Weekly review: Week ending February 15, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • I made a Tasker scene to simplify automating some things on my phone. It’s not pretty, but it works fine for me.
    • I updated my ledger, corrected the file to make it work with hledger, and added a git pre-commit hook to check if my ledger is valid before auto-committing.
    • I changed my Emacs News script to bypass Planet Emacsen and fetch the RSS feeds directly.
    • I tried exwm. I need to spend some more time getting used to it before I can make it my primary window manager.
    • I re-enabled backups on my VPS, since USD 2.50/month is a small price to pay for peace of mind while I don’t have the time to set up a better backup system.
    • I wrote some code to collect Emacs News entries by category.
  • Us
    • I dusted off my instance of Planet Emacsen and put it up at planet.emacslife.com .
    • I bounced around a few Emacs conference ideas with people who might help organize one.
    • I spent some time reviewing a paper for the European Lisp Symposium. I’m starting to make my peace with being a naive, optimistic outsider. I still feel a little guilty that papers who got me as a reviewer won’t get as much in the way of expert critique, detailed reviews, or literature suggestions, but maybe other people can handle that.
    • I chatted with my mom about remembering long-term goals.
    • We started watching Ramen Heads, a documentary about ramen. We let A- watch it with us.
    • Fuzzy squash soup, Hainanese chicken, and bok choy
  • Gross motor
    • A- liked throwing paper airplanes.
  • Sensory
    • A- wanted to go sledding, so we went to the drop-in centre for a few turns.
    • A- wanted to help change the bedsheets. Of course, her idea of helping involves climbing up the mattress and asking W- to bounce her down.
  • Language
    • “I officially ate all the chicken. I didn’t share any with the cat. I kept track of it. Totally cool.”
    • A- was crawling up the stairs, and our cat Luke was in front of her. She said, “Why he always in my way?”
  • Music
    • A- made up a song. “Once there was a Neko, a Neko, a Neko. Once there was a Neko who needed wet cat food. So I brought her some, I brought her some, I brought her some. There was a Luke and Leia, Leia, Leia who needed dry cat food. So I brought them some, I brought them some, I brought them some. I feeded them.”
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- played the stop and go game. She asked me to say “stop” and “go” while she danced.
    • A- dawdled on the way to music class, distracted by the snow and ice along her way. I was okay with taking our time exploring the world instead of rushing to music class, but I didn’t want her to be upset about missing music class accidentally. I reminded her that she was choosing between playing with ice or getting to music class on time and that it was okay to choose either, as long as she knew what she was choosing. She focused on getting to music class, and we got there during the initial warm-up / free play time.
  • Eating
    • Sopa de pat: W- added watercress, which A- really liked.
    • Hainanese chicken rice: Added lemongrass, incorporated ginger and garlic into the rice, and added extra water and steaming time. A- ate two and a half drumsticks.
    • A- liked the egg whites that I beat until frothy and fried in a pan. She had five egg whites
  • Emotion
    • I started teaching A- about the zones of emotional regulation. We talked about being in the green zone and being in the blue zone. She picked it up pretty quickly.
    • Talking A- through imagining things she was anxious about seems to have worked! Baby dolls used to make her very anxious, but this time she was able to come close to one with me and watch me play with it.
    • We talked about emotional regulation some more. I took notes by drawing some of the things that put us in different zones and what we can do to cope.
    • A- needed help calming down after being frustrated and overtired.
  • Household
    • A- wanted to make a dress, but I talked her down into making a shirt like mine instead. She picked out the fabric from my stash. I made a pattern using some of her big drawing paper, and then I sewed the shirt. She was so excited to try it on that she didn’t want to change back to her old shirt after the first fitting. Instead, she stood there shirtless while I finished the sleeves and the hem. We were both tickled pink to have matching shirts. I think snow days and sick days will be good opportunities for projects like that, so I should always have elastic on hand.
    • Snow day (and still sniffly), so we made another matching outfit. This time, she wanted a dress with longer sleeves. Trying to teach her how to use the serger was a bit too harrowing (we broke two needles), so maybe that will have to wait for later. Anyway, I learned how to flatlock!
    • A- got a little upset when I went ahead and flipped the laundry because she wanted to do it. I moved the clothes back to the washer, and she had lots of fun proudly moving the laundry to the dryer.
  • Social
    • A- sang her cat food song for Lola. She also pretended to make and serve mushroom soup, hot chocolate, and water.
    • A- likes to pretend that she doesn’t know how to clap her hands so that we can teach her how to do so. She laughed so much when W- pretended to teach her while occasionally getting it wrong.
  • World
    • A- was interested in the earth, the sun, and the moon. We talked about how the earth moves around the sun and how the moon moves around the earth, showed the motion using different models, and painted the earth and sun models from the solar system mobile that Lolo and Lola gave her.
    • We melted broken crayons to make crayon hearts. A- was curious about melting. I think I heated it too long, since the wax separated from the pigment. If we’re well enough to go to school this week, we can give some to the drop-in centre teacher as a Valentine’s gift. We have lots of crayons from J-‘s stash, so we can make even more.
    • A- was interested in the solar system, so we assembled the mobile that her Lolo and Lola gave her.

