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My work day schedule almost for past five years:

6:20am – cock-a-doo-doo, cock-a-doo-doo – snooze

6:30am – cock-a-doo-doo, cock-a-doo-doo – snooze

6:40am – cock-a-doo-doo, cock-a-doo-doo – can’t snooze amymore 😦
Have a quick check on gmail, facebook on iTouch. I am not using my smartphone anymore so I get to check gmail/fb only at home.

6:45am – Rain or shine, pain or fine, dull or brisk, bid adieu to the bed and say hello to the kitchen.
Trust me its very tough to get out of that cozy thick blanket on winter days when its completely dark outside.
Make pre-prepation required for Adi’s lunch like keep handful of rice in microwave, knead dough for paratha, put the veggies to steam whatever is needed for that day and then head to take bath.

7:05am – Out of bath, back to kitchen again, continue with dabba packing and breakfast preparation for all of us.
Adi usually eats cereals and drinks a cup of milk. We eat old fashioned oat meal mixed with almonds and dry fruits.

8:00am – Bring all the lunch bags to living room.
Make sure Adi’s bag is all packed with her snacks, folders, books and get ready to work.

8:15am – Adi and M leave to school. I continue to get ready.
Some days if I am ready by then we all leave together otherwise M comes back from school and picks me up.
Some days I leave around 8 am by public commute if there are early meetings at work.

8:30am to 4:50pm – At work.
Some days will be very busy with no time to take a break. Would have just blinked my eyes couple of times and the clock would have tick tock-ed magically from 8:30am to 4:50pm.
Some days will be very slow.
I eat my breakfast and lunch at desk unless there is a slow day and someone is available to chit chat and have lunch at cafe.

This is my desk. Last time when parents visited us I got the necessary permission and took them to my desk at off hours. Its at 18th floor and Adi was their guide showing them the pantry, restroom, vending machine and the way to my desk. I have taken her to my workplace couple of times when both of us couldn’t work from home and she has a holiday. This girl now knows the nook and corner of my work place.

I have hand creams, some pictures of Adi (year wise), art works by Adi, a cup, a table digital clock and water bottle at my desk. That’s the little girl sitting on the chair pretending to do my pending work 🙂 and that’s amma giving pose to my camera. She always loves to see my work place and it was a memorable moment for all of us. Parents were proud to see the other side of their offspring and we were later recollecting all those struggles they had gone through to make me who I am today yet not expecting anything from me.

office

4:50pm – Leave from work. Its a ctrl+alt+del type leaving. If I have pending work I usually continue them from home as there is my offspring waiting for me.

5:00pm – Board the train at source station.

5:10pm – Arrive at the destination station.

5:20pm – Walk and reach Adi’s school.

5:30pm – Pick her up.
Some days she will take more time especially during summer as she will be busy playing outdoors when I reach school. Those are days when I stand back for few minutes and admire my little girl.

5:35pm – Board the bus to home.
If we are lucky some days we will board the bus at 5:30 itself and on unlucky days we have waited till 5:45pm to get a bus.

5:50pm – Reach home. Change dress, wash face and enter the kitchen.
Adi takes her own time. On most days she will be mad over something or the other and throw a tantrum that she is not going to change her dress or wash her face and my response would be silence. I keep her changing dress on the bed, inform her about it and continue with my chores after telling her once that whenever she is done with refreshing herself she can come to kitchen to fix her snack.

She will usually be on the couch or bed for sometime crying over something, then throwing away stuffs if she is really really mad, cursing me, then gets fed up with my silence, comes to terms on her own, refreshes herself and comes to me for the snack. Once, she is back to her own self I make sure that she picks up the thrown away stuffs and puts them back at its place. She does that with her usual sorry and “I will never do this again amma” kind of promise.

I look at this whole thing as the poor kid venting out her own self after a long day at school. I have not made a big deal of it as my reaction at these times have always been being silent and she bounces back to her own self very soon especially so that she doesn’t miss her screen time.

But, I do talk about it later when she is in listening mood and have made it very clear to her on what amma is strict about.

Not changing uniform after reaching home – NO NO
Eating without washing hands – NO NO
Switching on TV before refreshing – NO NO
TV after 8pm on weekdays – NO NO
Not brushing before bedtime – NO NO
TV before lunch on holidays/weekend – NO NO

I repeat these stuff to her like a parrot whenever I get a chance and strictly stick on to these points. You break it once, you will be questioned by the kid next time as “how did you allow me to do it on the other day?”. So, its better to stick on to them no matter whatever is the child’s mood.

