2018-12-03 Emacs news

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Weekly review: Week ending November 23, 2018

I only get a sense of how full the week was when I look back. There were so many little moments, so many things to learn and try.

  • Kaizen
    • I sketched a thought on my laptop. Later, I opened the drawing on my phone and typed accompanying text on the tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard. Lots of tech, but this workflow might actually work well for me…
  • Us
    • W- showed me how to replace the humidifier filter and turn the furnace on.
    • I was feeling a little left behind professionally, since I’ve been getting worse as a programmer (not up to date on tools, not writing tests, etc.). A- is doing so well, though, so this is probably a good path.
    • Four fillings at the dentist! Oh well.
    • I was thinking about the individual development plans I did during my corporate life and how to create a sense of growth in parenting. I made a list of the big things we’re going to be working on over the coming year, and I realized that there’s actually lots to learn and many skills to work on. Whee!
    • I started working on a way to put my sketches on the web in a form that makes it easier for me to search through titles or refer to them by ID. It felt great to work on a personal project.
  • Language
    • A- is learning about indirectly asking for things. She said, “I want something from the big freezer. Something cold. Something hard. Something that needs a scooper. Something that has a container. Something that needs to soften. Something that’s not round.” We were greatly amused, although we were firm that ice cream wasn’t one of her options for breakfast.
    • While we were out, A- said, “I want something with nuts.” I said, “I thought your tummy was all full.” She said, “My tummy is not full already. My tummy has space for the energy bar.”
    • We reread “Betsy Goes to the Doctor” after maybe six months of not checking it out. A- still remembered a few of the words.
    • I forgot to ask A- for permission before planting a kiss on her head. She said, “No Mama germs on me. Wash it off.” I rubbed the spot. She said, “Not pretend, real! Wash with water!”
    • I asked A- to play by herself while I washed dishes. She wandered about, then said, “I’m wandering about.”
    • A- wanted me to pretend to be a nurse. She said, “Mama take care of me. Mama keep me healthy.”
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- voluntarily brushed her teeth, and for a few minutes too. I suggested different areas to brush and she did it all by herself.
    • A- had some quiet independent play time while I did some consulting and W- read. She said, “I don’t want to be independent. I play with Daddy.” After a short while, she was quiet. We looked over and found her napping.
    • A- wanted to go to the library bathroom. When we finished, she took the key back upstairs all by herself while I stayed on the ground floor with the cart.
    • When we were done at the organic food store, I offered to help A- return the small child-sized cart she had used. She pushed me away and said, “I do it myself.” She headed out the first set of doors, pushed the cart back into the corral, came back into the store, and looked at me proudly.
    • A- was recovering from a stomach bug, so we set timers to help her pace herself while eating toast and bananas. She patiently waited for the timer to go off, even refusing when I offered food a little early.
  • Eating
    • A- is still teething and often insists on crunchy food.
  • Emotion
    • A- wanted me to take her in the stroller to the supermarket, but she didn’t want to ride the stroller on the way back. I hadn’t brought my carrier along, and she was too slippery in the snowsuit for me to comfortably carry her. We were both a bit tired and hungry, too. After a long tantrum, we settled on my trying to awkwardly carry her and push the stroller at the same time, taking frequent breaks along the way. I got pretty frustrated, so when we got home, W- took her for a bit while I had some hot water and a snack. Once I calmed down, I apologized for being grumpy. Some time later, A- said, “Daddy is not grumpy. Daddy is a bigger adult.”
  • Household
    • W- showed A- and me how to spread wood filler on the cracks in the floor.
  • Social
    • J- had a few friends over for a study group. Before they arrived, A- declared, “I don’t like J-‘s friends. I want J- to play with me.” They set up their laptops in the kitchen, and A- and I had our evening snack in the living room. A- kept going to the hallway right outside the kitchen to chat with J-‘s friends or show off things.
    • Lola slept early, so A- chatted with her cousins G* and A* instead. G* showed us her room, A* drew, and A- jumped up and down.
    • A- playfully pretended to whine, peeking at our reactions.
    • We had a muffin at the coffee shop outside music class. A- shared food with her classmates. She accepted seaweed and she offered her orange segments. I chatted with the other parents about activities.
    • We experimented with a Facebook group video chat so that Lola could talk to all of her grandkids at the same time, and so that the kids could hang out with each other too. We were having some problems with video orientation, so we might tinker around with that a little more. G* got a little frustrated and wanted some one-on-one time with Lola, so we took turns. Still, this is quite promising!
    • We chatted with Lola and A-‘s cousins, went to music class, then pretend school (the drop-in centre at a school), then another drop-in centre, and then the organic food store. Full day! A- fell asleep on the way home.
  • Pretend
    • A- enthusiastically joined us on a trip to the hardware store, since the hardware store has a few special carts that has steering wheels for kids. She said, “I often like to drive a cart.”
    • A- pretended her stuffed toy had lots of pee accidents all over the place.
  • World
    • A- spent some time typing on the Bluetooth keyboard. She held down keys and said what they made, and she used the Enter key to “wash away” what she typed. She liked toggling Caps Lock so that she could type big or small letters.
  • Oops
    • I forgot to bring my credit card to the dentist. Fortunately, I’d asked J- to hang out with A-, and J- brought her debit card.
  • Thoughts
    • If I consider this as my current career, what are the skills I’m working on building?

