Over the weekend I got some unexpected advice about practicing magic around young children. The long and the short of it is: don't do it.
Having had some unwanted exposure to magic in my childhood, I'd rather not see history repeated. Anyway, this means that I'll continue my study of Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Creation) and translation work. Plus I'll be able to spend more time on writing projects.
On the subject of Sefer Yetzirah, I've making good headway in chapter 2 of Rabbi Moshe Cordovera's commentary. This is large part due to my daily commute increasing from an hour each way to two hours. Tipping a situation from the pan of liability to the pan of merit is often easier than you might think :-)