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Weekly review: Week ending June 21, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • W- replaced the kitchen drawers. I helped take out the old rails and use the chop saw.
    • Baked rainbow trout: Yummy and easy.
    • I managed to put my bike on the hook again, yay me!
    • W- taught me how to use the table saw.
    • We cleaned the sauce cabinet in preparation for painting it, and W- trimmed it to fix the gaps.
    • W- and I built a kitchen shelf out of Baltic birch, and I applied a polyurethane coat to it.
  • Us
    • I booked our flights and bought travel insurance.
    • I booked hotels for our stopovers. I decided to stick with the hotel we tried last time. We’ll check out the train in case we need to take it to get to the airport early.
    • I biked to the pool with A- in the trailer. I managed to make it over the bridge on Dundas West, yay!
  • Fine motor
    • A- wanted to try sungka with four shells in each pot. She sometimes needed to use two hands, but she patiently did it even when her turns were pretty long.
  • Sensory
    • A- and I made sand angels.
    • A- enjoyed swimming with some floaters on. She imitated the other kids in practising how to get into the pool with my help. She also experimented with lying backwards while I supported her.
  • Language
    • “Who is my baby?” “Me.” “Who is my wonderful baby?” “Me.” “Who is going to bed soon?” “You.”
    • W- and I were talking about travel plans and whether I might want to spend extra to reduce hassle. He said, “X dollars? That’s not a lot.” A- chimed in with, “That’s a lot.”
    • “I’m not paying attention.”
    • “Wow, very cold.” – A- after splashing herself with a small amount of water which turned out to be cold.
    • I made small sandpaper letters: c, a, t, m.
    • “Whoa, such a cool thing.” – A- swinging around suddenly on some playground equipment
    • A- asked W- if she could climb the ladder, but W- couldn’t figure out which ladder she meant. Some time later, A- saw the platform. She gestured to it and said, “That’s the ladder I was talking about.” It’s nice to see that she can remember and politely clarify.
  • Music
    • I signed A- up for the Smart Start music classes at the Royal Conservatory of Music – the regular one, not the one with Suzuki piano. It’ll be her third year doing it, and I’m looking forward to learning more songs and games with her while I’m allowed to attend. It’ll probably be a good intro to independent classes, too.
  • Self-care and independence
    • Another kid accidentally threw sand in A-‘s face. A- cried the sand out of her eyes.
    • A- wanted to stay home instead of going to nature class or school, so we played at home most of the day.
  • Eating
    • We brought popcorn to the potluck. A- liked lumpia and watermelon.
    • I made heart-shaped pancakes. A- liked them.
    • A- liked the crusty part of the samosas.
  • Emotion
    • A- had a tantrum in the morning about not being allowed to help clean up cat poo. When she calmed down, I talked to her about how our brains flip out. At bedtime, she asked me why her brain had flipped out earlier, and we talked a bit more about emotional regulation.
    • At bedtime, A- asked me why she grabbed the kitchen towel from W- a few days ago. We talked about why she locked on to that and why W- decided to find something else to do.
  • Household
    • A- wanted to make her bed before getting into it.
    • A- started cutting up one of her old dresses to make a sleep sack for her doll, so I helped her make it.
    • A- was curious about caulking. W- let her squeeze some caulk onto paper.
  • Social
    • A- helped pack up at school. She put toys into bags.
    • A- wanted a twig that H- had. They had previously fought over other twigs, which resulted in us talking to the kids about grabbing and stuff. A- looked around and spotted some chalk. She successfully traded a piece of chalk for the twig she wanted.
    • A- approved of slurping noodles and disapproved of slurping applesauce.
    • A- didn’t want to go to the parenting workshop today. She wanted to stay home and make a sleep sack. I said we already had one, and she said she wanted to make her own. She negotiated, outlining her proposal with her fingers: “First, sew. Second, play. Then workshop. Those are choices.” We discussed material choices a bit before settling on salvaging the zipper from one of her sleepers. I broke my serger needles because I was rushing and a bit frustrated, so I put it aside and A- agreed to go to the workshop with me. She had a long nap in the stroller. After we came home, I replaced the needles and played with A- some more.
  • Pretend
    • A- pretended to be a pancake cooking on all sides at bedtime.
  • Cognition
    • A- did a good job paying for llama food and a temporary tattoo with the $3 I gave her. She felt brave when she fed the llamas, and she helped count up to thirty while waiting for the tattoo to transfer. She was curious about the chickens, but she was a little scared of them too.
    • A- did a good job solving the alphabet puzzle. She easily identified letters and matched them up with the slots with only occasional hints, and she took turns with another kid.
  • World
    • I made a cardboard conveyer and we mechanized it with a motor from the Technic set. That was fun!
  • Other
    • A- enjoyed picnicking with the babysitter. She also had fun climbing onto the platform we were using to work in the kitchen.

