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Weekly review: Week ending June 7, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • I emptied my gardening toolbox. Maybe I can repurpose it for educational supplies.
    • I did a tiny bit of exercise at the playground while waiting for A-.
    • I coded a couple of Emacs tweaks for easier phone use: synchronized configuration files, Org capture templates, and bouncing an item between my Org file and my inbox so that it’s easier to edit in Orgzly.
    • The babysitter thought the activity list was very helpful, and was able to use it to guide A-‘s learning while also letting A- take the lead.
    • I tidied up my basement workspace. It feels quite a bit nicer now.
    • I made a Tasker task to update Memento Database journal entries with new text and categories. I used am broadcast to trigger it from the command line on my phone, and then wrote an Emacs Lisp function so that I could call it from my phone or my laptop (via ssh). That might make updating my journal even easier!
    • I parsed my activity ideas for A- and made a table I could print out easily, with space for notes.
  • Us
    • I bent the hole punch trying to use it on felt, so W- tried to fix it.
    • I passed some things on to Joy in case they help with toddler bedwetting.
    • I had to boot to Windows to open the Ontario photo card form, which was a bit annoying.
    • We watched the first episode of Good Omens.
    • We finished the first playthrough of Borderlands 1.
    • I bought the Borderlands 2 Handsome Collection on Steam so that I could do some PC gaming with W-. We’ve played it a lot on PS3, but this might give us a little more of a runway before we upgrade to a PS4.
  • Fine motor
    • A- liked the nature class activities, like using a clothespin to pick up pretend worms.
    • A- practised making playdough roses.
  • Sensory
    • A- asked me to help her swing higher and faster on the big kids swing.
    • At the playground, A- was interested in filtering sand using the small sand toys as well as the big table.
    • I bought small alphabet beads just in case A- wanted to practise beading and spelling. She pretended they were sungka shells, and she also put them in a small container and turned them into a rattle.
    • Instead of going to the splash pad, A- wanted to stay home and play with water in the backyard. She extended the awning, then spent some time filling containers with water and transferring water between them. It worked out pretty nicely, actually, since she could play in the shade and she had a lot more control over the water.
  • Language
    • “I’m trying different ways. Let me explore.”
    • “Once upon a time, there was a girl named A- who loved chamfering.”
    • “Sorry, what did you say?”
    • A- telling W- how to make taho: “First you start with a tall glass. Let me show you. Dear Nannies on Call…” (Whenever A- gets interested in something a little obscure, W- and I like to joke about asking the babysitter agency to send us someone with specific qualifications – materials science, Latin, etc.)
    • A- got the hang of the “No, you verb.” So we tried tossing different words at her. She successfully said, “No, you prevaricate,” and “No, you abdicate,” but fizzled out when I tried to get her to say antidisestablishmentarianism.
    • A- told a story that started, “Once there was a little boy named Dad who loved lava lamps.”
  • Art
    • A- learned a little about masking as an art technique.
  • Self-care and independence
    • A-: “1. Floss your teeth. 2. Brush your teeth. 3. Rinse and spit. 4. Go to sleep. 5. Snuggle in your sleep sack.” W-: “6. Sleep by yourself?” A-: <shakes head no>
    • A- practised closing her food containers and putting them into her snack bag. She was even able to close the round ones.
    • The presenter at the parenting workshop encouraged us to use grown-up toothpaste for kids who can rinse and spit instead of letting them get used to the sweet taste of kids’ toothpaste. She also said that Toronto water is fluoridated enough that brushing with tap water is enough for kids younger than three, and to check with the dentist to see if they need more fluoride. A- prefers the mildness of the fluoridated bubblemint toothpaste she has over the Arm & Hammer sensitive one we use. I might try other brands to see if we can find a mild one.
  • Eating
    • Since A- was curious about Filipino snacks, I volunteered to make her some taho. I explained that we needed tofu and tapioca pearls. She latched on to the idea of tapioca pearls, said she loved them, and wanted to go buy them right away.
    • A- asked us to make taho, although I think she was just into it for the tapioca pearls and the maple syrup that we substitute for arnibal.
  • Household
    • A- watered the grass.
  • Social
    • We went to AW’s party. There were more than a handful of other kids close to their age. A- liked taking turns knocking down bowling pins with balls. She also turned the small hoops into hula hoops, chased and blew bubbles, and asked me to read books many times.
    • A- practised introducing ourselves. “I’m A-, and this is my mother, Sacha.”
    • I stirred the sand in the funnel so that it wouldn’t get stuck. A- told me, “Get out of my space.” Yay setting boundaries!
