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: Not using a phone taught me what a phone is really for. It’s not for communicating with other …

: Think “Bluey,” but stuff that isn’t “Bluey.” A newsletter about the books, shows, games, etc. that spark kids’ imagination, stoke their …

: 10000 steps by 10am. Getting up at 5am to ruck 6km with 20kg is one of the highlights of my week. …

: DeVotchKa - How It Ends (Live on KEXP)

: They aren’t even real and it’s still me looking after them

: Day 12: Magic. I searched magic and the wood is there in the picture but also, it’s two of my …

: Day 11: Sky

: Day 10: Train in Yangshuo, Guilin. I do like the Chinese train system. Completely different to the …

: Day 9: Crisp fat. It’s not British bacon but it’ll have to do.

: Day 8: Prevention. Moved this guy away from a place many students walk today, to somewhere that was …

: I had an idea to record something about each of the words of the days, but I’m not brave …

: Day 7 well being is eating delicious food.

: Finished reading: How Children Fail by John Holt 📚 So many thoughts about this. He’s very critical …

: Day 6: Windy. This location is the first place I thought of when I read the prompt for today. Stood …

: Grateful for getting out and doing my Saturday morning ruck this morning. Started a little later …

: Day 5: Serene 📷 Always loved swings. Such a simple pleasure.

: We, as a family use Apple Music because that’s what I pay for and we’re happy enough. …

: Day 4: foliage 📷

: Breaking routine loops Stepping outside well worn habits Finding something new!

: Have finally logged out of Twitter. The line I was giving myself that there was useful info about …

: Day 3 📷 Card. Hua Hua is famous in Chengdu for her antics. The sign said the queue to see her was 2 …

: Day 2: Flowers 📷 We went to see the pandas but just saw lots of panda butts.

: Day 1: #toy Elise’s skateboard coach gave her this toy. I guess it has a proper name? Though I don’t …

: Very much enjoying The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin on Apple TV+. Noel Fielding …

: Getting up at 4:45 to ruck 6km with 20kg in my overly expensive rucksack (get it?!) followed by a …

: On a side note, i really need to finish the non-fiction books I’ve started and never finished. …

: Finished reading: Down Cemetery Road by Mick Herron, author of the Slough House books. Enjoyed this …

: When the dish is served with more chilli than meat… So good though and not even the spiciest thing I …

: Finally finished Mr. and Mrs. Smith. I realised if it was released on a weekly basis we would have …

: This week will be all about writing reports and supporting new students with vastly different needs …

: Q. What’s the maximum distance I can outsprint a 5 year old on a bike? A. Not as far as I thought. …

: Huush Huush - Full Performance (Live on KEXP) - YouTube No idea what inspired me to click this link from …

: Weekly workouts Been a topsy turvy week. It’s been book week and we’ve had new students and work has …

: Seth Rollins announcing the CrossFit Open 24.2 was the crossover of 2 interests that I never saw …

: The - UK - government wants to cut ‘unproductive tasks’ from teacher workload. What …

: Currently reading: Renegades by Marissa Meyer 📚 I don’t know how I feel about something that …

: Finished reading: Joe Country by Mick Herron 📚 Maybe my favourite? I like how, the storylines are …

: 5:15 alarm. Normally my Apple Watch is set to vibrate as my alarm, though really it’s more like failsafe …

: Relax. Be kind. Be patient. They’re not bad kids. You’re not a bad parent. They’re acting out …

: 33 Life-Changing Books Summarized in 20 Minutes - YouTube An interesting list of books by Mark …

: I just feel weird about teaching at the moment. I struggle with feeling like I’m not doing my job …

: Love these books. Finished reading: London Rules by Mick Herron 📚

: Watched The Beekeeper aka Jason Statham just wants a quiet life but that’s not the way life goes #33 …

: A Möbius strip walks into a bar, crying. The bartender asks, “What’s the matter?” …

: Struggle to relax at home. Sitting outside the shop I bought a Gatorade after my walk feels the only …

: Think, so far, this is my favourite. Constantly chuckling at it. Forced myself to put it down. I …

: The ticket machine had Minesweeper on it. Wonder if there’s an iOS version?

: I’ve started recording the things I’ve watched but it’s a bit plain. Does anyone …

: Currently reading: London Rules by Mick Herron 📚 Slough House Book 5. I could read these forever. I …

: a term time shadow of myself, and my glory a choice I have made I feel like a different person in …

: a term time shadow of myself, and my glory a choice I have made

: We’re enjoying the new Mr and Mrs Smith a lot. It’s strange but I’m really …

: Looking for suggestions for albums to put on in the background. What album do you like to put on for …

: Morning walk with the 20kg weight vest I’ve borrowed from the school gym. Highlight was seeing a …

: On Apple Vision And we thought the phone addiction was bad. . .

: It’s 8am and the kids are still in bed! BEST START TO THE HOLIDAY EVER! Just half-listening to …

: First day of the Chinese New Year holiday and I’ve been wide awake since 5:30. I like to get …

: I ran again! Been a decent week of exercise. HITT on Monday, heavy deadlifts (4x3 at 150kg) …

: The Korean boys in my class won’t be happy today. Jordan reach final of Asian Cup after …

: I found my breath, in Life’s busy repetitions, Hiding in plain sight

: Loving almost everything about the new Gladiators on the BBC. All the positivity from the Gladiators …

: A phone sized e-reader… I definitely don’t need this but do like it! Thanks for the …

: Wonka - We all enjoyed this a lot. Percy Jackson and The Olympians - Fun! We’re reading the …

: I ran!

: My new coffee brew timer is The Offsping’s - All I Want. Which at 1:55 of shouty noise is a …

: Korean boys in my class will be happy at their national team’s quarter final win. Though, you …

: Just had my last Lemsip*, now have to decide if I want to pay an extortionate amount to buy more on …

: Poem Town A new poem every minute of every day. Powered by ChatGPT. (On an e-ink screen, like a …

: My Apple Watch 3 stop watch is up to 9978 hours. Guess i’m getting up early tomorrow to see …

: To love. Some say it’s what makes us human. That it defines our existence. But it’s not without …

: I know the thing in film and tv where breakfast is this giant spread that no one in real life has …

: Waiting till they sleep Future points of happiness A wedding, old friends

: HOW TO MAKE A WORLD by Maria Popova What are you, little tree rising from the center of the old …

: There’s got to be a better way?! Only joking, I like it this way.

: How long haven’t there been line judges in the tennis grand slams? So strange to see. 🎾

: Taxi I don’t get taxis so much, Didi (think Uber) is just more convenient when your Chinese isn’t good. …

: My feet are warm but seems like there’s a chance of catching fire.

: My feet are warm but seems like there’s a chance of catching fire.

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: Chinese train stations are, to this British person, a combination of train station and airport. I …

: I could read the Slow Horses books forever. Some of the lines hit a sweet spot for me that either …

: Enjoyed this one. Pull ups still not great though.

: Enjoying the The Rest is Entertainment podcast - that I watch on Youtube with Marina Hyde and …

: Haiku #1 Not ordinary But extraordinary What are we doing? inspired by

: A busy day at school. Lots of things popping that involved lots of talking to colleagues. I could go …

: Recharge, 2023-2024 – Dries Depoorter Installation featuring a chair where you can relax and charge …

: That’s a question isn’t it!

: Doing, not thinking. I made a list of the things I could do instead of using my phone. Read, write, draw, meditate, go …

: Episode 71: Yumo talks about Mario Kart And screams at the end. Transcript

: Todays workout was fun. Cardio felt good, maybe one day I’ll push a bit harder. Happy with the pace.

: Nintendo's Expansion Pack Got Nintendo’s Expansion Pack today so can now play the extra Mario Kart maps but also, a load …

: Didn’t buy them but am tempted next time we’re in MUJI.

: Just blue shells on Mario was Yumo was a whole lot of fun. It’s like that bike race in a …

: At IKEA to buy a full set of bolts and screws for the landlord’s bed that we lost after we took it …

: This was felt good. Was nice to keep moving. Set a pace that I was happy with for the bike. …

: Had a whiskey and burgers, played Mario Wonder with Yumo - he is really good, played Mario Kart with …

: Searching for Taylor Swift’s Love Story, likely because of The Bear, I found Indila’s …

: Friday, the day I realise I need to stop rushing through the week.

: Why am I telling you all this? Because I have decided that my hand on this man’s back is the …

: Welcome to the circus My old biology teacher once said that revising was like spinning plates, you have to go back to it …

: Today I am grateful for living so close to the airport I could take Mum and Dad to their flight this …

: Start Often Finish rArely Now get out there and start doing stuff! And then stop doing stuff, so you …

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: Been looking at using https://omg.lol as a kind of landing page (which is the right name for what I …

: Playing Jazz, Rebounding Basketball Shots, and Teaching Lessons: Instant Decision-Making | Larry …

: Star Wars IV, A New Hope - SWANH.NET Star Wars Infographic Star Wars in one 123-meter long …

: A conversation A different perspective A portal elsewhere

: Can anyone point me in the right direction? I’m interested in a home page with some words, …

: The Whippet #178: Somebody better say something about the moon So what I learned in school is that …

: They key takeaway here is that we should view retrieval as a learning event. Retrieval practice is …

: I have a strong dislike for Twitter threads, especially ones with information that I find useful. If …

: After living in China for 12 years, I’ve just come to love the food. I mean, it’s true …

: A friend of a friend got me the staff jumper from the delicious tomato soup hot pot place. …

: Hey, um, if you were to have kids all over again, what would you do? Oh, honey, I wouldn’t …

: She doesn’t grow plants. The plants grow themselves. Her job is to create conditions for the plants …

: Now the fuss is over, draft some decent plans for 2024. Ha.

: A moment that changed me: I stopped speaking at 19 – and found my artistic voice | Life and style | …

: Life’s constant pressure A hand on my shoulder Such expectations

: 早饭:油茶 午餐: 面条 晚饭:火锅 Breakfast: Spicy porridge Lunch: Spicy noodles Dinner: Spicy hot pot 🌶️

: Playing Set. All 4 features must be different or only one. Such a lot to process, which means it …

: Book of Life 🎥 Went in knowing nothing about it. Kids loved this.

: So good.

: Today our teaching team have 24 15minute meetings from 8am to 4pm. ☕️

: Forever patience Impossibility Life swirls and time flies

: Workout

: Trying to write a cover letter after a busy day and with my kids being themselves… Not. Fun.

: My co-teacher read this last year but I don’t remember the story but I still have the book …

: Lots of interesting people here. The Makers + Mavericks List 2023. | by Hiut Denim Co | Jan, 2024

: Technically it’s meat* and vegetables. *Some spam but you can’t have it all.

: I like some of these. 100 tiny changes to transform your life: from the one-minute rule to pyjama …

: Episode 67: Grandparents Elise and Yumo go through some Little Talk conversation cards with their grandparents.

: My word of the year: light The world hangs heavy Don’t carry your burdens love You can be weightless I wrote this yesterday. …

: Noticed that Apple Music doesn’t show how many songs are in a playlist and how long the …

: As I started to read Do You Remember Being Born? by Sean Michaels last night, I realised that. …

: But the great truth about work that doesn’t make it is that it’s just as important as …

: I enjoyed these lists a lot. 52 things I learned in 2023 - Kent Hendricks Here’s another by …

: “Maximize contrast”

: Really enjoyed Season 3 of Slow Horses. I think I’m going to read the book Season 4 is based …

: The tick-tock of time trips on and here we are again, old friends. Said the Gramophone. Best songs. …

: Watching Mission Impossible. Which was apparently released in 1996. 1996! 🍿

: 10 Best TV Episodes of 2023 A reminder of some the great shows that I haven’t seen. Too much amazing …

: Man was charging people to look at the full moon with his telescope. Totally worth it. Though not …

: Botheredness with Hywel Roberts🎤

: Changing Perceptions - Deciphering the Language of Behaviour with Graham Chatterley 🎤

: I liked the shadows

: We enjoyed our first few play throughs of the card game Mantis. Yumo who is 5 and Elise (7) both …

: Hope and happiness feel almost inappropriate – as if taking time to appreciate anything good is …

: Parenting is hard. Grass is green. Water is wet. These things i know.

: Putting the job search on hold until the new year. It’s sitting at the back of my mind and …

: Little and often. Encouraged by a friend doing exercise to do something.

: How Language Shapes Thought | Lera Boroditsky Really interesting video both as a whole but also some …

: Power Banks: How Businesses are Leading the Charge For those who rely on a mobile phone for daily …

: If I were in charge. – southgloshead An interesting take on Primary schools in the UK.

: How it Feels to Brainstorm LOVE these.

: Move Did some moving. Chose this Single Kettlebell Armor Building Complex | by Dan John - YouTube. Which …

: This Week 19-12-23 Apple Music now has a playlist of all the songs you’ve Favourited (previously Loved). Why it …

: 3am airport run

: Was due to pick up parents from the airport at midnight but because of a delay, it’ll be a 3am …

: This was in the toilets of the lamb hot pot place we had lunch…

: 20 WORDS // 20 SECONDS by Kevin Hutchins Fun typing game! Via Metafilter

: all these memories ten years worth, are everywhere a thousand goodbyes

: Went off on the first Friday of the holiday

: Kung Fu Panda 4 | Official Trailer - YouTube

: life under pressure we have all these things to do love under tension

: Awwww :( Holt was my favourite character in B99. Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor, dies aged …

: I am impressed at the Bear, how it makes me love the show while also delivering scenes that are so …

: I bet you all have noticed that when you are painting or drawing you sometimes slip into a state …

: “Smile. No not a fake smile. No not like that. Nor that. Why are you laughing?”

: Got told off by Lyra for letting my father-in-law pay for dinner. He snuck off! I should be wise to …

: Lunch. The right amount of numbing spice for me, which obviously means it wasn’t enough for Lyra. We …

: There are worse places to eat lunch

: Is teaching science? All steps. Or is it an art With paint and messes

: Such a strange feeling Only British on paper There’s no place like home

: The income requirement for a British citizen to bring their foreign partner to live with them is …

: Almost certainly lost my 3.5mm to Lightning adapter. It’s just too small.

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: 5 and a half hours and counting with friends, “talking things over”

: I don’t like giant logos for giant companies and generally they’re avoidable. Except shoes I’ve …

: Wow. “Shallow” (Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper cover) • Hannah Waddingham & Jason Sudeikis …

: Lana Del Rey Performs “Unchained Melody” LIVE | Christmas at Graceland | YouTube

: I think this was my favourite of the first 3. Have picked up the 4th too. Though I need to finish …

: Enjoyed the first 2 episodes of Season 3 of Slow Horses. 📺

: New Slow Horses on Apple TV+ 📺!

: The “maybe box” for decluttering – Mike Crittenden

: A friend bought me the book when she left. I started it but for reasons, I didn’t finish it. …

: We didn’t give up our dreams or our ambitions when we had kids, but we did give up the right to be …

: Research by the University of Plymouth and Nottingham Trent University, funded by the Arts and …

: “Be the person you needed when you were younger”. -Ayesha Siddiqi The Person You Needed …

: Episode 66 - We discuss what we'd like to try and what we dislike about school. Also, Elise ends the episode with a song.

: Stumbling in the woods A thousand, tiny details Head up, look forward!

: Presence is better than presents.

: One thing at a time One thing at a time. Just one One thing at a time

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: I definitely think I’d recover sooner from general cold, viruses etc if I didn’t have …

: Enjoyed the reminder this post on on Metafilter about Concerts by Cercle. They do DJ sets in …

: Currently reading: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs 📚 Third book in the series Miss Peregrine’s …

: Reading Comprehension Round Table - YouTube Interesting discussion about teaching reading.

: We Can Be Heroes is the follow up film to Sharkboy and Lavagirl, which I haven’t watched, but Elise …

: Twenty minute walk A single, massive deep breath For the day ahead

: Not feeling overwhelmed today. A strange feeling. The metaphor i had in mind was that I was forcing …

: Another early, short walk. This time listening to to Alt-J. It’s not 7am and I have been up for two …

: Forgot my laptop at work. Can’t do any work now. Gutted.

: Faster than last October by nearly two minutes somehow. Awesome.

: A concise post about what teachers can be thinking about in the lessons. Three Checks: For teachers …

: Trying an early morning walk to clear my head.

: Another day another game. This one is called Blokus. You place your pieces as others do. Simple …

: Enjoyed this one. Happy to keep moving.

: Yumo decided he wanted to write the numbers to 100. Which he did!

: Lunch

: Episode 65: We talk about a few things including Jumanji, Elise's new hair and Super Mario Wonder 🐘

: Is 8pm too early to go to bed on a Saturday?!

: In the coffee shop, I realised I liked the music. Turns out this lady was playing this instrument. …

: I don’t cross the road For a moment, I’m in control As I wait awhile

: The Shapes Trilogy by Mac Barnett I think Square is my favourite book in the trilogy. Is Square a …

: Bit of intensity. 3 rounds of 50 skips 30 wall balls 10kg 10 clean and jerk 52.5kg Rest 1:1 between …

: Jeff Bezos Rowing Boat - YouTube The pseudonymous Irishman known as “Bobby Fingers” has only made …

: Building fake Lego Music on in the background Blackpink’s solo work

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: Must be calm outside Inside, pressure increasing Pressure increasing

: Today’s exercise goal, as it is everyday, to turn up.

: All energy gone Burnt out by angry moments Leaving nothing left

: Apparently I’m at the stage where I’m buying books that I won’t read anytime soon soon…

: For weekends remove gym.

: doggy

: Third job My third job, after family and work, continues. That of trying to find a new job. It’s ups and …

: How should we teach writing in schools? | Tes

: I know a few people here doing a Weekly Post, either music or a personal recount or ‘this is …

: Quick lesson in the importance of looking behind you when reversing.

