I am grateful for family fun night. It was Cooper’s pick. He chose bowling. I think that might be the first time I’ve gone bowling since I’ve had kids. I’d forgotten how much fun it is.

I am grateful for a telescope I’ve had in a box under my bed since Santa brought it for our family last Christmas. I finally got that thing set up tonight, and I pointed it at the moon. It was quite the sight to behold, and I even got a pretty good photo by holding my phone up to the eyepiece. 

Nothing like a telescope to blow one’s mind thinking about how close and far away things are, how big the universe is, how insignificant we are, and what a privilege it is to be able to observe the world around us.


I am grateful for nice clear warm sunny weather today. Warm enough that a sweater was all I needed outside for a while, at least.

I am grateful for my electric bike, and for the opportunity to cart Cooper around on it today. Fun times.

I am grateful for friends who took care of our kids tonight when we were in a jam.


I’m grateful for my very existence. I don’t mean to get all epistemological or religious on you, but here’s the thing: either by some great coincidence or some grand design, here I am, and there you are. Imagine that.

I am grateful for burger night.

I am grateful for Julie.


I am grateful to have a warm, dry, comfortable place to live. Buckets of rain came down today., and winds were clocked at 99 km/h in the city and 120km/h off the coast.

I am grateful for an adventurous ride in that weather this morning. Also rain pants. I am grateful for rain pants.

I am grateful to be in bed. I am bushed.


I am grateful for enough work right now. I regularly go through a feast/famine cycle, although that makes my schedule sound more predictable and regular than it is. Right now it’s just about right, which is nice.

I am grateful for some time spent with all 4 of us on the living room floor tonight, playing with lego and wooden blocks.

I am grateful for sashimi I cut up tonight from a frozen block of salmon I bought at a Japanese supermarket in town. So good. So much cheaper than from a restaurant. So decadent to snack on that while zoning out with a bit of Netflix with Julie before turning in for the night.




I am grateful for a laid back weekend.

I am grateful for some time spent outdoors today with kids clambering around on rocks and making grand projects out of kelp and washed up tires.

I am grateful for Cattle Point when the sun is low in the sky.

I am grateful for weather that’s warm enough that when a 3 year old falls in the water and gets wet, he doesn’t get so cold he has to go home right away.

I am grateful to live a peaceful existence in this world, especially in light of recent events in Paris, Beirut, and Bagdad. I take peace for granted in my life. I wish everyone could.


I am grateful for Coop, he’s really starting to make some progress on this whole reading thing, and that’s fun to watch.

I am grateful for a fairly low key Saturday. It’s been too long since I’ve had one of those.

I am grateful for a dinner made of ingredients I had around and needed to use, that came together to be greater than the sum of its parts.



I am grateful that life is settling back to normal. Work is still busy, but it’s not up-working-till-the-wee-hours-of-the-morning busy. Not that I mind that! I do not want to anger the busy gods!

I am grateful for lunch with Julie, and a good bit of cycling to and fro.

I am grateful for the re-institution of family fun night on Fridays. It was Farley’s pick this evening, and we played several games at the Board Game Cafe. The best was Kerplunk, IMHO.


I am grateful for a day where, while I still have lots of balls in the air, they are mostly out of my court, so I could relax a bit.

I am grateful for some time spent in my attic, where I’ve been insulating and putting in a rough floor, so now we have a bunch more storage.

I am grateful for a heated match of Pop’n’hop (a Trouble knockoff) between Coop on one side, and Farley and I on the other.

I am grateful for high fives, which when executed properly, can alleviate some of the tension with a 6 year old coping with the agony of defeat.