    • At the parenting workshop, A- patiently let the facilitator demonstrate different ways of helping a baby with gas.
  • Pretend
    • “Where am I going with S-? Can I go to outer space?”
  • Cognition
    • I used paint swatches to make a simple colour game for A-, but she was more interested in scattering the cards.
    • A- was concerned about the skin peeling off the soles of her feet. We told her that the more she walks and runs, the stronger and tougher her feet get. She ran to the other room and back, then sat down eagerly to check her feet.
    • A- asked to open the bag of balls that we bought. I was mystified and had to retrace our steps out loud before I remembered we bought a bag of tapioca. She’s got a good memory!
    • A- recognized $5 and $10 while looking at paper money, and I started teaching her about $50.
    • I drew shapes with chalk, and A- identified them.
    • A- worked on solving the jigsaw puzzle. We took turns sorting the pieces based on whether or not they had straight edges. She solved the outside with a little help, and then solved the inside almost all by herself.
    • A- wanted both of us to apply the temporary tattoos from the fire station. She helped me count to thirty each time.
  • World
    • After the party, A- asked to go to the Filipino variety store I had mentioned on the way. She said she was curious about the Philippines.
    • I walked all the way to Walmart to buy a lava lamp, since A- had been curious about lava lamps for the past few days. We all found it pretty interesting to look at, and it gave us an excuse to talk about how it works.
    • There was a lot of litter at the playground, so I used the plastic bag and tongs I’d brought to clean things up a little. A- helped me pick up garbage and throw things into the bin. It was good tongs practice for her, and great for turning something that would have annoyed me into something I felt good about helping A- learn.
    • A- watched the wax rise and fall in the lava lamp. Then she spooned up some yogurt and let it fall into her bowl.
    • A-‘s bedtime conversation mostly focused on how she’s mama’s first and daddy’s second kiddo. She seemed tickled pink by that.
    • We passed by the fire station on the way to another errand. A- was curious about the fire trucks, so I crouched beside the stroller and explained things to her. A firefighter came out and invited us in for a tour. A- asked a couple of questions, and she got stickers, colouring sheets, temporary tattoos, and a fire safety activity booklet. Fun!
  • Other
    • We donated many 2T and 3T clothes through a clothing swap, with the extras going to the New Mom Project. All the other clothes and toys were for smaller kids, so we didn’t end up with stuff for A-, but many families were happy to take A-‘s hand-me-downs.
    • A- patiently waited as we went on lots of errands. We bought a paint roller, tapioca pearls, the next size up of underwear, lactase pills, and sunscreen. Then we went to the park and had lots of fun.
    • I chatted with Melissa about school readiness and I shared the comprehensive checklist I found at https://www.aft.org/sites/default/files/t2k_schoolreadiness.pdf .

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Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Unpaid work 3.3 13.1 9.8 22.1 16.5
Business 0.3 1.8 1.5 3.0 2.6
Discretionary – Play 5.6 6.6 1.0 11.1 1.7
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Personal 5.4 5.4 -0.0 9.0 -0.0
A- 40.9 39.1 -1.7 65.7 -2.9
Discretionary – Productive 6.2 3.6 -2.6 6.0 -4.3
Discretionary – Family 3.9 0.1 -3.8 0.1 -6.4
Sleep 34.5 30.3 -4.2 51.0 -7.0

Weekly review: Week ending May 31, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • I set up extra key shortcuts for Termux.
    • I tried out Termux Widget and Termux Task. I had a problem with bad interpreters with Termux Task, but I fixed it by running the tool to fix the shebang of the script called by my task.
    • I wrote a simple Tasker script to add a task to my Orgzly inbox.
    • I set up Termux so that I could SSH into my phone.
    • Note to self: don’t cancel all the cards until I check which ones I’ve actually left at home. There’s a pause feature for a reason!
    • I updated the Org Mode TOC target patch.
    • I started copying my Emacs configuration onto my phone.
    • I made a numeric hydra so that I can more easily categorize Emacs News.
    • I organized my notes, filling in some missing weekly reviews and archiving lots of other random snippets.
    • I wrote a script to help me rewrite Flickr URLs to sketches.sachachua.com ones.
    • I cleared my WordPress blog drafts.
  • Us
    • I had put the sourdough in the fridge because I didn’t have time on Sunday to bake it. The loaf I ended up making turned out a bit dense and quite sour. It was still yummy, but I’ll try the recipe again without the unintentional delay.
    • I called various banks to request replacements for my lost cards, and I called OHIP to request a replacement for A-‘s card.
