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2020-11-24: I’m grateful some of the teachers I work with always have provisions. Sometimes a snack is …

2020-11-24: Been in the restaurant twenty minutes and none of the staff have said a word to me. It’s been …

2020-11-23: I remember when you bought the 36 exposure films. So many things to capture! #mbnov

2020-11-23: In the interests of science and because I’ll try anything once* I bought one of these on the way …

2020-11-22: Borders are a big part of our life and will continue to be. We had to make a choice for the kids …

2020-11-22: What does everyone want for Xmas? Do you make a list with your significant other and buy each other …

2020-11-21: A haiku a day Inspired by this article little sister and I have been exchanging haikus this week. In a, …

2020-11-21: Winter is Christmas and makes me miss Christmases ‘back home*. The build up, the food, the …

2020-11-21: Sometimes it feels like the thing I/you need to do to feel better is to be alone and do things …

2020-11-21: How to tidy your home. Invite people around. Say to yourself, I’ll just say - “sorry about …

2020-11-21: Caution!

2020-11-21: ”Untitled” Digital composition. Yumo 23/11/20

2020-11-21: 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 …

2020-11-20: Things fade, Eventually Hurt us, a little less. I spilt wine on someone, When I worked in the pub, …

2020-11-20: 'I should have loved biology.' I should have loved biology but I found it to be a lifeless recitation of names: the Golgi apparatus …

2020-11-20: Today’s entry in things I saw in the little convenience shop over the road… It’s not even in …

2020-11-20: “We Are The Champions” on Netflix says - ’Explore an array of unique competitions, from the …

2020-11-19: Finally put some money towards @kottke after running out of excuses for doing so. Consistently …

2020-11-19: It's family. I worked late at school and Lyra thought she had an English lesson so we got to have dinner together …

2020-11-19: Dinner of spam, quail eggs, many types of tofu and vegetables cooked in a beef broth.

2020-11-19: It’s possible our youngest will go down without getting up repeatedly but it’s also possible I could …

2020-11-19: Possible is too often overshadowed by its siblings. The elder, ruder, sibling impossible and its …

2020-11-19: “Deep listening is an act of surrender. We risk being changed by what we hear.” Full quote

2020-11-18: It’s getting late. My dependence on working late is not sustainable! #mbnov

2020-11-18: He went to work every day before Hannah went to school, and in the evening he worked at home. When …

2020-11-17: I’ve been on a bullet train in Japan and regularly get the fast trains here in China but while …

2020-11-16: It feels weird to be overwhelmed but it not be COVID related. And I know it’s ok to be so. I think …

2020-11-16: 3 rounds 50 sit ups 1 minute at the top of the press up. Total time: Not sure. About 3 songs from …

2020-11-16: I can never tell what my first memory is. Whether it is my memory or something I’ve put together …

2020-11-16: I just noticed Apple Arcade on my MacBook App Store. So I ‘think’ I could do that and I kinda like …

2020-11-15: “I really don’t mind coming into the office to work.” Yes. Sometimes after the weekend, it’s …

2020-11-15: Basically my home is as automated as it’s going to get. We can do a disco and that’s it. …

2020-11-15: Who says romance is dead?! Airdropping messages while out with the kids and hearts on Saturday …

2020-11-15: I like this ‘Nobody is normal’ video for Childline that I saw on @Kottke. He says, ‘I was comparing …

2020-11-15: Work at work, home at home. Reading this discussion on Metafilter about people’s experiences of working from home and …

2020-11-14: Being smart often has little to do with being persuasive. Reading this has me thinking of people …

2020-11-14: 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 …

2020-11-14: I don’t do spooky films. I don’t enjoy them. It means I can’t sleep. #mbnov

2020-11-14: Lovely afternoon in the park.

2020-11-14: Foo Fighters - Times Likes These on Saturday Night Live. It’s times like these you learn to …

2020-11-14: Elise’s Dinosaur workout 🦖10 dinosaur raaaaas (lunge and go raaaa) 🦕10 brontosaurus reaches (jump …

2020-11-14: Loving this Tinlicker One Mix on Apple Music. I’ve got stuck listening to the second track* …

2020-11-13: ‘no more guilty pleasures’ I love Austin Kleon We all love things that other people think are garbage. You have to have the …

2020-11-13: Don’t guess. So much of my anxiety comes from this. #mbnov

2020-11-13: It’s been an overwhelming week in some ways between work and family. Wasn’t feeling great this …

2020-11-12: 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. …

2020-11-12: The places I eat. Tonight was on the pavement next to a 4 lane road. The garlic mushrooms were …

2020-11-12: Would i wear the same thing everyday if I could? I sometimes think I would and in fact I kind of do. …

2020-11-11: Often, I feel like I have something to say but not the time to properly form it between family and …

2020-11-11: Saw these in the school library today!

2020-11-10: Being social, even online, is something I wish I was better at but have accepted as something I find …

2020-11-10: Elderly. Grandparents are elderly but never your parents, I mean, until they are. #mbnov

2020-11-10: After yesterday’s I’ll advised kettlebell workout, today’s workout was just about moving a little. …

2020-11-10: Some photos from the weekend. It’s a little section of a bigger tourist attraction done up in an …

2020-11-09: Omar’s Law states that a probability that a child will offer the correct leg/arm/hand/foot to …

2020-11-09: 🦖🥰😂🦄🙃🌮🙁🎄 elise

2020-11-09: I think my issue with the challenges is I don’t like to force it. I want it to be perfect and …

2020-11-09: My experiences are You can’t force people to change They have to do it for themselves I say …

2020-11-08: I’m thinking about what binds us and how those things are not the same everyone we know. A common …

2020-11-08: Beau Miles has a new video where he drinks wine found by the road and answers questions. I enjoy his …

2020-11-07: Hot pot!

2020-11-07: 23:06 Leaving it late. I am inflated by spending time with my wife and friends this evening.

2020-11-07: Night and day.

2020-11-07: Lyra and I are going away for the night while the grandparents try and keep up with the kids - which …

2020-11-07: One of the biggest sacrifices I make as a parent is eating things so my children don’t. Cake, ice …

2020-11-07: This article in the Guardian of critics admitting to getting things wrong has me thinking of what …

2020-11-06: Tried to do a workout. First Elise joined in for the jumping jacks and burpees. Then she got bored. …

2020-11-06: Picking up the kids from school is such an amazing feeling, every single time. For the first ten …

2020-11-06: I am always puzzled By my feelings for Friday The week is over! Again The weekend is here! Again I …

2020-11-06: I know The World Waits™️ and the UK is now on lockdown again but… Both our children slept …

2020-11-05: Stoop. Droop. Loop. Coop. Soup. #mbnov ✏️

2020-11-05: Christmas - it either feels too early or too late, never just right.

2020-11-04: and the word is near but all I can think is the opposite of how the distances between us, currently …

2020-11-04: Episode 37: Elise Predicts The Winner Of The US Election Phew!

2020-11-03: Work is just… it’s not that it’s difficult, no, that’s not right as it is, it’s the volume of …

2020-11-03: As a, relatively, recent father and a teacher of, relatively, small children, kids always astonish …

2020-11-03: I skip breakfast a lot but since I’m trying to exercise more regularly l feel like I need something. …

2020-11-02: Something I miss about the UK is pork pies. Something else I miss is fruit concentrate aka cordial …

2020-11-01: Cuddles are the best. I’ve rolled my eyes in the past when mum has said it to me, but some things …

2020-11-01: One great thing about having kids is that they force you into an active practice of love whether you …

2020-11-01: I enjoyed The Mandolorian - Justified crossover episode a whole lot.

2020-11-01: I’m from the UK and so I’m used to the weather not being the best. That said, the …

2020-10-31: Also date night.

2020-10-31: Date night is serious business.

2020-10-31: My heart is moved by all I cannot save: so much has been destroyed I have to cast my lot with those. …

2020-10-31: Being present I’ve been trying hard to be more present this morning. And the effort has been worth it. I’ve felt …

2020-10-31: Saturday morning train tracks with Elise

2020-10-31: Is anyone considering Apple One? I already have a family music subscription and pay extra for 200gb. …

2020-10-31: 5 Nice Things Kottke just linked to this post titled An Easy Way To Practise Gratitude which is about a game where …

2020-10-30: The kids were allowed to dress up today and it was the first time I’ve seen a Black Panther, which …

2020-10-30: Every morning the security guards take our temperature and say good morning in Chinese. Today though …

2020-10-29: Stayed up late reading, which I haven’t done in a while. Another YA book out of there school library …

2020-10-28: Today in Chinese crisp flavours: creme brûlée and milk tea!

2020-10-28: Exercise today was row 5k. Which I do because I know it’s good for me, even if I’m not a huge fan. …

2020-10-28: Youngest didn’t wake until 5am so Lyra and I got the bed to ourself all night. Then the eldest …

2020-10-27: Made lasagne for tomorrow. Did some exercise. Was productive. Felt good.

2020-10-27: Shoutout to the Wayback Machine for saving the lasagne recipe I like to use after it disappeared

2020-10-26: Yumo moved out of our room and into his sister’s. The first night we gave it up but they both …

2020-10-25: IKEA

2020-10-24: This letter to an ‘agony aunt’ from someone who has lived in their partner’s home …

2020-10-24: The originally makes sense apparently but the English trans unit so much.

