Archive for January, 2007

Whenever PK is out, I dread the morning rush. The toughest thing for me is not being able to plan, or rather not being able to stick to a plan – the unpredictability of it all. I woke up at 5 am as I usually do when he’s out, hoping to get through the lunch packing and my shower before the kids wake up. But many times, S (16 months) wakes up right after me, making it impossible to get anything done. I sit there in the dark, frustrated at being awake so early in this cold weather, trying to put her back to sleep.

But today has been the start of a good day. I was able to make and pack their lunch, have a leisurely cup of coffee, a long shower and be ready and they are still sleeping. Otherwise, the tasks are essentially the same, but take out the adjectives (leisurely, long etc) and picture me doing the same with a toddler tugging at my leg, clothes etc and me constantly talking or singing, trying to entertain her.

It still promises to be a hectic day, getting them ready and out of here, the pediatrician visit after that, preparing for the cleaning lady’s visit (I try to clear the kitchen counters and island of all the clutter, put as many kids’ books and toys away etc). But this is as good as it can start!

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Last night I was on the phone with PK. He’s out of town on business. The kids were with me in the bed. S was asleep and A was just starting to fall asleep. We were discussing the iPhone and as soon as I mentioned iPod, A looks up with a jerk and says “XYZ has an iPod”. He’s 5 yrs old and the XYZ is his friend in Kindergarten who is 6. I couldn’t believe it. I asked him “Do you know what an iPod is?”. He first started to say that it is a secret and he wouldn’t tell me. So, I dismissed him thinking he was kidding and continued my conversation with PK. A goes “it sings songs”! Now neither PK nor I own iPods, so he didn’t discover that at home. So XYZ must really have an iPod and be talking about it at school. I can only imagine how older kids and teenagers who don’t have one feel! A colleague was saying that her son’s friends (teenagers) tease him that he’s from the ghetto because he has a regular MP3 player and not an iPod. I’m not one for buying everything that the kids ask for, but it must be difficult to fit into a group where you are the only one who isn’t cool. Peer pressure is a terrible thing, especially at that age. I can’t even imagine what will be the cool things when my kids are in their teens. I’m in no hurry to get there.

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Is it really January?!


Temperature this last week has been in the 50s and on Saturday, the high was 67. It started off cloudy but turned sunny by noon. It was fabulous and we were longing for some outdoor fun. So we went on the Assabet River Rail Trail, which is about 20 minutes drive from home. We left after lunch and enjoyed a nice hour and a half on the trail. I was on a bicycle, PK roller bladed along with S in the stroller and A was on his razor scooter. There were lots of people walking, jogging, cycling, roller blading etc … Lots and lots of kids too. Too bad, I didn’t take my camera.

Since then, my body is in shock from the unexpected exercise. I’m not the exercising kind (I know I really should be) and haven’t done any physical activity since August, so this hurts!

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Taking the plunge

First of all, wishing everyone a wonderful 2007!

I’ve two main goals for this blog

To keep in touch with friends and family – Over the last few months it has been very tough to keep in touch through email. Two young kids, a full time job, a husband who works full time, goes to school part time and travels frequently on business, how can I find the time to write? But when I don’t, I feel very out of touch with everyone. So, this is an experiment to see if this will be a viable channel to keep in touch.

Second, I expect some big changes in our lives over the next year or two. So, I hope to use this blog as a coping mechanism, writing whatever goes through my mind at these turning points …

We’ll see how I do on achieving those goals.

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