⏯️ 10 Things Grateful, the dusted-off edition #GratitudeAndShit

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Just hanging with Pez Jeff Gordon.

Last time I was here, in gratitude land, I posted the blog on dial-up.

Okay, so maybe that’s a stretch. I’m grateful as hell, but just haven’t had the time to be grateful as hell. Which makes no sense, right? I love coming to this space and hearing what you’re grateful for, too.

I have a cool new job in the city and I walk from the bus stop to the office with Glen Frey’s You Belong to The City in my head even though I know this is NOT what he had in mind, a middle-aged agency writer trudging the concrete to save a buck.

I do these things, you know. Someday I’ll tell you the songs that play in my head when I: a) Make tortillas (it’s been a while); b) take the soccer field sideline; and c) walk anywhere when it’s cold enough to see my breath.

I’m so happy to be back with you here. We’ll start there.

What are you grateful for today? This week? Hell, in 2020? I haven’t heard from some of you cats in a hot decade. That’s deep. We’re expecting snow here today, and the boy in me hopes that winds up deep, too.

Saw these signs and took so many pictures I thought I was verging on copyright infringement,.

1-My new teammates. They. Are. Awesome. It’s been impossible to find the bozo among my new co-workers. I’m not just saying that. This work is perfect for me, and as I learn the system and make mistakes, they’ve been supportive and patient.

2-Reception at Logan Family Practice. I get it. I look Hispanic but don’t know the language beyond bad words and ordering lunch. They’re friendly and also patient with me, especially with my broken Spanish (only slightly less worse than my broken English.)

3-The new job in a new space. It will probably get old, me talking about the new job. But part of the reason I’m even writing today is because I’ve found some work-life balance again. The work is challenging and my outlook is coming out of the woodshed.

Told you I went apeshit. But just read the sign.

4-Changes I see in myself. They were almost instant. You know how you get used to quirks when your car begins to decline? Can’t start it in direct sunlight, lock doesn’t work on driver’s side, etc.? The day I gave my notice, I could breathe deep again.

5-A moment with all the girls. No, not the ones who buy cute shit in Target. MY girls. I scrambled to get all our Super Bowl bingo cards ready before kickoff. All my kids chipped in and busted them out with me. I loved that.

6-My boys, for being friends. I’ll miss my crew at ACN. We’re real and hard-working and foul-mouthed. But it’s been forever since I’ve had a brotherhood I knew had my back. I’ll be forever grateful, amigos.

You think I’d get through one of these without one of these? This beauty was served up at a cool little roadside bar on our way to see Hayden play at Madison’s old school. Did you catch all that?

7-My messy work space and comfy car. So, this came before my job switch. But I worked a bit in conditions not unlike Wall-E in that famous movie. Clutterly love. And my car, it’s so simple and beat up but fits like a glove.

8-A great night’s sleep. Hell, last night, it wasn’t even a full night. I woke up at 4:30 a.m. ready to roll. Who does that? It felt like any anxiety I’d had over changes in my life just disappeared like an early-morning graham cracker snack.

9-Beethoven’s 9th symphony and good routine. For a while there, I listened to the greatest piece of music ever written (sorry Kesha.) I haven’t this week. Maybe the comfort and grandeur I find in that music did it’s job.

Meet Madison’s cat, Crunch. Well, that’s what I call him. His name is Munch. Well, that’s what Madison calls him. His name is really actually YooHoo, because Sutton found him on a trip to the corner Mystic to get a bottle of … you guessed it … YooHoo.

10-A sideline to watch my girls play. None of the girls call me Coach anymore. But I’ll always be daddy. I’m grateful when I can get my butt to the right field at the right time to see what the fuss is all about when I hear parents complaining about that ass-kicking kid at midfield.

Tell me what you’re grateful for! I’m grateful that you’ve joined me, for damn sure.

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  1. Great post! Things I’m grateful for: my wife, my sons, my home, my challenging job (even though most days it is hard to feel grateful for it!), my friends, and for all the adventures I’ve had so far.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thank you! That’s a heckuva gratitude list, new friend. Great to see you here.

