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.
I am grateful for the 24/7 This American Life internet radio station.
I am grateful to the busy gods. Hard to remember that when I am putting in long nights, but it’s so much better than the other times, when I am not in the favour of the busy gods.
I am grateful for the joy that comes with success after quietly puzzling something out for a while.
I am grateful for those moments my boys can really enjoy each other’s company and hang out. For the most part, that’s how they are. Sometimes they are scrappy, but I usually find if I leave them to work it out, they do, and then they seem a bit closer. It’s great for so many reasons, not the least of which is it means sometimes the parents can get a break.
I’m grateful for the way beer tastes when I’ve worked hard and I know I deserve it. I swear that’s a particular flavour that doesn’t come with the exact same beer when I haven’t been working hard. I also find it occurs with any beer. It goes for crappy lite beer, as much as fancy microbrews. Go figure. I’ll take it. It’s good.
I am grateful nobody pooped their pants at Costco yesterday. Farley is transitioning out of diapers. I was on my own on a big Costco trip last night with both boys. Poopy pants would not be fun for anyone, but it didn’t happen. For that, I have gratitude.
I am grateful for the bike ride I had with Cooper this morning. That guy wasn’t sure about riding his strider bike outside of the yard, but he said he’d give it a try. It was a 2.2km trip, under his own power, more uphill than down. He was really into it by the end, and asking about when he could do it again. That right there, is a fine way to get to work and school!
I am grateful for Radio Paradise. It’s a great DJ mixed internet radio station, and it pretty much always is playing music I want to hear. If I am listening to music near an internet enabled device, chances are I am listening to Radio Paradise.
I am grateful for the relationship I’ve got with my spouse. We’ve been together a long time; and while it’s always taken work from both of us to keep it all together, it feels solid beneath my feet and brings meaning to my life. It’s especially important to have that stable footing at crazy times like these where I have to put in extra time at the office. It’s hard to see past the immediate panic, and lately it’s meant a lot more solo parenting for Julie.
I am grateful for the privilege I must have for entitlement to be so much an issue that what I have to work on is being more grateful. I am not comfortable with this privilege; it comes with some guilt. It is my hope that by being grateful for it, I’ll also achieve some humility.
I am grateful for my job’s flexibility. If my kid is sick, I stay at home and work the weekend. If I get frustrated with design work, I learn about authoring video. If programming interests me, I chase that rabbit down its hole for as long as I care too.
I am grateful for sushi. It is just so dang delicious. I had a heck of a lot of really good sushi tonight on a date with Julie, whose presence in my life I am also grateful for, but that would make 4 things.