Gratitude day 33

I am grateful for kids playing quietly on the living room floor on a lazy Saturday morning. Spoiler alert, nothing happens in this video but quiet playing. The first 10 seconds is representative of the whole thing. This went on for an hour or so. If that’s not nice, I don’t know what is.

I am grateful for a visit from a garter snake in the garden today. Some people might not like snakes in their gardens. I do. Having grown up in Calgary, snakes were a rare but fascinating sight in my childhood, and I never saw one in our yard. I feel fortunate to have them in my garden. Not sure why, but I really do.

I am grateful for my folks, who come to Victoria to visit from time to time. The kids love having them around, and so do I. They come bearing gifts for them, and they buy us all dinner. They plant pansies in the garden, and surprisingly, they don’t freak out when there are garter snakes.

Gratitude day 31

I am grateful for colleagues at work. I rent a spot to put my desk with a bunch of other freelancers doing the same. It’s nice to have the social interaction and occasional crowding around a desk to watch a funny YouTube video, but I’m also getting and giving a fair amount of business there, and learning stuff from them that I doubt I’d ever know if I was working at home.

I am grateful the teachers’ job action is over, we’re no longer in limbo, and soon Coop will be in Kindergarten and we’ll be settling into a routine with no imminent changes to cope with.

I am grateful for the roast chicken that came out of the slow cooker tonight. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Gratitude day 30

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I am grateful for helpful kids getting bigger. We had bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches for dinner tonight (in and of itself, something to be grateful for). Coop expertly sliced all the tomatoes, with a big, sharp, serrated knife. I am grateful for the help, and I am grateful for the constant source of opportunity to marvel at the things kids can do that they couldn’t do yesterday ALL THE CUSSING TIME.

I am grateful that after a crazy, off the rails morning that I mostly was not grateful for (confused, rapidly deteriorating logistics, kids pissing in pants at especially infuriating moments), it didn’t start to rain until the very last moment before I parked my bike when I got to work. If it started earlier. I may have lost it; or at least howled while shaking my fists at an imaginary camera on a crane, pointing straight down at me from the sky.

I am grateful for gravlax. So dang easy to make. So dang delicious.

Gratitude day 28

I am grateful for these nice, sunny, summery days as fall approaches. The rain, cold and grey skies will be here soon. I’m doing my best to enjoy this weather while it lasts. Seems trite to talk about the weather, but it cussing matters.

I am grateful for the cheap Campari tomatoes that are plentiful and cheap this time of year at the Root Cellar. I am also grateful for the delicious sauce they make when Julie blends them after roasting them in the oven with onion and garlic. Further, I am grateful there is tons of that in the freezer, to be enjoyed when the rain, cold, and grey skies come.

I am grateful for bike rides to school with Cooper. Today I am particularly grateful I managed to capture the thrill and fear that comes with screaming down a hill on a bike when you are 5 on video.

Gratitude day 26

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I am grateful that when the back stairs collapsed under me, I came away with nothing but a scrape. I’m not too excited about replacing the stairs, but I am grateful, VERY grateful, that it wasn’t worse. It sure could have been.

I am also grateful for the 7 year limit for how long you have to hang on to tax records. We’re decluttering to make way for a renovation in our basement, and it was with glee that I disposed of bank statements, receipts, and all that crap from 2000 until 2007. Dash you all to heck, posterity!

And I am grateful for the last half hour or so that the kids were up today. It’s too dang hot in the house, so we sat on the front step, where we could see the stage (albeit barely) and hear Deathcab for Cutie playing at the Rifflandia music festival a few blocks away. The sun went down, the sky got dark, the stars came out and so did the bats. It was a great way to wind down the day.

Gratitude day 24

I am grateful for an unexpected lunch with an officemate/client/acquaintance today. I had sat down in the restaurant at a table for one, when my compadre walked in about to do the same. Nice to have unexpected company.

I am grateful for the pad thai I had from that restaurant. Newly discovered reasonably priced
Thai food convenient to my work? Sign me up!

I am grateful for some great co-operation from my boys in cleaning up the living room, and grateful for the time we spent immediately after that getting it all messy again with a train set. Coop was a superstar, and I don’t know anyone who exclaims “CHOO CHOO!” As enthusiastically as Farley.

Gratitude day 24

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I am grateful for news I heard today from Julie about Coop. Several weeks ago, we started putting both boys down at the same time, in the same room. I told Coop that first night that Farley might cry and fuss, because he often does if he’s not asleep when we leave the room. I advised Coop to consider singing the alphabet song in that event. I didn’t think he would; honestly that night I was expecting the worst, but Farley calmed down about 30 seconds after I left and I figured peer pressure was making him just want to go to sleep. Today Coop casually mentioned to Julie that he sings Farley to sleep with the ABC song every night. Farley has been singing the ABC song non-stop lately, now I know why, and my heart melted with joy when I heard that. I told Coop I thought that was great. “Well, I do just do it to keep him from crying” he said. His motivations┬ádon’t change my heart melting state. The fact that Coop can offer that comfort to Farley, and the fact that Farley accepts it, is all I need to be really, really grateful for my family.

I am grateful for halloween costumes. Farley will be a monster. It’s early, I know, but that kid loves a costume and he was into it. The more he puts that on the better, in my estimation.

I am grateful for small fiddly improvements to my bicycle. I installed toeclips yesterday. It’s a world of difference. Pre-kid days, I used to sport clipless pedals, but with kids on the back I wasn’t willing to risk the catastrophic failure that would be toppling over with my feet still attached to the pedals. After years of missing them with standard pedals, I wonder why I didn’t just revert to the toeclips earlier. They make for a big improvement!

Gratefulness Day 19

I am grateful for good weather in September. We can’t take it for granted anymore. Today was the kind of nice and sunny day you get used to in the summertime. When that’s not a given, a day like that becomes a blessing.

I am grateful we’ve managed to find care for our school-aged kid during the current teachers’ strike. Many families we know haven’t had it as easy, and are scrambling. We were lucky.

I am grateful for the amazing, clear, and starry sky we sat under at Gyro Beach park tonight. The city put on “the Lego Movie” on a big inflatable screen. It’s a great show, but sitting outside on a night like that in a park by the beach was enough entertainment on its own.

Gratefulness Day 17

I am grateful for all the opportunity I have right now. Mine is a feast or famine gig. Sometimes I am fearful there’s not enough opportunity, but right now I have so much that some of the opportunities I have are frankly scaring the bejeezez out of me.

I am grateful we have found adequate care for Cooper during the current teachers strike.

I am grateful for the pie that my lovely spouse brought me from the pie place at the Victoria Public Market. So good!