: “Did You Like School? I Didn’t” (David Labaree) I’m bringing this up because people like me – …

: the dark is quiet a different kind of peace as a car drifts by With thanks to Jill Tomlinson

: 10 Things I Remind Myself before I Draw| A Manifesto by Christoph Niemann Love this. Via Kottke …

: New Slow Horses on Apple TV+ in 3(ish) weeks! Exciting.

: I’m thinking about selling my theremin. Haven’t touched it in years. Via Popbitch – …

: My routines, save me Force me to move, to take a step Stop me standing still

: It’s raining worry Drowning in anxiety Sea levels rising

: The 10 Rules of Being Human

: Yumo’s art: “rainbow”

: 10 Classic Klaxons… Things to avoid doing or saying – teacherhead This gave me some things to think …

: Happy that Bjork - Joga from the Jools Holland Show is on there. SO good. The 100 greatest BBC music …

: Author William Martin on the wonders of ordinary life: “Do not ask your children to strive for …

: A job is just a phase in someone’s life – Mike Crittenden

: Put it all away Pick up a thousand new things Put it all away

: Subverting habits means replacing habits. What I’ve learned from my walks is that every day — every …

: If you can be here Then everything can be done Or nothing can be!

: Finally finished my cover letter but the job website is a down… Ha!

: Busy day. Started homework at 7am, recorded an episode of our podcast, been to a party, watched …

: Episode 64: No screen time this weekend. Dad says he’ll buy the kids a toy if they don’t have any screen time this weekend.

: My Chinese credit card was rejected by the UK Passport service the email said. Can I call this …

: But there’s a growing body of evidence that trying to recall something is itself a powerful tool for …

: Reading

: Dermott talked about the need to spread love and positivity, and especially to show those values to …

: Nature Is Beautiful: This Stupid Little Bird Probably Has Some Dumb Name Like Violet Cockass Or …

: Descartes a Kant - After Destruction (Official Video) - YouTube This video is awesome!

: 2023 Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra Results: Harvey Lewis Wins After 108 Hours, 450 Miles of Running …

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: Daring Fireball: Apple Again Hikes Prices for Its Media Services I subscribe to Apple One with some …

: 17 Life-Learnings from 17 Years of The Marginalian – The Marginalian I just applied for a job, an …

: Conlextions #45 🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟨🟪🟦🟦 🟨🟨🟨🟨 🟦🟦🟦🟦 🟪🟪🟪🟪 Solve Time: 51 seconds Thanks @lex, found this one easier …

: Cartoons of Teachers, Parents, and Students Dealing with School Report Cards | Larry Cuban Shared a …

: Oliver Tree & Robin Schulz - Miss You (YouTube) STUCK in my head.

: Working and parenting and looking for a job. Is one job too many.

: Ten maxims: What we’ve learned so far about how children learn to read by Dr. Reid Lyon

: Day 10? We say, I’ll make time, I’ll find the time, I’ll free up some time. But by …

: In short: our brains are probably not retrieving a particular memory from a particular part of the …

: The World’s Leading Marble Sports Event. The amount of work that goes into these is just …

: Even Super Mario Bros. Wonder’s approach to difficulty is playful - The Verge Elephant Mario. Yumo …

: To Be a Person: Jane Hirshfield’s Playful and Poignant Poem About Bearing Our Human Condition – The …

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: The 5-minute daily playtime ritual that can get your kids to listen better : Life Kit : NPR …

: I’ve been thinking about this list of “12 habits of highly effective dads” a lot …

: We’re working every dread day that is given us Feeling like the person people meet really …

: The Pizza Principle | Seth’s Blog If you think this post is about pizza, I’m afraid that …

: Learning is hard. I see my job as creating a willingness in my students to accept that fact and then to face it. To be …

: Saturday, early Saturday, early Chess, coffee and pyjamas I love this hoody *10 minutes laters they’ve both run to …

: Episode 63 - Family Little Talk Cards We have a go at using the cards more. Cards Transcript

: Get it wrong the first time. Then make it better. Getting it right the first time | Seth’s …

: Louis Theroux’s Rap Battle from 15 years ago. Josh would often say one of the lines. My money …

: Followed a YouTube video and solved my Rubik’s Cube. I think I bought it 3 weeks ago, so …

: Man, trees are so cool. Eight of the world’s most amazing trees - The Guardian

: Kids are watching Space Jam. Elise and I had a discussion where she said it had Lebron James in and …

: Episode 62 - Little Talk Cards I bought some cards to start conversations with the kids and this is us going through some before …

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: Google changes search queries without telling you to sell you more stuff Urgh.

: So, my Chinese wife flat out refuses to eat Chinese takeaway in the UK. Honestly I see her point. …

: Episode 61: Elise talks about Rubik's Cubes And we record on Zoom. Transcript

: Miss Shanghai - The Shanghai Restoration Project LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS. Also, stuck in my head Sitting …

: My biggest distraction is Safari. It’s a gateway to too many things. Which is why I’m …

: October holiday goals… Update my C.V. so I can apply for new jobs. (Definitely avoiding …

: Episode 60 - Elise talks about some stuff. Daddy doesn’t say much. Transcript

: i love my friends so miles between, still no reply too busy living

: Artistic Leaf Raking - Kottke

: Research led by the University of Leeds has found that children do better at primary school if their …

: Episode 59: Responsibility Elise talks about responsibility. Audio is a work in progress. Transcript

: i hear the rain falling hope that I won’t get caught up in falling myself It’s dark, the rain is …

: 跳跳!

: Episode 58: We're back, and we have a microphone! First, quick, try with our microphone to talk a little. See how it goes… Transcript

: Bear School Leadership Lessons – southgloshead Enjoyed this a lot.

: Testing cross-posting.

: Morning call with a friend was good. Getting better at not feeling like the call should be a big, …

: Enjoying adding pictures of the family to the background of my workout images. A reminder of one of …

: Is there any way to stop iOS doing this? I’d rather I got kgs. 111lb shows kg but 112lb shows long …

: Was listening to some old Microcasts I did with the kids and now want to subscribe to Premium again …

: I like the Micro.blog bookmarklet for posting websites to my blog. But I hide the bookmark bar. Is …

: Your kids ask for a lot. But most of all, they ask for time. And now…and now, here they are asking …

: Been thinking about this. I started a Minizine at school yesterday but then left it there. Where are …

: Lose first World Cup pool game. Win World Cup… Argentina Spain New Zealand?!

: Speakers Corner Quartet - Geronimo Blues (feat. Kae Tempest) (Glastonbury 2023) - YouTube Friend …

: 20 Years of Badgers - YouTube Badger. Badger. Badger.

: Energy makes time Been thinking about this post (Energy makes time) a lot. Particularly as I’ve gone back to …

: Some cool stuff in this list! Fish doorbells! Historic sandwiches! 50 of the weirdest, most …

: LTJ Buken Featuring MC Conrad - Progression Sessions (1998)

: Lock Stock: An oral history – ‘Guy Ritchie showed it to his mum and she was very upset’ | The …

: Larry Cuban What’s the difference between sending a rocket to the moon and getting children to …

: YouTube has stopped giving you any videos if you have your ‘watch history’. So now, when …

: We Asked 100 People to Scream as Loud as They Can | Keep it 100 | Cut - YouTube

: Apple Secretly Looks for Candidates Who Are Willing to Say These 3 Little Words A little smug that …

: Treppenwitz is a German word meaning ‘stairway joke’. It’s a word for the joke or comeback you think …

: Wear sunscreen A friend’s comment reminded me of the Baz Luhrmann track but this is the original.

: Not sure how I got here, but I’m here now. I think it’s times to let go…

: Movie Credit Boredom in Japan — Ridgeline issue 168 I find these extended bouts of “boredom” raise …

: One of the first things I did, after coming back to the UK, was to go to the library. I miss them. …

: Friend has this photo developed, thought neither of us can remember when.

: ‘The task is impossible’: three teachers on why they are quitting | Teaching | The Guardian First …

: Very happy to be able to go the library.

: Silo 📺 Just finished Season 1. Guess I need the books as I don’t want to wait!

: The one thing Lyra won’t eat when we go to the UK… Chinese takeaway. She hates it. This is some of …

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: Done for the school year.

: 代驾 - Paying someone to drive your car home because you decided to have a drink. First time we’ve …

: Mindfulness through picking heavy things up repeatedly.

: This was so good that I had two. Shaved ice cream, dragon fruit, sticky rice, peanuts and beans.

: Spicy food for breakfast, lunch and then soon dinner. Gotta get it in before we go back to the UK …

: Noodles!

: Really enjoying Silo on Apple TV+, one more episode! Finally. 📺

: I enjoyed Air, the film about Nike signing Michael Jordan. 🍿

: Mentally all over the place at the moment. So just glad to have done it after spending 30minutes not …

: So cool 😎

: Chongqing skyline and river

: Lays continue to knock it out of the park!

: I enjoyed the first episode of Monster Factory on Apple TV+, a documentary about a professional …

: This was a brief highlight but I feel dead inside and being told that there’s just over a week left …

: Finally got around to ordering photos for my photo a day album.

: Fred again..: Tiny Desk Concert - YouTube So late to this but, obviously, love it.

: Two more episodes of Silo… Still curious about the first Sheriff! 📺

: New Craigh Mod pop-up newsletter coming Friday! Always enjoyable. A Northern Japan Jazz Kissa Tour — …

: I don’t have the shirts of any real teams but I now have one of a fictional team!

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: Got a decent ab workout today… Laughed my way to it.

: Keep trying to broaden the music I listen too. In that spirit, I’ve been listening to some of Apple …

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: Started collecting a few of the books I’ve bought, mostly non-fiction, with a view to creating a …

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: Like this one from lunch with a friend.

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: Am I doing this right? Lots of small weights weigh less then a few big weights! Front squats today …

: Feel like Digits (for Uk people, it’s the Countdown numbers game), the NYTimes games where you make …

: Having to deal with life stuff at 8pm at night, after a long, stressful day. IS THE WORST.

: Technology aids productivity. But only if you allow time for the brain (still your most precious …

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: Avoiding all Tears of the Kingdom online info and trying to do it alone. In contrast to Breath of …

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: Lyra got her UK visa today so we can finally book tickets and see my parents. It will be 3 years …

: Let’s go! (To skateboarding lesson.) Booooo

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: Rocky theme starts playing…

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: Day 8: 8km row. 35:10.8

: Put in my transfer for a domain that I totally don’t use but totally don’t want to let go of.

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: Day 6. 6km. Finally working out a doable pace.

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: Elise aka Dj Cleopatra’s new track! Loving this. Nm - Incredibox

: 面条!New noodle place near our flat. So good.

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: Today I am grateful for dancing to disco with the kids.

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: Finally caught up with the Detectorists Xmas Special. It was just enjoyable. 📺

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: This Fred again Boiler Room mix has been sustaining me the last couple of days. Lockdown is hard.

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: Getting Yumo involved in the morning coffee.

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: The gym is closed. Which is a source of frustration because it’s an important part of my …

: This set of Experts rating emojis is why I do love the internet, sometimes.

: A common issue in China is our multi-letter names versus Chinese names of 2 or 3 characters. So it …

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: So, the gym I use is closed for renovations. Which is horrible because working out is so important …

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: 3x 1km rows. A little faster than last time. A chance to get out of my head for a little while.

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: Took Elise to McDonald’s today, so that we could get out of the house since she got up so early.

: Switched the cold part of the shower to the beginning and it’s definitely more challenging.

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: Currently finding my son a whole lot of stress. I love him so much.

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: The watch strap broke on my old one but it still fits Elise! We synchronised watches too!

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: Alarm set for 5:15 Rolled out of bed at 5:50 Decent start. Managed a little time to myself.

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: Came home to the kids listening to techno. Amazing.

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: Colleague gave me these today! Such memories!

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: Coffee, catching up on Wodapalooza and leftover roast duck quesadilla for the kids.

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: Helping Lyra practise!

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: Two years today since we saw Mum and Dad. We were just lucky I guess that they came Christmas 2019. …

: Dinosaurs are kind of amazing! I realised reading about them always blows my mind. They were how …

: Aiming high today! Lying in bed with the two kids this morning and thinking, ‘one day I’ll miss this’ …

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: Coffee and Onitama

: Kindle and spicy snacks.

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: Not everything that erodes your focus is bad. Source: Execupundit.com: Focus Pocus

: Happy New Year. Here’s to more of the same in 2022 Source: More of the same

: Games and discos

: Do not count, just move Let’s get this thing started Hashtag Christmas abs

: I feel it when I open my computer at home to browse Youtube, RSS or Twitter. It’s the feeling …

: Unicorns, Jaipur, chocolate and beer to end off the first day of work.

: In the spirt of may word of the year I walked home. #slow

: Number 1!

: Starting as I mean to go on. I sat and read all of this without opening new tabs or apps. #slow …

: Is there an easy way to just see people’s posts and not all the replies? I want to read what …

: A word for the year I’ve been thinking about this a whole lot since I read it. I’ve shared it with a few …

: Coffee and Uno

: Got a massage from the blind masseur that my friend has been raving about for a long time. Was …

: The Wordle creator posting as Powerlanguage discusses the game and particularly the ‘one a day …

: Christmas. As ever, I never write because there’s always so many things I’m thinking about and I …

: “It’s not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do. It’s that we …

: I wish OS X and iOS both had either System Preferences OR Settings. I often use search to find them …

: Escaping the Trap of Efficiency: The Counterintuitive Antidote to the Time-Anxiety That Haunts and …

: A Supervillain Origin Story in Wrestling Done Right: Cody Rhodes - YouTube

: For Those I Love - I Have a Love (Overmono Remix) - YouTube Love this.

: So close!

: I Asked 64,182 People About “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells”. Here’s What I Found Out. - YouTube …

: 22 Possible Goals for 2022 - Nicholas Bate Lots to think about in this list.

: One of the reasons I exercise is to keep up with the kids…

: Yumo lost his treasured blanket somewhere out and about yesterday… I’m sadder than he is!

: NINE DARTER! | WILLIE BORLAND STRIKES PERFECTION AT ALLY PALLY! - YouTube Makes me miss sitting in …

: 3 Things The Most Productive People Do Every Day - Barking Up The Wrong Tree' Move. Screens. Nature. …

: At a giant soft play for Elise’s classmates birthday.* *Elise goes to the school I work at so all …

: 10 lessons in productivity and brainstorming from The Beatles | by Tom Whitwell | Fluxx Studio Notes …

: composing end-of-year poems out of the fragments found in her phone notes. Going to try this later …

: I forget who mentioned it but I’m really enjoying The Alpinist on Netflix. Thank you stranger!

: Can anyone recommend a domain provider or doesn’t it matter which you choose?!

: If I buy a new domain for micro.blog and start using it will everything “transfer” over. Does that …

: Time of my life. Not feeling it today but glad I at least moved a little. 20 burpees before. 5 …

: Rewatching the last 2 episode of the first seeason of The Witcher in prepration for the 17th!

: This morning I have tried to explain what “live” music is the kids and have listened to some drum …

: Today was our work/friend’s* Santa Pub Crawl. We all went for the first place and the Lyra …

: Me Time I struggle with feeling like I need some time to myself and not getting it. We, as a family and I, …

: Weekend update 50 burpees done. Done in jeans because everyone else is napping.

: Daily Dad Again The point is not to discourage you about being a parent with these descriptions, of course. You …

: Currently reading: False Value (Rivers of London Book 8) by Ben Aaronovitch 📚 I’ve got so many …

: Weekend Update Youngest was in our bed and kicking at 2am and then awake again at 6am. I’m …

: Also, today marked 100 days of haikus* I walked home today And drew a heart in the dust Love is …

: Aims for the weekend Remain calm Do 100 burpees

: While it’s hard to be away from your children, it’s also hard to be with your children. At least, …

: A Tree a Minute: planting 1440 trees in a day As there are 1440 minutes in a day, and I love …

: Considering asking Father Christmas for a vibrating watch that doesn’t need charging everyday. …

: Portrait by Yumo (3 years old)

: Feedback on Feedback – 3-Star learning experiences Bookmarking

: 12 treasure chests in the golden age of CPD #2: Student Culture | Joe Kirby Bookmarking this.

: Day 82 - 92

: Can you say Squid Game in Korean? TV show fuels demand for east Asian language learning

: Volume 2 if my Zine, “Better out than in”

: I know I’ve seen talk of Townscaper on here but just found the web demo via Kottke. It’s lovey isn’t …

: Better Out Than In - Volume 1 A mini-zine.

: 1SecondEveryday. 50 burpees a day for 5 days of the week. Not sure why.

: I’m still doing my one haiku a day. Even if I’m not posting them here, I do post them on WeChat for …

: In other news, I’m doing 50 slow burpees before bed because doing a burpee challenge seemed …

: Does that make sense? Breaking bad habits – elements of learning I like the idea of trying this. …

: How Adam Would Book… Keith Lee - YouTube The first 2 minutes are awesome. The last 19 minutes …

: One page closer to a new notebook!

: It feels 50-50 whether I put my label less plain T-shirts on the right way around.

: Singing our song. Everytime by Britney. At this point I’ve forgotten why it’s this song.

: Elise skied for the first time today and really took to it!

: You’re putting a voice in their head You’re just trying to get them to behave. You’re just trying to get them to listen to you, to stop …

: In other news, I’ve been trying to do no screens between 9pm and 7am. It’s strange in …

: Literature Clock This is cool

: The funny thing is, my wife wouldn’t consider either of these dishes spicy. Me however I do. Can’t …

: Indeed, the mere expression “work/life” embodies a mistake: it assumes work and life are …

: A few days ago, on the way home from school, my nine year old son told me he couldn’t wait to …

: Wandering around in a digital swamp is a pretty common way to spend an hour these days. Alas, most …

: Distraction log – Chris Glass I like this idea.

