Archive | December, 2012

Selfish or smart?

20 Dec

I am home a little early today from work. There is a thought that plagues me a lot these days. Should I bring the little one to be home with me one these days or should I just let her hang out at her daycare. It is always nice to have the kiddo at home. I can actively engage her, play with her, feed her good food etc..On the minus side it is next to impossible to get ANY work done. Forget cooking. OH also, I run out of ideas to stimulate her for more than 2 hours.All I have to say is that I am totally in awe of stay-at-home mothers.


2 more hours..

20 Dec

and by then the biggest scariest meeting ever willbe over.

I am the host for a review and I know nothing, i repeat NOTHING about what I should be presenting/explaining. There is a sinking feeling at the bottom on my stomach. God, please be kind. I’ve been a good girl from the morning. Please carry me on till tomorrow evening and by then I will recoup the energy needed for the next couple of days.

Hare Krishna.



18 Dec

I am taking care of Ani paapa at home today since she is sick. She is asleep in the master bedroom. I am working in the hall. All of a sudden I hear a noise …’Dadadada….’. It occurs one more time. I summon the courage to investigate. It is her caterpillar toy making some sounds from the second bedroom. How spooky right? Glad you agreed. I prayed to chakkarathazhwar.

Coping up when there are 1000 things to do in a week

17 Dec

It’s one of those weeks when all one can think about is the mountain load of things to get done. Bills to pay, stuff to buy, meetings to attend, deadlines to meet and getting the gift part wrapped up. Pun intended.

I had a productive morning. Since the kiddo has cold I made some broccoli soup for her. Sneaked in some pepper, garlic and chithirathai. Heheh..Then came to work and finished a long pending task. Now my mind is wandering around a certain impending doom…Let’s back up a little. I managed to shop for gifts (8 people total – 2 friends I haven’t met in a while and 6 of Ani’s teacher). Shoot I forgot ALL about another person. Ok, will add it to my to-do for the day. (This blog is getting ridiculous). But I am a little stressed with the amount of stuff left to do given that I don’t have a creative bone in my body. Seriously. I don’t think I can do the following:

a) Draw/Paint

b) Stitch

c) Pack cute gifts

d)Decorate the house etc…

None of these are that bad IMO. But c) poses a problem during the holiday season. I usually make elaborate plans to give beautiful gifts. This usually ends up in me doing a last minute safeway run to grabb bags from the holiday display counter and stuffing the presents in.

To finally educate myself I googled some things today.

a) DIY gift wraps for the holiday season – Seems to be a CRAZY amount of work to do.


b) How to wrap a gift – Still need scissors and tape.  I don’t know. Hmm.. I dont like it when people wrap stuff. Takes me time to rip the cover apart. Perhaps I should stick to fancy covers…

c)  Putting together a tray I think I’ve got it. Have to check some stores to find similar stuff..

Heheh..I do feel kind of confident now. Can’t go wrong ..This tray seems to come with everything I need.


14 Dec

I haven’t blogged here in such a LONG time! That doesn’t include posting obscene amounts of baby clothes.

Lets see, first I was managing to stay afloat after Ani’s grandparents left, then I was travelling and then it has taken 2 weeks to just settle in. Phew! Parenthood is hard.  The last couple of weeks hubs and I have been so busy with rearranging the house, entertaining family, had a mini-celebration for Ani paapa, getting the house treated for silverfish, grocery shopping since our pantry was empty, unpacking 4 giant suitcases from India and discovering a serious space crunch (Next time I am going to take 3 giant duffel bags and one suitcase from here. On the way back I will stuff all the duffel bags into the suitcase) . Imagine my surprise today morning when I realized our home looked like New Orleans after Katrina. So much stuff. I put away some coats , caps etc.. to donate.


Anyway, with all of this going on we have been eating scrap meals except on saturdays and sundays when I try to get some good food. Think Rava idly, pasta with quick sauce and cheese, Upma, idly, dosai etc… Yeah, we’ve been in food hell. Part of the blame lies with how tired I have been. I had so much energy back home in India and here the cold weather has sucked so much happiness out of me. I broke the spell last night with this FANTASTIC recipe from the talented Heidi. I think this is the 5th time I mention her name. I honestly feel that she is the ONLY food blogger out there who cooks real meals. I always wonder if some bloggers cook the stuff and then eat a quarter of what they make (or they’d die of cholesterol and sugar problems) or if they toss if out entirely or if it is all in jest. The recipe is so versatile that my whole foods bought pre cut butternut squash worked perfectly! The mister took a photo and I will post it soon.