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Has it really been almost four months since my last post?! This seems like a regular theme here. I have so much to talk about, but hardly any time to sit down and share. My daughter’s started full day school and the days have got waaaaay fuller for me. Plus, I’m back to doing sales after almost three years and though I thoroughly enjoy it, it is physically a lot different from sitting in the office and working on spread sheets. Between the two here’s how my average day pans out:

I don't look this sleek in the mornings and V is a bit older, however the rest of it is pretty much spot on :-)

5.30 am: Get-up and give my daughter her glass of milk. She still insists on sitting in my lap and drinking this

6.00 am: Cook breakfast and lunch, pack everything or lay it out on the table

7.00 am: Rush upstairs, set V up to finish her brushing and potty and do a 25 minute cardio, arms, legs workout while shouting out the answers to V’s random questions or life, friends  family, books, behaviour, God, science, geography, holidays…

7.30 am: Get V ready (if my husband’s available he helps out with the bathroom routine for V), do her hair and send her down to put on her shoes and start breakfast

7.45 am: Jump into the shower and get ready while forgetting to look in to the mirror

8.15 am: Drink a glass of milk and usher everyone into the car which ususally involves some level of screaming or glaring

8.45 am: Drop V off at school after a prolonged hugging and kissing session which I looooove (I hope she never outgrows this)

8.50 am: Get to the office or a sales call and start the day

Evening 1 (When the husband works late and I have bedtime duty)

6.00 pm: Leave work and read on the drive home. Complete me time

6.30 pm: Get home, feed V dinner (if she hasn’t eaten yet), get her to do her homework

7.15 pm: Play / reading / art time with V (basically snuggling time)

8:00 pm: Put V to bed, which involves very long stories or repeated songs or detailed discussions of random topics

8.00 pm: Have dinner and relax

8.30 pm: Spend time with the in-laws

9.00 pm: Start work

12.00 – 1.00 am: Stop work, read for an hour or watch Mad Men

1.00 – 2.00 am: Bed

Evening 2 (When I work late and the husband has bedtime duty)

9.00 – 11.00 pm: Get home, have a shower, kiss and watch a deeply sleeping V, spend time with the in-laws if they are awake

11.00pm – 12.00 am: Stop work, read or watch a movie

1pm – 2pm: Bed

This does not include days when I have morning meetings before 8 am, which means getting starting the day at 4.30-5.00 am and skipping the workout (I’m not really complaining there).

Seriously, my hat’s off to moms who do this with no help. I have domestic help, they may be a bit unreliable, however, they are there most of the time. End of the day I’m really lucky. I’m in an enviable situation of having my cake and eating it too. Yes, there are days when the cake is burnt with anger or soggy with tears, but most if the time, the cooking is fun and the eating is sweet. So no, this is not a complaint. It’s a combined thanksgiving speech and a semi-farewell speech, because even though I have asked for this lifestyle and love almost every minute of it, there are only 24 hours in a day and I need to sleep for a few of those. (Did you know, people die from lack of sleep, not mothers, like me, but soldiers and chronic insomniacs?)

I guess I’m trying to convince myself here, but the only area from which I can take a leave of absence at this point is the blog. So I’m going to take a break from mommy blogging (because, let’s face it, that’s what this is blog about), though I’ll share details of another project I’m going to be having fun with soon.

Thank you for reading in between your busy days. Every like and comment here, really gave me baskets of sunshine and happiness.

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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

The Written Word

While I feel like I have disappeared from the world of blogging, I’ve actually been writing a lot! Funnily, most of the writing is of a completely new kind and it’s been a real learning experience. So without further ado, here’s what I’ve been upto:

