Sugar Jar & More…

How do you store memories? Have you tried your hand at capturing the little joys of life? What techniques do you use? FB? Instagram? Blogging? Twitter? Journal? Scrapbooking?

I never could keep a journal- even as a kid/ teenager. There was no FB or the vast array of social media that we now have. I just was not persistent enough. Plus, my life was ordinary- so there were no daily excitements. Still the same now.

But I have always wanted to keep something, make something. Still do. Some little box that will hold cherished memories, beautiful thoughts, little joys of everyday life that will seem hilarious and yet precious when I am an old woman. But I still do not have any one absolute method for it…. ūüė¶

I am not very active on FB and other social media in the sense that I share my achievements and joys there. No. I can’t bare my soul so openly. I shan’t! (too stubborn and opinionated for that). I do try though in other ways…

I have ¬†little chocolate jar where I occasionally put little chits, commemorating tiny joyful memories. Like the stub of the first full length movie Hubs and I watched in the theater together with ToddlerT after she was born. (She was almost three, but to her credit, it was a long 3-hour Indian historical saga). The ticket to a museum my twin and I visited as girls after our respective marriages. (ToddlerT was with us- but that is a technicality I overlooked). A little chit about my first major cosmetics purchase. I call this jar my ‘Sugar Jar’. The sight of those scraps of paper in my kitchen makes me happy.

I have an email id, made for ToddlerT. I keep emailing her photos, little notes and long letters whenever I feel like. I will be presenting her the id and password on her 18th birthday! Hopefully, she shall have fun reliving her childhood and teenage years while also understanding¬†her Mom’s love and concerns and hopes. I strive not to impose any expectations, though I do have many hopes for a bright and fulfilling life for her.

And again- this blog. It’s not a legacy or even an accepted body of work- but it IS all my own. And that itself makes me happy. Reading my old posts makes me cringe at times, and smile at others. It IS a walk down the memory lane.

So, how do you journal your life? Share your useful tips and suggestions! Enjoy the weekend!

 

Puzzling Time

Ok- the title is my shameless attempt at a hook type of attention grabbing title. Hopefully, it will work.

Now on to the big reveal. Puzzling time is the hour that I spend daily watching (mostly) Toddler T  attempting various puzzles. Not to brag or anything, just saying, that this is how I am spending my time. ToddlerT loves her puzzles and with her growing intellect and dexterity and independence, (Hello Talking Threes!), they are a good way for her to learn grow and stay occupied.

The good parts:

  • Reduced Screen time
  • Educational Play
  • Learning, learning and more learning
  • Limited interaction needed, which means ¬†Mommy can slowly increase periods of unsupervised Toddler time. (Someday I hope! Right now puzzles require me to at least lavish attention and delight on her prowess)
  • Mommy occasionally gets to do puzzles as well (only the really large/ new ones)

Not-so-good Parts:

  • Boring- toddlers and their love of repetition. Need I say more?
  • Sleep induction and the aftermath- I confess I nodded¬†off twice this week in the midst if staring at my adorable toddler do the puzzles one by one, over and over again. The results ¬†inciting ToddlerT’s wrath. She literally shook me awake and admonished me with a ‘No Sleeping. It’s Good Morning now!’
  • New puzzles are at¬†certain times, difficult for me as well. Especially when the jigsaw and its illustrated cover picture are incomplete/ inaccurate. Makes it tough and exasperating for Mommy and ToddlerT.

But on the whole, it’s fun and ¬†learning all meshed into one!

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Dinosaur one was really perplexing the first time!

New Year Resolutions

Hello everyone! How is the New Year treating all of you?

I am working hard trying to make a great start for a splendid year. Unfortunately, the dilemma of whether to share my New Year resolutions without any editing or not was so intense, I never wrote at all in the first week of the year! Ugh!

But this is a blog about challenges. So, I shall rise to the challenge of sharing my resolutions and holding myself accountable to my fellow bloggers. Here goes:

  • Work out thrice a week¬†(no procrastination)
  • Religiously log my food intake and weigh myself at least once a week. While my weight is well in the normal range for my age and height, I am starting to get love handles! Ouch! So, I definitely want to get that under control before my trip to India in a few months time.
  • Publish the book I started¬†in NaNoWriMo 2014 and finished last year
  • Publish a blog post every week -no excuses this week onwards
  • Be more mindful of the foods I offer ToddlerT (hopefully improve her palate too!)

Easier said than done- but I am determined. And what with these resolutions out in the open, it will be harder not to stick to them. Yay!

So, what are your resolutions.