Good Friday, New Year, Vishu & more

Greetings everyone! It’s Good Friday! And Tamil New Year and Vishu for people from the southern part of India! While the actual significance and customs are very different, it is a special day for so many people! So, here’s wishing everyone peace, good health and prosperity!

I am making some sweet dishes and praying as part of our traditions. But more importantly, I will be spending the day specially thanking God for His many blessings! I try to count my blessings every day but on special occasions, I sit down at the altar in our home and thank the Lord properly!

On that humbled and grateful note, Adieu! Enjoy the weekend ahead!

Cleaning and Cooking

This post is a short and sweet recount of the week.

Cooking has been a major activity this week- I made home made fajitas the other night complete with a black bean side, cooked corn and everything. Thankfully, everyone loved it! Even my cauliflower and dal fry recipe with rotis- simple and filling was  a hit! Plus, I made ghee and will be making sweets and savories for Diwali. (after this post).

Plus, I have been doing loads of cleaning and clearing to welcome Fall and Diwali- the Indian Festival of Lights! It has been a little tougher with cooking so much- but, we thrive on challenges!

And with that, Happy Diwali! Enjoy the weekend!

Week 21 & 22

Travelling, feasting and attending ceremonies- a fortnight of intensely packed schedules and all the activities listed at first have given this blogger a really hoarse throat, a terrible cold and worse headache. Hence, the delay in posting the weekly updates. I think I shall go on a fruit diet immediately to detox my body. My healthy diet has gone for a toss, my time and schedule haywire and socialising inclination nil.  Hmph! Adding to my woes is an extremely horrible internet connection and a change of OS on my machines. Ugh!

Anyway, here are the highlights:

Back in mumbai at parent’s place

Our friends’ were blessed with a beautiful baby gal

Met my hubby’s governess last week and showed her our little angel

ToddlerT now says ‘I Love You’! hurray!

Our weekly topic:

I am waiting for PM Modi’s free wi-fi promise to take off. Not because I want freebies but because that will certainly pave the way for better Internet connections and less frustrating experiences. With  that, I am going to end this post and concentrate my efforts on posting this little snippet of weekly thought. Bubye!

Week 20

Great things:
Attended my bro’s wedding ( cousin ) and met the entire gang of cousins.
The wedding was at Bangalore, where my Hubby used to stay before we got married. So, it was fun hearing him reminisce about his time in the city.
ToddlerT went on her first train journey. It was not as bad as we feared, thank God!!

Today I would like to talk about mommy cribbing. At the aforementioned wedding, a bunch of mommies, all sisters by blood or marriage including me were taking about the the dark side of being a mommy. All with the only intent of garnering sympathy from others who have been there, doing that. It felt good to let off steam, but no, I could see dirty glances and rolling eyes for some time after our conversation from other older people. Why is it that our society that does not give a second thought to gossipping, office politics, to cribbing and complaining about the world in general but has to frown down on personal conversations between mothers when they are talk about their children’s misdemeanors? Every child has been a brat at some point or the other, there is no harm in discussing it amongst intimate well wishers, us there? I wish it would change and hopefully, next time we see harassed mommies rueing yet another of their children’s antics, we shall not have to suffer silent contemptuous treatment. With a silent prayer for that day to come sooner ( ‘coz kids are not going to change).
Take care. Have a great week ahead. Ciao.

Week 19

Another week has flown past and it is time for the updates.

The great things that happened:
1. Had a great Darshan at the temple courtesy my grandfather who is a performing priest.
2. We went shopping for the little one and I have to reiterate how awesome it is to purchase apparel for toddler girls and women in general. ( though a little tough to actually get them to stay still to get dressed)
3. ToddlerT has befriended the neighborhood cow and feeds it fresh grass every day. The timid cow is now so used to it that it actually arrives promptly at the same time daily, looking for our little angel to give it breakfast. Cute!

For this week, I would like to talk about the importance of grandparents and friends in improving children’s vocabulary. I am quite impressed with ToddlerT’s expansive vocab now that she is surrounded by an army of grandparents, grand uncles and aunts. She is learning new words, a dozen a day at least. Yayy! Soon, I shall have another chatterbox in the family.

With that, it’s adieu from India. Namaste

Week 17 & 18

Hello everyone! Namaste from India!

Yes, ToddlerT and I are back home for an extended vacation and loving it.

So, here is a quick update for both the past weeks together.

Among the awesome things:
Back with the family
Warm temperatures. Yayy! No more hiding my clothes under winter gear
Filter coffee!

One thing I’d like to talk about:
Jet lag. It is real and horrid and exhausting. And the only kind and acceptable response is a sympathetic cluck and patient ears. This is not the time to mention how you never suffered from jet lag and are a swinging jet setter and the likes. Trust me.

And with that short note, it is Ta-ta for now from a just recovered jet lag Mommy. Bye and Take care folks!

Weekly Update – 16

List three awesome things that happened this week.

  1. Snow is here. ToddlerT loves it! She is a ‘cold climate loving’ little person like the Hubs.
  2. Started packing for a trip to India. Yayy!! [Besides, I am a temperate climate person.]
  3. I tried pineapple coconut yogurt with granola for the first time in my life. It WAS delicious.

Mention the one event or concept or person I felt strongly about.

In this post, I would like to thank reviewers. You know, the people who leave feedback and reviews of products and services and make purchasing so easy. I got some great advice and tips while making purchases for our toddler’s air travel and it made me so thankful for all the insights listed. It takes only a couple of minutes, true to leave feedback on products and services and maybe a minute more to add useful tips; but I personally know only few people who do that. In fact, I am sorry to note that I am myself not included in this list either. But no more. I shall certainly leave my honest feedback on many, if not all, purchases from today. SO, if you are someone who leaves feedback and wonders if anybody even reads it or if it matters at all, let me assure you- it does. And, if you perhaps do not or have never had a chance up till now; join me. Let’s start.

Have a great week and stay warm. Ta-ta!