: Love/hate this daily word game. You have 6 attempts to guess a word. Letters are yellow if correct …

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: Dear Teacher - by Courtney Martin - the examined family Love this.

: Oliver Burkeman: What if I never change? • Hurry Slowly Can I make time to listen to this?!

: Our current thing is to say, “3,2,1 freeze” and then you have to make a pose.

: How could you possibly be patient? Or fun? Or supportive? Or curious? Or attentive… when …

: Day 78

: 3, 2, 1 and freeze Single beautiful moments Phone down and heart open Somehow these photos were …

: Note for a colleague.

: What It Is a book by Lynda Barry Ok one more to the “I’ll never read it” list. I …

: 100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet a book by Pamela Paul Putting it on a list of books …

: Day 75

: Introducing the Icelandverse - YouTube via

: The global streaming boom is creating a severe translator shortage - Rest of World

: Amelie Lens at Atomium in Brussels, Belgium for Cercle - YouTube Loving this.

: Will hopefully get around to watching Shang-Chi this weekend after it was never released in China. …

: Time is not given If we wish, we can make it We have to make time Today I was consciously trying to …

: Eddie Kingston Got No Business F***ing Being Here A wrestler talking about his struggles has me …

: father, husband, worker bee father, husband, worker bee ain’t no time left for me

: Super Mario 3D World is considerably easier when I play on my own and not with the kids on co-op. …

: [A Comprehensive Guide to 250+ of Apple Music’s New Mood and Activity Playlists](A Comprehensive …

: Day 58 The guilt is toxic Never enough, never good Scalds, poisons everything Trying to do the best …

: Has anyone used https://boardgamearena.com to play board games online? Any good?

: Yumo has just lost self-serving tomato sauce privileges. No single person needs that much tomato …

: You have to go the way your blood beats. If you don’t live the only life you have, you won’t live …

: It’s 7am Snacks, Switch behind the sofa At least it’s quiet

: day 53 high speeds, high spirits screaming, laughing and crying one more day at soft play

: I know that smells evoke certain memories but I find certain songs evoke strong memories of the …

: Sting And Shaggy: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert - YouTube

: So happy to see Dune at an IMAX.

: In a related post was this one about how what multitasking does to our brains and how as teachers we …

: When we as a society begin to explore the rationality of the amount of work output we expect from …

: Love bombing.

: I love by Alex Dimitro and then inspired I love by Courtney Martin who writes Write one, too? Or …

: The board is finished. Long live the board.

: Lo-ghost – Fetch Me In The Morning - YouTube This track showed up on a playlist recently but somehow …

: Episode 56: Are Humans Animals? Elise and I discuss it briefly!

: Don’t mind me, I’m over there, at 9am, crying at my desk.

: Garlic with aubergine. Definitely not aubergine with garlic!

: Can I just read now?

: My migrations between other people’s classrooms in different schools reminds me to see our teachers …

: The Imperfectionist: The life-changing magic of not tidying up

: Records Just write up my haikus that I’ve mostly just been posting on WeChat. And my exercise for …

: Sure, Elise is learning to read and that’s amazing. But, I think I’m more impressed by how she can …

: Follow Aaron Rolph’s 2700km bikepacking trip up the United Kingdom, taking anything but the …

: New idea: I will play any song the kids want again as long as they shout, “can I get a rewind?!”

: Sad that Friday isn’t Ted Day.

: 21-15-9 Deadlift 90kg Box jump Toes to bar 10:46 This one was intense.

: Day 41

: I’m happy not being a massive audiophile but sometimes when I don’t realise I’m …

: Day 40

: Can anyone recommend a Ted Lasso podcast?

: Day 39 Maybe make a change Maybe do the opposite Will that be the spark?

: Got my mug of dirty, brown water ready for the season finale!

: This article on words of Korean origin being added to the Oxford English dictionary is interesting. …

: Fireworks. Love this one that Lyra took

: Cheese coffee is back!

: We went back again for breakfast. So spicy. So delicious. We got there just before it got really …

: Day 2: Dark

: 9 years ago, 7 years ago and this morning. ❤️

: Where are the kids? They’re too quiet… Oh, they’re hiding behind the sofa playing Mario Kart.

: Touch - October Photo Challenge

: Last teaching day in the old building. Next week we move into the new building.

: The only thing worse than there being a giant spider in the office… There not being a giant …

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: This is for @gaby

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: Parenting From Ted Lasso’s talk of fathers, rewatching Arrival and it’s part about children, the …

: Sunday.

: Hiding

: (Apologies in advance, I have searched before asking!) I like the idea of using my domain for my …

: As a teacher, I’ve written countless reports. Today was the first time I’ve recieved …

: Day 24

: Day 23

: Day 22

: A rough day, today Of my kids being themselves Work weighing heavy

: Day 21

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: Living While Black, In Japan is making me reflect on my time in China. Will I ever return to the UK? …

: Day 20

: Very happy!

: Day 19

: If this isn't nice... One of the things [Uncle Alex] found objectionable about human beings was that they so rarely …

: Coffee and noodles for brunch

: Dinner out

: Day 17

: 烧烤!So good!

: Day 16 The cleaner always sorts the papers on my desk and honestly it’s the best.

: Day 15

: Meet the World’s First Carbon-Neutral Soccer Club Just up the road from where Mum grew up.

: Day 13 Sunday wasn’t great Caught up inside my own head Time to breathe and smile

: How much do you think about this country’s obesity crisis? I used to, but now I think more about the …

: Day 12

: Elise just gave me a thumbs up and then winked at me because she did some great eating. Which was …

: Yumo is getting better! Not bad for 3 years old.

: Working hard!

: Morning jigsaws. In other news one of my 7 year old students made me realise my chess skills are not …

: Day 10 is sponsored by Ted Lasso and the song Risk It All by Ella Henderson.

: Does anyone use Bitwarden? I currently use Lastpass but undecided about paying or switching to …

: It’s 5:45am and I’m having a coffee and a little cry watching Ted Lasso.

: Dealing with money stuff and other stuff I find stressful is difficult enough and more so when the …

: Day 10

: Beer and Splendor

: Chilli cucumber!

: Day 9 Yumo was looking over the back of the sofa, like a meerkat. Tigger and his blanket held …

: Day 8

: The conversations I have with my kids. Where 东西 is Chinese for thing. Him: 东西 Me: pardon? What do …

: Front squats 7x1

: Day 7

: Believe.

: Didn’t think I had the energy but managed my first sub 20minute 5k row today!

: Episode 55: Elise Talks About PE Yumo jumps in too!

: Episode 55: Elise Talks About PE Volleyball!

: Love that this coffee shop is so close to wear we live. ☕️

: Day 5

: Would often read Wirecutter for advice about what to buy, so sad to see it go behind the NYTs …

: 凉面 is a Szechuan snack that’s cold noodles mixed with chilli and a few other things. So delicious.

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: Still no Dune release date in China. Nooooooo

: Last year I taught Year 1 (kindergarten) and had been doing so for 5 years. This year I’m in Year 3 …

: Happy with that. Pleased that I was able to keep moving more. Getting older, getting fitter!

: Ted Lasso day!! #believe

: Day 3 at the dining table

: A beautiful life…

: Seven Lions - Returning to you. Had this on repeat recently. ❤️ #TranceThursday music.apple.com

: Morning fights

: Yumo likes to grab the tokens but it’s still nice to play. Good for Elise’s maths too!

: I liked the colours of the fallen seeds.

: Day One of Thirty

: An aspirational list. Back to School/Work: The Manifesto, 22 - Nicholas Bate

: 90 seconds faster than March!

: Rediscovered Chrvches yesterday and that’s what been sent on repeat. A big fan of their vocalist and …

: My sister and I are doing a haiku a day for September which I am absolutely sticking to this time… …

: The worst part about having kids is having to do all the things you want them to do. Put down your …

: Today’s workout was fun and just what the Dr ordered. Just consistent work. 3 rounds 100m farmers …

: Monday is my busiest day by far with the added bonus of trying to be ready and trying to relax a …

: How To Make Reading A Part Of Your Child’s Life – Daily Dad The American cosmologist Carl Sagan …

: So nice when they get on!

: Foundation ⏤ Official Trailer | Apple TV+ Will be interesting to see what this is like. I …

: Hanging about!

: Photobombing Lyra’s selfie.

: But if you’re at work, there’s not a lot of evidence that more stress is the best way to have less …

: Flickr This is the first photo I posted to Flickr on September 28th 2004. 17 years ago. 17. Actually, …

: Hey Siri, I’m not your biggest fan Hey Siri play The Black Album by Metallica Sorry, I don’t know that album Hey Siri play Metallica by …

: Things I’ve eaten recently. The first one was amazing. The second is a regular thing we have. You …

: Ministers accused of failing to secure rights of Britons with foreign spouses in EU This should …

: Today I’m grateful that none of the micro.blog people seem to follow professional wrestling. So, I …

: Climbing, though technically I always did bouldering was one of my favourite things to do in the UK. …

: (1) Worrying about what other people might think (2) The distraction of trivia and melodrama (3) The …

: We’ve talked about being present before, but it’s worth repeating: The key to great parenting is …

: I love my job, right But in it, there’s elements That stop me sleeping Is that just me?

: Day 5 - Her riding is so much better! Today she made her next step and fell off. We’ve stopped today …

: Day 5

: We’re all watching Ted Lasso right? Surely not a coincidence?!

: New board! Also, definitely noticed that I should have eaten something before exercising.

: Day 2 with mum. Who needs helmets?!

: Summer holiday workouts done. Back to school tomorrow. Hoping to maintain the consistency…

: Day 1 of learning to ride a bike went pretty well! Mostly me that was the nervous one

: Writing

: Apparently yesterday was two years to the day that we arrived back in China after visiting the UK. …

: An Italian Tourist Walks into an Olive Garden… — Trip Out Reminds me of when my Chinese wife had a …

: Asked Siri to play some music to go with morning coffee. So we’re listening to Linkin Park, System …

: New passport…

: Double rainbow!

: The UK government website says 11 weeks for a passport renewal from China… Except, we got the email …

: Chinese food.

: There is no way Jamie Tartt would say, ‘blocks’ when refering to distance. There was …

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: She’s taken them out. “I want my teachers to do it.”

: Day 2 daddy hair care. All on my own!

: Day 1 Daddy Haircare: Lyra did it today as I couldn’t. Onwards!

: I want more apps with a finite scroll, which respect, rather than seek to consume, my time and …

: Lunch with Lyra

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: Ignorance and the Curious Idiot

: My Ted Lasso stickers arrived!

: HITT in front of the air con because it’s hot.

: FYI New Ted Lasso today!

: Since UK passport applications from abroad are now all sent to the UK for processing. I’m …

: Phew. Dune passes Chinese censors.

: I know I’ve been watching too much Justified because I want to wear a cowboy hat, eat fried chicken …

: Brunch with a beer.

: Despite everything at least the Olympics is in a very close time zone to me!

: I like this responseto the writing prompt: When the robots revolted, a sizable chunk of the human …

: I’m at this stage where I’m reading it a chapter at a time and only in a situation I can properly …

: I find applying for my passports for the kids incredibly stressful. Just applied for a renewal for …

: At the top tier of just about any sort of endeavor, you’ll find that the performers have coaches. …

: Consistency > intensity My issue is and has always been consistency. Life always gets in the way …

: 8am on a Sunday morning. Coffee on the sofa with the kids and having a cry at the end of Raya and …

: Finally got around to having a Chinese lesson. I live in the country so feel like I should be doing …

: Bit late to the party but Breath of the Wild is pretty good isn’t it?

: Reading “The Library didn’t only contain magical books, the ones which are chained to their shelves …

: Notifications Off! The Distraction-Free Benefits of Five-Hour Work Days “When you are a social …

: Pro: I’m naturally waking up early and feeling good. Con: So are my kids.

: Italia 1990 World Cup BBC end credits

: Hot pot.

: Signal somehow sent a confirmation message to my Chinese phone number. It wasn’t working …

: Lijiang, China.

: All the mushrooms 🍄

: If you’re missing any garlic, I think I found it.

: Things I realised in the 6 hours before I found my wallet today. I don’t remember the last time I used it. My bank accounts are ok. It’s ok. I can get …

: Taobao is a Chinese platform for selling. 99% of the things I buy online are from it. It has …

: Coffee and book and dance lessons. I am loving this book, I’m already feeling sad that the more I …

: Closed borders. ‘Unnecessarily cruel’: how Australia’s closed border is forcing migrants to leave permanently I do …

: Photo by Yumo, 3.

: Coffee and book and roller skating lessons.

: Last day at school - Which is always strange in our environment. Worked out and burnt my nose. …

: Schools out for the summer!

: The carry got tough but glad I stuck with it. Though doing it in this heat was fun.

: Album t-shirts are a thing but are book cover t-shirts?

: I’d rather sip water all day and Lyra has this big water bottle to do that but I find it much easier …

: We finally decided to buy a Switch so I can play BOTW. Lyra wanted Just Dance and so those are the …

: View from a friend’s flat. This city manages to be incredibly built up but still has lots of …

: We’ve finally visited the theme park 10 minutes from our house. It’s taken 7 years! But it’s a kid …

: Despite living in China and not Japan, lots of head nodding to this video titled 12 Reasons not to …

: Drum and Bass on a bike - loving this. This makes me miss the UK. Funny the things that do that.

: Work will subsidise a new MacBook! Should I get a Pro over an Air? Did I need a Ram upgrade?

: Too hot. 105ish in F.

: Today I’m grateful for air con in the lift.

: I’m so tired. Such a fun weekend but not relaxing!

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: Hiding in the hotel bathroom because it’s 6am and I’m wide awake but everyone else is sleeping.

: Chengdu.

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: An odd day. Kids have been themselves which has, at times, been overwhelming. But we’ve also …

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: Chameleon on Apple Arcade is the worst. The simple jump with one press and change colour with …

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: I love my daughter, obviously. And it’s amazing how she effortlessly switches between 2 languages …

: The parcel my sister sent from California to China 7 months ago arrived… It arrived back in …

: Slowly getting some board games that are at the very least can be played with 2 people. So Lyra and …

: Not bad actually!

: I am so grateful that Mythic Quest on Apple TV+ is released weekly. I enjoy it so much more for …

: Coffee, noodles (not pictured), more coffee and some games with friends from work.

: Loki is out this week! A nice surprise indeed.

: The Daily Dad As we’ve said before, our kids don’t owe us anything. It is we who are obligated to …

: Arlo Parks: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert - YouTube Didn’t realise she’s only 19. Wow.

: Definitely better in a glass bottle. Reminds me of drinking in a similar fashion, stood outside a …

: Seneca wrote that death isn’t just some inevitable event in the future. Death is happening right …

: “I’m not saying we’ll live to see some sort of paradise. But just fighting for change makes …

: Still can’t bring myself to write in my new notebook. It always starts so neat and then…

: Hi. I’m giving a colleague a notebook for the next academic year. I want to add some words In it. …

: FYI it’s not Wednesday as I thought, it’s only time Tuesday.

: Looking down

: Posters for Japan’s National Pillow Fight Contest - Spoon & Tamago These are cool but the pillow …

: Was playing games and having a beer outside just as I got a message from a friend that they were …

: “Darling, the internet isn’t working.” “Have you…” “Yes. …

: Back after a week, felt good to lift heavy again.

: This was not the right way to go it we got to where we need to be!

: Lunch! Two different pancakes and cold noodles.

: Long week. Will be happy when reports are handed in next week.

: For all that your kid has been through this past year, and all they will go through in the years to …

: Trying to get some work done before the weekend is proving stressful. Grateful though for making …

: I realised that Signal was blocked in China but didn’t realise that I can’t receive a verification …

: Also, I had to called the UK government to sort something out and while the automated system kicked …

: New phone! Can’t get a Signal verification code. Not used to the not having a home button Or 3D …

: When the kids are grumpy just as you walk out the door to go to work is the worst.

: Today's Daily Dad was just what I needed. We can’t let a bad day or a bad person get in the way of being a good parent. And we definitely …

: Not quite sure this is how you do it…

: Two bags dad.

: If/When we leave China the lack of cheap, delicious noodles is going to be a problem. Excuse the …

: It's not Tim Duncan’s Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Speech - YouTube “You showed up after …

: Tim Minchin covers Ball Park Music ‘Exactly How You Are’ for Like A Version - YouTube

: When Yumo stops saying “Daddy cuddle high,” when he wants me to pick him up will a sad day indeed.

: Just had my second dose.

: Kids are shouting. I’m drinking coffee, making breakfast and listening to an “I miss Emo” playlist. …

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: “Do you want to be right or do you want to be together?” the examined family, Courtney Martin: ‘Hard conversations don’t fix hard things.' That …

: Today was pull ups, lunges and then some time on the assault bike! Was fun because Helen and I were …

: Seth Godin: Starting and finishin Starting and finishing Sometimes the rule is: You don’t have to finish, but you do have to start. …

: Ha. 5 minutes later I read this. That’s why kids can never “take away” from our careers or “hold us …

: There’s plenty of extra work I need to do but after I’ve done my normal work and family stuff the …

: 20 back squats Row 4K 20 back squats I hate running but I’ll always row.

: Why time for reflection is the key to teacher CPD | Tes News The CPD puzzle: why don’t …

: Yesterday was lovely, kids were at school* and Lyra and I went to IKEA in the morning. Then she went …

: If you want kids who listen to you, you have to strive to be worthy of being listened to. If you …

: Added most of the newsletters I wasn’t reading to my rss. Thanks @dancohen for the suggestion!

: I think we’ve fetishized the idea that your job should be your passion. It’s ok for your job to just …

: Teaching Kids Kindness Prepares Them for Success - The Atlantic

: Mads Mikkelsen, In Conversation My approach to what I do in my job — and it might even be the …

: Stopping to return a football that went over the fence. “Football is life!”