  • Investor reports: The last few days have been crazy, with me trying to write a perfectly  balanced investor update. Though I’ve been doing this sort of thing for almost two years now, this time around there was so much to include and so many aspects that it drove me crazy. We had the recent year end financials and our new business transaction, individually these two events are important and significant, so imagine when I had to club them together. There was three times as much thinking as writing, which is something completely new for me. I usually write as I think or at least make an outline and develop it as I go. This time around I wrote and scrapped and wrote and scrapped, till it finally came together. For a person who can comfortably (not easily but comfortably) dash off 5000 words in a day, two days of effort for five pages of output was an eye-opener.
  • The Healthy Lifestyle Blog: This is a new venture and a completely new topic, with respect to writing, for me. Yes, I do work in the healthcare field but I’m not a technical expert and that’s the reason I was not sure about starting this blog, however, it ultimately proved to be a good move. On the healthcare blog, while I write the occasional article (non-technical of course), I do all the editing, which has been a learning experience for me. I now have an inkling of how to go about editing my own work, something I will have to start doing soon. Here’s the link for the healthcare blog if you are interested – Beaming Health. It’s got a lot of human interest articles along with some easily understandable and useful information on health. This article is my current favourite – Not All That It Seems To Be – since it really educated me as a consumer.
  • Book Review – I recently joined the administrative team of a book club in my city and we are launching a website soon. One of the areas of interest is going to be book reviews and I have been writing a few of them, as and when I come across an interesting book. This is the kind of writing that comes naturally to me and I have been quite enjoying the process. A few of the books I reviewed are: ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ and ‘Hot Chai Across India’. I enjoyed both the books but for different reasons and in different measures, so quantifying the experience in words was challenging.
  • Fiction – Last but most exciting, for me personally, have been the new developments with respect to my manuscript. I wrote it in November 2011, during this challenge, over a few sleepless nights and after the initial draft things have been slow. Well, it now looks like I have to start on the second draft and my fingers are crossed. I’ll keep you all updated on what happens next, in the meantime wish me luck.

While for me writing has always been a hobby of sorts, that I ultimately hope to turn into a career, having to write as part of my daily work was a new experience. The best part was, it felt like I was really polishing my skills on a daily basis and preparing to share my work with a larger more critical audience.

Have you been writing anything new or different? Do you write for a living? Do you enjoy changing your style of writing or does it make you uncomfortable?

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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Defining Me, Fiction, Novel, Uncategorized

 

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Intent can be the Ugliest Thing

“I have never found violence exciting or interesting. Sometimes, the ugliest thing at the scene of a terrorist attack is not the blood and the bodies, but the intent. It’s something that is almost still hanging in the air.” – From Sally Sara’s (ABC’s Kabul correspondent) farewell to Afghanistan

I just read this and there’s nothing more I can write today.

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Tagged

I’ve been tagged for the first time ever! Thank you Elisa and sorry for the delay in posting.

I’m copying the rules right off her page (including her tweaks) and have add a few changes of my own, purely in the interests of making this post a readable length:

1. Post the rules.

2. Post 12 5 fun facts about yourself in the blog post.

3. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you in their post and create 12 10 5 new questions for the fellow bloggers you plan to tag.