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Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Personal 4.2 10.4 6.2 17.5 10.5
Discretionary – Productive 2.3 6.6 4.3 11.0 7.2
Discretionary – Play 1.5 5.5 4.0 9.2 6.7
A- 38.8 42.3 3.5 71.1 5.9
Discretionary – Family 0.8 1.0 0.3 1.7 0.5
Business 1.2 0.0 -1.2 0.0 -2.0
Discretionary – Social 2.3 0.0 -2.3 0.0 -3.9
Unpaid work 9.6 4.0 -5.6 6.7 -9.4
Sleep 39.3 30.2 -9.2 50.7 -15.4

Weekly review: Week ending February 8, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • I tweaked the margins for the book about A- turning three years old, and I learned how to use pdfjam to make booklet signatures. So much easier than my old workflow! This should let me make longer books at home, too.
  • Us
    • I learned how to use my serger to make a rolled hem. The serger made working with chiffon really easy. I accidentally bent a needle, but no one got hurt.
    • It was a good thing I decided to practise baking cakes before A-‘s birthday party. The first cake was too wet because I misinterpreted the recipe. The second cake stuck to the pan. For the third cake, we lined the cake pans with parchment paper, and it turned out perfect. Yay!
  • Gross motor
    • Jen suggested going to a nearby indoor playground which E- had previously enjoyed. Even though it was busy, there was enough space for us to play. A- insisted on being close to either me or Jen, so we explored the structure together. She liked the big slide, the space shuttle, and the ball pit. We had sushi afterwards, and A- ate quite a few pieces. I think it would be nice to make this part of our routines.
  • Fine motor
    • A- made a playdough cake with three candles.
    • A- said she was writing “Happy Birthday.” Her scribbles went from left to right, up and down.
  • Language
    • “W- Y-, what are you doing?”
  • Music
    • A- got captivated by the window display at the music store. We stood there for a long time, talking about ukuleles and pianos and playing music. I had been thinking about what kind of instrument might be good for her to start exploring, since she doesn’t yet have the coordination for the ukulele or recorder. The salesperson showed us a small melody harp and a glockenspiel. A- was really drawn to the small Schoenhut baby grand piano, though. “It’s tiny. Just the right size for me,” she said. She played with it for a long time. I told her I’d talk to W- about whether we could get something like it.We discussed it over dinner. I liked that the baby grand piano wasn’t electronic, but I wish it had better sound quality. Also, it required too much dedicated floor space. We talked about getting a small electronic keyboard, but the ones we looked at had too many functions and we weren’t keen on some of the features. We even discussed getting a MIDI keyboard and using a Raspberry Pi computer as a synthesizer. In the end, we decided to keep things simple and take advantage of what we already have. A- knows how to climb up on the piano bench, turn the piano on and off, and press the keys, so we can start with that.

      I’d like music to be a fun part of our lives. It’s nice to be able to pick out melodies on the keyboard or the ukulele, and maybe she can learn something like that too if she wants. We’ll see!

