What’s up folks?

I’ve been off blogging for so long, I’ve completely forgotten what it feels like to post! What do I post about anyway? My kids? Our travels? This mundane life? If I do post, would anybody be interested to read? Anyways, I’ve decided to give all these thoughts a rest and just go with it! Here I am…

If you are new to this blog here’s a bit about me: I’m almost 32, a mom of 2 lil monkeys, still in love with my man after almost a decade, a homemaker, a journal-keeper, a spiritual person, a voracious reader, a sewing enthusiast, a dabbling writer and a mental. (Seriously)

I’ve been blogging on and off for a long time now. There have been many a blogs before this one, all of which I must have deleted. I blog because I love to write. I write even when I’m not blogging.

I live in India in a calm and beautiful neighborhood. Ours is a joint family with 4 adults and 2 kiddos. Medha is almost 8 and Madhav is almost 5. We are in the midst of their exams- Both have Maths coming up. I’m busy taking turns teaching them one at a time. Madhav picks up his subjects quickly while Medha takes a bit longer. They both go for Taek Won Do lessons every evening. My days are busy, but they are a good, satisfying kinda busy that never fails to make me thankful. God knows how many don’t make it from one day to the next…

Along with writing, sewing has been my passion for a while. Beautiful fabrics entice me; Sewing how-tos and Diys leave me itching to get my hands ‘dirty’. I joined a sewing class and learnt as much as I could. Now I practice at home, whenever I can.

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I read all the time. When I’m done with my chores I treat myself to a good book. This year has been good so far, reading-wise. In less than 2 months I’ve read more than most read in a whole year. Now I’m in the thick of 2 books – “Eligible” by Curtis Sittenfeld and “An Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahamsa Yogananda (I love to read a fiction as well as a non-fiction at a time) and I can hardly wait to go back to them when I’m done blogging for the day.

I (and Maddy) plan to be more consistent hereon, but who knows what’s around the bend? Right now, this moment is all that matters…

So, what’s up with you all?

Love,

Manasa.

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A letter to my baby when I was pregnant

 

Baby,

35 weeks and 1 day now.

Few more days to go before I can see you and hold you for real and say you`re mine. I never believed that I could have such a rush of feelings for a human before. I still can’t believe its almost time for this new chapter in our lives. We both have gone through this journey for almost 35weeks together. You have been my constant companion for the last few months. A lot of women I know told me that they had had enough by this time and couldn’t wait to get the baby out, but trust me when I say that I have enjoyed every minute of this pregnancy. Though I am crazily awaiting your arrival, I will surely miss you in my belly and showing off my bump to everyone.

The other day I got very emotional and told your papa how much I will miss carrying you around. As long as you are inside me, I can and will do everything possible to protect you, but don’t know if I can once you are out….

But your papa and I will promise you one thing – we will do our best (Go to the moon, if we have to) to protect you, stand by you whenever, wherever and whichever way we can!

Everyone is looking forward to your arrival including your grandparents, uncles and aunts and all your cousins in India and Switzerland. Believe me when I say, you have a huge family who will dote on you, love you and pamper you crazily!!

Everytime I am stressed at work, your constant kicks keep me happy while reminding me that in a few more days the best day of my life will be here….

With much love and anticipation

Mama.

30 Things to do in my 30th year

Hello everybody! Sorry, we haven’t posted anything in a long time. Manasa and I have been procrastinating. I was busy carrying a baby and giving birth to him. And my sister was busy with her kids’ school, tests and travels. We are slowly getting back though…

It’s a new year and a new beginning. As I’m going to turn 30 this year, instead of moping about getting old, I decided to embrace it and make it a fun year, just like my sister did, a while ago.

So these are my new year/ 30th year resolutions.

