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Weekly review: Week ending November 2, 2018

This week felt a little bit smoother. We’ve been working on making routines more consistent, and I’ve been using A-‘s nap time to tidy up and get things ready. I’ve even been able to play a bit, although I should shift some of that time towards more productive use. It’ll be fun to see how we can improve things.

  • Kaizen
    • W- and I discussed ideas for kitchen kaizen. We’ll try doubling recipes and either freezing right away or trading them with other families.
    • Some thoughts about getting ahead on house stuff: Move more cooking and cleaning to weekdays, double quantities for favourite recipes, prep ingredients (always need chopped onions, garlic, carrots)
    • I minced most of the garlic and stashed it in the freezer.
    • W- and I discussed other kaizen opportunities and how to make time to do things.
    • I put a book in my bathroom drawer so that I could read it while waiting for A-.
  • Us
    • A- has been very interested in folding things, so I learned how to fold an origami box.
  • Fine motor
    • A- was interested in imitating the pictures from the book “I Can Do It Myself.” She wanted me to cut various shapes so that she could arrange them, and she practised holding a pencil.
    • W- ordered origami paper from Amazon, but 6×6″ feels a bit too small for our fingers.
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- walked on the wooden bench in the hall outside music class. She misstepped and fell maybe two feet onto the concrete floor. She was upset, but was okay enough to walk back to me. She told me that her elbow hurt, and she cried quietly for about twenty minutes. She could still move her fingers, hand, and arm, so I wasn’t too worried. When I offered to take her home, she said she really wanted to go to school, so we did. (“Especially pretend school.”) By the time we got to school, she was all sorted out again. She had fun playing with big foam blocks and listening to storytime.
  • Eating
    • There was a Halloween party at the drop-in centre. A- liked the chocolate cake, so she asked for another serving. She also ate lots of fruits and cheese.
    • A- liked the cheese and sausage stacker. She also told us she was a big kid and asked for Japanese curry sauce on her rice, which she pronounced yummy.
  • Sleep
    • A- usually settles into bed around 11:30 PM, maybe a little earlier or later. I wonder if I can start nudging wake up earlier, maybe with video calls to Lola?
    • A- slept late after much grumbling, possibly influenced by her pretending to be a baby.
  • Emotion
    • A- worked on testing my boundaries by pulling my hair and touching my face. She had a tantrum when I was firm about what I would not allow, but eventually subsided.
  • Household
    • A- was interested in spraying water and wiping spots, so we cleaned the kitchen floor.
  • Social
    • I asked A- what she wanted to wear for Halloween. She consistently said, “Zebra!” We painted black stripes on one of her old flat diapers and I made headgear with zebra ears out of a cereal box. She was pleased with her costume and asked me to help her wear it. She walked up and down stairs to go trick-or-treating – mostly silent and wide-eyed, but occasionally braying like a zebra when prompted. I went ahead and modeled language for her (“Trick or treat! Happy Halloween! Thank you!”) instead of prompting and waiting for her. I carried her basket when it got heavy (should’ve brought another bag to dump things into), and she clutched a red lollipop that had caught her fancy. She also helped me hand out treats. She was okay with putting the red lollipop and most of the treats back into the bowl for giving to other kids, although we kept a few treats for her to explore.
    • A- can independently sit in a circle during storytime and follow the teacher’s instructions while I clean nearby. Sometimes she still insists on being close to me, but it’s nice to see her growing independence. She’s also starting to want to interact with teachers, asking for a hug or standing by to show something to the teacher. I’d still rather take her to the drop-in centre instead of enrolling her in preschool, since I enjoy spending time with her and she’s more oriented towards grown-ups than other kids. Eventually her focus will shift, but in the meantime, there’s no rush.
    • As a reward for helping tidy up, A- received a magnifying glass and a color changing pencil from the Ontario Science Centre staff member.
  • Pretend
    • A- pretended to be Mr. Webb, her ocularist. She refers to herself in the third person and narrates her actions when she wants to make sure we know who she is, leading to statements like “Mr. Webb crawls around.”
  • Cognition
    • A- asked W- to reach for bubble solution on the top shelf. It was hidden behind something else, but she remembered that it was there.
    • At the Ontario Science Centre, A- was fascinated by the telephones that distorted voices or added echoes.
  • World
    • A- was fascinated by the clock, and wanted me to arrange magnetic numbers into a clock face on the freezer. We’ve been telling her that dinner is at 7:00 and snack time is at 9:00, and helping her read the time. We moved the hand on the magnetic clock face to 7:00 to reflect the current time. She moved it to 9:00 and said, “It’s snack time!”
  • Oops
    • I almost lost one of A-‘s gloves when I left it in the shopping cart. W- couldn’t find it when he circled around, but A- insisted that we look again. I found it trapped against the side that was pushed in by the cart behind it.
  • Thoughts
    • I thought a little bit more about making the most of scattered thoughts. I created a journal category for them and will think about how to tie ideas together.
    • After we went to music class and the drop-in centre, A- wanted to go to the library (where we borrowed two books), the organic grocery store (where we bought three apples), and the supermarket (where we bought a bunch of bananas). She’s got this neighbourhood circuit she loves doing, so I go to those places practically every weekday. I don’t mind. It gets us walking outside, we talk about stuff on the way, and she practises interacting with people too. If I let her take the lead, then she usually walks around until she’s tired enough to nap. She falls asleep when I carry her, and then I set her down for a nap while I tidy up at home. I wonder how I can tweak our routines to take advantage of this time. Maybe I can make a visual grocery list for us, so we can plan our purchases better. Maybe I can plan a simple meal to cook with her after she wakes up. Maybe I can line up things to write about if she’s still asleep. Hmm…
    • What do I want to do with fragmented thoughts? Observe, remember, synthesize, reflect, build up.
    • My mom told me about some of the challenges that are getting in the way of her writing. That reminded me that it’s important to write about things along the way instead of leaving it for later, because later might not work out.
    • I’ve been thinking about what I want to make time to learn. Some ideas: home economics, parenting, child development and psychology, decisions, Emacs (to tickle my brain), automation and other ways to make the most of snippets of time… I can make more time for reading by getting A- used to my reading grown-up books in front of her (one book for you, one book for me), I can listen to podcasts and videos while washing dishes or walking while she naps, and I can use her nap time and sleep time more effectively.
    • I wonder how I can get better at working with fragmented thoughts. Maybe outlines? Quick drawings?