6:00pm – Start cooking with laptop on one corner of the kitchen counter top. I watch some shows and listen to songs while cooking. Whatever is cooked now will be used for that day’s dinner (mostly as side dish for dosa) and next day’s lunch. I usually cook one vegetable a day and we take a box full of that with two chapathi for lunch the next day. One good thing that I have inherited from M is to eat loads of veggies. Potato (fried one at that) was the only vegetable I could eat almost till my marriage. But now, I could eat anything except few like brinjal and bitter gourd. Thanks to him.

For Adi, I cook her lunch in the morning as at her school there is no facility to microwave the food and I prefer to pack fresh/hot food for her.
Some days she will order from school. The days I pack, we usually discuss about the menu on previous night itself so that I can accomodate her suggestions as well.

6:15pm to 6:45pm is the quiet hour at home. I will be at kitchen with my laptop and cooking preparations and Adi will be at Living room watching TV. At 6:45pm or 7:00pm she will come to the dining room with her backpack to do home work. This is the time we talk about most things too.

8:00pm – Review Adi’s homework as she eats her dinner.
Between M will come home anytime between 7pm to 8pm asking “what’s for dinner” as he enters the house. He will have his dinner, play with Adi for a while and gets busy with his laptop and calls.

8:30pm – Have my dinner, clean kitchen counter, go around the house to put things back at their places, check emails, facebook, browse for a while, login to work to clear office emails or continue with pending tasks.

9:00pm – Adi joins me at bed. She reads her book while I either continue with my work or read.

9:30pm or 9:45pm – Adi goes to sleep. I continue with blog reading, commenting and surfing in general.

10:30pm – Go to sleep.

Usually, there will be zilch changes to this routine as if its disturbed then I will run around like a headless chicken and get much more irritated. I am a routine lover especially because this way I can plan my free time too. My mind cannot be put to peace unless all the chores list on my mind are checked.

I cannot cook if the sink is full of unwashed vessels or there are onion peels or apple skins (thanks to the man of the family) at the kitchen counter top.
I cannot sit around peacefully if the house is a mess or the clothes lay down unfolded. I crib to no end.
I get tensed if all my weekend chores are not completed at least 80% of them by Sunday afternoon.

Talking about weekend chores it includes cleaning, sweeping, scrubbing, washing, folding, grocery shopping, idli batter preparation. If I plan and execute my chores ahead of time then I will get time to watch a better rated movie at internet.

It took a lot of time and trial & errors for me to plan the evening and weekend chores. On initial days, it will always be a constant struggle as I expected equal share of work to be done by M but eventually I gave up. I mean, he is not bothered if the house is a mess or if the table has moved away from its precise position slightly or if the unread letters lay on the living room floor for days or the trash overflows or the clothes are not pressed for weeks then how will he be inspired to fix them? The problem is with me and my mind. Its me who is at peace when the house is clean so then it should be me who has to work for it right? No, I have not become a saint yet, I do crib every now and then but I have learned or practiced to handle the things that bothers me by myself. How can I account another person for my problems? I have learned that it is much easier to plan ahead and do the chores by myself than to sit on it till last minute expecting or forcing the partner to do it that also leads to skirmishes. It is a physical stress but at least the mental stress can be avoided. I wouldn’t say he doesn’t do anything but he does them at his own time that doesn’t match up with my timings. Like I expect the clothes to be pressed as soon as they are washed, at least on the same weekend but he irons them only in the weekday morning, that too only the clothes needed for that day.

Ironically, all this didn’t matter to me when I was living with in-laws for two years after marriage. Do I feel more responsible as I manage this house where as at in-laws I was just an addition to the existing setup? any clues?

I started this post just to write about my everyday routine but it looks more like a rant to me now..

A question to the readers – How easy or difficult is it to follow a similar routine at India? What would be the challenges? Much appreciate your inputs..

Just for laugh:
Scene: I was typing this post and Adi was studying for her science review test. M enters the room

M: Is my phone in this room?
Adi: (not missing a beat) Of course it is but I don’t know where it is.
M: !@#$%^&*

(this girl have started watching sitcoms and her instant response sometimes cracks us up totally especially her facial gesture when she delivers the dialogue though I am still contemplating on if she should watch those shows and how I can divert her away from them).