    • In music class, A- volunteered to be the teacher’s partner for a few songs. Yay!
  • Self-care and independence
    • We went to Webb Ocular for a checkup. A- was still a little scared of Mr. Webb, but looking forward to the toy chest helped her stay calm. She picked a pretend microphone immediately. At home, she played with it a little before agreeing it was something for the donate pile.
    • A- picked out her outfit today. Her floral dress and yellow rain pants happened to match a public art installation perfectly.
    • A- wanted to wear two ponytails. She enjoyed wearing a sweater that matched mine.
    • A- was curious about microphthalmia, so we flipped through Clinical Ocular Prosthetics.
  • Eating
    • “Hey, I really do like this salsa.”
  • Emotion
    • After going to the supermarket with W-, we went to the library. We didn’t get there in time for the drop-in centre, though, so A- was a bit disappointed. She had been looking forward to going there, but we had gone on so many other adventures already that afternoon.
    • A- and I talked about swimming, since we won’t be going swimming for the next few weeks. She pretended to go swimming in our room.
  • Social
    • A- taught E- the line “Yes, no, maybe so?” They sat in the kids’ chairs. E- asked, “Yes, no, maybe so?” A- enthusiastically said “Yes!” They repeated this many times.
    • We had Jen, Ewan, and E- over for dinner (pizza, Brussels sprouts, soup, bread, sweet potatoes, cake). The kids played with toy tools and blocks in the living room while we chatted in the kitchen. They had lots of fun making each other laugh. I shared the toum I made. W- and Ewan had an impromptu knife sharpening session. Jen played the piano. It was awesome.
    • We went to a fabric store to buy some chiffon for making square scarves for peekaboo and dancing. A- learned about the process of picking out fabric. She tapped my credit card on the terminal to pay for it. We were about to walk away, but she remembered to get a receipt too.
    • A- repetitively looked at the clock and then pounced on me. This amused her a lot.
    • A- insisted on checking out the books herself. She said, “I want to practise talking to the librarian.” The librarian walked her through the process of checking out.
    • A- went to the kitchen, said “Ha ha,” and did something close to jazz hands.
    • We had a birthday party for A- with just W-‘s parents and one of A-‘s uncles. A- loved showing them stuff, and she entertained them while W-, J-, and I prepared the food. A- ate cake and enjoyed playing with her presents.
  • Pretend
    • A- pretended to be a music teacher, showing E- how to sing “Popcorn” and “Someone is Hiding” with the scarves. She also sat in a chair and pretended to read a book to us, holding the book facing out just like at circle time.
  • Cognition
    • “I’m making a line.” A- lined up several Duplo fences.
  • World
    • We went to the museum to look at dinosaur skeletons. A- was also interested in the mastodont skeleton.

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Sleep 34.2 39.3 5.2 66.1 8.7
Discretionary – Social 0.0 2.3 2.3 3.9 3.9
Unpaid work 8.0 9.6 1.6 16.1 2.7
Personal 3.9 4.2 0.2 7.0 0.4
Business 2.1 1.2 -0.9 2.0 -1.5
Discretionary – Productive 3.3 2.3 -1.0 3.8 -1.7
A- 40.2 38.8 -1.4 65.2 -2.3
Discretionary – Family 3.0 0.8 -2.2 1.3 -3.8
Discretionary – Play 5.3 1.5 -3.8 2.6 -6.3

Weekly review: Week ending February 1, 2019

Catching up after some time without weekly reviews! The week ending Feb 1 was a good one for learning how to deal with emotions.