    • I dashed to the library while W- helped A- eat dinner. Made it just in time!
  • Gross motor
    • A- made a game of climbing up on my shoulders and swinging down in front of me.
    • A- worked hard on climbing the corkscrew ladder and sliding down the steep, twisty slide. She even showed a couple of older kids how to do it.
    • A- practised coasting on her balance bike.
  • Fine motor
    • A- was interested in sewing, so I got her some brown felt, brown yarn, a punch, and a few extra yarn needles.
    • A- asked me to draw triangles. She carefully cut them out with scissors, following the line closely.
    • We visited Popo in between ocularist appointments. A- practised using the scissors to cut out shapes and thin strips. She was also curious about using multiple crayons to draw.
    • A- continued to be interested in sewing. I’m not sure where the yellow yarn needle went, so it’s good that I picked up a few extra blue ones at the store.
  • Sensory
    • A- had the foresight to take her shirt off before playing with the fountains at Grange Park, but her pants got pretty wet. She put her shirt back on and played in the playground while we waited for her pants to dry in the sun.
  • Language
    • “I’m a big kid. Look how fast I’m growing up.”
    • W-: “Shall I use the electric toothbrush to brush your teeth?” A-: “Manual. I have one day on, one day off.”
    • W- asked A- if she wanted B- to babysit her, and she said no. W- asked her if she wanted J- to babysit her. She said, “I want J- to bigsister me.”
    • “I want you to listen to what I’m saying.”
    • “I want to dispense some cash. I want my own cash so that I can pay the babysitter.”
    • W- observed that A- probably loved S- as a babysitter because she really engaged with A-, while B- tended to hang a little bit back.
    • “The family orange is for everyone.” A- wanted to share the orange with both W- and me.
    • “How do I type KLM livery?”
    • I wanted to try leading A- in an activity about letters. I asked her if she wanted to learn more about the letters in her name or the letters in “plane.” She picked “plane,” so I got the corresponding magnetic letters and traced them on some paper on top of a cookie sheet. I pretended they were airplanes requesting permission from air traffic control to land, and A- directed them to the appropriate hangars. We also mixed them up and put them back in the right hangars. She’s already familiar with all the letters, so I just wanted to lay the groundwork for arranging letters by imitating an example. Nice quick activity – A- did about three rounds before moving on.
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- asked us to put her scleral shell in. What a difference compared to how she resisted the conformer!
    • “I look just like you! I have two eyes! It looks so real.” Also, A- was totally flipping her hair when she showed W- her new scleral shell.
    • A- got a new scleral shell. She was so happy to get it. “I look just like you! I have two eyes! It looks so real!” When she showed W-, she even flipped her hair a few times. I’m not sure where she picked up that gesture, but it was hilarious.
    • A- opened the fridge, got her own milk carton, brought it to the table, and poured milk into her cup.
    • A- got a little sunburnt. Good thing J- had aloe vera gel.
    • “I’m so so so so so so very happy,” A- said about her new scleral shell.
    • “I want to decide when I can eat ice cream.”
  • Eating
    • A- tried pasta with tomato sauce. She said, “It turns out I like it.”
  • Sleep
    • A- had a cold. She asked to sleep on top of me while I sat against two pillows.
  • Household
    • We went to the lumber yard to buy tongue-and-groove wood for the porch. When we got home, A- helped carry it in. She carried small pieces all by herself and stashed them under her cubbies in the living room.
  • Social
    • We visited Jen, Ewan, and E-. A- wanted to go to a splash pad. There were none close by, so we hooked up the hose and the kids had fun spraying in the driveway. They took turns filling each other’s watering cans and drew shapes on the ground. A- even experimented with backing into the spray. After lots of water play, they helped move soil in the garden.
    • A- experimented with having a babysitter for 7 hours, and she still found it to be too short. The babysitter helped A- make a heart-shaped bag. Then both of them went all the way to the adventure playground in High Park. When they got back, they tried out leaf prints. Next week, the babysitter is thinking of focusing on the letters in A-‘s name.
    • We went to a small drop-in centre which had an early literacy specialist and a parent support worker. There seemed to be lots of kids just a little younger than A-. Circle time focused on book-related songs and activities.
  • Pretend
    • A- asked me (and later W-) to pretend to be a serger. By that, she meant for us to cut with the scissors while she moved the paper forward and made noises.
    • A- going to bed: How do little planes go to sleep? I’m in my hangar. What do they use to cover their front wheels? I ate a lot of luggage.
    • A- pretended to make recorder head joints. She tested her crayons against my hand or the table to determine if they would make good blocks, and pretended to go through the steps she remembered from the video.