Songs – all time favorites

These lyricists never cease to amaze me with the way they play with words. Lyricists and Artists are the two set of people who make me get goosebumps with their imaginations. This post is dedicated to all of them. I will do a separate post on this man Mahakavi Bharathiyar.

My favorite tamil songs in no particular order – based on lyrics..

1. Oru deivam thantha poove – Its very hard to quote my favorite lines from this song as every line is amazing. I love the male version than the female one.

Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Music Composer: A.R.Rahman
Singer: Jayachandran

enadhu sondham nee, yenadhu pagaiyum nee
kadhal malarum nee karuvil mullum nee
chella mazhaiyum nee, chinna idiyum nee
pirandha udalum nee, piriyum uyirum nee
maranam meenda jananam nee

enadhu selvam nee, enadhu varumai nee
izhaiththa kavidhai nee, ezhuththu pizhaiyum nee
iraval velicham nee, iravin kanneer nee
enadhu vaanam nee, izhandha siragum nee
naan thooki vallartha thuyaram nee


 
2. Anbendra mazhaiyilae

Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Music Composer: A.R.Rahman
Singer: Anuradha Sriram

Kalvaari malaiyile kallonru pookavum karunaimagan thonrinanae
nootrandu iravinai nodiyodu pokuidum oliyaga thondrinaanae
irumbaana nenjilum eerangal kasiyavae iraibaalan thonrinaanae
mutkaadu engilum pookadu pookavae puviraajan thonrinanae


 
3. Ovvoru pookalume

Lyricist: Pa.Vijay
Music Composer: Bharadwaj
Singer: K.S.Chitra

Ullam Enrum Eppothum Undaindhu Pogakoodathu
Enna Intha Vaazhkai Endra Ennam Thonakoodathu
Entha Manithan Nenjukul Kaayamillai Sollungal
Kaalapokil Kaayam Ellam Maranthu Pogum Maayangal

Ulithaangum Karkkal Thaane Man meethu Silai Aagum
Valithaangum Ullam Thaane Nilaiyaana Sugam Kaanum
Yaarukillai Poraatam Kannil Enna Neerotam
Oru Kanavu Kandaal Athu Thinanum Enral Oru Naalil Nijamaagum
Maname O Maname Nee Maarividu
Malaiyo athu Paniyo Nee Modhividu


 
4. Nalam vazha ennalum

Lyricist: Vaalee
Music Composer: Ilayaraja
Singer: S.P.Balasubramaniam

manidhargal silanaeram thadam maaralaam
manangalum avar gunangalum niram maaralaam
ilakkanam sila naeram thavaraagalaam
ezhudhiya anbu ilakkiyam pizhaiyaagalaam
viralgalaith thaandi valarndhadhaik kandu
nagangalai naamum narukkuvadhundu
idhil enna paavam edharkindha soagam kiliyae….
(nalam vaazha)

kizhakkinil dhinam thoanrum kadhiraanadhu
maraivadhum pinbu udhippadhum iyalbaanadhu
kadalanil uruvaagum alaiyaanadhu
vizhuvadhum pinbu ezhuvadhum marabaanadhu
nilavinai nambi iravugal illai
vilakkugal kaattum velichchaththin ellai
oru vaasal moodi maru vaasal vaippaan iraivan


 
5. Kanmani anboda kadhalan

Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Music Composer: Ilayaraja
Singers: S.Janaki,Kamal Haasan

Enna kaayam aana poadhum en maeni thaangik kollum
Undhan maeni thaangaadhu sendhaenae
Endhan kaadhal ennavenru sollaamal aenga aenga azhugai vandhadhu
Endhan soagam unnaith thaakkum enrennumboadhu vandha azhugai ninradhu
Manidhar unarndhu kolla idhu manidhak kaadhalalla
Adhaiyum thaandip punidhamaanadhu


 
6. Yaar Yaar Sivam

Lyricist: Vairamuthu 
Music Composer: Vidyasagar
Singers: Kamal Hassan, Karthik

Aathigam Paesum Adiyaarkellaam Anbe Sivamaagum
Naathigam Paesum Nallavarkkellaam Anbe Sivamagum

Ithayam Enbathu Sathaithaan Endraal
Erithayal Thindruvidum
Anbin Karuvi Ithayam Endraal
Saavai Vendruvidum


