I am grateful for Coop, he’s really starting to make some progress on this whole reading thing, and that’s fun to watch.

I am grateful for a fairly low key Saturday. It’s been too long since I’ve had one of those.

I am grateful for a dinner made of ingredients I had around and needed to use, that came together to be greater than the sum of its parts.



I am grateful that life is settling back to normal. Work is still busy, but it’s not up-working-till-the-wee-hours-of-the-morning busy. Not that I mind that! I do not want to anger the busy gods!

I am grateful for lunch with Julie, and a good bit of cycling to and fro.

I am grateful for the re-institution of family fun night on Fridays. It was Farley’s pick this evening, and we played several games at the Board Game Cafe. The best was Kerplunk, IMHO.


I am grateful for a day where, while I still have lots of balls in the air, they are mostly out of my court, so I could relax a bit.

I am grateful for some time spent in my attic, where I’ve been insulating and putting in a rough floor, so now we have a bunch more storage.

I am grateful for a heated match of Pop’n’hop (a Trouble knockoff) between Coop on one side, and Farley and I on the other.

I am grateful for high fives, which when executed properly, can alleviate some of the tension with a 6 year old coping with the agony of defeat.


I am grateful for another worky day of working on my worky work. It’s a bit monotonous, but I enjoy getting cuss done.

I am grateful for macaroni and cheese for dinner tonight.

I am grateful that so far, both my kids seem to be sleeping soundly through the night. Generally, that is usually the case, but not lately. Tonight is the first night in a while.


I am grateful for some time spent on the floor with Coop and the robotic Lego set I received for my 30th birthday. I haven’t used it much in the last decade, but I have a feeling we might start to make up for lost time.

I am grateful for a long, but productive day. I set a goal that if achieved, I knew would bring me comfort. It’s achieved, and I’ll sleep better tonight, though not for very long, as a result.


I am grateful for a morning with Farley. That wasn’t the plan, and it isn’t like I don’t have mountains of work to do. That said, I’ve come to learn when this kind of thing happens, and I have no choice but to be a papa, it’s best to be an absent worker and a present papa, the only other alternative is to be a crappy worker and a crappy papa.

Farley and I had a great morning; we went to the museum for a bit and caught an IMAX movie, before getting sushi for lunch.

I am grateful for a project that’s been taken off of my very full plate. 

I am grateful for a fun night with another family over for dinner.

I am grateful for a productive work afternoon and evening. 


I am grateful for a better day today than I had yesterday.

I am grateful for my first day back on the acoustic bike in a while; my knee was giving me issues but now it’s not so bad. The bike ride this morning helped me have a clearer head all day.

I am grateful for Beavers. It was already dark for almost 2 hours before we met on the beach, but flashlights, scavenger hunts, chasing soap bubbles, campfire songs and hot chocolate were better without the sun anyway.

I am grateful for Coop, who loved having his own kid size shopping cart at the grocery store today.