Weekly review: Week ending October 19, 2018

  • Kaizen
    • We tried protein powder. Mixing it with soy milk and adding a few spoons of plain yogurt made it more palatable for me.
    • I made a Tasker shortcut to open a Facebook Messenger chat with my mom. This makes it easier to check if she’s online.
  • Gross motor
    • We moved the tables around to give A- lots of floor space for biking around.
    • W- ziptied a basket to A-‘s balance bike. She had lots of fun zooming around the house with her sheep.
    • A- put some books in her bicycle basket and biked on our errands.
  • Fine motor
    • A- was interested in folding paper balls, and was able to mostly follow along. She also used scissors to cut reasonably straight lines by following a crease.
    • A- formed letters out of playdough on her own initiative: C, O, L, U.
    • A- cut a passable P shape out of felt.
  • Sensory
    • A- and I played horsey. She liked that a lot.
  • Language
    • I poured milk for A-. She said, “I want lotter.”
    • A playful counterfactual statement: “Who wants this water bottle? I don’t like it.” A- wanted to play a keep-away game using her new water bottle.
    • “You can come join me. I have a book.” A- invited us to listen to a bedtime story.
    • A- found her nametag from nature class and temporarily switched to being A- again.
    • “What’s the paper liner doing? what’s the rain drop doing?” A- tried to delay bedtime by asking about lots of little details in a picture book.
  • Sleep
    • A- skipped her nap and fell asleep during our post-dinner walk. She woke up for a midnight snack and took a while to get back to bed.
    • A- fell asleep on my lap while reading, so we stayed on the couch.
    • A- wanted me to do the guided sleep meditation for Sheep: “Sheep’s eyes are heavy and relaxed…”
  • Emotion
    • A- had a big tantrum about missing Daddy. She was tired, too. She settled down when I started watching videos of W- near her, and she eventually fell asleep in the sling.
  • Household
    • A- dropped a bean on the floor. Without prompting, she opened the sink cabinet, got the dustpan, moved the chair, swept up the dropped bean, and put it in the garbage can.
    • A- wanted to feed the cats all by herself. She insisted that I stay upstairs. She got a little stressed out about the cats eating out of the food box, though, so I helped shoo them away temporarily.
  • Social
    • “I made a joke. Hahahaha!”
    • A- invited W- to go on a walk. “Just you and me. The two of us. Not Mommy.”
    • “Mama, cover me with kisses.”
    • We had Jen and E- over. I cooked tonkatsu and roasted vegetables. E- really liked playing with the cats, and A- liked playing with Jen. We worked on sharing.
    • We video-chatted with my mom. A- showed her lots of things and named their colours.
  • Pretend
    • “Can you teach me how to walk?” A- likes pretending to be a baby.
    • A- wanted pretend earrings, so I made some with tape.
  • Cognition
    • A- got better at playing pat-a-cake, alternating high fives and claps instead of just doing high fives.
    • A- completed 3- to 5-piece puzzles easily.
  • World
    • A- experimented with squeezing air through a wet washcloth.
  • Self-care
    • A- practised going to the bathroom by herself.
    • A- went to the bathroom all by herself. After she pooed, she asked me to help her wipe.

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week Last week Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 32.2 38.3 6.1 64.3 10.3
Personal 8.5 11.3 2.8 18.9 4.6
Sleep 38.6 40.9 2.3 68.7 3.9
Discretionary – Play 0.4 1.8 1.4 3.0 2.4
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Productive 1.0 0.8 -0.1 1.4 -0.2
Business 1.0 0.5 -0.5 0.9 -0.9
Unpaid work 9.5 5.4 -4.2 9.0 -7.0
Discretionary – Family 8.9 1.0 -7.9 1.7 -13.2

2018-10-15 Emacs news

Links from reddit.com/r/emacs, /r/orgmode, /r/spacemacs, Hacker News, planet.emacsen.org, YouTube, the changes to the Emacs NEWS file, and emacs-devel.

Weekly review: Week ending October 12, 2018

A- has been growing more independent, insisting on doing her jobs: using the toilet, brushing her teeth, even putting things in the laundry and putting her dishes in the sink. The bedtime routine was mostly smooth these days, although naps were a little rough. It’s amazing watching her grow.