  • Cognition
    • I helped A- complete a simple puzzle two ways: once outside in, and once focusing on the content.
    • A- completed the dog puzzle with a little help. She liked focusing on one dog at a time, and started asking for pieces based on features she needed.
  • World
    • A- really wanted J- and W- to help her try tinikling.
  • Other
    • At the Nobody’s Perfect workshop, we received a set of booklets about different aspects of parenting, and we talked about play. I asked about developmentally-appropriate expectations in terms of tidying up in between activities, and they recommended involving A-. A- mostly stayed with me, although she occasionally wandered off to play independently.
  • Oops
    • I lost my wallet at the playground. Oops! I think it had fallen out of my pocket when I pulled out a wipe for A-‘s nose. That should teach me not to put important things into the shallow back pockets on women’s jeans.

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Sleep 30.5 34.5 4.0 57.9 6.7
Discretionary – Family 0.2 3.9 3.7 6.5 6.2
Personal 4.4 5.4 1.0 9.0 1.7
Discretionary – Productive 5.5 6.2 0.6 10.3 1.0
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
A- 41.1 40.9 -0.3 68.7 -0.4
Business 1.9 0.3 -1.6 0.5 -2.7
Discretionary – Play 7.3 5.6 -1.7 9.4 -2.9
Unpaid work 9.1 3.3 -5.8 5.6 -9.7

Weekly review: Week ending May 24, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • I put away our winter coats.
    • I helped W- check the roof for leaks.
    • We decided to scale back our gardening because A- and I might be away this summer.
    • I baked sourdough bread in a skillet. Nicer crust this time.
    • I looked into the Google Photos REST API, but I might want to do my photo organization a different way. It’s annoying to check which albums a photo is in.
    • I called my cellphone provider to turn on porting protection.
    • I changed the synchronization directory for Orgzly and cleared my inbox.
    • I used Tasker to rename my QuickNote from Markor.
    • I tried a different sourdough recipe. I used the stand mixer to knead it until it cleaned the sides of the bowl, which took a surprisingly long time. When I baked it in a loaf pan the next day, I worried that I’d overmixed it because it felt so hard. It turned out fine – even a little soft inside because I pulled it out of the oven early. Yum!
    • We used six hours of babysitting time to make good progress on fixing up the shelves in the kitchen. We cleared two cabinets. W- helped me work with drywall, use the mitre saw to cut pieces of trim, use the nail gun to fasten the trim, and scrub sticky shelves with baking soda. An afternoon well spent!
    • The new version of Orgzly has a widget for creating a new note in a specified notebook. Great! I put that on my phone’s home screen so that I can use it for capturing thoughts.
  • Us
    • W- and I played the first Borderlands game.
    • W- hung out with A- almost the whole day. I did some cooking and baking, but I don’t feel like I was as productive as he might have been.
    • I gave some feedback on Emacs conference plans.
    • I checked flights and travel insurance for a possible July/Aug trip to the Netherlands.
    • I helped Amin check out the capabilities and limitations of Jitsi for a potential Emacs conference.
    • I partially updated my ledger.
    • I updated the investments part of my ledger.
    • I was a little cranky with A- while we were washing dishes, but I was able to let go of it quickly because I saw that she was actually pretty careful about what she was doing.
    • The main point of the first Nobody’s Perfect parenting workshop session was that it’s good to take care of yourself. You’re top priority.
    • We stayed up a little to play Borderlands. We decided not to get the remastered one for now, as that would require a PS4 too.
  • Gross motor
    • A- went across the monkey bars with just a little help.
  • Fine motor
    • A- found the yarn needle in her caddy and asked for some thread. We gave her some butcher twine. She threaded the needle herself. The babysitter helped her sew a small bag by holding pieces of felt together and pointing to where A- should push the needle in or out.
  • Sensory
    • A- had fun at the playground despite the strong winds. She liked climbing up and sliding down, and she also played in the sandbox.
  • Language
    • “Goodness!”
    • W-: “Can I eat this?” A-: “You may.”
    • “I’m still in KLM livery.”
    • “I’m spraying special aluminum oxide particles into the open areas,” A- said as she watered the grass.
    • “I messed up and that was an experience.”
    • “I want to go to preschool. I want to be part of a team.”
    • “That was lovely.”
  • Art
    • “I love the patterns of red and yellow.”
    • “I drew a rectangle.”
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- decided to have a shower instead of a bath. She even got her hair wet.
    • A- brought down one of the hand towels and packed it in her bag. She said, “I can fix my own problems with this towel.”