 
7. Oru kadhal devathai

Lyricist: Vairamuthu 
Music Composer: Shankar Ganesh
Singers: S.P.Balasubramaniam, K.S.Chitra

Oadoadi Vandhadhaal Ul Moochu Vaangudhu
Un Moochil Allavaa En Moochum Ulladhu
Ondraanadhu

Yaarukku Yaar Uravu Yaararivaaro
En Peyaril Un Peyarai Iyarkaiyum Ezhudhiyadho
Kalloori Vaazhkkaiyil Kaadhal Yaen Vandhadhu
Aagaayam Engilum Neelam Yaar Thandhadhu
Iyalbaanadhu


 
8. Munthinam Parthanae

Lyricist: Thamarai
Music Composer: Harris Jayaraj
Singers: Naresh Iyer, Prashanthini

Hi Malini, I am Krishnan.
Naan Itha Solliye Aakanum. Nee Avvalavu Azhaku.
Inka Yevanum Ivvalo Azhakaa Oru..
Ivvalo Azhaga Paarthirukka Maattaanga..
And I am In Love With You..

Thulaa Thottil Unnai Vaiththu, Nigar Šeiya Pønnai Veiththaal
Thulaabaaram Thøarkaathø Paer Azhagae
Mugam Paarthu Paesum Unnai, Muthal Kaathal Šeinthum Kannai
Annaikkaamal Pøvaenø Aaruyire

Ippøthu Ènnødu Vanthaal Ènna
Or Paarka Ondraga Šendraal Ènna


 
9. Karka Karka

Lyricist: Thamarai
Music Composer: Harris Jayaraj
Singers: Devan, Tippu

No lines in specific but I love the lyrics for the way Thamarai has played with pure tamil words all over the song like naran, agarathi, adhigaram, nara vettai, senguruthi, aaivadhu…


 
10. Netru illadha maatram

Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Music Composer: A.R.Rahman
Singer: Sujatha

Kadavul illai endren…
thayai kannum varai
kanavu illai endren
aasai thondrum varai
kadhal poi endru sonnen
uNNai kannum varai.

kavithai variyin suvai
artham puriyum varai
gangai neerin suvai
kadalil serrum varai


 
11. Maalaiyil yaro manadhodu

Lyricist: Vaalee
Music Composer: Illayaraja
Singer: Swarnalatha

karaimel naanum kaatru vangi vinnai parkka
kadalmeen kootam oodi vanthu kannai parkka
adada naanum meenai pola kadalil payakoodumo
alaigal velli aadai pola udalin meethu aadumo
nenjamae paatezhuthu.. athil nayagan paerezhuthu



 
My list is endless but let me stop here…
 

Treasure hunt

The girl is obsessed with treasure hunt. For her 6th birthday, I had setup a hunt to give her birthday gifts. From then on, she demands for a treasure hunt for every birthday and randomly surprises us too.

Here is a hunt she had setup for me this month. A separate hunt was setup for M as well.

first clue - It was under TV

first clue – It was under TV

 

second clue - under christmas tree

second clue – under christmas tree

 

third clue - near window

third clue – near window

 

fourth clue - dining chair

fourth clue – dining chair

 

the brown bag had my gift

the brown bag had my gift

 

tada - this is the gift.. an origami flower

tada – this is the gift.. an origami flower

 

Biriyani out of service

I have this habit of calling Adi as “Biriyani” sometimes. Don’t ask me how I came up with this name. May be I suddenly developed a craving for Biriyani and started calling her like that.. I have no clue.

On a Sunday afternoon, the family had sumptuous lunch and settled at their own spots comfortably minding their own business.

Amma (In bedroom): Pappa, inga konjam vaayaen (Adi, can you come here?)
Adi (In Living room): No response
Amma (after 5 mins): Pappa, inga konjam vaayaen (Adi, can you come here?)
Adi: No response
Amma (after 5 mins): Biriyani, please inga konjam vaayaen (Biriyani, can you please come here?) 
Adi: 
No response
Amma (after 5 mins): Biriyani, please konjam en laptop battery eduthu thamma (Biriyani, can you please get my laptop’s battery?)
Adi: No response
Amma (after 5 mins): Biriyani, ippo vara poria illaya (Biriyani, are you gonna come now or not?)
Adi (on a frustration tone):  Biriyani innikku out of service !!!!!! (Biriyani is out of service today).