2020-10-24: Is there a way to block websites in Safari on my iPhone? I’ve deleted apps but can’t be trusted not …

2020-10-23: I don’t think it’s a coincidence my anxiety kicked in after I felt good about myself for doing …

2020-10-22: I’ve managed to remove a notification I’ve had for months and never been able to. So I’m feeling …

2020-10-22: Today, try to hold some of the dark and some of the light side by side. Don’t turn away from either …

2020-10-22: Youngest did not sleep well and was slow getting back to sleep. So now I’m off to work and feeling a …

2020-10-21: 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 …

2020-10-20: lessons stand up for what is right prioritize your mental health being flexible brings success your voice …

2020-10-20: My favourite thing about iOS 14 is definitely the photo widget. A constant stream of photos of the …

2020-10-20: I think there’s something wrong. with my. spacebar as it keeps adding i n adding in spaces …

2020-10-19: In other related news about my kids. Things they’ve been competitive about recently… Going …

2020-10-19: This evening Matthew I’m going to be the father from the Lego Movie… “Stoooppp messing with …

2020-10-18: Another rollercoaster weekend is over… We’ve talked about watching Monsters and Love but …

2020-10-18: Losing my patience. Losing my patience with my children is the worst and yet still, it happens. This week has been …

2020-10-18: Listening to Jocelyn K. Glei’s podcast Hurry Slowly and this week it’s titled The Angst of …

2020-10-18: Today I’m grateful that kids here can have parties again. Reminded recently that Elise’s 3rd …

2020-10-17: 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 …

2020-10-17: Roads

2020-10-17: Care and love After reading Austin Kleon’s post We love because we care I asked Lyra to help me buy the book. …

2020-10-16: Drinking, silly talk with colleagues was just what I needed after this week. Physically I’m ok but …

2020-10-14: Wednesday October 14th, 6:34pm, Chongqing, China The youngest loves the marble run set we have and …

2020-10-14: Episode 36 - roast Duck Roast duckkkk

2020-10-14: Still, somehow thought it was Tuesday but apparently it’s already Wednesday. Time seems to be a …

2020-10-12: Forever ago I rewatched my quarantine 1 Second Everyday just now. I did it from January 24th which was Day 1 for …

2020-10-12: So I’m at least 90% sure I’ve got all day Wednesday to take my photo for the challenge. For me it …

2020-10-12: Episode 35: After Dinner Chat Does what it says on the tin.

2020-10-11: Elise reading.

2020-10-11: This error. @help

2020-10-10: Today Time alone with coffee, a notebook and a book Lunch with Lyra Afternoon beers with friends 1 minute …

2020-10-10: Lunch with Lyra.

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2020-10-10: Pretty satifisfied with how The Boys finished Season 2, how things were wrapped up and how …

2020-10-09: Yesterday I was grateful for a less stressful bedtime. Thing is, the kids were just as troublesome I …

2020-10-07: Noodles and then a drink and chat with a friend while the grandparents are watching the kids was …

2020-10-06: My new mantra is, ‘one thing at a time.’ Which in theory is quite simple and in practice …

2020-10-05: After yesterdays watching of Vampires vs. the block, Lyra and I watched Attack the Block today. …

2020-10-05: Cuddling your kids is great but when they cuddle you as toddlers it’s so much better. They’ve just …

2020-10-05: exercise New me continues. Am I peaking too early? Broke out the kettlebell and did this: Perform 5 circuits …

2020-10-05: Also, the plan to turn my life around is going pretty well. I haven’t lost my patience with …

2020-10-05: I’ve started to reread the last but one book in the Rivers of London series by Ben …

2020-10-04: Cultured.

2020-10-04: Vampires vs. The Bronx on Netflix was fun. Not too heavy to watch In the afternoon while the kids …

2020-10-04: Soft play is THE BEST!!!11

2020-10-04: Episode 34: Elise Records Her Own Brief Episode About unicorns obviously.

2020-10-03: Finally got around to finishing my rereading of Dune, inspired by the trailer for the upcoming film. …

2020-10-03: Episode 33: Good Choice And Bad Choices Plus Yumo says some stuff.

2020-10-03: Places

2020-10-03: People.

2020-10-03: Lovely 24 hours away with Lyra for our 6th Wedding anniversary on Thursday. We had a nice Airbnb, …

2020-10-02: Oh my goodness. The penultimate episode of The Boys was just so very good. Very excited for the …

2020-10-02: Vaffamix - Ethno Love (Vaffa Superstar Remix) I could listen to this forever.

2020-09-30: Press all the buttons!

2020-09-30: Getting this error using Sunlit. Is that just me?

2020-09-30: Today’s exercise!

2020-09-30: Lunch included pig ears and century eggs. Neither of which I’m a massive fan of. Eggs should be …

2020-09-30: Episode 32: Unicorns Are Real And they have a horn

2020-09-29: Just finished Russian Doll on Netflix. Highly enjoyable. LOVED the lead. Will definitely be watching …

2020-09-29: “Classic trance with a 2020 twist.” This is right up my street. Still love the trance I would listen …

2020-09-29: Another day!

2020-09-28: Saw Tenet again. Wasn’t as overwhelming but still can’t comprehend what was going on really. Will be …

2020-09-28: “If this isn’t nice I don’t know what is.”

2020-09-27: Trying to get back into some good habits. Definitely taking it a little easier today.

2020-09-27: How do you share photos/updates with family? I don’t really want to use FB or Instagram. We …

2020-09-27: Daring Fireball: ‎Widgetsmith and The Case of the Missing App Store Bunco Squad If Apple ran a food …

2020-09-26: More words

2020-09-26: Holiday! National Holiday in China so we have a week off. Leaving the country is impossible as everyone …

2020-09-25: So there’s an American remake of ‘cult tv thriller’ Utopia starring John Cusack. …

2020-09-25: “Up for a challenge?? A poem a day- when you would reach for your phone? Reach for your journal and …

2020-09-23: Made last night and reheated today. Made the late night supermarket run worth it. My best one yet, …

2020-09-23: My favourite iOS 14 feature is having random photos of the kids appearing on my Home Screen. So …

2020-09-22: 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 …

2020-09-21: Yesterday introduced Elise to some tasty music -Buffallo Charge - Dub Phizix and Strategy Also they …

2020-09-21: Parent teacher interview always make me nervous but after I’m always grateful for them. It’s easy to …

2020-09-20: A girl at Elise’s dance class has a t-shirt that says - “I need a break” and I’m totally feeling …

2020-09-19: Reset The few hours Lyra and I just had were just what I needed. A chance to reset my mindset and for me …

2020-09-19: First time in a cinema since I can’t remember. We saw Tenet. It was amazing. I think, I’m not sure. …

2020-09-19: Also, this is the only time I get that I’m free of children and I need to make the most of that.

2020-09-19: My tolerance for annoying stuff happening when Lyra and I are out without the kids is basically …

2020-09-19: Unicorns and My Little Pony are Elise’s current favourites.

2020-09-19: Great grandma gave Elise and Yumo some money. We could have got the same toys cheaper online but I …

2020-09-19: Kids remember everything. You think they didn’t but it’s in there somewhere, waiting to come out.

2020-09-17: We started writing with our 5 and 6 year old students today. It’s a pretty useful skill I …

2020-09-17: Do not like how Apple pins chats in Messages. I don’t like the giant bubbles, why can’t I have …

2020-09-17: Lyra just made cheese on toast for the first time. So proud.

2020-09-16: Certified Young Person Paul Rudd Wants You To Wear A Mask

2020-09-16: Today was good and that was almost entirely because of me and my attitude. It was good. Good.

2020-09-16: In China at least. Kids having Kid versions of Apple Watches to stay in touch with parents is very …

2020-09-16: I would like an iPad. So that my MacBook becomes work only. I just don’t need to do that. I have …

2020-09-16: “My relationship with the entire world in this moment depends entirely on the relationship I have …

2020-09-13: Episode 31: Yumo Doesn’t Say Much See title.

2020-09-13: Coffee and a book. Really getting back into Dune.

2020-09-12: Spicy spicy spicy and definitely Lyra’s.

2020-09-12: In this email talking to a mindfulness teacher was a quote that struck me and now I can’t stop …

2020-09-12: Episode 30 “Wee Wee” Elise’s choice: Paw Patrol.

2020-09-12: How to be more present and alive in the moment Sometimes I’m aware that I should be doing one thing …

2020-09-12: Only 26c (73f) today. Jeans it is!

