Gratitude – spirit in the sky, safety first, done.

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I am grateful for the perfect mix of effects on the guitar in Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenblaun. It’s this got this growl and bark that matches the music it’s playing perfectly. It’s divine; pun fully intended.

I am grateful for Farley’s “safety first” mentality, piling up pillows, blankets and stuffies in the landing area before attempting a jump off the rocking chair.

I am grateful the day is over and kids are in bed. I am pooped!

Gratitude – Coop at the dentist, work, help from folks

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I am grateful for a successful trip to the dentist with Coop this morning, complete with an earlier start in the morning, and Farley on my lap for the whole appointment. There were no cavities, and it could have gone haywire, but it did not.

I am grateful for a lengthy uninterrupted time at my desk today. I’ve got a full hopper, but I am making my way through.

I am grateful to my folks, who were nice enough to come to my house, make it look nice, and left dinner ready in the fridge after they left. Who does that? Will I do that for my kids when they are parents? Maybe, maybe not. Doesn’t matter right now. With a renovation underway, two working parents and two young boys, and typically no folks in town, we’ll take whatever help we can get, and I’ll be grateful for it.

Gratitude – action packed sunday, reno progress, work groove.

I am grateful for an action packed Sunday. Grandparents had the kids for the morning and lunch, then we picked them up and went straight to a birthday party, and wrapped it all up with dinner at Pizza Prima Strada with the grandies in the evening. Prima Strada is the best pizza I think I’ve had anywere, period. The whole day was pretty swell, albeit exhausting, but man, that pizza was pretty cussing great.

I am grateful for more progress on the reno. Things are starting to get cleaner now. Most of the rubble piles in the front and back yard are gone. The space downstairs has been swept out, because most of the dusty stuff (aside from drywalling, but that’s later) is done. It’s nice to see these milestones occur.

I am grateful for a renewed sense of passion for my work lately. Biz has picked up, which is nice, and I’ve found myself a bit more excited about getting into the coding and business processes lately. This is good, I was in a bit of a clock-watching funk there for a while. It was more stress than boredom induced clock-watching, but either way, it feels similarly unpleasant. It’s a nice groove to be in right now, so I’m going to try to ride that wave as long as I can.

Good podcast – Snap Judgement: Reunion

I listen to a lot of podcasts. It’s just about my favourite medium. At once intimate, convenient and mind blowing, the best podcasts change my life in real ways, like the one that inspired my gratitude blog.

Today though, I just wanted to mention one podcast I enjoyed last week. As time goes on, I’ll try to post more links when I hear the real cherries.

Snap Judgement from NPR is almost always a great listen, but I thought the reunion episode was especially good. A pastor is reunited in jail with his estranged father. A record collection is reunited with the best possible person it could be, and a woman sends a stripper to act as herself at her high school reunion. All entertaining stuff. Not mind blowing, but good. Check it!

Gratitude – Thetis lake, tantrum recovery, Farley’s Groot

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I am grateful for a nice rainy hike at Thetis lake today.

I am grateful that Coop recovered nicely from a five alarm, full volume, no-drill, 15 minute tantrum. Holy cuss, he was dishing it out, but after a while he calmed down and we were able to enjoy a nice walk.

I am grateful for Farley’s Groot impersonation.

Gratitude – movie night, burritos, Cooper’s school.

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I am grateful for movie night. We had a screening of Guardians of the Galaxy tonight, with grandparents in attendance. In hindsight, our selection may not have been age appropriate for the kids, but everyone loved it. Popcorn was popped, laundry was folded and a good time was had by all.

I am grateful for inspiration from my brother in law, who has had the same lunch every day for 15 years, an Amy’s brand frozen burrito. I tried one today. It was good, but tonight I made homemade burritos for dinner and a bunch of extra so I could make and freeze some for lunch. I now have two weeks of lunch in my freezer. Huzzah!

I am grateful that Coop is in a great space right now. We had a parent teacher conference today. His teacher is great. His friends are great. His school is great. If that’s not nice, I don’t know what is.

Grateful – experiment sundays, folks, free rides

I am grateful to have heard stories from Leon, my desk neighbour at work, of “Experiment Sundays” which he does with his 5 and 3 year old kids. I might just have to start a similar habit.

I am grateful for my folks, who met us at home early, having picked up coop and prepared dinner. Thursdays are crazy around here with Beavers at
6pm, so that made everything easier.

Making everything easier still was an offer from another dad, Peter, to come pick Coop up and take him to Beavers with his kid. I’m grateful for that too!

Grateful – Doug Englebart,farley penguin,leftovers

I am grateful for Doug Englebart. I am also grateful for podcasts, and in this instance for 99% Invisible, because that’s where I learned that Doug Englebart is the person responsible for bringing us the computer mouse. These days, it seems superfluous to say “computer mouse” instead of just “mouse”, but in 1964 it was a much more abstract concept than the commonplace, every-day object it is now. Doug Englebart was the kind of visionary that started something that helped make the world what it is today, even if it’s not exactly as he intended to at the time. Listening to that podcast on my bike ride home, my mind was blown, and for that I am grateful. You should hook yourself up with the podcast too, IMHO. Also in that episode: the term “grunt and point interface” to describe the kind of caveman brain type interactivity the mouse provides us. Pure awesome, that!

I am grateful for Farley, who likes to be baby penguin now. No more big boy turtle. Penguin, and baby penguin, particularly. A big boy penguin, he is NOT. The penguin metaphor is a nice one for me, because it’s the Papa penguins that snuggle up and incubate the eggs, and after they hatch, they keep snuggling the little penguin babies. True story.

I am grateful for leftovers, because after a long busy day, I was in no mood to cook, and they were delicious.