: Cal Newport, Study Hacks: The Neuroscience of Busyness There was a time, not that long ago, when …

: Reasons to be Cheerful: When Italians Abandoned This Village, Refugees Brought It Back to Life

: I don’t ‘call’ people, except my Mum. I can’t even imagine …

: Episode 54: Off The Cuff We say some things.

: “The kindest people are not born that way, they are made. They are the sounds that have experienced …

: Sacrilegious for someone of my profession to say, maybe, but I don’t like giving people books unless …

: Elise’s Rules If your piece is taken you can put it back anywhere on the board on your next move. …

: I like the browse sometimes while my class is looking for books to take out of the school library. …

: “Updating an Apple Watch Series 3 is a nightmare in 2021” I like mine well enough. It’s useful …

: Fred again.. feat. The Blessed Madonna - Marea (We’ve Lost Dancing) (Official Video) - YouTube …

: The new Marvel megatrailer: The Guardian And, I don’t know about you, but there was a moment …

: Do exercise. Feel better.

: Spain’s Four-Day Work Week Is a Game Changer “The key is flexibility,” he adds. “Some workers …

: 100 swings and 10 Turkish get ups. Just to get moving a little.

: We've lost dancing This popped up on the Dance XL playlist and I haven’t stopped listening to it. This year …

: Today I’m grateful for Lyra taking the kids out so I can a little time and space. So, obviously I’ve …

: Took the kids to the theatre to see and adaptation of a Chinese book.They mostly loved it and I …

: Elise knows how to use the camera from the iPhone Lock Screen. She just took this!

: Rediscovering Enter Shikari through some of their concerts on YouTube and the first album I listened …

: Today I am grateful for coffee. As I am every day. I’m cutting down though. Coffee at work …

: What’s better for children: sleep or exercise? the team examined the optimal balance between …

: One of my favourite ice lollies. In the UK we would call them Twisters but her in China they’re …

: Today I’m grateful for feeling better then I have all week.

: Summer is coming.

: As I drove to work that I’d forgotten to brush my teeth. Then I realised I’d be hugging the kids …

: Today I’m grateful for having some time without kids at home.

: Lunch and coffee with Lyra.

: Mum would call it ‘potching about’. Though a quick search doesn’t throw anything …

: More morning art.

: So, sometimes I sit on a bean bag in the kid’s when they go to sleep. Recently Yumo has been getting …

: Today I’m grateful for having dinner with friends who understood that I was just really tired and …

: There’s totally a difference between when chatting online someone says lol but isn’t really laughing …

: Morning art

: This Tiktok video about working retail really tickled me. Must have watched it 10+ times since …

: Kurt Vonnegut // “Nobody will stop you from creating. Do it tonight. Do it tomorrow. That is …

: Our flat is too small to watch TV at night after the kids have gone to bed, mostly I’m ok with …

: Got vaccinated yesterday! But then got frustrated with the kids not sleeping. Then got up before 6 …

: Lyra: Let’s have pizza. Me: OK. Which place shall we order from? Elise: I WANT CHEESE PIZZA.

: Enjoying James Hoffman’s second episode about the Aeropress - Understanding the Aeropress . He does …

: My friends may as well be in China It started with a thing happening recently, then it made me realise something and finally I’m still …

: Episode 5 of Mythic Quest was something else. Quite the depature from the rest of the series.

: Something about when the kids take photos of me.

: 咖啡☕️

: Closing Time There’s a bar near us. That is now closing. It happens a lot. Us Westerners (foreigners) like …

: 烧烤。

: It’s weird how kids grow up. Like, the physical stuff, getting bigger, walking and talking you kind …

: Episode 53: Miss Hammond Elise freestyles but the microphone didn’t work so well.

: Episode 52: 10 Little Dinosaurs Reading with Yumo

: Morning routine of shower with cold water to finish, meditation and then coffee and Chinese practice …

: Started the day well and feel like that carried me through the rest of the day until I exercised …

: Before and after. Took a year but I finally got it cut.

: Ok, totally into The Falcon and The Winter Soldier now. That ending, crikey. Also, one house of Zemo …

: Can’t wait for Loki after watching the trailer. Much more my cup of tea compared to Falcon and the …

: Going away with the kids is always “fun” but hotel breakfast makes up for it!

: Walking home

: Lovely evening. Played a couple of games of Splendor and a first game of Catan. Watched the latest …

: We did try to find a name we liked for our second that started with V so that our initials would …

: Jump!

: When you’re simultaneously annoyed at your child but also realise you need to console them. …

: Is there a quick way to share a website I’m looking at on Micro.blog? There’s nothing on …

: Interesting conversation with E about why she can speak two languages. She’s not really sure, maybe …

: I’ve stopped eating poached eggs.* *When Y is around as he always wants to eat all of them.

: E decided to join us today. She’s going to read for 7minutes a day.

: Day 3 done

: Once again, the only thing that I’ve needed to change was myself. Hopeful that the new morning …

: Friendships It will no doubt get me into trouble with the medical profession, but it is not too much of an …

: 6x 500m with 3 minutes rest in between each set. Rowing is the devil.

: Our teaching team had 31 parent meetings. 31! So much sitting on small chairs.

: The Guilt of Not Working More, When We're Done for the Day Zen Habits At the end of a day of work, there can be a simple practice of wrapping things up and …

: When you recommend something in a game but it fails… Oops. I’m also very sorry for what I …

: Grandparents are in and we’re out with friends staying in the hotel we got married at.

: Also, this photo from last night. We go out to eat with friends a fair bit and I always find it …

: Daddy exercise became family exercise. Sit ups because high five sit ups. Squats and tuck jumps they …

: I never used to lie in before I had kids. Now that I have kids. I can’t. This message is brought to …

: Torn From Austin Kleon whose blog is, if you said I could only visit a few websites would be up there. …

: China is maybe changing tax laws next year which may have a big impact on me. Clear as mud.

: Always interesting the cultural differences that pop up when you marry someone with different life …

: I do like reading through the Discover timeline. Especially after reading the recent articles on …

: Baltimore restaurant owner drove 6 hours to cook for customer with cancer - The Washington Post …

: I spent some time last night writing down the 8 rules from the link I posted yesterday.

: Two things happened to me today as I was driving that made me feel good. A car pulled out of front …

: Listening list Talking to Rich about albums and he gave me this list. Which I intend to get through eventually, …

: Eight Rules These make sense to me. Do not run away from the thought you may be an idiot as if this …

: Success at School vs. Success in Life “We need to be outwardly entirely obedient while …

: Is there a simple way for me to make my archives page something other than the giant list it …

: I wrote this mini-book a year ago today! It was the start of us coming out of lockdown. Yet a year …

: So proud of Elise. She played “car dj” using my phone to play tracks off her playlist …

: Put Roni Size - New Forms on in the car today and no one complained. Following up with Goldie - …

: What are you missing?

: Glamour.com “We didn’t know it was bad, because you seemed okay,” my daughter said. “And if you are …

: I’ve been trying to use my phone and computer less. Most notifications have been turned off. …

: Album Update Jon Hopkins - Immunity Anthony and the Johnsons - I am a bird now Question is, is …

: swissmiss: Home “Home is not where you are born; home is where all your attempts to escape cease”. …

: Seth Godin: Resilience Resilience is a commitment to a design, an attitude and a system that works …

: There’s more and more smaller coffee shops in the city. Often they’re “Internet famous” for their …

: Didn’t buy it but after messaging British friends will buy one next time FOR SCIENCE! (It’s not …

: How stressed I am seems directly related to the number of times I press the key fob to lock the car. …

: No sign of the vaccine but is that a problem? China has employed blunt but effective quarantine measures to contain Sars-CoV-2 successfully, and …

: Album listening updates: Power Trip - Live in Seattle (Thrash metal but I read an article about them and had a listen. Was a …

: 5 rounds 15 one arm kettlebell swings (since I didn’t have a heavier kettlebell) 15 burpees 10:41 …

: Morning cuddles The morning between getting up between 6:10 and leaving at 7:10ish is all about …

: 1 mile run. 2k row. 1 mile run. Nice and steady. Still feels strange to run but got it done. …

: FaceTiming nainai and Elise was talking about her day. Apparently her new phrase is, “boys are mad.”

: We’ve been told we can leave our province during our Easter break. Woo! Still no idea when we can …

: The Strokes - Is This It? Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californication Alt-j - An Awesome Wave Future …

: Looks like a nice spot to sit.

: Album 2. Keaton Henson - Birthdays I heard on of the tracks on Sherlock (the US version) and …

: Today’s new idea that I just thought of but haven’t thought through. This week, I’m going to listen …

: What is writing, what are words? I’m currently reading Exhalation by Ted Chiang. One of the short stories involves the …

: If this isn’t nice. Let’s talk about why I didn’t capitalise the last e.

: It’s taken my 4 days but I’ve finally finished watching the AEW’s PPV.

: Pleasant hour playing pool with Lyra.

: I’m not sure I totally trust microwaves that don’t spin around.

: Been listening to this a lot lately. Though, still no closer to getting around to working out how to …

: All I could think of in the final episode of Wandavision was when Po fights Kai in the spirit realm …

: Played Splendor (Marvel version) for the first time at lunchtime and then a unicorn sparkle game …

: testing1

: The worst app for distracting me on my phone is the web browser.

: 4 episdoes of For All Of Mankind in a weekend is basically as close to binging as I’ll get. …

: Started taking photos with Lyra’s old Sony camera. It’s kind of fun actually. I like it. …

: Just finished Here We Are (Notes For Living On Planet Earth) on Apple TV+, a kid’s program …

: Enjoyed the 1st episode of For All Mankind. Especially as our Year 1 (kindergarten) class has been …

: Gamers. Is a Switch still worth buying? 🎮 🕹

: Am aware of our good fortune of being able to meet friends for dinner last night and Elise being …

: Feeling very up and down this week between work and kids and everything feeling a bit too much at …

: Slept better. Felt better. Had a morning cuddle.

: Me: Do you want some more avocado? Elise: (sad voice)I just really want unicorns to be real. 🥑 🦄

: Some time to not rush.

: Boundaries “The idea of “boundaries” has become so porous when it comes to cultivating work/life balance that …

: It started with Lyra, we’d say “I love you more than (thing that I really love - coffee …

: Lyra’s birthday so she’s organised a big party for her and the girls. She’s going all out and is …

: It’s not a workout if you don’t take a selfie or track if… Heavy deadlifts yesterday and 4K …

: This article makes me miss the UK something rotten. 12 of Britain’s best new campsites and …

: Episode 51: Lyra And Yumo Look At A Book Yumo tends to speak to me mostly in Chinese, even if he mostly understands what I say in English. …

: Cold shower challenge. Day 1: Ridiculous. 10 seconds. Onwards!

: Cold showers It started with my sister saying she was doing a challenge of going in the ocean every day and she …

: My bedtime routine involves meditation, some water, the Apple Music bedtime beats playlist, some …

: Episode 50: Theme Park Big takeaway was Elise was braver than we thought she’d be. Yumo had to deal with not being big …

: First run. Went for my first run with Helen today. We didn’t anticipate waiting so long at pedestrian …

: 🎡

: Wandavision, eh?! So good. Now, I just need to watch it all again. Fun to read online discussions …

: Local green plum wine served in the classiest of vessels.

: The Daily Dad linked to Maggie Smith’s Poem called Good Bones and I’ve got it stuck in …

: Daily Dad - The harder path is worth it I liked yesterdays Daily Dad It’s not fair to subject your kids to all the things that have broken …

: Hill sprints with added weight*. *Weight was one child and two badminton rackets.

: Today was going to be me sitting alone doing stuff but has turned out to be sitting with people. And …

: This mornings movement.

: Hot pot at friends.

: Today I am grateful for the lady who had an appointment but let our kids get their hair cuts before …

: Hey Micro.blog if you haven’t watched Detectorists I think you should, it’a a British …

: Morning workout with Lyra, kids joined later because the only time they don’t want to watch tv is …

: Carole King's Tapestry and its memories. Carole King’s Tapestry is 50 year old but I can still listen to it. For me, it reminds me of …

: Only 3 more episodes of Wandavision which doesn’t feel like enough… Latest episode was …

: Signed up for the Fitness+ service but apparently I can’t Airplay to my old Apple TV 3. Which …

: Busy day. Safari park this morning/afternoon. Then some time at Lyra’s uncles before dinner with her …

: Morning workout

: swissmiss, swissmiss: The Good News They don’t publish the good news. The good news is published by …

: Coffee grinder handle was in the bathroom, obviously.

: Our Chinese New Year holiday started today with me being confused because my alarm was going off. …

: Ummmm, apparently people at work think this…

: When it’s not even 7am and your Apple Watch is telling you to breathe.

: Monday night! Whoop!

: Episode 49 - Daddy Cuddle Daddy cuddle!

: When I don’t get up because until the last minute because trying and failing to have five minutes to …

: I just spent some real money and I can’t remember the last time I did that.

: A little hungover today. Not too much that it meant I couldn’t go out but just enough that …

: I’ve got my photo-taking workflow pretty well sorted now. Go somewhere with Lyra. Let her …

: We caught up with the latest 2 episodes of Wandavision last night. Such a change from the first 2.

: A walk out to have lunch, then naptime and then wine with some friends. Today was nice.

: 80rmb/£9/$12 with 300 games. A little bit tempted…

: Facebook’s misleading campaign against Apple’s privacy policy I’d be quite happy with a much …

: We be consistent Because we old and we creak But we still want abs First attempt at Helen and …

: That episode of Tokyo Diner was just what I needed after such a full-on day at work.

: A choice, this or that Time for you or time to sleep Feels like, dreams or dreams

: Getting time to myself or getting enough sleep. It’s one or the other.

: Dug out a grinder I got given. Not the fastest but good enough. Who am I to not let the kids help?!

: Just got back from a Royal Rumble viewing with some people from work. Was good fun. I like watching …

: Did some running because I don’t like it and that is why I did it. Tried to keep up with Helen and …

: “This would be a cool place to come and work!” We caught ourselves saying that today and realised …

: like sand in the sea gone away, away i’ve come back down and settled like sand in the sea I remember reading about …

: If this isn’t nice.

: Hot Pot!

: No taxis, it’s ok I’ve had a drink, feeling fine This man will take us! We’ve gone away but …

: Deb from Napoleon Dynamite…

: Our initials… I prefer YELO though I think. We had a conversation before Yumo was born that …

: Today in parenting. Most stuff is trial and error. Though somethings, in hindsight, seem obvious. …

: What’s your reasoning behind such a long passcode for your phone? Security? Of a sort. My daughter …

: Episode 48: Ten Little Dinosaurs We do some more reading.

: Can you know brokenness without being broken? https://vimeo.com/313725613 After losing his leg to cancer as a young adult, Jon Wilson struggled …

: I’m watching Ted Lasso again.

: I pay for Apple Music and also 200gb of storage. If I subscribe to One Family do I then need to …

: The funny thing is all I ever wanted I already had There’s glimpses of heaven in every day In …

: Neither of us was 100% on Monday but back on it today! 1minute cardio (run/bike) 1 minute rest but I …

: Hey! This is your Trance Thursday reminder for tomorrow. Maybe let’s do a theme tomorrow? Favourite …

: Feeling fitter, happier and more productive today. Such a change. The difference is so noticeable.

: If you tell the kids you’re going to do something, then do it, otherwise don’t say it. I …

: So curly at the moment!

: Wonderwall x Smalltown Boy (Mashup Cover - I like this!

: I predict that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cartoon Opening Theme (1987) will be my most played song …

: Keep kids busy Try not to go crazy Try not to eat too much My rules from day one of our …

: Making worksheets for Maths on Monday on Saturday night is the most relaxed I’ve been all day. The …

: Episode 47: A Bunch Of Daisies By Kes Gray And Nick Sharatt Elise likes these books, Daisy has an active imagination!

: Loving the Tiktok Sea Shanty remixes. The electro (?) version in particular, it’s gone on my …

: Watch Wandavision. Discuss obvious stuff with Lyra. Go online to read about all the stuff I missed. …

: Elise and I have copying a picture from an Anthony Browne book.

: Episode 46: Ten Little Dinosaurs Yumo and I read a story together

: Episode 45: Little Beauty By Anthony Browne Also, hot dog.

: #teamconsistent

: Thursday is the new Friday

: Walked a new way home because Baidu Maps said we could. Took us down a random muddy path but it was …

: Episode 44: Willy The Dreamer By Anthony Browne Elise talks about the banana laden book.

: Exercise continues. Having someone to go with makes it harder to not go and more fun when I do. Having someone working a …

: Episode 43 - Elise Records On Her Own She talks about Zog by Julia Donaldson

: Seth’s Blog, Seth Godin: Three types of kindness

: Episode 42: Book Review We talk about Willy the Champ by Anthony Browne.

: No idea what to make of the first 2 episodes of Wandavision honestly, but I know we’ll keep …

: “I’ll follow you into the dark” cover by Frank Watkinson. I’ve been …

: Daddy’s Breakfast Diner is open. I’ll cook whatever you want as long as I have the …

: The kids enjoyed the lychee and orange Oreos that have been released for Chinese New Year but I …

: grown-ups “She’s a grown-up, isn’t she? Grown-ups and monsters aren’t scared of …

: Update: I’ve allowed Elise to dress herself. Mum is not going to love her choices.

: What’s the quickest way to check when I bought my iPhone?

: Youngest was being himself last night* so have been up since 4:30. Fast forward to 7 and the kids …

: Very proud of ourselves.

