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Weekly review: Week ending August 28, 2020

  • We worked on rehabilitating the main planter box. It felt good to break up the packed sandy soil and work in some bagged soil that we had lying around. We moved the chives to one end of the planter box and the oregano to the other end. W- suggested planting more peas. He stapled chicken wire across the top of the planter box to protect them.
  • I worked on lots of journal improvements: lightbox, ZIDList view, getting refs/IDs/image filenames from selection, navigating by year, turning other/images on and off, splitting entries, handling photos with commas, and so on. Thanks to both my journal system and the entries I’ve been filling in, I’m getting better at being able to look up and link to old entries.
  • After I read A- a bedtime story, I told her that she could stay up late if she wanted to read. She chose “Chess for Kids.” She asked me a few times if I could read it to her, but I reminded her that it was past bedtime. I sounded out words she stumbled over, though, and she put the syllables together. The book had small text in close-set lines, so she was getting a little confused while tracing the lines with her finger. I used an index card to cover up the other lines, which made the words a lot easier for her to follow. She used the index card to cover lines too, although her hands were still a bit uncoordinated. She also tried using the corner of the index card to point to words instead of using her finger. When she was ready for bed, she stuck the card into the book and called it a bookmark. “You’re reading so well,” I said. “Of course! I’m Reya,” she said. Reya is a character from Khan Academy Kids who loves reading and bugs, and A- has been pretending to be her for almost two months.
  • A- read a book in Khan Academy Kids instead of listening to the app read it to her. She likes to challenge herself. Sometimes she’ll start to read a book, and then she’ll use the recording to check the pronunciation of a word.
  • A- kept pointing out three-headed monkeys and stealing cherry tomatoes off my plate. She even asked me to reload my plate a couple of times. Whenever she did, I put five tomatoes on my plate and then counted out the subtraction with my fingers.
  • It occurs to me that my interests expand to fit available time. Coding seems to be my default discretionary activity. After I finish updating my journal, I tend to write code. Coding expands to fit available time, gives me regular payoffs, and results in compounding returns instead of diminishing ones. It’s hard to pick anything else unless my brain is tired. So I have to be more clever about how I use time and how I think about things if I want to explore and develop other skills. Writing can help me remember better – I look things up in my blog or journal al lthe time. Maybe I can do more of it by starting with these paragraph-length thoughts in my journal. Sewing reduces the annoyance of shopping and makes day-to-day life more fun. I can make reasonable progress in an evening, and lining up several evenings in a row is even better. Drawing helps me think. Maybe I can move more of that into my time with A- by using a paper sketchbook. Hmm…

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 44.6 48.3 3.6 81.1 6.1
Unpaid work 3.0 4.9 1.9 8.2 3.1
Sleep 30.3 30.3 -0.0 50.9 -0.1
Discretionary – Play 0.4 0.3 -0.1 0.4 -0.2
Discretionary – Productive 10.9 9.2 -1.7 15.4 -2.8
Business 5.0 3.2 -1.7 5.4 -2.9
Personal 5.8 3.9 -1.9 6.5 -3.3

Weekly review: Week ending August 21, 2020

  • Journal: So many improvements! I added the ability to browse by tag and by forward/backlinks, and to bulk-tag or bulk-thread several entries together. I got it to show me scans from A-‘s portfolio directory. I used texthero to explore my journal data, looking at terms based on tf-idf.
  • I stayed up late to sew a quarter-circle skirt for me and a gathered rectangle skirt and a peasant dress for A-.
  • While reading a book in the bathroom, A- noticed that the word “two” wasn’t spelled the same way as the word “too” from the typing practice program. She asked me about it. I explained that some words sound the same but have different meanings and spellings.
  • W- refinished the table. A- helped. She wanted to paint her table too. After some discussion about the design she wanted (“black is boring”), we rustled up some red and white acrylic paint. She mixed it to the kind of pink she wanted, and she painted the top of her table. She also liked making pink water and pouring that on the patio stones. She ended up washing off the paint while playing with water. I painted it again, and W- added a clear coat on top.

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Discretionary – Productive 7.4 10.9 3.5 18.2 5.8
Personal 3.3 5.8 2.5 9.8 4.2
Business 3.0 5.0 1.9 8.3 3.2
Discretionary – Play 0.0 0.4 0.4 0.7 0.7
Sleep 31.0 30.3 -0.7 50.9 -1.1
Unpaid work 3.8 3.0 -0.8 5.1 -1.3
A- 51.5 44.6 -6.9 75.0 -11.5

Weekly review: Week ending August 14, 2020

  • I finished my annual review.
  • I tinkered around with my Quantified Awesome Docker image. One step back, I think, since I’d actually managed to get it working on my local system before but I deleted my Dockerfile by accident.
  • I started learning how to analyze my time data with pandas and visualize it with matplotlib. I didn’t notice any particularly useful patterns that I might want to use for decisions, though.
  • I sewed matching skirts for us.
  • A- wanted to have ice cream in a cone as part of her evening snack. She had been asking for it for a couple of days. W- asked A- whether she thought she could skip asking tomorrow if he gave her ice cream tonight. She assured him she wouldn’t ask. I suggested making a written agreement, and to our great surprise, A- was on board with that idea. W- drafted a quick agreement and A- carefully signed it with her name, with a little help with spelling.
  • A- wanted to go to the pet food store along with W-. I made ear-loops for her mask since she didn’t want the head ties. There weren’t a lot of people in the store, so we went in. We wore matching masks and matching skirts. She sanitized her hands before and after going to the store, and she followed all of our instructions. First store outing in months!
  • Come to think of it, it might be interesting to build a Zettelkasten for A-‘s pedagogical documentation. I can trace the development of her interests and build richer stories that way.

