My gratitude posts for September (I included the two that were in my last Gratitude entry for completeness). So, does it work in this format? I wonder if this might work better as a daily status post. Saving all these up over a month turned out to be a little harder than I expected. Though I had updated this post everyday from the WordPress Android app, many were lost. I ended up trawling my own Facebook statuses to compile this. As always, lessons have been learned. Have a great day and don't forget to leave a comment.
I am thankful for our dryer breaking so I could learn how to take it apart and clean it out, for the Internet and it's repair videos, for our neighbours letting us use their dryer in the meantime, for me managing to fix our outdoor light, and for a great night last night resurrecting my pig dissection skills.
I am thankful for being at a point where I completely missed my seven year anniversary of controlling my nicotine addiction (it was 4 days ago – and yes, I have smoked since, but I haven't started smoking every day, every week or even every month again), for the work getting started on our bathroom today, for being able to work from home whenever I choose, for reliving the past through good music, and for getting started on a new project.
I am thankful for the people who read my blog, for git, for the progress being made on our bathroom renovations, for a productive day, and for yesterday's fun night with colleagues playing disc golf and drinking beer.
I am thankful for the soft fur on the bellies of our cats, for the weekend nearly being upon us, for the beautiful day outside and the view from my office window at home, for the progress being made on our bathroom remodel, and for the wisdom of experience and the approach of Ann Arbor Give Camp where I can put it to good use and gain a little more.
I am thankful for selling some things at our neighbors yard sale, for the anticipation of tile getting laid in the bathroom on Monday, for Angie's List that enabled us to find such an awesome contractor, for a strong relationship with my mother-in-law, and for the escape of videogames.
I am thankful for a great time with Chrissy and Scott last night, for waking up early this morning with memories of a "dream" where a cat came looking for attention, for the perspective I've gained from living in more than one country, for the mistakes I've made that led me here, and for the foolishness of watching a scary movie after the bar. Chrissy made us jump more than the movie did with her blood curdling screams.
I am thankful for seeing that the tile we picked for the bathroom floor is fantastic now it's laid, for the delicious stir fry I made the other day (the leftovers were lovely), for silly moments with Chrissy, for finishing Splinter Cell Blacklist on Perfectionist, and for a great night at SEMJS tonight.
I am grateful for an interesting visit to the "Imaging the Dream" exhibit opening with Chrissy where we got to hear Michael Eric Dyson speak, for the fun we had as volunteers at the Arbor Brewing Company beer tasting last night with an old friend/colleague and others, for vivid dreams, good and bad, for the pending events of this weekend with Erin and her beau (Chrissy-speak for "fella"), and for a delicious cup of coffee accompanied with some honey on toast.
I am thankful for another great night at AADND last night, for challenging work projects, for another beautiful day, for having friends and family who are good sports (Shanahan), and for our new rechargeable flashlights that double as nightlights.
I am thankful for being able to share Erin and Greg's wedding day with them, for meeting new people with great stories, for a busy day of errands, for dancing, and for the opportunity to share memories of my grandparents.
I am thankful for the sunshine today after a very English yesterday, for a fun night playing a new game with Brian, Jeff, Al and Bill last week, for the music helping me through the day, for a new haircut, and for the little things that make the bad things more tolerable.
I am thankful for successfully surprising my wife for our 2nd wedding anniversary (it's a few weeks away, but she needed a heads up for this one), for all the people that kept it from her, for the mindfuckery that is Breaking Bad (no spoilers! I have friends who aren't caught up yet), for the excitement of new ideas, and for the wonder that is showering in our newly tiled shower.
I am thankful for healthy snacks, for enlightening opportunities, for work, for family, and for books.
I am thankful for Ann Arbor Give Camp starting tonight, for the little things that make it all seem worth it, for starting Spanish lessons again last night (even though we suck at it), for the oatmeal I'm about to have, and for working with smart people on difficult problems.
I am thankful for an inspiring weekend at Ann Arbor Give Camp, for a fun (though occasionally unsuccessful) evening gaming with friends, for the hilarious consequences of Tom's smelly canine accomplice (my gran used to blame her dog too), for being woken at 5:00 AM by a cat continually punching my face (it lasted 30 minutes, I didn't punch back…this time), and for the crash course in LINQPad that this year's Give Camp experience provided.
I am thankful for the delicious Snow White tomatoes Chrissy grew in her garden, for the astounding writing of Breaking Bad (no spoilers, please!), for the joyous feeling of stroking one's beard, for knowing that no matter how low and unmotivated I feel, it too shall pass, and for vivid dreams of histories and people that have and have not been.
I am thankful for my parents and the way they dealt with the challenges I presented as they raised me, for my sister who is always there when I need her, for the memories of good and bad times that serve as reminders when I'm faced with challenges myself, for those who supported or cared for me when I made it more difficult that it needed to be, and for dishwashing machines.
I am thankful for the quiet moments, for the things I get to learn, for a warm drink and the cosy feeling it provides, for our plans to watch the Breaking Bad finale in a bar this weekend, and for the autumnal colours that reward us as summer loses yet another battle against winter.
I am thankful for an all too brief stroll through town with Chrissy that seemed to last far longer, for finding the motivation to hit the gym when I least wanted to go, for the fun of discovering a new GTA city, for the amazing show that was Breaking Bad, and for falling asleep curled up with my wife as I took a nap before the gym.