  2. Glad to hear all is well 🙂 I am grateful for my partner in crime and that we keep each other as balanced, calm and sane as possible living this crazy, busy life. Take Care – Happy Weekend – Enjoy!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thank you! You both are lucky to have each other. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  3. katy b. says:

    Glad to “see” you again! I’m trying to practice gratitude in 2020, too, and want to recognize how fortunate I feel that our son is such a good kid — even though he’s going to become a teenage this weekend. *cringe*
    Funny, I thought using the endearment “daddy” was only a country thing. It’s sweet. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Great to see you too, Katy! Don’t fear too much the teen years – I’m a three time survivor (well, two are still in it!) and I’m still standing. Daddy works coast to coast, I think … and for that I’m also grateful.

  4. Beth says:

    Good to see you here my friend! I’m glad to hear you have a good new gig with your job! Love the picture of the kitty cat! He’s adorable. I’m glad things are going well and you’re finding a good balance again! Happy Friday!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s good to get back to your words too, Beth! I love this new job and am still working to get in my best groove.

      Isn’t Crunch cute? He comes to visit Hayden’s and Camdyn’s cats. They’re cousins, you know. Here’s to continued balance, warmer weather for you, and a good season for your Twins.

  5. Every time you post, it brings me joy. Enjoy that new job!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Reading this comment made my year! Thank you so much Mimi … look forward to getting back to your page too.

  6. Kathy G says:

    It’s always a good day when Coach Daddy shows up in my reader! Today I’m grateful for longer days (less than dark when the alarm goes off in the morning and less than dark at dinnertime).

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thank you so much, Kathy – it’s great to be here so that I can connect with you again! I’ve noticed that earlier sunshine and later sunset … a good sign of things to come!

  7. beth says:

    glad to hear you have found your balance and rhythm again, eli. i’m grateful that all of the changes/challenges i went through last year with selling, moving 3 times, buying my new home have brought me to exactly where i wanted to be.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That’s an adventure in itself, Beth! You could write a book.

  8. Charlotte says:

    Loved. This. But mostly I love being back in your space and hearing from you. It’s comfortable. Like removing work shoes and putting on snuggly slippers at the end of the day. I look for signs like that all the time. And I’m so happy to hear about your new job situation. It can make all the difference! Yay for good bromies who look out for you and daughters to take care of you and delicious eats and all the finer things this life has to offer ❤️

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Loved seeing you comment here, Charlotte! It’s good to be back. And I love that analogy big-time. I’m going to dedicate the time to be present here and on blogs like yours, my friend.

  9. Hi Eli
    It is so great to read this. You seem like you are in a great place in life. It is awesome!
    Congratulations on the new cool job!
    I am grateful for all- at this moment I am grateful for this day off from work.
    Blessings to you! 🙂 ♥♥

  10. Miriam says:

    Hi Eli, I’m so happy that you’ve achieved that work/life balance. It’s a big deal and I can tell that it’s made a huge impact in your life. Yay for you. For me, well I’m grateful that I recently had the opportunity to take a Canadian blogger on a five day camping trip here in Oz. We had such a great time. I’m also grateful for the simple everyday things that make me happy: my daily walks with my dog, my backyard and working on my garden and of course my writing. Great to see you back here Eli. Keep smiling my friend. xx 😍

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s there, Miri, and I have to make a conscious choice every day for it! I’m grateful for the opportunity for sure. Thank you!

      What an awesome opportunity not only for your Canadian visitor, but for you. I hope someday to visit Australia, too.

      I love those things you’re grateful for. Don’t they just inspire you to no end? Yes, simple things, but they’re the things we strive for because we know there’s more peace within them. So great to be back in touch.

  11. Court says:

    I’m grateful for my job for many reasons, for my partner who believes in me, for my willingness to apologize when I need to, and for my girls. HUGS
    I’m so glad you’re loving where you’re working.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That’s one helluva great list, Court. Hugs to you too, and it’s so awesome to see you here.

      1. Court says:

        Hey, I’m over at http://courtisherenow.wordpress.com

        Life is a LOT different than it was…

  12. Cristy says:

    Loved this piece and am so greatful to have your writing as part of my happiness!! Grateful to have found my way here, to your space!! You inspire, intrique and make me think deeper!! Oh, and the laughs are a HUGE plus!!!🤣🤣🤣

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Cristy! I’m glad you’re here, too. Deep thoughts just are part of my untethered brain. I think the laughs are just part of the package!

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