three positive things

Three positive things, day five


Today was a rather relaxed day, though we still got up to some fun.

The first really positive thing was going blueberry picking at Monadnock Berries in Troy, NH. It's a pick-your-own fruit farm where they specialize in blueberries, but also have raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries, multiple types of currants, etc. We've gone there almost every year since moving back to NH and we've always come away with just a whole load of exceedingly tasty fruit. We had organized to meet up with my wife's best friend and her son, (who were mentioned in my third 3PT post) so that added a little more to it.

The second really positive thing happened while we were picking blueberries. My wife was at the other end of a plant row than I was and she heard this familiar voice that she hadn't heard in several years. She looked around to see where it was coming from and spotted an old friend (& boss) she used to know, and work for, back when she was in college - over fifteen years ago! While they had briefly bumped into each other a few years ago, this was the first time we got to chat with her at any length. Furthermore, her husband was wandering around picking berries too, so he (finally) got to meet our children. And we're going to invite them over once I get back from visiting NYC.

The third positive thing was.. yes.. kittens. Tonight before dinner we let them wander around (much of) the upstairs, and we left them wandering for well over an hour. While we kept Kian busy with dinner, reading and Kipper, the rest of us kept an eye on them as they explored and frolicked. The duo also got to interact with Kodiak, our 80+ lbs black lab, and Bolt, our patriarchal "upstairs" cat, and they all got on just fine with lots of playing and submissive gestures (in cats, in dogs).

More tomorrow!

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!


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