Gratitude day 35

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I am grateful for Vancouver island, just the way it is. My brother sent me this link, which has some interesting ideas about linking the island to the mainland with a bridge or tunnel. Reading it made me realize that my gut response to that notion would be that I’d prefer the existing ferry system. Not sure why that is, but it’s good to find you are happy with what you’ve got.

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I am grateful for my folks, and my biggest, Coop, who by all accounts had a great day traipsing around town today.

I am grateful for a quiet day at the office. I ploughed through a fair amount of work, and me knee and brain found it to be a restorative experience after a busy weekend.

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I am grateful for Farley’s ladybug costume from last Halloween. He loves it, and often requests to wear it to sleep in at night, which means we got this little nugget of solid video gold this morning. As he slumbers as I write this, he’s a ladybug.

I am grateful that I think my knee is getting better, or at least it’s not getting worse.

I am grateful for taco night, which is always a fiesta at our house, but even more so with my mom and dad and a few other family friends over. Julie made pico de gallo. there was cake. NOM NOM NOM!

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I am grateful for kids playing quietly on the living room floor on a lazy Saturday morning. Spoiler alert, nothing happens in this video but quiet playing. The first 10 seconds is representative of the whole thing. This went on for an hour or so. If that’s not nice, I don’t know what is.

I am grateful for a visit from a garter snake in the garden today. Some people might not like snakes in their gardens. I do. Having grown up in Calgary, snakes were a rare but fascinating sight in my childhood, and I never saw one in our yard. I feel fortunate to have them in my garden. Not sure why, but I really do.

I am grateful for my folks, who come to Victoria to visit from time to time. The kids love having them around, and so do I. They come bearing gifts for them, and they buy us all dinner. They plant pansies in the garden, and surprisingly, they don’t freak out when there are garter snakes.

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I am grateful for my (sometimes) flexible job schedule. Remember how I was grateful I didn’t injure myself when those stairs collapsed? Yeah… About that… Turns out a week later I’ve developed a knee problem that’s likely related. Tried working, but gave up when I just couldn’t concentrate. I decided to go home. Sorry, clients who might be reading this!

Which leads me to my next item, I am grateful for Netflix.

I am also grateful to my lovely spouse, who kept our lovely kids out tonight so I could convalesce easier. This allowed me to also be grateful to see them when they did come home, and I got some snuggles in with those boys before they were asleep.

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I am grateful for colleagues at work. I rent a spot to put my desk with a bunch of other freelancers doing the same. It’s nice to have the social interaction and occasional crowding around a desk to watch a funny YouTube video, but I’m also getting and giving a fair amount of business there, and learning stuff from them that I doubt I’d ever know if I was working at home.

I am grateful the teachers’ job action is over, we’re no longer in limbo, and soon Coop will be in Kindergarten and we’ll be settling into a routine with no imminent changes to cope with.

I am grateful for the roast chicken that came out of the slow cooker tonight. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

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I am grateful for helpful kids getting bigger. We had bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches for dinner tonight (in and of itself, something to be grateful for). Coop expertly sliced all the tomatoes, with a big, sharp, serrated knife. I am grateful for the help, and I am grateful for the constant source of opportunity to marvel at the things kids can do that they couldn’t do yesterday ALL THE CUSSING TIME.

I am grateful that after a crazy, off the rails morning that I mostly was not grateful for (confused, rapidly deteriorating logistics, kids pissing in pants at especially infuriating moments), it didn’t start to rain until the very last moment before I parked my bike when I got to work. If it started earlier. I may have lost it; or at least howled while shaking my fists at an imaginary camera on a crane, pointing straight down at me from the sky.

I am grateful for gravlax. So dang easy to make. So dang delicious.

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I am grateful for Farley’s recent debut of his new performance, the Monster ABCs. And I quote, “SING WITH MEEEEE!!!”

I am grateful for this TED talk that I watched while eating lunch at my desk today. Ted talks are frequently mind-blowing; this one was heart-blowing. In it, Brene Brown reveals some observations that resonate as true for me; about living whole-heartedly, courageously, and embracing vulnerability.¬†All this is easier said than done, mind you. It’s frankly not even that easy to say, in public, for a guy like me.

I am grateful for my house. I like it. There’s lots of light. Even while it’s the wretched hive of littered coloured plastic and unfolded laundry that it currently is, it’s still bright when it is sunny and not a bad place to be, not a bad place to be at all.

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I am grateful for these nice, sunny, summery days as fall approaches. The rain, cold and grey skies will be here soon. I’m doing my best to enjoy this weather while it lasts. Seems trite to talk about the weather, but it cussing matters.

I am grateful for the cheap Campari tomatoes that are plentiful and cheap this time of year at the Root Cellar. I am also grateful for the delicious sauce they make when Julie blends them after roasting them in the oven with onion and garlic. Further, I am grateful there is tons of that in the freezer, to be enjoyed when the rain, cold, and grey skies come.

I am grateful for bike rides to school with Cooper. Today I am particularly grateful I managed to capture the thrill and fear that comes with screaming down a hill on a bike when you are 5 on video.

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I am grateful for this video my pal Trav sent me today. It’s a mashup of amateur YouTube musicians. It’s everything good about the internet, and this new direction music seems to be taking where the emphasis is more on the craft of editing than the art of performance.

I am grateful for the peach pie my spouse made for me today.

I am grateful for getting to see kids grow up. It’s an unforeseen benefit of getting old. Today my buddy Robert’s daughter, Lucy came to look after our kids while Julie and I attended to some urgent projects around the house. When I met Lucy, back in 2006, she wasn’t much older than Cooper. Now we are trusting her to watch our kids. Time flies, and little kids get big.

Gratitude day 26

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I am grateful that when the back stairs collapsed under me, I came away with nothing but a scrape. I’m not too excited about replacing the stairs, but I am grateful, VERY grateful, that it wasn’t worse. It sure could have been.

I am also grateful for the 7 year limit for how long you have to hang on to tax records. We’re decluttering to make way for a renovation in our basement, and it was with glee that I disposed of bank statements, receipts, and all that crap from 2000 until 2007. Dash you all to heck, posterity!

And I am grateful for the last half hour or so that the kids were up today. It’s too dang hot in the house, so we sat on the front step, where we could see the stage (albeit barely) and hear Deathcab for Cutie playing at the Rifflandia music festival a few blocks away. The sun went down, the sky got dark, the stars came out and so did the bats. It was a great way to wind down the day.