PTA update and random talk – Day 34

Friday, the PTA meet for the boy went better than expected. There are challenges and rooms for improvements which we will get evaluated and work on but overall what stood out of the meet for me was the teacher said he is sweet boy being nice to everyone. That, she can match him with any group of kids for activities and he hesitates to express when he doesn’t like something. I understand he has to be more expressive but the thought that he hesitates to hurt others made me feel good. I wish my sunshine to shine bright with kindness and happiness always. He can be a rowdy to me, just me. I will take it πŸ™‚

I am super sleepy but have two days of random updates to post here. Let me just get done with it before it slips away from my mind.

  1. Adi made masala chai for us on Friday evening. Pakka stove top Indian milk masala chai from start to finish for the first time. So from now I can nag her officially when I don’t feel like making it for myself.
  2. Kids had pizza for dinner yesterday and I sneaked one slice too. Nothing can beat a slice of pizza. I tell ya!!
  3. I started with my work at 9pm last night and had to continue with it till 6am today fire fighting one issue after the other with a bunch of people on call all the time. The funny part was we unintentionally took turns to power nap and the rest continued to work. Glad that the task finally got done by 6am today morning.
  4. Β I went to bed at 6:30am and woke up at 2pm while M engaged the kids. He took care of their breakfast, lunch, took them out to classes and weekly shopping.
  5. Today was the first snow of this season. First snow is always magical but the days following that are scary. I am super scared of black ice on curbs and roads.
  6. Due to weather conditions, Today Adi’s very important test and LHB’s Tamil class were cancelled. I was more happier than him about his Tamil class cancellation as today he was supposed to say a kuppan, suppan “aabathil udhava nanban” story in Tamil. All he says as of now is kuppan, suppan. I have no idea about how to make him tell a story in Tamil. As if this is not enough, next week he has to make a family tree project and say it loud each relationship in front of class. Sigh!! I don’t see this happening so already made up my mind to put him in same level next year too. I highly doubt he will pass current level this year.
  7. Today, I made cauliflower rice no carbs biriyani for us and vegetable biriyani for kids. The cauliflower rice biriyani came out pretty decent. I made both versions very spicy though. More details and recipe are saved for a later post.
  8. Also, made cardboard guitar for LHB. More details to follow later.
  9. Friday was the first day I missed daily target of 10k steps since 1st Dec. Hope to make up for it next week.
  10. Adi’s PTA on Thursday evening was a breeze. Met a fellow mom who was praising Adi non stop and I actually started feeling odd after a point. Couldn’t be more proud of my sincere dedicated girl.
  11. I gathered the courage to talk to Adi about her “new” elective on Friday. She seems to accept it quickly and move on. She has made some friends in the new class and having couple of events coming up this month.
  12. One of her crazy after school class schedule has come to an end last week. The girl is super happy about it and now struggling to figure out how to spend all that free hours.
  13. Christmas tree was put up by the trio today while I was sleeping. I openly asked Adi to give me choices (no more playing secret Santa with her) and her choices were cookies, cakes, chocolates and candies πŸ™‚
  14. LHB said he will tell it secretly to Santa as what he wants *rolls eyes*. When I told him I will recommend to Santa to keep him in nice list he said with a firm face that nobody can talk to Santa. Santa only gives gifts, he doesn’t talk or listen to anyone, not even to Amma’s. Fair point!
  15. I am not able to watch a 2 hour movie fully. Both times I tried to watch some movie, I dozed off in the middle and woke up for the climax. Getting old?????

