It wasn’t just the article in G2 today that persuaded me to come off Facebook. I’ve been mulling it over for a while, ever since I realised that I was starting to feel that Facebook was just another job to be done. Then I’d go in, do a silly quiz and decide it was all ok. But, I felt like I was being a rubbish Facebook friend, blowing hot and cold with the thing, so I made a snap decision and de-activated my account.
I’m bleary eyed with tiredness tonight. It is a very busy time of year at work – entry meter totals over 11000 last week and the weekend was non-stop. I’m on a new working group too, as well as trying to just keep up with regular stuff.
Let’s see what snippets I’ve got to share…
Pearlie enjoyed having a friend round to play on Friday afternoon/evening. This involved a lot of leading each other around with blindfolds on – no idea why!
Leo and Dani went to the park with his watercolours and sketch pads on Saturday to have a go at painting trees.
Dani went out on Sunday to be interviewed by someone for her memories of the Section 28 campaign, for a local history event being created by Brighton Ourstory. I’m being interviewed too. I keep meaning to dig out my diaries but I suspect that they have little in the way of useful detail and much more along the lines of, “she was there tonight, but she never looked at me once…” I can only remember meetings by where I snogged after them. Ah, the joys of youth! What is rather odd is that on lots of occasions Dani was there, and I was there, but we weren’t there together.
Pearl seems to have had a lovely time at the grandmothers’ today – doing some French (they’re using a book called Escalier now but I think they’re also intending to keep reading C’est Facile) as well as eating bread warm from the excellent local baker and playing cards.
Leo had a busy day today. In the morning I helped him find pictures and info about stoats and weasels for him to stick on an information folder. He told me it was going to be a “mustelid fact file”, to which I answered “a what???” Leo had been reading an animals’ book in his room and, typically for him, he had picked up lots of info about his current favourite. He did cutting and sticking to make the file, with a few words of his own here and there.
We also went through the drawer of puzzle books. I was thinking we could have a weed, but we seem to have lots of books, with just a few things still to do, that people are sure they will do one day! Leo did some sums from a witchy/wizardy themed thing and then word searches at the speed of light. Little kids’ word searches are a bit of a joke for someone who is happily reading Phillip Pullman books but he enjoyed finding extra words and so on.
I had to rush in to work early for a meeting, as soon as Dani got in. In the afternoon, she and Leo did some experiments with the chemistry set he got for Christmas. They got the little spirit burner going and learned:
- that you can dissolve things faster in warm water
- you can recover something from a solution by evaporating the water
- that there is nothing dissolved in distilled water.
I brought in some children’s books on animal rights tonight, thinking that Pearlie, in particular, would be interested. Actually, they just upset her. Poor old P is very upset and angered by the injustices of the world at the moment. I think I remember being similarly pre-occupied at her age. I can distinctly remember my teacher keeping me back after school to tell me not to tell the other kids about nuclear weapons.
Now I’ve got to print off some writing to share with the virtual strangers in my new writing class. Nervous, me?