Category Archives: monthly

Want to subscribe to just monthly updates instead of the whole blog? You can get it by e-mail or add feeds.sachachua.com/sachac-monthly to your feed reader. (I use Feedly.) Each post will include categorized links to the previous month’s blog posts, so you won’t miss anything!

Monthly review: July 2020

  • LEGO Heroica was the big thing this month. After some initial anxiety, A- jumped right into the world. She loved playing the wizard, and she loved pretending to be a goblin or a golem. We tried a paper-and-pen RPG for little kids, and she got the hang of that too.
  • I experimented with different mask sewing patterns. Quilting cotton made a better outer layer than softer fabric did, and Procool interlock was nice for the inner layer. A mask bracket was great for breathability.
  • I added sketches and more features to my journaling system.
  • I reflected a lot on early childhood education. We’ll probably do junior kindergarten at home, and we’ll experiment with mostly child-initiated activities instead of focusing on crafts.
  • We worked up the courage to use the library again. Whee!
  • We spent some time outside exploring art and bubbles. A- seems a little hesitant about mark-making, but playfulness helps.
  • A- enjoys doing Khan Academy Kids. She was initially frustrated by an activity involving counting syllables, but she seems to have gotten the hang of it now.
  • We’ve been making great use of the popsicle mold that W- got. We use a base of Greek yogurt and vanilla or coconut milk and pandan extract, and then we add fruits.
  • A- discovered my little toy penguin. She had fun imitating its sounds and actions.

Blog posts

Sketches

Time

Category Previous month % This month % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Sleep 30.3 31.5 1.1 54.7 1.9
Discretionary – Family 0.4 1.2 0.7 2.0 1.2
Personal 3.8 4.3 0.5 7.5 0.9
Unpaid work 3.0 3.3 0.3 5.8 0.5
Discretionary – Play 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Business 1.2 0.5 -0.7 0.9 -1.1
A- 51.7 50.7 -1.0 88.1 -1.6
Discretionary – Productive 9.6 8.4 -1.1 14.6 -1.9

Monthly review: June 2020


2020-07-02 June 2020 #monthly #review.png

  • I made a font based on my handwriting using FontForge, Python, Org Mode, and Medibang Paint.
  • I drew with crayons and with my tablet. I tweaked my Krita workflow by remapping buttons. I sketched an overview of the Ontario Kindergarten 2016 curriculum.
  • I made my journal more visual, and I updated my Emacs configuration.
  • A- learned how to ride a pedal bike! She also worked on learning how to type with all fingers. We built lots of LEGO sets together by using the bricks we already had, and A- started to build the habit of tidying up. She liked listening to me talk in Tagalog. We worked on play skills and making sure both of us have fun. She played with Khan Academy Kids and Scratch Jr on the tablet, and she encouraged me to consult while she did so. She pretended to be a baby yeti and a plant. We spent some time browsing through Childcraft and the children’s dictionary.

Next month, I want to get better at taking advantage of the space created by screentime and independent play, maybe by preparing for kindergarten.

Blog posts

Sketches

Time

Category Previous month % This month % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Discretionary – Productive 5.3 9.6 4.2 15.5 7.1
A- 48.8 51.7 2.9 84.1 4.8
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Family 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.7 0.0
Business 1.3 1.2 -0.1 1.9 -0.2
Personal 4.9 3.8 -1.1 6.2 -1.9
Discretionary – Play 1.3 0.0 -1.3 0.0 -2.2
Unpaid work 5.1 3.0 -2.1 4.9 -3.5
Sleep 32.8 30.3 -2.4 49.3 -4.1

Monthly review: May 2020

I’ve missed reviewing my journal entries. My weekly and monthly reviews had gotten a little unwieldy because my daily journal entries captured so many of A-‘s adventures.