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week Last week Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
Unpaid work 7.3 9.4 2.0 15.7 3.4
Discretionary – Play 2.8 4.3 1.4 7.1 2.4
Sleep 33.8 35.1 1.3 58.9 2.1
A- 42.8 43.4 0.6 72.9 1.0
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Business 0.3 0.2 -0.1 0.3 -0.1
Discretionary – Family 1.3 1.1 -0.2 1.9 -0.3
Personal 8.2 5.7 -2.5 9.6 -4.2
Discretionary – Productive 3.4 0.9 -2.5 1.5 -4.3

Weekly review: Week ending October 26, 2018

Things felt a little more normal this week. I think we’re over our colds, although another one might be on the horizon. Instead of joining A- for afternoon naps, I focused on cooking. We also tweaked our routine to include a video call to Lola, which turns out to be a good way to wake up A-. We made it to the drop-in centre too, and A- had fun playing there. Slowly getting the hang of things again…

  • Kaizen
    • We got frustrated with food requests, so we decided to move a little closer towards the Ellyn Satter model of division of responsibility. I’m working on set mealtimes and choices.
    • I got my ledger up to date, and I refactored my CSV transformation code.
  • Us
    • We prepared the garden for winter while A- hung out with J-.
    • Lots of cooking this week. I baked turkey pot pie, roasted rutabaga and beets, and managed to cook fresh dinner on three different days.
    • We made pumpkin muffins. The Halloween liners stuck a bit and the muffin texture was a bit dry, but it was a nice change.
    • We voted, yay!
    • I need three dental fillings, boo. Also, I should find out where to buy disclosing solution here…
  • Gross motor
    • A- insisted on going to the organic grocery store. She walked all the way home even though it was cold and drizzly.
    • Because we stayed for a snack after music class, we got to the drop-in centre just as the family worker sang the goodbye song. A- wanted to play in the schoolyard for a bit anyway, so she played with the basketballs, the hula hoops, and the tricycles. Another girl invited her to play chase, so she chased her for a few minutes.
  • Language
    • “I look kind of like a girl.” A- likes how the tassels on her blue Columbia hat look like hair.
    • When A- heard me taking a shower, she told W-, “I usually like to go first.”
    • A- pretended to be Mama while I pretended to be A-. She had quick responses for lots of different scenarios. I laughed and pointed out that I don’t say no all the time…
      • “I want to go to the supermarket.” “We should stay home.”
      • “Mama’s kisses don’t work.” “Daddy’s kisses do.”
      • “I want Daddy.” “Daddy’s at work.”
      • “I don’t want to go to bed.” “We should sleep.”
  • Music
    • A- sang snippets of Bahay Kubo during bathtime. When I noticed, I sang it too, and she sang along while watching my lips intently.
    • At music class, we learned a few more songs for Halloween and fall. A- mostly clung to me, although she participated in the pumpkin-passing song and she went up to the teacher for a hug at the end of the class.
  • Self-care and independence
    • We got through the flu shot with the help of Sheep, a book, and a sheet of stickers.
  • Eating
    • I think I’m getting the hang of packing lunch and snacks. It’s nice to eat a wide variety, even if it means washing lots of containers.
    • A- was feeling a little under the weather after her flu shot, so we offered instant noodles.
  • Sleep
    • A- woke up crying several times in the night. She fell asleep after a minute or two each time.
    • A- fell asleep while J- was reading A.A. Milne’s poetry to her.
    • A- resisted bedtime by insisting on washing hands.
    • A- is back to napping in the afternoon, but tends to resist going to bed at night. Maybe I should try to wake her up earlier from her nap.
  • Social
    • Popo visited. A- had fun folding origami and riding her bike around.
  • Pretend
    • A- wanted a quilt like she saw in books. Fortunately, I had sewn a quilt for her before, so we brought hat out.
    • A- wanted to be cloth diapered and swaddled.
    • “I want to copy Popo.” A- put her gloves in a purse and carried it.
  • World
    • We went to the drop-in centre. A- had fun playing with basketballs, grids, and laces.
    • At the drop-in centre, A- sought out J- and played with her. She also played with basketballs, rocking horses, matching animal pictures, and magnetic rods.
    • A- was interested in the materials and magnets set out on the science table at the drop-in centre. We sorted the materials into things that stuck to magnets and things that didn’t.

