2016-10-03 Emacs News

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Monthly review: September 2016

A- has gotten a lot more active. She's figured out how to roll both ways both directions, and can now roll over and over and over. Walls confused her for a bit, but she seems to have gotten the hang of them now - or at least she doesn't keep rolling into them, then away a little, then back into them, then away, then back… She can also crawl short distances and sit or play mostly independently for a good number of minutes. She likes it when I play peek-a-boo, and she can whisk a cloth away to reveal me or a toy I've hidden. She's been expanding her vocabulary, too: lip smacking, slobbery kisses, and more intonation. She's definitely vocal about her appreciation of bubbles and other fine things. A- has really taken to self-feeding in her high chair. A month of solid weight gains helped her make it past the 5th and 10th percentile curves, and she looks like she'll be past the 15th percentile curve soon. Kamut puffs and Toodle-Os let her work on her pincer grip, and she tends to prefer bits of our meals more than baby cereals or purées. I've been applying what I learned in the nutrition workshop, making an effort to get in more iron for her and more calcium for me. She's been settling into somewhat of a routine when it comes to eating, nursing, and sleeping (having mostly gotten the hang of longer naps, of which she usually has two). Between that and her increasing capacity for entertaining herself, I've actually been able to get back into cooking and other household chores. Whee! The caseworker from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind assessed A-'s vision and capabilities with the help of blinking toys, small objects, and a musical triangle. It was fascinating to watch her probe A-'s field of vision, observation, and tracking. So far, it seems A-'s doing perfectly well with one eye. The caseworker will close our file for now, but we can get in touch with CNIB if A- needs more help when she's mobile. In other news, the cardiologist said A-'s okay to travel, so all systems go. Yay! TD lost our forms, so we redid the paperwork for A-'s RESP. Added our first investment! In other education-related news, J- started university, and seems to be enjoying her program. They're both off to a good start. I switched from a digital index card workflow back to a paper one in order to accommodate changing baby-proofing needs (no more laptop chargers beside the bed, now that she's crawling and rolling!) and prepare for our upcoming trip. It's working surprisingly well. I draw after A-'s asleep, or if she's focused on playing on her own. The index cards are easy to carry to another room if I want to spend more time with W-. I can draw with my headlamp on, and I'm not as tempted to stay up late doing other things on my computer. ClearScanner on my phone takes care of deskewing and cleaning up images, and my Emacs functions for renaming and organizing images were easy to tweak for the new filenames and formats. I should probably think about colour at some point, but that can come later. I've also been tweaking what I can do on my phone during nursing sessions. I've been trying out Orgzly for writing and a few Org-related things. Using Connectbot to SSH to my server has come in handy, too. I upgraded my server thanks to Linode's anniversary promo, and I'm still thinking of more things I can do with the extra RAM. Speaking of computer stuff - my fiscal year end is here, so I spent a little time reconciling my bank statements and getting things ready for taxes. I won't be able to finalize the numbers until December or so, but it's always nice to have an idea of how things will shape up. My notes from last year have been helpful, and I've been filling in more notes as needed. Hooray for Org Mode outlines and to-dos! It's been a surprisingly good year, even with pregnancy and becoming the primary caregiver for an infant. My clients are super-flexible, and I've managed to get stuff done. Whee! Social things this month: attended the midwives' picnic and caught up with a few folks from the prenatal class we attended, started attending the Make the Connection program and the peer nutrition support site, and bartered the glass bottles A- barely used for two large bags of baby clothes. Moved to the Friday sessions at our neighbourhood early years centre, too. W- has been busy with J-'s closet reno and all the little things that popped up along the way, including getting the carpet professionally stretched in order to eliminate bumps and bring it up to the wardrobe. We moved all the upstairs stuff around so that all the carpet there could get fixed. W- built custom shelving, too. Neat. Starting to get the hang of this, I think! 2016-09-30c-september-2016-monthly-review-journal output Blog posts Sketches Time
Category Period 1 % Period 2 % Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
Business - Build 0.1 0.4 0.3 0.6 0.4
Discretionary - Play 0.5 0.9 0.5 1.5 0.8
Unpaid work 42.5 43.3 0.8 70.4 1.4
Unpaid work - Childcare 36.9 38.1 1.1 61.9 1.9
Discretionary - Social 2.5 2.2 -0.3 3.5 -0.5
Discretionary - Family 2.0 1.1 -0.9 1.8 -1.5
Sleep 34.3 34.6 0.3 56.3 0.5
Business - Connect 0.0 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.2
Business - Earn 1.3 1.6 0.4 2.6 0.6
Discretionary - Productive 4.6 4.5 -0.1 7.3 -0.2
Personal 12.4 11.3 -1.1 18.4 -1.8

