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Thursday Evening

1) My tire burst while i had a client in the car and i didn’t panic.  i just got out and ‘phoned a taxi for her.

2) i helped a seven month old baby do his physiotherapy exercises.  i was very patient and happy.

3)  jeez this can be difficult…

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  1.  I danced with Coco.  She came running out when some music started in the movie they were watching and shouted “DANCE with me, daddy!!!”.  And I didn’t resist.  I gave in, and jumped up, and went in and danced and danced with her.  It was awesome.

2. I got into the Obama rally with 20,000 other people–the venue got totally full, and thousands got turned away.  I skipped a class, and had my bike, and got there early enough to get in.  Yippee!

3. Tomorrow we are all going away for an overniter to a resort for free.  Yippee.  Because I got a free nite there, somehow (3 guesses).  And I followed up and organized it.

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First on a Wednesday.

1.  I bought a new toothbrush.  Because I am very good at attending to my dental hygeine.

2.  Meg was happy to get out of the car at school this morning.  Because I have been very patient with her, and thoroughly honest; she now knows what is going on ahead of time and feels in control enough to get involved.  I think (it’s impossible to know exactly what is going on inside her head).

3.  I paid my car rego.  Because I have a job and an income and can afford even rather expensive things.

– Seren

p.s. I am Benjamin’s sister-in-law in Australia

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december 23, Benjamin

1. We went and hung out with my parents and sibling and sibling in law today, and I didn’t say a single rude, shocking, unkind word to anyone the whole time.  That went well because I am maturing.

2.  I got the heater working in our minivan today, which hasn’t worked since we owned it, and burrrrr it’s been cold to drive in, plus in the rain you constantly had to wipe off the inside of the windshield of the fog.  That went well because I finally got over my mental block and just fixed it.  And cause my dad provided brilliant expert advice when it was needed.

3. Today when I was at the auto parts store getting stuff for the minivan, a guy was buying a battery and asked the counter person if anyone could install it.  And he said “no”.  So I said “Would you let me help you?”  And he said “Sure”. So I grabbed a deep well 10 mil. socket and a wratchet and in 3 minutes I had his new battery installed.  And he handed me $20 cash and said thank you.  And I didn’t refuse it.  So that paid for the bits I needed for the minivan heater fix.  That went well because I had the tools, and wanted to help, and I’m good at that sort of thing, and I’ve gotten over the “don’t let people pay you for your help” thing I grew up with.

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December 9, 2007

  1. We got a Christmas tree (we spent over a month’s salary of any of the poorest billion people for it) (wait, I’m not supposed to mention that here).  It’s happily decorated in the corner of our living room.  The girlikins picked it.  It’s a grand fir.  Megans asked me to be engaged and pleasant even thought I find christmas so offputting, and I tried to, and she said just now I had done well.  That went well because I tried.

2. I went and picked up 25 40-pound bags of pellets, and Megsie and I carried them from the van out front to the shed out back.  We carried them one at a time, one each, so together we made 12 trips.  And we talked, and laughed, and felt like we were accomplishing something together. That went well because we rock, and we work on our relationship to keep it growing and well.

3. Coco came over to my easy chair while I was typing just now and she very confidently climbed into my lap as if in all the world that was her very own place.  That went well because Coco rocks, and she still likes me.

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November 1, Benjamin

1.  Rachel and Arenda, two mega kewl people, are hanging out at our house today until saturday.  very kewl.   That went well ’cause we invited them, and they like us and wanted to come.

2. We went to off the map live opening session, and it was beyond kewl. that went well because I’m part of such a mega gnarley community.

3. I found out I don’t have to turn in math homework tomorrow, but instead not until next friday.  yeehaw.  that went well ‘cuase gunnar gunnarson is very very kewl.

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July 11 Benjamin

Every third day is better than never, I suppose =)

1. I had a brilliant day at work–a fun, crazy, successful day.  That went well because I showed up, and plugged away at it, and I’ve gotten to the point where I’m reasonably good at it =)

2. I had a good meeting with my accountability partner which led to some other good steps as well.  That went well because I showed up, and because I’ve nurtured that relationship, and because he rocks.

3. I had a lovely cuddle and talk with our two girlikins in the morning.  That went well because they trust me, and I love them, and they are awesome, and I stay engaged and involved at some level.

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So I won’t be posting any blessings for a weekish or so because I’m going camping.  I do intend to write out *by hand* (oh my god!) my blessings, but as to whether that will happen, and as to whether they’ll ever get posted here even if it does, I can’t say.  See you in a week or so.

   Meanwhile, our other contributors will hopefully post once or twice this week =)

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Benjamin June 21

1. We had a totally gnarley solstice party which I immensely enjoyed, and at which I drank rather a lot of alcohol.  And a whole bunch of really kewl people came, including one of my favorite people (let them bat that around =).  (I love the way you can end a parenthetical statement with a sideways smiley =).  That went well because my super amazing wife invited initiated, prepared for, and invited lot of people to the party.  And because the solstice is a great excuse to celebrate.  and we know so many kewl people.  And god created grapes and hops on the third day =).

2. We got to go down to the Australian consualte and talk to Len Reid, the consular officer (or whatever his position is called) to renew E’s Aussie passport.  That went well because Aussies in general rock, and Len in particular rocks, and because he was amazingly helpful.

3. My older daughter demonstrated her keen intellect and observation skills when, upon departing the Aussie consulate, she said “Dad, how come normally *you* talk to people, but in there mum was the one who talked to him?”  That was awesome, because then I got to explain to her how the world is screwed up in a certain way such that for some reason, it’s we brain damaged guys who end up doing the talking and making the decisions, at least here in America, but that in that case mum did the talking because it was Aussie business and she’s the adult Aussie in our family.  That went well because E is amazingly intelligent, and it totally already shows.  (clearly it’s in the genes, even those of the brain damaged parent =)

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