Made last night and reheated today. Made the late night supermarket run worth it. My best one yet, so delicious.

My favourite iOS 14 feature is having random photos of the kids appearing on my Home Screen. So nice.

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 with us?” Yes, I do. It comes from my savvy mother-in-law, advice she gave me on my wedding day. “In every good marriage,” she counseled, “it helps sometimes to be a little deaf.” I have followed that advice assiduously, and not only at home through 56 years of a marital partnership nonpareil. I have employed it as well in every workplace, including the Supreme Court. When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out. Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.

From and seen on Daring Fireball

Yesterday introduced Elise to some tasty music -Buffallo Charge - Dub Phizix and Strategy

Also they loved the video which has rapping buffaloes.

Parent teacher interview always make me nervous but after I’m always grateful for them.

It’s easy to forget students are someone’s children, that someone is thinking about them. And I say that as a parent.

It’s nice to remember that. Definitely changes my mindset.

A girl at Elise’s dance class has a t-shirt that says - “I need a break” and I’m totally feeling that.


The few hours Lyra and I just had were just what I needed. A chance to reset my mindset and for me to start again.

I’ve found it difficult when I’m either with my own children before and after work and other people’s children between 6am and 9pm. Much as love my own children and I do enjoy my teaching other people’s.

It’s one of those things about teaching that, when you’re working, yes you’re in charge but your time is very much not your own. You can’t leave the room to go to the toilet or go speak to someone, you can’t sit and have a think. While we do get some ‘free’ time during the time, it’s incredibly difficult to switch off. When you’re teaching them there’s a million other things to do.

Anyway. I feel very much better for the evening off of parenting and teaching.

Best thing you can do for your children sometimes, is to be away from them!

First time in a cinema since I can’t remember. We saw Tenet. It was amazing. I think, I’m not sure. Absolutely want to watch it again! 🎥

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 unlimited since anything is easier without our two darling kids.

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 feel like this is something they need to do.

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 think. That said, it was hard work. I’m just glad we’re in school. I can’t even imagine trying to do some of this stuff online.

Do not like how Apple pins chats in Messages. I don’t like the giant bubbles, why can’t I have everything like it was but with smaller changes like in WhatsApp and Wechat.

Lyra just made cheese on toast for the first time. So proud.

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 much a thing. You see them everywhere. It’s a whole market. Will be interesting to see whether Apple can start joining that market.

I would like an iPad. So that my MacBook becomes work only. I just don’t need to do that. I have separate user accounts that work well enough.

“My relationship with the entire world in this moment depends entirely on the relationship I have with myself.“ – Paul Ferrini

swissmiss - My Relationship With The Entire World

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 thinking about.

“How many other people need to be doing their jobs well for you to do your job well?”

the examined family