So yesterday was one of those days when I carried you in my thoughts all day, all the time, Mi. Although, that’s nothing new, right? See, these days our routine is something like Vidur busy prepping for his exam while I, inspired by his focus, […]
Memories from another day . . .
Yeah, one of those days, Mi. Funny thing is, when I go to bed, I lay there making grand plans, adding things to my before 10 am list–most of which is kitchen-fridge. With summer here, the fridge is groaning with the juices and fruits and cold water and curd and yogurt and idli batters and milk and and and and….
So it is a constant juggle to make sure that everything is “current” and up to date. See that pun? Ha! Although these days, I make it a point to park a stool there before I open the fridge. After three hours in the kitchen when I bend to look into the fridge, my knees groan and my head spins. Crazy!
This morning I think I looked hilarious with a towel turbanned around my head because it is so irritating to keep wiping off that sweat running down the sides of the face. Well if sports people wear headbands, cooks need them too, right! Oh wait, they do have their version with the chef’s hat. Hmm. Not so posh, so I simply wrap the towel around my head like a headband. I can’t find that red towel for the eera thundu so I am using that white checked one – remember the ones we got in 8th cross. So wonderful. Never saw those again. Sigh.
Now I am sure you’re curious about all the chinchuku pinchuku tasks of this morning. For lunchbox I made arbi curry and roti. Then peeled pomegranates. We’re buying banana rarely these days because the poor things wilt so quickly and look miserable. Same with apples. So pomegranates it is. I rather enjoy peeling them every morning. Very therapeutic you know.
Then I peeled the papaya. Yeah, that’s a job. Then diced it and packed it off into the fridge. I had ordered some groceries and yogurt which we don’t get in our area. Sadly some of the yogurt containers had leaked so that was a task to identify which ones and return them. Then I washed the rest of it and kept it to drain and dry before putting it in the fridge.
Coming to the fridge, I cleared out all the don’t wants and to be consumed stuff. Looks like another feast for lunch today! Ha ha! Then I rearranged things back more neatly. It all starts nicely, but give it two days and things are stuffed wherever they’ll fit. I just hate that. Yes, yes, smile away!
Finally thought I’d settle down to work when I heard a “chulllll” sound just as I made my way to the desk. Gosh, a tubelight standing against the wall in the corner, nudged by the curtain landed on the floor. Mi, it’s amazing how many pieces that tubelight shattered into. And they were EVERYWHERE! Because it broke in the area outside the kitchen, the pieces managed to spread into both bedrooms, the puja room and the living room! Kitchen was saved because it is one step higher. UGH! Oh well I cleaned up the mess.
Booted the laptop, decided to chat with you before starting work. Have a deadline today and this assignment is time-consuming. Wish me luck. I don’t know what madness made me think I could post on five blogs this month, but the thought was very exciting. I will keep up with four–and maybe slack off a bit here. But you know you are always on my mind, laughing with me.
By the way, while peeling the arbi, I fondly remembered those days when Vidur would not allow us to use the arbis that looked (to him) like ganeshas, peacocks, ducks, and other creatures. So cute, no?
Okay. Off to work. I will be ranting to you in my mind, though, right? He he.
I have a long list of tiny things to do, Mi. But they have to be done. Mundane stuff like calling the paperwala, change the sheets, scrub the bathrooms, clear out some clutter, take stock of groceries and refill, sweep, dust, mop, yada yada – the usual suspects.
I’ve been trying the paperwala for 5 days now and the guy keeps giving me appointments he never keeps. So irritating. Sury of course laughs to see me getting worked up about these things, but the point is, I’ve stacked them in the living room. I am afraid that if it sits there any longer, next time I open the door, a passerby might assume I am a collection center. He he. Just kidding. Still!
Packed eight bags of toys and books to carry to my friend’s place-she has started a playschool. But the cab fare intimidated me–costs three times the train ticket to Madras and back–so there’s a delay while I figure out a better way, an economical way. I’d really rather spend the money on getting the kids something than blow it on cab fare. She has promised to think of something too. In the meantime, the bags adorn the six-foot sofa. Ah well. I just smile when I look at them, because I am really thinking of the contents.
Sometimes I just don’t know where to begin and my mind freezes when I look around you know. Probably because it is juggling with what to prioritize–work always topping the list because we can’t argue with those deadlines, right?
I am laughing to think that my corporate life actually looks easier from this distance. Fewer possessions, a non-negotiable routine, and most of all, less technology. Why, we managed with one landline, didn’t we? And no computer. More get-togethers with friends and visits. More going out. We’re spoilt now with the benefits technology brings us, I tell you!
By the way, I got a cute telephone book in which I plan to note down all the phone numbers – family/friends/utilities and what not. Just because it looks so nice and I ache for the old book which is rather worn. Remember how exciting it was when we got that? The lovely memento of Hyderabad turning 400 years old. Such a treasure.
Did I tell you I’ve got a bunch of essential oils to try out and review? Luckily I got to choose the fragrances and they are fabulous. I got lemongrass, neroli, ylang ylang-vettiver and Himalayan lavender. You would love the lemongrass and neroli – which orange flowers. Fragrances do make life better. No wonder aroma therapy words. I wish you were here to enjoy these as they create such a lovely ambiance.
I am just making a list of what I can manage today. It is okay when I can depend on myself. But when I have to depend on others, it is so annoying. Do you know I had to exchange countless emails and phone calls to get a flight cancellation refund over the past two weeks? Crazy. I don’t know why people won’t do an honest job. Wouldn’t life be simpler? In fact, they have the temerity to confirm something in writing and then do exactly as they like. So much stress and a such a waste of time. Bah!
Life was simpler a couple of decades ago. Yet, who am I to complain when I love technology? I just wish people would do the right thing. You know, big brands do not respond unless called out publicly on social media. I so hate to do that but sometimes, have to, as a last resort.
Oh well. Life goes on. Ha. Let me make some coffee and get on with the day, Mi.