I predict that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cartoon Opening Theme (1987) will be my most played song this year.

  1. Keep kids busy
  2. Try not to go crazy
  3. Try not to eat too much

My rules from day one of our lockdown/quarantine that started January 23rd 2020. I forgot to post it. So much has happened since.

Making worksheets for Maths on Monday on Saturday night is the most relaxed I’ve been all day. The kids haven’t had great days and it’s been so full on.

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 Omar playlist for 2021.

  1. Watch Wandavision.
  2. Discuss obvious stuff with Lyra.
  3. 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.


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 a new perspective on the area we live in. Despite being so built up there’s still space around.

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 different level has been good too, in that it forces me to consider what I’m doing more. As I creep towards 40, I’m making choices about working out so I can work out again this week and next month and for the foreseeable future. I’m happy with the programme I’m doing, I like this quote from their website.

It is for these reasons and more that Linchpin focuses on long-term health and fitness. We want you (and your back, knees, and shoulders) to be fit, happy, healthy, and extremely capable for decades to come.

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 watching.

“I’ll follow you into the dark” cover by Frank Watkinson. I’ve been listening to the original recently but liked this one. Also, his house is so British and it makes me miss the place a bit.


Daddy’s Breakfast Diner is open. I’ll cook whatever you want as long as I have the ingredients. Midnight Diner on Netflix

The kids enjoyed the lychee and orange Oreos that have been released for Chinese New Year but I wasn’t a fan, just a strange taste.


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

“Oh, monsters are scared,” said Lettie. “That’s why they’re monsters. And as for grown-ups…” She stopped talking, rubbed her freckled nose with a finger. Then, “I’m going to tell you something important. Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. The truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not on, in the whole wide word.”

I thought about adults. I wondered if that was true: if they were all really children wrapped in adult bodies, like children’s books hidden in the middle of dull, long adult book, the kind with no pictures or conversations.

Not sure why this passage struck me but it did and has me thinking about grown-ups and how we grow up and we’re the same but different.

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 are up and since Mummy is asleep we’re doing chocolate cereal with chocolate milk and now we’re going on a plane.

*Karma eh?!