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Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 39.0 50.2 11.2 84.3 18.8
Discretionary – Family 4.5 8.7 4.3 14.7 7.1
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Sleep 30.3 30.0 -0.3 50.4 -0.5
Unpaid work 6.0 5.6 -0.4 9.4 -0.7
Discretionary – Play 3.8 1.8 -2.0 3.0 -3.4
Business 3.4 0.4 -3.0 0.7 -5.1
Personal 5.7 2.2 -3.4 3.8 -5.7
Discretionary – Productive 7.3 1.1 -6.2 1.8 -10.5

Weekly review: Week ending June 28, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • I updated my duplicate checker to look at package names and allow me to see the next matches.
    • I wrote a batch script to rsync photos, and I freed up space.
    • I cut and glued a wooden organizer for the cutlery drawer.
  • Us
    • I applied another polyurethane layer on the kitchen shelf and on the drawer pieces.
    • I asked for cardboard boxes from the grocery store and cardboard tubes from the kids’ clothing store. That will be handy for crafting.
    • I dropped by Melissa’s place to water her plants.
    • Italian dressing: Went well with pasta salad.
    • I tried alternating 15-minute timers so that I could focus on her and also cook dinner. It was nice deliberately making time to focus on her, although she wasn’t keen on letting me focus on cooking.
    • I sorted and scanned receipts for our tax review.
    • CRA wants to review our tax return, so I made a cover letter in Org Mode with a table of the receipt information from my Google Docs spreadsheet. I cross-referenced them with the scanned receipts. Then I used pdfjam to make a new PDF with the cover letter and the cross-referenced receipts in chronological order, updated all the page references in my summary table, and recompiled the PDF. Yay!
    • We learned a little more about temperaments in the parenting workshop.
    • I updated my ledger.
  • Fine motor
    • A- wanted me to play the hot potato game the babysitter taught her. She was also interested in practising with scissors. We made hanging shapes and the Japanese lantern from Childcraft.
  • Language
    • A- followed along with the sandpaper letter activity, including the parts where I knocked on the letters and when I asked her to take the letters to different places. She was more interested in drawing squiggles on the salt tray than in reproducing the letters, though. I might treat the salt tray as more of a sensory activity until she’s more interested in writing.
    • “Daddy, I have a favor to ask. I want to make things.”
    • A- read the numbers on the scale: 11.
    • A- put a bag of cashews in the freezer to see what would happen. When she felt it had gotten cold enough, she opened the freezer by herself. W- asked her what she thought they would be like. She said, “Look, I’m going to test it.”
    • I asked A- if I could finish her food. She said, “But it has my germs!”
  • Music
    • I took A- to the open house for the Royal Conservatory of Music. We made it only to the demo class that I’d signed up for, but that was okay. On the way home, we talked about getting another ukulele. I think it might be fun to try a good make-your-own-ukulele kit, perhaps after the porch. I want something that sounds decent and is enjoyable to play. I could get an inexpensive ukulele that’s already made, but assembling it might give us more insights.
  • Art
    • A- got the Childcraft volume on Make and Do, and she turned the pages to the paper towel dipping activity. She got the hang of turning the paper towel to dip different corners.
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- got an insect bite on her forehead.
    • I took A- to the doctor because her forehead and eye were swelling up. The doctor said that A- picked up a secondary infection after scratching her bug bite.
