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Monthly review: August 2020

  • We played with lots of LEGO: building sets and our own creations, and making up stories and games. A- had fun inventing new rules and events in Heroica.
  • A- practised playing independently with LEGO or Khan Academy Kids while I did some consulting. I shared some of my earnings with her, so she kept encouraging me to work more. That freed up evening discretionary time for personal projects.
  • I added lots of little things to my journaling system to help me use it as a Zettelkasten. I also started digging into analyzing and visualizing it using Python.
  • We rehabilitated the main planter box and draped some mesh over the tomatoes on the deck.
  • I sewed some skirts for A- and me.
  • I worked on sneaking more math into everyday play.
  • A- read lots of books on her own.
  • A- and I wore our masks inside stores and the library. Whee!
  • Because of LEGO board games, A- was curious about mummies, minotaurs, zombies, and vampires.

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Time

Category Previous month % This month % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Business 0.5 3.2 2.7 5.4 4.5
Unpaid work 3.3 3.9 0.5 6.5 0.9
Discretionary – Productive 8.4 9.0 0.5 15.1 0.9
Discretionary – Play 0.1 0.3 0.2 0.5 0.4
Personal 4.3 4.2 -0.1 7.0 -0.2
Discretionary – Family 1.2 0.8 -0.4 1.3 -0.6
Sleep 31.5 30.1 -1.4 50.5 -2.4
A- 50.7 48.6 -2.1 81.7 -3.5

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.

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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


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  • 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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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