: Not exactly the back of a lorry but close…

: Operation Xmas Abs* has started again for another year. *All very tongue in cheek but have started …

: I’m much calmer, things are bothering me less, I not getting hung up on things recently. Both at …

: You Should Go to Bed Super Early - I’ve been trying to do this, it’s so easy to get …

: Stressful week at work and then the kids not going to sleep easily last night and then not getting …

: In today’s ‘things that feel strange’ now… We had parents come in to school …

: Amor Fati “Amor Fati is a mindset that you take on for making the best out of anything that happens. Treating …

: This is my monthly (?) thought that I wish I didn’t need an Instagram account to view …

: When going out and eating feels extravagant. Yes that’s a pasty, but because it’s China it has sweet …

: In parenting news Elise when Lyra offered her more melted cheese, her fav, from the pasta said, …

: Episode 41: Talking About A Book Yumo talks about some of the things he sees in a book. His Chinese is currently stronger than his …

: In other news, I’ve turned off notifications for Wechat and Whatsapp which normally leads me …

: We’ve all been ill the last 4/5 days (NOT COVID) but it’s meant I didn’t go back …

: Two of my favourite writed have made lists either today or yesterday. Austin Kleon has done 100 …

: Laptops killed work-life balance - Saw this and it has been something I’ve been thinking …

: Happy New Year everyone! The clock ticked over just as we were putting our two to bed. If this …

: Does anyone grind their coffee at home? I think I’d like to, interested if anyone does? Obviously …

: Our youngest’s favourite food is anything + plum sauce. Today was steamed fish and plum sauce …

: Daily Dad - The present is pleasurable enough I like this reminder. The parent who thinks this is an occupation you “win,” who believes it’s …

: I always like reading John Gruber on Facebook, here he echos the Seth Godin’s piece, Facebook …

: Hired a lounge for the afternoon while the grandparents watched the kids. We watched The Invisible …

: Lasagne club rules The first rule of lasagne club is you do not talk about lasagne club. The second rules is you can’t …

: 26th Day of a Mile a Day Today was my 26th day of walking a(t least a) mile a day (in one go) in December. Tonight, I forgot …

: I keep coming back to Seth Godin’s post on social media, why it is the way it is and how it …

: I can’t recommend Midnight Diner on Netflix highly enough. It’s about a small diner in Tokyo and the …

: Happy Christmas everyone x

: My Christmas resolution, which is a thing now unless it was already a thing, anyway, I’m going to …

: kind 2020 is the year of the Kind Movie — and it couldn’t have come at a better time Also, tv because it …

: Fell down a bit this afternoon with using my phone but had lunchw ith Lyra, wrapped some presents am …

: 'Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care' I’m trying to be more focused today, possibly tomorrow too, which mostly means not picking my …

: This time I woke up when the youngest crawled into bed with us sometime between 12 and 5am. Then the …

: breaking point I feel like I’m better at knowing when i’m reaching my ‘breaking point’, …

: We’ve come to a hotel for two nights with two friends, we’re on our third bottle of wine, the kids …

: Raffles in Chongqing.

: Name writing

: Did not like the Ted Lasso finale. It was perfect.

: What’s your favourite Christmas film? Bonus questions: What’s your favourite kid’s Christmas film?

: 好爱你 (hǎo ài nǐ) I’d got this card for Lyra for Xmas but broke it out yesterday at McDonalds because it felt …

: Yesterday I was thinking about this quote a lot: If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll …

: Episode 40 Yumo has a brief chat

: Got gifted this. Looking for suggestions beyond eat it with a spoon. Which is also why I haven’t …

: I have a soft spot for some of Tiesto’s early mixes, particularly In Search of Sunrise 2 and …

: Just remembered that tomorrow is Trance Thursday and that has cheered me up!

: Cancelled trip We were due to fly (2 hours maybe) to the south coast of China (so not leaving China) in a week for …

: Episode 39 - The nutcracker Yumo plays a clip from the nutcracker over and over.

: Day 2 of writing her name

: Elise has started writing her name after starting at kindergarten. Even though I teach students …

: I know I’ve read about Ted Lasso on here, I think @maique has mentioned it? But, I’ve …

: In other news, I upgraded to Micro.blog to the Year and in the process realised I need to be making …

: Episode 38 We talk about Christmas and I try to make the most of my premium subscription!

: Thanks all, Hover it is!

: Where do you register your domains? Does it matter?

: My 1 mile a day Is the bestest part of it Except cuddles, duh

: this evening's rabbit hole... This timelapse of the song Better Days by Radical Face. The technicality of it wasn’t my cup …

: Christmas is coming and I've been not been feeling great at all recently, For the last few weeks, really. Today, I realised, maybe they’re connected? I read a post on a …

: A mile a day continues, still only walking, building up to running, maybe. After Kottke linked to …

: Read title and decide I’d like to make that. Open link. Look at list of ingredients. Scroll …

: The week ahead is going to be full on and I’m not feeling prepared for it going either physically or …

: Andy Duguid - Be From the latest Above and Beyond Group Therapy. This track is as far as I got and …

: It keeps coming up. Though, maybe I’m just noticing it more. Guilty Pleasures and the idea …

: We have a HomePod but the options for smart homes in China are cheaper - mostly Xiaomi stuff - but …

: HomePod Mini’s are available to buy in China! But delivery would be between the 21st-28th …

: Day 3 of 1 mile per day. Except it was 2 miles because that’s how far away from work I live. …

: ‘revenge bedtime procrastination’ - when “people who don’t have much control over their daytime life …

: I see all your fancy pizzas but tonight we did “wrap pizza”. Plain tortilla, bolognese sauce from a …

: no finish line I read yesterday about how Austin Kleon was writing about there being no finish line and talked …

: Is this month of posts going to reinforce writing? Maybe, maybe not but I’m glad I stuck with …

: On thinking I need to stop A colleague of some student’s parents* left China and tested positive on arrival in their home …

: It’s important to take photos when you go somewhere.

: I love him so much. He’s such hard work at the moment.

: This weekend has been anything but pedestrian. Same as all weekends then… #mbnov

: Just heard my first Xmas song! Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime

: You just took in hiding, from yourself always slip-sliding, everyday a mask your wearing, trying to …

: The dilemma this week: Struggling to find time for myself after family and work and it starting to …

: Lyra made Tiramisu and it is amazing.

: Having kids you have to constantly adjust. Now they’re mobile! Now they’re talking! Now they have …

: “This is a call” is a track from the Foo Fighters first album that I have a really strong memory of. …

: This video about the hip-hop artist NF called The Power of Vulnerability stopped me and is going to …

: Youngest managed to snap this of me reading with Elise. He apparently knows how to access the camera …

: Am enjoying the BBC’s His Dark Materials. I’ve been meaning to go back to the books …

: I’m grateful some of the teachers I work with always have provisions. Sometimes a snack is …

: Been in the restaurant twenty minutes and none of the staff have said a word to me. It’s been …

: I remember when you bought the 36 exposure films. So many things to capture! #mbnov

: In the interests of science and because I’ll try anything once* I bought one of these on the way …

: Borders are a big part of our life and will continue to be. We had to make a choice for the kids …

: What does everyone want for Xmas? Do you make a list with your significant other and buy each other …

: A haiku a day Inspired by this article little sister and I have been exchanging haikus this week. In a, …

: Winter is Christmas and makes me miss Christmases ‘back home*. The build up, the food, the …

: Sometimes it feels like the thing I/you need to do to feel better is to be alone and do things …

: How to tidy your home. Invite people around. Say to yourself, I’ll just say - “sorry about …

: Caution!

: ”Untitled” Digital composition. Yumo 23/11/20

: daily dad from this week This week has been too much, so I’m just catching up with the Daily Dad emails. It says a lot that I …

: Things fade, Eventually Hurt us, a little less. I spilt wine on someone, When I worked in the pub, …

: 'I should have loved biology.' I should have loved biology but I found it to be a lifeless recitation of names: the Golgi apparatus …

: Today’s entry in things I saw in the little convenience shop over the road… It’s not even in …

: “We Are The Champions" on Netflix says - ’Explore an array of unique competitions, from the …

: Finally put some money towards @kottke after running out of excuses for doing so. Consistently …

: It's family. I worked late at school and Lyra thought she had an English lesson so we got to have dinner together …

: Dinner of spam, quail eggs, many types of tofu and vegetables cooked in a beef broth.

: It’s possible our youngest will go down without getting up repeatedly but it’s also possible I could …

: Possible is too often overshadowed by its siblings. The elder, ruder, sibling impossible and its …

: “Deep listening is an act of surrender. We risk being changed by what we hear." Full quote

: It’s getting late. My dependence on working late is not sustainable! #mbnov

: He went to work every day before Hannah went to school, and in the evening he worked at home. When …

: I’ve been on a bullet train in Japan and regularly get the fast trains here in China but while …

: It feels weird to be overwhelmed but it not be COVID related. And I know it’s ok to be so. I think …

: 3 rounds 50 sit ups 1 minute at the top of the press up. Total time: Not sure. About 3 songs from …

: I can never tell what my first memory is. Whether it is my memory or something I’ve put together …

: I just noticed Apple Arcade on my MacBook App Store. So I ‘think’ I could do that and I kinda like …

: “I really don’t mind coming into the office to work.” Yes. Sometimes after the weekend, it’s …

: Basically my home is as automated as it’s going to get. We can do a disco and that’s it. …

: Who says romance is dead?! Airdropping messages while out with the kids and hearts on Saturday …

: I like this ‘Nobody is normal’ video for Childline that I saw on @Kottke. He says, ‘I was comparing …

: Work at work, home at home. Reading this discussion on Metafilter about people’s experiences of working from home and …

: Being smart often has little to do with being persuasive. Reading this has me thinking of people …

: Memories of Pepsi in glass bottles, at grandma's house. I had Pepsi today. First time in a while because I’ve finally not drinking full-fat soft …

: I don’t do spooky films. I don’t enjoy them. It means I can’t sleep. #mbnov

: Lovely afternoon in the park.

: Foo Fighters - Times Likes These on Saturday Night Live. It’s times like these you learn to …

: Elise’s Dinosaur workout 🦖10 dinosaur raaaaas (lunge and go raaaa) 🦕10 brontosaurus reaches (jump …

: Loving this Tinlicker One Mix on Apple Music. I’ve got stuck listening to the second track* …

: ‘no more guilty pleasures’ I love Austin Kleon We all love things that other people think are garbage. You have to have the …

: Don’t guess. So much of my anxiety comes from this. #mbnov

: It’s been an overwhelming week in some ways between work and family. Wasn’t feeling great this …

: We create challenges for them (our children), but we are not the challenge As usual, taking something from the Daily Dad We don’t raise tough kids by inflicting pain on them. …

: The places I eat. Tonight was on the pavement next to a 4 lane road. The garlic mushrooms were …

: Would i wear the same thing everyday if I could? I sometimes think I would and in fact I kind of do. …

: Often, I feel like I have something to say but not the time to properly form it between family and …

: Saw these in the school library today!

: Being social, even online, is something I wish I was better at but have accepted as something I find …

: Elderly. Grandparents are elderly but never your parents, I mean, until they are. #mbnov

: After yesterday’s I’ll advised kettlebell workout, today’s workout was just about moving a little. …

: Some photos from the weekend. It’s a little section of a bigger tourist attraction done up in an …

: Omar’s Law states that a probability that a child will offer the correct leg/arm/hand/foot to …

: 🦖🥰😂🦄🙃🌮🙁🎄 elise

: I think my issue with the challenges is I don’t like to force it. I want it to be perfect and …

: My experiences are You can’t force people to change They have to do it for themselves I say …

: I’m thinking about what binds us and how those things are not the same everyone we know. A common …

: Beau Miles has a new video where he drinks wine found by the road and answers questions. I enjoy his …

: Hot pot!

: 23:06 Leaving it late. I am inflated by spending time with my wife and friends this evening.

: Night and day.

: Lyra and I are going away for the night while the grandparents try and keep up with the kids - which …

: One of the biggest sacrifices I make as a parent is eating things so my children don’t. Cake, ice …

: This article in the Guardian of critics admitting to getting things wrong has me thinking of what …

: Tried to do a workout. First Elise joined in for the jumping jacks and burpees. Then she got bored. …

: Picking up the kids from school is such an amazing feeling, every single time. For the first ten …

: I am always puzzled By my feelings for Friday The week is over! Again The weekend is here! Again I …

: I know The World Waits™️ and the UK is now on lockdown again but… Both our children slept …

: Stoop. Droop. Loop. Coop. Soup. #mbnov ✏️

: Christmas - it either feels too early or too late, never just right.

: and the word is near but all I can think is the opposite of how the distances between us, currently …

: Episode 37: Elise Predicts The Winner Of The US Election Phew!

: Work is just… it’s not that it’s difficult, no, that’s not right as it is, it’s the volume of …

: As a, relatively, recent father and a teacher of, relatively, small children, kids always astonish …

: I skip breakfast a lot but since I’m trying to exercise more regularly l feel like I need something. …

: Something I miss about the UK is pork pies. Something else I miss is fruit concentrate aka cordial …

: Cuddles are the best. I’ve rolled my eyes in the past when mum has said it to me, but some things …

: One great thing about having kids is that they force you into an active practice of love whether you …

: I enjoyed The Mandolorian - Justified crossover episode a whole lot.

: I’m from the UK and so I’m used to the weather not being the best. That said, the …

: Also date night.

: Date night is serious business.

: My heart is moved by all I cannot save: so much has been destroyed I have to cast my lot with …

: Being present I’ve been trying hard to be more present this morning. And the effort has been worth it. I’ve felt …

: Saturday morning train tracks with Elise

: Is anyone considering Apple One? I already have a family music subscription and pay extra for 200gb. …

: 5 Nice Things Kottke just linked to this post titled An Easy Way To Practise Gratitude which is about a game where …

: The kids were allowed to dress up today and it was the first time I’ve seen a Black Panther, which …

: Every morning the security guards take our temperature and say good morning in Chinese. Today though …

: Stayed up late reading, which I haven’t done in a while. Another YA book out of there school library …

: Today in Chinese crisp flavours: creme brûlée and milk tea!

: Exercise today was row 5k. Which I do because I know it’s good for me, even if I’m not a huge fan. …

: Youngest didn’t wake until 5am so Lyra and I got the bed to ourself all night. Then the eldest …

: Made lasagne for tomorrow. Did some exercise. Was productive. Felt good.

: Shoutout to the Wayback Machine for saving the lasagne recipe I like to use after it disappeared

: Yumo moved out of our room and into his sister’s. The first night we gave it up but they both …

: IKEA

: This letter to an ‘agony aunt' from someone who has lived in their partner’s home country for …

: The originally makes sense apparently but the English trans unit so much.

: Is there a way to block websites in Safari on my iPhone? I’ve deleted apps but can’t be trusted not …

: I don’t think it’s a coincidence my anxiety kicked in after I felt good about myself for doing …

: I’ve managed to remove a notification I’ve had for months and never been able to. So I’m feeling …

: Today, try to hold some of the dark and some of the light side by side. Don’t turn away from either …

: Youngest did not sleep well and was slow getting back to sleep. So now I’m off to work and feeling a …

: New plan: Have something to do in the evening. I find I come home from work and spend time with the kids and eventually get them to bed and then I …

: lessons stand up for what is right prioritize your mental health being flexible brings success your voice …

: My favourite thing about iOS 14 is definitely the photo widget. A constant stream of photos of the …

: I think there’s something wrong. with my. spacebar as it keeps adding i n adding in spaces …

: In other related news about my kids. Things they’ve been competitive about recently… Going …

: This evening Matthew I’m going to be the father from the Lego Movie… “Stoooppp messing with …

: Another rollercoaster weekend is over… We’ve talked about watching Monsters and Love but …

: Losing my patience. Losing my patience with my children is the worst and yet still, it happens. This week has been …

: Listening to Jocelyn K. Glei’s podcast Hurry Slowly and this week it’s titled The Angst of …

: Today I’m grateful that kids here can have parties again. Reminded recently that Elise’s 3rd …

: I think that I’ve put the old iPad one of the kid’s uses in a safe place. Thing is, it’s such a safe …

: Roads

: Care and love After reading Austin Kleon’s post We love because we care I asked Lyra to help me buy the book. …

: Drinking, silly talk with colleagues was just what I needed after this week. Physically I’m ok but …

: Wednesday October 14th, 6:34pm, Chongqing, China The youngest loves the marble run set we have and …

: Episode 36 - roast Duck Roast duckkkk

: Still, somehow thought it was Tuesday but apparently it’s already Wednesday. Time seems to be a …

: Forever ago I rewatched my quarantine 1 Second Everyday just now. I did it from January 24th which was Day 1 for …

: So I’m at least 90% sure I’ve got all day Wednesday to take my photo for the challenge. For me it …

: Episode 35: After Dinner Chat Does what it says on the tin.

: Elise reading.

: This error. @help

: Today Time alone with coffee, a notebook and a book Lunch with Lyra Afternoon beers with friends 1 minute …

: Lunch with Lyra.

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: Pretty satifisfied with how The Boys finished Season 2, how things were wrapped up and how …

: Yesterday I was grateful for a less stressful bedtime. Thing is, the kids were just as troublesome I …

: Noodles and then a drink and chat with a friend while the grandparents are watching the kids was …

: My new mantra is, ‘one thing at a time.’ Which in theory is quite simple and in practice …

: After yesterdays watching of Vampires vs. the block, Lyra and I watched Attack the Block today. …

: Cuddling your kids is great but when they cuddle you as toddlers it’s so much better. They’ve just …

: exercise New me continues. Am I peaking too early? Broke out the kettlebell and did this: Perform 5 circuits …

: Also, the plan to turn my life around is going pretty well. I haven’t lost my patience with …

: I’ve started to reread the last but one book in the Rivers of London series by Ben …

: Cultured.

: Vampires vs. The Bronx on Netflix was fun. Not too heavy to watch In the afternoon while the kids …

: Soft play is THE BEST!!!11

: Episode 34: Elise Records Her Own Brief Episode About unicorns obviously.