2020-09-12: Paying up front In China people typically pay up front. From buying phones outright and then paying-as-you-go, to …

2020-09-11: Was in bed before 9 and then had a restless child between 3-5am and up at 6. Today’s plan is to just …

2020-09-10: Just watched the new Dune trailer and will now pick it up the book from the library at school today. …

2020-09-09: 冰粉bing fen - is one of those foods that i like but would never catch on in the UK. It’s sort of …

2020-09-08: Reading this about Instagrams changes make me glad I ditched it again. The reason I joined again was …

2020-09-08: Elise at 6:50am: “Why do cereals need milk?” It’s too much art for these sort of questions。

2020-09-07: Spent the evening sorting the kids toys… Which I’m taking as a sign I was in a good mood! I …

2020-09-07: Episode 3 of The Boys* - My one word review is: Crikey. Kicked things up a notch I think. 📺 *Though …

2020-09-07: Episode 29: Ghost Sam Hi again. A quick chat before Elise went to sleep. Hopefully this is the start of more regular …

2020-09-07: Milk tea China is crazy for milk tea as well as other fruit based drinks. There’s countless places open …

2020-09-07: I didn’t stop between 7 and 5 but managed to keep it together today. Busy but I didn’t let it get to …

2020-09-05: Recent crop of beans and beetroot from our land*. *That is thousands of miles away and that mum and …

2020-09-05: Question. What are my options for my over 10,000 Flickr photos? It’s such an amazing snapshot …

2020-09-05: Daily Dad Email. Daily Dad is a daily, duh, email about being a better dad. The tagline is, ‘every dad needs a …

2020-09-05: We tried to lie in but it’s tricky with small children climbing on you.

2020-09-04: The Boys 📺 Just finished episode 1 of season 2 of The Boys. Interested to see how it goes from here. The things …

2020-09-04: Zen Shorts Zen Shorts and it’s follow up Zen Tie, Zen Ghosts and Zen socks by John J. Muth are some of my …

2020-09-04: The aim this week was to get through. Hoping to recharge the batteries a little this weekend… …

2020-09-02: Reading

2020-09-01: First impressions of the new Sunlit app are very positive. I like the new look a lot.

2020-08-29: 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, …

2020-08-29: reading In a nearby park is a coffee shop that has books you can read. We’re in the habit of going at the …

2020-08-29: In Which Teenagers Can’t Make Phone Calls We call them phones but I rarely make calls on mine.

2020-08-27: Passion fruit beer and spicy porridge. I know how to treat myself!

2020-08-25: 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 …

2020-08-23: Dadding I’m still thinking about Kenneth Koch’s poem this weekend, “You Want a Social …

2020-08-22: Spending an hour in McDonald’s at 1am talking about work with a colleague. I’m loving it!

2020-08-21: Am out for dinner with my phone and a face mask. I must have forgotten something.

2020-08-20: We call it shaokao because we’re not sure how to translate it to English so just use the Chinese. …

2020-08-20: Just waiting for my friend to turn up so we can dinner. It’s an odd feeling not being in a rush, not …

2020-08-20: Grandparents are watching the kids. Lyra is out. So have the time to go to the school gym and do …

2020-08-18: Today’s afterwork exercise…

2020-08-17: Ok, I didn’t make it to the gym this evening but I did do some KB swings, squats and press …

2020-08-17: exercise plans In theory it made sense. I want to exercise more regularly but I’m also aware that when I …

2020-08-17: 6:00 - Snooze 6:09 - Get up 6:30 Coffee and some scrolling 7:00 Didi (Uber) to work 7:30 First day …

2020-08-16: The Home Office This story of a British lawyer being refused a visa he didn’t apply for always gets me as I …

2020-08-16: Rereading and enjoying Ted Chiang’s - Stories of your life and others, a collection of short …

2020-08-15: My top parenting tip for today is: if you choose to hide under the covers on a bed, cover your soft …

2020-08-15: Reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar with Elise asked, “Yes, but why do caterpillars become …

2020-08-15: Have been trying to use the instant camera we have more. Partly because we’ve got lots of instants …

2020-08-15: Youngest has been awake since 5. Sent Lyra to the spare room at 6ish. Elise woke at 6:30. It’s now 8 …

2020-08-13: communication A strange truth about communicating is that we don’t get to choose whether we do it or not. In the …

2020-08-13: A friend came around this evening so Elise could give her her birthday present. Elise and Yumo were …

2020-08-13: I agree with the sentiment I read on Kottke.org about Your School District’s Reopening Survey …

2020-08-13: Deep breath The classroom is nearly as set up as it’s going to be. We have new students coming in tomorrow …

2020-08-12: How China Controlled the Coronavirus - The New Yorker A teacher in China recounting his experience. …

2020-08-11: All I can think about when reading this article about paying by the hour is… When I’m getting …

2020-08-11: New habits! Yeah, but will it last? I’ve been making an effort recently with things… Not using the phone around the kids Less …

2020-08-11: Enjoyed reading @MDonaldson writing about Spotify. Makes me want to make more effort to support the …

2020-08-11: It’s strange that, by the looks of it, when our students return next week it will look normal. …

2020-08-10: FYI running in 36 degree heat will leave you feeling unwell. Wouldn’t recommend it. Who knew?!

2020-08-10: First morning done at work. Brain is now mush.

2020-08-09: A new notebook for a new school year.

2020-08-09: Back to school tomorrow We’ll have a week without students and then students will start on the Monday. Will find out what …

2020-08-09: Cocktails

2020-08-08: Yumo is potty training, which we’re hoping will be easier since he wants to do what his older …

2020-08-06: Nervous flyer I remember the first time I was nervous flying. Growing up, it’s not that we flew a lot but …

2020-08-06: Finished our night away with a trip to the hospital after getting my finger very briefly trapped in …

2020-08-06: Even if I’m not taking part I’m really enjoying the photos from the contest! Thank you everyone!

2020-08-06: I do not need to buy new stationary. I do not need to buy new stationary. Am resisting the urge that …

2020-08-05: An afternoon sat on the floor of our hotel room cutting and sticking was very relaxing!

2020-08-05: Day/night away Grandparents are in and we’ve gone away, mostly visiting places that are popular online. Pho, then …

2020-08-04: Full names. It’s interesting to hear Elise talking to classmates as she leaves school. In Chinese she uses …

2020-08-04: Tea-tales Another day, another new place. This was to try some new tea based drinks. Those these ones are …

2020-08-04: 🌶️

2020-08-04: Have been going for a shortish walk after dropping Elise off at kindergarten. It’s been nice, …

2020-08-04: 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 …

2020-08-03: Trying to get Siri to play Jaja Ding Dong from the Eurovision move by Will Ferrell was a fun …

2020-08-03: I go back to work next week. So I’m been trying to sort my sleep routines out a little. Going to bed …

2020-08-02: '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 …

2020-08-01: If you haven’t seen it, this video of Alanis Morrisette performing via the internet while …

2020-08-01: Another day, another adventure This time without kids and with a taxi there instead of a taxi. It definitely ticked the adventure …

2020-08-01: It’s this hot, so we’re sitting outside instead of inside.

2020-08-01: Pringle “taco”. Things I’m going to make at home!

2020-08-01: Norsemen Really enjoying Norsemen on Netflix. I read it described as Vikings meets Monty Python, which I kind …

2020-08-01: Youngest has been up since 5:30. Got annoyed and am now annoyed about being annoyed. We need a plan!

2020-07-31: As someone whose job it often to encourage and support parents to leave their child at school when …

2020-07-30: Lyra wanted something like this after she had it in a place in Chengdu. Turned out ok, avocado, …

2020-07-30: Getting in the car with/without children. Without kids. Approach car. Unlock. Put on seatbelt. Spend some time choosing the right music.* …

2020-07-29: 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 …

2020-07-29: Little place for a drink after lunch

2020-07-29: At the dentist for the first time in too long… Fun!

2020-07-26: It’s Sunday, so I’m jealous of all the roast dinners people are eating in the UK.

2020-07-25: Annoying as someone without an account when Instagram wants you to log in to look at something …

2020-07-25: Youngest spent 10minutes sitting happily watching the water.

2020-07-24: I dreamt I had a new job (a new school in a different country), that I could fly and that there were …

2020-07-23: Bbq and then Worms and watermelon beer this lunch time with Claire was lovely. Some mix up where we …

2020-07-23: Noodles?

2020-07-23: Sports Have Been on Pause. It’s Time for a Reboot. - The New York Times Ideas for how to improve …

2020-07-22: exercising Workout today was supposed to be 3 X 1000m row but I was forced to run instead. First time …

2020-07-21: Music for mediations from a Japanese Zen Buddhist monk using a mic and a loop machine. Really …

2020-07-19: 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 …

2020-07-19: Went on another adventure* today! *take the light rail for a few stops and find somewhere to eat …

2020-07-19: Goodbyes I am reminded of what I wrote when Natalie left last year. We said good bye to Wil this week, who is …

2020-07-18: We all started in our room, youngest in the cot and the eldest in bed with us because she wouldn’t …

2020-07-15: “Take care of yourself.” Chengdu train station with some kind words.

2020-07-14: People in this city are wearing their masks a lot more than the city we live. As well, they are …

2020-07-14: 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 …

2020-07-14: Fish and chips Scott’s is a fish and chip shop in the UK that hosts Chinese tourists after the Chinese president …

2020-07-13: Away for two days to ANOTHER city WITHOUT kids!

2020-07-12: Patience is low today. Which I inevitably obsess over as. Then up being annoyed about being …

2020-07-11: Adventures. Our youngest likes to see the light rail trains. We always point them out when we see them. Yet, we …

2020-07-11: 鸳鸯(Yuānyāng) It’s the Chinese name for the Mandarin duck and where the first character refers to the male …

2020-07-09: Episode 28 - “Two Sues” Hi again! Elise talks about our evening out.

2020-07-09: Hot pot for lunch.