Blog posts

Sketches

Time

Category The other week Last week Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
Unpaid work 6.9 9.2 2.3 15.5 3.9
Discretionary – Productive 2.2 3.9 1.6 6.5 2.7
Business 2.0 2.7 0.6 4.5 1.1
Personal 6.8 6.8 0.1 11.5 0.2
Sleep 29.4 29.2 -0.2 49.0 -0.3
Discretionary – Family 1.1 0.3 -0.8 0.5 -1.3
Discretionary – Play 5.9 5.0 -0.9 8.4 -1.5
A- 44.3 43.0 -1.3 72.2 -2.2
Discretionary – Social 1.5 0.0 -1.5 0.0 -2.5

2018-11-26 Emacs news

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Weekly review: Week ending November 16, 2018

Lots of teething-related disruption this week, but still pretty good. I actually managed to do some consulting this week, hooray! Lots of social time, too. I’ve been working on building my own social links too, since one of the ways A- learns about friendship and interaction is by watching us grown-ups.

  • Us
    • We actually managed to stay up late and watch a DVD.
  • Gross motor
    • When she woke up from her nap, A- really, really wanted to go to the organic food store. Even though we were already home, we dressed up in our winter gear and she walked all the way to the store. I ended up carrying her all the way home, but I expected that.
    • A- was playing on the carpet at the drop-in centre. She stretched out into a downward dog pose. The family support worker took that as an opportunity to call the other kids’ attention and encourage them to try doing a downward dog too, modeling the pose herself. A- grinned, stood up, and shifted into a very wobbly but still recognizable tree pose. The other grown-ups laughed. A- went through a few other poses that she remembered from the Yoga Kids book.
  • Sensory
    • First big snowfall. A- loved playing on the snow, so I dressed warmly and helped make tiny snowmen.
  • Music
    • Another parent brought a violin to music class and played a piece for us.
  • Self-care and independence
    • We went to Value Village to get some second-hand winter clothes for A-. Slim pickings, so I might buy things new. She likes the bathrobe I got her, though.
  • Eating
    • A- and I enjoyed an almond croissant from the cafe outside music class.
  • Sleep
    • A- had an overtired tantrum because she resisted my suggestions for helping her sleep. She ended up falling asleep on the floor under a shelf.
  • Emotion
    • A- was extra cranky in the morning. Maybe it was a combination of teething, tiredness, hunger, and separation. The poor dear!
    • A- got overtired and had a big tantrum. She was also teething and hungry, and settled down after a snack of frozen blueberries and crunchy crackers.
  • Social
    • We invited Jen, Ewan, and E- for a simple Sunday pasta dinner. A- was so excited, she had a time waiting all day, and she was hopping up and down with energy when they came. They made bread pudding, and it was yummy. Lots of fun!
    • A- was so disappointed that she woke up too late to go to the drop-in centre, so I looked around for another program that was open late on Monday afternoons. We went to More Than Child’s Play. It was a bigger space with better facilities (a slide with a playhouse, a dishwasher so we could use actual saucers for snack, etc.), but the atmosphere didn’t feel as calm as our usual drop-in centre. Hmm…
    • A- was happily practising on her balance bike all around the schoolyard. One of the other kids wanted to borrow her bike, but she stood firm. When I checked on A- because she was frozen in place, A- told me she didn’t want to be touched and she didn’t want her bike to be touched. I reassured her that she didn’t have to, and the other mom talked to her kid too. She was a little preoccupied with it on the way home.
    • We visited Popo after music class. A- had lots of fun bouncing balls, rearranging magnets, and playing with letters.
  • Pretend
    • A- corrected herself several times as she remembered which name she was using at the moment.
  • Thoughts
    • Quick thoughts on how parenting is really good Stoic training: deo volente, amor fati, premeditatio malorum, focusing on things I can control, separating things from my perception of things.

Blog posts

Sketches

Time

Category The other week Last week Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 45.6 44.3 -1.3 73.9 -2.2
Sleep 28.5 29.4 0.9 49.1 1.5
Unpaid work 6.7 6.9 0.2 11.5 0.3
Personal 7.8 6.8 -1.0 11.3 -1.7
Discretionary – Play 5.6 5.9 0.3 9.8 0.5
Discretionary – Productive 5.2 2.2 -2.9 3.7 -4.9
Business 0.0 2.0 2.0 3.4 3.4
Discretionary – Social 0.0 1.5 1.5 2.5 2.5
Discretionary – Family 0.7 1.1 0.3 1.8 0.6

2018-11-19 Emacs news

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Weekly review: Week ending November 9, 2018

This week, A- was interested in telling time and following routines. She’s getting pretty good at it, and it makes household routines smoother.

