Weekly review: Week ending February 15, 2019

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  • 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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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
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