  • Kaizen
    • We bought poultry shears.
  • Us
    • W- brined, spatchcocked, and roasted a turkey.
    • I worked on my corporate taxes a little more.
    • We celebrated a milestone by eating at a fish and chips place.
    • W- fixed the toaster oven with spare parts from the old one.
    • I napped for a few hours. It was refreshing.
  • Gross motor
    • A- found it easy to pedal the tricycle back and forth on the path.
    • A- walked and ran back to the house even though it was so cold.
    • A- walked all the way home from the drop-in centre.
  • Fine motor
    • A- inserted pegs into numbered pegboards.
    • A- was interested in different colors and patterns of tape at the drop-in centre.
  • Language
    • At the drop-in centre, someone said, “Bye A-!” A- said, “Actually, I’m M-.”
    • A- reacted to W-‘s departure by calling out, “I miss being hugged by you!”
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- wanted to pack her toothbrush and toothpaste in her lunch bag. She brushed her teeth in the school yard.
    • The swelling from A-‘s bug bite mostly subsided, but the bit became redder and a little splotchy. I wonder if it’s a wasp sting.
    • A- played independently while we ate dinner and washed dishes.
  • Sleep
    • A- had a big tantrum about napping. We resolved to back off a little and not try to force the issue.
    • “Your eyes are getting heavy and sleepy.” “Don’t forget the belly button!”
    • I’m surprised at how well guided meditation works for helping A- fall asleep.
    • A- wanted to sleep, so she insisted on the stroller.
  • Emotion
    • “I want to knock down blocks so I can get my frustration out.”
  • Household
    • A- scooped food for the cats and refilled their water.
    • A- pushed her tower over to the pantry and helped herself to chips.
    • A- picked up the laundry on the floor and carried out downstairs.
  • Social
    • “I want to cheer up everyone.”
    • At the drop-in centre, A- said, “No no no baby!” Turns out there was a baby who was about to put grass in his or her mouth, so it was great that A- called our attention.
  • Pretend
    • A- piled her hooded towel on top of her head and was very proud of her imitation of me.
    • A- wanted me to pretend I was a printer.
  • Cognition
    • “I’m hiding but my face is peeking out.” A- understands that she can be partially hidden.
    • A- sorted little bears by colour.
  • Thoughts
    • If I don’t have time for the kinds of things that used to tickle my brain, how would I like to adapt?

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week Last week Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
Discretionary – Family 1.9 8.9 7.0 14.9 11.7
Sleep 34.7 38.6 3.8 64.8 6.5
Unpaid work 7.2 9.5 2.3 16.0 3.8
Personal 6.5 8.5 2.0 14.3 3.4
Business 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.7 1.7
Discretionary – Play 0.3 0.4 0.1 0.6 0.1
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Productive 2.4 1.0 -1.5 1.6 -2.5
A- 46.9 32.2 -14.7 54.0 -24.8

2018-10-08 Emacs news

Links from reddit.com/r/emacs, /r/orgmode, /r/spacemacs, Hacker News, planet.emacsen.org, YouTube, the changes to the Emacs NEWS file, and emacs-devel.

Monthly review: September 2018

Weaning was a big thing this month. A- did not like it at all, and started resisting both comfort and bedtime routines. We’re slowly settling down into new patterns.

A- was also very interested in letters, spelling, and writing, and in riding her balance bicycle.