Keeping a book in the bathroom seems to be working out well. I managed to finish a book over several sessions of waiting for A-.

I’ve been playing a game late at night since it’s easy to do on my phone when A- insists on lying on my arm. I think I’ll step back a little and shift that time towards writing or reading instead.

  • Kaizen
    • We borrowed lots of origami books from the library. I learned how to make a hen and a cat finger puppet.
    • I worked on making the tablet more comfortable for typing notes and syncing with my phone.
    • I mended a small rip in my pajamas. No sense in throwing them out when I can make them last longer, and that lets me show A- thrift.
    • I dusted off the Sony Vaio U1 and considered setting it up for A-, who’s interested in letters at the moment.
    • We donated lots of books and clothes.
  • Us
    • We swapped Japanese curry for embutido.
    • Ran into Mike Fletcher while walking to school. Chatted about parenting, people, machine learning.
  • Gross motor
    • A- walked all the way to the subway station while wearing her own backpack.
    • A- loved building tall houses with foam blocks and then knocking them down.
    • A- liked tossing a beanbag into a plastic bag.
  • Sensory
    • We had fun banging wooden blocks in different ways.
  • Language
    • “The downstairs sink is friendly.”
    • “I’m building a problem,” A- said while making things with her Little Engineer kit.
    • A- playfully knocked down the house I made for her with foam blocks. She said, “Accidents happen. Mama, build me a house again.”
  • Self-care and independence
    • I’m working on slowing down dental erosion by brushing our teeth at least thirty minutes after eating, despite my occasional urge to brush earlier. We’re trying out brushing after dinner and then after snack, which might make it easier to deal with days when A- decides not to nap.
    • A-‘s pediatrician suddenly closed her practice, so I’m scrambling to find another doctor.
    • “I want another blanket to support my head.”
    • I think A- is probably teething.
  • Eating
    • A- liked licking the leftover tomato sauce when we made pizza.
  • Sleep
    • A- resisted napping, and I remembered not to try to insist. Instead, I declared it was quiet cleaning up time. After I tidied up, we read and snuggled. She had a few tantrums that sounded like she was overtired, but she did actually make it all the way to a reasonably smooth bedtime.
  • Emotion
    • A- had a big tantrum in the stroller because she wanted to get out in order to push buttons and to walk, but it was too windy for me to let her do that, and then she was too upset for me to let her walk. I pushed the stroller home and snuggled her on the porch.
  • Household
    • A- helped us rake and bag leaves. She liked jumping in the pile.
  • Social
    • We didn’t get to chat with Lola in the morning, so A- asked me to try again. She chatted with Lola for an hour in the evening. Lots of interaction!
    • A- wanted to show the teacher the new toy car she got from the ocularist.
    • “I have something for you.” “What could it be? A beanbag!” We roleplayed giving and receiving presents.
    • A- enjoyed sort-of chasing another kid at the drop-in centre.
    • When A- woke up, she asked me to turn on the lights and call Lola.
    • A- had so much fun playing hide and seek with all of us. She loved running around and looking for us.
  • Pretend
    • A- was playing pretend hospital, with her as the patient. I asked her how she was feeling. She said, “Overwhelmed.”
    • A- pretended to cook for Lola. She also read part of a book to her.
  • Cognition
    • A- is learning how to tell the time. She can usually tell the time if it’s close to the hour and a number she’s familiar with (1-9). She’s also slowly learning to say things like “half past eight.” A- looked at the clock and correctly said “It’s 9 o’clock.” A few minutes before 8 PM, A- started singing, “We’ve come to the end of another day…”
    • A- missed W- and J- while they were at the dental surgeon for a consultation, so she asked me to print out a new copy of our little book on dental surgery at the hospital and read it to her several times.
  • World
    • A- loves watching garbage trucks. I was still in my pajamas, so W- and A- followed the garbage truck around. Later in the morning, we saw a garbage truck followed by another.
  • Oops
    • A- accidentally knocked my glasses off, and they chipped near the bottom. Fortunately, the chips don’t interfere with my vision.
  • Thoughts
    • Things I’m working on: letting go of the desire for external validation and visible progress; being present; equanimity; switching perspectives; sharing my thoughts; listening
    • Parenting is pretty good training for letting go of the desire for external validation and focusing on processes instead of outcomes.
    • I like to feel competent and I like to improve.
    • Both “Mommy Burnout” and “Time to Parent” emphasize the important of modeling friendship in front of kids, so I’m working on being more social.

Blog posts

Sketches

Time

Category The other week Last week Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
Discretionary – Productive 0.9 5.2 4.3 8.7 7.2
A- 43.4 45.6 2.2 77.1 3.7
Personal 5.7 7.8 2.0 13.1 3.4
Discretionary – Play 4.3 5.6 1.3 9.4 2.2
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Business 0.2 0.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.2
Discretionary – Family 1.1 0.7 -0.4 1.2 -0.7
Unpaid work 9.4 6.7 -2.7 11.3 -4.5
Sleep 35.1 28.5 -6.6 48.1 -11.1