Spring Book Report 2017

Although my write-ups for #CreativeConfidence were for a course I was taking, I really found that writing about what I was reading was helpful to me.  It helped me absorb what I read and kept me on track.

You can read my thoughts/learnings about the last book (Creative Confidencehere (and the book I read before that here).

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I started reading Steve Jobs probably about when I was 4 months pregnant.  So I have been reading it on and off for about 7 months (wow that’s embarrassing to admit).

It took me longer I think because

  • it wasn’t something I could carry around on my commute easily (even though I did when I was 4-6 months pregnant)
  • I took two online courses (which required their own reading/studying and took away from my free time)
  • I was pretty tied up taking care of my toddler (even on weekends when the Hubz had meetings with his classmates)
  • and maybe also because I am a slow reader.
    #ExcusesExcuses…

That said I had to stop reading at page 206 and return the book to the library because I had already renewed it 10 times and it was now on hold by someone else.  I do plan to finish it when I can get a hold of it again but wanted to share some of my thoughts on it so far (in no particular order).

  • Loved, LOVED reading about all the computer/technology history *adjusts nerdy glasses*
  • Steve Jobs’s admitting to the reality distortion field and how it was used to manipulate people – I honestly couldn’t believe that something like this had happened.  He seemed like genuine person and a leader in the truest sense
  • The emotional (ok over emotional) side of SJ.  I wonder if that would fly in today’s corporate world.  Even the uber innovative and creative ones.
  • Reading about the 70s (a decade I know little to nothing about, except for bell bottoms)
  • That SJ traveled to ashrams in India, learning meditation and becoming vegan (inspiring to me because I meditation and becoming vegans are goals of mine)

There were also some really great ideas shared about innovation, creativity and corporate success and how even though SJ could afford all sorts of materialistic things he chose to live in a sparecly furnished home.

As I await for my next library book to become available I plan to read this
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with a friend (Think: Digital Book Club).  I will most likely go the route of sharing interesting thoughts and ideas I learn from my book on twitter (like I did with #CreativeConfidence) and doing a book report style post when I finish it.

Long weekend BBQ with friends #May24

This would be our second annual BBQ and I am liking if this becomes an annual thing with our friends (of course we’d love to be able to host our friends over for a meal / potluck more often).

This time we kept it pretty casual by inviting our friends via our whatsapp group chats (ha!).

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On the grill the mister had:

  • Veggie and paneer skewers
  • Hotdogs (halal and veggie)
  • Eggplant “burgers” (with spinach mayo sauce)
  • Simple BBQ chicken drumsticks
  • Pineapple

Plus one of friends brought a deep fryer to make fish and chips.

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With our society becoming more and more busy (long hours at the office, kids extra curricular activities etc) and on our screens than #IRL, I think it’s even more important to put the effort towards friendships, in person interactions and events.

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Although a pretty huge undertaking, planning and executing a lunch or dinner party is always a goal/to do item on our mental check lists.  That said, we definitely weren’t thinking it through much because during all the prep work we were dealing with Miss El’s feeding schedule and skipping the elusive toddler nap (for Miss S).  But I am glad we managed to pull it off and enjoyed ourselves in the process.

Attempts at bread baking

Okay really this post should also include “or lack there of” in the title.  As mentioned, my attempt to make bread have been futile.  That said – I am learning a ton!

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I really thought this goal-setting activity would be easier than it’s turning out to be.  Mainly because I’ve watched my mom make roti my entire life.  However the bread I want to make is actually not the same type of bread as roti.  I have learned that I want to make bread that rises!  I’ve learned that sometimes you need a bread maker (I don’t have one) and you almost always need a rising agent (yeast).

So far there has been a lot of reading and research and no actual baking.  With that in mind I’ve decided to make my bread making goals more specific (and possibly more complex for my non bread making self).

Okay after all of that I am committing to bake the follow breads:

Wish me luck and please leave me your bread making tips in the comments below!

Brunch + Other weekend activities & Weekly Goals

Yea for LOOONNNG weekends! #TheUnofficialStartToSummer.  Technically the weekend isn’t over yet.  We are having friends over for a BBQ today.  We just finished marinating some chicken and reviewing tomorrows menu.  Our group of friends (and their kiddos) are full of variety: vegetarians, vegans, carnivores, food allergies etc.  It’s actually kind of fun to be creative and think of menu items to cater to such a group.  I hope I remember to take lots of pictures :)

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We also hosted my in laws for a belated Mother’s Day celebration. The Mister and I enjoyed curating the menu and then actually making it happen.  We used to do a lot of side-by-side cooking / working in the kitchen.   But for a few years, MBAs and kids kind of took over so… really loving that we are getting to do this again!

