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Rounding Up

Its the end of January. Almost.

The year stretches in front of me with so much adventure, potential and the unknown. I keep thinking 2016 and 2017 were going to be the biggest years of my life and here again I stand, staring down into 2018 going – This is it, this is the year thats going to define your life!

Well one month down, 11 to go and I guess we’ll find out if 2018 is indeed the year of all years.

Meanwhile in more mundane things

I finally kicked off the jetlag after coming back from Europe. I actually stayed up way too late and woke up later than I wanted to. #bodyclockreset

Friday, I went to the NC Museum of Science and Downtown Raleigh on a field trip for Adude’s class and really enjoyed a slow, calm morning in the heart of the city.

Saturday was my community Saraswati Puja. I typically give this event a skip, but I swung by for an hour and had a chance to wear my turquoise kurta and catch up with my Bong friends, although some of my fave people were missing. Saturday night, I ran out to our local Aussie bar to celebrate Australia Day.

Sunday was a much needed relaxing day, where we bummed around the house and enjoyed a rainy day indoors. Rainy day means Instant Pot Spaghetti and Fresh Lime Cocktail

And now here I sit ready to deal with the weeks ahead.

 

 

 

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101 in 1001

 

What better way to kick of the new year and blogging by a good old fashioned list. I saw this list over here on It starts With Coffee and then on googling a bit more found the “Day Zero Project” a community of people setting goals. We all could use a little support and accountability for reaching our dreams so it got me thinking, why not put out my intentions and wishes for the next few years. I like that this format allows for some quick wins and some that require more thought and planning. I don’t know about you but I get discouraged if I don’t see at least a little bit of results.

Here they are in no particular order my list from Jan 2018 – Dec 2020

 

1. Master three basic dinner meals – Chicken Tinga for tacos, Fish Curry, Spaghetti Carbonara

2. Learn to cook one  three course difficult meal – fancy app, fancy entree, fancy dessert

3. Use a grill – either indoor or outdoor

4. Learn to make 5 kinds of Dal – Mooshurir dal, (bengali style), Dal fry, Ma ki Dal, Moroccan Style Lentil soup, Channa or Rajma Masala

5.  Make Yogurt at home in the Instant Pot

6. Buy a House

7. Buy a new car

8. Buy a DSLR camera

9. Get the Iphone X

10. Buy good quality  matching luggage

11. Join a dance class

12. Read two books a month

13. Attempt Hot Yoga

14. Get the Global entry for US

15. Do a couch to 5k

16. Master one make up/hair trick – perfect cat eye

17. Learn to use a curling iron properly

18. Update my music playlists instead of constantly skipping old songs that I no longer listen to

19. Find 6 new podcasts each year

20. See a broadway musical

21. Have one no spend day a month

22. Do 30 meatless mondays a year (roughtly 2x a month )

23. Organize all of Adude’s baby clothes and baby gear

24. Declutter and sell everything in this house that I haven’t used in 6 months

25. Invest in a travel crossbody satchel

26.  Self Host my blog

27. Learn how to better use photoshop

28. Meet other bloggers locally

29. Attend a  Social Media Conference

30. Brand and streamline my social media properly with the blog

31. Modify one portion of my blog by editing actual code

32. Participate in a Week/Day in a life series

33. Blog consistently, 3x a week

34. Find a blog mentor

35. Join and participate actively in Blog groups on social media and support my fellow bloggers

36. Contribute a guest post on a blog

37. Pitch an article

38. Have dinner with my parents once a week

39. Plan a trip with my mom

40. Have one girls night a month

41. Go on a girls trip once a year

42. Have A dude meet his family in India

43. Go on a hike in the Himalayas with my dad.

44. Throw a fancy dinner party for friends

45. Take a life skill class – cooking, baking, calligraphy, knitting

46. Plan and take TheP out on a date

47. Have a grown up only getaway with TheP

48. Have a family reunion somewhere exotic

49. Visit all my cousins in one year ( USA, India, Australia, Singapore, Canada)

50. Have a curry or chili night for friends

51. Start a new TV series with the Partner (TheP)

52. Eat at Bida Manda and Brewery Bhavna

53. Try spin class

54. See an NFL Panthers game at Charlotte

55. Attend a grown up event at the Museum of Life and Science

56. Spend the day at NCMA

57. Try every new restaurant in Durham

58. Complete Matador networks Things to do in Raleigh/Durham

59. Take a day trip to a State Park

60. Spend a day in Hillsborough

61. Visit The Raleigh Farmers market

62. Have a staycation at the The Durham Hotel.

63. Take Adude to Yellowstone

64. Stay in all the original lodges in the National Parks – Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Shenandoah

