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Weekly review: Week ending March 11, 2016

This week actually felt pretty normal. Just the two-week appointment with the midwife, and plenty of time to settle back into household routines. I cooked a little (shake-and-bake chicken), went out for errands, and even got around to vacuuming part of the house. I still have to learn W-‘s tricks for calming A- in the middle of the night, but I’m sure we’ll sort something out by the time he goes back to work. A- still has her days and nights mixed up, so afternoon naps and low-power evenings will have to tide us over.

A- has started reaching out for the white/black/red-patterned quilt blocks I made. I’d like to do some sewing this week – maybe some soft cubes of red and black gingham so that she can look at and play with them, and maybe a few pairs of pants. Might even include a trip to the fabric store…

2016-03-14a Week ending 2016-03-11 -- index card #journal #weekly output

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (6.1h – 3%)
    • Earn (0.0h – 0% of Business)
    • Build (6.0h – 99% of Business)
      • Drawing (6.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
    • Connect (0.0h – 0% of Business)
  • Relationships (1.2h – 0%)
    • ☑ Register newborn
    • ☑ Check with OHIP re name change
    • ☐ Buy rocker
  • Discretionary – Productive (3.4h – 2%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☐ Check expiry and create tasks
    • Sewing (0.0h)
    • Writing (3.4h)
  • Discretionary – Play (1.0h – 0%)
  • Personal routines (26.9h – 16%)
  • Unpaid work (53.6h – 31%)
    • Childcare (45.5h – 27% of total)
  • Sleep (75.7h – 45% – average of 10.8 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending March 4, 2016

Second week of life with a baby. We did a field test of baby wearing and the camera backpack we’d converted into a diaper bag. We made it out to Dufferin Mall, changed the baby’s diaper, nursed in the nursing station, and even picked up a few supplies. Slowly gaining confidence and competence, hooray!

We started cloth diapering this week, too. So far, so good! We’ll still probably use disposable diapers at night and when we’re out, but it’s good to get the rhythm of laundry and diapering going.

I’ve been getting lots of practice in holding the fort. Actually, things are pretty manageable. I still haven’t made it out to the supermarket or the library on my own. With the way things are, though, it’s better to take it easy and minimize risks.

Starting to learn more about the landscape ahead of us: met with the doctors at the Sick Kids Eye Clinic to learn more about microphthalmia, and met with the pediatric cardiologist to follow up on the murmur.

We picked a name for her, yay! She’ll hereafter be known on this blog as A-. Hello world!

2016-03-06a Week ending 2016-03-04 -- index card #journal #weekly output

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (6.7h – 4%)
    • Earn (0.0h – 0% of Business)
      • ☑ Prepare invoice
    • Build (6.4h – 94% of Business)
      • Drawing (3.6h)
      • Paperwork (1.9h)
    • Connect (0.4h – 5% of Business)
  • Relationships (6.7h – 3%)
    • ☑ Update family
    • ☑ Build data analysis tool for baby connect data
    • ☑ Easily dump CSV for baby connect data
    • ☑ Draft name announcement
    • ☑ Write about micropthalmia
  • Discretionary – Productive (6.4h – 3%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
    • Sewing (0.3h)
    • Writing (5.8h)
    • ☑ Consider dentist change
    • ☑ Switch phone to personal credit card
    • ☑ Check out Telegram bot API
  • Discretionary – Play (1.7h – 1%)
  • Personal routines (16.6h – 9%)
  • Unpaid work (78.5h – 46%)
  • Sleep (51.4h – 30% – average of 7.3 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending February 26, 2016

My time records this week are all out of whack. I was away from phone, computer, and paper for a few days. For an awesome reason, though! =) The next few weeks will probably be a crash course on the practical aspects of keeping a human being alive and thriving. There’s only so much you can learn from books, websites, and videos, after all.

I’m going to try to keep that daily journal habit going, as well as the occasional braindump. I don’t want to post too many details (the eternal memory of search engines!), but I’m looking forward to finding a good balance so that I can continue to think and learn out loud as we start on this new adventure. Here we go!

2016-02-29b Week ending 2016-02-26 -- index card #journal #weekly

output

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (7.3h – 4%)
    • Earn (0.0h – 0% of Business)
    • Build (7.2h – 99% of Business)
      • Drawing (3.9h)
      • Paperwork (1.2h)
        • ☑ Plan payroll for 2016
    • Connect (0.1h – 0% of Business)
  • Relationships (5.0h – 2%)
    • ☑ Update family
  • Discretionary – Productive (2.3h – 1%)
    • Emacs (0.2h – 0% of all)
    • Sewing (0.0h)
    • Writing (2.1h)
      • ☑ Braindump and process things that have happened
    • ☑ Make a mini-app for NPM today view
    • ☑ Plan a simple tracking interface
    • ☑ Build data analysis tool for baby data
    • ☑ Easily dump CSV for baby data
    • ☑ Consider dentist change
  • Discretionary – Play (4.4h – 2%)
  • Personal routines (48.3h – 28%)
  • Unpaid work (57.8h – 34%)
  • Sleep (43.0h – 25% – average of 6.1 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending February 19, 2016

This week was about shifting my systems and routines a little bit in order to support more learning. I’ve been thinking about how to build a regular today-I-learned habit as a way to keep myself moving forward a little bit at a time, and have been putting together little tools to make it easier for me to discover and share tidbits.

