Gratitude

I am grateful for the wherewithal to take care of my own dang website.

I am grateful for crepes with cherry sauce that Julie made this morning. Might have been afternoon. Also: grateful for that kind of morning, or afternoon.

I am grateful for time spent painting while the boys were playing with lego in the living room, while we listened to the first 2 episodes of the original 1978 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio play.

I am grateful for some card displays I was given by the owner of a closing store today (Zydeco on Johnson St., a crazy store where you’d go to buy off the wall T-shirts, greeting cards, or punk gear back in the day, open since 1986). A bit sad to see the store close, but… SCORE!

I am grateful for dinner out with my folks, who have arrived here a good long stay as they have every winter for several years. Nice to be treated to dinner, and it will be great to have them around for the next several weeks.

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I am grateful for time in the studio this morning

I am grateful for lunch out with Julie today.

I am grateful for Family Fun Night: Farley’s pick. We went out for a swim, and hit drive thru on the way home. Farley went down the water slide a gazillion times, and Coop jumped off the 5m dive board. Fun times!

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I am grateful for time spent at the studio this morning.

I am grateful for time spent playing a game loosely based on baseball with Julie and Farley in the park today.,

I am grateful for dinner with my family tonight, It was simple – I prepared frozen perogies with bacon and onion, served with frozen veggies on the side. That’s all that’s required though, for me to feel that I have everything I need.

I am grateful for time spent watching Black Mirror: Bandersnatch with Julie tonight after the kids went to bed. There must have been some very creative minds working at full capacity to produce that shindig!

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I am grateful for a better day.

I am grateful for an opportunity to show my work at the Victoria International Airport for the next 3 months.

I am grateful for the little donair and pizza place that’s far enough but not too far from our house, because I did not have the time nor energy to make dinner tonight.

I am grateful for Coop, who I asked to speak a bit about the badges he’s been earning at his Cub meeting tonight in an effort to encourage the other kids, and who was nervous about that, but made notes, and did it anyway. He did a fine job, and he was brave, and done made me proud.

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I am grateful for time spent volunteering at our school’s bottle drive. I didn’t think i would be. Coop dragged me because he wanted to go. Turned out to be a nice day outside, and sorting cans was a rhythmic task I could sink into, and I met some nice other parent folks officially that I’d seen around the school and neighbourhood. Good stuff.

I am grateful for time spent painting in the living room while Farley was at a play date and Coop watched a movie.

I am grateful for my first successful use of a car sharing co-op.

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I am grateful for the egg pasteurization process. I looked it up on the google. It’s not hard. Now I feel okay about making eggnog, or putting eggs in smoothies, etc, which sounds weird, but is good, nutritious, and easy.

I am grateful for time spent in the studio.

I am grateful for Big Wheel Burger, and takeout with Julie at our own quiet kitchen table.

I am grateful for an epic pillow and tickle fight with my sons. In the end I surrendered, but honestly, it was a war of attrition at that point.

I am grateful for Hill House. I love how unapologetically weird the horror genre can get when telling a story, and how willing I am to suspend disbelief and cliche tolerance to see just what they’ll come up with.

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I am grateful for ventolin.

I am grateful for time in the studio this morning.

I am grateful for time spend with my boys at a laundromat and other mundane points of interest this evening (cafe, gas station, department store) getting stuff done and hanging out.

I am grateful for the moment the topic of Farley playing baseball this spring came up.

“I love baseball” said Coop.

“Do you want to play too?” I asked.

“NO. DEFINITELY NOT. But, I want to go to all of Farley’s games, and make him a big sign, and shout ‘GO FARLEY GO’ and, er, hey Farl, would that embarrass you? I wouldn’t mean to embarrass you…”

Farley, who I can see in the rear view mirror listening to all this, is now beaming and grinning ear to ear. He says, “No, I would just smile, and be encouraged.”

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I am grateful for hugs with my children when I dropped them off at school this morning.

I am grateful for time spent in the studio today.

I am not particularly grateful for planning meetings as a general rule; but the two I attended today, back to back, were short, efficient, and well-run, and I am grateful for that.

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I am grateful for phone conversations with my family of origin today; first my parents, then my brother. No particular occasion, just to touch base, like we do most weeks at some point.

I am grateful for time spent with another family at a park, where kids ran rampant, and Coop took photos of 6 different species of mushrooms in an effort to earn a cub badge, and Farley climbed pretty high in a tree by himself in an effort to do just that.

I am grateful for a walk in the forest to conquer Bear Hill with another family after that. Good for the soul to get out there.