I am grateful for good friends over eating good food with us. A casual dinner hosted at home, particularly with some kids over, is just great for us these days.
I am grateful for WordPress. It really is a delight to work with, and that’s what I do nearly all the time I am at work these days. It’s even better because it’s open source, which give me hope for the world.
I am grateful for small victories. I bought a new chain and cassette (that’s the collection of gears on the back wheel) for my bike. I installed them, and I adjusted the whole drivetrain through a fair amount of trial and error. It’s humming along smoothly now. It wouldn’t feel as good while I ride if someone else had done that. Know why? Victory. That’s why.
I am grateful for the Saanich fair. It’s just the right size for me, much like many other things about Victoria.
I am grateful for all manner of podcasts, but especially the story ones for kids; the perfect thing to calm down a tired and amped up crew after a fair during the 30 minute trek out of the parking field.
I am grateful for the birthday gift from my brother that allows me to make coffee in my Keurig machine with regular coffee. I ran out of K-cups, and oh man, would I have been screwed without it.
I am grateful for days off work, like today. It’s been a while and I needed one. I couldn’t sleep past 7:30, dagnabbit, but it was nice to know I could have.
I am grateful for my in-laws. My Mother in-law is like the Tasmanian Devil in our house, but to the opposite effect. She comes in, moves randomly about the place like a blurry tornado, but instead of leaving chaos in her wake she leaves order. The place has never been so dang tidy. My only fears about this are:
- the before and after difference makes me wonder if I am not functioning well as a grown up;
- my kids might be forming unrealistic expectations of what will happen when they have children of their own, and what the next generation Grandparents will do when they come to visit.
I am grateful my kids are in bed and the house is quiet. This teacup is full, and I don’t want to spill any tea in my tidy home.
I am grateful for the photo that Cooper’s Nana just sent me of Coop Giving Pop a ride.
I am grateful for a phone call I just received from a client that was made for no other purpose than to thank me for how well a project is going. It’s not even done yet, and there was no other reason for the call. I should do stuff like that more. You should do stuff like that more. The world would be a better place if we all did stuff like that more.
I am grateful for Farley’s unstoppable smile and excitement whenever he’s seen us for the first time in a while, and also for his full transparency to his current emotional state. Often this can mean tantrums, but on the other side of the coin, sometimes he just smiles and declares, “HAPPY”. Know what that does? It makes everyone around him also happy.
I am grateful for the village it takes to raise my kids. Coop had a swell 25 minute impromptu, game of full-throttle tag he really needed, having been cooped up with me all day while I tried to get some work done.
I am grateful for my in-laws, who are swooping in for child are needs tomorrow, when we don’t have any other options available.
I am grateful that blog posts do not have to be long to still be blog posts.
I am grateful for Remember The Milk, which is a to-do list web app that works really well for me. Really, I am grateful for to-do lists in general. Every now and again it seems like too much. Write it all down in a list, and suddenly it’s not too much, in fact it’s just the next thing on the list. I reckon I’d cease to function without to-do lists; in a fatal and catastrophic attempt to multitask everything at once.
I am grateful for the professional community I’ve become a part of. I was grateful for it in Vancouver before I left too, and I still am a part of that to a very limited degree. I’ve been working here in Victoria since 2006, and it took a while, but I’ve got a nice crew of contacts here. Many of the same people I work with professionally are people I like to hang out with socially on occaision. It’s great when those worlds can collide.
I am grateful for the fancy pants dinner I had out with my family tonight. We went to Pagliacci’s, which is where you should go too if you are ever in Victoria. Our kids melted down, there was screaming and crying and carrying on, but even still, it was an enjoyable evening (though I am not sure all the other guests at the restaurant would agree).
I am grateful to Julie. Another late night tonight. It’s a big push toward several concurrent deadlines at work for me. She has a cold. She worked today. She works tomorrow. I just called and the kids were relentlessly screaming in the background. Julie is a champ.
I am grateful for the view out of my office window; especially as it will be changing soon. The company I sublet my office from is changing addresses. For the past few months since moving in I have really enjoyed looking out over the inner harbour, watching planes and ferries and whalewatchers come and go. I am trying to soak it in before I won’t have it anymore.
I am grateful that the sun has just gone behind a tree through said window. The glare on my monitors won’t be so bad. This, I suppose, is the sunny side of staying at work past 8pm (pun fully intended).
I am grateful for the hill I ride down on my bicycle on my way from home to work every day. I feel like I should have a cape. Riding a bike is a great trip, but when you add downhill to the mix, that really takes the cake.
This will sound like bullshit, but it’s not. I am grateful for the ride up that same hill on my way back home at the end of the day. I’ve never been much of one for physical exercise but my commute calls for that, so I have no choice but to do it. I chuff like a steam locomotive, and I can tell it’s good for me. Then I get home at the end; and that makes for a nice reward in itself.
I am grateful for my clean kitchen. Sometimes it’s not, but we’ve been on a good several day run with that. I am not sure what causes what, but when the kitchen is clean, my mind is clear. When there is a dish monster creeping out of the sink, my brain turns to muck.
I am grateful for Netflix, and TV in general. There, I said it. That’s the honest truth. We try not to watch too much, but last night, after the kids were down, Julie and I popped some popcorn and watched a movie. It was swell just to hang out and the ritual of movie selection makes the whole event seem a little more ceremonious. Then, this morning, Coop watched cartoons while we got a chance to sleep in. Screen time has it’s downsides, but movies and popcorn and peace in the morning are some pretty big upsides, too.
I am grateful for lentils. I recently re-discovered them, and have been making vats of lentil soup every week to bring in for lunch. Lentils are cheap, healthy, convenient and delicious.
I am grateful for Cottage Cheese Pancakes. They are delicious, and higher in protein and lower in carbs. This means I can eat a big stack of them, and not feel like I am hungover for the rest of the day, which is what happens with standard grade pancakes. Want the recipe? Here it is:
Cottage Cheese Pancakes
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 C flour
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 C Cottage Cheese
- 3/4 C Yogurt
- 1tsp Vanilla
- Throw all the things in a blender. Put the lid on the blender and turn it on. Let it go for a good long while, until it’s all smooth, like pancake batter is supposed to be.
- Make pancakes.
- Eat them.
I am grateful for the times I am living in. There’s lots to worry about, sure, but the internet, the as yet mostly unchanged climate, the state of peace we’re enjoying in North America, and indoor plumbing all make me think humans just haven’t ever had it as good as we’ve got it right now.
I am grateful for the CBC. Listening to it is like coming home. And sometimes, when I am on my own with the kids, it’s a lifesaver for a brain that craves just a little adult conversation.
i am grateful for Cooper’s lego robot, BeepBoop. After this photo was taken, BeebBoop gained some family members, and I am sure BeepBoop was grateful for that, too.