: Finally got around to finishing my rereading of Dune, inspired by the trailer for the upcoming film. …

: Episode 33: Good Choice And Bad Choices Plus Yumo says some stuff.

: Places

: People.

: Lovely 24 hours away with Lyra for our 6th Wedding anniversary on Thursday. We had a nice Airbnb, …

: Oh my goodness. The penultimate episode of The Boys was just so very good. Very excited for the …

: Vaffamix - Ethno Love (Vaffa Superstar Remix) I could listen to this forever.

: Press all the buttons!

: Getting this error using Sunlit. Is that just me?

: Today’s exercise!

: Lunch included pig ears and century eggs. Neither of which I’m a massive fan of. Eggs should be …

: Episode 32: Unicorns Are Real And they have a horn

: Just finished Russian Doll on Netflix. Highly enjoyable. LOVED the lead. Will definitely be watching …

: “Classic trance with a 2020 twist.” This is right up my street. Still love the trance I would listen …

: Another day!

: Saw Tenet again. Wasn’t as overwhelming but still can’t comprehend what was going on really. Will be …

: “If this isn’t nice I don’t know what is.”

: Trying to get back into some good habits. Definitely taking it a little easier today.

: How do you share photos/updates with family? I don’t really want to use FB or Instagram. We …

: Daring Fireball: ‎Widgetsmith and The Case of the Missing App Store Bunco Squad If Apple ran a food …

: More words

: Holiday! National Holiday in China so we have a week off. Leaving the country is impossible as everyone …

: So there’s an American remake of ‘cult tv thriller’ Utopia starring John Cusack. …

: “Up for a challenge?? A poem a day- when you would reach for your phone? Reach for your journal and …

: Made last night and reheated today. Made the late night supermarket run worth it. My best one yet, …

: My favourite iOS 14 feature is having random photos of the kids appearing on my Home Screen. So …

: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Advice For Living Another often-asked question when I speak in public: “Do you have some good advice you might share …

: Yesterday introduced Elise to some tasty music -Buffallo Charge - Dub Phizix and Strategy Also they …

: Parent teacher interview always make me nervous but after I’m always grateful for them. It’s easy to …

: A girl at Elise’s dance class has a t-shirt that says - “I need a break” and I’m totally feeling …

: Reset The few hours Lyra and I just had were just what I needed. A chance to reset my mindset and for me …

: First time in a cinema since I can’t remember. We saw Tenet. It was amazing. I think, I’m not sure. …

: Also, this is the only time I get that I’m free of children and I need to make the most of that.

: My tolerance for annoying stuff happening when Lyra and I are out without the kids is basically …

: Unicorns and My Little Pony are Elise’s current favourites.

: Great grandma gave Elise and Yumo some money. We could have got the same toys cheaper online but I …

: Kids remember everything. You think they didn’t but it’s in there somewhere, waiting to come out.

: We started writing with our 5 and 6 year old students today. It’s a pretty useful skill I …

: Do not like how Apple pins chats in Messages. I don’t like the giant bubbles, why can’t I have …

: Lyra just made cheese on toast for the first time. So proud.

: Certified Young Person Paul Rudd Wants You To Wear A Mask

: Today was good and that was almost entirely because of me and my attitude. It was good. Good.

: In China at least. Kids having Kid versions of Apple Watches to stay in touch with parents is very …

: I would like an iPad. So that my MacBook becomes work only. I just don’t need to do that. I have …

: “My relationship with the entire world in this moment depends entirely on the relationship I have …

: Episode 31: Yumo Doesn’t Say Much See title.

: Coffee and a book. Really getting back into Dune.

: Spicy spicy spicy and definitely Lyra’s.

: In this email talking to a mindfulness teacher was a quote that struck me and now I can’t stop …

: Episode 30 “Wee Wee” Elise’s choice: Paw Patrol.

: How to be more present and alive in the moment Sometimes I’m aware that I should be doing one thing …

: Only 26c (73f) today. Jeans it is!

: Paying up front In China people typically pay up front. From buying phones outright and then paying-as-you-go, to …

: Was in bed before 9 and then had a restless child between 3-5am and up at 6. Today’s plan is to just …

: Just watched the new Dune trailer and will now pick it up the book from the library at school today. …

: 冰粉bing fen - is one of those foods that i like but would never catch on in the UK. It’s sort of …

: Reading this about Instagrams changes make me glad I ditched it again. The reason I joined again was …

: Elise at 6:50am: “Why do cereals need milk?” It’s too much art for these sort of questions。

: Spent the evening sorting the kids toys… Which I’m taking as a sign I was in a good mood! I …

: Episode 3 of The Boys* - My one word review is: Crikey. Kicked things up a notch I think. 📺 *Though …

: Episode 29: Ghost Sam Hi again. A quick chat before Elise went to sleep. Hopefully this is the start of more regular …

: Milk tea China is crazy for milk tea as well as other fruit based drinks. There’s countless places open …

: I didn’t stop between 7 and 5 but managed to keep it together today. Busy but I didn’t let it get to …

: Recent crop of beans and beetroot from our land*. *That is thousands of miles away and that mum and …

: Question. What are my options for my over 10,000 Flickr photos? It’s such an amazing snapshot …

: Daily Dad Email. Daily Dad is a daily, duh, email about being a better dad. The tagline is, ‘every dad needs a …

: We tried to lie in but it’s tricky with small children climbing on you.

: The Boys 📺 Just finished episode 1 of season 2 of The Boys. Interested to see how it goes from here. The things …

: Zen Shorts Zen Shorts and it’s follow up Zen Tie, Zen Ghosts and Zen socks by John J. Muth are some of my …

: The aim this week was to get through. Hoping to recharge the batteries a little this weekend… …

: Reading

: First impressions of the new Sunlit app are very positive. I like the new look a lot.

: One of things I find hard as a parent is the weekends. What’s a good weekend? What do I want/need? What do I feel I should do (with the kids)? Today, …

: reading In a nearby park is a coffee shop that has books you can read. We’re in the habit of going at the …

: In Which Teenagers Can’t Make Phone Calls We call them phones but I rarely make calls on mine.

: Passion fruit beer and spicy porridge. I know how to treat myself!

: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When your job involves working with young children (I teach Year 1(kindergarten)) and you have small …

: Dadding I’m still thinking about Kenneth Koch’s poem this weekend, “You Want a Social …

: Spending an hour in McDonald’s at 1am talking about work with a colleague. I’m loving it!

: Am out for dinner with my phone and a face mask. I must have forgotten something.

: We call it shaokao because we’re not sure how to translate it to English so just use the Chinese. …

: Just waiting for my friend to turn up so we can dinner. It’s an odd feeling not being in a rush, not …

: Grandparents are watching the kids. Lyra is out. So have the time to go to the school gym and do …

: Today’s afterwork exercise…

: Ok, I didn’t make it to the gym this evening but I did do some KB swings, squats and press …

: exercise plans In theory it made sense. I want to exercise more regularly but I’m also aware that when I …

: 6:00 - Snooze 6:09 - Get up 6:30 Coffee and some scrolling 7:00 Didi (Uber) to work 7:30 First day …

: The Home Office This story of a British lawyer being refused a visa he didn’t apply for always gets me as I …

: Rereading and enjoying Ted Chiang’s - Stories of your life and others, a collection of short …

: My top parenting tip for today is: if you choose to hide under the covers on a bed, cover your soft …

: Reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar with Elise asked, “Yes, but why do caterpillars become …

: Have been trying to use the instant camera we have more. Partly because we’ve got lots of instants …

: Youngest has been awake since 5. Sent Lyra to the spare room at 6ish. Elise woke at 6:30. It’s now 8 …

: communication A strange truth about communicating is that we don’t get to choose whether we do it or not. In the …

: A friend came around this evening so Elise could give her her birthday present. Elise and Yumo were …

: I agree with the sentiment I read on Kottke.org about Your School District’s Reopening Survey …

: Deep breath The classroom is nearly as set up as it’s going to be. We have new students coming in tomorrow …

: How China Controlled the Coronavirus - The New Yorker A teacher in China recounting his experience. …

: All I can think about when reading this article about paying by the hour is… When I’m getting …

: New habits! Yeah, but will it last? I’ve been making an effort recently with things… Not using the phone around the kids Less …

: Enjoyed reading @MDonaldson writing about Spotify. Makes me want to make more effort to support the …

: It’s strange that, by the looks of it, when our students return next week it will look normal. …

: FYI running in 36 degree heat will leave you feeling unwell. Wouldn’t recommend it. Who knew?!

: First morning done at work. Brain is now mush.

: A new notebook for a new school year.

: Back to school tomorrow We’ll have a week without students and then students will start on the Monday. Will find out what …

: Cocktails

: Yumo is potty training, which we’re hoping will be easier since he wants to do what his older …

: Nervous flyer I remember the first time I was nervous flying. Growing up, it’s not that we flew a lot but …

: Finished our night away with a trip to the hospital after getting my finger very briefly trapped in …

: Even if I’m not taking part I’m really enjoying the photos from the contest! Thank you everyone!

: I do not need to buy new stationary. I do not need to buy new stationary. Am resisting the urge that …

: An afternoon sat on the floor of our hotel room cutting and sticking was very relaxing!

: Day/night away Grandparents are in and we’ve gone away, mostly visiting places that are popular online. Pho, then …

: Full names. It’s interesting to hear Elise talking to classmates as she leaves school. In Chinese she uses …

: Tea-tales Another day, another new place. This was to try some new tea based drinks. Those these ones are …

: 🌶️

: Have been going for a shortish walk after dropping Elise off at kindergarten. It’s been nice, …

: Welcome back for the 2020 school year! [A letter from your local superintendent and school board] Welcome back for the 2020 school year! We are incredibly delighted to have our children and …

: Trying to get Siri to play Jaja Ding Dong from the Eurovision move by Will Ferrell was a fun …

: I go back to work next week. So I’m been trying to sort my sleep routines out a little. Going to bed …

: 'My Mission is to keep the light in your eyes ablaze." To my boy, all that energy, so wild Love your hues and your blues in equal measure Your comings and …

: If you haven’t seen it, this video of Alanis Morrisette performing via the internet while …

: Another day, another adventure This time without kids and with a taxi there instead of a taxi. It definitely ticked the adventure …

: It’s this hot, so we’re sitting outside instead of inside.

: Pringle “taco”. Things I’m going to make at home!

: Norsemen Really enjoying Norsemen on Netflix. I read it described as Vikings meets Monty Python, which I kind …

: Youngest has been up since 5:30. Got annoyed and am now annoyed about being annoyed. We need a plan!

: As someone whose job it often to encourage and support parents to leave their child at school when …

: Lyra wanted something like this after she had it in a place in Chengdu. Turned out ok, avocado, …

: Getting in the car with/without children. Without kids. Approach car. Unlock. Put on seatbelt. Spend some time choosing the right music.* …

: Starting to think about going back to school Summer holidays are coming to an end. For us in China, school will reopen for students on 17th …

: Little place for a drink after lunch

: At the dentist for the first time in too long… Fun!

: It’s Sunday, so I’m jealous of all the roast dinners people are eating in the UK.

: Annoying as someone without an account when Instagram wants you to log in to look at something …

: Youngest spent 10minutes sitting happily watching the water.

: I dreamt I had a new job (a new school in a different country), that I could fly and that there were …

: Bbq and then Worms and watermelon beer this lunch time with Claire was lovely. Some mix up where we …

: Noodles?

: Sports Have Been on Pause. It’s Time for a Reboot. - The New York Times Ideas for how to improve …

: exercising Workout today was supposed to be 3 X 1000m row but I was forced to run instead. First time …

: Music for mediations from a Japanese Zen Buddhist monk using a mic and a loop machine. Really …

: A proper effort. Lyra and I made a proper effort to not spend time on our phones when we were with the kids. A few …

: Went on another adventure* today! *take the light rail for a few stops and find somewhere to eat …

: Goodbyes I am reminded of what I wrote when Natalie left last year. We said good bye to Wil this week, who is …

: We all started in our room, youngest in the cot and the eldest in bed with us because she wouldn’t …

: “Take care of yourself.” Chengdu train station with some kind words.

: People in this city are wearing their masks a lot more than the city we live. As well, they are …

: Coffee without the kids is so nice They are annoying but I miss them so much. Though I think mostly it’s worry. Our children are mostly …

: Fish and chips Scott’s is a fish and chip shop in the UK that hosts Chinese tourists after the Chinese president …

: Away for two days to ANOTHER city WITHOUT kids!

: Patience is low today. Which I inevitably obsess over as. Then up being annoyed about being …

: Adventures. Our youngest likes to see the light rail trains. We always point them out when we see them. Yet, we …

: 鸳鸯(Yuānyāng) It’s the Chinese name for the Mandarin duck and where the first character refers to the male …

: Episode 28 - “Two Sues” Hi again! Elise talks about our evening out.

: Hot pot for lunch.

: An Unlived Life I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living …

: 3 Links I keep meaning to post things I like but I normally end up sending various links to different …

: Death by 10m Shuttle Sprint Place 2 cones 10m apart. With a running clock, sprint 10m in the 1st minute, sprint 20m (10mx2) in …

: Fitness always takes a backseat during term time when family and work take up all my time. So …

: Obviously, I love my children. I worry about them constantly. Sometimes I try not to think about …

: Foofighters. Yesterday was 25 years since Foo Fighters released their debut album. I was a little young for …

: Lyra and I talked about cutting down our screen time and leading by example and if that isn’t the …

: Lyra and I spent some time with a book before meeting a friend for lunch while the grandparents …

: Burpees and kettlebell swings on the balcony. Partner workout while the kids nap.

: Reading this about Hey but I don’t feel I use my email enough to warrant paying and switching from …

: Holidays. We travel a fair bit. Partly, I think because of our location - which makes Thailand, Cambodia and …

: Back home to multiple bedrooms and not the 4 of us sharing two twin beds pushed together! Heaven!

: Does your job and your life ever overlap? For me as someone who teaches small children and have two …

: Nice to be mixing up days because of being on holiday and not because of a global virus.

: In children news. Elise says, “open sesame” at automatic doors to make them open When we run places …

: Holidays with kids. It is nice to be away. It is. And hotel breakfasts are amazing. It’s just hard …

: There’s a thousand things swirling around my head. That I’m hopeful I’m going to …

: NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts have always been on my radar on the occasions I head over to Youtube. …

: School’s out!

: School finished today. Students had their last day yesterday and teachers finished today. We did a little more packing up …

: Last day of school!

: Going to be a weird end to a strange school year. We’re going to have a disco with the kids, except …

: Episode 27: “Father’s Day” We try to talk about Father’s Day a little.

: Happy Father’s Day Dads!

: Lift drinks

: Sometimes Sometimes, I like living in a country where I don’t speak the language and where people who do …

: Clean your teeth everyone. Soft play is terrifying.

: It’s Saturday morning. The kids have been playing with each other!!! It’s amazing.

: Episode 26 “Journey Number 5” We’ve just read Aaron Becker’s third book in the Journey trilogy that’s called Return. Though, at …

: Episode 25 “scooters” A brief chat about scooters

: Just created a Week 20 e-learning folder. Mannnnnn

: Time away Sometimes the best thing I can do for my family is to have some time away from them. I think about …

: Driving in China - Lessons in life. I rediscovered that I had a journal in Day One titled Driving in China that I’ve tried to …

: 串串 You pick your sticks and then boil it in spicy oil. As well, it reminded me how busy China is …

: Couple of photos from last night. Back with a bump today. Small children are a rollercoaster eh?

: Have been promising to make this out of the back of the book Tiddler by Julia Donaldson for a while. …

: Episode 24: “Late Night Chat” Picking blueberries and waiting up for mum and dad.

: One of my first memories of coming to the city I now live in was the weather. A muggy, heavy, heat. …

: Lovely afternoon having a few drinks and not feeling additional, small child related, stress. As …

: Daytime drinking because my wife is amazing and has taken the kids out for the day. Guinness for …

: Looking forward to seeing Dads. Trailer looks really good. Dads is a heartfelt and humorous …

: Just submittd my Microcast to Apple! Thanks to @manton for the support but also @chet for this post …

: Knocked off another couple of 3* mirror races on Mario Kart 8 this morning! Still aiming for 3*s on …

: Parents, what are your thoughts about posting pictures of your children online? I have some friends …

: Can I still gift a micro.blog account? I thought I could but I’m not finding anything.

: Episode 23: “Yumo Says Some Name But not Others” Yumo says some names of people in our immediate family but not others!

: My wife and I are trying to be good, food-wise, at the moment but it’s really hard. Since work …

: Been a week since my AirPods case stopped working. This morning finally got the headphones from my …

: Engaging. After reading some of @MDonaldson’s newsletter about starting to use Micro.blog and how it …

: Episode 22:”Dinosaurs” Some dinosaur chatter.

: Home alone update: I’m playing Mario Kart on the tv!

: Lyra has taken the kids out to a friend’s for a few hours! So, I’m obviously, struggling to make the …

: Morning jealousy I’ve always been a little jealous of other’s morning routines. Since, these days, mine …

: Episode 21: “You Eat Your Head” Elise reluctantly talks a little about school.

: Episode 20: “Elise Talks A Little Bit About Going Back To School.” TLDR: See the title.

: Every 3minutes for 30minutes - 12 calorie sprint on the Assault Bike. First four rounds were ok. …

: Had breakfast in a place that’s a pretty decent copy of another Western style place that we like but …

: Whether Elise either dresses herself, like this morning, or is helped she currently always wants to …

: Awww. The last 10 minutes of Season 2 of Schitt’s Creek was lovely. I mean, I’m enjoying …

: Changes at school. Covid19 has meant a lot of changes at our school. Some teachers went away at Chinese New Year at the …

: Episode 19: “Pizza Talk.” Elise presses buttons, Yumo wants to join in, I put it online regardless.

