“What we are ………….” Wednesday!

Hey guys, What are you up to?

Here’s what Madhurya and I are doing this Wednesday…..

Madhurya:

Reading: “Pride and Prejudice“. I was too young when I read it the first time to understand it well. I am enjoying reading this book again. My sister and I love Mr. Darcy!!

Watching: Brooklyn Nine-Nine series on Netflix. It’s really silly and funny and kind of a stress buster for me.

Eating: lots of homemade Indian food. I currently have a strong urge to eat South Indian curries and dosas and enjoy making them too.

Making:  a list of fun activities for Neel to do at home on his own while I work.

Wishing: that my parents and my sister’s family was living close to me. Well, the bright side is I will see my parents soon.

Learning: to take it easy and not be hard on myself. Everyday is a new day with a baby at home. Everyday I make a new schedule to stick with but if one day it works out, the next day it doesn’t. So instead of cribbing about it, I am learning to take it one day at a time.

Thinking: about baking my favorite chocolate chip cookies or a chocolate cake this time? What do you think? Will Neel allow me to spend some extra time in the kitchen?

Listening: to kannada song “ondu malebillu”. It is so soothing and melodious.

Loving: the antics of my super-active baby. He has started to stand while holding something for support and enjoys standing on me, the table, basically anything and everything he finds. He just doesn’t want to stop!

And me…
Reading: I just finished reading my sister’s “The Seafront Tearooms” by Vanessa Greene. A nice book to enjoy on a lazy rainy day. Now on a hunt for another feel-good book. Can you recommend any?
Watching: “You’ve got mail” on Amazon Prime. Something else prescribed by the doctor to lift my blues. 🙂
Eating: Yesterday’s Mango Italian Festa Icecream cake from Ibaco. 🙂
Making: .Nothing, sadly, although I PLAN to make something every single day.
Wishing for:a clearer mind, better time-managing skills and more energy.
Learning: Yoga. I joined a class. Finally.
Thinking: about spending less time online and more time making stuff happen.
Listening: to lots of interesting podcasts and videos. Found a new one.
Loving: reading to my kids. I’m currently reading this to Medha and this to Madhav. 🙂
Love,
Madhurya & Manasa.

“What we are ………….” Wednesday!

Here’s what Madhurya had to say:

Reading: (Re-reading) The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie. I am looking for new interesting books. Any suggestions?

Watching: Thor Ragnarok. I am so in love with this movie. I love the humor!

Eating: Watermelon and fresh strawberries. We plucked the strawberries from a farm nearby. They are so sweet and juicy!!

Making:  a list of projects for my #100craftadventures on instagram (I will update this in our blog soon)

Wishing for: a lovely sunny weekend so we can do more hiking, swimming and spending time together.

Learning: to experiment different food recipes for us and Neel (I don’t want Neel to be as picky as I am when it comes to food) and different methods to keep Neel busy while I work at home.

Thinking: about starting a Moms group or a Reading group here. Hope it works.

Listening:  to Tamil songs like Aluma Doluma & Donu Donu.. Thanks to Manasa, now I cannot get these songs out of my head. Even Neel starts to dance when we play them on the radio.

Loving: my “Today I am happy about” journal where I list out at least 5 things that made me happy every day. It is just to remind me that no matter how bad a day goes, I need to see the bright side.

 Here’s what I had to say:
Reading: “Writer Mama” by Christina Katz. I’ve had this book since forever, but I’m reading it now. Guess I never considered myself a writer. Can I call myself a writer now? I always write, don’t I? I still wonder…
Watching: “The Hollars” on Amazon Prime. I’m only now beginning to enjoy the perks of watching what I want on the Prime app on my phone.
Eating: Mangoes. Lots and lots of Mangoes. ‘Tis the season, y’all….
Making:  Masks, Animal masks, for Medha’s Inter-house Competition at school.
Wishing for: more time to do some creative projects plus more time to relax. Is that too much to ask?
Learning: how to do make-up that looks natural. My skin isn’t the same I had in my 20s. Sigh!
Thinking: about how mamas are being so so protective these days. Is that healthy?
Listening:  to Marie Forleo’s Interviews on Youtube. She brings such inspiring people to her channel.
Loving: my daily writing habit.
Love,
Madhurya & Manasa.

“What we are ………….” Wednesday! (May 2, 2018)

We’d like to share what we are doing this Wednesday, hopefully, every Wednesday from hereon, as a way of documenting our Everyday Life. Hope you like reading such posts!

Here’s what Madhurya had to say:

Watching: Neel trying to crawl all over the place.
 Eating: Nothing specific
Making: Neel’s food
Wishing for: the next week to go smoothly with Neel joining daycare and me getting back to work.
Learning: to be more patient with my baby and to enjoy every moment.
Thinking: of different ways to make my life easier handling home and work with a little one.
Listening:  to Neel’s babble.

