Three positive things, day four


So today was a little different - my wife took our kids on an adventure drive to some parks around Nashua while I worked on some things. There were still some highlights :)

The first item was watching a few rather surprising movies, specifically "Faults" and "The One I Love." Neither was what I was expecting, based upon the trailer, and kudos to Gavin Rothery for the recommendation on the latter.

The second item was a photo of the kids that #awesomewife took at one of the parks today - it was a great group shot and all three were just beaming :-)

The final item meeting a couple at a park that I suspect will become fast friends for us. They have a 3yo who gets on really well with Kian, they've both done lots of gaming (D&D, et al) in the past, and they also moved back to Keene after leaving the area for a while. And yes, one of them is considering learning Drupal, and she has some experience building websites before. Also, LOL. Anyway, I'm sure we'll be seeing lots more of them.

Three positive things, day three


Hi. How are you? It's me. But you already know that.

So, today a few positive things happened.

First off, at lunchtime I was passing through the kitchen from one side to the other and I noticed Kian "asking" for some of his mom's lunch. He'd already had some of his food (he'd already gotten bored with it so flipped it to the floor) but his mom had one of his favorite foods - green beans! So I got a small fork from the cutlery drawer, picked up a green been and fed it to him, and he just beamed with contentment - he had a green bean! That smile as he chomped down on his cherished prize, a vegetable that we have a hard time getting his older brothers to eat, was just amazing :)

Secondly, after having lunch we let the kittens roam around our bedroom for a while. We've been keeping them in the upstairs bathroom, mostly for their own protection (Kian's a little rough with them, wants to carry them around like toys), so we brought them to the master bedroom to let them roam around. It was cool watching them scamper around, climb under and on top of things, and explore, with all of that frenzied kitten curiousity.

The third positive thing today was having Jen's best friend over for dinner, Drupal and discussion. She's someone we met within a few months of moving to NH and she has become a good friend to us both, and to Jen especially - they have lots of similarities, personality-wise, and they they could chat for hours, laughing for most of it. Yes, I'm slowly teaching her Drupal as a means of starting a new career, but it was just great to have her over. She also has a son close in age to our two eldest, so while we were chatting the three eldest boys (mostly) were paying. It was a great end to the day.

Three positive things, day two


So, as part of my "Three Positive Things" self therapy, here's my list for today.

Firstly, I applied my patent-pending "Australia" technique to turn an grumpy & fussing li'l monster into a giggling toddler - I held him upside-down :-) While this technique may not work for very long - he's likely to outgrow it - it works rather well at the moment.

Secondly, I had a ukulele class with our eldest, a friend, and a really cool teacher. But no, my dog doesn't have any fleas, despite the teacher's insistence that he does. ;-)

Thirdly, I got to take care of the kittens - dose them for their eye thingy and give them their supper. Oh, and pets. :)

Three positive things, day one


You might not know it, but I have a bit of a negative personality - I have a tendency of pointing out negative things about something rather than start with praising the positive. While it may not seem like a huge deal, when this is my automatic reaction, and because I still haven't worked my way out of the habit, my wife asked me to try something to change it. She suggested that I keep a small journal where I record three positive things that happened to me today, that by writing about and focusing on positive things I'll start becoming more positive and, hopefully, in theory, turn my reflex action around. So here goes.

The first positive thing today was discovering that our eldest had cooked much of our breakfast. This was awesome for two reasons - it was a notch on his belt for both responsibility in the kitchen, and for improving his culinary skills, and it allowed time for my wife to do other things while he was tending to breakfast.

The second positive thing today was our family time after dinner, including another Space Munchkin game with our two eldest while my wife and I traded off reading Sandra Boynton books to our youngest, which was fun.

The last positive thing was being asked by a respected member of the Drupal community if I'd like to become a project applications admin. This is quite the honor.

More tomorrow!

Amazing photos from Kentucky's horrendous ice storm


Kentucky has been going through some tough times with a horrendous ice storm that has devastated the western side of the state. Someone posted a link to a blog of a KY inhabitant detailing the destruction with some breathtaking photos and a note that they don't expect to receive power for several more weeks. Ugh. The conversation with my wife included the following:

Wife: "This is a storm of a century, something that only happens once in a lifetime!"

Me: "How many of those have we had in the past few years?"


Subscribe to Personal