The End


Today random titbits – Day 33

  • 3 days in a row to Gym at 5am. My morning routine rocks. The instructor was right. He said you will have a good day and I am so far having one. The days I make it to Gym sets in the right spirit to start the day but the effort it takes to wake up at 430 still is humongous. Did I say? I signed up for team training. Paying a hefty amount every month and its one year contract. So, just can’t give up. Its been more than 6 months I follow this morning routine at least 3 times a week but I have still not turned into a morning person.
  • On days I don’t make it to Gym I sleep till the last last minute. No biological clock when it comes to sleeping in the morning especially when you see two tiny bodies curled up next to you and its cold outside. All you want to do it sneak between the two and curl along with them. Bliss. I can never be a morning person. Even if I go to bed at 8.
  • Working from home after two weeks. What do I do first once the clan is out? I clean the living room and kitchen. Not spic and span but a decent one that pleases my eyes. Then I sit down with my tea, login to work with songs in the background. Bliss again!
  • I have a folder in my browser as “Everyday Must”. It has links to my bank accounts, gmail, Adi’s school portal and LHB’s school blog. These are links I must visit everyday as soon as I login to work. Today, the grades shown in Adi’s school portal were very impressive. The girl is surely giving her 110%. Can’t be more proud of her. LHB’s school blog somedays features videos that I watch right away just to boost my energy for the day. Its always a delight to watch the cute kids do cute things in the video especially this girl M πŸ˜‰ Oh you thought I watch videos to see LHB? It is more to see this girl M and I see LHB too πŸ˜‰
  • Mondays and Thursdays are tough mornings as Adi has to be at school by 7:30am. She is mostly late by couple of minutes and the family blames it on me. Today, I made everything ready before time, packed egg fried rice for her lunch, even helped her with some stuff and she left on time πŸ™‚
  • The day is just starting and already I feel so good. Have few things to handle today. Hope to get them done and retire early. Tomorrow is my free day πŸ™‚ I earned it. I can wake up late, LHB is home, no classes and not much errands to run. But, I have the PTA for LHB that can tally for everything else. I am nervous about this meet **fingers crossed**


Sunday – Day 29

I entered the kitchen at 8:30am in the morning and came out at 4:30pm. My fitbit showed 8000+ steps when I sat down at 4:30pm. It was kind of like a date day for me with my baking powder and distilled vinegar. We teamed up and scrubbed away all stuff that needed our attention.

Ani’s kitchen today dished out two batches of shaped poori’s, channa masala, veggie scrambled eggs, potato fry, palak paneer with fresh homemade paneer, kesari, lemongrass tea and masala chai. In between these cooking, I scrubbed couple of shelves in refrigerator, took away stains from some think bottomed pans, loaded dish washer, cleaned stove top and counter top.

Am I happy? – YESSSSS!!!!!
Is my body happy? – Definitely not. Its crying out loud.

After 4:30, took shower, washed my hair and did satyanarayana pooja as its pournami (full moon) today. The moon had some mercy and peeped at me big and bright right through my window. There were months when it plays hide and seek with me hiding behind the clouds.

Today is a day I reached my daily target of 10000 steps just by walking around my kitchen. I kid not!!

P.S: The potato fry got a thumbs up. I have tried different styles so far but she didn’t like them much. So, tried Amma’s recipe and received thumbs up. I literally had my fingers crossed when the girl took her first bite.

For interested, the fry recipe is to grind (coconut, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, fennel seeds, salt), mix this with cut potatoes and then shallow fry this mixture until potato is cooked and turns golden brown. Key is not to leave it unattended while frying.

P.P.S: Poori making was more of a fun activity with kids as they made all shapes with cookie cutter. They made dinosaur, plane, car, alphabets, candy cane, snowman and the list is endless.

May I have just one more day off pleeeeeasseee !!!!! I want to sleeeeeepppp **insert a whining emoji**

Unexpected day

Friday, I took my own time to get ready in the morning so that means I get dropped at the train station only after dropping LHB at his school. We were on the way to LHB’s school and I got a call from my colleague/friend. His voice was trembling when he said my name and I could sense the bad news in the air. His Father in law expired back in India. He sounded totally blank in the call. So, off we went to their home after dropping LHB at school and rest of the day was spent in wrapping up all the stuff and helping them board the flight.