2020-07-09: An Unlived Life I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living …

2020-07-09: 3 Links I keep meaning to post things I like but I normally end up sending various links to different …

2020-07-08: Death by 10m Shuttle Sprint Place 2 cones 10m apart. With a running clock, sprint 10m in the 1st minute, sprint 20m (10mx2) in …

2020-07-07: Fitness always takes a backseat during term time when family and work take up all my time. So …

2020-07-06: Obviously, I love my children. I worry about them constantly. Sometimes I try not to think about …

2020-07-05: Foofighters. Yesterday was 25 years since Foo Fighters released their debut album. I was a little young for …

2020-07-05: Lyra and I talked about cutting down our screen time and leading by example and if that isn’t the …

2020-07-05: Lyra and I spent some time with a book before meeting a friend for lunch while the grandparents …

2020-07-04: Burpees and kettlebell swings on the balcony. Partner workout while the kids nap.

2020-07-03: Reading this about Hey but I don’t feel I use my email enough to warrant paying and switching from …

2020-07-02: Holidays. We travel a fair bit. Partly, I think because of our location - which makes Thailand, Cambodia and …

2020-07-02: Back home to multiple bedrooms and not the 4 of us sharing two twin beds pushed together! Heaven!

2020-07-01: Does your job and your life ever overlap? For me as someone who teaches small children and have two …

2020-06-30: Nice to be mixing up days because of being on holiday and not because of a global virus.

2020-06-29: In children news. 1. Elise says, “open sesame” at automatic doors to make them open 2. When we run …

2020-06-29: Holidays with kids. It is nice to be away. It is. And hotel breakfasts are amazing. It’s just hard …

2020-06-26: There’s a thousand things swirling around my head. That I’m hopeful I’m going to …

2020-06-26: NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts have always been on my radar on the occasions I head over to Youtube. …

2020-06-26: School’s out!

2020-06-24: School finished today. Students had their last day yesterday and teachers finished today. We did a little more packing up …

2020-06-24: Last day of school!

2020-06-23: Going to be a weird end to a strange school year. We’re going to have a disco with the kids, except …

2020-06-21: Episode 27: “Father’s Day” We try to talk about Father’s Day a little.

2020-06-21: Happy Father’s Day Dads!

2020-06-21: Lift drinks

2020-06-21: Sometimes Sometimes, I like living in a country where I don’t speak the language and where people who do …

2020-06-20: Clean your teeth everyone. Soft play is terrifying.

2020-06-20: It’s Saturday morning. The kids have been playing with each other!!! It’s amazing.

2020-06-20: Episode 26 “Journey Number 5” We’ve just read Aaron Becker’s third book in the Journey trilogy that’s called Return. Though, at …

2020-06-19: Episode 25 “scooters” A brief chat about scooters

2020-06-19: Just created a Week 20 e-learning folder. Mannnnnn

2020-06-18: Time away Sometimes the best thing I can do for my family is to have some time away from them. I think about …

2020-06-18: 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 …

2020-06-17: 串串 You pick your sticks and then boil it in spicy oil. As well, it reminded me how busy China is …

2020-06-14: Couple of photos from last night. Back with a bump today. Small children are a rollercoaster eh?

2020-06-14: Have been promising to make this out of the back of the book Tiddler by Julia Donaldson for a while. …

2020-06-13: Episode 24: “Late Night Chat” Picking blueberries and waiting up for mum and dad.

2020-06-13: One of my first memories of coming to the city I now live in was the weather. A muggy, heavy, heat. …

2020-06-13: Lovely afternoon having a few drinks and not feeling additional, small child related, stress. As …

2020-06-13: Daytime drinking because my wife is amazing and has taken the kids out for the day. Guinness for …

2020-06-13: Looking forward to seeing Dads. Trailer looks really good. Dads is a heartfelt and humorous …

2020-06-13: Just submittd my Microcast to Apple! Thanks to @manton for the support but also @chet for this post …

2020-06-13: Knocked off another couple of 3* mirror races on Mario Kart 8 this morning! Still aiming for 3*s on …

2020-06-12: Parents, what are your thoughts about posting pictures of your children online? I have some friends …

2020-06-12: Can I still gift a micro.blog account? I thought I could but I’m not finding anything.

2020-06-11: Episode 23: “Yumo Says Some Name But not Others” Yumo says some names of people in our immediate family but not others!

2020-06-10: My wife and I are trying to be good, food-wise, at the moment but it’s really hard. Since work …

2020-06-09: Been a week since my AirPods case stopped working. This morning finally got the headphones from my …

2020-06-08: Engaging. After reading some of @MDonaldson’s newsletter about starting to use Micro.blog and how it …

2020-06-07: Episode 22:”Dinosaurs” Some dinosaur chatter.

2020-06-06: Home alone update: I’m playing Mario Kart on the tv!

2020-06-06: Lyra has taken the kids out to a friend’s for a few hours! So, I’m obviously, struggling to make the …

2020-06-05: Morning jealousy I’ve always been a little jealous of other’s morning routines. Since, these days, mine …

2020-06-04: Episode 21: “You Eat Your Head” Elise reluctantly talks a little about school.

2020-06-02: Episode 20: “Elise Talks A Little Bit About Going Back To School.” TLDR: See the title.

2020-06-01: Every 3minutes for 30minutes - 12 calorie sprint on the Assault Bike. First four rounds were ok. …

2020-05-31: Had breakfast in a place that’s a pretty decent copy of another Western style place that we like but …

2020-05-31: Whether Elise either dresses herself, like this morning, or is helped she currently always wants to …

2020-05-30: Awww. The last 10 minutes of Season 2 of Schitt’s Creek was lovely. I mean, I’m enjoying …

2020-05-29: Changes at school. Covid19 has meant a lot of changes at our school. Some teachers went away at Chinese New Year at the …

2020-05-29: Episode 19: “Pizza Talk.” Elise presses buttons, Yumo wants to join in, I put it online regardless.

2020-05-29: Episode 19: “Pizza Talk” Elise talks about pizza and Yumo lays down a backing track.

2020-05-29: Our team is a little more on top of things today. And as a result, have a little more time to talk …

2020-05-29: Last night was the first night this week I didn’t work at home (after going to work). Woke up …

2020-05-28: School. In no particular order: - Reports are done but… - Doing e-learning and teaching students in …

2020-05-25: My gen 1 AirPods case has stopped charging. Which is annoying and frustrating but probably should …

2020-05-25: Trying hard to, ‘be the change.’ Last week was rough because everything was getting to me. …

2020-05-24: Today in China…

2020-05-24: L has turned her hand to macarons recently… These are the second batch. They’re so good.

2020-05-23: Episode 18 - “helicopters “ Elise talks about her new toy

2020-05-22: Reasons I update things on my phone: (in order of priority) 1. To get rid of the red circle

2020-05-21: Episode 17: Dinosaurs Eat People Elise talks a little about dinosaurs.

2020-05-19: A morning routine Darling children all around Everyday a storm Having small children awake from …

2020-05-17: We were watching the Matthew Mconnughey and Anne Hathaway film Serenity last night and the best bit …

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2020-05-17: Up This site said we were 439m on the 69th floor. Now, most of the time I take things for granted. …

2020-05-17: Hole - Violet I listened to it again recently after discovering it on an old hard drive. It takes me …

2020-05-16: A night away with Lyra and without the kids. Almost didn’t get in. A nice view from the window. Air …

2020-05-16: Bought a new book today, Lyra asked me if I’d finished my other books. I have not. See number 2 on …

2020-05-16: True friendship “Be courteous to all but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them …

2020-05-16: A friend mentioned Schitt’s Creek in passing and I’m slowing working through first …

2020-05-14: Episode 16: “The Family Gets Nicknames” Following straight on from the last episode. Lyra learns what scruffy means.

2020-05-14: Episode 15: Mr Tiny Man Elise gives her brother a new name.

2020-05-13: I should sleep I should sleep but, if I stay awake A little longer I feel, I can hold tomorrow off …

2020-05-13: Yellow by Elise. 🌈

2020-05-12: Oranges. Photos found this photo for me… 📷🌈 #mbmay

2020-05-12: 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!

2020-05-12: I want to record my daughter talking to family and friends online. Both would be using iOS. What’s a …

2020-05-11: Red. I keep thinking I want a new unlined notebook but keep coming back to the thought that I should …

2020-05-11: Episode 13: “Are we An Incredible Family?” Bit noisy this.

2020-05-10: phone dependency I ended up watching Jerry Seinfeld’s new special on Netflix. There’s a bit he does about how our …

2020-05-10: Saw this and remembered I needed to do a quote today. 💬

2020-05-10: It’s Sunday and it’s not even 9. I’m working; because I don’t know, What else I …

2020-05-10: Episode 12: 爸爸 A trial run of talking with Yumo… Who is on the verge of talking. He understands what we’re …

2020-05-09: EMAILS FROM MY CHILDREN’S SCHOOL BEFORE 8:00 AM DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS - Ouch.

