An Extra Hour

We all wish for an extra hour at some point of time in our lives. Me, I wish for extra minutes every day, mostly multiple times. Mommy hood has done that to me. Like the toddler, even I wish for a scant few more minutes- to sleep, to eat, to read, to watch videos, study, you can imagine the list.

And then I realized- Feb 29, meaning today is an EXTRA DAY!

24 hours extra!

Yes, we still need to cook, clean, and attend to all those activities that consume the majority of our hours in a typical work day.But even then, one hour. We can steal/ snatch/ grab (substitute whatever verb suits your life best) one hour. How do 4 fifteen minutes slots sound? Yup, we can do it.

I have decided to take one hour to cross out things that I really want to do. Not the pressing chores or housework or pending mails and calls. Nope. Things that give me happiness, probably even things off that bucket list. But I am definitely doing the things I ought to- like that online course I need to finish or the ironing pile that has been mocking me since days. (It never goes down. Sigh!) Work comes and keeps coming. Crises always keep occurring. But opportunities don’t knock twice. Or at least frequently. So, enjoy an hour today. That is today’s task for me. hopefully, this post will inspire you to take an hour off for yourself as well.


[As an example, I am writing down what I am going to do in my spare hour.

  1. Talk to my Mom. For half an hour. No sharing Skype with toddler. Mommies need their mommies too! With undivided attention.
  2. Admire ToddlerT for ten minutes while she dances. I am always playing with, singing to, feeding, or teaching her. Or trying to mindfully multi-task as she plays independently. Not today. Ten minutes of just gazing at my little bundle of joy.
  3. Make a bucket list. I am eternally grateful to the Good Lord for giving me all the best things in life. But we all need dreams, outrageous plans and to shoot for the stars (farther than where we are). Twenty minutes to chalk out a bucket list should be an interesting way to spend on creating a list that I have always wanted make.

An hour today won’t make me a happier person or a better manager of my time. But it is a good launching pad for the rest of the year. A few stolen minutes to make cherished moments of joy is always a good idea, right? With hope and lofty expectations, here’s wishing all reading this post- a fabulous day and a splendid year ahead. Keep reading and share your ideas (tasks) for the spare hour today!



An interesting infographic that a cousin shared when both our kids (she has an older child besides the one who is T’s age) turned toddlers. Could not agree more!


Source: NickMom? Dunno myself- but my wholehearted appreciation to the folks who put together such facts in such an entertaining graphic fashion!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner! Hope everybody finds love and joy; not just on Valentine’s but every day! [Don’t worry Mom, I’m totally calling you! :)]

This week was a series of firsts for me and ToddlerT, I mean T. She turned three of the weekend, so she is now officially a preschooler. (though she will still attend a Young3’s program). Anyway, let me start my list with just that:

  • ToddlerT is now T. No more a baby! [insert mental bawling of me at my baby growing up so quick]
  • ToddlerT got a new teacher and class. And she was fine. All my worrying was for naught. Somewhere, she outgrew some babyish fears while I did not! Gulp!
  • I baked eggless brownies. And they came out splendidly. Yay! I have attempted cakes and cookies but never brownies. And certainly not with premixes that call for eggs since I heard that they are hard/ rubbery and lack moistness from friends who attempted the same.

Eggless Brownie Cake (Betty Crocker)

  • T had her first tiff at school. Her teacher handled it marvelously. And when T recalled the incident, it was with glee and pride. The fact that she learnt a lesson through the episode is beyond her years, but I am glad that learning the lesson is still well within her grasp. (insert proud, joyous sigh)
  • T finished 800 books as part of her ‘1000 books before Kindergarten’ program at our local library. We are to still collect our ‘800 Books Read’ sticker but the happy point to note is that we did 800 and are well on our way towards 900! [838 and counting as of this moment]. I am so delighted to gift the joy of reading to T. She of course cannot read as such, only identify alphabets. But the constant reading means she can recite her favorite books by rote. 🙂
  • I now do exercise thrice a week regularly. T allows me to complete my sets so long as she has her juice and I respect her thirty minute limit. After that, I am her playground!
  • T is back to eating cereal again. She had gone off cereals completely for a while, much to my dismay.
  • Hubby and I cooked dishes together twice this week. Glad we could get time to spend on doing activities together. Plus help is always appreciated around the house. (T exhausts me!)
  • We saw a deer racing across the highway this week. Our first deer spotting outside of zoos and forests!

And that is it for right now… Have a great weekend!


A birthday…

ToddlerT turns three today! Happy Birthday!

Naturally, I am all excited and hence, will not be writing much. Not because I have a birthday toluene, but because I have been busy savoring my little baby before she becomes a little one. Her babyishness is fast fading and I want to enjoy every moment.

Take care readers and have a fabulous weekend!