烧烤。

It’s weird how kids grow up.

Like, the physical stuff, getting bigger, walking and talking you kind of expect but the cognitive stuff is sometimes strange and disarming.

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 works so much better when the kids aren’t up before 7.

The challenge will be doing those things when they do!

Started the day well and feel like that carried me through the rest of the day until I exercised after work.

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 dancing

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

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 episode of AEW Dynamite and had a few beers.

If this isn’t nice!

We did try to find a name we liked for our second that started with V so that our initials would spell L.O.V.E. but couldn’t find something.

Jump!

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

For example when they did something you asked them not to and it ended in tears.

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

Interesting conversation with E about why she can speak two languages. She’s not really sure, maybe it’s her teachers? So jealous of her sometimes! Switching effortlessly between two languages is all she knows.

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 routine of cold shower (after hot, obviously), coffee and reviewing my Chinese will start to stick.

Friendships

It will no doubt get me into trouble with the medical profession, but it is not too much of an exaggeration to say that you can eat as much as you like, drink as much alcohol as you want, slob about as much as you fancy, fail to do your exercises and live in as polluted an atmosphere as you can find, and you will barely notice the difference. But having no friends or not being involved in community activities will dramatically affect how long you live.

This Is How To Make Emotionally Intelligent Friendships: 6 Secrets

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 shutting down for the day.

But so many of us feel guilty at simply stopping, and this feeling that we should be doing more … it drives some of us to keep going as long as we can.

This can lead to overwork, burnout, tiredness, and never letting ourselves enjoy a moment of rest.

Do you relate to this guilt of simply stopping and resting?