2020-05-09: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter …

2020-05-09: 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 …

2020-05-09: I was doing so well with talking to Elise but it kind of fell off. Anyway, I did a short video for a …

2020-05-08: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you …

2020-05-07: From this post on a email subscription

2020-05-06: I’m sorry I have to say it but you look like you’re sad Your smile is gone; I’ve …

2020-05-05: When I think I’m teaching, I’m probably not. When I don’t think I’m …

2020-05-04: “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 …

2020-05-03: Tales from the Loop Watched and enjoyed the the first episode of Tales from the Loop. A series based on the work of a …

2020-05-03: 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 …

2020-05-02: It’s my birthday. I’m 68. I feel like pulling up a rocking chair and dispensing advice to the young …

2020-04-30: Episode 10: “汪汪队” Elise and Lyra talk about Paw Patrol.

2020-04-29: Episode 9: “It’s Not A Hat” We talk about the time Elise fell off a swing.

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2020-04-28: Episode 8: “Cupcakes And Donuts.” We, briefly, talk about salad and vegetables. Which is apparently our families favourite food! Who …

2020-04-28: One thing at a time Yesterday was rubbish. Today, I’m __ trying__ to not try and do everything at once and then beating …

2020-04-27: Episode 7: “Three Frightful Heads” A discussion of Room on the Broom by Julian Donaldson, both the book and film.

2020-04-27: 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 …

2020-04-27: What Social Distancing Looks Like Across the World - What Social Distance Looks Like Across the …

2020-04-27: One of these day, I’ll sort out my morning routine. At the moment it always leaves me stressed …

2020-04-26: Episode 6: “We Played Everywhere” First time recording outside and not at bedtime. We went to a ‘theme park’!

2020-04-25: This chilli oil with garlic is amazing with dumplings.

2020-04-25: Episode 5 - “because it’s bad times” Elise deviates from dinosaurs and talks about airplanes and cars and her grandparents.

2020-04-25: Traumatic Chinese Haircuts I was due to get my haircut during Chinese New Year but obviously, that didn’t happen. So …

2020-04-25: I’ve seen a book I’m interested in. However, I’ve still not finished the books …

2020-04-24: Pruning uncomfortable memories. So. I have too many photos. I don’t need that many. Lots are there because I never curated …

2020-04-24: It’s a Zoom screensaver but my daughter was having a meeting with it earlier. …

2020-04-24: Episode 4: “They’re All Beautiful” Elise shares her thoughts on Despicable Me.

2020-04-23: Episode 3: “Paw Patrol Rescue everybody, the end.” Elise talks about Paw Patrol and sings the theme in English and Chinese.

2020-04-23: Time zones are the worst. I replied to two messages I received overnight first thing this morning …

2020-04-22: Episode 2: School Elise presses the button to start recording. Elise talks a little about school and why she hasn’t …

2020-04-21: Episode 1 - Unplanned at bedtime After reading about @Chet’s podcast with his children, I kind of liked that idea. Then I listened to …

2020-04-21: I’m in China. We can go outside. School is closed (for my age level, Yr 11/13 went back …

2020-04-19: It’s occurred that parts of me are everywhere. A number of conversations spread across …

2020-04-18: Also, this screenshot we drove through recently. Not complicated at all.

2020-04-18: Waiting on my first Michelin star.

2020-04-17: Future dreams (Not entirely prompted by the lockdown but it’s probably influencing my thoughts.) …

2020-04-17: 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 …

2020-04-17: Anyone else have the WFH situation where it’s fine if you stay in the office (or where ever) …

2020-04-16: Hi @vincent i just opened Gluon and got this error. I don’t think I’m doing anything I …

2020-04-16: Bouncing back with some old tracks Slight regret at yesterday’s beers but feeling like I’m starting to bounce back a …

2020-04-15: Drinks with Claire. Walking into the light Drunkenly buying flowers on the way home.

2020-04-15: It’s funny the things that give you a new perspective, that make you look at the things you do …

2020-04-15: Beers of the world. Lovey afternoon discussing a potential return to school and just chatting. It’s …

2020-04-14: I’m a sucker for these “group sing alongs” - This time it’s “You’ve got a friend” by the …

2020-04-14: Tried out my new 32kg kettlebell today. Glad I stuck with the 24 as long as I did. The 32 was a …

2020-04-11: Our ‘e-learning break’ is coming to an end and I’m dreading Monday and going back to work aka …

2020-04-11: 西贝 This restaurant is one of my favourites. It’s called 西贝(xī bèi) and is Mongolian style food. Lots of …

2020-04-10: Other people Had a few beers with a few friends in the afternoon and then a few more over dinner with a few more …

2020-04-10: parents are not ok Lots I associate with in this piece entitled Parents are not ok by Chloe I. Cooney. Two bits that …

2020-04-09: Not often I get to drive 70mph in China. 120kmh is reserved for roads well out of urban areas. Was …

2020-04-09: Lost my patience with the kids and now in a foul mood. Wish I could start today again.

2020-04-08: care and reverence This question answered by Nick Cave talks a little about appreciated the here and now from the point …

2020-04-08: Announced today that local (which we aren’t) schools in our area in China will begin a staggered …

2020-04-08: Noticing your mother tongue One of the things that always - jumps out at me, surprises me, that always makes me stop me about …

2020-04-07: One minute I’m fine and then suddenly my anxiety, which was under control, has snowballed, runway …

2020-04-07: Our rented and furnished flat has 3 bedrooms all with doubles in. This has meant that our eldest has …

2020-04-07: L said, go look at the kitchen, “I’ve sorted it a bit…” and so I go and I look and it looks …

2020-04-06: Enjoying John Krasinski’s Some Good News videos at the moment. Bonus Hamilton sing along in this …

2020-04-06: 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 …

2020-04-05: 芝芝咖啡。Cheese coffee. It shouldn’t work but I love it.

2020-04-05: There’s a world outside And I know ‘cause I’ve heard talk In my sweetest dream I …

2020-04-04: 'a fraction of our attention' This piece by Leo Babauta on ‘The practice of meticulous attention’ resonated with me this …

2020-04-04: Hot pot / 火锅 - boiling oil which you put food in to cook.

2020-04-04: Just pulled out a couple of on-line-wins on Mario Kart. My day has peaked basically.

2020-04-03: Today was the last day of our 9th week in e-learning. Never been more glad of a break.

2020-04-03: This article where writers were asked what would their characters do in a pandemic is fun. At least …

2020-04-03: Also, I feel bad for working. That’s something hasn’t changed the whole 9 weeks …

2020-04-03: Baby Shark is on repeat in the lounge as I work in the spare room. There goes my Apple Music …

2020-04-02: Kettlebells on hold for some Yoga today. It was nice, I assume I’ll not have to spend so much …

2020-04-01: I took he hard drive out of my old Mac and it’s full of stuff. One of the things was some …

2020-04-01: Played an online game with some friends and then it just transitioned into just chatting. Even if I …

2020-04-01: Happy with using the Micro.blog hosting and transferring my Wordpress blog over was really simple. …

2020-03-31: I hate that my exercise is so doable. I’ve not got any excuse really. What fraction of the day …

2020-03-31: Came to Micro.blog by accident, now I post to my blog again! However, I feel like I like the idea of …

2020-03-31: Put my head in my hands for a few breaths because trying to work while the kids bounce between …

2020-03-29: Today I started to try and deal with my thousands of photos. As I’m deleting many many photos, …

2020-03-28: In the Apple store 5 minutes and I’m all like, “could I do all my work on an iPad?”

2020-03-28: Obviously we’re eating something spicy food, in this case roast fish.

2020-03-28: Ohhhhhhhhhhh. We’re out without the kids! First time in 9 weeks!

2020-03-25: It’s such a strange moment. One day you’re suddenly having conversations with your children.

2020-03-25: I’ve just made a folder on my computer for Week 9 of e-learning. 😐

2020-03-25: So late it’s almost early. A giant storm just passed over us. With such intensity, That I thought of …

2020-03-24: Thus we never see the true state of our condition till it is illustrated to us by its contraries, …

2020-03-24: Apple Music has added “Get Up!” Mix, an upbeat selection, which I’m starting the day …

2020-03-22: Self-isolation - Vol 7. A new normal.

2020-03-22: We went out to a park today, sat on a mat in the sun and had snacks. Elise was brave on her …

2020-03-21: Just put together a table but obviously that’s too simple so i added two more children and that was …

2020-03-20: Out for a stroll in the sun with Lyra and the eldest. Ice cream, some chips and a drink. Was very …

2020-03-19: Shout out to Elise for the back cover art.

2020-03-19: Another sunny day and e-learning is on hold for a virtual sports day (kids encouraged to log a range …

2020-03-19: New rules today for our city are that anyone coming from overseas into China has to go to a hotel …

2020-03-18: Was reading this discussion Metafilter about fun social activities that don’t involve leaving …

2020-03-18: There is food in there, it’s not just dish of chillis.

2020-03-18: Tea and sun 🌞

2020-03-18: Played Fibbage with some friends in Australia over video chat. It was fun! I find making the effort …

2020-03-18: Apple Music normally puts similar music in my Favourites Mix but this week it’s given me …

2020-03-18: Question: I mostly use my Macbook at home but if I bought a extra monitor - would it work with a …

2020-03-17: It’s funny - now self-distancing/isolation/quarantine has hit the Western world there’s more …

2020-03-16: This one was hard work trying to decide what to put in it. It’s been a tough few days but I wanted …

2020-03-16: Mum and dad took us out of school for 8 months when I was 9. They were both teachers and we did an …

2020-03-16: Anyone else manage to keep things in check as long as you need to be. Then when you don’t need …

2020-03-15: Feeling a little better for going outside for milk tea and dumplings. First time eating out in a …

2020-03-15: Day 52. Lyra and I have never been bored with 2 small children but today has been hard because I …

2020-03-15: It’s strange. Now that things are getting worse in the West there’s lots more for me to read about …

2020-03-14: I’m sweating, my mouth burns and my nose is running. Sick? No, just Lyra wanted hot pot for dinner.