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week Last week Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 38.3 42.8 4.5 71.9 7.5
Discretionary – Productive 0.8 3.4 2.6 5.8 4.4
Unpaid work 5.4 7.3 2.0 12.3 3.3
Discretionary – Play 1.8 2.8 1.0 4.8 1.7
Discretionary – Family 1.0 1.3 0.3 2.2 0.5
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Business 0.5 0.3 -0.3 0.4 -0.4
Personal 11.3 8.2 -3.1 13.8 -5.2
Sleep 40.9 33.8 -7.1 56.8 -11.9

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

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

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

Weekly review: Week ending September 28, 2018

  • Gross motor
    • A- rode her balance bike down to the playground, controlling the speed with her feet. She lost control midway down and had a small spill. I helped her back on the bike and she rode it down some more, a little more cautiously this time. (5.1.1 Balance)
    • A- figured out how to put her feet on the foot rests of her balance bike. (5.1.1 Balance)
  • Fine motor
    • A- practised using chopsticks to eat fish cake and noodles. She also used chopsticks to pick up a piece of shredded duck.
  • Language
    • A- read several books to herself. It was awesome.
    • A- was pretending to be M-. She asked me to paint his name on the easel pad in orange. She traced over it in brown paint, identifying each letter that she painted. We filled half a dozen sheets this way.
    • A- was curious about J-‘s room. She peeked in and said, “We should clean it up. It’s messy.”
    • “I use my loud voice to get attention.”
  • Art
    • A- enthusiastically walked to the art supply store. We bought four large bottles of tempera paint: orange, purple, blue, and brown. At home, I used Mason jars to set out orange, purple, and blue. This worked out much better than letting her squeeze the paint onto paper, and she accepted it probably because it’s the same process at “school.” The combination of colours reminded me of sunsets.
  • Sleep
    • A- was resisting sleep so much because she was overtired. W- and I both reached our limits, so he unplugged the lights.
    • A- resisted bedtime. W- checked in, helped her calm down by pretending to make banana muffins in bed, dressed her, and tucked her in. After he left, she fussed for about 5 minutes and then fell asleep. She had been awake for about 8 hours.
  • Household
    • A- turned the lights on and off by tapping the light switch with a roller.
  • Social
    • We made it to school after music class. A- played with the riding toys and the tunnel a little bit more. Another kid was having a hard time leaving, so Lesley tried asking her about the car they came in. Eventually singing worked: If You’re Happy And You Know It, Stomp Your Feet.
  • Pretend
    • We reenacted the put away video.
  • World
    • After seeing me get a book that I requested, A- wanted her own book from the shelf with elastics.
    • We followed the garbage truck around. The workers showed A- how the compactor worked.
  • Kaizen
    • W- and I talked about workloads and our coping plans when we’re both under heavy loads.
    • Instead of napping while A- napped, I tidied up, took out the litter, and mopped the kitchen floor. I still had the energy to help A- with bedtime. Rest might have helped with my cold more, but I didn’t feel sleepy, so it was good to get things done instead.
    • I used vinegar to clean the bathroom faucet. We should probably keep a spray bottle of vinegar solution in the bathroom….
    • I checked references for someone who might be able to help me. There were some concerns about punctuality and communication, so I’ll need to see if that’s less relevant for me or if I’d rather hold out for another candidate.
    • W- got into a staring contest with Leia just as she was about to poop on the floor, so she pooped in the litter box instead. I put a pictures and drawing of eyes to see whether that psychological experiment works on cats too.
    • I organized A-‘s drawers, putting away warm-weather clothes and bringing out cool-weather ones.
    • I moved the dust pan behind the bathroom trash can so that I can clean the bathroom while waiting for A-.
    • 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
    • A- is getting better at waiting patiently when I want to do something. I set up a vet appointment for Leia, got Leia’s vet records and sent them along with my personal notes, called the pharmacy, and wrote down my thoughts.
    • I talked to W- about finding it hard to get outside help because I’m not sure what I want.

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Time

Category The other week Last week Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 40.8 44.6 3.8 75.0 6.5
Unpaid work 7.5 8.8 1.3 14.8 2.2
Discretionary – Family 0.0 0.8 0.8 1.4 1.4
Discretionary – Play 0.3 0.9 0.6 1.5 1.0
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Business 1.1 0.5 -0.6 0.8 -1.0
Discretionary – Productive 1.9 1.2 -0.7 2.0 -1.2
Sleep 39.4 37.3 -2.1 62.7 -3.5
Personal 9.1 5.8 -3.3 9.8 -5.5