Thank you and Updates

First thing first, a big big thanks to all my blog friends who checked on me and made sure that this being is still alive. I was this close to let go of this space but its only because of you guys that I have decided to come back. You all are too precious to lose.

So many things have happened in past one month. We moved, Adi joined new school (3rd new school in one year), M and LHB vacationing at India and Work at its peak. Commute to work has gone from 10 minutes to 75 minutes with this move and I am scratching my head to accommodate this additional 130 minutes in the already packed schedule. Do I stand justified for being away?

We moved to this place as this is considered as one of the better school district in the neighborhood. It has more Asian population. Needless to say about the competition. Adi wrote an ability test last week for which her school mentioned no preparation is required. It is to test the natural ability of the child. So, we didn’t prepare as if we prepare otherwise. But, later I heard from a fellow mom that there are online coaching classes for this test and so many sample practice papers are available in the internet. I was awestruck. It didn’t even strike me to check for resources to prepare. So many classes, so many strategies.. Oh my gosh, the mommies here are scaring the hell out of me. I feel as if I am not doing anything for Adi’s studies. I can’t believe that she will be in middle school next year. I want her to know this side of the competitive world too. Anyways,the bar has been raised for the little girl. Let’s see how she copes up with it.

LHB, please don’t ask me anything about him. He is still daddy’s boy and survives by eating sweets, fruits and drinking milk. He doesn’t eat anything substantial. My wish now is to feed him a bowl of dal rice and guess it will only remain a wish. He will start his new daycare near our home once he is back from India. Poor boy has been going to the old daycare for almost two weeks even after we moved here,spending more than two hours in car seat everyday. Honestly, I don’t see any bonding between us. Weird I know.. Hope it will change soon once I start to drop/pick him up from the new daycare and spend more time with him.

We shifted on a Friday night and I took two days off on the following week to set the home. Luckily, as we had only one year of stuff after the international shift last year, it was relatively easier to unpack all boxes on those four days. No more suitcases or boxes stacked at the home and my most favorite place of the house is utility room and garage. The best part is utility room is right next to kitchen so I use it as my pantry. I now have designated places to store things. Oh garage is for keeping cars? Let’s worry about it during winter when it snows. Until then, I am happily stocking up stuffs in garage. A glimpse from our living room window

living

This house has an amazing woods view from the living room and bedroom windows. Some days we are even lucky to spot deer and turkey from the window. I am paying for this loveliness with uninvited guests like ants and bugs. But, that’s fine. We can’t have it all.

Once I start to write, its tough to stop. There is so much more to say but will save them for later. How are you all doing? I will soon stop by your blog..

Take care

Poha – Comfort food # 2002

My staple recipe to impress Amma. I am the first person to make this for her and it was hit with her.

I was introduced to this recipe by one of my colleague couple of years ago and it won everyone’s tongue heart instantly and made it to our household’s top five list of favorite and frequent dishes. I usually make it for Friday’s dinner. Make it in a jiffy, gobble it and take it easy for rest of the evening. Friday evening’s are bliss with not to worry about the next day.

poha

Ingredients:
Thick Poha – 3 cups
Onion – 2 medium
Garlic – 3 or 4 pods – finely chopped
Ginger – slice to match with garlic – finely chopped
Green chillies – 2 – slit lengthwise
Peanuts – handful
Potato – 1 – thinly sliced
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Tamarind paste – 2 or 3 spoons
Sugar – 2 spoons
Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Chilli powder – 1 spoon
Salt – as per taste
Coriander leaves – to garnish

Method:
1. Soak poha in water for 5 mins and drain it thoroughly.
2. Temper mustard seeds, urad dal, jeera, peanuts, curry leaves, green chillies, garlic, ginger  in same order.
3. Add onion and saute until it turns translucent.
4. Add potatoes and allow it to cook.
5. When potato is almost cooked, add turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt, tamarind paste, sugar in same order.
6. Once they are well blended, add the drained poha and give it a nice stir. Stir it from sides so that the poha doesn’t get mushed.
7. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

This dish doesn’t need any side dish and the best part is it has all flavours – sweet, tangy, spicy.

Ensoy!!

P.S: Do not soak poha for long time as it gets soggy.

 

Jana gana mana

Every time I hear our national anthem, I end up with goosebumps. I shamefully agree that I don’t know the meaning of every single phrase of the anthem but determined to learn it soon. I don’t know if its the tune or the familiarity of the phrases or the memory of the past that gushes over upon hearing it. I end up with goosebumps. There are too many attachments to the anthem. school, assembly, joy of whole school singing jaya he at the end with one or two missing the coordination here and there, flag hoisting ceremony on independence day. Too many!!

Recently,I heard it at the climax of the film Mary Kom. I am such a fan of happy ending inspirational films especially sports genre. They leave me with a sense of accomplishment. As if I have won that title and it stays with me for few days though mind keeps warning that its just a movie. Talk about the effect of movies. I don’t know why but this movie also reminded me of the Clint Eastwood’s Million dollar baby.

Mary Kom+National anthem – do I need to say more? Left me with goosebumps and made me cry buckets as if my tears were saved for years. I cry for everything these days. My sambar is not tasting good,I cry. Adi is not listening to me, I cry. LHB ignores me, I cry. LHB hugs me, I cry. I hate crying, I cry. Wierd haan? I don’t know. I am not in my normal state for past few days. I have become such a whining girl. Going through the phase when the pain buried in the deep had surfaced again. Hope to pass this phase sooner. The pain is too deep to forgive. Hope I will learn to make peace with it someday and move on!

What am I trying to say now? I don’t know. Such an incoherent post this is. Everyone at least listen to the anthem and watch Mary Kom. Good job Priyanka Chopra!! I was envying your physique all through the movie. How can someone have such a flat tummy after giving birth to twins? I have again officially entered the stage where people have started asking if I am pregnant. Some are even kind enough to offer their seats at train. Sighh.. Me and my tummy – Its a long story.

Ok, before you through something at me for these ramblings let me publish this post and go to bed. 

Adi’s reading challenge

Adi has planned to do a monthly reading challenge at IMC starting September. She is very much excited about it and I am also reading the book. This month’s book is Homer Price by Robert McCloskey. Please see below link for more details and support her by spreading the word to the kids of age range 8-12 years that you know of..

http://www.indianmomsconnect.com/2014/08/27/adis-reading-challenge/

Thanks to Team IMC for considering her idea..

Adi’s artwork

Her recent works.. Summer well spent :) School is starting in two days and I am not sure when she will be able to spend so much time on art again. Each picture took her more than two hours. Please click on each picture for enlarged view. 

 

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Engal veetu pillayar

Happy Vinayakar Chathurthi to one and all..

We celebrated it with hand made Ganesh by Adi with zero help from me and home made kozhukattai.

Ammini kozhukattai is from MM’s blog and kadalai paruppu pooranam kozhukattai from Subbu’s kitchen.

I took it easy when Amma said making kozhukattai is a tiring process. Now I realize it with my back breaking so bad. I would be lying if I say all the pain vanished when the family polished off the plates but I am very happy that it turned out good and they liked it. Kozhukattai’s were over in few seconds.

Adi is really having good patience now. It took her more than two hours to make this Ganesha..

vinayakar-chathurthi