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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 …

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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!

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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 …