Weekly review: Week ending September 30, 2016

The week was off to a rough start. A- was hard to settle to sleep on Saturday. W- spent some time bouncing her up and down in case she was antsy from being confined in the carrier most of the day, and that entertained her for a bit before she went to bed. But A- kept waking up crying throughout the night, which made her congested. I snuggled her and rocked her each time, sometimes sleeping on an incline to help with her breathing. We both got very little sleep. I tried looking up tips on the Internet, but I was too sleepy to read the information or feel confident about giving her painkillers. Once W- woke up, he gave her some infant Motrin. Then she finally settled down for a 3-hour nap, which meant I could sleep too. Sunday was mostly a low-power day. Fortunately, there was plenty of food in the fridge and freezer. Our sleep/eat routines were all thrown off, though. Oh well! I picked up a cold somewhere along the way too. That combined with the chilly rain meant this was a mostly indoors low-energy sort of week. Such is life. Fortunately, there are lots of easy-to-make comfort-food meals involving chicken, which happened to be on sale this week. I managed to make quite a few fresh dinners: chicken noodle soup, arroz caldo, and so on. I hit a roadblock on my consulting project, but I think I can figure out a way around it. Might be something about the way the server is set up… It's hard to debug or explore when there's not a lot of documentation, but I can think of a few things to try. A- shared a bagel with W- by putting it in his mouth - yay, sharing! Lots of peekaboo on my end - she's getting quite good at tugging the cloth away. And I think she's started giving slobbery open-mouthed baby kisses, or at least that's what I'm going to call this "grab your face and mash it into my tongue" thing. I've been thinking about the kinds of toys I'd like to expose A- that I can't find in the neighborhood resource centres or that I'd like to have at home so that she can develop long-term familiarity. I checked out the Children's Pillage in the Village sale for musical instruments (especially non-electronic ones), a few simple wooden toys, and a couple of cloth books that she can flip through or mouth as much as she'd like. I also bought a laundry basket of crafting supplies and a bin of wooden puzzles from someone who was closing her home daycare. The carpet in A-'s room has been fixed. W- is almost done with J-'s closet reno, which means we'll be able to move some of J-'s stuff out of A-'s room soon. I organized A-'s cold-weather clothes, and she's got plenty of things to wear. Everything's shaping up nicely. 2016-09-30b-week-ending-2016-09-30-weekly-review-journal output Blog posts Sketches Focus areas and time review
  • Business (3.3h - 1%)
    • Earn (3.2h - 98% of Business)
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (0.0h - 0% of Business)
      • ☐ [#A] Prepare invoice
    • Connect (0.0h - 1% of Business)
  • Relationships (4.4h - 2%)
    • ☑ Check on RESP to see if it's been set up; transfer if so
  • Discretionary - Productive (5.4h - 3%)
    • Drawing (2.6h)
    • Emacs (0.4h)
    • Coding (0.0h)
    • Sewing (0.0h)
    • Writing (1.2h)
  • Discretionary - Play (0.0h - 0%)
  • Personal routines (15.3h - 9%)
  • Unpaid work (77.2h - 45%)
    • Childcare (71.0h - 42% of total)
  • Sleep (62.4h - 37% - average of 8.9 per day)
Oookay, 71 hours of childcare, although that's probably overstating it a little. Hmm. Actually, the numbers say it's a little less of almost everything else (except for family time, which actually increased), and a lot more childcare. Comparison:
Category Period 1 % Period 2 % Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
Business - Build 0.4 0.0 -0.4 0.0 -0.7
Discretionary - Play 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Unpaid work 39.6 46.0 6.3 77.2 10.6
Unpaid work - Childcare 33.8 42.3 8.5 71.0 14.3
Discretionary - Social 3.4 1.8 -1.6 3.0 -2.7
Discretionary - Family 0.6 0.8 0.2 1.4 0.4
Sleep 38.0 37.2 -0.8 62.4 -1.4
Business - Connect 0.6 0.0 -0.6 0.0 -1.0
Business - Earn 2.8 1.9 -0.9 3.2 -1.5
Discretionary - Productive 3.6 3.2 -0.4 5.4 -0.7
Personal 10.9 9.1 -1.8 15.3 -3.0
  • We had colds, so we stayed home instead of going to OEYC or other activities. Less walking time and social time. Lots of nursing and night-time soothing, too.
  • W-'s been focusing on the wardrobe and bookshelves, so his A- time is mostly when he takes breaks or wraps up for the night. Not as much consulting time as last week.
  • Hmm, might be personal routines/childcare blending. I've been tracking many of our meals as childcare (since I'm feeding her too) instead of personal care. Might start tracking some of that personal care time again, since I can usually focus on my meal (and even catch up with W-) for a good fifteen minutes or so.
I still feel okay about my time for drawing and consulting, even if I end up pushing them into the wee hours of the morning. I've gotten better at writing on my phone, although I still need computer time for reviews. I managed to squeeze in some reading this week, too. So it doesn't feel particularly crunch-time-ish, but I should keep an eye on that balance to make sure things stay okay. It's all good.

