I am grateful for that Farley kid. It was his birthday today, and I really wanted him to feel the birthday love, but I was afraid it would be tough under these pandemic circumstances, but it was great.
We started off with the opening of one present, then another from his brother – Coop got him, amongst other things, bubblegum. We then had the crèpes he requested for breakfast, followed by rampant cartoon watching with intermittent phone conversations with grandparents. After he’d had enough of that he played with a pal outside for a bit, then back in for lunch, which was Kraft dinner, again, as requested.
Julie made it back for lunch too, because she knew as I did that the Victoria Fire Department got wind of Farl’s birthday, and they were planning to do a drive by. They arrived with lights and modest “Boop boops” on the siren button, had a sign that read “Happy Birthday Farley”, and stopped for a good long chat and some photos. Then there was another present or two, and a chat with his uncle and cousin.
There was more playing outside, this time with brand new remote control car. Soon Julie came home with the requested takeout from the Fifth Street Grill, then an obscene amount of presents, and then it was time for the program we’d planned.
The other three of us performed in song, rap, standup comedy, and participatory experiential installation art, all for an audience of one.
We had ice cream cake with Skor bars in one layer and Skittles in the other, again, as requested. We followed that with a screening of the new Pixar film, Onward.
I a grateful to Julie and Coop for making his day so great. It was a team effort. I hope he remembers it for a long time.
I am grateful for the mother of my children, for my mother, and for my grandmothers on this Mother’s Day.
I am grateful for time spent with old friends on Skype this morning.
I am grateful for my kids, who knocked it out of the park today with heartfelt cards and gifts. They also swept and tidied the kitchen before setting the table that I could serve eggs Benedict upon to her Royal Highness on this, her day.
I am grateful for time spent with friends who came by to visit outside, and for the hot summery weather. It was nice to see our kids run around and hang out with other kids.
I am grateful fot Cooper, who made dinner tonight from a recipe for Persian meatballs with salted yogurt and fresh mint for garnish, and coleslaw on the side. He prepared it all on his own, and it was delicious!
I am grateful for a productive day. I dropped off art at a new show for the first time in a while, this time at the Ministry of Health. I’d imagine it’s a busy time for them, so while it’s not open to the public, I am pleased to have my work up there on the 5th floor of 1515 Blanshard.
I am grateful for stuff from my pal and painting photographer, Francis. They are getting rid of a bunch of stuff as they move to a smaller place, not the least of which was an old aluminum extension ladder that’s now been cut down and mounted as the means of entry and egress in the treehouse project.
I am grateful for time spent with Cooper on said treehouse project.
I am grateful for time spent with Farley helping him with schoolwork (though he’s a bit reluctant) and looking for lego pieces for his rocket launchpad (where he really isn’t).
I am grateful for time spent watching telly with Julie tonight.
I am grateful for this whole nomination to post about 10 albums that have been important to me on facebook. It’s been fun to go back and reminisce, and to listen to some of these records, albeit in a digital form, and not an analog LP or cassette tape .
I am grateful for several video conversations with groups of people dear to me today. It’s not the same as being in the same room, but it scratches an itch to annex with others that living in quarantine can create.
I am grateful for the Easter Bunny, who his copious amounts of candy and chocolate for my kiddos to find, despite it all. They made out like bandits.
I am grateful for a fine Easter dinner spread. We even dressed up for the video conferencing, so it felt like An occasion, which is rare these days.
I am grateful for time spent outside with my lads today. They jumped in the trampoline with a sprinkler for a while, then Cooper joined me in getting so excited progress in on the treehouse project.
I am grateful for the falafel Julie made tonight..it was tasty as all heck.
I am grateful for full participation in an impromptu family meeting this evening. The pandemic has changed a lot about how we live our lives, and while are increasing our physical distance from others, we are living much in much more social and physical proximity to our immediate family members. Tonight, everyone in my immediate family chimed in about what was working and what wasn’t, and I am grateful for the candor and constructive ideas that we each put forward.
I am grateful for a phone conversation with my brother this evening.
I am grateful for some time spent painting this afternoon.
I am grateful for family fun night: Julie’s pick. We made nachos, then watched and experienced some virtual museum tours and Disneyland and Disneyworld rides, We also found footage of a Star Trek themed ride I recall being really good when I was there at the Hilton in Vegas in the 90s; it has since been shut down. We finished it all off with some Marbula One, which, if you haven’t heard of it, I recommend googling.