First and foremost, I am grateful that Coop's surgery went well today, and he's fine, and as the drugs wore off this afternoon he became more and more his old Coopery self.

I am grateful for the team at VGH that pulled it all off so well. Hard to believe this is just another day for those folks.

I am grateful for my country's single payer healthcare system. It's tough having your kid need surgery. I'm really glad that how much we make, or what kind of plan we have, or how much it would cost didn't play into any decision making or added stress around this experience. Cooper needed what he needed, and he got it. That's because because here, our society recognizes that everyone deserves and should receive excellent healthcare whenever it is necessary.

I am grateful for Coop. He was nervous. He accepted our support, and he handled it all like the champ that he is. I'm so dang proud of that kid.

I am grateful for friends that are having Farley over for a sleepover with their kids tonight, so we can dote on Coop, let him sleep in the bottom bunk, and try to keep him as comfy as we can right now. We asked, and they stepped up right away without hesitation. That kind of generosity and friendship humbles me.

I am grateful for digital movies on demand from the internet. We'll likely be big customers over the next week.

I am grateful for Julie. Times like these help me know how important our relationship is for me.


I am grateful for Farely’s blackberry smoothie moustache this morning.

I am grateful for time spent with Coop today. We shot off a vinegar and baking soda rocket in the park today, it was fun.

I am grateful for a fun time out with the 4 of us. We went to see the Spiderman movie and then out for dinner. It was a great night.

I am grateful for all friends and family, and anyone who is reading this. I’ll ask you think good thoughts and direct them toward Cooper tomorrow. He’s going in for day surgery. He’ll be home tomorrow evening, and it’s not as serious as many medical issues can be, but will be going under general, and recuperating for a good while after. I’ll take whatever positivity this world can generate for that fella, so I am putting it out there.


I am grateful for time at the studio.

I am grateful for a mostly low key day at home.

I am grateful for time with my and 2 other families at Summit Park. I am grateful for geocaching.

I am grateful for tickets to the second KD Lang show tonight, and for time spent with our cousin-in-laws after the show. I can't believe I got to go again. It was a once in a lifetime experience that I got to have twice!


I am grateful for time spent with my wife's cousin's husband's brother and his family. He's a great guy we connected with at a wedding years and years ago, and we've kept in touch over the years. We had him, his equally great partner, and their cuter than cute 3 month old daughter over for brunch. I made eggs Benedict. It was a great time.

Turns out he's a drummer by profession, and so I am also grateful for the opportunity to see him performing as part of the band for K. D. Lang here in the first date in her Canadian tour. It was an amazing show, and we caught up with them again after. Truly, it was a night to remember.


I am grateful for a productive week, and few projects completed.

I am grateful for Farley's parade at bike camp. He had his bike costume on, and he was rocking it.

I am grateful for family fun night: my pick. Tonight we had dinner out, then went for a walk on Island View Beach, then stopped by Elk Lake on the way home to take in the sunset.

I am grateful for clouds. The wildfires in this province have meant that we've been walled in a by a smoky haze. Tonight the smoke lifted a bit and we could once again see the clouds, and some blue sky.


I am grateful for Farley, who had a mighty fun day at a cycling summer camp despite being a bit afraid this morning. It's pretty much the first time he's been anywhere all day that's not been with his family or the daycare he's been attending since he was a toddler.

I am grateful for some time in the studio.

I am grateful for kids in the trampoline.

I am grateful for time spent playing Lego with those same kids.


I am grateful for a mostly lazyish day at home, taking it easy and getting some chores done for the week ahead.

I am grateful for time spent at Elk Lake, cooling off in the water with my 2 favourite goofballs, and Julie, who really is often also a goofball.

I am grateful that everyone likes chicken soup, which is fast easy and cheap to make. That’s a lot of planets that rarely align, but they did tonight at supper.