The trackpad on both my old Mac and the Acer machine both give her headaches in all ways. Even though it seems regressive to adults to use a mouse now, trackpads for very small kids are much more difficult. As old as Flash games are, there is so much quality content still in flash only accessible via computer over iPad that it is a shame if small ones can't access it.
Esme and I went around today running errands. To make things easier for longer car rides I loaded a few Peep and the Wide world videos on her ipad mini. She hopped on my phone and the bike store and had mickey mouse on for about 10 minutes while I talked. Can't just give her the phone. I fixed carrots and nectarines and boiled two eggs. She ate the some of all by the end of the day including an ice cream bar, a soft pretzel and a white roll. She had a bowl of cereal for breakfast, and I think then had some hotdogs for dinner. We didn't do any games on any machines today, just followed me around basically. End of day we took our old bread and hit the lakeside to feed the ducks. Then we got home and played with the cat a bit on the playground. She is shy with animals but is very interested in them. She intellectualizes and talks easily to try and justify not trying things. I will use this blog content as i am building the characters and stories for the ESME8 core lessons.
Wherever I find myself travelling one of the first things I seek out if we'll be there long-ish term is a version of the plastic vegetable/kitchen/food bag. It has a hundred different varieties depending on the country and the comfort this single single technology provides me is profound. It's the versatility, speed of use and general one size fits all. The satisfaction of tearing off a new bag, never fiddling with ziplock, just having enough material to wrap in a single hand motion and stow-- it's beautiful. It's the duct tape of food. I know it's best to reduce plastic use, but the alternative is to have to buy virgin packaging AND food because it spoiled/got eaten by fruit flies, got hard, etc. And the point is really no matter where you go you're eating and it's something so simple that can extend the life and taste of your food for so little investment and the satisfaction of use is excellent. Seen above is the German variety, purchased at an Aldi in Bonn.