I am grateful for my friends Evan and Arundel. Evan emailed out of the blue about a month or two ago to ask if we wanted to join them at a Waterboys concert. Evan and I both listened to the Waterboys when they were at the height of their fame and we were in high school; since then he’s become an even bigger fan. They were going to fly to Victoria from Calgary for the occasion. So, when he asked, I said “of course!”. We saw the show tonight. It was spectacular; and I had one of those nights I know I’ll remember for a long time to come.

Gratitude – kids playing on trampolines with sprinklers, puttering

I am grateful for kids on trampolines with sprinklers on underneath. I am grateful for  favourite swimming trunks, on kid #2, with worn out elastic leading to wardrobe malfunction.

I am grateful for some time to putter today. Julie took the kids and I took the opportunity to get taxes figured out (a little late in the game, I know) and to fiddle with bikes some more.

Gratitude – hard day done, the village, family

i am grateful today is over. It was a day that was absolutely contributing to the glorification of busy, which must stop.

I am grateful for the village that it takes to raise children. Coop got to go to Beavers because friends of ours took him. 

I am grateful for some time with my kids this afternoon. It wasn’t much, but was enough that it wasn’t a day I didn’t get to see my kids.

Gratitude – snuggly boys, trampoline, time with kids.


I am grateful for my boys. I found them sitting together on the big armchair in the living room while they watched cartoons this morning. Sometimes they fight, but for the most part, they really do seem to prefer to be together.

I am grateful for the trampoline we bought today, and I am grateful we’ve got a place to put it.

This surprised me, but I am grateful for the toys I was tidying up in the living room today. Don’t get me wrong. I am anything but grateful for the constant cussing mess. As I was picking up the cars and the stuffies today, it struck me how these boys will soon grow up. How they won’t play with cars or stuffies. I’m glad I won’t have to clean that cuss up forever, but I am going to miss having these little kids around. Someday they won’t be here anymore.

gratitude: speedy commute, ride home, house of cards, netflix

I am grateful for a speedy commute this morning. It’s quicker when I put Coop on the back of my bike, rather than him taking his own. Too many dang hills to walk up.

I am grateful for a ride home in a van tonight. It was raining today.

I am grateful to have taken in a double header of House of Cards at our house tonight. Man, that is some great television.

I am grateful for the Netflix business model. They make TV for me to watch, I pay them to get a chance to watch it. Seems much simpler than the standard network TV business model, with money travelling to and fro between content producers, advertisers, and cable providers.

Gratitude – shopping survival, learning new things, Indian buffet

I am grateful we made it through the evening. This afternoon we found out we had to acquire Lino flooring for 2 bathrooms, and we had to do so tonight. Flooring stores aren’t open late. Unfed children aren’t big fans of shopping for flooring. In the end we were victorious though, and everyone made it unscathed.

I am grateful for a project I just started today that will mean learning a bunch of new stuff. Learning new programming and development techniques always feels a little like gaining superpowers.

I am grateful there is a really, really good Indian buffet across the street from my office, and that Julie and I work close enough that we can meet for lunch, like we did today. NOM NOM NOM.

Gratitude – Coop reading, work progress, beer


I am grateful for a moment this morning where Coop disappeared, and when I found him, I am pretty sure he was reading. He said he was just looking at the pictures. Maybe so, but he’s been getting pretty good with making sense of words lately. T’any rate, it’s nice to see him enjoying some time with a book.

I  am grateful for forward progress on a project I  working on. This is good, because I have a considerable deadline looming.

I am grateful for beer. I worked late tonight, but at 4:45 today an officemate offered me a Stella Artois. Don’t mind if I do, thank you very much! It was a nice, quick break, and it made working late not seem so bad.

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I am grateful to have gotten through this week. It was bit hectic at times, and I’ve been in a rush to get stuff done before I’m out of town working at a conference next week, but it’s all fairly squared away, and I’m pleased to have made it through.

I am grateful for our family fun nights on Fridays. Today we ate burgers, then headed to Coop’s school to tootle around on the tarmac before heading home to watch the first half of Mystery Men. Simple pleasures are the best kind.

Gratitude – Tiny Farley, Hike, Beach, Nap





I am grateful for another great day.

Coop made more progress on his bike. He’s getting better at stopping, which is a really key skill, I figure.

I’m grateful Farley is still small. It’s convenient for us that Coop can just grab him and stand him up on top of his head.

I am grateful for a nice hike with friends. We went to the top of Bear Hill, and then to Island View Beach, both of which were amazing, and the boys had a blast.

I am grateful for Farley’s nap on my lap this afternoon. I’m pretty sure I dozed off too. I don’t know how many of those I have left, so I cherish them when they come these days.