    • A- started taking antibiotics and antihistamines for her secondary infection. She doesn’t seem to get unusually sleepy with Benadryl, and she even woke up in the middle of the night to share some of the things she learned about antihistamines.
    • A- asked me to scrape her teeth with the flosser. I usually just do the teeth I can easily reach, but this time, I pulled her lip back and scraped her back teeth too. Yikes! Tooth decay!
    • I took A- to the dentist. She has tooth decay. It’s not yet a cavity, so we’re going to start taking her in for tooth cleaning and fluoride varnishes, being stricter about not snacking throughout the day, and brushing more often. If she can tolerate being at the dentist and we can stop it from getting worse, we might be able to fix it at the dentist with some nitrous oxide. If not, she may have to go under general anesthesia again, which would be tough on her body.
    • I made a concerted effort to brush her teeth after every meal today, offering videos of herself as a distraction.
    • A- sharpened pencils all by herself.
  • Eating
    • We made vanilla ice cream using the bag-in-a-bag approach. The first ice bag tore, so I added another bag and wrapped a cloth bag around it too. A- approved of the ice cream and asked for lots of it. That was fun.
    • A- really wanted cartilage. She gnawed the ends off all the chicken wings from the sotanghon I packed for lunch.
  • Emotion
    • A- was grumpy. I asked her what could help her calm down. She said, “I want to dance.” She used the demo mode on the piano to select a piece, and we danced for a bit.
  • Household
    • A- wanted to help wax the new kitchen shelf. She and W- took turns applying wax and wiping it away. Wax on, wax off.
    • A- used a driver to screw in Phillips and Robertson screws. She liked how much faster it was with the power tool. She also had fun swapping the bits for the stubby screwdriver.
  • Social
    • “Don’t forget to say thank you.”
  • Pretend
    • A- figured out that the syringe plunger was just the right size to look like a seal for the squeeze bottle, so she liked pretending to make something new.
    • We had fun pretending she was a firefighter and I was a fire.
    • A- put a cloth book on her head and balanced other books on her hands. Then she waved her hands around, reenacting pandanggo sa ilaw.
    • Out of the blue, A- said, “Stanchion!” After I looked it up, I remembered it from the book on milking cows. A- asked me to pretend to be a stanchion, so we had a bit of fun with that.
  • Cognition
    • A- pretended to apply temporary tattoos, counting all the way to thirty with just a few hints.
  • World
    • We started making a bucket conveyor using the anti-slip mat and the egg carton.
    • We made a water dispenser from a bottle, some tubing, and cardboard. I didn’t need to worry about whether things were food-safe, as A- happily dispensed and refilled the water without drinking any.
    • I finished the bucket conveyor. The conveyor belt slips sideways, but it’s a good start. A- had fun conveying ping pong balls and cat toys into an empty yogurt container. I replaced the yogurt container with a ball return mechanism made out of a guacamole container and a cardboard ramp formed into a V with rubber bands. Yay!
    • We used a triangular prism to explore rainbows.

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Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Business 0.4 5.4 5.0 9.1 8.4
Discretionary – Productive 1.1 2.2 1.1 3.6 1.8
Sleep 30.0 31.0 1.0 52.0 1.7
Personal 2.2 2.3 0.1 3.9 0.1
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Play 1.8 1.7 -0.0 2.9 -0.1
A- 50.2 50.0 -0.2 84.0 -0.3
Unpaid work 5.6 2.3 -3.3 3.9 -5.5
Discretionary – Family 8.7 5.1 -3.6 8.6 -6.1

