attend my first MSU game of the fall today.

9/6
Today I am grateful for the Shrimp Louis Salad last night at Petterino's on Randolph & Dearborn in Chicago - one of the best salads I've ever eaten.

9/5
Today I am grateful for a relaxing train ride across the Midwest.

9/4
Today I am grateful that my very first Windows 8 app was approved for the app store.

9/3
Today I am grateful for the many times over the years that my son Timmy lifted my spirits when I was feeling down. Happy birthday Timmy!

9/2
Today I am grateful for a peaceful Sunday evening spent sitting outdoors, eating sushi, sipping espresso, and watching the world go by.

9/1
Today I am grateful that, after many years and many thousands of dollars, I just sent the last check, putting a financial end to an emotional tragedy in my life.

8/31
Today I am grateful for 1. The organizers of the CloudDevelop conference for inviting me to speak and for putting on a great event. 2. That the back pain that plagued me all day yesterday seems to have vanished after a good night's sleep.

8/30
Today I am grateful to Dennis Burton, who literally went the extra miles to pick up the laptop I left at home and bring it to Columbus, OH.

8/29
Today I am grateful for the help of Jeff Yates, who showed me how to implement scrolling in a Windows 8 XAML app last night.

8/27
Today I am grateful that I actually made it to the gym for the second time in a week. First time in months that has happened.

8/26
Today I am grateful that my sons each begin the next phase of their lives today as they each begin classes at a new college.

8/25
Today I am grateful I was able to cross off some items from my To-Do list that have been there for months.

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 03:33:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 25 August 2013

I think I’ll post my daily gratitudes here on the last Sunday of the month.

8/25
Today I am grateful I was able to cross off some items from my To-Do list that have been there for months.

8/24
Today, I am grateful that my father and I became closer during his final years. I feel as close to my Dad today as we ever were.

8/23
Today I am grateful that my mother made it home safely after 3 weeks in Michigan. When I asked her how she enjoyed the trip, she told me "I stayed too long."

8/22
Today I am grateful that Nick Giard drove out to Southfield yesterday to join me for lunch.
But mostly, I'm grateful for the fine man that he has become and for the joy of being his father these past 22 years.

8/21
Today I am grateful for the opportunity to premiere my "Refactoring Legacy Code" presentation at the Northwest Ohio .NET User Group and for all the good feedback I received.

8/20
Today I am grateful I have had the opportunity to raise Tim Giard these past 19 years and to see the fine young man he has become.

8/19
Today I am grateful for our family tradition begun during the last millennium of going to lunch with my 2 sons every Sunday - a tradition that continued almost without exception for over 15 years. A tradition that ended yesterday as my sons will move out of state this week and begin the next phase of their lives.

8/18
Today I am grateful for the continued good health of my 2 sons and myself.

8/17
Today I am grateful for a chance to teach at my first Sogeti Boot Camp.

8/16
Today I am grateful that my son Nick completed his undergraduate requirements yesterday, earning a BBA from Michigan State University. #proudddad

8/15
Today I am grateful for the chance to hang out with Michael Wood. It has been too long.

8/14
Today I am grateful for a visit from an old friend.

8/13
Today I am grateful that my son stopped by for dinner last night and the chicken fried rice I made turned out great!

8/12
Today I am grateful for a rare and much-needed Sunday afternoon nap.

8/11
Today I am grateful for a dinner of fresh Maryland blue crabs with my brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews and mother.

8/10
Today I am grateful for my brothers and sisters and my nieces and nephews and my mother. I am looking forward to seeing them this evening.

8/9
Today I am grateful for all these great podcasts that ease my long commute.

8/8
Today I am grateful for Elizabeth Naramore, who inspired me to think about the positive things in my life, even when things are going poorly.

8/7
Today I am grateful for a Daily Gratitude and a New Attitude
8/6
Today I am grateful for the Mud Hens game last night with Kevin Gill and Tim Giard.

8/5
Today I am grateful for a tasty pulled pork meal at Slow's Barbecue on a Sunday afternoon.

8/4
Today I am grateful for
1. Having my family over for a cookout yesterday
2. Seeing my mother for the first time since my father's funeral
3. An excellent Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen concert last night.

8/3
Today I am grateful for
1. An unexpected Greektown dinner last night with my cousin, sister, brother, and sister-in-law.
2. Today's barbecue that will bring most of my family to my house.

8/2
Today I am grateful that I found a couple $20 bills in a jacket I haven't worn for months.

Sunday, 25 August 2013 13:32:12 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)