Humanitrivia

Adventures in the lives of humans.

New Year’s Questionnaire for 2020: The Year The World Stood Still

It’s always fun to post a piece so late that it’s basically irrelevant… Sigh. (And this piece would still be waiting to be finished if it weren’t for the long dentist appointment the kids and I had last week that gave me an hour in which I couldn’t work on report cards.) At least I know there are a few […]

Some Leftover Gratitude for 2021

Hi, lovelies, Happy New Year! You might have noticed that I was going strong with my gratitude posts for almost all of November, then suddenly posted nothing at all for more than a month. Yep. In case you wondered, it doesn’t mean that I had no gratitude during that time. Quite the contrary, I was feeling all sorts of thankfulness. […]

Winter Wonderland Snowfall – Gratitude Day 22

Today, I am grateful for the beautiful snow we’re having. Isn’t it great how snow lightens up the world right when you need it most? Just like how shade also offers itself right when you need it. Normally, we don’t really get into the Christmas stuff – music and decorating etc. – until December. The buzz is that this year, […]

Family of Word Nerds – Gratitude Day 21

I’m grateful to be able to say that my children have inherited my penchant for interesting vocabulary. AB is relishing the lessons they’ve been doing in her class on adding “juicy details” to one’s writing. Yesterday, E correctly (and metaphorically) used the word “begat” in a sentence. More on their lexical prowess later. For now, we can just enjoy this […]

Apple Butter – Gratitude Day 16

Just this, right now. A bunch of peeled apples, quite a bit of time cooking, a bit of immersion blending, some cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and a bit of maple syrup made by friends of ours… It makes the house smell amazing. I’m so grateful for apples, especially local apples, and everything to do with them. Can’t wait to put […]

My Household Appliances – Gratitude Day 13

I’m really grateful for my household appliances today. Sometimes when I’m doing laundry, I imagine having to pump water out of the ground or go get it from a well. Then I think about building a fire to boil the water in a huge cauldron, and putting the family’s filthy clothes in it. (I think this imagery originates from the […]

Guess what I’m grateful for today! Seriously, one guess. Day 7.

Basically everyone I know and love is grateful for the same thing today: the defeat of the orange monster. Maybe if all of us grateful folks work really hard to be extra civil and professional and compassionate and well-spoken (when possible and called-for), we can remind the rest of the population that good behaviour toward other humans is a thing. […]

TGIF – Gratitude Day 6

Right now, I am very very grateful that it’s Friday, and three out of four of us can sleep in tomorrow. (Poor Sean is working overtime. Boo.) I don’t know about the rest of you on the North American continent, but this hasn’t been the greatest week for sleeping around here. I am also grateful that the last votes coming […]

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