Weekly review: Week ending July 5, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • Thanks to W-‘s tips, I found it much easier to hang up my bicycle on a hook.
    • W- built legs for the cabinet at the front.
    • I reglued part of the organizer. Since the 90-degree clamps couldn’t fit, I clamped it together using a couple of blocks.
    • I’m pleased with the evolution of my coding skills. I think I’ve gotten the hang of async, and my markup conversion functions even have Mocha tests.
  • Us
    • I hopped on my bike to do some errands.
    • We went for a bike ride. That was pleasant!
    • W- and I enjoyed homemade cake with homemade ice cream.
    • My neck was a little sore from working on the computer.
  • Field trip
    • I took A- to Home Hardware and Creatron so that we could get motors, gears, and a battery case for the ATM project. A- clutched her yellow dual-shaft motor all the way to E-‘s house.
  • Gross motor
    • A- really liked riding on my shoulders as we walked through the neighbourhood. I figured she was still getting balancing practice.
    • The babysitter took A- to the little zoo and playground.
    • The babysitter turned a large sheet of cardboard into a skee ball arcade game.
  • Language
    • A-: “Can I get a Mason jar? With a straw?” Me: “How does it fit?” A-: “Perfectly well.”
    • “We have to tidy up for the babysitter. Otherwise, the babysitter will see a mess. I want even the boys to clean up,” A- said, telling W- to put things away too.
    • We were saying goodbye to E-. He said, “No bye bye! No bye bye!” A- said, “Yes bye bye! I have to go home.”
  • Music
    • While having a bath, A- made up her own version of Hush Little Baby, Don’t Say a Word. My favourite lines: “If it breaks, don’t say anything.” “If you push the donkey, it may hurt.”
  • Emotion
    • A- climbed over my arm several times. As she did so, she said, “Brave A-.” She alternated that with sitting on my laptop and saying, “Scared A-.”
    • I absentmindedly hung my pants on the towel hook. When I returned to the bathroom with A-, she found that hilarious.
  • Household
    • A- was curious about the hand plane and the drill press. She also practised using the power driver.
    • A- helped W- unclog the drain.
    • A- and the babysitter baked and decorated sugar cookies.
  • Social
    • A- opened the cutlery drawer a few times, exclaiming variants of “Very cool!” I’m not entirely sure if she was buttering me up to get popcorn or imitating my satisfaction with the organizer I made.
    • We visited Joy and J-. We read books and made playdough. It was good to catch up. We swapped A-‘s wooden puzzles for a playdough extruder.
    • At the parenting workshop, we learned more about positive parenting and behaviour. A- played with the childminders for most of the session.
    • A- and E- played with a ball game, a hose, and a sprinkler.
  • Pretend
    • I made dust masks for A- and me so that we could pretend to be dentists.
    • A- said to W-, “Let’s play Dead Bird!” W- said, “Dear kindergarten teacher: it’s not what you think.” We had cleaned up a dead baby bird this week, so she wanted to pretend to pick up more birds.
  • World
    • A- enjoyed chasing rainbows made by a prism.
  • Oops
    • We forgot to round up all of our garbage. Oops!

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Business 5.4 10.3 4.9 17.3 8.2
Discretionary – Productive 2.2 4.9 2.8 8.3 4.7
Discretionary – Play 1.7 4.2 2.5 7.0 4.1
Unpaid work 2.3 4.4 2.1 7.4 3.5
Personal 2.3 3.0 0.7 5.1 1.2
Sleep 31.0 31.1 0.1 52.2 0.2
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Family 5.1 2.3 -2.9 3.8 -4.8
A- 50.0 39.8 -10.1 66.9 -17.0

So much consulting this week! There was an interesting time-sensitive challenge at work, so I jumped on it.