65. Go to Paris

66.Travel to UT to see my friends and for a ski trip

67. Go to a Nordic country

68. Go back to Africa but visit a different country

69. Go to Mexico

70. Go to London

71. Fly business class on an international trip

72. Visit all 7 continents

73. Go to Volcano Bay in Universal, since we messed it up last time

74. Go to Amsterdam

75. Learn to snowboard better

76. Do yoga 3x a week

77. Join a book club

78. Watch 5 Oscar wining movies I’ve never seen

79. Watch a comedy show that TheP adores

80. Buy starbucks for the car behind me in drive through

81. Get my car detailed inside and out

82. Drive a car on the other side of the road (aka outside the USA)

83. Get highlights in my hair or a brazilian blowout

84. Pick up tennis again and do a spring clinic with Adude

85. Listen to more new artists – One a month

86. Organize and create digital images of all my important papers

87. Make a will

88. Back up, organize and declutter all my photos

89. DIY something for the house

90. Buy one piece of original artwork on canvas

91. Throw Adude a double digit birthday party

92. Purge my closet once a year

93. Start a daily skin care routine

94. Take a photography class

94. Bake cookies from scratch with A dude

96. Volunteer in Adude’s classroom/ school

97.Volunteer and fundraise for an NGO

98. Make one photobook a year

99. Perform once a year

100. Share one ongoing project with people I know IRL

101. Tweak this list every 6 months

Do you make long term lists? What are yours?

 

 

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Four And a Half

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Four and a half is challenging. Its not the terrible twos…actually the twos weren’t that bad at all. The threes were a bit rough. But this has been the most challenging. Four and a half is defiance. four and a half is letting go off my hand and running off in the middle of the mall. Four and a half is back to back time outs. Four and a half is a constant state of negotiation. I can handle the dawdling over shoes or breakfast, I can handle the whining even. I can’t handle the defiance, that moment when he just says no when I ask him to do something. There are fewer and fewer cuddles, more and more jumping and wrestling.

But four and a half is also sweet. I adore the non stop chatter coming from the back seat when we drive around. I love that he wants to share everything with me and I’m still his favorite person. This conversation sums up all the awesomeness of four and a half

Me: Thanks for helping me with the laundry, you have been a really good helper today

Bun: yeah, I am a good helper Are you glad you borned me?

Me: Yes, I’m glad I borned you

Bun:I’m glad you picked me.

.:Heart Bursts:.

And the five minutes later we are back to the spitting and shouting and yelling.

Four and a half will also pass and maybe I’ll say it wasn’t so bad. But right now…its a challenge

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Summer in Durham

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It will be my 10 year anniversary in Durham this august. I can’t believe this has been my home for nearly a decade now. One of the things I fell in love with when I first moved to Durham, were the Magnolia trees. Magnolia blooms are spectacular and they are all over Durham. This photo was taken on one of  Bun and my walks around our neighborhood park. Isn’t it lovely?

This summer is going to be hot and humid with ferocious afternoon thunderstorms and it will be filled with Magnolias

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This Last day of May…

untitled-8 ..is bittersweet. All the sunshine and the flowers-intoxicating. A sweet distraction from the big changes that are happening in our lives. The first half of 2014 is almost over and I feel like I am just waking up and seeing all the changes that are still yet to come. Durham suddenly feels a little less like home.has been bittersweet.Our favorite family in Durham had to move away. They are now an ocean away and although I am looking forward to visiting them, Durham feels a little empty. Bun also  just finished his last day at Greenwood School which was a huge part of our lives for the last year and a half. Soon there will be new schedules, new camps and new Pre-K. We’ll have to find new buddies at the park and step outside our comfort zone to make new playdates. June will different. Thats the meaning of May The photos are from a recent visit to the American Tobacco Campus in Downtown Durham untitled-12 untitled-11 untitled-10

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Friendships and The Other Woman

Lucky in friendship. Its something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I don’t know how I’ve managed to hit the friendship jackpot over and over in my life, because personally I think I am such a crappy friend. If I had to rate myself, I would give myself a solid 6/10, so it amazes me that cool, hip, funny, wonderful women want to be friends with me. { Note to self: Increase friendship score}

Last night I went and watched The Other Woman with a friend in a real movie theater. I say real because I went from watching a movie in a theater every weekend 10 years ago to one movie every century. It was really nice to squeeze in some girl bonding time with my friend, who will sadly be moving away. I still haven’t processed how I’m going to cope with her moving away back to her home country.

The movie itself was everything I expected it to be, there were no big surprises just,  goofy Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz looking slightly haggard and Kate Upton’s boobs having a fabulous time. There were lots of laughs, shots of tequila, lots of talk of lady part maintenance  and Nicki Minaj and her fabulous butt. It was comforting and funny and sweet.

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Sickie Valentine!

