Weekly review: Week ending May 10, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • W- replaced the dish rack because the coating on the old one had worn down.
    • A- slept so early, I had some bonus focused time in the evening. I reviewed my old tasks and organized my Org agenda a bit more.
    • W- bent the cup holders on the new dish rack to make them more functional.
  • Us
    • Sourdough pancakes: so fluffy!
    • Sourdough pancakes: More sourdoughy, yum yum
    • Sourdough grissini (breadsticks): Burned half of the batch, but it still worked out great after I cut away the black parts. I put them in the bag too early, though, so condensation made them a bit stale. Try and try again!
    • W- braised some beef. It was so tender and yummy.
    • I made sourdough rye bread for the first time. It was a little moist inside, but it still turned out yummy.
  • Gross motor
    • A-‘s been working on balancing in the tree pose all by herself.
    • A- wanted to leave school early to go to the park behind Runnymede library. She climbed and slid down a few times.
    • A- was curious about the exercise equipment at the park, so we played there a bit.
    • At the swimming pool, A- liked floating in her Puddle Jumpers, venturing a little further away from me. She also practised getting out of and into the pool. She accidentally took in a little water, so I hugged her to help her calm down. After a few minutes, she was ready to play some more.
  • Fine motor
    • The craft activity at school was to make a Mother’s Day card. She decided to make one for Daddy instead. In addition to lots of back-and-forth scribbles, she also practised writing, drew a circle and shaded inside it, and carefully shaded a corner.
  • Language
    • A- used the words “our” and “ourselves” correctly.
    • A-‘s random word of the day: abomasum (a cow’s fourth stomach), because we’ve been reading books about milk production.
    • We were waiting to check out at the store when A- told me that she needed to go to the bathroom. I asked her if she could wait approximately ten minutes, or if we needed to leave our cart and go now. She thought about it and said, “Six minutes.”
    • “You are so Tagalog-y.”
    • Me: “It looks like there’s a small slide, too.” A-: “Hmm. How convenient.”
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- switched to using the electric toothbrush again. She’s getting pretty good at brushing her teeth by herself.
    • I explained to A- that I would need to focus on cooking for about half an hour. She agreed to play independently, and mostly managed to do so while I cooked broccoli and tonkatsu.
    • At bedtime, A- told me that she wanted to go to sleep on her own. “Do Mom things,” she said, so I did. Thirty minutes later, she called for me via the baby monitor, and asked if she could sleep on top of me.
  • Sleep
    • A- wanted to go to school after nature class, so she napped while I carried her.
  • Emotion
    • A- had a big tantrum because she was frustrated when she asked for a video and I said no. It overlapped with another tantrum because I ate the muffin on her plate. She fell asleep in the carrier after crying.
    • A- asked me to read The Day You Begin. As I read the story about feeling like you’re on the outside, I asked her if it’s like how she feels when kids stare at her eye. She nodded.
  • Household
    • A- helped clean the mirrors and the glass door.
  • Social
    • A- enjoyed playing with the babysitter for 5 hours. A- said she even had a nap. She wants to try a longer session. We’ll try 6 hours next week, so it’s a little more like a kindergarten day.
    • We invited Jen, Ewan, and E- over for burgers. A- and E- had lots of fun dancing, playing with balls, building contraptions, and hammering.
    • We visited Joy and J-. The kids had lots of fun playing with toys, jumping on the bed, and listening to stories.
    • We had so much fun playing a game where I’d tell A- she wasn’t allowed to pounce on me, and she’d gleefully tell me she’s allowed and would pounce anyway.
    • We had dimsum with W-‘s family. A- have people high fives.
  • Pretend
    • A- pretended to be a flight attendant. She wanted to pour soy milk for me, and to put food and drink on a tray.
  • World
    • A- said, “I want to go out to the open meadow.” (She meant the backyard.) She played with bubbles and giant bubbles in the deck.
    • We watched a dump truck drop off a bin and pick up another bin.
    • We had fun squelching through mud in nature class. A- also fed the turtle and explored the sandbox.
    • We had a little time before swimming, so we watched workers repair the road.
  • Oops
    • Oops! Lost A-‘s blue Crocs because I didn’t look behind me, and I did the shoe check when I stepped out of the subway train.
  • Thoughts
    • Realization: When I have snippets of free time, I don’t usually use that time to draw. I read, write, or code.

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Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 33.5 45.9 12.4 77.1 20.9
Unpaid work 1.8 5.8 4.0 9.7 6.8
Discretionary – Play 0.0 3.2 3.2 5.4 5.4
Business 0.0 2.5 2.5 4.3 4.3
Sleep 34.0 36.3 2.3 60.9 3.9
Discretionary – Productive 0.0 1.2 1.2 2.0 2.0
Personal 3.1 4.1 1.0 6.8 1.7
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.7 0.7 1.2 1.2
Discretionary – Family 27.7 0.3 -27.5 0.4 -46.2