Loving:  my family, home, friends and life.

Here’s what I had to say:
Reading: ‘Eat Pray Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert (I think it’s my 3rd read! Or is it 4th? Ugh! I have lost count! I think you must’ve guessed how much I love the book!) and ‘As a Man Thinketh’ by James Allen.
WatchingFullhouse like ALL. THE. TIME, thanks to my kiddos and Netflix!
Eating:/gorging on good food prepared by my mama! 🙂
Making: the most of the rest of my/kids’ vacation.
Wishing for: a longer Summer vacation!
Learning: practically nothing, which is quite sad for me as I LOVE to learn something every single day.
Thinking: of bringing more creativity into my days.
Listening:to my kids squabble every few minutes! I guess a longer vacation isn’t such a great idea after all!

Loving: the delicious thought of filling these long summer days with just the things that make me happy.

Love,
Madhurya & Manasa.

“What we are ………….” Wednesday! (March 29, 2017)

We’d like to share what we are doing this Wednesday, hopefully, every Wednesday from hereon, as a way of documenting our Everyday Life. Hope you like reading such posts!

Here’s what Madhurya had to say:

Reading: “The Tomb of the Honey Bee” by L. B. Hathaway.
Watching: “The Goldbergs” series.
Eating: Enchiladas.
Making:  plans to watch the movie “Beauty and the Beast” this weekend.
Wishing for: the weather to remain the same next month as it can get pretty unpredictable in the month of April.
Learning: to be more active and healthy.
Thinking: of all the yummy food I’ll get to eat at home next month when we visit Dubai.
Listening:  To the latest songs from “Bahubali 2”. Love them!

Loving:  That our vacation will start in just another 2 weeks!

Here’s what I had to say:
Reading: “Dollar Bahu” by Sudha Murthy. I love her books!
Watching:  the “Beauty and the Beast” movie. I beat you to it Madhi! 🙂
Eating: Belgian Mango Waffles.
Making: Mango Ice-Cream to beat the heat!
Wishing for: a respite from the heat and a bit of clarity on my Life purpose.
Learning: Basic strokes of Brush Lettering on Youtube.
Thinking: Of ways to control my kids from watching a lot of TV.
Listening: to the podcast “The Simple Show” 

Loving: All the possibilities and beginnings a new day brings.

Love,
Madhurya & Manasa.

“What we are ………….” Wednesday! (March 22, 2017)

We’d like to share what we are doing this Wednesday, hopefully, every Wednesday from hereon, as a way of documenting our Everyday Life. Hope you like reading such posts!

Here’s what Madhurya had to say:

Watching: The Adventures of Tintin.
Eating: Bananas and Oranges in the morning.
Making:  Nothing really!
Wishing for: my husband to come back home. He’s gone to Norway. It gets really boring without him.
Learning: to meditate without any distraction.
Thinking: about buying Yoga blocks without which I am not able to do some specific Asanas.
Listening:  To myself sing.

Loving:  The murder mystery series from L.B. Hathaway.

Here’s what I had to say:
Watching:  a lovely show called “Ariana’s Persian Kitchen” whenever it airs.
Eating: Greek Wrap with Falafel, Tahini Sauce and Salad(my own recipe with lots of chopped cucumber, tomato, onion, capsicum and some grated carrot; lemon juice, salt and pepper added as per taste). And oh! with Pita Bread serving as Wraps.
Making:  plans to get my Bullet Journal up and running. Will post all about why I feel I need one and how I’m making it to suit my interests and needs.
Wishing for: cooler days, cold coffee and colorful art supplies.
Learning: to take it one day at a time; one moment at a time.
Thinking: Of all the things that excite, inspire and make me happy and adding more of them into my life.
Listening: to the podcast “The school of Greatness” and particularly to this episode. I needed to hear this!

Loving: 

This journal my sister-in-law gifted me long back. I’d been waiting to fill it with something special. But then, I had to remind myself that these days- simple, mundane, the EVERYDAY and oh ya, the fleeting – kinda days are the best of all and they better be recorded in all their hues! 🙂 And here I am, in the process of turning it into my (You guessed it!) Bullet Journal! 🙂
Love,
Madhurya & Manasa.

“What we are ………….” Wednesday! (March 15, 2017)

We’d like to share what we are doing this Wednesday, hopefully, every Wednesday from hereon, as a way of documenting our Everyday Life. Hope you like reading such posts!