4. Tag 12 6 3 people and link to them on your blog.

5. Let them know you tagged them.
Five facts about me:
1. I looooooooooooove reading. There’s nothing that makes me happier than a new book to read
2. I’m attempting to complete my first novel.
3. My dream is to start a bookshop, with a cafe and a small art gallery to promote local artists.
4. I don’t consider myself maternal but now I can’t wait to have another baby, though I don’t know how I’m going to manage my daily schedule.
5. I adore travelling and love the journey as much as I do reaching a much anticipated  destination.
Elisa’s 10 questions for me (yay!):
1. You have an unlimited budget and free use of a jet for 24 hours. Where would you go and how would you spend your time?
I would buy my way onto an archaeological dig preferable in old Egypt. My secret love is ancient history and archaeology.
2. What do you never get tired of?
Reading or rather books.
3. You are stranded on a desert island. You can pick 3 people to be your fellow islanders: one celebrity, one fictional character and one person from your circle of family and friends (past and present). Who would you pick and why?
Celebrity – Wilbur Smith – He is the best author I have ever read and there is so much I want to ask him and learn from him. Plus I’m sure he’ll be able to spin enough stories to stave of boredom.
Fictional Character – Phoebe Buffy from friends, she’s smart, has a great sense of humour, is a little quirky and has a real figure (she’s hot and curvy, so I won’t feel weird like a baby elephant in my swimwear).
Family/Friends – My family is so large and made up of so many different personalities, that it’s difficult to choose. I’ll go with my dad, because we never get bored when together, even if we are just silent,  and he is the my pillar of strength and my hero (a complete necessity when stranded on a desert island and awaiting rescue).
4. What is the most romantic thing anyone has ever said to you or done for you?
It’s in the everyday unexpected things that the techie does to make my life a little bit easier (and this from a completely unromantic person). If I have to choose one incident it would be, taking me to Egypt on our honeymoon and booking the Royal Oberoi Lodge that is literally right in front of the Pyramids, followed by five days on the Nile.
5. We all have memories that never lose the power to make us cringe or make us feel embarrassed, no matter how many years have passed. Tell me one of yours.
I have so many, so will share the most recent one. A month back a whole group of us went on a 10k trail run in support of a charity. Out of all the 1000+ participants I was the only one to end up in a ditch. Seriously embarrassing when kids and people above the age of 60 were part of the run and none of them had any accidents. One minute I was on the trail and the next minute in a ditch and had to be helped out by a group of teenagers who took pity on me.
6. Call it: the best cheap brand/store ever and the absolute worst expensive one.
I’ll skip this question since I don’t have any particular experiences that stand out in my memory.
7. Finish this sentence: “I don’t care if it’s a cliché, I love(d)…”
Breakfast at Tiffany’s 🙂
8. Your best quality and your worst one.
My best quality (according to the techie) is that I’m easy to please in a material sense. Yes, I appreciate comfort and beauty but I’m also happy with what I have at the moment while striving towards what I want or think I need. My worst, my inability to resurface when caught up in a book. I am even liable to forget I’m a mother.
9. “… I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad” sang Julie Andrews. What is the thing(s) that never fails to make you smile and raise your spirits?
Anything with colour and a family holiday.
10. Let’s talk books. Specifically, tell me one book everyone should read.
Without doubt, Wilbur Smith’s River God. I introduced the techie to it on our Egyptian honeymoon :-), while sailing down the Nile.
I’m tagging:
Sanjana at Travel and Other Life Changing Pursuits (a girl after my own heart)
Naina at STYLE’N (she know’s her style)
Simon at Sweet and Weak (he makes you think and laugh, a deadly combination)
My list of questions:
  1. What one incident/person could make you drop whatever you were doing and fly halfway across the world?
  2. Given a choice where would you opt to live on this gorgeous planet of ours and why?
  3. Your guilty pleasure. What is it? Do you hide it or are you open about it?
  4. Which book do you think no one must ever miss reading?
  5. Family or friends, which one do you prefer spending time with? Reasons please.

There I’m done. Now it’s time to sit back and wait for the others to share their deep, dark secrets with us.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Instant Pick-Me-Ups

I have been away so long, that I almost forgot my password! The longer I stayed away, the tougher it was to get back. So much has been going on at work (the deal we were working on for a year closed this month!) and at home ( my cousin’s getting married and the whole family is flying in from all over the world), plus the little one’s having her summer hols, so though I had fully formed posts running through my head, there just wasn’t enough energy at the end of the day to actual type it out. In fact, I’ve been a lurker on my favourite blogs, reading them as I doze off in the night and not leaving my usually chatty comments (sorry).

Anyway, all that’s hopefully in the past and I’m going to get back to regular programming this week. To start with here are five things that have cheered me up this month:

  • Finding a Wilbur Smith book I have never read! I’m crazy about this author and thought I had read every single book by him. What a pleasant surprise to discover that I had missed one over the years
  • Taking a 36 hour trip with my dad. V and the techie joined in at the last moment, but I still managed some quality father daughter time on the road
  • Dancing the night away at V’s 4th birthday. The party was planned and executed in 48 hours, after multiple plans fell through,  however, it turned out to be a super success
  • Finding V’s iPad after I thought I had lost it. Major high that one hour
  • Celebrating a girlfriend’s birthday with the new set of girlfriends I made over the last year (remember my Girlfriend Search? I need to update you all on that). A sure fire stress buster

What are your pick-me ups?

P.S. – Elisa I apologise for the delay in doing the tagged post. Next up for sure.

 
 

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Blogloving

I’m finally figuring out why Blogloving is so great. Come and check it out and make you’re bloggy life much simpler.

Oh! and if you do subscribe, please do follow ‘www.seekingsynergy.wordpress.com’ and we’ll follow you back 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

The Talk – Comments

Dear Friends,

Please leave your comments on my previous post ‘The Talk’ here.

Unfortunately, wordpress is insisting on acting silly and is refusing to turn on comments for the said post.

Nmaha

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

 
 
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