After reflecting on the various games I’d tried out on the tablet, I uninstalled a whole bunch of games that weren’t tickling my brain the way I wanted. I might keep Rising Super Chef around because I like the time management aspect, although I’d also be up for something with less randomness and either more skill or more humour. Possibly some kind of a word or math game, too. Anyway, I’ve been shifting towards using the tablet for reading Toronto Public Library e-books through OverDrive, browsing the Web (especially for answers to specific questions), and watching videos on Youtube.

I managed to go on a few long walks, despite the cold. I got through quite a lot of reading on the Kindle, too. I need to refresh the selection of items I have on it since I’m at the end of the fiction I’d lined up, but I can always go through the manuals for Emacs and Org Mode.

It was the fourth year mark for my 5-year experiment in semi-retirement, too, so I’ve been putting together a review covering the past year as well, an overall look at the past four years, and plans for the next year. It’s been a good year and a good experiment so far. It’s hard to imagine a better way to prepare for the next step. Milestones, yay!

2016-02-20a Week ending 2016-02-19 -- index card #journal #weekly

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (16.9h – 10%)
    • Earn (5.9h – 34% of Business)
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (8.4h – 49% of Business)
      • Drawing (7.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.1h)
        • ☑ File federal annual return
    • Connect (2.6h – 15% of Business)
  • Relationships (6.6h – 3%)
    • ☑ Take pictures of stuff from Jen
  • Discretionary – Productive (8.6h – 5%)
    • Emacs (2.0h – 1% of all)
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
    • Sewing (0.0h)
    • Writing (4.1h)
    • Coding
      • ☑ See sketches in a range of dates
      • ☑ Authenticate
      • ☑ Make a mini-app for NPM today view
    • Latin
      • ☑ Re-memorize declensions
      • ☑ Memorize pronouns
    • ☑ Consider RRSP contribution
  • Discretionary – Play (32.3h – 19%)
  • Personal routines (31.2h – 18%)
  • Unpaid work (7.4h – 4%)
  • Sleep (65.0h – 38% – average of 9.3 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending February 12, 2016

With W- recovering from a bad cough and my sleep quality going a bit downhill due to other reasons, it’s been mostly about maintenance mode this week. I got a little bit of coding done for both my consulting client and a personal project, but nothing spectacular. I’ve been taking it pretty easy instead: reading e-books, checking out games that friends have recommended, and just generally keeping the house going. On the plus side, the ease of putting together a roast vegetable salad means I’ve been eating a lot more vegetables lately. Yay!

2016-02-13a Week ending 2016-02-12 -- index card #journal #weekly

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (26.5h – 15%)
    • Earn (12.4h – 46% of Business)
      • ☑ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (12.6h – 47% of Business)
      • Drawing (8.0h)
      • Paperwork (1.3h)
    • Connect (1.6h – 5% of Business)
  • Relationships (4.6h – 2%)
    • ☑ Renew pet licence for Neko
    • ☑ Reflect on prickly thoughts
    • ☑ Call mom
  • Discretionary – Productive (6.9h – 4%)
    • Emacs (1.1h – 0% of all)
    • Sewing (0.0h)
    • ☑ Check other window manager for freezing
    • Writing (2.3h)
  • Discretionary – Play (13.2h – 7%)
  • Personal routines (34.2h – 20%)
  • Unpaid work (15.4h – 9%)
  • Sleep (67.1h – 39% – average of 9.6 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending February 5, 2016

I walked a lot this week – an average of two hours a day, exploring different destinations. It was a bit tiring, but it was good to get out in the sun. =) It was surprisingly warm when I was out by the Stockyards; practically shirt weather.

Lots of cooking this week. Now that our freezer’s mostly full, I’ve been focusing on exploring new recipes. Of the different things I tried this week, I like the roast vegetable salad the most. Nothing fancy, just assorted vegetables roasted and tossed together, but I enjoyed eating it.

More tidying and more preparing. Some sewing, too. I sewed an extra-large pouch, and that was a good opportunity to learn how to add a zipper pull to continuous zipper tape. Now that I know how to do that, I’m tempted to keep a few yards of zipper tape and a small thing of zipper pulls. So handy.

W- bought Final Fantasy 9 during the recent Playstation Network sale, so now we’re playing that. At first I wanted to see how far I could get without a walkthrough. It’s the sort of game that can be much harder if you miss certain items or options, though, so we’re back to referring to the walkthrough regularly.

Some more consulting, too. Transitioning more tasks, updating some neat data visualizations I’d almost forgotten about… Things are going well. =)

2016-02-06a Week ending 2016-02-05 -- index card #journal #weekly output

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (18.1h – 10%)
    • Earn (9.2h – 51% of Business)
      • ☑ Prepare invoice
      • ☑ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (8.4h – 46% of Business)
      • Drawing (7.4h)
      • Paperwork (0.2h)
    • Connect (0.5h – 2% of Business)
  • Relationships (8.0h – 4%)
    • ☑ Fix up room
  • Discretionary – Productive (9.4h – 5%)
    • Emacs (1.3h – 0% of all)
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
    • Sewing (2.6h)
    • Writing (5.5h)
  • Discretionary – Play (11.8h – 7%)
  • Personal routines (35.0h – 20%)
  • Unpaid work (15.7h – 9%)
  • Sleep (69.9h – 41% – average of 10.0 per day)