2020-03-14: I think that one of the hardest bits of the self-isolation is, since we’ve been with the kids …

2020-03-14: Health check to get into the shopping centre.

2020-03-14: Friday 13th was day 50 for us. Tomorrow we’re planning to all go out in the car for the first time …

2020-03-12: Outside! E and I went out of the compound today. First time I’ve been out in 4 weeks. Which sounds crazy when …

2020-03-12: Self-isolation vol:4. What’s on you mind?

2020-03-12: One of the singer finalists on Chinese tv is doing the show from his flat!

2020-03-11: Morning routine. Coffee and kettlebells.

2020-03-10: Self isolation Vol:3 Better out than in.

2020-03-10: I have to admit it was good to get outside even for a short while.

2020-03-10: No idea how I came upon Lunarbaboon webcomic but the mix of Dad stuff and mental-health stuff is …

2020-03-10: Never more focused then I when I feel down. I guess nothing else matters so much and I’m not …

2020-03-09: There was talk yesterday about the ‘lockdown’ (only 1 person being allowed to leave every 2 days) …

2020-03-09: This was just a list I made at the start but I realise it’s pretty much just working from home. …

2020-03-07: Austin Kleon was talking about mini-zines recently so that’s what I did this afternoon.

2020-03-07: @help Hi! Is there a reason I can’t type in Chinese characters in the app on my Macbook? When …

2020-03-07: Last night I tidied my desk and felt all the better for doing it. Not my greatest work, there was …

2020-03-06: Struggling to get into Season 2 of Altered Carbon. It feels completely different and I’m not …

2020-03-06: Kettlebell swings are feeling stronger, which I guess is coming from some consistency. Which is …

2020-03-05: Squashing coffee, exercise and just taking 5 minutes into the time between making breakfast and an …

2020-03-04: 41 days of self-isolation 3 weeks since I've been out of our compound. 3 weeks since I've spoken …

2020-03-04: Day 41 is bad.

2020-03-04: Yesterday Day 40 of self-isolation wasn’t too bad, here’s hoping 41 isn’t so bad …

2020-03-02: This week, we’re going to try and put some order into our week. I’ve started by making the …

2020-03-01: Quarantine cooking: finding relief from the coronavirus anxiety in the kitchen. It’s strange …

2020-03-01: The hardest part of this coronavirus lockdown in China is that my wife and I get so little time to …

2020-02-29: Blue skies

2020-02-29: Just learning that with Family Sharing on iOS that in-app purchases can’t be shared. So, …

2020-02-29: £5 a month just to play Grindstone ok Apple Arcade just doesn’t make sense.

2020-02-28: Both L and I have both kind of hit a wall recently. It’s now 5 wks of being stuck inside. I can …

2020-02-28: I like the film viewing process when I don’t have a clue about it. It’s just so nice to …

2020-02-27: I miss rolls of film. I say that because apparently my 200gb of iCloud storage is full and I …

2020-02-26: My wife tidies as she goes when she cooks and I’m very much in the - I’m cooking not cleaning school …

2020-02-23: Been a tough weekend. Now into our 5th week of self-isolation. It’s normal now, not going out …

2020-02-23: I used to watch The Office but fell out of it. We got Netflix recently and have watched the last …

2020-02-23: View off the kitchen balcony

2020-02-23: Finally took todays nap time to get the Switch my friend kindly lent me off the top of the cupboard …

2020-02-22: I would love to see a playlist of music I’ve ‘loved’ on Apple Music but in the last day …

2020-02-22: I’ve turned off screentime on my phone. We’ve totally given up on trying to not use our phones …

2020-02-22: I was going to try a screen free Saturday but here I am. The kids are, mostly, playing nicely in …

2020-02-21: Was interesting to read a discussion of subtitles of Parasite on Metafilter but I also read this …

2020-02-20: Today’s Day 28 of self-isolation. I’ve been making a ‘freestyle’ …

2020-02-20: I know I’m busy because I completely forgot to open my RSS reader.

2020-02-20: I have such clear memories and ideas about some of the music I listened to when I was a teenager. I …

2020-02-19: @vincent I’ve downloaded Gluon but can’t post and I think that’s because my blog isn’t hosted by …

2020-02-18: Had a moment with the eldest and it made me realise the importance of something. Of making time to …

2020-02-18: Wide awake at 3am because I went to bed early to ‘get a good nights sleep.’ Ah well. Still, …

2020-02-16: Still working on the superheroes name. Tomorrow, they plan to tell someone it’s ok to not know …

2020-02-16: Can’t we all just get along the kids are pointing maybe it is going to kick off maybe …

2020-02-16: the struggle is I said today was going to be happy haikus but that’s gone out the window. The struggle is that …

2020-02-15: Saturday in Haikus. I tried not to use my phone today. Ended up writing some haikus instead. This are mostly first …

2020-02-15: I’m loving digging into this Makers and Mavericks list by Hiut Denim. So many interesting …

2020-02-14: My freestyle @1secondeveryday is up to 326 snippets since we started staying at home. I say to …

2020-02-14: We live in a compound - a group of 5 18-floor towers- it has a front gate. I’ve not been out the …

2020-02-14: Work + Family Were once separate and now crashing together Powerpoint to do

2020-02-13: I think we’ll stay in this weekend. Self-isolation is the new going out.

2020-02-13: It’s interesting how in our bilingual household certain words don’t get translated into English. We …

2020-02-13: Currently working while the kids pop all the balloons in the house.

2020-02-13: We’re doing ‘e-learning,’ posting daily work for students, responding to both their work and …

2020-02-12: In other news managed to setup the router I bought over a year ago to have a separate vpn WiFi …

2020-02-12: In the disco today is Armand Van Helden remixes. We’ve got mixes of Spin Spin Sugar, Sugar Is …

2020-02-11: We made an effort to tidy today. We’ve kind of been letting things go, so toys were everywhere. …

2020-02-11: The one bad habit I now have is going to bed much later. Before, I’d get a decent 7-8 hours …

2020-02-10: I feel like what works best for me, in terms of habits, is to not tell anyone and just get on with …

2020-02-08: The daily trip over the road to the Lawsons (little shop, convenience hop, Spar) is the highlight of …

2020-02-08: Continuing in the series.

2020-02-08: Sometimes losing my temper is cathartic. A hard reset. This morning was hard. My stock answer to how …

2020-02-08: When you wake up and are briefly happy it’s the weekend… before you remember you’re stuck in …

2020-02-07: It’s hard. The foreign office in the UK is saying we should definitely leave China (but we can’t …

2020-02-06: “Daddy + Elise” Art therapy

2020-02-06: Day 14

2020-02-05: Medical Police’s account of a world wide virus is about the only one I can handle at the …

2020-02-04: Half an hour, forty five minutes, sitting, playing with my phone, drinking a couple of beers and …

2020-02-04: Before we were self-quarantined the problem was that I got no respite, I worked with small children …

2020-02-03: Families, questions. Your family is whichever motley crew of dysfunctional humans you love so damn much you would do …

2020-02-03: L went to get permits for the kids to leave China today but apparently they aren’t doing them until …

2020-02-03: Empty road outside our flat. There’s never only 1 car on it.

2020-02-03: This piece on why millennials are bad at hobbies is interesting, particular about how much harder it …

2020-02-03: There's a world outside. And I know, 'cos I've heard talk In my sweetest dream, I would go out for a …

2020-02-02: 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 …

2020-02-02: Enhance.

2020-02-01: Clack, clack, clack. Feels like we’re on a rollercoaster but stuck on the first long ascent.

2020-02-01: Wife went to get exit permits for the kids today but it was closed, so will have to wait till …

2020-02-01: How I’m doing. Two graphs on Day 10 to show effects of staying at home because of the Coronavirus.

2020-01-31: Started preparing some things for students next week, since school is closed, and it was nice to be …

2020-01-30: Occurred to me as I was chatting to a friend, the longest one of us has been out of the flat in the …

2020-01-30: Since we ‘trapped’ at home at the moment, I made this for my wife and I. A voucher for some free …

2020-01-30: My vote don’t count - Aimed at America but plenty of takeaways for others too, about the importance …

2020-01-29: It’s an interesting thought, I read on an email called Digitally Well, that I now pretty much …

2020-01-29: I read this story on Reddit a long time ago. It’s the story of a man getting help with his …

2020-01-28: Day 5 of trying to not leave the flat in China. Still a constant battle to keep the kids entertained …

2020-01-24: With the Coronavirus, the foundation I work for has shut their schools in mainland China. We were …

2020-01-24: When they lead with the you looking sheepish…

2020-01-22: In the last 5 minutes, I’ve read that Flickr are raising their prices, I don’t know what …

2020-01-22: Today in the spirit of, ‘if I want to want my children and students a to be willing to try then I …

2020-01-21: Anyone else not able to imagine being in any other job? (Regardless of how you feel about your job.)