  • Kaizen
    • I’ve been having a hard time finding library books on certain topics, so we went to Parent Books instead. I asked lots of questions about useful resources to help me appreciate all the cool stuff A- is learning, and the shopkeeper helped me find a few books on cognitive development, nature education, and pedagogical documentation. I added a book on joyful toddlers too, since the library didn’t carry that title. Looking forward to learning!
  • Us
    • J- installed a new set of blinds with a little help from W- and A-.
    • We spent some time turning fluffy fleece remnants into matching hats for A- and me. There was just enough left over to make a neck gaiter, which A- immediately laid claim to.
  • Fine motor
    • A- proudly showed me that she could roll her tongue. (“Taco tongue,” she calls it.)
    • We wrapped a couple of long-overdue gifts for M-. A- helped tape down the wrapper. After we put the gifts away, A- pretended to wrap other things.
    • J- placed two googly eyes on the fuzzy white scarf. A- liked how it looked, and suggested putting them on A-‘s hat. I said we could glue it on after dinner. She disappeared for a bit and came back proudly wearing the hat with the googly eyes that she had glued on by herself. “I look like a bear,” she said.
  • Sensory
    • W- took A- sledding to the supermarket. We hitched the sled up to the bicycle rack and went in. A- loved it. I was tickled pink.
    • A- and our cat Leia had lots of fun catching bubbles.
    • Sledding was a handy way to get around in the snow.
    • We braved the cold! We were the only ones in the kids’ swimming pool. A- liked floating in a vest, paddling towards me, and switching her legs back and forth. She also liked walking and jumping without the vest on. She went under the water. I pulled her up right away, and she clung to me for about five minutes.
  • Language
    • “Fresh fried fish fritters?” said W-. “Filling!” said A-.
    • We made another quick book, this time about making popcorn.
    • A- woke up asking questions about anesthetists. She also liked practising pronouncing anesthesia and anesthesiologist.
    • W- asked, “How long have these carrots been in your bag?” A- replied, “Years and years now.”
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- found her pair of sandals and practised using the Velcro buckles all by herself.
    • A- fell down and cut her lip. She calmed down after a long snuggle.
    • A- said she had a headache, and she spent a long time chewing on her gum massager before going to sleep.
  • Eating
    • Chicken pot pie: Just had the crust.
    • A- was in the middle of eating her favourite chocolate energy bar when she noticed that I was wolfing down the rice and fishcakes I brought for our lunch. She reached out for it and insisted on having some.
  • Emotion
    • When A- saw another kid bring a baby doll over, she hid in my arms and clung to me tightly. Eventually, when she calmed down enough to talk, she told me, “I want to watch real babies, not pretend babies.” Later on, I guided her to imagine us looking at and then playing with baby dolls, in case that might help with desensitization.
    • A- had a tantrum, and I needed to pry the scissors away from her. She calmed down after I sang silly songs.
    • A- tumbled down the stairs and bruised her face. She was definitely upset, but it was amazing to watch her calm down after lots of snuggling. Coregulation is pretty neat!
    • A- patiently waited for three crowded streetcars to go by before we managed to fit our stroller on another one.
  • Household
    • Big snowstorm. A- helped W- shovel. The snow piles were almost as tall as she was. She loved climbing up and sliding down.
    • “Can we make a cake, please?” “After dinner. We need to eat first.” “I can do it myself.” A- pushed her platform next to the counter, climbed up, and opened a bag of flour.
    • We made a practice birthday cake. A- had fun sifting the flour. She kept making snowballs with the flour, so I think we sifted it six or seven times…
  • Social
    • W- toasted two pieces of bread and spread peanut butter on them so that he and A- could have an evening snack. He said to A-, “Which one did you want?” “Just the two.” He repeated his question a couple of times, getting the same answers. Then A- clarified: “I want to make a sandwich.” He gave her both pieces, and she put them together.
  • Pretend
    • After reading “I Love You, Little Pookie,” A- dressed up as a tiger and enjoyed hunting and roaring.
    • A- and I had a long, imaginative discussion about what it would be like if there were many daddies, mommies, and A-s.
  • Cognition
    • A- followed along when I asked her to imagine different scenarios with baby dolls. She laughed at the silly ones and gradually became more comfortable with the challenging ones.

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Sleep 31.0 34.2 3.2 57.4 5.4
Discretionary – Family 0.5 3.0 2.5 5.1 4.2
Discretionary – Play 4.7 5.3 0.6 8.9 1.0
Discretionary – Productive 2.7 3.3 0.6 5.5 1.0
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Unpaid work 8.2 8.0 -0.3 13.4 -0.4
Business 3.1 2.1 -1.0 3.5 -1.7
Personal 6.7 3.9 -2.8 6.6 -4.6
A- 43.0 40.2 -2.9 67.5 -4.8

2019-02-18 Emacs news

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

2019-02-11 Emacs news

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

2019-02-04 Emacs news

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