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Okay on to a review of last weeks goals:

  1. Finish reading my book (made some progress but still not done)
  2. Gather ingredients for this bread recipe (I didn’t realize how much research is required to make bread – this needs its own post)
  3. Work out M, Tu, Fr & get 10K steeps 5/7 days
  4. Sort out plans for Miss S 3rd birthday
  5. Journal and Meditate
  6. Print Pictures or start making a photobook
  7. Update Etsy listings with my scrabble prints
  8. Do a mini grocery haul
  9. Buy the next level of potting mix and transplant my plants
  10. Work on Baby Nursery (includes an Ikea trip)

Next week I plan on taking it easy, relax and just generally getting “caught up” rather than go-go-go.

  1. Finish reading my book
  2. Continue research/gathering ingredients for the bread recipe
  3. Take more photography ex: OOTD, family photos, sisters snapshots
  4. Get my 10K steps 5/7 days next week & Work out 4/7 times
  5. Get a grip with my laundry piles
  6. Update my Etsy shop
  7. Water colour painting an a new canvas part print
  8. Do 10 sun salutations
  9. List out monthly goals for June
  10. Start working on some photos books

I’ve dropped the meditation and journaling items on my list for now.

I am torn between working out and sitting still.
I am torn between blogging and journaling.
Why?

Because these activities are one in the same to me.  Running clears my mind and I truly believe has a meditative effect on me.  And although I am a firm believe of putting pen to paper, when I can’t (read: not making it a priority in my morning) I’ll take regular blogging and painting over it any day.

Have a beautiful week everyone!!

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Miss El’s Two Month Update

Time is FLYING.  I never felt that time was moving too fast when Miss S was a newborn but it’s literally moving at light speed with our baby El :$

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I think we’ve finally found a groove when it comes to having two kiddos.  It was / still is very challenging navigating the evening (dinner/night time routine with all the nursing sessions) and weekends.  What’s helped us is communication, keeping the the toddler busy with kid centric activities and lots of extra hugs/love.

I’ve also been way more confident with a 2 month old newborn then I was the first time around.  Miss El has already been to a few playdates, library program groups and countless mall and grocery runs.  It’s fun having a new bestie to hang with :)

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Miss El loves exploring the world while on her tummy, kicking her legs, waving her arms around, she loves her playmat and mobiles with music.  She’s been smiling for a few weeks and recently started cooing.  I almost even got her to giggle (although haven’t heard the infamous “baby laugh” yet).  She’s found her hands and so watching the trial and error of her bringing her fists to her mouth is inspiring (I think only parents can understand what I mean here).

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Miss El has also changed my relationship with Miss S. I am learning to be more and more patient and do all things with love.  (Which is challenging when you have a toddler!)  But I know I am a better mom because of it.

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#MothersDay2017

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Honestly I started the post almost 4 days ago and never got around to finishing it.  Between being there with my kids, cooking, laundry, getting back into fitness/fitbit, running errands, trying my very hardest to spend time with my hubby (while trying my hardest not to pass out on the couch at 8:30) my 5am scheduled posts have taken a back seat.  I let one slide (ok Monday’s post also didn’t almost happen on time) but definitely going to put in the work to get Friday’s post in on time.   Why the pressure on myself?  Well first off its not pressuring myself, writing, taking beautiful photos, editing, thinking, setting deadlines, dressing up for an OOTD – makes me feel good about myself.   Plus I LOVE the feeling of accomplishment and staying motivated is a huge goal for me over the next year.  Okay now that THATS out of the way…. :)

Mother’s Day 2017 was ahhh-mazzzing!  I got the sweetest potted seedling from Miss S (c/o her preschool class) and a gorgeous pendent necklace (similar to what I posted here). Plus I got treated to alone time in the bathroom (I know such a luxury), Breakfast in bed with the cutest homemade gift from the Mister and Miss S (and of course Miss El).

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I listened to the most refreshing podcast episode this morning about parenting your little ones at typical summer events (such as weddings and grad ceremonies – both of which we will be attending in the coming months).  I would love if my kids could take every nap in the own bed/crib and don’t have to nag them to eat their meal – but having friends/family and the related events doesn’t always lend itself to the perfect parenting situations :)  Plus the mister and I are on the go ourselves (between corporate careers, working out, schooling, night outs etc) so I am glad that I stumbled upon the episode to remind me to keep perspective and plan!

The 3 important things to remember:

  1. know you child’s tolerance level (a kid will only act in a way she is programmed for their age and it’s on me as a parent to adjust to that thinking)
  2. come prepared with loose parts that allow for quiet yet active place (lol sounds scary but each parent knows their child’s safety level so some items that were suggested are feathers, scarves etc)
  3. don’t apologize for your kids behaviour (somewhat related to 1 above)

Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!