Weekly review: Week ending October 18, 2019

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  • Kaizen
    • We passed down the potties and A-‘s old clothes to some neighbours. Yay clearing up space!
    • I made a ham and asparagus pizza to use up leftovers. The pizza crust I made was still a bit denser than pizzas made with supermarket dough. Ham and asparagus turned out to be a great combination.
    • I learned how to use the pandas library in Python to model our finances. I really like how literate programming with Emacs and Org Mode makes it easier for me to write notes or change assumptions along the way, and how working with pandas dataframes lets me slice the data more easily than with spreadsheets.
  • Us
    • I made red bean buns to take to Thanksgiving dinner.
    • I backed up my phone using Samsung SmartSwitch and adb backup.
    • I drafted a wiki page for the Emacs conference schedule.
    • I spent the whole day tweaking and recording my presentation for EmacsConf 2019 so that Amin can play it just in case A- needs me during that time on Nov 2. I also sent Amin some money for possibly upgrading a VPS so that we can self-host the livestream with free software.
  • Gross motor
    • W- made a simple hopscotch board on the kitchen floor with tape, and A- had fun jumping around on two feet.
  • Self-care and independence
    • Getting A-‘s clarithromycin compounded with bubblegum flavour worked really well. She even said, “I love my medicine.”
  • Sleep
    • A- wanted to stay up and play. I said snuggling was a limited time offer and that I could sleep on my own. She immediately said she was tired. She still took a while to settle down, but definitely got back on track to sleep.
  • Emotion
    • A- was upset because she accidentally popped her balloon by sticking tape to it and then trying to peel the tape off.
  • Social
    • We celebrated Thanksgiving with W-‘s family. A- ate a whole popsicle all by herself.
    • At the drop-in centre, A- played a lot with H-. I ended up just chatting with the other grown-ups. I wonder what an even better way to use this time could be… I like to check on her every so often, so reading is a little challenging. Maybe drawing, because I can switch between thoughts and drawing her? Crochet – maybe amigurumi?
    • A- had lots of fun with the babysitter. Maybe there’s something to that book I read that mentioned how 3.5-year-olds can do better with other people… A- still prefers me over school (probably because of the structure), but she definitely has lots of fun with babysitters.
  • Cognition
    • I checked out the Agam method mentioned in the early math textbook I’ve been reading. I downloaded RelationShapes on my phone, and A- tried it out. It seems to be an interesting challenge for her.
    • We talked to the kindergarten readiness program teacher about A-‘s progress as part of evaluations. She said that A- is a good listener who quickly figures out the new activities and games that the teachers explain. A- is highly verbal and is happy to contribute to the conversation. They’re working with her on getting better at tracing worksheets.
    • I finished reading “Learning and Teaching Early Math,” making a few pages of notes along the way. I’m looking forward to sneaking more math into our play. Yay!
  • World
    • A- asked W-, “Why are you XY?” It took W- a few seconds to realize that she was asking about chromosomes.
  • Other
    • A- really liked the sport water bottle that her cousin passed down to her. It was a freebie from an escape room and a little bit big for her, but she liked the spout.

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Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Discretionary – Productive 0.0 9.6 9.6 16.1 16.1
Unpaid work 3.8 13.0 9.2 21.8 15.4
Sleep 35.5 36.1 0.5 60.6 0.9
Discretionary – Family 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Play 1.9 1.7 -0.2 2.8 -0.4
Personal 5.3 4.1 -1.2 6.9 -2.1
Discretionary – Social 2.4 0.0 -2.4 0.0 -4.0
Business 2.8 0.0 -2.8 0.0 -4.7
A- 48.2 35.6 -12.6 59.8 -21.2
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