  • Household
    • I experimented with using Grocy to track our pantry inventory, and I tried to modify the source code to make it easier to get the views I wanted. We decided to just keep things untracked, since we get through stuff in a reasonable time.
    • I set up a Tasker profile to lock the screen after seven minutes of watching videos, since I didn’t like fighting A- about it.
    • W-‘s takoyaki pan arrived. He made shrimp balls, and we enjoyed eating them.
    • W- took apart the garden boxes near the shed. He built another one near the bottom of the dock stairs, and he moved the mint closer to the house. We added another container for the bitter melon, and we took off the chicken wire and added pea supports.
    • W- dug a trench around the shed and started stapling wire mesh around it.
    • We experimented with making ice cream cones and cups.
    • W- practised cooking outside with the butane stove. We tried baking bread outside too, since the toaster oven is portable.
    • I wore a mask and picked up my business mail. It was the first time I’d been out for a long walk in a couple of months.
  • Education
    • A- finished the online kindergarten readiness program.
    • I printed out the ELECT framework and updated my kindergarten readiness checklist. I think this will help me focus on specific areas and take notes. I also reflected on learning how to have fun with A-. I started reading through the kindergarten curriculum expectations. It has a lot of tips on how to respond, extend, and challenge kids while playing.
    • W- moved the printer upstairs to accommodate all our printing. I started printing worksheets for A-, since she sometimes asked for them. In addition to the worksheets I downloaded, I also created a bunch of worksheets about chess, taho, and other interests.
    • A- carefully completed a colour-by-number worksheet that had eight colours. She sometimes coloured outlines slowly so that she could scribble inside them faster. She tried to keep most of her crayon marks within the lines. It was pretty amazing.
    • A- breezed through almost 30 Christmas-related worksheets, asking for more. Towards the end, she developed the routine of doing two thumbs up after completing a sheet. She grinned and asked, “What’s my reward?” I said, “That feeling of being proud. And more challenges, if you want them.” She asked for another sheet. I think we had that exchange four or five times.
  • Tech:
    • I started making a font of my handwriting using FontForge. I wrote a Python script to generate a font template, figured out how to compile autotrace against GraphicsMagick instead of ImageMagick, and experimented with class-based kerning.
    • Well, that was really exciting. I upgraded to Focal (Ubuntu 20.04) from Bionic (18.04), broke my server config in half a dozen places, and stayed up late to fix most of the pieces (I think). And I even ended up dockerizing Quantified Awesome (although the app directory is still mounted), since Passenger was getting annoying.
    • I set up a Docker container for developing Quantified Awesome, and I managed to initialize my database and log in. Whee! Next step: remember how tests work…

Blog posts

Sketches

Time

Category Previous month % This month % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 45.1 48.8 3.8 84.8 6.4
Discretionary – Productive 4.1 5.3 1.2 9.3 2.1
Sleep 32.2 32.8 0.6 56.9 1.0
Unpaid work 5.2 5.1 -0.1 8.9 -0.1
Business 1.4 1.3 -0.1 2.3 -0.2
Discretionary – Social 0.3 0.0 -0.3 0.0 -0.5
Discretionary – Family 1.4 0.4 -1.0 0.7 -1.6
Personal 5.9 4.9 -1.0 8.5 -1.7
Discretionary – Play 4.5 1.3 -3.2 2.3 -5.4

Monthly review: April 2020

  • Lots of work on my web-based journal. I added IDs, edit in place, and a dark mode. I also reviewed my journal entries going back to 2018-10, creating monthly summaries and putting them back in my web-based journal. and I updated my code to hyperlink the icons to the entries for easier editing.
  • I fixed my email setup.
  • I sewed a mask for A-.
  • I took our sourdough starter out of the freezer and started baking with it again.

Blog posts

Sketches

Category Previous month % This month % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Discretionary – Play 1.6 4.5 2.9 7.3 4.8
Unpaid work 2.8 5.2 2.4 8.4 4.0
Personal 4.5 5.9 1.4 9.6 2.4
Discretionary – Productive 2.9 4.1 1.2 6.7 2.0
Business 0.8 1.4 0.6 2.4 1.0
Discretionary – Family 1.0 1.4 0.3 2.2 0.6
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.5
A- 48.5 45.1 -3.4 73.3 -5.8
Sleep 37.9 32.2 -5.7 52.4 -9.6

Monthly review: March 2020

  • I rated photos and figured out where rating data is stored in darktable’s sqlite database (images table, mask field & 7).
  • I sewed more cloth masks just in case.
  • I helped my mom transfer emergency assistance funds.

Blog posts

Sketches

Time

Category Previous month % This month % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Sleep 34.7 37.9 3.1 67.9 5.3
Discretionary – Play 0.1 1.6 1.5 2.9 2.6
A- 47.5 48.5 1.0 87.0 1.7
Discretionary – Family 0.8 1.0 0.2 1.8 0.4
Discretionary – Social 0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.1
Personal 4.6 4.5 -0.1 8.1 -0.1
Business 1.7 0.8 -0.9 1.5 -1.5
Discretionary – Productive 4.5 2.9 -1.7 5.2 -2.8
Unpaid work 6.0 2.8 -3.2 4.9 -5.4

Monthly review: September 2018

Weaning was a big thing this month. A- did not like it at all, and started resisting both comfort and bedtime routines. We're slowly settling down into new patterns.

A- was also very interested in letters, spelling, and writing, and in riding her balance bicycle.

