A List of Very Good Things

  • On Friday night Shawn played a gig with his funk cover band and his mom came over to babysit the kids so I could go. It was a great night. The band sounded amazing, the vibe of the venue was weird but in a good way, and the friends who joined us made me laugh so hard I cried multiple times. It was exactly what I needed.
  • On Saturday, my parents, sisters, and all the niblings came over for a pizza party. It was chaotic. It was noisy. It was messy. It was perfect. I didn't tell Grady his cousins were coming over until they surprised him by walking through the door. Poppy was jazzed to have five extra kids in the house to watch her antics. I needed a nap after they all left but it put a huge smile on my face for the rest of the weekend. 
  • Tulips. It freaking snowed on Saturday. Spring is nowhere near. But the tulips are out, spreading joy with little bursts of happy colour. Tulips are one of my favourite flowers because they mean winter is almost over. I can't explain the joy I feel when I see the first tulips of the season.
  • Canadian health care. It's not perfect and I know we pay a bunch of tax so it's not technically "free" but last week I: took Poppy to the allergist for allergy testing, took Grady to the ultrasound lab for a kidney/bladder ultrasound, had pre-surgery bloodwork done at the hospital lab, and tomorrow I am having surgery. This is costing us $0 out of pocket. I am so grateful to live in a place with universal healthcare. I have been a mess for weeks, worrying about various components of my family's health. I can't imagine adding a financial component on top of everything else.
  • These cookies. I don't often make peanut butter cookies because of Poppy's allergies but a friend mentioned this recipe yesterday and it sounded so good I had to give it a try. I inhaled three cookies as soon as they came out of the oven and I'm taking the rest to work today so they're not in my house around Pops. Do yourself a favour and make a double batch.
  • Over the last few weeks, people have reached out to me and my family to offer support, encouragement, meals, distraction, childcare, and more. I am so grateful for my village (both in real life and online). I can't adequately express how much it means to me that people are willing to be there for me and for my family. I haven't always been great at responding (sometimes I've already explained my surgery three times that day and I just can't do it again) but I've read every message and am holding them all in my heart. My surgery is tomorrow and try as I might, I can't make time stand still. If you can spare some good thoughts tomorrow late morning, I'm happily accepting all love, light, and good vibes.