  • Kaizen:
    • I added my library card barcode to my phone case and put the Presto card in a cardholder. This made getting out the door so much easier.
    • I checked out a daycare and interviewed a babysitter’s references. We decided to go with the status quo of my staying home with A- instead.
    • W- and I talked about workloads and our coping plans when we’re both under heavy loads. I started doing more household maintenance during the week, like sweeping the bathroom while waiting for her to use the toilet and taking out the litter boxes while she napped.
    • I organized A-‘s drawers, putting away warm-weather clothes and bringing out cool-weather ones.
    • I experimented with using voice dictation to do my journal entries.
    • I experimented with putting a movie on my phone. It looks like I might be able to watch things in 5 minute increments.
  • Us
    • I woke up early and sewed a pair of shorts for myself!
  • Gross motor
    • A- liked running up the hill and coming back for a hug whenever I blew the whistle. Sometimes she even ran a little out of sight. She also enjoyed being chased and picked up.
    • A- learned how to pedal a tricycle.
    • A- learned how to coast on her balance bike.
  • Fine motor
    • A- used chopsticks to pick up a piece of shredded duck.
  • Language
    • A- said, “Teach me how to write!” I suggested that she start with tracing lines and circles with her finger. I also showed her how letters are made up of simpler shapes. We practised painting over letters, too.
    • A- liked substituting ideas in books. Little Excavator became Big Excavator, and Never Follow a Dinosaur became Never Follow an Excavator. She corrected us whenever we used the original words from the books. (4. Cognition)
    • A- loves reassuring me that she’s prepared. “Don’t worry, I have a water bottle when you get thirsty.”
    • A- was very interested in letters. She asked questions of the form, “What starts daddy?”
    • A- read several books to herself. It was awesome.
    • A-‘s been insisting that we call her M-, and invariably corrects us when we call her A- (even when I’m talking to W-). We made a nametag for her to remind us. I called her A- again, and she said, “I have my nametag on.”
  • Eating
    • A- tried egg yolk, carrots, and rice with a little curry sauce.
  • Sleep
    • Weaning and teething disrupted sleep a lot, but being more firm about bedtime seems to be paying off.
  • Emotion
    • A- asked me to draw a lonely A-. Then she asked me to draw W- hugging her.
    • Even during tough moments, I’m glad I’m the one here with A-. She’s going to test and run into her limits, and I have more patience than a babysitter would.
    • A- got overtired on the way home, and she threw a big tantrum. It was hard to carry her home while rolling our grocery cart too.
  • Social
    • A- reminded me to look both ways when crossing the street, and insisted that I do it again whenever I forgot.
    • A- had a small owie and insisted on W- for comfort. “Mama’s kisses don’t work. Daddy’s kisses do.”
    • A- played with independence. She asked me to say, “You’re not allowed to go up the hill.” She ran up the hill, then wanted me to chase her and carry her down.
  • Pretend
    • A- had fun playing with the big cardboard boxes in the schoolyard. She pretended they were houses, and we visited each other. She also pretended that one was an oven and that she was a carrot muffin.
    • A- asked me to use the long, thin towel to tie a pretend bike trailer to her balance bike. She had lots of fun bringing it around.
    • A- really liked the giraffe that W- made for her using the Little Engineer set. They added wheels and wings to it, and she flew it around the house.
    • A- merrily typed on her cardboard laptop. She said, “I’m getting a thought out of my head.”
    • We reenacted the put away video.
    • We put paper slips and elastics around books, and then pretended that they were requested books that A- could check out.
    • W- made a megaphone out of a piece of paper. A- had lots of fun shouting through it, just like in the book “Go, Dog, Go.”
  • World
    • W- went for a haircut, so A- and I came along and watched the hairstylist work.
    • We followed the garbage truck around. The worker showed A- how the compactor worked.
    • A- saw a bird die. It hit the window and then fell on the deck. She spent the rest of the day talking about dead birds, pretending to be a dead bird, and asking about death.
  • Self-care
    • We’re all done with weaning.
    • A- took some of the magnetic tiles to a corner away from the other kids, saying she wanted a “quiet area.” (2.2 Self-regulation)
    • We went to the ocularist for a checkup. A- was pretty anxious, and often reminded herself about the toy box. The ocularist said she’ll get a new conformer in November. In the meantime, the ocularist polished her conformer, and A- picked a box of crayons from the toy box.
    • A- tied a scarf around her waist all by herself. (5.2.1 Dressing)
    • A- ate lots of crackers, cheese, and peaches during snack time. She kept asking for permission and serving herself with tongs.
    • A- figured out how to turn the door knob even with the knob protector on. She went between rooms a few times.
    • A- turned the lights on and off by tapping the light switch with a roller.

Blog posts

Sketches

Time

Category Previous month % This month % Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
Sleep 33.0 37.7 4.6 61.2 7.8
Unpaid work 7.3 9.3 2.0 15.1 3.3
Personal 8.3 9.9 1.7 16.1 2.8
Discretionary – Play 0.3 0.7 0.4 1.2 0.7
Business 0.8 0.9 0.1 1.4 0.1
Discretionary – Family 1.6 1.0 -0.5 1.7 -0.9
Discretionary – Productive 3.4 1.7 -1.7 2.8 -2.9
Discretionary – Social 2.3 0.3 -2.0 0.5 -3.3
A- 43.0 38.5 -4.5 62.6 -7.5

Weekly review: Week ending October 5, 2018

A- was under the weather (cough/cold/fever), so we stayed close to home.

