Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Day of Thanks

To borrow from the words our beloved President Monson:

Accentuate the Positive
Eliminate the Negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mr In-Between.

Good advice then, good advice now. This is a wonderful time to be living here on earth. Our opportunities are limitless. While there are some things wrong in the world today, there are many things right.
We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative though and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude may be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the most noble of virtues.

How wonderful to have a day focused on giving thanks.
How much I have to be grateful for.
The most amazing, loving and kind husband
An incredibly loving and supportive family
Darling nephews and a beautiful niece
A faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ
The ability to share my testimony with those I meet and work with
The opportunity to assist others at a time of great need and pain
The chance to perform surgery
Fabulous friends
A warm home
Plentiful food
The chance to experience all that living in LA has to offer
Good health
Frequent visits home to Utah
Co-workers I am going to be crushed to no longer see everyday
Grammy's stuffing and gravy
Starbucks hot chocolate
Cafe Rio
The Utah Jazz
Christmas tree with glistening lights
The sound of waves crashing on the shore
The smell of peppermint and bubblegum (not together)
Bubble baths
The advanced technology I can't imagine living my life without
Back rubs
Fashion magazines
My red hair
Baseball hats
Sleeping in
Dansko clogs
High heels
I-tunes for my I-pod
Reality TV
The sound of laughter
Happy tears
And the list goes on and on....
I am grateful for a day of thanks

Thursday, November 18, 2010


It is a Thursday morning.
It is 9:27AM and I am still in bed listening to "Regis and Kelly"
in the background.
I have worked about a gazillion hours in the past week trying to
"restore the flow".... I am on vascular surgery and working furiously
to try to save patients limbs from poor blood supply.
Funny how these emergencies always tend to present to the
ER late in the evening...
However, all these late night emergencies have earned me a day off
in the middle of the week!
I almost don't know what to do with myself...
Oh that my pager I hear???
Yes, for the 5th time this morning
not including the 2 direct phone calls.
Maybe it would have been easier to just go to work.