Monthly review: August 2016

It took me a while to write this monthly review. September's practically done. This tells me I need to tweak my post-A-bedtime routines a little, but that's okay. It's been an eventful year, for sure. Plenty of stuff for my annual review. I'm sure it will make more sense later on. At the moment, I'm just trying to capture enough hooks to let me get back into the memories. =) After several consultations with dietitians (both public and private), upgrading to a high chair, and plenty of self-feeding, A- has been gaining weight at a steady clip. Whew! I added a detailed feeding log and more visualizations to our tracker, of course. Data data data. There's only a slight downside to A's improved growth curve. It turns out that I've been lifting her incorrectly, and the extra weight has led to de Quervain's tenosynovitis in my left hand. No big deal. I've modified my lifting technique, I'm careful not to put too much stress on my thumb, and I sometimes use an inexpensive over-the-counter brace. Since I can't avoid using that hand, it probably won't go away until we're done breastfeeding or A- is more independent, but maybe I can avoid making it worse. Since A- has been growing well, I bought a second-hand Manduca. That's become our go-to carrier. The Manduca doesn't require an insert for small babies, so I was able to use it with A- right away. It feels more secure than the ring sling. I'd like to learn how to use the mei tai too. We booked our flights home, yay! It'll be our first time traveling with A-, and it's going to be a loooong flight. Hoping that Korean Air lives up to its reputation for family-friendliness. With an average of two hours a week of consulting, I managed to fill the pipeline, yay! I've volunteered to help them with something time-sensitive, so I'll be busy for the next few months. A- is still top priority, of course. Lots of social things, too. Dinner with W-'s family, park time with Rachael and G-, a nice walk with Jen, Ewan, and E-, and the final classes for Peer Nutrition. Also, J- had her friends over, and they made pesto from the garden basil. And they cleaned up. Wow. W- and I sat on the deck and marvelled. Life is good. 2016-09-09c-august-2016-monthly-journal-review output Blog posts Sketches Time
Category Last month % This month % Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
Unpaid work - Childcare 34.3 36.9 2.6 62.0 4.3
Unpaid work 40.2 42.5 2.2 71.3 3.7
Discretionary - Social 1.5 2.5 0.9 4.1 1.6
Discretionary - Family 1.2 2.0 0.8 3.3 1.3
Discretionary - Play 0.5 0.5 -0.1 0.8 -0.1
Business - Build 0.2 0.1 -0.1 0.2 -0.2
Business - Connect 0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.2
Business - Earn 1.4 1.3 -0.2 2.1 -0.3
Discretionary - Productive 4.8 4.6 -0.2 7.7 -0.4
Personal 13.1 12.4 -0.7 20.8 -1.2
Sleep 36.8 34.3 -2.5 57.6 -4.1