This is not the Valentine’s day I had planned for. No hearts anywhere. I tried making Bun a heart shaped egg but he rejected it like he has been rejecting most food. We are sick, Bun, J and I so all three of us are spending the day indoors sniffling and bundled up and watching way too much tv

We are not going out to dinner, we are not exchanging valentine’s and I had to cancel Bun’s valentine’s day party. But its okay, because, there will be dinner this weekend and a cupcake for Bun tomorrow and many more parties to come. Because I’m lucky enough that I get much more than valentine’s and hearts from these two boys of mine. Today, and everyday.

Happy Valentine’s Day. May yours be less snot filled than ours

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Wagon and Other Happenings

“I have a red wagon” is one of Bun’s favorite sentences these days. He tells me this, everytime we leave the house or return home, because the red wagon is parked outside with the cars. We got the wagon as a holiday presents from a good friend of ours and it has been a huge hit!

Last weekend, we had spring like weather and we took an impromptu family walk ( with the red wagon of course) to enjoy all the sunshine.

Bun: “I push Mama”

Linking the photo portion to the Simple Things Challenge over on Simple as that

Notes to Self:

Life in January seems to be starting out well. I have 2012 set aside to figure out what I want to do with the my life? Am I really a grown up yet? So many things to learn and figure out.

Some good friends are going to be returning to Durham for a visit this weekend. It is making me really happy to think we’ll get to hang out with them and even though they met Bun when he was baby, it will be like meeting him all over again, since he is completely different now. I’m also looking forward to some, fun, crazy grown up time with them as well.

Bun’s sentences and sayings are killing me these days. Faves of this week-

Me: Lets go upstairs and clean your poop and change your diaper

Bun: I’m sick of clean up

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Bun: (Sniffs Layla’s bum) Layla need diapoo change

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“I’m Okay” He says this whenever he needs some reassurance or has bumped his head, but not hurt himself enough to get any reaction from me.

“Daddy, you give me____” Usually followed by something I won’t give him aka blueberries, lollipop or candy

“What a Funny Fellow” My dad taught him this phrase and he says this with the biggest grin on his face whenever he or anyone else does something funny or silly.

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Not Resolutions. But Other

I have a major case of the blaaahs this afternoon. I’m so over this cold weather, so this post is much needed. You know to motivate me. Also, I found this great pic of Bun at 24 months in my Picasa Stream. I love photo surprises

I’m not doing resolutions…don’t think I ever really have. Of course there are always goals that I’m working towards, but I don’t think they are related to the new year- Lose baby weight has been a goal since before I had a baby…its just that there is more of it now.

However, there are a few things I do want to do this year and just want a reminder for self.

***Send Holiday cards- Completely dropped the ball on this one, this year and it is making me sad. I love getting other people’s holiday cards and photos and I love sending them too.

***Ensure the existence of 4 family pictures taken in 2012. Meaning photos not taken with the iphone by me or J. It can be taken either by self timer or another person. Also, I’d like one for each season, please

***Do not wait till July to buy a swimsuit for Bun or self. All the cute ones are gone and they are still not on post season sale yet

***Cut bangs again or color hair again. Only not a boring brown.

***Cute flats. They are my best friend. I didnt’ really embrace being on the short side until this year. But there is now no going back. Comfort- Check. Style -Check

***More blog posts like this. A photo I’m loving of my kid, plus random thoughts. Some of the the big milestone blog posts stress me out because there are just too many photos to sort through. Like Bun’s party. Must post those soon.

***Find Answers. I need some about life, love, career, motherhood. I need to learn more and actively find answers

***Print. Frame. Display Photos. In my house. I have so many pretty frames with no photos

***Garden Again. This Summer.

***Disconnect Cable. Or think really long and hard about it. At least make the phone call.

Hmmm…I wonder if I’ll remember more once I hit publish.

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{Discovering Durham} Fox50 Family Fun Fest

October 1st and on cue the weather turned crisp and cool.  Saturday was sunny and clear, with highs in the low 60s. J and I headed out to the Fox50  Family Fest for the annual duckie races down old bull river. Old Bull river is the canal flowing through American Tobacco Campus, one of our absolue favorite spots in Downtown Durham.

At the Family Fest Rubber Duckies are raced down our little canal to raise money for local non profits. This annual race has been going on for years but this was the first I’d heard about it so it was a brand new experience for us. really is a community affair- high school marching bands, wildlife rescue centers, alternative arts and craft supplies- these were the exhibitors and entertainment. Nothing fancy, nothing elaborate- just regular Durham families spending a day out in the autumn sunshine.

One the big attractions were the animals from Noah’s Landing Mobile Nature center. Bun adored the animals on display. He touched a baby alligator, petted a exotic wild cat from Africa, spent 20 minutes just staring at the owls. We also ran around on the grass, played with bouncy toys, drank beer, ate super garlicky fries. Cheered the bright yellow ducks as they made their way down the river.

We brought home a tired baby who went to sleep immediately. J and I had a mellow night where we sat out on our deck (mosquito free, since it was so cold) and spent all night talking. A date night and a family day all in one. A much needed break from our daily grind.

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