Gratitude – movie night, burritos, Cooper’s school.


I am grateful for movie night. We had a screening of Guardians of the Galaxy tonight, with grandparents in attendance. In hindsight, our selection may not have been age appropriate for the kids, but everyone loved it. Popcorn was popped, laundry was folded and a good time was had by all.

I am grateful for inspiration from my brother in law, who has had the same lunch every day for 15 years, an Amy’s brand frozen burrito. I tried one today. It was good, but tonight I made homemade burritos for dinner and a bunch of extra so I could make and freeze some for lunch. I now have two weeks of lunch in my freezer. Huzzah!

I am grateful that Coop is in a great space right now. We had a parent teacher conference today. His teacher is great. His friends are great. His school is great. If that’s not nice, I don’t know what is.

Grateful – experiment sundays, folks, free rides

I am grateful to have heard stories from Leon, my desk neighbour at work, of “Experiment Sundays” which he does with his 5 and 3 year old kids. I might just have to start a similar habit.

I am grateful for my folks, who met us at home early, having picked up coop and prepared dinner. Thursdays are crazy around here with Beavers at
6pm, so that made everything easier.

Making everything easier still was an offer from another dad, Peter, to come pick Coop up and take him to Beavers with his kid. I’m grateful for that too!

Grateful – Doug Englebart,farley penguin,leftovers

I am grateful for Doug Englebart. I am also grateful for podcasts, and in this instance for 99% Invisible, because that’s where I learned that Doug Englebart is the person responsible for bringing us the computer mouse. These days, it seems superfluous to say “computer mouse” instead of just “mouse”, but in 1964 it was a much more abstract concept than the commonplace, every-day object it is now. Doug Englebart was the kind of visionary that started something that helped make the world what it is today, even if it’s not exactly as he intended to at the time. Listening to that podcast on my bike ride home, my mind was blown, and for that I am grateful. You should hook yourself up with the podcast too, IMHO. Also in that episode: the term “grunt and point interface” to describe the kind of caveman brain type interactivity the mouse provides us. Pure awesome, that!

I am grateful for Farley, who likes to be baby penguin now. No more big boy turtle. Penguin, and baby penguin, particularly. A big boy penguin, he is NOT. The penguin metaphor is a nice one for me, because it’s the Papa penguins that snuggle up and incubate the eggs, and after they hatch, they keep snuggling the little penguin babies. True story.

I am grateful for leftovers, because after a long busy day, I was in no mood to cook, and they were delicious.



Gratitude – longer days, the bike, handprints

2015-01-20 - MDLs Handprints

I am grateful for longer days. Today I left the house to drop off kids and go to work, then came home after a full day, all while the sun was up.

I am grateful for my bike. Again. With the weather getting better and routine settling back in, I’ve been on that thing more, and it makes my whole dang life better, even (perhaps especially) when I’m not riding it.

I am grateful for a fun night at home. Grandparents came over, and before sloppy joes (based on my grandma’s recipe), we took advantage of wet cement in the garage floor to lay some handprints down. Someday I’ll have 2 big galoots where I once had a 6 and a 2 year old, and their hands will be bigger, and it will be quite something for us to look at the marks we made down there today.

Gratitide – tea party, piano, Farley day



I am grateful that there ain’t no party like my Nana’s tea party.

I am grateful for a whole mess of music on our Vancouver trip, and for the moment captured in the image above of my boys with their eldest cousin at the piano.

I am grateful my dad was able to come over for a while today so I could get some phone calls and email in. Farley was at home today. I’m grateful for the day I had with that fella, but I am also grateful he’ll be back in care and I’ll be back at work tomorrow. Win-win!

Gratitide – home, sleep, Vancouver peeps.

I am grateful to be home.

I am grateful for a great sleep last night. Night number 1 at Nana and Pop’s house? Well, who could expect to sleep with all that excitement! The boys had us up on 3 occasions on night 1, so on night 2, I headed to bed a bit earlier, around 11pm. The next time my eyes opened was at 8am. My boys rarely sleep past 7:30 on a weekend. It was awesome and unexpected to have such a great sleep.

I am grateful for all my great Vancouver peeps, all of whom who weren’t related to me by marriage I completely ignored on this trip. Driving around in the place I used to call home made me painfully aware of all the friends I’d like to see in Vancouver. Perhaps I will in the next few months.

Grateful – happy mother in law, eggs Benedict, cheescake

I am grateful for a very happy mother in law, surrounded by lots of grandkids and family in general, smiling ear to ear while we had a singalong of songs she’d requested accompanied by piano and ukulele. If that’s not nice, what is?

I am grateful for successful execution and warm reception of eggs Benedict served to 11 people that I made this morning.

I am grateful for cheesecake from Trafalgar’s on 16th. Vancouverites who like cheesecake, take note.

Gratitide – kids, IKEA, my other in law

I am grateful for some great child behaviour today. We not only were on the ferry, but we also went straight to Ikea for what turned into a 4 hour visit. There were a few tantrums, but most were mine.

I am grateful I don’t have to go to Ikea very often.

I am grateful for my mother in law, who’s 70th birthday I’ve come to Vancouver to celebrate. I’m a lucky man in many ways, not the least of which is scoring in the mother in law department. She is one of the most generous, helpful, fun, and family loving people I know. I don’t know a lot of people that describe their mothers-in-law that way, but I do!

Gratitude – folks, victory, and sleep

I am grateful for my folks, who spoil us rotten. Thursdays are usually tricky, after work we pick up both kids and get home around 5:20 if we’re doing really well, and then at least one parent is out the door with at least one kid at 5:45 so Coop can be at Beavers at 6:00. Today the folks picked up fish and chips, as well as Coop, so we all met at home much earlier with a delicious dinner ready to go. Score!

I am grateful for all programming victories. I put aside some time to just fool around with the Google Maps API, WordPress and ajax calls. It’s really fun when you have an idea and can just make it work.

I am grateful for an early bedtime. We
Have a big few days ahead, it’s nice to think there’s a good chance of a good night’s sleep right now.

Gratitude – snowdrops, biking, self employment, TV


I am grateful for snowdrops we found coming up on an obscure corner of our backyard that is too often overlooked.

I am grateful for bike riding. There was a hiatus there, but I am back at it and it feels great, particularly in the morning when Coop is riding beside me on his strider bike and Farley is sitting in his seat behind me.

I am grateful for new business opportunities. Being my own boss has lots of advantages. Lots of disadvantages too. There are things to enjoy about the twisty up and down road it has become. I never know what new opportunities might come from my efforts, but they present themselves frequently enough that it makes self employment a rewarding and exciting experience at times.

I am grateful for an hour of TV after the kids are in bed and lunches are made, even if it is while I distractedly thumb type a blog post.