A place to appreciate the many things in my life that I am thankful for

Posts tagged ‘writing’

The Envelope

Yesterday I opened my mailbox to discover this envelope:

If you’ve ever applied for a grant I’m sure you’ve felt what I was feeling. A sharp intake of air, the pulse quickening, the simultaneous excitement and dread as you open the envelope, the release of the breath you were holding as you pull out the contents and discover the good or bad news.

In this case it was good news. We received the full amount we requested from the OAC’s Compass Program, which is extremely exciting given that it is such a highly competitive program. It means a lot for Evolution Theatre and gives us the opportunity to work with and receive some guidance from an amazing woman.

I’m grateful for the Compass Program, but even more grateful for the opportunity it allows us!


Writer’s Block

I don’t know how many times I’ve pulled up the “add new post” window over the past few days and stared blankly at it. It’s not that I don’t have anything to be grateful for – because I do. It’s more that I’m having trouble deciding on a topic and articulating my feelings about it. I guess the best thing to do is just jump right in… the words will flow one way or another…

So let’s start with today. If you follow Ottawa news, you probably saw, heard or read this story about the collision of two articulated OC Transpo buses on the Transitway during rush hour today. My brother in law was on one of those busses. He was also one of the fifteen injured people who were taken to the hospital. His injuries are not considered “serious” and I’m extremely grateful for that. Oddly enough, he was on the bus today because he was in a car accident yesterday and is waiting to find out if the car is a write-off or not. Some woman blew through a stop sign while he was on his way home and smashed into the passenger side of the car. The police are pressing reckless driving charges on her. Anyhow, his shoulder was sore afterwards and today’s accident seems to have made it a lot worse. I know how much worse things could have been and am glad he’s generally okay though. My sister and niece are now saying they’re going to get him a crash helmet and wrap him in bubble wrap since things like this tend to happen in threes.

Yesterday (Feb. 6th) – I’m once again grateful for my CBT group. O talked about negative thinking and automatic thoughts, which was really helpful. It’s given me a lot to think about.

Feb. 5th – Superbowl Sunday! I’m not a big football fan, but we had Chris’ family over to watch the game. They brought a couple pizzas and a salad, we had some snacks, watched the game, chatted, played with Nathan and generally had a fun evening. I’m grateful for having fun with the fam.

Feb. 4th – I went to see The Muppets again, this time with Chris’ parents, niece and Nathan. His parents’ hadn’t seen it yet and it was a good excuse for me to get out of the house, which I’m grateful for. Since we were already at a shopping centre, I went to a couple of stores and FINALLY got a new pair of jeans! I know this doesn’t seem terribly exciting, but to me it was. I don’t quite fit into my old pants yet, and I am SO tired of wearing maternity jeans. I was very happy to discover that I am only one size away from what I was pre-pregnancy. So I’m also grateful for pants that fit properly!

Well, I think that broke my writer’s block. I need to push myself to write even when I have nothing to say, especially as one of the goals of this blog is to get me writing more regularly. I can’t make anymore excuses! 🙂

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