I am grateful for a change in government. As you may have read in my previous post, I am not a fan of what used to be the Harper government. I am optimistic and hopeful for the government we’ve just elected.

I am grateful for my Dad. He volunteered for the candidate he supported and knocked on doors as a canvasser throughout the campaign. It turns out that his candidate won by a very slim margin. Slim enough that it made my father’s efforts that much more meaningful, and me that much more proud.

I am grateful for packages in the mail for my kids from both sets of grandparents. Farley got a bunch of stickers. That kid loves an arm full of stickers. One day, he’ll learn what a tattoo parlour is, and I’ll have to figure out how I feel about that.

Pre-election Rant

I am about to rant against the Harper government. You’ve been warned.

Here’s the thing, no matter the positions or credentials of the politicians, if they don’t respect the process of government, they shouldn’t be allowed to be a part of it.

I’m pretty left wing by nature, but even if I held the same political views as the Conservatives I wouldn’t vote for them.

And that’s because over and over in the last decade the Harper government has shown a blatant lack of respect for the process of democracy in our country. Being held in contempt of parliament, proroguing parliament, election fraud, forcing omnibus bills through without opportunity for parliamentary debate, and muzzling scientists are examples. 

In government, no matter how much you believe in your agenda, it’s wrong to subvert the political process. The end does not justify the means. These are not issues of left vs. right. They are much bigger than that.

I’m hopeful that in this election we’ll see the end of the Harper regime, if not the Conservative one, too. And I hope thereafter conservatives pick a leader I can respect and admire, even if I disagree with their policies. Another Joe Clark, perhaps, or a Diefenbaker.

No matter who gets in, I want a Canada where the opposition is given a chance to review and debate legislation before it’s law: where if democratically elected representatives want to form a coalition, they can do so; where I’m compelled to vote for things I believe in, and not strategically because of things I am against; and where politicians and policies are selected based upon the will of the people.

Please consider not just the positions on policy, but also the record of our Harper government before you vote.

And even if you aren’t swayed by what I’ve just written, no matter who you want to vote for, VOTE! I think any change in this country is going to start with a government that knows its accountable to an involved public. if you think like me, I want you to vote so our voice is heard. If you don’t, I still want you to vote so at least I know the folks in power are there legitimately.
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I’ve seen too much disrespect and abuse in social media and the blogosphere around this campaign, from all sides.

I grew up in Calgary, Alberta. Many of my friends and family are Conservative voters. If you are Conservative and read this far, I want you to know I respect your opinion, and I thank you for reading about mine.


I am grateful for Coop’s sick day. It wasn’t entirely convenient, but it was nice to spend some time with that guy.

I am grateful for the salmon run. I thought getting some fresh air would be good, and it was. There arent many yet, but there were a few.


I am grateful for an electric bike trip to the grocery store with Farley this evening. It’s great when the mundane tasks of life can be so pleasurable.

I am grateful to be in bed when I  feel this tired. Good night!


I am grateful for another mostly worky day. I am also ambivalent; I wouldn’t mind not working for a bit if the prospect didn’t stress me out so much.

I am grateful for lunch with Julie this afternoon. If you ever go to Hong Kong West at Richmond and Fort here in Victoria, I recommend ordering the Black Chicken. It’s not on the menu. I don’t know what’s in there, and they won’t tell me. It’s really, really good.

I am grateful for the wisdom that allowed me to take a break this afternoon. I googled “Optimum time for a nap”, and found that it’s best to go for less than 20 minutes or more than 90 minutes. I didn’t have 90 minutes, so I set my alarm for 20 minutes, but awoke after 10 feeling great. I’ll do that again.

I am grateful for an hour or two with my boys tonight. Julie was out, and we went for a quick walk up to Summit Park. It’s beautiful up there when the sun is going down. My boys clamber around rocks like mountain goats, and it’s fun to watch them do that.



I am grateful for old friends. It was flattering to be called up by a buddy of mine with teenage kids today; they were in Victoria from Vancouver for the Rifflandia music festival and my pal wanted to know if I could be available in case anything went haywire on their trip. It’s nice to know he’d ask that of me. It was nice to chat on the phone and catch up.

I am grateful for a productive day. I was kid free with my nose to the grindstone for as long as I could be today, and I got a fair amount of cuss done.

I am grateful for a sleepover at our place, with 2 kids over here whom our kids were with last night. We had a fun backyard centred evening, complete with games, trampoline jumping, campfire songs, roasted hot dogs and bannock. By 9:30, they were well on their way to the land of nod. We’ll see how long that lasts. Here’s hoping!

I’m grateful for the parents of those kids, too. It really does take a village to raise kids, and I’m glad my village is populated with people I like.



I  grateful for a bike commute every morning. The routine goes like this: I put the bike on the back of the car, drive the kids to school and daycare, park the bike near Julie’s work and bike home. It works nicely. I get to have a bike ride and Julie gets to have a walk every morning.

I am grateful for the enjoyment I get from cooking. I’ve never made French onion soup before, but I did today, and I nailed it. That’s not a humblebrag, just a plain old brag. Here’s the thing though, mastery isn’t always easy to come by; but cooking regularly increases the chances.

I am grateful to have had a guest for dinner tonight, a photographer who we originally hired to take photos of our family, and now is a friend we have for dinner every now and again. She’s an AMAZING shooter, and a fine human being. Should you ever need a photographer, ask me for a reference.


  I am grateful for my grandpa’s old 1972 buick. I drove it for the first time in a few weeks to do a small errand today. Suddenly it became an occaision. I can’t go anywhere in that car without someone remarking to me that they like it.

It’s good for me to remember these moments, because most of the rest of the time I am just wondering what to do with it.


i am grateful for cabbage. I started some sauerkraut today, and also attempted to make as noodly a food as possible with it, because my boys can’t get enough of noodles. Frying in butter did the trick! Coop had thirds.

I’m grateful for lunch with Julie and one of her co-workers today. 

I am grateful for the woman in the bank lineup behind me. She chased me down after I left, and caught up to me out of breath a good half block away to tell me I’d left my keys behind. I thanked her profusely, and she replied “we all have to take care of each other, right?” She’s right. We do. And when we do, it’s the kind of world I am grateful to live in, and when something like that happens, I look forward to finding an opportunity to take care of someone else, and pay it forward.


i am grateful for a small project that went smoothly, and was accomplished in a day as expected.

I am grateful for a bit more ease every day with the home office lifestyle. Many aspects of life have gotten easier and more efficient. The house is tidier, dinner is on the table when everyone gets home, and yet I think I am still managing more productive hours in the day. It’s also a relief that I am so far not crawling up the walls, like the last time I tried working from home. Things were different then; I didn’t have children. That’s something that’s changed everything I thought I knew about myself; I guess this is just another one of those things.

I am grateful for a great evening chowing down on BBQ fare in our backyard while our kids went bananas on the trampoline. One of folks we had over is the chocolatier behind La Sirene. Here’s some advice for you: if you are ever having a chocolatier over for dinner and they ask what they can bring, what you should reply is “chocolate!”.