  • Kaizen
    • I made yellow playdough using the recipe from the EarlyON centre. It was a bit softer and stickier than the first recipe I tried, but better than the second. I think hand-kneading it instead of using the stand mixer is definitely the way to go.
    • I switched my phone to monochrome to make it less appealing. It seems to reduce the number of times A- asks to watch her videos.
  • Us
    • We cooked a lot: spinach, broccoli, beansprouts, rice and beans, jerk chicken, Indian curry, and Shake and Bake chicken.
    • The cat litter we ordered arrived, but it was sent back because the shipment was incomplete and the shipper couldn’t do a partial shipment.
    • I’m not sure why my phone doesn’t seem to ring. Maybe the volume is set too low sometimes?
    • A- was napping, so W- and I actually managed to play Borderlands 2 for thirty minutes. There were lots of other things that could be done, of course, but we figured it was important to spend time relaxing together.
    • I cut my hair back to shoulder length.
    • I picked up a few supplies from Old Navy, Nations, and Staples. Toddler gloves weren’t in stock yet, but I picked up another pack of white crew socks. The bus made it easier to go there and back.
  • Language
    • I asked A- to find words on pages while we were reading. She did a pretty good job at guessing words if I told her what letter they started with or if they were in an easy-to-predict position.
  • Sleep
    • A- insisted on being in the carrier in the kitchen so that she could go to sleep.
    • A- wanted to sleep on my lap, so I snuggled her on the couch. One of the cats wanted scritches too, but I asked W- to bring her down. Holding her while she slept was nice and peaceful.
    • A- resisted bedtime by insisting that she was not done with snack. When I set a timer and insisted on putting her food away, she threw a tantrum. Even though she was upset, she decided to go upstairs with me instead of staying downstairs. I managed to help her brush her teeth and have a bath by focusing on what’s her job. Once we got settled into bed, she fell fast asleep.
  • Emotion
    • A- was terrified of a few books, so we put the worst offender in the recycling bin outside and the rest in the box for donation. She still wouldn’t settle, so I playfully introduced spraying away what she was scared about (drawing inspiration from the idea of “anti-monster spray”). That helped, although it didn’t completely settle her – she still cried, wanting the garbage truck to come right away and wanting to be far away from the books. A few hours later, she cried about wanting to spray the book away. I handed her the spray bottle and she sprayed the window. She said, “I sprayed it away myself,” and calmed down.
    • A- was pretty upset. She cried about missing nursing. I said no. Eventually she settled down after lots of crying.
    • “I want to be in the not scary sling.” When A- is scared, she wants to be snuggled in the sling.
  • Social
    • A- really didn’t want to let go of W-, who had to go back to work. As W- gently lowered her to the ground, she said, “I don’t want to fall out of you. I really love you.”
    • I had to set firm boundaries about playing with my face. A- was not happy about that.
    • A- was quite affectionate, frequently hugging our cat, J-, W-, and even me.
  • Pretend
    • A- interrupted her pretend grocery shopping at home by saying, “I need to go to the supermarket bathroom.” She went to the potty. It’s nice how she stays in character…
    • A- liked being in her Tigger costume. I think it’s getting a little small for her.
  • Self-care
    • A-‘s fever spiked, her breathing was fast and shallow, she was drowsier than normal, and her hands were cool and mottled, so we called Telehealth and they advised us to take her to the emergency room. By the time we saw a nurse, her fever had cooled down a bit, and she was okay with drinking some Tylenol.
    • A-‘s fever gradually subsided and her mood improved. It was a good day to read a lot, though. She fell asleep on my lap while we were reading on the couch.
    • A- didn’t want to drink fever medicine. She said it was yucky. I suggested alternating it with small spoonfuls of ice cream to help take the taste away, and she accepted that.
    • A- ate cup noodles with chopsticks. She was able to bring noodles to her mouth and slurp them in. She even climbed down from the table, got the cup of noodles, and cradled it in one hand while eating with the other. She’s ready for university!
    • I insisted on 10 minutes to read my own book before I read to A-, and I also enjoyed a few minutes of practising music because I wanted to.
  • Other
    • We made it out to the library to return a couple of books before they became overdue. A- walked all the way there and most of the way back. She asked me to pick her up, and then she quickly fell asleep in my arms.

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week Last week Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 44.6 46.9 2.3 78.8 3.8
Discretionary – Productive 1.2 2.4 1.2 4.1 2.1
Discretionary – Family 0.8 1.9 1.1 3.2 1.8
Personal 5.8 6.5 0.7 10.9 1.1
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Business 0.5 0.0 -0.5 0.0 -0.8
Discretionary – Play 0.9 0.3 -0.6 0.5 -1.0
Unpaid work 8.8 7.2 -1.5 12.2 -2.6
Sleep 37.3 34.7 -2.6 58.3 -4.4