: Episode 19: “Pizza Talk” Elise talks about pizza and Yumo lays down a backing track.

: Our team is a little more on top of things today. And as a result, have a little more time to talk …

: Last night was the first night this week I didn’t work at home (after going to work). Woke up …

: School. In no particular order: Reports are done but… Doing e-learning and teaching students in …

: My gen 1 AirPods case has stopped charging. Which is annoying and frustrating but probably should …

: Trying hard to, ‘be the change.' Last week was rough because everything was getting to me. Today, …

: Today in China…

: L has turned her hand to macarons recently… These are the second batch. They’re so good.

: Episode 18 - “helicopters “ Elise talks about her new toy

: Reasons I update things on my phone: (in order of priority) To get rid of the red circle

: Episode 17: Dinosaurs Eat People Elise talks a little about dinosaurs.

: A morning routine Darling children all around Everyday a storm Having small children awake from …

: We were watching the Matthew Mconnughey and Anne Hathaway film Serenity last night and the best bit …

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: Up This site said we were 439m on the 69th floor. Now, most of the time I take things for granted. …

: Hole - Violet I listened to it again recently after discovering it on an old hard drive. It takes me …

: A night away with Lyra and without the kids. Almost didn’t get in. A nice view from the window. Air …

: Bought a new book today, Lyra asked me if I’d finished my other books. I have not. See number 2 on …

: True friendship “Be courteous to all but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them …

: A friend mentioned Schitt’s Creek in passing and I’m slowing working through first …

: Episode 16: “The Family Gets Nicknames” Following straight on from the last episode. Lyra learns what scruffy means.

: Episode 15: Mr Tiny Man Elise gives her brother a new name.

: I should sleep I should sleep but, if I stay awake A little longer I feel, I can hold tomorrow off …

: Yellow by Elise. 🌈

: Oranges. Photos found this photo for me… 📷🌈 #mbmay

: Episode 14: “Zog And The Flying Doctor’s” By Julian Donaldson. Retold By Elise We’ve read this a lot this weekend. She did pretty well!

: I want to record my daughter talking to family and friends online. Both would be using iOS. What’s a …

: Red. I keep thinking I want a new unlined notebook but keep coming back to the thought that I should …

: Episode 13: “Are we An Incredible Family?” Bit noisy this.

: phone dependency I ended up watching Jerry Seinfeld’s new special on Netflix. There’s a bit he does about how our …

: Saw this and remembered I needed to do a quote today. 💬

: It’s Sunday and it’s not even 9. I’m working; because I don’t know, What else I …

: Episode 12: 爸爸 A trial run of talking with Yumo… Who is on the verge of talking. He understands what we’re …

: EMAILS FROM MY CHILDREN’S SCHOOL BEFORE 8:00 AM DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS - Ouch.

: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter …

: Episode 11 - “Hi Natalie.” The audio of a video I took of Elise talking to a friend about a book we’ve read called Journey by …

: I was doing so well with talking to Elise but it kind of fell off. Anyway, I did a short video for a …

: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you …

: From this post on a email subscription

: I’m sorry I have to say it but you look like you’re sad Your smile is gone; I’ve …

: When I think I’m teaching, I’m probably not. When I don’t think I’m …

: “If this isn’t nice, what is?” 💬 I can’t remember where I first heard this Kurt Vonnegut quote but I think about it a lot. It’s a …

: Tales from the Loop Watched and enjoyed the the first episode of Tales from the Loop. A series based on the work of a …

: The human bean: 40 days on a tin-bean diet This video is titled The Human Bean: 40 days on a tin-bean diet. I’ve always enjoyed watching the …

: It’s my birthday. I’m 68. I feel like pulling up a rocking chair and dispensing advice to the young …

: Episode 10: “汪汪队” Elise and Lyra talk about Paw Patrol.

: Episode 9: “It’s Not A Hat” We talk about the time Elise fell off a swing.

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: Episode 8: “Cupcakes And Donuts.” We, briefly, talk about salad and vegetables. Which is apparently our families favourite food! Who …

: One thing at a time Yesterday was rubbish. Today, I’m __ trying__ to not try and do everything at once and then beating …

: Episode 7: “Three Frightful Heads” A discussion of Room on the Broom by Julian Donaldson, both the book and film.

: Things that aren’t work. I think I’ve realised that, in week 12 of e-learning and 14 weeks since this started, since I …

: What Social Distancing Looks Like Across the World - What Social Distance Looks Like Across the …

: One of these day, I’ll sort out my morning routine. At the moment it always leaves me stressed …

: Episode 6: “We Played Everywhere” First time recording outside and not at bedtime. We went to a ‘theme park’!

: This chilli oil with garlic is amazing with dumplings.

: Episode 5 - “because it’s bad times” Elise deviates from dinosaurs and talks about airplanes and cars and her grandparents.

: Traumatic Chinese Haircuts I was due to get my haircut during Chinese New Year but obviously, that didn’t happen. So …

: I’ve seen a book I’m interested in. However, I’ve still not finished the books …

: Pruning uncomfortable memories. So. I have too many photos. I don’t need that many. Lots are there because I never curated …

: It’s a Zoom screensaver but my daughter was having a meeting with it earlier. …

: Episode 4: “They’re All Beautiful” Elise shares her thoughts on Despicable Me.

: Episode 3: “Paw Patrol Rescue everybody, the end.” Elise talks about Paw Patrol and sings the theme in English and Chinese.

: Time zones are the worst. I replied to two messages I received overnight first thing this morning …

: Episode 2: School Elise presses the button to start recording. Elise talks a little about school and why she hasn’t …

: Episode 1 - Unplanned at bedtime After reading about @Chet’s podcast with his children, I kind of liked that idea. Then I listened to …

: I’m in China. We can go outside. School is closed (for my age level, Yr 11/13 went back …

: It’s occurred that parts of me are everywhere. A number of conversations spread across …

: Also, this screenshot we drove through recently. Not complicated at all.

: Waiting on my first Michelin star.

: Future dreams (Not entirely prompted by the lockdown but it’s probably influencing my thoughts.) …

: Four Albums I can listen to all the way through. Heavily influenced by my late teens/early 20s listening habits, 3 of the albums are 14 years old or …

: Anyone else have the WFH situation where it’s fine if you stay in the office (or where ever) …

: Hi @vincent i just opened Gluon and got this error. I don’t think I’m doing anything I …

: Bouncing back with some old tracks Slight regret at yesterday’s beers but feeling like I’m starting to bounce back a …

: Drinks with Claire. Walking into the light Drunkenly buying flowers on the way home.

: It’s funny the things that give you a new perspective, that make you look at the things you do …

: Beers of the world. Lovey afternoon discussing a potential return to school and just chatting. It’s …

: I’m a sucker for these “group sing alongs” - This time it’s “You’ve got a friend” by the …

: Tried out my new 32kg kettlebell today. Glad I stuck with the 24 as long as I did. The 32 was a …

: Our ‘e-learning break’ is coming to an end and I’m dreading Monday and going back to work aka …

: 西贝 This restaurant is one of my favourites. It’s called 西贝(xī bèi) and is Mongolian style food. Lots of …

: Other people Had a few beers with a few friends in the afternoon and then a few more over dinner with a few more …

: parents are not ok Lots I associate with in this piece entitled Parents are not ok by Chloe I. Cooney. Two bits that …

: Not often I get to drive 70mph in China. 120kmh is reserved for roads well out of urban areas. Was …

: Lost my patience with the kids and now in a foul mood. Wish I could start today again.

: care and reverence This question answered by Nick Cave talks a little about appreciated the here and now from the point …

: Announced today that local (which we aren’t) schools in our area in China will begin a staggered …

: Noticing your mother tongue One of the things that always - jumps out at me, surprises me, that always makes me stop me about …

: One minute I’m fine and then suddenly my anxiety, which was under control, has snowballed, runway …

: Our rented and furnished flat has 3 bedrooms all with doubles in. This has meant that our eldest has …

: L said, go look at the kitchen, “I’ve sorted it a bit…” and so I go and I look and it looks …

: Enjoying John Krasinski’s Some Good News videos at the moment. Bonus Hamilton sing along in this …

: the world that’s in your pocket is not the world? Second in the series of song lyrics that have struck me… Though it’s more spoken word. That …

: 芝芝咖啡。Cheese coffee. It shouldn’t work but I love it.

: There’s a world outside And I know ‘cause I’ve heard talk In my sweetest dream I …

: 'a fraction of our attention' This piece by Leo Babauta on ‘The practice of meticulous attention' resonated with me this …

: Hot pot / 火锅 - boiling oil which you put food in to cook.

: Just pulled out a couple of on-line-wins on Mario Kart. My day has peaked basically.

: Today was the last day of our 9th week in e-learning. Never been more glad of a break.

: This article where writers were asked what would their characters do in a pandemic is fun. At least …

: Also, I feel bad for working. That’s something hasn’t changed the whole 9 weeks …

: Baby Shark is on repeat in the lounge as I work in the spare room. There goes my Apple Music …

: Kettlebells on hold for some Yoga today. It was nice, I assume I’ll not have to spend so much …

: I took he hard drive out of my old Mac and it’s full of stuff. One of the things was some …

: Played an online game with some friends and then it just transitioned into just chatting. Even if I …

: Happy with using the Micro.blog hosting and transferring my Wordpress blog over was really simple. …

: I hate that my exercise is so doable. I’ve not got any excuse really. What fraction of the day …

: Came to Micro.blog by accident, now I post to my blog again! However, I feel like I like the idea of …

: Put my head in my hands for a few breaths because trying to work while the kids bounce between …

: Today I started to try and deal with my thousands of photos. As I’m deleting many many photos, …

: In the Apple store 5 minutes and I’m all like, “could I do all my work on an iPad?”

: Obviously we’re eating something spicy food, in this case roast fish.

: Ohhhhhhhhhhh. We’re out without the kids! First time in 9 weeks!

: It’s such a strange moment. One day you’re suddenly having conversations with your children.

: I’ve just made a folder on my computer for Week 9 of e-learning. 😐

: So late it’s almost early. A giant storm just passed over us. With such intensity, That I thought of …

: Thus we never see the true state of our condition till it is illustrated to us by its contraries, …

: Apple Music has added “Get Up!" Mix, an upbeat selection, which I’m starting the day …

: Self-isolation - Vol 7. A new normal.

: We went out to a park today, sat on a mat in the sun and had snacks. Elise was brave on her …

: Just put together a table but obviously that’s too simple so i added two more children and that was …

: Out for a stroll in the sun with Lyra and the eldest. Ice cream, some chips and a drink. Was very …

: Shout out to Elise for the back cover art.

: Another sunny day and e-learning is on hold for a virtual sports day (kids encouraged to log a range …

: New rules today for our city are that anyone coming from overseas into China has to go to a hotel …

: Was reading this discussion Metafilter about fun social activities that don’t involve leaving …

: There is food in there, it’s not just dish of chillis.

: Tea and sun 🌞

: Played Fibbage with some friends in Australia over video chat. It was fun! I find making the effort …

: Apple Music normally puts similar music in my Favourites Mix but this week it’s given me …

: Question: I mostly use my Macbook at home but if I bought a extra monitor - would it work with a …

: It’s funny - now self-distancing/isolation/quarantine has hit the Western world there’s more …

: This one was hard work trying to decide what to put in it. It’s been a tough few days but I wanted …

: Mum and dad took us out of school for 8 months when I was 9. They were both teachers and we did an …

: Anyone else manage to keep things in check as long as you need to be. Then when you don’t need …

: Feeling a little better for going outside for milk tea and dumplings. First time eating out in a …

: Day 52. Lyra and I have never been bored with 2 small children but today has been hard because I …

: It’s strange. Now that things are getting worse in the West there’s lots more for me to read about …

: I’m sweating, my mouth burns and my nose is running. Sick? No, just Lyra wanted hot pot for dinner.

: I think that one of the hardest bits of the self-isolation is, since we’ve been with the kids …

: Health check to get into the shopping centre.

: Friday 13th was day 50 for us. Tomorrow we’re planning to all go out in the car for the first time …

: Outside! E and I went out of the compound today. First time I’ve been out in 4 weeks. Which sounds crazy when …

: Self-isolation vol:4. What’s on you mind?

: One of the singer finalists on Chinese tv is doing the show from his flat!

: Morning routine. Coffee and kettlebells.

: Self isolation Vol:3 Better out than in.

: I have to admit it was good to get outside even for a short while.

: No idea how I came upon Lunarbaboon webcomic but the mix of Dad stuff and mental-health stuff is …

: Never more focused then I when I feel down. I guess nothing else matters so much and I’m not …

: There was talk yesterday about the ‘lockdown’ (only 1 person being allowed to leave every 2 days) …

: This was just a list I made at the start but I realise it’s pretty much just working from home. …

: Austin Kleon was talking about mini-zines recently so that’s what I did this afternoon.

: @help Hi! Is there a reason I can’t type in Chinese characters in the app on my Macbook? When …

: Last night I tidied my desk and felt all the better for doing it. Not my greatest work, there was …

: Struggling to get into Season 2 of Altered Carbon. It feels completely different and I’m not …

: Kettlebell swings are feeling stronger, which I guess is coming from some consistency. Which is …

: Squashing coffee, exercise and just taking 5 minutes into the time between making breakfast and an …

: 41 days of self-isolation 3 weeks since I've been out of our compound. 3 weeks since I've spoken …

: Day 41 is bad.

: Yesterday Day 40 of self-isolation wasn’t too bad, here’s hoping 41 isn’t so bad …

: This week, we’re going to try and put some order into our week. I’ve started by making the …

: Quarantine cooking: finding relief from the coronavirus anxiety in the kitchen. It’s strange …

: The hardest part of this coronavirus lockdown in China is that my wife and I get so little time to …

: Blue skies

: Just learning that with Family Sharing on iOS that in-app purchases can’t be shared. So, …

: £5 a month just to play Grindstone ok Apple Arcade just doesn’t make sense.

: Both L and I have both kind of hit a wall recently. It’s now 5 wks of being stuck inside. I can …

: I like the film viewing process when I don’t have a clue about it. It’s just so nice to …

: I miss rolls of film. I say that because apparently my 200gb of iCloud storage is full and I …

: My wife tidies as she goes when she cooks and I’m very much in the - I’m cooking not cleaning school …

: Been a tough weekend. Now into our 5th week of self-isolation. It’s normal now, not going out …

: I used to watch The Office but fell out of it. We got Netflix recently and have watched the last …

: View off the kitchen balcony

: Finally took todays nap time to get the Switch my friend kindly lent me off the top of the cupboard …

: I would love to see a playlist of music I’ve ‘loved’ on Apple Music but in the last day …

: I’ve turned off screentime on my phone. We’ve totally given up on trying to not use our phones …

: I was going to try a screen free Saturday but here I am. The kids are, mostly, playing nicely in …

: Was interesting to read a discussion of subtitles of Parasite on Metafilter but I also read this …

: Today’s Day 28 of self-isolation. I’ve been making a ‘freestyle’ …

: I know I’m busy because I completely forgot to open my RSS reader.

: I have such clear memories and ideas about some of the music I listened to when I was a teenager. I …

: @vincent I’ve downloaded Gluon but can’t post and I think that’s because my blog isn’t hosted by …

: Had a moment with the eldest and it made me realise the importance of something. Of making time to …

: Wide awake at 3am because I went to bed early to ‘get a good nights sleep.’ Ah well. Still, …

: Still working on the superheroes name. Tomorrow, they plan to tell someone it’s ok to not know …

: Can’t we all just get along the kids are pointing maybe it is going to kick off maybe …

: the struggle is I said today was going to be happy haikus but that’s gone out the window. The struggle is that …

: Saturday in Haikus. I tried not to use my phone today. Ended up writing some haikus instead. This are mostly first …

: I’m loving digging into this Makers and Mavericks list by Hiut Denim. So many interesting …

: My freestyle @1secondeveryday is up to 326 snippets since we started staying at home. I say to …

: We live in a compound - a group of 5 18-floor towers- it has a front gate. I’ve not been out the …

: Work + Family Were once separate and now crashing together Powerpoint to do

: I think we’ll stay in this weekend. Self-isolation is the new going out.

: It’s interesting how in our bilingual household certain words don’t get translated into English. We …

: Currently working while the kids pop all the balloons in the house.

: We’re doing ‘e-learning,’ posting daily work for students, responding to both their work and …

: In other news managed to setup the router I bought over a year ago to have a separate vpn WiFi …

: In the disco today is Armand Van Helden remixes. We’ve got mixes of Spin Spin Sugar, Sugar Is …

: We made an effort to tidy today. We’ve kind of been letting things go, so toys were everywhere. …

: The one bad habit I now have is going to bed much later. Before, I’d get a decent 7-8 hours …

: I feel like what works best for me, in terms of habits, is to not tell anyone and just get on with …

: The daily trip over the road to the Lawsons (little shop, convenience hop, Spar) is the highlight of …

: Continuing in the series.

: Sometimes losing my temper is cathartic. A hard reset. This morning was hard. My stock answer to how …

: When you wake up and are briefly happy it’s the weekend… before you remember you’re stuck in …

: It’s hard. The foreign office in the UK is saying we should definitely leave China (but we can’t …

: “Daddy + Elise” Art therapy

: Day 14

: Medical Police’s account of a world wide virus is about the only one I can handle at the …

: Half an hour, forty five minutes, sitting, playing with my phone, drinking a couple of beers and …

: Before we were self-quarantined the problem was that I got no respite, I worked with small children …

: Families, questions. Your family is whichever motley crew of dysfunctional humans you love so damn much you would do …

: L went to get permits for the kids to leave China today but apparently they aren’t doing them until …

: Empty road outside our flat. There’s never only 1 car on it.

