Gratitude – 04/28/2008

April 28, 2008

Today, I am grateful for:

1. Birthdays.  It was my birthday this weekend, and though I’m at the stage in life now where I don’t relish adding another year to my history, birthdays are a chance to indulge yourself and be mildly famous for a day.

2. Blogs.  Not just because I enjoy the chance to write, but because my has set me up with my own domain and theme for my blog.  This means I can finally add Google Analytics, which I’ve been eyeing enviously pretty much since I started posting.

3. The PSP.  To reaffirm my status as a huge nerd, I have picked up a PSP.  Given the amount of travel I’m doing, and how very boring planes and airports can be, I’m looking forward to having some movies and games to take along with me to pass the time. 


Gratitude – 04/23/2008

April 23, 2008

Today, I am grateful for:

1. Persepolis.  My wife bought me this as a surprise — and also because she had just racked up a fairly significant bill on Amazon, and figured she should get me something in the mix.  I’ve just started it, but it’s a great read and a very different experience than what you’d expect from a graphic novel.

2. Early summer mornings.  This one is a little bit complicated: you see, I really hate early summer mornings when the alarm first goes off.  But once I’m up and about, and have had time to get showered, have breakfast, drive my wife to the subway, make coffee, and send some emails, and then look out the window as the sun slowly shortens its shadows and begins its climb, I begin to appreciate the benefits of an early morning.  It makes me feel, just a little bit, like I’m at a cottage.

Of course, by the time I wrap up my last conference call this evening, I will probably be a little less excited about early mornings, but that’s a conversation for another time.

3. Twitter.  I’ve just started messing about with this, and must confess that I don’t fully understand the attraction yet, but I want to give it some time and figure out if it starts shifting the way I communicate.  In many ways, it does seem the logical progression or expansion of electronic communications.  First we had email.  Then we added instant messaging and shifted the weight of our communication to that.  Then we added text messages.  Now comes Twitter.  We’ll see how this plays out in my personal sphere of existence.

Gratitude – 04/22/2008

April 22, 2008

Today, I am grateful for these things:

1. Spring.  Last night we slept with the windows open, allowing the cool night air to drift throughout the house and purge the vague mustiness of a winter’s hibernation.  Granted, when I woke up this morning the house was bloody freezing, but at least I can say we slept with the windows open.

2. That Manhattan remains, to my knowledge, zombie-free.  We watched “I Am Legend” on the weekend.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, but have also spent the last few night leaving plenty of lights on about the house.

3. Granola bars.  Quick, easy, moderately healthy — or, at least, less unhealthy than deep-fried Mars bars.

Gratitude – 04/09/2008

April 10, 2008

Today, I am grateful for:

1. Batteries.  I’m in a plane right now, hurtling through the night sky somewhere between New York and Tucson, but I’m able to have my laptop open and peck gleefully away at the keyboard while the world whips by below me.  Of course, the downside is that I’m in a plane right now, hurtling through the night sky, and I’m still working.

2. Windows Live Writer.  I’ve posted about Live Writer a couple of times before, mostly to say that it has a nice interface but I don’t really see the advantage of using it over the built-in tools that WordPress offers.  Right now, however, as I am trapped inside a manned bullet and am without access to the goodness of the internet, Live Writer is allowing me to draft up a post that I can then load once I touch down very, very late tonight.  Or tomorrow.  Whenever I get in.

3. That my wife would rather I be at home than on the road.  It’s really cute how she’s a little melancholy on the days that I leave for travel, and a little upbeat when I get home.  It’s nice to know that she still enjoys my company.

Gratitude – 04/07/2008

April 7, 2008

Today, I am grateful for:

1. Halifax airport.  It’s under construction right now, so the parking lots are pretty much chaos, but it’s small and friendly, and they have free wifi and work areas with tables.  My flight home was delayed by a couple hours (due to issues in Newark), but since I was able to get online I was able to catch up on some email and get some work done.  A welcome change to the typical airline delay experience.

2.  Dragon Fable.  It’s a free web-based RPG.  I you don’t know what an RPG is, this game will hold absolutely zero interest for you.  For those of you who are a little more on the geekish side, it’s a welcome way to while away the time when you’re stuck in a hotel room if you’re not in the mood to read and there’s nothing on TV.

3. Frequent flyer miles.  Although I have yet to cash in my miles with any of the airlines with which I collect points (and there are more than a couple of them), it makes travel a little more enjoyable knowing there’s some sort of intangible, distantly future reward waiting for me.  In theory.

Gratitude – 04/05/2008

April 5, 2008

Today, I am grateful for these things:

1. That I’m posting.  It has been over a week since my last post, which is just wrong.  Granted, work has been nuts and I spent most of the week in Halifax at a conference, but blogging requires discipline and consistency.  So I’m glad to be back on the blog.

Canadian cash2. That my wife made us do our taxes last weekend.  I was hating it last weekend, but I’m very glad that I don’t still have that hanging over my head now.

3. The new version of WordPress.  I haven’t had the chance to play with it much yet, but it’s different, and I’m a fan of change.  And it’s made posting images a lot easier.

Image by SMN.

Gratitude – 03/26/2008

March 26, 2008

I am grateful for:

1. Wikipedia.  Like Brad W at The Lamppost, I find it a great place to start research — though I must confess that, in many cases, I end my research there as well.  This is because I’m usually not looking for authoritative answers; just information for my own interest’s sake.  I find myself going there most often to find out what happened to a particular person or specific band, or to understand a particular phrase or concept.  Wikipedia covers an incredibly broad array of topics, and in my mind is a great place to start growing your brain.

Dollar Bill2. My cost-conscious wife.  She’s the counterbalance to my freewheeling fiscal ways, and my financial state is much the better for it.  Even if it does occasionally drive me nuts that she cross-examines me regarding any purchase I make that’s larger than thirty-five cents.

3.Compromise.  We’ve finally reached an agreement where we each get a fixed sum each month that we may fritter away as we please, no questions asked.  Of course, while I’m frittering mine away, she’ll probably be saving and investing hers, which means in about 30 years she’ll own much of the Eastern seaboard and I… well, I’ll be along for the ride, so I think I’m cool with that.