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Note #783 – Evolution

Note #783

You might notice a slight change this week.

Since the beginning, I’ve labeled these notes as parenting notes. Well, that’s not always true. Often, the notes have absolutely nothing to do with parenting, but thanks to habit and slight OCD tendencies, I continued to refer to the notes as “parenting notes.”

In the coming weeks, the notes will cover many topics besides just parenting – life, work, dating, productivity, and sometimes just sheer stupidity.

Honestly, I can’t write about my kids forever because that’s not all that I do, and frankly, they’re not always that interesting.



Please ignore the fact that I changed the classification of these notes from “parenting notes” to just “notes” on a week when the message is about parenting and kids. Look, I never said anything I do makes fucking sense. Just roll with me.

Anyway, this week is Thanksgiving. A time to reflect on all the good things that happened this past year.

I have plenty to be thankful for, but because I’m a human, my mind naturally wanders to all of the moments that went catastrophically wrong in 2020.

It wasn’t until this morning – while writing for this blog – that I realized I should be thankful for those moments as well.

The negatives in life typically lead to positives if a person forces themself to focus on the good that comes from every situation.

For that reason, I am thankful for…

…all the writing jobs I quit this year and the websites that ghosted me with no explanation.

…the people who have come into my life and come back into my life and the ones I had to say goodbye to in an effort  to grow as a person.

…the chances I didn’t take, and the times I played it safe.

…the risks I took – whether they worked out or not.

…the new places I traveled to this year.

…moving to the town I live in now and leaving the town where I lived for far too long.

…finally trashing that fucking couch.

…working hard on future successes.

Thanksgiving has always felt like the proper start of a new year, even though the calendar says otherwise. Reflecting on the year and being thankful for the good, the bad, and everything in between just feels like a much better time to start working on improving in the coming year.

It feels much more advantageous to start putting a plan into action for a better year in 2022 on the day after Thanksgiving than on January 1st.


Why wait until the new year to work towards the things you’ll be thankful for next Thanksgiving?


  1. Parenting Note #782 – The Storm Before The Calm
  2. Parenting Note #781 – Lies
  3. Parenting Note #780 – Encouragement
  4. Parenting Note #779 – Calendars
  5. Parenting Note #778 – Buddies


I write over 700 jokes that people enjoy that do pretty well but my most popular of all time will end up being a Pete Davidson joke. Oh internet, you’ll never cease to amaze me.

This is never a good idea, guys. Ever.

We don’t do Elf on a Shelf in this house but I’ll gladly make jokes about it.

I felt like being mean for a minute. I hope all the fragile people survived.


That’s all I’ve got this week.

If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my website via email. I have a ton of awesome stuff coming up and I don’t want you to miss any of it.

I love you all – except you Gary, go fuck yourself – and try to remain calm this holiday.

– Chris

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