Here’s what Madhurya had to say:

Reading: “One Night in Italy” by Lucy Diamond.
Watching: The movie “Beauty and the Beast” this weekend. (P.S: I don`t know whether Mike is ready to watch it with me!!).
Eating: Nothing specific, but drinking lots of lemonades lately!
Making: A list of things to buy for our upcoming trip next month!
Wishing for: The days to pass quicker to see my chipmunk niece and nephew!
Learning: Some new Yoga poses lately .
Thinking: About starting another Crochet project.
Listening: To some beautiful Tamil songs.
Loving: The spring weather we are getting to enjoy here this week!
Here’s what I had to say:
Reading: “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott, a book about Writing.
Watching:  the movie “Logan” this week, hopefully.
Eating: Outside food a lot, as we’ve been attending too many ceremonies.
Making: time to make something- a Bullet journal maybe? Or a Top for myself?
Wishing for: Some more holidays!
Learning: to control the urge to check messages or mails or simply browsing my phone! Ugh!
Thinking: about how working moms do it all! I surely wouldn’t be able to manage home and outside work, given a chance.
Listening: to the fruit vendor going, “Santhra, Papeeta, Appul!!!” (Orange, Papaya, Apple) outside.
I’m going through a phase where I absolutely do not want to listen to anything on the radio- not even my favorite meditation music! I wonder why!
Loving: the feeling of satisfaction I get after cleaning up a messy room or a closet bursting with stuff.
Love,
Madhurya & Manasa.

“What we are ………….” Wednesday! (March 8, 2017)

We’d like to share what we are doing this Wednesday, hopefully, every Wednesday from hereon, as a way of documenting our Everyday Life. Hope you like reading such posts!

Here’s what Madhurya had to say:

Reading: “One Christmas in Paris” by Mandy Baggot. This weather makes me want to read  only cheesy romantic books!
Watching: Bollywood Filmfare awards show on Youtube.
Eating: Salads. I’ve been feeling the urge to eat salads before the main course (which I never did before!)
Making: Plans for our next vacation in Dubai.
Wishing for: A stress-free week at the office.
Learning: Some special verbs in German language.
Thinking: About the time when Medha was a year old and I used to sing the Kannada version of “Bits of paper” to her with actions and she would love it and repeat after me in her own way.
Listening: To all the peppy tracks played on  the radio.
Loving: That we have to wait only a month or two for the Sun God to shower his blessings on us here.
Here’s what I had to say:
Reading: “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan- a book I bought when I was a part of the Noveltea Book Club, but never got around to finishing it. I WILL now!
Watching: a lot of animated movies, as the TV is under the control of a couple of 6- and 3 -year olds!
Eating: A lot of the sweet and succulent flesh of Jack-fruit this season. Best Dessert ever!
Making: All sorts of Herbal Tea for kids and me, to battle our persistent cold and cough.
Wishing for: things to remain just the way they are…
Learning: to go with the flow and pay close attention to my instincts. They know what’s best for me!
Thinking: about doing something special this Women’s Day.
At that very moment Medha interrupts my reverie with a  “I’m a Woman too. Let’s both go out shopping today!”
Listening: to Bollywood songs as I type, specifically to this song, as the kids dance to it, while I “work”. I can’t stop dancing too!
Loving: Long, Lazy Summer Days (Have I said that before?!?! Oh yes! But. I .do. love’em. so .much!) and Reading, reading and more reading!
Love,
Madhurya & Manasa.

“What we are ………….” Wednesday! (March 1, 2017)

We’d like to share what we are doing this Wednesday, hopefully, every Wednesday from hereon, as a way of documenting our Everyday Life. Hope you like reading such posts!

Here’s what Madhurya had to say:

Reading: “The Woman on the Orient Express” by Lindsay Ashford. (Thanks to Manasa`s review, I felt inspired to read this book).
Watching: The weather turn wet and gloomy due to the rain and storm!
Eating: Mostly Bananas and Guavas!! Of course the regular meals as well.
Making: Plans for my next Crochet project.
Wishing for: The long weekend to come sooner.
Learning: To keep myself calm at work.
Thinking: Of singing more often just to keep my mood light and happy!
Listening: To the pitter-patter of raindrops.
Loving: Our morning drive to work; listening to nice music while discussing our plans for the day!
Here’s what I had to say:
Reading: “Instruments of the Angels”- A Waters Dark and Deep- Book 1, by Monica Leonelle- A book I received for free to post a review on Amazon.
Watching: the kids get super-excited about their grandparents’ marriage anniversary.
Eating: Mostly salads and Yogurt-based dishes, as the temperatures soar.
Making: a new set of resolutions, blog posts and journal ideas, as it is the beginning of another month.
Wishing for: my cold and sore throat to subside so I can be fully myself again.
Learning: the basics of sewing through this free mini class.
Thinking: of ways to brighten our day (not literally, as it is too bright outside already!) and add some cheer to others’ lives this summer, as the heat threatens to sap us!
Listening: to birdsong outside every morning, as we drink our second round of Tea upstairs, on our new outdoor sofa set.
Loving: these long, lazy summer days and not having to send the kids to school in a rush.
Love,
Madhurya & Manasa.