2020-01-21: Throwing stuff in the bin always makes me nervous. Especially fast food restaurants when I’m tipping …

2020-01-19: E likes to get me to draw something and then she colours it in. She works on her drawing and I work …

2020-01-19: Reasons to be cheerful is a site that tries to do what it says, highlighting some of the reasons to …

2020-01-19: Found the photo I was thinking of the separate devices/things I used to carry around in 2008.Camera, …

2020-01-19: L was complaining about her iPhone 8 camera yesterday. Which is more of a complaint that it isn’t a …

2020-01-18: 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 …

2020-01-16: I’ve been making an effort to listen to new music recently since I have all this (Apple) music and …

2020-01-15: I read a tip about faking inbox zero by archiving all my emails in Gmail, but read about the idea of …

2020-01-14: Do not let daily to-ing and fro-ing to earn what we need to keep going prevent what you once felt …

2020-01-12: 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, …

2020-01-12: I made this bingo sheet to give me things to do that aren’t playing mindlessly with my phone. …

2020-01-09: Hands

2020-01-09: I play with a friend half way around the world using Chess.com but I just don’t like the time delay …

2020-01-08: New Resolution. One resolution at a time. To continue all year. First resolution: Go to bed before …

2020-01-07: So many good things on the internet that are well worth my time, but it’s such a struggle to just …

2020-01-06:

2020-01-06: Started the new year with a new plan. While there are numerous plans that would work, I’m happier …

2020-01-05: First attempt at some blackout pages. Deliberately started at the front of the book and forced …

2020-01-04: I stopped watching NWA Powerrr but started again today. The promos are amazing, it’s the …

2020-01-04: Breakfast. 碗杂面. Noodles with stewed beef and chick peas. Spicy, numbing and causing me to break out …

2020-01-03: Avocado and wasabi, sweet potato and coconut and pumpkin and caramel. Slightly out there crisp …

2020-01-03: 芝芝美式 - Cheese Americano.

2020-01-02: 香菜拌牛肉,coriander beef served cold. Spicy and delicious.

2020-01-02: Analog January!

2020-01-01: My Flickr account is such a glorious snapshot of my life when I used it. There’s so many …

2020-01-01: The Analog January Challenge - I think I could get behind this and fits with the things I've been …

2019-12-31: Hello Elliott. This wasn’t a story about hacking, or revolution, or giant sci-fi machines… This was …

2019-12-28: Statues in the ground…

2019-12-25: “When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are …

2019-12-24: I used to love Spaced, Simon Pegg’s comedy series, but after watching Star Wars - Rise of Skywalker. …

2019-12-24: I was tired, a little hungover and just wanted to sit on the sofa when we went to do these photos. …

2019-12-23: Spoilers! After watching The Rise of Starwalker, wife and I are taking advantage of my parents being …

2019-12-22: I like the 8 in the lift on the way to R’s drama class.

2019-12-22: Not knowing what you did to fix something is still fixing it!

2019-12-21: This one, @hollyhoneychurch. I use it as a reminder and quite often just like to turn it over and …

2019-12-16: Mum and dad arrived at 11:30 last night, so obviously the first thing to do was go out for a few …

2019-12-14: Late night beer run.

2019-12-09: I feel like, that I’m better at knowing how much I need to push when working out. So today, I …

2019-12-09: I like this post about someone asking those closest to them the question, “Please tell me how …

2019-12-07: Parenting This piece by Austin Kleon is brief, and awesome. Becoming a parent is also an opportunity to treat …

2019-12-04: Day 2. Every 30seconds for 20min. 1x clean and jerk @ 70kg. Challenging but manageable weight. Two …

2019-12-03: Day 1 of trying to get into better habits. Starting Simple and Sinister again. 100 kettle swings and …

2019-12-02: I saw this article titled “I have come to dread looking after my grandchild each week” …

2019-11-23: A mile an hour -Running a different kind of marathon. Sometimes Youtube does recommend something …

2019-11-16: Parcel collection in China. Parcels don’t get delivered to your flat, instead they go into a locker …

2019-11-16: Starting to feel better after a couple of days off work. With it has come the the strength to …

2019-11-16: My Apple Music - Replay 2019 because it’s shared with the 3yo features both “Hey Micky You’re …

2019-11-11: a stage.” I’ve been thinking of this a lot since I read it a couple of days ago. Life, as a total of …

2019-11-11: Harmony Project - Chali 2NA - Comin Thru

2019-11-11: Yesterday L took the kids out for a couple of hours. We always tend to do things altogether at the …

2019-11-09: When at home, do you always like to read in the same place? A particular chair or spot on the sofa? …

2019-11-07: Parents. I feel like with time being so limited between work and home. I need some things to do that …

2019-11-07: We drove past this building a lot and I’d always just assumed it was some sort of government …

2019-11-03: Today had started so well, I realised 10mins into our drive that we hadn’t argued about the music …

2019-11-01: Food took ages and they forgot my beer. It was amazing. Nice to be bored for a while. Followed up …

2019-10-31: If I took all the time I spend trying to format the work I’m doing, on whatever program, the …

2019-10-31: I always like the way the 3 year olds photos turn out. I think this a panorama shot.

2019-10-30: A definition of love “It’s a verb. It’s an active engagement with all kinds of feelings—positive ones and primitive ones …

2019-10-30: One of my favourite things about Apple Music is that my weekly playlist is one kind of music, this …

2019-10-27: Lunchtime dumplings

2019-10-26: The boy does not like wearing shoes in the car.

2019-10-21: Places to put things at home are normally pretty easy. 1. Stable 2. Unaffected by gravity But then …

2019-10-21: working parents For working parents our careers tend to be busiest when our children yearn to have us around the …

2019-10-20:

2019-10-19: Just finished watching Back to Life about a women who has just got out of prison. It’s quite …

2019-10-19: The 1y.o. found the missing Paw Patrol member Zoomer. I couldn’t find him anywhere! Good work Y!

2019-10-13: Happy to see Scotland and Japan going ahead in the Rugby World Cup.

2019-10-09: When you hear and love the remix first and then hear the original and it’ll never be enough.

2019-10-09: Wonder how many of the Apple Arcade games I can play on my Macbook that work fine with just the …

2019-10-08: Want to upgrade to Catalina but the one app I need in China, my VPN, won’t work. So having to hold …

2019-10-06: That Sunday morning and we’ve been up since 6am look.

2019-10-06: Quick! The kids are napping, you need to relax. Always find it hard. What should I do with myself. I …

2019-10-06: 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 …

2019-10-05: E’s first bike!

2019-10-05: Staying or going Going away with my wife’s friends for a couple of days has been enlightening in terms of the …

2019-10-05: 油茶(you cha) is basically porridge with spices and some crunchy rice noodles on top. It’s delicious.

2019-10-04: I’d love for this view to be British countryside but I’ll take the convenience of the fast trains in …

2019-10-03: You get used to the English when you live in China but this from the hot springs we went to today …

2019-10-02: 3 taxis, 2 trains, 2 metros, 2 falling outs, lots of spicy food, 3 beers, 1 coffee.

2019-10-01: New thing. Getting the 3yo to take photos…

2019-10-01: Happy Anniversary. Today is my 5 year wedding anniversary. The kids woke at 6, one was coughing and we went to the …

2019-10-01: New Mr Robot next weekend! Doing some reading and watching to catch up a little.

2019-09-30: 🏸️

2019-09-30: We went to this little sushi place for lunch. It’s clearly very popular but is hidden away in a …

2019-09-29: Zen shorts. One of favourite books is a children’s book called Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth. As much for its …

2019-09-29: E went to kindergarten today - a Sunday!* - so I dropped her off and then came to have a coffee and …

2019-09-28: Dinner and drinks.

2019-09-24: Peculiar Prompts: 365 Ways to Explore, Make, Think, and Write Saw this and dl it because I feel like …

2019-09-24: A Tribute to Brooklyn Nine-Nine “001 Watch your favorite television show. Any episode. Describe everything you are seeing, as it …

2019-09-24: Finally replaced the debit card that expired at the end of August. Since then, I’ve survived just …

2019-09-22: Grandparents with the kids and I’m watching the rugby and trying to enjoy a little time to myself.

2019-09-21: 5am Saturday morning coffee and some peace and quiet before the weekend starts and the kids wake.

2019-09-18: Living here has definitely changed how I react to temperatures. It’s 23c today and it feels cool. …

2019-09-17: Letter of intent We got an email about completing a “letter of intent” with regards to our contracts. Since schools …

2019-09-15: The Tail End This post about our time left and what we do with it was just what I needed, even if it …

2019-09-15: Daughter just tried to put the CD on top of our Homepod… Also, we don’t have anything …

2019-09-15: The UKs Chinese food revolution - I take all the food talked about in this article for granted now. …

2019-09-15: In other news, yesterday I introduced the family to Haddaway’s - What is love. This led to …

2019-09-15: Moments. Life feels full on, constant in its intensity and I am always craving some time to myself. Some …

2019-09-14: Saturday afternoon beer…

2019-09-14: Our brains are not multi-threaded by Cal Newport. In my job there’s so many little things to …

2019-09-13: Parking is always a pain when we visit L’s relatives. Narrow streets with cars on both sides makes …

2019-09-11: 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 …

2019-09-07: You want a social life, with friends This popped into my head last night as I sat on the sofa and …

2019-08-27: My MacBook Pro screen packed up today. Closed it. Carried it somewhere. Opened it. Nothing. Another …

2019-08-27: China. Construction continues…

2019-08-23: fear of smartphones For reasons I’ve been making a point of “faffing” about with my phone a lot less this week. At work …

2019-08-21: 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 …

2019-08-19: First day of the new school year. It always feels like starting again and not like continuing.