Amma laughed to her heart’s content for next 10 mins and then got up to get the battery by herself… Apparently the girl was glued to the idiotic box and didn’t want to be disturbed.

We still recollect this incident when all we need is a good laugh…

Tag to remember 2012

RM – Thank you for bring so nice and helping fellow bloggers with a day’s post.  You see, we all are taking turns in pouncing on the opportunity 🙂

And chipmunk thanks to you too for tagging me..

Here is my 2012’s version

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?

– Thinking hard.. Such is my life so monotonous 😦

Woww, wait a minute revisiting the blog archive did prove that I have done many things 🙂

– Donated blood for the first time and wish to continue with this for rest of the life.
– Made paneer poori, brocolli chutney, cinnamon rolls, princess cake – all just once and don’t know if I would ever make them again.
– Camping and Whitewater rafting (Level 1 rapids) which was my dream come true vacation.

2. Did you keep your new years resolutions, and will you make more for next?

– I didn’t make any specific resolution last year. Its the same every year.
– For self – Be honest, don’t hurt others with words or actions, lower voice, value relationships, hate hatred and love life.
– As a parent – Don’t yell, build trust and strive hard to become better and better as a sensible parent.

3. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

– 7th May 2012 – the day that patched up for my earlier loss.
– 13th June 2012 – Parent’s arrival to stay with us for three months. A stay after almost a decade.
– If I may quote a date in 2011 its 7th Dec 2011 – the day I had the mentioned terrible loss.

4. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

– I feel that I haven’t achieved anything big in life yet at least in the last decade.  My biggest achievement so far is being recruited via campus interview for my first job that too in the year when recession was at its peak and I proudly state that it was only my company that offered the appointment letter to selected candidates out of all the companies that visited us for campus interview that year. I still have contacts with colleagues from my first company and have always felt proud about the company. Its a company that I will cherish forever. We were the first batch to have IT campus interview and getting selected in that made me overnight popular at my college 🙂

5. What was your biggest failure?

– Not to cry at the drop of hat. Can someone please teach me the technique to hold back tears? I cry if I am happy, I cry if I am sad, I cry if I am angry, I cry if I am irritated so basically I cry, cry and cry. This heavily brings down the value of my tears and I am hating that to the core.

6. Did you suffer illness?

– Nothing major but I suffered fear majorly if that can be attributed as illness.

7. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

– the lesser said the better. I know only very few in the world and its two people from the closest circle whose behavior is appalling me for years and years.

8. Where did most of your money go?

– Bills, bills and bills. Not just most of my money but all my money.

9. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

– parent’s visit.

10. What song will always remind you of 2012?

Sara sara sara kaathu from Vaagai sooda vaa. Technically this film was released in late 2011 but this is one of the song that I most listened to in 2012. I even set this as my phone’s ringtone for a while.

11. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?

– Happier as last year this time I was dealing with a grief of a major loss.

12. What do you wish you’d done more of?

– Traveling. We didn’t do any except for the 2 days camping trip.

13. What do you wish you’d done less of?

– Holding on to the grudge. and not letting go of certain incidents though well aware of the nature of the doer.

14. Did you fall in love in 2012?

– Yes

15. What/Who was your greatest musical discovery?

– One direction. Adi and I would have listened to their debut single “What makes you beautiful” many many times. A song that we sang together during the mommy/daughter times.  A song that excited us instantly and we sing along if its played in the radio when we drive.

16. What did you want and get?

– will disclose it soon 🙂

17. What did you want and not get?

– Couldn’t think of any. I usually keep my expectations low as I am very bad in dealing with dejection’s.

18. What was your favourite film of this year?

– Tamil –Vazhakku Enn 18/9, NKPK.
– English – Argo, English Vinglish, Life of Pi

19. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

– It was a bad day than any other normal day. That’s enough for now. 32.

20. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

– If  all those uncertainties of the second half of the year did not happen it would have been more satisfying.

21. What kept you sane?

– Adi and Amma – the pillars of my life.

22. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.

– Never judge people. You never know the other side of the story.
– Certain things are better left unsaid. Never try to explain everything in detail unless the other person is ready to listen.
– Think before you speak especially with people who find one hundred meanings for that one word.

23. Which new places did you visit in 2012?

– Camping site. It was a thrilling experience to stay in tent for two nights.

24. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year

– Couldn’t thing of any right now.

