Gratitude day 33

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.

Gratitude day 31

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!

Gratitude day 30


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.

Gratitude day 29

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.

Gratitude day 28

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.

Gratitude day 27

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 25

Today, I am grateful for another surprise lunch date. My old friend Joe visiting from Vancouver emailed at noon to ask if I’d had lunch yet. Indeed I had not. It was great to see him. He’s gone into high gear this last few years, updating his marital status and earning degrees in a major career change project. Awesome. Just awesome.

I am grateful for mild Italian sausage from Costco.

I am grateful for Farley’s potty victories of late. I’ll spare you all the details; but anyone who’s had kids that have achieved this milestone know what a big cussing deal this is. Go Farley!

Gratitude day 24

I am grateful for an unexpected lunch with an officemate/client/acquaintance today. I had sat down in the restaurant at a table for one, when my compadre walked in about to do the same. Nice to have unexpected company.

I am grateful for the pad thai I had from that restaurant. Newly discovered reasonably priced
Thai food convenient to my work? Sign me up!

I am grateful for some great co-operation from my boys in cleaning up the living room, and grateful for the time we spent immediately after that getting it all messy again with a train set. Coop was a superstar, and I don’t know anyone who exclaims “CHOO CHOO!” As enthusiastically as Farley.