A day in the life

15 Jan

Jan 14/ Bogi:

6:50am – rudely awakened by my alarm clock.

7am – medicine consumed. 40 min wait for any other food. I open laptop and quicky check emails /login on facebok

7:15am – Start learning TCL so I can use our tool’s native scripting language.

8am – Just when I am getting into the subject Ani is up. I quickly chomp 2 Milkbikis and gulp a cuppa tea

8am-8:15am – Cajole her out of bed, take care of basic hygiene and drink milk.

8:15am-8:30am – we make the beds, bond over outfits (AMMA, I think I wore something similar yesterday. Illa di that was green,white, green this is blue,green and white).

8:30am – 9am – Ani strikes so we play for a little bit, shower and get ready. I start on her “2 pony”. Ani finds it funny when R grabs her comb while I put it down and tie one of the ponytails. She says “Appa . NO swiping” (Dora fans will know) She is upset to wave goodbye to daddy.

9am – We make our oatmeal. Ani gets the plates and cups of coconut water while I make the toppings. Today we have the following toppings: Peeled/chopped apple, raisins, maple syrup and banana discs.

9:30am – We load up and leave the home (FINALLY).

10am – Ani is in her daycare. I rush to my office and reach at 10:15 to delve into work.

11:50am – I wonder whether anyone would notice me have a premature lunch. I don’t care, I have a hearty veggie soup  with a side of rice from the cafe

12:30pm- back from lunch and into work.

1:30pm – I am starving. I chomp down a Larabar. It isn’t enough. 4 minicarrot sticks. Still NADA. I have an Andes mint to control my rabid hunger. I am sleepy from all the eating. I sprint down 4 flight of stairs and to my car to grab the charger cable and sprint right back. 8 min walk , took me 4 mins sprinting.

5:33pm – WOAH, I forgot about the outside world. Its getting dark. I head to Anis daycare. We are on the way back. She says she missed me. I commiserate. I missed her too if that’s any consolation. She asks me how that could make her feel better. I talk to my sibling and my parents.

6:30pm – We are home. It takes me 10 mins to settle down etc.

6:40pm – I decide to make Venn Pongal, Thakkali gothu and ragi/kadalai/jowar/maize flour mix urundai. Ani and I have arguments , she wants to help, I want to get through my cooking. I finally ask her to leave the kitchen. I am annoyed at the delay for I am already hungry. I am grumbling about dishes to be done, fridge to be cleaned , dishwasher to be unloaded and she creeps in quietly (tear strained) and starts unloading the dishwasher. I pick her up, cuddle her, apologize for kicking her out of the kitchen. I let her do her stuff and silently thank the god . I chastise myself and get my priorities straight.

7:50pm – With Ani’s “assistance” I am now 80%done BUT DARN THE jaggery is impossible to smash. R is home and he demolishes them with little effort.While we wait for the sweet to cool, Ani and I wash our faces , change out of day clothes and wear salwar/pattu pavadai. She wants to comb her hair again and wear a necklace, I oblige rationalizing that one of us needs to be girly.

8pm – We offer prayer. Dinner is a hit and we eat family style for a change.

8:30pm – Ani gets an episode of Jake and the pirates which quickly turns into 2 episodes. I do all the dishes and give the kitchen a complete wipe down.

9pm – I am somehow tired but realize that I did no exercise today so I walk around the home for 15 mins.

9:15pm onwards– I  entertain Ani, I tell her a scary story of a man surviving a crocodile attack. Shes fascinated and wants to hear it on repeat. I recollect that we are running out of inner garments and  load the washer with a ton of clothes. This is highly entertaining for her. My humidifier needed a cleaning so I tackle that next. No mold. Yay!

10:20pm – I realize I am blabbering. I am trying to keep my eyes open but Snoozeee…!


4 Responses to “A day in the life”

  1. Samakris January 15, 2016 at 6:40 pm #

    Somewhat busy day! This is how Ani would probably record the proceedings in her diary, I fancy.

    Urundai taste OK?

    • balanceoriented January 15, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

      Urundai is a hit at home. 🙂 So was chakkarai pongal today

  2. the phoenix January 22, 2016 at 9:38 am #

    Busy busy day..Also I like how you took that 15 minutes out for exercise! 🙂 Also is there a recipe for the urundai? K loves maa ladu and I think he may like it too

    • balanceoriented January 22, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

      Thanks 🙂 Urundai is simple:
      Take all the flours you want (Ragi, millet, maize, pottukadalai, almond etc.) in equal amounts .. Smash a jaggery . 1.25 cups of jaggery per 3 cups of flour.
      Let the jaggery melt in a heavy bottomed pan . Add 2 tbsp of ghee , Stir in the flour and combine under low heat. Turn the pan off . Powder cardamom and add. Fry cashwenuts/almonds/raisins and add to the mix . Add a 1/4 tsp of salt. After this make urundai.

      This is one of the harder urundai’s to shape so I typically melt some 2 tbsp of ghee on the side. I dip each urundai in the ghee to bind. Makes around 25 pieces

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