Weekly review: Week ending August 30, 2019

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  • Kaizen
    • We donated some of A-‘s old clothes to the drop-in centre, since people there also help young families.
    • I saw some network and CPU activity on my server that I wasn’t sure about, so I enabled longview and set ufw to deny all incoming and outgoing by default.
  • Us
    • I posted my backlog of journal entries.
    • A- told me she doesn’t want to wear her ocular prosthesis in winter because it gets cold, so we bounced around the idea of making a winter hat that has ear flaps and an integrated eye patch. Time to learn how to crochet again! It will give me something to do with my hands at the playground or at the drop-in centre, too. A- picked out brown yarn, and her Popo showed me a few things.
    • I updated my ledger.
    • I rewrote my yearly review to focus more on how I changed.
  • Gross motor
    • A- walked to the library.
    • A- had so much fun on the monkey bars. She swung across them with just a little help. She also figured out how to hook her knees over a bar, and she asked me to take pictures of her hanging all on her own.
    • We played at the playground. I helped A- climb. I noticed how much younger kids were more independent at the playground.
    • We thought about getting a scooter for A-.
  • Fine motor
    • A- made a cereal necklace. She also strung large beads together.
    • I experimented with doing planned activities after breakfast. We tried painting upside down, and we also used toothpicks and playdough to make a porcupine.
    • A- liked tracing shapes on my phone.
  • Language
    • “Are you alright?” I asked. A- replied, “I didn’t die. I’m still alive.”
  • Self-care and independence
    • We went to A-‘s cardiologist. The hole in her heart and the muscle bundle are about the same as last year, which is good news. We’ll see them again next year.
    • A- played while I washed dishes.
  • Eating
    • A- really liked sockeye salmon. She ate most of one fillet.
  • Emotion
    • A- and I had a small fight about wearing her conformer. She didn’t want to put it in, so after around ten minutes of trying to convince her, I gave up and put it away. Then she threw a tantrum about wanting me to put it in, but I told her that I didn’t want to play that game. I hugged her and helped her cry out her frustration. She asked me to read books, and that helped her settle down. I told her that I would put her conformer in if she asked me nicely and we didn’t fight about it, so she did.
  • Household
    • I brought a paper notebook to the playground. When A- saw me drawing in it, she came over and sat on the bench with me. We thought about chore day improvements together.
    • I wanted to try knitting while out and about. A- remembered that I had put my knitting kit on top of the bookshelf months and months ago.
  • Cognition
    • I tried the math fairy idea that I picked up from a Reddit parenting thread. A- really liked it. I changed the antagonist to a slightly grumpy fairy instead of a bad fairy, and we started by counting on fingers. A- soon graduated to being able to hold up the correct number of fingers for simple addition problems.
    • At the drop-in centre, A- wanted us to serve each other pretend food. I turned it into a memory game. I served her several pieces of pretend food on a tray. Then she closed her eyes while I added a new piece. When she opened her eyes, she identified what I’d added. We did quite a few rounds of this.
  • World
    • We went to the science centre to see the special exhibit on space. I like how they had lots of interactive exhibits, even though some of them didn’t work. A- liked being wrapped up in the sleep module. On the way back to the bus stop, we got to try out water bottle rockets. A- had lots of fun and went for several turns.

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Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Sleep 31.1 34.2 3.1 57.4 5.2
Unpaid work 2.7 5.5 2.9 9.3 4.8
Personal 3.0 4.1 1.1 6.9 1.8
Discretionary – Productive 3.3 3.6 0.3 6.0 0.5
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Play 1.2 0.7 -0.5 1.1 -0.9
Discretionary – Family 1.0 0.5 -0.5 0.8 -0.9
Business 1.5 0.4 -1.1 0.6 -1.9
A- 56.3 51.1 -5.2 85.9 -8.7
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