100 Happy Days: Day 94

All of last week, the energy levels were low and we somehow got through the days as Sam was home, down with flu. Nothing much to do and we just spent the day lazing and reading books and watching TV. These are the kind of days that I feel glad that I am not currently working. Neither me not hubby had to do any “adjustments” in our schedule and get stressed about who would stay home to take care of Sam. How do single parents manage multiple kids? I always wonder!

Since his fever let up by friday morning, he has been craving for ‘something different but yummy!’ So tried my hand (of course with my partner chef) at cauliflower rice pulao and Thai green curry. Both turned out pretty good, if I may say so myself 😉 Sam however has given me green signal to do ‘more and more green curry’. It might now become added to the weekly menu!

Watched Dil toh Pagal Hai on Amazon Prime. How many memories it brought back! Of my grand mother who came to the theatre to watch this movie as a family, my brother and cousin teasing me ‘ yeh pagal hai!!’ Everytime I wanted to watch it on cable tv, of hunting for that one bracelet for a friend ☺ Going to bed now with a smile that a movie triggered.

PS: Sam did not like the movie one bit, he got so bored that he walked out to read his book!


100 Happy Days: Day 93

Nearly a month back, Sam came home and said he wants ‘many things’ to eat at lunch. He said his friends got burgers/sandwiches and juice and finally cookies for dessert. He was bored to take only 1 thing in his dabba. While I told him that he doesn’t finish that 1 thing also, I began to think what else I could give. We got honest less sugar juice and I began to put additional fruit like grapes along with chappati/idly etc which is his main lunch. I wanted to avoid store bought cookies which gave me the thought of baking at home. With all that prelude, I proudly present, iyengar bakery style, benne (butter) biscuit and masala biscuit 😁👇

Oh, wait! the post doesn’t end here… we were all bored of our south Indian food. So, here is what we had for dinner 👇

Roasted veggies with butternut squash and mixed veggie soup both of which turned out quite good, if I may say so myself 😎

100 Happy Days: Day 92

With the weather being really good the past 2 days, its been very easy to get some walking in the day. Yesterday it was just Sam and me going to the park and spending 30mins but today, hubby came home a little early and he joined us too. While Sam played on the swing, hubby and I got a chance to talk while we walked around. Such minutes feel important to me because he is so busy these days that we hardly get time to talk. Sometimes we talk more when he is travelling, atleast then he calls once a day to ask how our day has been!


100 Happy Days: Day 91

An association that we are a part of, had arranged a Valentines’ day party today. Like I had mentioned a couple of days before, the theme was 70s fashion. Hubby and I try to stick to a theme if any is given, so we even went out and bought a flowert shirt for him. Though, when we went there, it looked like we were the onlt ones who had made any effort. None of the men and a handful of women only. But the event gave us an opening to meet a lot of new people and hopefully have a better social life here. Sam, met his sunday class friends and had a lot of fun. A good evening spent watching kids dance and sing and party food.


100 Happy Days: Day 90

There is a theme event coming up on Saturday for which I am kind of excited – 70s fashion. Finding and deciding what to wear and trying out the makeup and clothes took a good part of the day which was fun.

I am also rather apprehensive about what I have chosen because we don’t know the crowd and even if every one will be in the Indian in or western 70s fashion. I am not sure if the ladies will choose sarees or dresses. I will just stick to what I have and take a chance!

After a really long time, there is some such gathering, which, I hope will help us get to know people better and hopefully initiate better friendship for us, as well as for Sam.


100 Happy Days: Day 89

The weather was unseasonably warm and husband working from home gave me the opportunity to take the car and go do some of my own stuff. Went out from 10am to 2pm loitering in the nearest strip mall. Went to Ulta and bought stuff that I probably will use once? AND got a free goodie bag with products that I have no clue how to use! But it was good to just get out of the house, drive by myself and get some stuff done. That independence means a lot to me. Ending the day watching a movie online-a midweek treat.


100 Happy Days: Day 88

Today being President’s day, the school was closed. Sam and I had the whole day together. I am pleased that we did everything I had thought. A few games of Chowka Baara, he wanted to watch Emoji movie- which we did, all the homework including kannada writing, all done without any arguements. Icing on the cake-we did take out dinner so I didn’t have to cook. A good day with a few happy moments.


100 Happy Days: Day 87

Its been a good weekend. After ages, we went out to a mall and then lunch at Carabba’s that hubby wanted to try for a long time. Italian means, for me its Tiramisu all the way. Tried a cocktail with Tiramisu liqueur and then tiramisu for dessert too, although I feel the Olive Garden one tastes better. We came back home just as it started snowing. When we set out at 11am, there was not a cloud in the sky and it was blue and bright. Come 3pm, it was foggy and began to snow, as predicted! Spent the evening reading while the boys watched Chak De movie. A good one for Sam to watch, we thought.

Today, I had invited a couple of neighbours in the evening so made gulab jamoons and pav bhaji and had a generally good time eating and chatting. Now that they left, despite my back and legs hurting I am surprised I haven’t done my 10k steps. I am excusing myself that its weekend. It’s a long weekend for Sam with school closed tomorrow for President’s day. We are both now reading our books before bed. Good night!


100 Happy Days: Day 86

Last year in May, I spent a week at work in New Jersey while hubby handled the house in my absence. By the end of the week, on a family whatsapp conversation in reply to some forward, he posted this below message which was/is the most I have heard him appreciate all the tasks I do. So, at that time, I had copied that message onto my phone memo 😀 Now, while I was looking for my memo of grocery list, I got this. Being Valentine’s day and all, I thought I should post it here 😉 :

 This is so true and couldn’t have come at a better time!! R is in NJ on business this week and that leaves me to do all the chores in the morning, starting from preparation of breakfast and lunch for Sam to waking him up, pushing him into bath, getting him ready for school, ensuring he has his breakfast, drinks milk, keeps his homework and books in the bag, wear his glasses (yes this also a chore) and then getting him to the bus stop on time ( phew!!) at the same time having a pair of ear phones plugged into my ears, dealing with crazy client escalations and leaving me sapped at the end of it all only to realize that the day hasn’t even started yet. On the other hand, R weaves a magic wand. A wand that lets her do all this in parallel thus ensuring that Sam is happily ready well before time and at the same time calmly handling all the queries that her client throws at her ( yes she has daily calls staring at 7AM) along with packing lunch and snack for Sam and lunch dabba for me. All done with a smile on her face. Now this is what is called multitask and we (read men) are incapable of it. R please come back fast…..😥


100 Happy Days: Day 85

Pani Puri dinner: 

Sam is home today with a bad cold and congestion in his throat but no fever. I decided that he wouldn’t go to school as he didn’t sleep well last night. So I cooked fresh for lunch, comfort food of saaru(rasam), rice and cabbage palya. The boy ate a hot lunch and then said “Amma, you know what, if everything in my nose and throat has to come out I have to eat something spicy, how about hot and spicy pani puri for dinner?” Hmmm… over the weekend when we went grocery shopping the husband refused to get the pani pooris when I had asked him so I said no to Sam. 

Well, what do you think happened? How could the loving Dad refuse his unwell son? Sam asked for it while hubby called on his way home, so the pooris along with some jalebis came home. 

We had an awesome hot and spicy pani puri for dinner with jalebis for dessert. This reminds me of pre Sam days when I used to have masala puri and pani puri for dinner to help with my sinus and phlegm 😁 My son seems to have understood at 8 what I understood at 18!