I don’t ‘call’ people, except my Mum.

I can’t even imagine calling/Facetiming the people I consider closest to me.

Living in another country, another time zone, even with COVID.

I still struggle with it.

That said, I appreciated calling Mum this evening.

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 so much at the hands of life, they are the ones who have dug themselves out of the dark, who have fought to turn every loss into a lesson. The kindest people do not just exist – they choose to soften where circumstance has tried to harden them, they choose to believe in goodness, because they have seen firsthand why compassion is so necessary. They have seen firsthand why tenderness is so important in this world.” – Bianca Sparacino


Sacrilegious for someone of my profession to say, maybe, but I don’t like giving people books unless they’re 1) books they’ve asked for 2) really nice editions of books they already love. Otherwise, it feels like giving someone work. “Did you read that book I gave you yet?!?”

Nobody wants to read a book - Austin Kleon

Elise’s Rules 1. If your piece is taken you can put it back anywhere on the board on your next move. 2. You can swap sides.

I like the browse sometimes while my class is looking for books to take out of the school library. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reading a few pages of “The Knife of Never Letting Go” by Patrick Ness. A YA book about a dystopian future where a boy, soon to be a man, lives in a world where everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts. The Noise.

Anyone, I picked it up today since YA books are sometimes enough. Turns out a film came out this year too!

“Updating an Apple Watch Series 3 is a nightmare in 2021”

I like mine well enough. It’s useful for being a silent alarm and telling the time because that’s all I really use it for.

The Verge

The new Marvel megatrailer: The Guardian

And, I don’t know about you, but there was a moment towards the end of the trailer where my excitement gave way to a creeping dread at the sheer relentlessness of its release slate. Marvel is a monopoly now. A juggernaut. There’s no use fighting it. Better to just go limp and let it stomp all over you.

Do exercise. Feel better.

Spain’s Four-Day Work Week Is a Game Changer

“The key is flexibility,” he adds. “Some workers might prefer to have four days, or others might prefer to spread their 32 hours of work across five days.

I can dream!

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 we’ve had to lose Our space, we’ve lost dancing We’ve lost the hugs with friends and And people that wе loved All these things that wе took for granted (We’ve lost dancing) (We’ve lost dancing) If I can live through (We’ve lost dancing) This next six months (We’ve lost dancing) Day by day (We’ve lost dancing) If I can live through this (We’ve lost dancing) What comes next Will be Marvellous

Fred again.. - Marea (We’ve Lost Dancing

Today I’m grateful for Lyra taking the kids out so I can a little time and space.

So, obviously I’ve spent the morning tidying and sorting and rewatching Barry.

Took the kids to the theatre to see and adaptation of a Chinese book.They mostly loved it and I think it was a good experience for them. Was definitely a point when Yumo had had enough though.

As well, we were in a theatre with a few hundred people which feels normal for here but definitely not when looking at the rest of the world.

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 to.

Not sure what the family made of it when I put it on in the car though.

Today I am grateful for coffee.

As I am every day. I’m cutting down though. Coffee at work isn’t great. Quality not quantity!

Also, I’m going to do my gratitude posts in the morning. Evenings don’t really work for me.

What’s better for children: sleep or exercise?

the team examined the optimal balance between children’s physical activity, sleep, and sedentary time across the 24-hour day to better inform tailored lifestyle choices.

On a minute-for-minute basis, moderate-to-vigorous physical exercise was shown to be 2-6 times more potent than sleep or sedentary time.

One of my favourite ice lollies. In the UK we would call them Twisters but her in China they’re called “lots of circles.”

I can’t not say, they were much bigger when I was younger.

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 instead. I’m ok with that.

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

Lunch and coffee with Lyra.