“What we are ………….” Wednesday! (February 22, 2017)

We’d like to share what we are doing this Wednesday, hopefully, every Wednesday from hereon, as a way of documenting our Everyday Life. Hope you like reading such posts!

Here’s what Madhurya had to say:

Reading: “Under a Cornish Sky”  by Liz Fenwick.
Watching: Nothing specific. Just Random comedy shows.
Eating: Pizza!!!
Making: Plans for our long weekend in March.
Wishing for: A beautiful sunny week.
Learning: To manage work and home efficiently, especially when it comes to cooking.
Thinking: That it is a wonderful life!
Listening: To all the adventures Mike had on his trip to Panama.
Loving: That the weekend is not too far!!
Here’s what I had to say:
Reading: “After the Night” by Linda Howard and enjoying the ride!
Watching: a movie tonight, any random movie, until whatever time it takes to finish it. There’s no need to get up early tomorrow as exams are finally over! YAY!
Eating: Cool Foods- mostly Cereal with lots of fruits and cold milk. Yummm!!! It’s getting so hot lately.
Making: Plans to go shopping.
Wishing for: a nice long nap in the afternoon.
Learning: to let go of things that are not on my top priority list right now.
Thinking: Of unwinding with my friends, sipping Masala Chai, while the kids have a good time with their own buddies.
Listening: To this and feeling strong and confident. The hymn invokes Goddess Shakti, calling her by different names, all the names given to girls of Indian Origin, including my name. And when I listen to this hymn, with the music given by none other than the maestro, A. R. Rahman, I feel like a Goddess myself. Now, please don’t laugh. Don’t get me wrong too. I don’t consider myself powerful or invincible or as good as the great Goddess herself. I simply am not. Period.
I just feel like we all have this Goddess within us, each one of us, who is mostly hibernating. And I think we need to nurture her, wake her up and bring her out, to shine some light on the World, Just as we chant prayers to invoke the true Goddess Shakti.
I hope this makes sense.
Loving: having long sunny days ahead with nowhere to go and nothing big to do.
Love,
Madhurya & Manasa.

“What we are ………….” Wednesday! (February 15, 2017)

We’d like to share what we are doing this Wednesday, hopefully, every Wednesday from hereon, as a way of documenting our Everyday Life. Hope you like reading such posts!

Here’s what Madhurya had to say:

Watching: Kapil Sharma show and Koffee with Karan.
Eating: Some nice South Indian foods like “puliyogre” and “bisi bele bath”.
Making: Decorations for my sister in law`s baby shower.
Wishing for: My husband to come home safely from his trip.
Learning: To cook more easy and quick recipes.
Thinking: About ways to keep myself busy this week without my husband.
Listening:  to some old Kannada songs.
Loving: The warmth of the sun pouring through my office window.
Here’s what I had to say:
Reading: “Thea Stilton and the Journey to the Lion’s Den” to Medha and “Where Animals Live” to Madhav.
Watching: Medha try to read a book by herself. She’s getting better and better at it. Sadly, Madhav doesn’t like being read to by his big sister! He only prefers his mama’s stories.
Eating: Anything I can get my hands on, which isn’t a good habit, I know! But what to do!?! I’ve been feeling so hungry lately! Change of weather, maybe? Oh no no! It’s absolutely not what you are thinking!
I’ll have to prepare some healthy snacks for the whole family, so that we don’t resort to munching on junk, like we normally do!
Making: Medha memorize Multiplication tables! Oh God!
Wishing for: a Coffee and Cake Date with my husband.
Learning: how not to let anybody bring me down. Like I’ve said before, Meditation really helps. Plus,  a poor memory makes it easier to forget and forgive! 🙂
Thinking: about my new haircut and what my friends told me about it- “Please don’t let it grow long! You look so young with short hair!” How sweet! And I do feel like a new woman- a bit more confident about myself! 🙂 I wonder what it is about a haircut and the boost in confidence!
Listening: to this and wanting to have a good cry, not because I’m sad or anything. It just feels like the right thing to do, sort of like casting a burden aside. It is just so calming!
Loving: this blog as I’m spending more time with it. As they say, Long Distance Relationships are really hard; The longer I stay away from my blog, the harder it is for me to get back to it and show it some TLC. We hope to stay more connected…
Love,
Madhurya & Manasa.