    • A- generally stayed with me during the parenting workshop. She ate her snacks and played quietly beside me. She independently used the toilet while I stood outside the door.
  • Eating
    • A- was very keen on having an ice cream cone. She scooped ice cream out of it using a teaspoon, then ate it up.
  • Sleep
    • “Can I sleep?” We said yes, and A- fell asleep shortly after.
  • Emotion
    • Towards the end of A-‘s babysitting session, she got a bit tired and frustrated. She wanted to ask the babysitter to get out of her chair, but she couldn’t use the words that the babysitter wanted to teach her. She ended up just leaning against the chair. After the babysitter got up, she dragged the chair into the hallway.
    • A- had a tantrum because I ate a few of her carrot sticks, and because she was impatient about going to the workshop. She settled after I brought out the carrier and put her in it.
    • Me: “You spent a lot of time in the green zone today.” A-: “And a little in the red zone.”
  • Household
    • I bought tomato, rosemary, thyme, and strawberry plants. A- helped me plant the tomatoes. Whipe I was thinking about where to put the other plants, she brought the thyme over and started trying to dump it out. I let her pick spots for the herbs and I planted them.
    • A- has definitely taken ownership of watering the grass. “No, you may not have a turn!”
    • A- made up a dance for when she waters the grass. There’s a lot of wiggling.
  • Social
    • A- didn’t want to play with one of the kids at the playground, probably because that kid had followed her around wanting to play with her. A- covered her eye and ran to me. The other kid often tried approaching her while we were there, and A- kept turning to me in distress. Eventually she calmed down enough to play sort of near the other kid, although she still preferred to play on her own.
  • World
    • A- had fun watching W- use the power washer to clean the green bin. She also got to try the caulking gun and our neighbour’s paint sprayer.

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Unpaid work 1.0 9.1 8.1 15.3 13.6
Discretionary – Play 3.9 7.3 3.5 12.3 5.8
Business 0.2 1.9 1.6 3.1 2.7
Personal 3.8 4.4 0.5 7.3 0.9
Discretionary – Productive 5.4 5.5 0.1 9.3 0.2
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Family 2.5 0.2 -2.3 0.3 -3.8
Sleep 35.4 30.5 -4.9 51.2 -8.2
A- 47.8 41.1 -6.7 69.1 -11.2

Weekly review: Week ending May 17, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • W- repainted the insides of two of the kitchen cabinets.
    • I used Tasker to make a notification-triggered dialog to help me type or dictate text into ConnectBot. I also changed TERM to xterm, which seems to stop it from choking on long lines. That might make it easier to use Emacs for quick notes.
    • I merged the changes to my Emacs config.
    • I merged outstanding pull requests and issues for planet.emacsen.org into planet.emacslife.com .
    • I added conversion rates to the USD transactions in my ledger so that I can get better reports.
    • I fixed the SSL certificate for sketches.sachachua.com .
    • I added a :target option to TOC in Org Mode. Whee! I even wrote documentation and tests. I feel like such a grown-up.
    • W- and I talked a little about plans for working on the house. I want to learn practical life skills, so it’s worth paying for babysitting instead of paying for home maintenance help. We’ll experiment with getting a babysitter on Saturday to see what that might be like. A- seems to be on board with the idea.
    • Because A- will probably still occasionally run into questions on the playground and in school even after she gets a painted ocular prosthesis, I ordered a book on parenting children with a facial difference.
    • I pumped air into my bicycle tires and hitched up the trailer. A- accompanied me on a couple of errands to get cat food and groceries. It was nice to be back on a bike again, even though it took me a while to remember how to shift gears.
  • Us
    • Mustard and balsamic chicken thighs: quick and easy
    • I stayed up too late and felt very tired and sneezy during the day.
    • Just noticed a number of small scratches on my phone, including one right in front of the front camera. Oh well! I think I’ll hang on to this until it’s unusable instead of getting on the upgrade treadmill.
  • Gross motor
    • A- did the I love you gesture a number of times.
    • We introduced Melissa and H- to our favourite playground at the moment. The kids had lots of fun climbing, sliding, swinging, and spinning.
    • We went to the High Park nature playground. A- liked playing with the slides, zipline-type thing, and swing. She mostly went around with me, but she also experimented with going around by herself.
  • Fine motor
    • A- carefully coloured in the animal shapes at the High Park Zoo.
  • Sensory
    • We swam at Pam McConnell. A- liked the floatation devices.
  • Language
    • A- asked the babysitter to read Polo aime Bottine.