2016-09-26 Emacs News

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Weekly review: Week ending September 23, 2016

We started the weekend with lots of cooking. A- played by herself while W- and I prepped, cooked, and washed up. It was almost like having both of us at normal productivity, wow! I'd like to get back into the swing of cooking for the week ahead. It makes weekdays a lot easier, and I feel good about getting all of that prep work done. The CNIB caseworker conducted a detailed assessment of A-'s vision, using blinking toys and other tools to check her field of vision and her ability to notice, track, and reach for things. The vision in A-'s right eye appears to be perfectly fine, and she's learned to compensate for her limited field of vision by turning her head. The case worker will send us her discharge notes since she probably doesn't need CNIB's help at the moment. We can ask for her to be reassessed if it looks like she needs help with things like crawling, walking, or navigating. The school board will conduct its own assessment when she's ready for school. In the meantime, the case worker suggested keeping an eye out for signs like A- cutting corners or bumping into things. If we need to help A- tell the difference between door frames, floors, and walls, we can use reflective tape to highlight the edges and increase contrast. One of the things the CNIB caseworker checked was if A- could roll over both ways. A- hadn't quite gotten the hang of rolling to her left before, but the glowing toy was irresistible, so she figured it out and looked very pleased with herself. Now she rolls and rolls on the bed, which is on the floor and against the wall for precisely this situation. Roll, roll, roll. She spent some time figuring out why the wall stopped her from rolling further, and testing if it would keep doing that even if she rolled away. I think she's starting to make her peace with it. This week's Make the Connection program session focused on how to help babies feel safe and loved, even when they're fussy or afraid. Mirroring and validating their emotions, soothing or distracting them, and taking care of ourselves so that we can take care of them… So far, so good. I traded the glass bottles that A- hardly used for two bags of baby clothes. We'll see if those work out! This bartering thing looks promising, especially for things that people value differently. After crunching the numbers, I submitted this year's health expenses to my private health spending plan provider. They've added an online submission process. Yay not having to print and mail receipts! This year has been pretty good, although I'd still like to make it out to the dentist if I get a chance. It would be really neat if I can squeeze in a massage or two as well. A- might be okay with it, if W- is around. I should just go and book things. Maybe after J-'s closet is finished… Lots of consulting as I pick up the ball I dropped. Squeezing it into the early morning hours, and sometimes during the day with W-'s help. W- has made great progress on assembling J-'s new wardrobe from Ikea. He's also been working on custom shelves to fill in the rest of that wall. Everything looks neat. Whee! 2016-09-23b-week-ending-2016-09-23-weekly-journal output Blog posts Sketches Focus areas and time review
  • Business (6.5h - 3%)
    • Earn (4.7h - 73% of Business)
    • Build (0.7h - 11% of Business)
      • ☑ Round up the receipts for PHSP
    • Connect (1.0h - 15% of Business)
  • Relationships (6.7h - 3%)
    • ☑ Check out follow-up session
    • ☐ Check on RESP to see if it's been set up; transfer if so
  • Discretionary - Productive (6.1h - 3%)
    • Drawing (3.9h)
    • Emacs (1.7h)
      • ☑ Fix my config
    • Coding (0.1h)
    • Sewing (0.0h)
    • Writing (0.0h)
  • Discretionary - Play (0.0h - 0%)
  • Personal routines (18.3h - 10%)
  • Unpaid work (66.6h - 39%)
    • Childcare (56.8h - 33% of total)
  • Sleep (63.9h - 38% - average of 9.1 per day)