: This piece on why millennials are bad at hobbies is interesting, particular about how much harder it …

: There's a world outside. And I know, 'cos I've heard talk In my sweetest dream, I would go out for a …

: Every Day is Day One. I did pay for Day One , the journaling app, but honestly, I never stick with it. So, I have a glut …

: Enhance.

: Clack, clack, clack. Feels like we’re on a rollercoaster but stuck on the first long ascent.

: Wife went to get exit permits for the kids today but it was closed, so will have to wait till …

: How I’m doing. Two graphs on Day 10 to show effects of staying at home because of the Coronavirus.

: Started preparing some things for students next week, since school is closed, and it was nice to be …

: Occurred to me as I was chatting to a friend, the longest one of us has been out of the flat in the …

: Since we ‘trapped’ at home at the moment, I made this for my wife and I. A voucher for some free …

: My vote don’t count - Aimed at America but plenty of takeaways for others too, about the importance …

: It’s an interesting thought, I read on an email called Digitally Well, that I now pretty much …

: I read this story on Reddit a long time ago. It’s the story of a man getting help with his …

: Day 5 of trying to not leave the flat in China. Still a constant battle to keep the kids entertained …

: With the Coronavirus, the foundation I work for has shut their schools in mainland China. We were …

: When they lead with the you looking sheepish…

: In the last 5 minutes, I’ve read that Flickr are raising their prices, I don’t know what …

: Today in the spirit of, ‘if I want to want my children and students a to be willing to try then I …

: Anyone else not able to imagine being in any other job? (Regardless of how you feel about your job.)

: Throwing stuff in the bin always makes me nervous. Especially fast food restaurants when I’m tipping …

: E likes to get me to draw something and then she colours it in. She works on her drawing and I work …

: Reasons to be cheerful is a site that tries to do what it says, highlighting some of the reasons to …

: Found the photo I was thinking of the separate devices/things I used to carry around in 2008.Camera, …

: L was complaining about her iPhone 8 camera yesterday. Which is more of a complaint that it isn’t a …

: lyra’s old flat I think this is the first time I’ve seen the outside of the flat my wife grew up. We went past …

: I’ve been making an effort to listen to new music recently since I have all this (Apple) music and …

: I read a tip about faking inbox zero by archiving all my emails in Gmail, but read about the idea of …

: Do not let daily to-ing and fro-ing to earn what we need to keep going prevent what you once felt …

: Apple - Chinese New Year Video Link Quite aside from it being from it being a bit of a tear-jerker. It’s set in Chongqing, …

: I made this bingo sheet to give me things to do that aren’t playing mindlessly with my phone. …

: Hands

: I play with a friend half way around the world using Chess.com but I just don’t like the time delay …

: New Resolution. One resolution at a time. To continue all year. First resolution: Go to bed before …

: So many good things on the internet that are well worth my time, but it’s such a struggle to just …

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: Started the new year with a new plan. While there are numerous plans that would work, I’m happier …

: First attempt at some blackout pages. Deliberately started at the front of the book and forced …

: I stopped watching NWA Powerrr but started again today. The promos are amazing, it’s the …

: Breakfast. 碗杂面. Noodles with stewed beef and chick peas. Spicy, numbing and causing me to break out …

: Avocado and wasabi, sweet potato and coconut and pumpkin and caramel. Slightly out there crisp …

: 芝芝美式 - Cheese Americano.

: 香菜拌牛肉,coriander beef served cold. Spicy and delicious.

: Analog January!

: My Flickr account is such a glorious snapshot of my life when I used it. There’s so many …

: The Analog January Challenge - I think I could get behind this and fits with the things I've been …

: Hello Elliott. This wasn’t a story about hacking, or revolution, or giant sci-fi machines… This was …

: Statues in the ground…

: “When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are …

: I used to love Spaced, Simon Pegg’s comedy series, but after watching Star Wars - Rise of Skywalker. …

: I was tired, a little hungover and just wanted to sit on the sofa when we went to do these photos. …

: Spoilers! After watching The Rise of Starwalker, wife and I are taking advantage of my parents being …

: I like the 8 in the lift on the way to R’s drama class.

: Not knowing what you did to fix something is still fixing it!

: This one, @hollyhoneychurch. I use it as a reminder and quite often just like to turn it over and …

: Mum and dad arrived at 11:30 last night, so obviously the first thing to do was go out for a few …

: Late night beer run.

: I feel like, that I’m better at knowing how much I need to push when working out. So today, I …

: I like this post about someone asking those closest to them the question, “Please tell me how …

: Parenting This piece by Austin Kleon is brief, and awesome. Becoming a parent is also an opportunity to treat …

: Day 2. Every 30seconds for 20min. 1x clean and jerk @ 70kg. Challenging but manageable weight. Two …

: Day 1 of trying to get into better habits. Starting Simple and Sinister again. 100 kettle swings and …

: I saw this article titled "I have come to dread looking after my grandchild each week" recently.* It …

: A mile an hour -Running a different kind of marathon. Sometimes Youtube does recommend something …

: Parcel collection in China. Parcels don’t get delivered to your flat, instead they go into a locker …

: Starting to feel better after a couple of days off work. With it has come the the strength to …

: My Apple Music - Replay 2019 because it’s shared with the 3yo features both “Hey Micky You’re …

: a stage.” I’ve been thinking of this a lot since I read it a couple of days ago. Life, as a total of …

: Harmony Project - Chali 2NA - Comin Thru

: Yesterday L took the kids out for a couple of hours. We always tend to do things altogether at the …

: When at home, do you always like to read in the same place? A particular chair or spot on the sofa? …

: Parents. I feel like with time being so limited between work and home. I need some things to do that …

: We drove past this building a lot and I’d always just assumed it was some sort of government …

: Today had started so well, I realised 10mins into our drive that we hadn’t argued about the music …

: Food took ages and they forgot my beer. It was amazing. Nice to be bored for a while. Followed up …

: If I took all the time I spend trying to format the work I’m doing, on whatever program, the …

: I always like the way the 3 year olds photos turn out. I think this a panorama shot.

: A definition of love “It’s a verb. It’s an active engagement with all kinds of feelings—positive ones and primitive ones …

: One of my favourite things about Apple Music is that my weekly playlist is one kind of music, this …

: Lunchtime dumplings

: The boy does not like wearing shoes in the car.

: Places to put things at home are normally pretty easy. Stable Unaffected by gravity But then you …

: working parents For working parents our careers tend to be busiest when our children yearn to have us around the …

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: Just finished watching Back to Life about a women who has just got out of prison. It’s quite …

: The 1y.o. found the missing Paw Patrol member Zoomer. I couldn’t find him anywhere! Good work Y!

: Happy to see Scotland and Japan going ahead in the Rugby World Cup.

: When you hear and love the remix first and then hear the original and it’ll never be enough.

: Wonder how many of the Apple Arcade games I can play on my Macbook that work fine with just the …

: Want to upgrade to Catalina but the one app I need in China, my VPN, won’t work. So having to hold …

: That Sunday morning and we’ve been up since 6am look.

: Quick! The kids are napping, you need to relax. Always find it hard. What should I do with myself. I …

: 007: 5 minute free write - Nappies Sit down. Close your eyes. Rotate your neck slowly in circles while counting out-loud to 5. Once you …

: E’s first bike!

: Staying or going Going away with my wife’s friends for a couple of days has been enlightening in terms of the …

: 油茶(you cha) is basically porridge with spices and some crunchy rice noodles on top. It’s delicious.

: I’d love for this view to be British countryside but I’ll take the convenience of the fast trains in …

: You get used to the English when you live in China but this from the hot springs we went to today …

: 3 taxis, 2 trains, 2 metros, 2 falling outs, lots of spicy food, 3 beers, 1 coffee.

: New thing. Getting the 3yo to take photos…

: Happy Anniversary. Today is my 5 year wedding anniversary. The kids woke at 6, one was coughing and we went to the …

: New Mr Robot next weekend! Doing some reading and watching to catch up a little.

: 🏸️

: We went to this little sushi place for lunch. It’s clearly very popular but is hidden away in a …

: Zen shorts. One of favourite books is a children’s book called Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth. As much for its …

: E went to kindergarten today - a Sunday!* - so I dropped her off and then came to have a coffee and …

: Dinner and drinks.

: Peculiar Prompts: 365 Ways to Explore, Make, Think, and Write Saw this and dl it because I feel like …

: A Tribute to Brooklyn Nine-Nine “001 Watch your favorite television show. Any episode. Describe everything you are seeing, as it …

: Finally replaced the debit card that expired at the end of August. Since then, I’ve survived just …

: Grandparents with the kids and I’m watching the rugby and trying to enjoy a little time to myself.

: 5am Saturday morning coffee and some peace and quiet before the weekend starts and the kids wake.

: Living here has definitely changed how I react to temperatures. It’s 23c today and it feels cool. …

: Letter of intent We got an email about completing a “letter of intent” with regards to our contracts. Since schools …

: The Tail End This post about our time left and what we do with it was just what I needed, even if it …

: Daughter just tried to put the CD on top of our Homepod… Also, we don’t have anything …

: The UKs Chinese food revolution - I take all the food talked about in this article for granted now. …

: In other news, yesterday I introduced the family to Haddaway’s - What is love. This led to …

: Moments. Life feels full on, constant in its intensity and I am always craving some time to myself. Some …

: Saturday afternoon beer…

: Our brains are not multi-threaded by Cal Newport. In my job there’s so many little things to …

: Parking is always a pain when we visit L’s relatives. Narrow streets with cars on both sides makes …

: I want to write more But I don’t know what I want to write about or what I want to say. I know I want to find the time …

: You want a social life, with friends This popped into my head last night as I sat on the sofa and …

: My MacBook Pro screen packed up today. Closed it. Carried it somewhere. Opened it. Nothing. Another …

: China. Construction continues…

: fear of smartphones For reasons I’ve been making a point of “faffing” about with my phone a lot less this week. At work …

: a positive reminder I find it hard to be on the Internet and to stay positive so this music video shot from the front of …

: First day of the new school year. It always feels like starting again and not like continuing.

: When we are away from Chongqing L always craves spicy food. So she’s getting some now. Veg and meat …

: What does that mean in terms of friends? I often say, I rudest to people I feel closest to. Because …

: Being back in the UK (In no particular order.) How much for parking?! Supermarkets and all the wonders inside Fish and …

: Flavours

: goodbyes “I think one of the hardest bits of living abroad is missing home. And I mean that in the sense of …

: Dinner. I couldn’t finish it, because it was SPICY and I’m about to do a few drinks. I don’t think …

: home As I’m less than two weeks away from going back to the UK. It’s making me reflect on what home means …

: These circles represent where Mum and Dad, brother, sister and I live. I’ve followed dad and …

: The problem is that I’m trying to use my phone less and eat less crap, but with two small …

: I know she was asking me to wait, that she was giving me a refund and then I would need to pay …

: Performance in the shopping mall.

: Today is Duanwu festival. Which is famous for dragon boats racing zingzi - sticky rice wrapped in …

: We are allowed to officially wear shorts to work today. I am comfortable because 30 degrees and …

: The storm that passed over this morning was crazy.

: Between this and Years and Years on the BBC, I’m feeling very aware of my own mortality. This …

: Hot.

: Interesting reading reviews of authentic Chinese food in the UK. My first thought is - that sounds …

: Out for lunch

: Morning meditation cancelled today when the 3yo climbed into my lap for a cuddle. Totally worth it.

: Today is children’s day. So the shopping centre was packed in a way that is totally normal to …

: Was nice to go out without the kids but even two drinks was enough. The thought of an actual …

: “Senior diet expert.”

: Out for a burger and a beer.

: Jocelyn K. Glei’s ‘Hurry Slowly' is pretty much the only podcast I’ve maintained …

: View from the balcony for my morning kettlebell workout. Accompanied by some drum and bass.

: Getting up at 4:30. Pro: I like having the time in the morning before the family gets up. Con: By …

: “Brewed for happiness.”

: Haven’t been eating much sugar recently… Just slipped and inhaled 3 cookies. Ooops.

: As a parent but also a teacher, this stuff is so interesting. This Is How To Make Your Kids …

: Evening Plan. Home > Friend taking the big kid so we can watch > Marvel Agent’s of …

: Morning routine - meditating, coffee, exercise. Managed some work too this morning before the boy …

: Evening markets are good for noodles, fruit, clothes and Peppa Pig stickers.

: 28c and 69% humidity. Hot and sweaty.

: I miss going for breakfast in the UK. I’d love to be able to go somewhere for a full English

: Exercise It was always the thing that kept me level and recently, while that’s still true. The time …

: Really enjoyed watching this video by the people working at Micro.blog. Especially the talk about …

: Two photos of our GoT finale.

: E has packed a bag, a small basket and the sofa is now a plane. ✈️

: I get a lot of these from an app E uses on my phone.

: Toddler film names: Frozen - Let it go (song) Big Hero 6 - Microbots Zootopia - Uh uh uh (It’s in …

: Outside in the compound for a walk

: Thought I heard the baby crying. Went to check on baby. Baby was still asleep. Woke the baby.

: Reading reports and hoping the baby doesn’t wake. Worked out how to add Markdown support so …

: Your phone should be like your toothbrush I was doing so well recently but have fallen off the …

: Watching Mission Impossible - Fallout. Felt disappointed he wasn’t winning the fight in the …

: What a view for lunch!

: Ep. 531 - Stood - 532 - Lunarbaboon …

: I like to think I do some of this. > Self Explanation Bright Spots …

: Saturday morning soft play. I asked for cheese though.

: Just finished aTheories of Flight by Simon Morden. Such a fun read, it’s one of the books that I …

: Surprised I got to get this to work around breakfast!

: Testing…

: Maybe Maybe it’s married life, maybe it’s home being somewhere in China, maybe it’s …

: Resolutions The mindset we need isn't the positive-thinking mantra that failure is impossible; it's that …

: Moving And when I can feel our baby move, if that isn’t the most glorious thing indeed.

: And sometimes. And sometimes, the universe seems so big that nothing matters much. And sometimes, our troubles, our …

: You If you must wait, Wait for them here in my arms as I shake If you must weep, Do it right here in my …

: I think I realised what it is. The reason that I feel like I do. There was the time I drank tequila straight on the balcony at 2am. …

: breathe.

: Glorious This week was glorious. Like a holiday should be but which we’re never sold on. Instead of beaches …

: Cambodia. Different. Different is good. It’s a holiday. It’s time with friends. It’s time to …

: China!

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: Living. You can take a horse to water… I’ve been sending a friend a lot of quotes lately. …

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: I'm fine I want to write more. I never know what to write about. I say I’ll sit down and just see what …

: sweeping up after yourself It doesn’t make sense to me that you wouldn’t want to remember your life. This concept of partying, …

: Those times When you fall off the edge and getting back involves a long climb. Returning isn’t simply a …

: Photos I realise I didn’t take enough pictures of people. Here are some though.

: a list I meant to start a list of things I was going to start doing in the coming school year. I just never …

: Goodbye I don’t think I like good byes. It’s not easy when it’s ‘good bye, see you next year, possibly, visa …

: home Home is the place I go back to, the place I sleep and eat, where I spend most of my time, a place I …

: jealous Jealousy is easy. You can be jealous of everyone! Look at that person in a fancy car that you …

: Work in progress.  

: I didn’t think it would happen. It did. It’s a week in but I can feel the stresses and …

: Overwhelm It was nice to see some of the things in that last post. It was nice I had a quiche this morning and …

: Day one In no particularly order - understanding other people’s conversations around you, Kate, paying …

: Bloc Party. Have been posting to omar.tumblr.com more and more. It’s more private then Facebook and other …

: fearless I tell my girls this every day whether is teaching them to ride their scooters, working on their …

: Friends

: friends Some old friends visiting from Beijing. Somehow managed to keep it a surprise from Lyra! …

: Selfie Post catching the ball with my face.

: It's never just one thing is it? Yes, that the thing at work is proving difficult but it’s not just that. It’s that …

: Long way down

: Post Workout

: Bridge

: KTV

: Late night snack. Not been to bed before since Tuesday. Yesterday we went to a park, then spent the evening at a hot …

: Chinese Homework. Homework- 1. 是的 2. 先。。。然后 我先学汉语然后我可以交中国的朋友 我先学汉语然后吃饭 我先做完了作业然后睡觉 3. 一边。。。一边 我现在一边喝咖啡一边学汉语 我一边做饭一边听 …

: Majiang It’s the small things that can present the biggest shocks living abroad. Though, it’s …

: Chinese food. Make too much. Eat too much. Still have left overs.

: Photo of a photo. The photo was 60p.

: 新年快乐

: Chinese New Year List of Things To Do. Meditate - Everyday. For at the bare minimum of a minute. Gamble - Set a limit. Take a chance. Drink …

: Chinese lessons

: Weekend. Did things, worked on things, practised, spent time with L. Nothing but memories to show for it. …

: rings

: love Was at school on Friday. We were manning a stall for Chinese New Year. There was a parent who I know …

: Returned. \ The last night of our stay in Thailand at the beginning on January, L left her rings in the …

: Dinner.

: Officially, finally, married.

: Chinese lessons.

: Sunday dinner

: Love and laughter

: Welcome, slippers for everyone!

: Korean BBQ

: Hill Sprints: This is ok. I’m alright, I’ve got this. It’s good, I’m breathing hard. I …

: 火锅 Put over a high heat until boiling. Add meat and veg.  

: Meeting with Liz Short, expensive visit to the British Consulate today to promise I’m not married.

: Chinese notes

: time out  My favourite cafe. It’s big and open and you have to order through an instant messaging app …

: irate, of late My patience is worn thin. I think it’s because of work. Just for a change I feel like …