    • A- did the eye exam by reading letters, which impressed the orthoptist. As the letters got smaller, her voice got smaller and higher.
    • “In the meantime, we can talk. Once there was a little boy named Daddy, who loved–what did you love?” “Ice cream.” “… who loved ice cream.”
  • Art
    • A- tried out the paint roller. She made one painting that reminded us of the sun, and another that reminded us of tigers.
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- got stuck behind the automatic door at the supermarket. She stayed calm instead of panicking. She followed my hand signals and stepped aside, then went through when a grown-up triggered the door.
    • A- had a small wound on her finger, and dirt had gotten into it. We cleaned it out with alcohol swabs, which she didn’t like at all. After we covered it with a bandage, she was fine again.
    • A- was more relaxed in the shower today, and even got her hair wet.
  • Eating
    • A- asked for three kinds of sourdough for breakfast: pancakes, breadsticks, and bread.
  • Sleep
    • A- seems to have just rolled over and gone to sleep after our usual bedtime routines. Neat! She’s been waking up between 6 to 7:30 and goes to bed around 8:30 PM, with the occasional afternoon nap if she had lots of fun at the playground.
  • Emotion
    • A- was delaying bedtime, and W- got impatient with her. A- said, “No Daddy being bossy!” After she calmed down and I settled her into bed, she asked, “Why is Daddy so bossy?” I explained why we set boundaries, why W- wouldn’t let her slide down the stairs backwards on her bare tummy, and why that doesn’t make him bossy.
    • We were both a bit grumpy because of hunger and fatigue.
  • Household
    • A- helped me adjust the seasoning for the sweet potato soup.
  • Social
    • A- asked for canned vegetable soup for lunch, so the babysitter checked with me and then prepared it for her. After some time playing at home, A- asked permission to go to the playground. She walked all the way there (1 km) and they stayed until it rained. We tried six hours with the babysitter this time around. A- felt it was still too short! :)
    • A- liked going down the staircase with eyes closed, relying on me for guidance.
    • One of the kids at the playground kept asking A- about her eye and wouldn’t back off until I climbed into the playset. A- had felt a little overwhelmed, so she resorted to saying “No, no, no!” and covering her eye. She let out her tension with a good cry in my arms, and then went back to playing.
    • A- and I talked a bit before going to bed. She asked about the kid who kept asking about her eye, and we talked about dealing with people’s questions. We talked about the ocular prosthesis she’s getting in a few weeks, how that can help, and how she’ll still need to deal with questions if she doesn’t want to wear it (she says her conformer gets very cold in winter) or if she needs to take it out.
  • Pretend
    • “I’m going to go back to eating my silage.”
    • “I need you to be an excavator and I be a hydraulic ram.”
  • Cognition
    • At the science centre, A- pretended to rock out in front of the green screen, imitating other kids. She had fun at the pretend supermarket. We didn’t see any smocks near the water table, so she asked me to take her shirt off before playing with the water.
  • World
    • We checked the TTC lost and found for A-‘s shoes, but no luck.
    • We went with Melissa and H- to the High Park Zoo for llama feeding. A- fed the llamas with a little guidance from me, and then delightedly fed them by herself.
    • A- was curious about the temporary tattoes at the High Park Zoo, so I donated $1 and got one for her. She counted partway through the transfer time.
  • Oops
    • A- tumbled down a few steps. It was probably partly because she was impatient and wanted me to play tinikling with her, and partly because her pants were a little too long and loose.

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Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Discretionary – Productive 1.2 5.4 4.2 9.1 7.1
Discretionary – Family 0.3 2.5 2.2 4.1 3.7
A- 45.9 47.8 1.9 80.3 3.2
Discretionary – Play 3.2 3.9 0.7 6.5 1.1
Personal 4.1 3.8 -0.2 6.5 -0.4
Discretionary – Social 0.7 0.0 -0.7 0.0 -1.2
Sleep 36.3 35.4 -0.9 59.5 -1.5
Business 2.5 0.2 -2.3 0.4 -3.9
Unpaid work 5.8 1.0 -4.8 1.7 -8.1

Weekly review: Week ending May 10, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • W- replaced the dish rack because the coating on the old one had worn down.
    • A- slept so early, I had some bonus focused time in the evening. I reviewed my old tasks and organized my Org agenda a bit more.
    • W- bent the cup holders on the new dish rack to make them more functional.
  • Us
    • Sourdough pancakes: so fluffy!
    • Sourdough pancakes: More sourdoughy, yum yum
    • Sourdough grissini (breadsticks): Burned half of the batch, but it still worked out great after I cut away the black parts. I put them in the bag too early, though, so condensation made them a bit stale. Try and try again!