25. Tag some bloggers you would love to read these answers from

– Most of the bloggers I know had already done this. Any one who is interested and yet to do it please take this up.

Dory laying eggs

Looking at the way we are taking care of Dory (the fighter fish) our neighbors gave us a choice to keep Dory with ourselves but I didn’t want to take up the long term commitment at this stage so the deal is that we will keep it as long as Adi wants to.

Over to the conversation

Adi: Amma, how nice would it be if Dory lays eggs and we get more fishes?
Amma: No pappa, it will not happen unless it mates (wondering self if she know what mate means)
Adi: Yeah, you are correct. It has to mate to lay eggs and runs away.
Amma: A big sigh of relief!!!!!!!
Adi: bounces back in few seconds.. But, amma what should it do to mate?
Amma: It needs a male fish.
Adi: And then, what happens?
Amma: Pappa, you may not understand it now. I will explain the details to you when you are ten years old okie?
Adi: But, is it true for all creatures? Should male and female mate to lay eggs or have babies?
Amma: Yes !!!!!
Adi: Okay then, I may not understand about the fish mate but at least explain to me about what happens with humans. Please, please, please, pretty please
Amma: *rolling eyes heavily*  Okay, the male has sperms and that has to get into the female’s body and meet the eggs in her ovary to conceive a baby. Clear?
Adi: Yes, I understand but how does the thing get into female’s body?
Amma: To understand that you have to be ten years old pappa. Can we please continue this topic when you are old enough to understand?
Adi: **shrugs her shoulder** and moves on with a swift “Okie”
Amma: Holds on to the nearest chair to save herself from passing out…

there were other questions also like

“Do we have to be married to have a baby?”

“Is that’s why you married Appa, to have me?”

“But, why should you marry him for that, why can’t you guys just live together?”

I hope she forgets all those questions that I keep procrastinating as ten years old thingie.. Not that I don’t want to discuss. I will definitely discuss all these topics with her but when it is appropriate and I have prepared myself better.

This time, did I do a fair job when the questions were shot out of the blue? What do you guys think? How should we handle such questions? What is the appropriate age to discuss?

Pongal-o-pongal

Wishing one and all a very happy Pongal/Sankranti.

We discussed about the significance of Pongal festival with Adi and did pooja at home in the morning. The discussion also included about God and there she had some questions that I couldn’t answer but that’s for another post 🙂

I slept very late (after 12am) on Sunday night as there was some sundry task to be done and then woke up around 6:30am on 14th morning to make preparations for the Pooja. Didn’t have a good sleep throughout the night. Woke up at least like five times in between.

For the Pooja, I made Sakkarai Pongal (sweet), Ven Pongal (karam) and coconut chutney.  The previous day, when I was contemplating about calling the neighborhood aunty to ask if she can help to grind the coconut for chutney (I was planning to send M and Adi to their house with the coconut and other items to be grinded), the uncle called and asked me not to cook, that aunty is making chicken curry and he will bring it in less than an hour.  Should I call it a coincidence or my lucky day?  ‘coz we don’t talk very often especially during winter season.  I told him about our mixie situation and there in next one hour the aunty was at our door step with a box full of chicken curry and her spare blender (magic bullet).  She generously said that I can use it for next one week and also gave details about a nearby shop that might have spare parts for my mixer. That’s the story of the coconut chutney and thanks much to all of you who gave me useful tips in previous post.

Adi had her priorities in place like to make the chutney with red chillies (I sometimes use green chillies) and less spicy, make the ven pongal tad spicier, add more cashews to sakkarai pongal et all.. She took them for lunch today in two boxes and as usual helped me with pooja arrangements. Did I say I love this girl?

I am drafting this post on 14th afternoon but scheduling for 15th early morning. Please to ignore if I sound cranky or senseless. I am working from home and want to take a nap now. My eyes are half shut already but the problem is if I get indulged in this siesta now then I will not get proper sleep at night. What should I do now? Take a nap or not? Blessed are the ones who can sleep in the day and night.

Last year, for Pongal I made a detailed post about how I used to celebrate this festival during childhood days at my native village.

Here are the links for the interested

Part 1 – https://anisnest.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/pongal-part-1

Part 2 – https://anisnest.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/pongal-part-2

Part 3 – https://anisnest.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/pongal-part-3

Looks like I can’t keep the snooze land (thanks RM) away for a long time. Let me visit it for a power nap. See ya tomorrow!!!!!