Blog posts

Sketches

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Sleep 29.1 31.0 1.9 52.1 3.2
A- 50.5 51.5 1.0 86.5 1.7
Unpaid work 3.5 3.8 0.3 6.4 0.5
Business 2.9 3.0 0.2 5.1 0.3
Discretionary – Play 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Personal 3.7 3.3 -0.4 5.5 -0.7
Discretionary – Family 0.8 0.0 -0.8 0.0 -1.3
Discretionary – Productive 9.5 7.4 -2.2 12.4 -3.6

Weekly review: Week ending August 7, 2020

  • I finally got around to making a Rebrickable profile. It’s been interesting looking through the sets and MOCs I might be able to build. Since it pretty much does most of what I want, I don’t have to worry about building an analysis tool. Great! A- wasn’t too keen on finishing LEGO Friendship Flower. I think she likes pretend play sets more, so we’ll focus on those. I need to think of more scenarios so that she can expand what she knows. It’s hard for her to come up with ideas about how life works. Maybe more reading, too.
  • I reflected on roleplaying games and how to enrich A-‘s pretend play.
  • I used Python to analyze the text in my diary entries for the past year. Making a word cloud was pretty neat, since Python gave me a lot of control over it. I cached the frequency counts and category lookups in CSVs so that I can tinker with the graphs more quickly.
  • We made a few LEGO games from the bricks we have: Kokoriko, City Alarm, and Minitaurus.
  • A- was curious about minotaurs because of the LEGO Minitaurus game. I told her stories, made minotaur headbands for us, and made up rhymes.
  • We made up LEGO Heroica stories while playing games: fighting fires, making friends, scaring away adventurers. A- liked adding twists to games, too, like a cursed treasure box that kept following us around and a “bad air” that made my character turn into a dark druid.

Blog posts

Sketches

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Discretionary – Productive 5.0 9.5 4.6 16.0 7.7
Business 0.0 2.9 2.9 4.8 4.8
A- 49.4 50.5 1.1 84.8 1.9
Unpaid work 4.1 3.5 -0.6 5.9 -0.9
Discretionary – Family 1.5 0.8 -0.7 1.3 -1.2
Personal 5.5 3.7 -1.8 6.3 -3.0
Sleep 34.7 29.1 -5.6 48.9 -9.3

Weekly review: Week ending July 31, 2020

  • I picked up books from the library. Wheeeeee! Now that books are back in circulation, we can learn about all sorts of stuff.
  • I wrote some Python code to compare my Bricklink carts in terms of average prices. It’s probably overkill, but it was fun to code.
  • The silicone mask brackets did a great job of making our fabric masks more breathable.
  • We made the LEGO Heroica Ilrion set following the instructions. It was a bit challenging to play through, but we persisted.
  • We had enough curved pieces to make the LEGO Friends Lighthouse Rescue Center, although we didn’t have the cylinders and the light brick for the very top. I showed A- a video about wildlife rescue, and we pretended to rescue a seal and a bunny. I asked A- to scribble where the animals had broken bones, the treatment, and the starting letter of their names and her name.
  • I was looking for more popsicle recipes. A- pointed to my screen and said, “What’s that?” I asked her if she could read it. She said no, so I said we could just scroll past. W- was curious about my refusal. I told him, “It starts with c-h-o-c-o.” A- leaned closer and read it out loud: “chocolate coconut cream popsicle.” She really likes being able to read things for herself.
  • W- printed out two simple D&D-style adventures for young kids that just focused on fighting four monsters with various abilities. I was the DM. I also controlled one character (the fighter) while A- played the wizard. We used Heroica microfigures and cones to keep track of heroes and health points. A- got the hang of it quickly.

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Sleep 31.6 34.7 3.1 58.2 5.1
Unpaid work 2.1 4.1 2.0 6.8 3.3
Discretionary – Family 0.2 1.5 1.3 2.5 2.2
Personal 4.3 5.5 1.2 9.3 2.0
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Play 0.3 0.0 -0.3 0.0 -0.5
Business 1.2 0.0 -1.2 0.0 -2.0
Discretionary – Productive 7.6 5.0 -2.6 8.3 -4.4
A- 52.8 49.4 -3.4 82.9 -5.8

Weekly review: Week ending July 24, 2020

  • I watched some presentations from the Play First summit. I think some of the ideas might be a good fit for A-. I’d like to get better at supporting and building on her play.
  • We did lots of sensory and art exploration outside. That was lots of fun, and A- really liked painting with her feet.
  • I made PDFs to share with Lola during video chats. A- seemed to like that too. She asked me to make a PDF of Tagalog words using our cat pictures, so I made a book of opposites.
  • We dove into building lots of things with LEGO. Microscale tutorials are fun to work through together. We also made things up ourselves. A- liked the model of our kitchen.
  • I made a goblin mask for A-. She liked pretending with it. We swapped wearing the goblin mask when we played the monster player in LEGO Heroica. I wonder if I can get her interested in decorating masks.

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Sleep 29.0 31.6 2.6 53.1 4.4
A- 50.7 52.8 2.1 88.7 3.5
Business 0.4 1.2 0.8 2.0 1.3
Personal 3.9 4.3 0.4 7.2 0.7
Discretionary – Play 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.5
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Family 0.7 0.2 -0.6 0.3 -1.0
Unpaid work 4.4 2.1 -2.3 3.5 -3.8
Discretionary – Productive 10.9 7.6 -3.3 12.7 -5.6