Thank you!

A big thanks to all of you who have wished me to get well soon. Thankfully, it was not a fracture. Something in between fracture and swelling. The doctor called it as “bone bruise”.  whatever.. I am able to move my finger enough to type and do all basic work with no pain so back to the daily grind.

Thanks to M who took charge of my duties.

Thanks to the colleague who literally snatched my laptop and acted as my stenographer to draft emails.

Thanks to Mr.X who spared his seat to me in train.

Thanks to the random colleagues who offered to open my lunch dabba, who carried my laptop to meeting rooms, who helped to fill water in my bottle.

Yet again I realized that life has its own way of teaching us the importance of something when it is not available. Not even the tip of a finger can be taken for granted. Every muscle, nerve and bone in our body is precious and I should count my blessings for having all of them intact!

A big salute to all those who have physical challenges and carry the mental strength to lead life with a smile on their face.

 

That is me now

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Broke my right arm by falling off from bed (Yes and Yes). It is swelled and pains terribly. Doctor says there is possible chance of hairline fracture though he could not find anything in x-ray. Working/typing all day with one hand is very tiring.

Please wish me to get better soon.

Kitchen

After almost 4 months, here is my new kitchen. The credit goes to M for all his efforts and hard work. I had very little to contribute except for giving ideas and choosing designs. Countless work from homes and some days even leaving work just minutes after reaching just because the contractor has showed up. He took it all to himself. I couldn’t help much as 1. I could not get the work from the contractors as he does. 2. I don’t have that luxury of working from home often in current job.

It all started during first week of December when next door’s dishwasher broke and all the water decided to overflow to our kitchen. result? the kitchen cabinets and floors were damaged and we had to replace them. Floors had to be replaced at living room too as kitchen is an extension of living room.

We were hoping to get the work complete by end of December during the holidays, but the contractor gave tough time. He will come at his own time when he feels like and doesn’t even gives heads up. Definitely we ended up with the wrong guy and as expected he quit with half done job. We had to get another contractor to finish the job.

It was hard with no range for almost three weeks and no sink/counter top for more than a month.

Here it is finally after four months of hardship..

Before:
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After:
Can you see the wine glass holder above sink, the small open cabinet on right side to keep my spice bottles and the open corner shelf?
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You can see the open small cabinet better in below picture. The door knobs were specially ordered and I fall in love with them every time I see them.

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Other new additions are

1. Water filter next to sink tap for drinking water (especially for Adi who doesn’t like drinking from filter jug and solves my problem too of refilling the jug)
2. Brushed bronze finish coffee cup holder
3. Wusthof knife set.
4. Plug points were changed to bushed bronze finish cover.
5. Battery operated lights under the cup board at random spots.
6. Microwave moved above range.
7. Paper towel holder under the corner cabinet.
8. Pull out trash on the cabinet under sink
9. Small lazy susan at the bottom right corner next to dish washer.
10. Small pull out drawer between the sink and trash cabinet to keep dish wash scrubs.
11. Back splash was carefully chosen to complement the granite and cabinet colors.
12. Crown molding on the ceiling above cabinets.
13. Door on door, double door refrigerator with freezer at the bottom.

Phew.. So much planning to make best use of our tiny space in the way I wanted. I must admit that countless visits to Home depot and Lowes paid off well though the entire  journey was very tiring.

The second from top of the open shelf is a glass jar with different color of pulses stacked up. Adi and I did this together. I am yet to find a perfect fit for one of the open shelf. I am also planning for few more additions/modifications to the counter top. Compatible spice rack may be to replace my Indianized spice box (that blue colored tupperware anjarai petti)? One at a time. No rush!! Please share if you have any ideas for counter top. I want to remove that dish rack but don’t know where to keep those dishes for easy access. I want to keep as little as possible on counter top.

My other biggest addition is the pooja corner. More on that in next post:)

 

For the records

All day this week I woke up at 4:45am promptly, checked emails, sat down on the bed for few mins and then went back to sleep and woke up late than usual time. I thought I should record this in the medium where I wrote proudly about the new routine of waking up early. Every night I resolve to myself to wake up early next day only to fail.

Tomorrow I promise to myself again. Lets see… I hope not to give up so soon😦

Believe in fairies

One of the molar decided to fall down yesterday night precisely at 9pm and we were looking forward to the tooth fairy not because we believe in her but because it involves money business.

I asked her “do you believe in tooth fairy pappa?” and this was her reply verbatim

I know it is one of you guys but I just pretend to believe and play along as believing it means gift and money.

Seriously? I doubt if I was this smart even at my late 20s after mothering two kids or even now!!!

The tooth fairy didn’t come last night. It was too tired you know. May be tonight.. Lets see..

BOTC

Battle of the classes was conducted by Adi’s school last week. Fun competitions organized between 4 groups (6th, 7th, 8th graders and teachers).

Adi signed up and was selected for the 6th grade battle group. She got 2nd place in jello eating challenge and her dance troop won first place. I was amazed to see their dance moves. It was choreographed by themselves. There was other fun challenges too like popping the balloon, relay race in dressing up the partner etc.. It was total fun and I am glad I was able to make some time to go see them.

Small joys

That feel good moment is something that does wonders to human mind. At least it has greater impact on me. I can easily fall for kind words. Just a small appreciation from co-worker lifts up the mood instantly. Today I was blessed to have such moments.

One of my team member sent this message to me after attending a “Leadership talk” session.

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“LEADERSHIP is taking responsibility for enabling others to achieve purpose in the face of uncertainty”
This was in the talk now
I could think of you
Thank you!
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We had our scheduled one on one later and I could see that she looks up to me as a mentor more than her leader. I hope to live up to that expectation.

And then I was about step out to the pantry and caught by my scrum master on the way. He was asking me about something work related and I explained it to him. He was all praises after that and a colleague joined too. They were impressed with my work style in many aspects and were saying my family is blessed to have me. My mind was saying if only they can visit my family and hear their side of the story!!!

Anyways, these moments will be cherished and with whom will I share the joy? Of course you all:)

What I am doing at work is not rocket science and it can be easily done by anyone with my work experience but these impromptu appreciations definitely does wonders and made me feel good for some time.