Weekly review: Week ending June 14, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • Yay, my Philippine debit MasterCard worked for getting the Xpresspost envelope.
    • I organized my sketches and updated blog post references to use sketches.sachachua.com instead of Flickr.
    • I patched Termux to support F1..F12 in keyboard shortcuts, figured out how to build the APKs I needed, and submitted a pull request.
    • We donated a couple of old bicycles to Bike Pirates.
    • I serged cabinet liners and washcloths.
  • Us
    • W- and I checked out the new Borderlands 2 DLC, Commander Lilith and the Fight for Sanctuary.
    • Used some babysitter time to go to the Philippine consulate and get some papers notarized. I splurged on the Xpresspost International envelope so that they can mail the documents directly instead of needing to go back to pick things up.
    • I updated my ledger. Some negative productivity due to duplicate labels, but I eventually sorted it out.
    • We finished the Lilith DLC main story.
    • W- and I had fun watching a video about someone making beef wellington with an robot rolling pin.
  • Gross motor
    • A- walked around 1.4 km throughout the day, except for two very short rides on the stroller. She was pretending to be a firefighter.
  • Sensory
    • At school, A- played a lot at the sand table and at the playdough table. She was also interested in books and in water play.
    • I’m curious about helping train A-‘s ear, since this is a great window for doing so. She wasn’t keen on pointing to me with her eyes closed, but she likes watching videos about how things are made. I set a video to loop on my phone, hid it under the bed, and asked A- to find it.
  • Language
    • “What am I thinking about? Are those bubbles?” (points to her head)
    • I love how A- emphasizes the sounds in “Emergency LANNNNDINNNG!”
    • A- was curious about the increment in her Learning Tower. W- asked her how big she thought it was. “Two and a half inches,” she said. W- got the measuring tape from her toolkit and measured it. It was, in fact, two and a half inches.
  • Art
    • A- had lots of fun with S-. S- showed her how to staple paper rings together to make a chain, glue down pieces of paper to make a mosaic, and squish paint around under cling wrap to make interesting paintings. They also went to the playground and made sandcastles. What a full day! W- made dinner early while I took care of the evening chores, and we got A- in bed by 6:30.
  • Self-care and independence
    • To cheer A- up, I joked that I would snuggle her all day. She said, “No, not all day. I have to do my own things. I have to study.”
    • “I’m so tired. Why did we do eight hours?” She still thinks eight hours is too short, though!
  • Sleep
    • A- fell asleep at 6:30 while I was reading her a book.
  • Emotion
    • I asked A- what she wanted to help with her tantrums. She asked for a calm down surface with lots of blankets and one pillow.
  • Social
    • We visited Jen, Ewan, and E- because they needed emergency kiddo time. We had fun playing with water, bubbles, and chalk outside, and trains and ramps inside. Referring to E- and herself, A- said, “What are the twins doing?”
    • We went to the fire station near our place again. A- asked a few follow-up questions.
    • A- went out with the babysitter, and they didn’t get back until 10 minutes past the session’s end time because the babysitter lost track of time.
    • A- enjoyed doing crafts with the babysitter. She also went to the playground and splash pad, and slept in the stroller on the way back.
    • We went to the fire station again. A- asked lots of questions about the equipment. We saw them respond to an emergency call and then come back and do maintenance.
    • A- played lots of pretend with the babysitter. She also did a craft related to Rainbow Fish, improvised a temporary tattoo, and gave the babysitter a hug at the end of the session.
  • Pretend
    • A- wore her rain pants and rain boots. When she needed to take them off inside, she left the rain pants pushed down around her rain boots, just like firefighters push down their uniforms.
  • Cognition
    • We tried the colour sorting activity suggested by Playing Preschool, spinning it as Duplo block planes doing emergency landings. A- did it very easily. Maybe we’ll do Mouse Paint and colour mixing next.
    • A- delighted in building simple Duplo models by following the instruction cards with just a little prompting.
  • World
    • A- was curious about ice: how it cracked, how it floated, how it was made.
  • Other
    • We went to the fire station near Jen’s place. A- was brave enough to sit in the cab.
    • The workshop session focused on nutrition, health, and physical literacy. I asked the nurse about W sitting, and she encouraged me to keep asking A- to adjust. I also asked a few questions about milk, playground safety, and extracurricular exercise.
    • A- wanted to paint the planets in her mobile, so we did. She remembered that Lolo gave her the mobile.

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Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Discretionary – Family 0.1 4.5 4.4 7.6 7.5
Discretionary – Productive 3.6 7.3 3.7 12.3 6.3
Business 1.8 3.4 1.6 5.8 2.7
Personal 5.4 5.7 0.3 9.5 0.5
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Sleep 30.3 30.3 -0.0 50.9 -0.0
A- 39.1 39.0 -0.2 65.5 -0.3
Discretionary – Play 6.6 3.8 -2.8 6.4 -4.7
Unpaid work 13.1 6.0 -7.1 10.1 -11.9

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 .

Blog posts

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