Stay happy and healthy.

No mixie weeks ahead

My mixie that has served as one of the active and primary member of my kitchen for past five years conked out few days ago. No, I don’t blame the poor thingie that served its purpose to the T all these years.  It was totally my bad.  I used the smallest jar (owe it to my damn laziness) to grind a harder substance and there it broke those four plus like plastic projections in the mixie unit that helps to hold the jar in its place. Now, if I try to place the jar and switch it on, the mixie makes wired sound and the blades doesn’t rotate 😦

I don’t have a grinder either. So, the following weeks will be no Idli/dosa weeks until amma lands here to rescue us. That also made me think what other things we would miss

1. Fresh ginger/garlic paste while cooking. I almost do this for all subzis.
2. Chutneys of all sorts. Oh wait why would I need chutney if there is no idli/dosa batter 😦
3. Rasam (I don’t know how to make rasam without grinding the tomato, whole pepper and jira)  any suggestions?
4. Milk shakes that I make for Adi on some evenings. This is the second in her “Mommy’s cooking favorite” list.
5. Ginger chai that M makes by grinding ginger. Anyways I am not a big fan of that so unless he needs it we should be fine.
6. Coconut paste while making fish kuzhambu. I can still make do with this as I also make the non-coconut version of the kuzhambu. Thank god I don’t use coconut very often in my cooking.
7. Onion/tomato puree while cooking certain type of curries.

SS – I think I got paid off very well for teasing you for that 11pm Idli maavu blogging. I take back my words. You can make Idli maavu even at 1am.  Now, pluueezzeeee suggest me some ways to fix my mixie.

I can’t live without the dosa batter that’s my saver for dinner on most of the days 😦

Holiday crafts

Looks like I am still relying on 2012 for my posts. Squeezing my brain to recollect the incidents that I have missed to record in 2012 to make it a post for marathon. If only I had a Pensieve like Dumbledore I can just review the memories of 2012 and make a post every day 🙂

Adi had winter break towards end of December for almost 10 days and this year we had spent all ten days inside four walls. It was a herculean task to keep her occupied on these days. The most dreaded question was “what can I do now?” and I had to constantly rack my brain to avoid this question. I had ordered for few workbooks which she hardly touched after all its her holiday break and this is meant to have fun, fun and only fun.

So, the only sane way for both of us was to do get indulged in some crafting. Here are few crafts that we did during this break

Origami

I have ordered for this origami kit and it helped to keep the little lady busy for most days. She has tried most of the origami’s from this collection including the throwing away and crashing of papers if the folds or creases doesn’t come out the way it is supposed to be. The kit comes with an step by step instruction book and I would highly recommend this to kids and even adults who love origami.

origami

Ginger bread house

One of our friend gifted Adi with a Gingerbread house kit and two days were spent in assembling the house and decorating it. This time, most of the decorations were done by Adi and she took her own time to do it which gave me some time to breathe.

ginger-bread-collage

Christmas tree ornaments

We made a bunch of ornaments using salt dough and she spent few hours every day in painting some of them. Details are explained here

Timeline collage

I bought a white chart paper and asked Adi to make a timeline collage with her pictures. Usually, when we start with a craft or project I try my best to make her finish it the same day but this time around I took it easy and let Adi do the things at her own pace. This means, she will do the craft/project for a while and then move on to something else. I did not remind her to complete the craft as the next time when she asked “What can I do now?” I had my answer ready 🙂 🙂

timeline-collage

One of the weekend we had mommy/daughter day out. We watched “Life of Pi” in big screen. I was surprised to hear the tamil lullaby as title song. Wishing Bombay Jayashree to win the academy awards for her mesmerizing voice.  Adi didn’t like the movie much and was not ready to discuss about it. She was scared about all the fights between Pi and the bengal tiger.

Rest of the times during holidays were spent by sleeping, eating, being mad over something, watching TV, playing in gadgets, playing board games and so on…

Winter Recital – 2012

As a tradition of this blog, posting the two dances that Adi performed at Winter recital on Dec 2012. I just noticed that I didn’t post the videos of 2011. So, here they are

For past years performance please visit 2010 and 2009, 2008, 2007

2012 – class performance – Its the most wonderful time of the year

2012 – dance class performance – nutcracker

2011 – class performance

2011 – dance class performance