Archive | April 2014

Second home

The little boy has taken the big step today. His daycare journey has started and he did great for the first day. I took day off today and watched him secretly for few hours. I have prepared myself for weeks that I should control my tears and turn deaf to his howling, that I should not run to him upon hearing the constant cry. But, he was just fine after an hour. Thanks to the care takers. They pacified him really well and carried him around until he was comfortable.  He dozed off on the care taker’s shoulder and sat quietly on her lap when rest of the kids played outdoor. He didn’t play or mingle with other kids but observed them quietly as they played. I returned home with a light heart and then picked him up in few hours. He was taking nap when I went to pickup.

He is in half a day program this week and starting full time from next week. His schedule for next five years is set. Hope he will start to like the people at his second home sooner and create beautiful memories.



what to do?

when one has so much to share and talk to someone but the wavelength between the two is as different as a mountain and a molehill? #just-a-thought

Mother Nature

Adi’s recent work at art class. They were asked to make a face mask with Mother nature as theme.

Do you see the purple petals around and the green leaves as eyes? They have made this with paper mache.

This is now decorating the showcase near her school office.



Avocado Ranch

Avocado dressing to replace ranch!  Tested and Tasted. I strongly vouch for it.

This can also be used as a bread spread.  Perfect for a weekend breakfast.

1 large avocado
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup greek yogurt – I used 3 to 4 spoons. normal yogurt should also be fine.
1 teaspoon hot sauce – pepper powder is an alternate option.
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil – I used 1 spoon.
2 garlic cloves – optional.
3/4 teaspoon salt.

Tastes better if the avocado is fully riped.  Smash the avocado, mix all other ingredients, mash well and enjoy!!!




For the uninitiated (I recently learned this word from IMC and love using it), here is an easy way to scoop Avacado.

Cut it in the middle, twist on both sides, pull apart, scoop with a spoon around the edges. If the avocado is fully ripe, it will just come off easily.

avocado ranch



Serious talks

An attempt to have  “serious talks” with Adi:

Incident # 1
The girl is now addicted to “Cakeboss” that she will readily accept an offer from Buddy if he decides to employee children. So, you know like that “typical mommy” who has this constant thirst to always teach good values to the kid, I grabbed the opportunity when the girl was watching “Cakeboss” and told M that may be cooking is a better profession for our daughter as she loves all cookery shows and how she can excel in that yaada yaada.. Adi snapped, Amma may be “watching cooking show” is a better profession for me!!!

Incident # 2
We were discussing about money, its importance, how we earn it et all. I spend all my energy for about five minutes explaining to her the full cycle of

money=need to work
work = need to have a basic degree
degree = graduate from a college
graduate = study well now and go to middle school and high school

so, it all boils down to studying well now. I drank a full bottle of water after this talk. Then, decided to check if she understood and asked a few questions. I know who can win the fate.

Self: what do you need when you grow up to live in your apartment and buy things for yourself?
Adi: Money
(I was happy that she got the idea and straightened myself to ask her the next set of questions. You know work, degree, graduate, study well and all that)
Self: So, how do you get that money?
Adi: By playing and jumps around by saying I hope, I hope, I hope with her fingers crossed!!!

No, you don’t want to know my reaction. Please.

Incident # 3
We attended a free knitting class on a weekend and learned different type of knots. Later that day, we were practicing at home to make a bookmark and the girl was very impatient. She wanted the output in few minutes. I was continuing with my knitting. She asked me with a jealous look if I will be done with my bookmark by today. I should have just shut my mouth with a simple yes or no but as you know me, I spoke for the next five minutes about how I can’t complete it now as this requires more time and patience. That, now I have very little time to do things for myself. That, I will do knitting, dancing and all that -ing once she and her brother are on their own and doesn’t need me anymore yaada yaada..
After listening to all that patiently she replied with a worried face “Don’t worry amma. I will ensure that I depend on you even when I am 30 and you don’t get any free time to do things for yourself”

The End!