    • W- braised some beef. It was so tender and yummy.
    • I made sourdough rye bread for the first time. It was a little moist inside, but it still turned out yummy.
  • Gross motor
    • A-‘s been working on balancing in the tree pose all by herself.
    • A- wanted to leave school early to go to the park behind Runnymede library. She climbed and slid down a few times.
    • A- was curious about the exercise equipment at the park, so we played there a bit.
    • At the swimming pool, A- liked floating in her Puddle Jumpers, venturing a little further away from me. She also practised getting out of and into the pool. She accidentally took in a little water, so I hugged her to help her calm down. After a few minutes, she was ready to play some more.
  • Fine motor
    • The craft activity at school was to make a Mother’s Day card. She decided to make one for Daddy instead. In addition to lots of back-and-forth scribbles, she also practised writing, drew a circle and shaded inside it, and carefully shaded a corner.
  • Language
    • A- used the words “our” and “ourselves” correctly.
    • A-‘s random word of the day: abomasum (a cow’s fourth stomach), because we’ve been reading books about milk production.
    • We were waiting to check out at the store when A- told me that she needed to go to the bathroom. I asked her if she could wait approximately ten minutes, or if we needed to leave our cart and go now. She thought about it and said, “Six minutes.”
    • “You are so Tagalog-y.”
    • Me: “It looks like there’s a small slide, too.” A-: “Hmm. How convenient.”
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- switched to using the electric toothbrush again. She’s getting pretty good at brushing her teeth by herself.
    • I explained to A- that I would need to focus on cooking for about half an hour. She agreed to play independently, and mostly managed to do so while I cooked broccoli and tonkatsu.
    • At bedtime, A- told me that she wanted to go to sleep on her own. “Do Mom things,” she said, so I did. Thirty minutes later, she called for me via the baby monitor, and asked if she could sleep on top of me.
  • Sleep
    • A- wanted to go to school after nature class, so she napped while I carried her.
  • Emotion
    • A- had a big tantrum because she was frustrated when she asked for a video and I said no. It overlapped with another tantrum because I ate the muffin on her plate. She fell asleep in the carrier after crying.
    • A- asked me to read The Day You Begin. As I read the story about feeling like you’re on the outside, I asked her if it’s like how she feels when kids stare at her eye. She nodded.
  • Household
    • A- helped clean the mirrors and the glass door.
  • Social
    • A- enjoyed playing with the babysitter for 5 hours. A- said she even had a nap. She wants to try a longer session. We’ll try 6 hours next week, so it’s a little more like a kindergarten day.
    • We invited Jen, Ewan, and E- over for burgers. A- and E- had lots of fun dancing, playing with balls, building contraptions, and hammering.
    • We visited Joy and J-. The kids had lots of fun playing with toys, jumping on the bed, and listening to stories.
    • We had so much fun playing a game where I’d tell A- she wasn’t allowed to pounce on me, and she’d gleefully tell me she’s allowed and would pounce anyway.
    • We had dimsum with W-‘s family. A- have people high fives.
  • Pretend
    • A- pretended to be a flight attendant. She wanted to pour soy milk for me, and to put food and drink on a tray.
  • World
    • A- said, “I want to go out to the open meadow.” (She meant the backyard.) She played with bubbles and giant bubbles in the deck.
    • We watched a dump truck drop off a bin and pick up another bin.
    • We had fun squelching through mud in nature class. A- also fed the turtle and explored the sandbox.
    • We had a little time before swimming, so we watched workers repair the road.
  • Oops
    • Oops! Lost A-‘s blue Crocs because I didn’t look behind me, and I did the shoe check when I stepped out of the subway train.
  • Thoughts
    • Realization: When I have snippets of free time, I don’t usually use that time to draw. I read, write, or code.

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Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 33.5 45.9 12.4 77.1 20.9
Unpaid work 1.8 5.8 4.0 9.7 6.8
Discretionary – Play 0.0 3.2 3.2 5.4 5.4
Business 0.0 2.5 2.5 4.3 4.3
Sleep 34.0 36.3 2.3 60.9 3.9
Discretionary – Productive 0.0 1.2 1.2 2.0 2.0
Personal 3.1 4.1 1.0 6.8 1.7
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.7 0.7 1.2 1.2
Discretionary – Family 27.7 0.3 -27.5 0.4 -46.2

Weekly review: Week ending May 3, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • I spent a little while trying to fix the playdough by adding flour and cream of tartar. It got less sticky and more elastic, although I think I made it a little stiff.