  • Kaizen:
    • I added my library card barcode to my phone case and put the Presto card in a cardholder. This made getting out the door so much easier.
    • I checked out a daycare and interviewed a babysitter's references. We decided to go with the status quo of my staying home with A- instead.
    • W- and I talked about workloads and our coping plans when we're both under heavy loads. I started doing more household maintenance during the week, like sweeping the bathroom while waiting for her to use the toilet and taking out the litter boxes while she napped.
    • I organized A-'s drawers, putting away warm-weather clothes and bringing out cool-weather ones.
    • I experimented with using voice dictation to do my journal entries.
    • I experimented with putting a movie on my phone. It looks like I might be able to watch things in 5 minute increments.
  • Us
    • I woke up early and sewed a pair of shorts for myself!
  • Gross motor
    • A- liked running up the hill and coming back for a hug whenever I blew the whistle. Sometimes she even ran a little out of sight. She also enjoyed being chased and picked up.
    • A- learned how to pedal a tricycle.
    • A- learned how to coast on her balance bike.
  • Fine motor
    • A- used chopsticks to pick up a piece of shredded duck.
  • Language
    • A- said, "Teach me how to write!" I suggested that she start with tracing lines and circles with her finger. I also showed her how letters are made up of simpler shapes. We practised painting over letters, too.
    • A- liked substituting ideas in books. Little Excavator became Big Excavator, and Never Follow a Dinosaur became Never Follow an Excavator. She corrected us whenever we used the original words from the books. (4. Cognition)
    • A- loves reassuring me that she's prepared. "Don't worry, I have a water bottle when you get thirsty."
    • A- was very interested in letters. She asked questions of the form, "What starts daddy?"
    • A- read several books to herself. It was awesome.
    • A-'s been insisting that we call her M-, and invariably corrects us when we call her A- (even when I'm talking to W-). We made a nametag for her to remind us. I called her A- again, and she said, "I have my nametag on."
  • Eating
    • A- tried egg yolk, carrots, and rice with a little curry sauce.
  • Sleep
    • Weaning and teething disrupted sleep a lot, but being more firm about bedtime seems to be paying off.
  • Emotion
    • A- asked me to draw a lonely A-. Then she asked me to draw W- hugging her.
    • Even during tough moments, I'm glad I'm the one here with A-. She's going to test and run into her limits, and I have more patience than a babysitter would.
    • A- got overtired on the way home, and she threw a big tantrum. It was hard to carry her home while rolling our grocery cart too.
  • Social
    • A- reminded me to look both ways when crossing the street, and insisted that I do it again whenever I forgot.
    • A- had a small owie and insisted on W- for comfort. "Mama's kisses don't work. Daddy's kisses do."
    • A- played with independence. She asked me to say, "You're not allowed to go up the hill." She ran up the hill, then wanted me to chase her and carry her down.
  • Pretend
    • A- had fun playing with the big cardboard boxes in the schoolyard. She pretended they were houses, and we visited each other. She also pretended that one was an oven and that she was a carrot muffin.
    • A- asked me to use the long, thin towel to tie a pretend bike trailer to her balance bike. She had lots of fun bringing it around.
    • A- really liked the giraffe that W- made for her using the Little Engineer set. They added wheels and wings to it, and she flew it around the house.
    • A- merrily typed on her cardboard laptop. She said, "I'm getting a thought out of my head."
    • We reenacted the put away video.
    • We put paper slips and elastics around books, and then pretended that they were requested books that A- could check out.
    • W- made a megaphone out of a piece of paper. A- had lots of fun shouting through it, just like in the book "Go, Dog, Go."
  • World
    • W- went for a haircut, so A- and I came along and watched the hairstylist work.
    • We followed the garbage truck around. The worker showed A- how the compactor worked.
    • A- saw a bird die. It hit the window and then fell on the deck. She spent the rest of the day talking about dead birds, pretending to be a dead bird, and asking about death.
  • Self-care
    • We're all done with weaning.
    • A- took some of the magnetic tiles to a corner away from the other kids, saying she wanted a "quiet area." (2.2 Self-regulation)
    • We went to the ocularist for a checkup. A- was pretty anxious, and often reminded herself about the toy box. The ocularist said she'll get a new conformer in November. In the meantime, the ocularist polished her conformer, and A- picked a box of crayons from the toy box.
    • A- tied a scarf around her waist all by herself. (5.2.1 Dressing)
    • A- ate lots of crackers, cheese, and peaches during snack time. She kept asking for permission and serving herself with tongs.
    • A- figured out how to turn the door knob even with the knob protector on. She went between rooms a few times.
    • A- turned the lights on and off by tapping the light switch with a roller.

Blog posts

Sketches

Time

Category Previous month % This month % Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
Sleep 33.0 37.7 4.6 61.2 7.8
Unpaid work 7.3 9.3 2.0 15.1 3.3
Personal 8.3 9.9 1.7 16.1 2.8
Discretionary – Play 0.3 0.7 0.4 1.2 0.7
Business 0.8 0.9 0.1 1.4 0.1
Discretionary – Family 1.6 1.0 -0.5 1.7 -0.9
Discretionary – Productive 3.4 1.7 -1.7 2.8 -2.9
Discretionary – Social 2.3 0.3 -2.0 0.5 -3.3
A- 43.0 38.5 -4.5 62.6 -7.5