2019-08-06: When we are away from Chongqing L always craves spicy food. So she’s getting some now. Veg and meat …

2019-07-08: What does that mean in terms of friends? I often say, I rudest to people I feel closest to. Because …

2019-07-03: Being back in the UK (In no particular order.) * How much for parking?! * Supermarkets and all the wonders inside * Fish …

2019-06-29: Flavours

2019-06-28: goodbyes “I think one of the hardest bits of living abroad is missing home. And I mean that in the sense of …

2019-06-27: Dinner. I couldn’t finish it, because it was SPICY and I’m about to do a few drinks. I don’t think …

2019-06-18: home As I’m less than two weeks away from going back to the UK. It’s making me reflect on what home means …

2019-06-14: These circles represent where Mum and Dad, brother, sister and I live. I’ve followed dad and …

2019-06-11: The problem is that I’m trying to use my phone less and eat less crap, but with two small …

2019-06-08: I know she was asking me to wait, that she was giving me a refund and then I would need to pay …

2019-06-07: Performance in the shopping mall.

2019-06-07: Today is Duanwu festival. Which is famous for dragon boats racing zingzi - sticky rice wrapped in …

2019-06-06: We are allowed to officially wear shorts to work today. I am comfortable because 30 degrees and …

2019-06-05: The storm that passed over this morning was crazy.

2019-06-04: Between this and Years and Years on the BBC, I’m feeling very aware of my own mortality. This …

2019-06-03: Hot.

2019-06-02: Interesting reading reviews of authentic Chinese food in the UK. My first thought is - that sounds …

2019-06-02: Out for lunch

2019-06-02: Morning meditation cancelled today when the 3yo climbed into my lap for a cuddle. Totally worth it.

2019-06-01: Today is children’s day. So the shopping centre was packed in a way that is totally normal to …

2019-06-01: Was nice to go out without the kids but even two drinks was enough. The thought of an actual …

2019-05-31: “Senior diet expert.”

2019-05-31: Out for a burger and a beer.

2019-05-31: Jocelyn K. Glei’s ‘Hurry Slowly’ is pretty much the only podcast I’ve maintained …

2019-05-31: View from the balcony for my morning kettlebell workout. Accompanied by some drum and bass.

2019-05-29: Getting up at 4:30. Pro: I like having the time in the morning before the family gets up. Con: By …

2019-05-28: “Brewed for happiness.”

2019-05-28: Haven’t been eating much sugar recently… Just slipped and inhaled 3 cookies. Ooops.

2019-05-27: As a parent but also a teacher, this stuff is so interesting. This Is How To Make Your Kids …

2019-05-27: Evening Plan. Home > Friend taking the big kid so we can watch > Marvel Agent’s of …

2019-05-27: Morning routine - meditating, coffee, exercise. Managed some work too this morning before the boy …

2019-05-26: Evening markets are good for noodles, fruit, clothes and Peppa Pig stickers.

2019-05-26: 28c and 69% humidity. Hot and sweaty.

2019-05-26: I miss going for breakfast in the UK. I’d love to be able to go somewhere for a full English

2019-05-26: Exercise It was always the thing that kept me level and recently, while that’s still true. The time …

2019-05-26: Really enjoyed watching this video by the people working at Micro.blog. Especially the talk about …

2019-05-25: Two photos of our GoT finale.

2019-05-25: E has packed a bag, a small basket and the sofa is now a plane. ✈️

2019-05-25: I get a lot of these from an app E uses on my phone.

2019-05-25: Toddler film names: Frozen - Let it go (song) Big Hero 6 - Microbots Zootopia - Uh uh uh (It’s in …

2019-05-25: Outside in the compound for a walk

2019-05-25: Thought I heard the baby crying. Went to check on baby. Baby was still asleep. Woke the baby.

2019-05-25: Reading reports and hoping the baby doesn’t wake. Worked out how to add Markdown support so …

2019-05-25: Your phone should be like your toothbrush I was doing so well recently but have fallen off the …

2019-05-25: Watching Mission Impossible - Fallout. Felt disappointed he wasn’t winning the fight in the …

2019-05-25: What a view for lunch!

2019-05-25: Ep. 531 - Stood - 532 - Lunarbaboon …

2019-05-25: I like to think I do some of this. > Self Explanation Bright Spots …

2019-05-25: Saturday morning soft play. I asked for cheese though.

2019-05-25: Just finished aTheories of Flight by Simon Morden. Such a fun read, it’s one of the books that I …

2019-05-25: Surprised I got to get this to work around breakfast!

2019-05-25: Testing…

2016-02-01: Maybe Maybe it’s married life, maybe it’s home being somewhere in China, maybe it’s …

2016-01-02: Resolutions The mindset we need isn’t the positive-thinking mantra that failure is impossible; it’s …

2015-12-15: Moving And when I can feel our baby move, if that isn’t the most glorious thing indeed.

2015-10-09: And sometimes. And sometimes, the universe seems so big that nothing matters much. And sometimes, our troubles, our …

2015-10-09: 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 …

2015-10-08: 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. …

2015-10-06: breathe.

2015-10-03: Glorious This week was glorious. Like a holiday should be but which we’re never sold on. Instead of beaches …

2015-09-28: Cambodia. Different. Different is good. It’s a holiday. It’s time with friends. It’s time to …

2015-09-13: China!

2015-09-06:

2015-09-04:

2015-09-04: Living. You can take a horse to water… I’ve been sending a friend a lot of quotes lately. …

2015-08-31:

2015-08-31: 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 …

2015-08-29: sweeping up after yourself It doesn’t make sense to me that you wouldn’t want to remember your life. This concept of partying, …

2015-08-23: Those times When you fall off the edge and getting back involves a long climb. Returning isn’t simply a …

2015-08-05: Photos I realise I didn’t take enough pictures of people. Here are some though.

2015-08-04: a list I meant to start a list of things I was going to start doing in the coming school year. I just never …

2015-08-02: Goodbye I don’t think I like good byes. It’s not easy when it’s ‘good bye, see you next year, possibly, visa …

2015-07-31: 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 …

2015-07-25: jealous Jealousy is easy. You can be jealous of everyone! Look at that person in a fancy car that you …

2015-07-16: Work in progress.  

2015-07-06: I didn’t think it would happen. It did. It’s a week in but I can feel the stresses and …

2015-06-30: Overwhelm It was nice to see some of the things in that last post. It was nice I had a quiche this morning and …

2015-06-29: Day one In no particularly order - understanding other people’s conversations around you, Kate, paying …

2015-06-18: Bloc Party. Have been posting to omar.tumblr.com more and more. It’s more private then Facebook and other …

2015-03-18: fearless I tell my girls this every day whether is teaching them to ride their scooters, working on their …

2015-03-17: Friends

2015-03-14: friends Some old friends visiting from Beijing. Somehow managed to keep it a surprise from Lyra! …

2015-03-10: Selfie Post catching the ball with my face.

2015-03-05: 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 …

2015-03-03: Long way down

2015-02-27: Post Workout

2015-02-27: Bridge

2015-02-26: KTV

2015-02-22: Late night snack. Not been to bed before since Tuesday. Yesterday we went to a park, then spent the evening at a hot …

2015-02-21: 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 …

2015-02-21: Majiang It’s the small things that can present the biggest shocks living abroad. Though, it’s …

2015-02-21: Chinese food.   Make too much. Eat too much. Still have left overs.

2015-02-20: Photo of a photo. The photo was 60p.

2015-02-19: 新年快乐

2015-02-17: 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 …

2015-02-17: Chinese lessons

2015-02-15: Weekend. Did things, worked on things, practised, spent time with L. Nothing but memories to show for it. …

2015-02-14: rings

2015-02-14: love Was at school on Friday. We were manning a stall for Chinese New Year. There was a parent who I know …

2015-02-14: Returned. The last night of our stay in Thailand at the beginning on January, L left her rings in the …

2015-02-14: Dinner.

2015-02-13: Officially, finally, married.

2015-02-10: Chinese lessons.

2015-02-08: Sunday dinner

2015-02-07: Love and laughter

2015-02-01: Welcome, slippers for everyone!

2015-02-01: Korean BBQ

2015-02-01: Hill Sprints: This is ok. I’m alright, I’ve got this. It’s good, I’m breathing hard. I …

2015-01-31: 火锅 Put over a high heat until boiling. Add meat and veg.  

2015-01-28: Meeting with Liz Short, expensive visit to the British Consulate today to promise I’m not married.

2015-01-28: Chinese notes

2015-01-25: time out  My favourite cafe. It’s big and open and you have to order through an instant messaging app …

2015-01-21: irate, of late My patience is worn thin. I think it’s because of work. Just for a change I feel like …