I am grateful for a pretty sky tonight while the sun was going down.

I am grateful for some time spent building a duplo tower that went all the way to the ceiling with Coop and Farley.

I am grateful for a plate of snacks that Julie brought me while I was burning some midnight oil at my desk. Something like that can really improve my mood under those kinds of circumstances.


  I am grateful for a change in government. As you may have read in my previous post, I am not a fan of what used to be the Harper government. I am optimistic and hopeful for the government we’ve just elected.

I am grateful for my Dad. He volunteered for the candidate he supported and knocked on doors as a canvasser throughout the campaign. It turns out that his candidate won by a very slim margin. Slim enough that it made my father’s efforts that much more meaningful, and me that much more proud.

I am grateful for packages in the mail for my kids from both sets of grandparents. Farley got a bunch of stickers. That kid loves an arm full of stickers. One day, he’ll learn what a tattoo parlour is, and I’ll have to figure out how I feel about that.


I am mighty grateful to friends that had Farley and Cooper over the last 2 nights. They had a great time, and so did Julie and I. Next week, we’ll add their 2 jokers to ours, and see what happens at our house over 2 nights. I’d also be grateful for any suggestions for how to keep 4 boys aged 2-7 entertained.

I am grateful for a quiet morning spent sleeping in. It was quiet here. So quiet.

I am grateful for my grandpa’s old buick. I drove it all weekend. That thing is awesome.

I am grateful for bread I started tonight that I’ll bake tomorrow. I’ve modified the recipe. Maybe it will be better, maybe it won’t. I’m on the edge of my seat! I get a lot of excitement out of the cost of 6 cups of flour.

I am grateful that as of one hour ago, I can expect not to hear the phrase, “the following is a paid political announcement” for a while. The campaign is over. Now all of you, get your butts to the polling station and VOTE! 

Pre-election Rant

I am about to rant against the Harper government. You’ve been warned.

Here’s the thing, no matter the positions or credentials of the politicians, if they don’t respect the process of government, they shouldn’t be allowed to be a part of it.

I’m pretty left wing by nature, but even if I held the same political views as the Conservatives I wouldn’t vote for them.

And that’s because over and over in the last decade the Harper government has shown a blatant lack of respect for the process of democracy in our country. Being held in contempt of parliament, proroguing parliament, election fraud, forcing omnibus bills through without opportunity for parliamentary debate, and muzzling scientists are examples. 

In government, no matter how much you believe in your agenda, it’s wrong to subvert the political process. The end does not justify the means. These are not issues of left vs. right. They are much bigger than that.

I’m hopeful that in this election we’ll see the end of the Harper regime, if not the Conservative one, too. And I hope thereafter conservatives pick a leader I can respect and admire, even if I disagree with their policies. Another Joe Clark, perhaps, or a Diefenbaker.

No matter who gets in, I want a Canada where the opposition is given a chance to review and debate legislation before it’s law: where if democratically elected representatives want to form a coalition, they can do so; where I’m compelled to vote for things I believe in, and not strategically because of things I am against; and where politicians and policies are selected based upon the will of the people.

Please consider not just the positions on policy, but also the record of our Harper government before you vote.

And even if you aren’t swayed by what I’ve just written, no matter who you want to vote for, VOTE! I think any change in this country is going to start with a government that knows its accountable to an involved public. if you think like me, I want you to vote so our voice is heard. If you don’t, I still want you to vote so at least I know the folks in power are there legitimately.
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I’ve seen too much disrespect and abuse in social media and the blogosphere around this campaign, from all sides.

I grew up in Calgary, Alberta. Many of my friends and family are Conservative voters. If you are Conservative and read this far, I want you to know I respect your opinion, and I thank you for reading about mine.


I am grateful for cooking success. I wanted to make some really good artisan style whole wheat bread. So you know what I did? I made some really good artisan style whole wheat bread, that’s what!

I am grateful for a day of solitary freedom. I stayed in bed until 11:30 or so this morning. I got a bunch of work done. I did an errand. It doesn’t sound all that exciting, but it was awesome.

I am grateful for the trance-like zone I can enter when playing music. I’m not really sure how great it would sound to someone else, and I don’t care. When I’m in that zone, it sounds cussing amazing to me. Suddenly I feel like the drums are playing me, and not the other way around. I jammed tonight with a bunch of people I’ve been jamming with periodically for 8 or 9 years. Sometimes it takes a while to get into that zone, but I was there tonight, and there is nothing on this earth like it.


I am grateful for some nice weather today.

I am grateful for some freedom. Our kids are at another house for a sleepover, and Julie is away visiting a friend in Edmonton. 

I’m grateful for movies. I saw “The Martian” tonight. I enjoyed it.


I am grateful my server is up and running, but 3 solid days in a row is too much downtime. I’m now in the market for a new hosting provider.

I am grateful to have gotten past much of the work that was on my plate over the last few weeks. I’ve been returning emails, and not going back to my desk after the kids are in bed. I am really enjoying the sense of life under control that these things are giving me.

I am grateful for lunch with a colleague I enjoy working and socializing with. I am also grateful for Pizza Prima Strada, and especially the pancetta pizza with added mushrooms.


I am grateful for Coop’s sick day. It wasn’t entirely convenient, but it was nice to spend some time with that guy.

I am grateful for the salmon run. I thought getting some fresh air would be good, and it was. There arent many yet, but there were a few.


I am grateful for the wordpress app, so I can write this post even though my server is currently down.

I am grateful for a normal workday, one where I didnt go back to work after dinner.

I am grateful for Coop. He had a rough day today, and reacted in a very grown up big kid way to some dissapointing news that made the news more dissappointing and grown up by virtue of the way he reacted to it. when kids are little they throw tantrums, and its not easy. Sometimes its hard to watch kids get bigger, too. I didn’t see any tantrum today, but my heart really felt for Coop’s resigned but sad acceptance of his circumstance. I’m grateful I was able to hang out with him tonight.


I am grateful for a fairly low key day. 

I am grateful for brunch with neighbours and friends across the street this morning.

I am grateful for the opportunity to vote this afternoon, by way of a short walk through a park with all 4 of us.

I am grateful the lineup and process of voting today wasn’t anything like what they’ve been showing in the news. The whole process was likely less than 20 minutes or so.

I am grateful for the collapsing in a heap with Julie and Netflix after the kids were down tonight.