  1. Go on a trip to one of my favorite destinations. (location will be updated once we plan)
  2. Write at least 2 posts per month
  3. Write about my experience during pregnancy and now motherhood
  4. Start a moms’ group here
  5. Get back to my pre-pregnancy weight
  6. Control my negative thoughts everyday
  7. Organize a family reunion celebration
  8. Learn to swim (Seriously!!)
  9. Meditate/ do yoga everyday
  10. Learn the art of forgiving and forgetting
  11. Invite friends and family often for a meal
  12. Limit the amount of time spent on mobile to a maximum of 1 hour
  13. Teach more Kannada to Mike
  14. Talk more often in German
  15. Write letters  to Medha & Madhav once every 2 weeks
  16. Read a story to Neel everyday
  17. Set up a routine before joining work and stick to it
  18. Organize girls’ outing every month
  19. Take another diving class
  20. Take a walk everyday with Mike and Neel
  21. Volunteer for a good cause
  22. Take a challenging hike
  23. Help Mike achieve his dream
  24. Finish Neel’s 1 year photo album
  25. Encourage Manasa to finally start writing her book
  26. Wake up looking forward to my first day back at work
  27. Purge all the items not necessary and not going to be used anymore
  28. Take a road trip with no planning/booking
  29. Show Kundapur (my birthplace) to Mike and Neel
  30. Spend next Christmas and New year in a warm country

“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.

Schaffhauser Fasnacht

This is a short post about a Carnival we went to, this year. It is called the Swiss Carnival or the Fasnacht. Over 200 carnivals take place throughout Switzerland in the week after Ash Wednesday, and most of the action is concentrated around the City Centers.

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The carnival is a fascinating mix of party atmosphere, vivid costumes, stirring tunes of drummers and piccolo players, and the weird but wonderful music played by brass bands.

Many visitors and locals simply enjoy the experience of wandering around the city’s lively streets, alleys, checking out bars and restaurants while soaking up the festivities around. We did the same. 🙂

It’s so much fun to participate in and absorb the local traditions and customs, isn’t it?

So what’s happening in your neck of the woods this weekend?

Take care and Have Fun!

Love,

Madhurya.

“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 to do when you feel like doing NOTHING at all?

We all have such days, don’t we? When you know you have loads to do, but you don’t know where to begin? When the music that would normally instantly cheer you up, starts to irritate you? When all you want to do is sit (or even better, sleep) and wait for someone to talk to you, find out what’s bothering you, listen to your woefully endless piteous whining, when you yourself don’t know what’s going on inside your head?

I go through such days. Every few months.

And when such a thing happens, it takes me a while (or a lot longer) to get myself out of the fog. A few comforting words from friends and family might help me for a while. Getting out of myself, out of my home and into the World helps too. Listening to inspiring podcasts fills me with new enthusiasm, watching Do-it-yourself videos on Youtube brightens me up. But not for long. No sooner do I bubble with pleasure than my zest fizzles out.

Here are a few other things I try-

  • Traveling and exploring a new place, even if its a new restaurant in town, and meeting new people helps.
  • Retail Therapy helps some, but buying more stuff only creates buyer’s remorse in me.
  • Reading a good book helps too, but finding a book that will make me forget myself, my “worries” (’cause, seriously, most of the time my worries are my own creations!) will take me a lot of tries before I lay hands on “the one”.
  • Putting my phone and other electronic gadgets aside does the trick many a times.
  • Going for a long walk, preferably through streets lined with trees, with birds keeping me company perks me up.
  • Meditation helps and so does journaling- dumping all that noise in my head down onto paper.

I try everything I’ve mentioned above, one by one, little by little. And when they too fail to lift me up and put me back on track, then I……………………………………………………………

Don’t worry…. I don’t take this great blessing called Life for granted. So I’ll Thank God for letting me live, breathe and enjoy another Glorious day. I’ll Thank him (or her) for letting my loved ones live, breathe and enjoy this Glorious day too. And I’ll list the other big and small things I’m grateful for. And feel myself getting better.

Taking a deep, deep breath I’ll trudge on. The first few steps will be rocky, strenuous, an uphill climb. I’ll even find myself going back to where I began. Then I remind myself that I’ve been through this path. Many, many times before. I’ve seen its bends and experienced its falls.

I know I’ll make it past this hurdle and onto a smoother terrain eventually, however long it takes. I know I’ll be myself again.. 🙂

Thanks for being so patient with me. I hope my rambling makes sense to some of you at least.

With a truckload of love for y’all,

Manasa!