I took over kitchen, made them eat something for two meals, cleaned refrigerator, sorted out all left over items, helped with packing, cleaning home et all. M drove him to check all outside work, visit his daughter’s school to fill out of country form, book flight tickets et all.

I came back home after sending them off and M came home after dropping them at airport. It was very tough to see his wife. She was crying now and then recollecting about her father. I did my best to console her.

May they have the strength to sail through this tough phase.

So I am not counting this post as part of the happy days challenge but things I could count as blessings in this day are

  1. bachelors living near their home coming in with a flask of tea and egg curry for lunch.
  2. situations in favor to work out all logistics.
  3. her father’s soul decided to leave his body at his hometown and didn’t trouble his body. It was a quick end with no prolonged illness.
  4. I did not take earlier train and M was also available and we were able to quickly reach them to help out.
  5. Kids need not take extended absence from school as school will be closed for winter holidays.

Holiday shopping, learning – Day 25

LHB had yearly holiday shopping at school today and he bought me green earrings as green is my favorite color. A thoughtful little boy made his mommy super happy. I was grinning ear to ear all evening wearing the earring πŸ™‚

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Today and next two days are going to be all day learning session at work and I am loving it to learn something new. Today was a productive day. Hoping to try something new in next two days that can impress my management.

We have a potluck coming weekend. Can you guys suggest some game ideas for the bharatha vilas group (I mean its a mix of many states from India – tamil, telugu, malayalam, hindi) so it can’t be like a language specific game like dumb charades or movie name guessing.

Sunday craft – Day 24

This Sunday, the girls had their weekly club meetΒ  at our home. As usual I sat by the dining table at the corner of living room and watched the girls multi tasking as in chit chat, practice, make props but mostly chit chat πŸ™‚

It was an afternoon well spent but it got dragged as they had to complete some giant props. M jumped in to help and it went on beyond 8pm. That means its the boy and me again left alone at home. I kept him engaged with interactive learning websites and made a craft with him. No TV πŸ™‚

It was a walking robot. Our first official completed craft. He has matured in following instructions so making this craft was not as painful as earlier when we always gave up in the middle as he messes up craft work area. This time we were able to complete the craft though it was alive for only few minutes.

I am happy for 2 reasons. 1. We completed the craft. 2. I took the pic in that 1.5 minutes it lasted after completion πŸ™‚

It reminded me of all those craft sessions with Adi when she was of same age as LHB now. We have done so many crafts.Β Looking forward to more craft sessions with my little honey bun.

For those interested, here is the video we followed for this craft.

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Note: Not ending today with great spirits but its okay. I will overcome this as well. Thanking God for all the strength I have been blessed with and helping me to move in constructive direction. It is a thin line and I am glad to be on the constructive side. Just a small slip and I will fall deep down that even I cannot help myself. But, I am not going to slip. I am not. I have my principles and values rooted very deep and strong that will hold me high and away from negative forces. I am glad to have found my way out and all I have to do is just hold on to it real tight. I will.

NY streets and surprise – Day 11

#1 – I got to walk on NY streets today. Yes I work in NY but never really get to walk on NY streets. There is a tunnel that takes me straight to office lobby from the train station. I just rush through that tunnel everyday and never attempt to take streets to reach the office.

What if my company’s roof comes down or my kids terribly miss me in that 3.5 mins I need to walk by the streets? So I choose to go by tunnel every single day. Today would be no different if I was going to the same office.

But, today I went to a client office located at midtown with few other colleagues. What was supposed to be a 3 hours visit turned out to be day long and I walked couple of blocks in NY streets breathing fresh air and seeing so many people busy people running around. We crossed a park on the way and I was trying to capture all that was going around. A day well spent though from official front we didn’t make as much progress as we wanted to.

#2 – The surprise element was at home. I reached home to see the living room in a better state than before and dishes done. What more can I ask for? It was a pleasant surprise and me happy happy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Just waiting for the trio to arrive home so I can do some “studying” with the boy. He is the letter expert this week for letter “M” and we have some activities due on Thursday.