    • W- made pizza dough from scratch. It was nice and elastic.
    • We asked for some of Tita Annet’s sourdough starter.
    • Next time I fly, I should definitely wear my sandals on the plane.
    • We used baking soda to get rid of the ring in the bathtub. W- cleaned up lots of things in the house, too.
  • Us
    • It turned out that the external drive that I had brought over to Kathy for use as her offsite backup already had a copy of her files from 2017, when my dad had mistakenly grabbed the drive and given it to me. That was pretty convenient, actually, as it had some files she wanted to copy.
    • Bert Jan showed us the Point It book that they’d found tremendously useful on their trips. I wonder if something like that might be fun to share with A-.
    • We visited Dan and Bert Jan. We chatted about fandom, travel, tai chi, healthcare, practical knowledge, parenting, the environment, feminism, and pockets. A- had fun with the crayons, playdough, and toys they happened to have lying around.
    • It was nice to go from downtown Den Haag to a large, quiet park.
    • We observed G-‘s horse riding lesson.
    • We went to the children’s farm, the supermarket, and the bank.
    • We met Kathy’s neighbours, who were just as awesome as described.
    • W- cooked bibimbap and we invited Kathy’s neighbours over.
    • Dan visited us and shared more stories about her travels.
    • It was a good idea paying for Vodafone NL’s 10 euro bundle. I used 300mb and a handful of texts.
    • Going through Pearson still sucks. The line at customs was long, and we waited even longer because we declared the food we’d brought.
    • We took the subway home, although the luggage wheels didn’t survive the walk. W- is determined to get a two-wheeled suitcase next time – something with big wheels.
    • It turns out the plants that I thought weren’t chives were actually chives. Also, the spring onions are growing well.
  • Gross motor
    • A- liked playing with the Stomp Rocket. The kids suggested playing outside, but two of the rockets landed too far (one in the neighbours’ back yard, one on the roof), so I redirected them to something else.
  • Fine motor
    • A- was really interested in the Connect 4 game. She liked dropping the yellow markers into the grid, taking turns, and clearing the grid of all the markers. She didn’t play to win, of course.
  • Sensory
    • A- liked the playground with the zip line. W- whizzed her up and down the zip line a few times.
    • So much water play inside and outside!
  • Language
    • I told A- a little about how her brain is still developing a lot and why some things are hard for her to do right now. Some time later, I heard her tell AG, “My brain is still developing.” The next day, I heard AG (who’s 5 years old) say that her brain was still developing too.
    • A- was pretending to sleep. She said, “Honk shu, honk shu, letter zzzzzzzz.”
  • Music
    • The precorder and Suzuki recorder arrived! They both sound nice. W- made a recorder stand.
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- asked for teething medicine, so we gave her half a junior acetaminophen.
  • Eating
    • W-, A-, and I all liked haring. A- had quite a few bites. We also liked kibbeling.
  • Sleep
    • “I’m not tired, I’m not tired,” A- protested. A little while later, I noticed she was spacing out while playing with playdough. She accepted my offer to take her upstairs and fell asleep in my lap while I tidied up the playdough. She woke up just enough for me to brush her teeth before I put her to bed.
    • Because the plane book I made mentioned that we sleep when the lights are dimmed, A- asked us to ask the flight attendant when the lights will be dimmed. He said he’d ask the captain, since it was a daytime flight. When the lights were eventually dimmed, A- settled down for a nap.
  • Emotion
    • We were all cranky, tired, and hungry by the time we got home, but our mood improved after food.
  • Household
    • A- folded kitchen towels, matching the corners precisely and then folding into thirds.
  • Social
    • I spent the day hanging out with the kids at home. It mostly went smoothly, although I think A- got a little jealous and tired towards the end.
  • Cognition
    • W- started teaching A- how to play a memory game with cards. She got the idea of matching, but was a little fuzzy on taking turns.
  • Other
    • W- and A- found a canister of spray lubricant in the plane’s bathroom. They turned it in and the flight attendant joked about A- having squeaky knees.
  • Oops
    • I forgot my water bottle at the stables.

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Discretionary – Family 6.6 27.7 21.2 46.6 35.6
Personal 2.9 3.1 0.2 5.2 0.3
Business 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Play 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Sleep 34.9 34.0 -0.9 57.1 -1.5
Unpaid work 3.5 1.8 -1.7 3.0 -2.9
Discretionary – Productive 8.9 0.0 -8.9 0.0 -15.0
A- 43.2 33.5 -9.8 56.2 -16.4