The 3 Cs

Cleaning, Clearing, Cooking

It would be no exageration to say that the last few days have been crazy for me. I have been cleaning, clearing, cooking, hosting a party, and cleaning, clearing all over again.I do have loads of left overs to not have to worry about cooking though :)

It was daughter’s birthday last week, and I decided to do a small get-together, with our close friends, at home. And also ambitiously decided to cook. Of course, better sense prevailed, Or rather husband prevailed. He refused to even let me think about it. He knows me. So I settled on cooking a few things and ordering the rest – just to make me feel less guilty about not cooking entirely. You see, I have some friends who cook for massive parties, and I feel so inadequate. Husband, of course, believes that we should outsource everything that is not our core competency, and we should enjoy the day rather than go crazy cooking. Which I agree with, most of the time.

Thank goodness, he drilled some sense into me. Even with the little that I had to do, I was running around like a headless chicken. Shopping for everything we would need, cleaning, taking the opportunity to clear out clothes and toys that we needed to give away. Which just made it crazy, because I just ended up doing things which I could have easily done another time. The only way I could pull it off, was by staying away from the laptop. I allowed myself the phone(but of course :) ).

To cut a long story short, in the few days that I cut off myself from the laptop, my efficiency doubled. My cupboards are lighter, my carpets are cleaner, I wish I could say that I was lighter as well, but after a party, that would be a small miracle :) It won’t take too long for my carpets to go back to their earlier state, but I seriously plan to keep my cupboards light. I’m going to have a tough enough time trying to pack things into boxes without adding to it by shopping some more.

Now, with the party and the mess out of the way, I’ve got to get ready to go to Venice :) We are off to Venice next weekend! And I suspect that I will have to go on another blog sabbatical to get everything ready to go.

So I’ll get back next week and comment, reply to comments, read, etc, etc, etc :) I’ll try to sneak in when I can, but I might be better off staying away from the laptop. Oh, and please do wish for us that we get good weather this time! AND by good weather I mean, HOT weather!

PS: Leaving you with a picture of one of the things that I made, and luckily, turned out to be a huge hit :) especially lucky, because it was a first time experiment :)

You know you are hard up for time when…

..  You have no time to think

- when you waste no time, and yet, have most of the things that was planned for the day undone at the end of the day,

- when you end up chatting with dear friends over the FB scrabble game or on the blog, instead of writing a nice long mail or calling them up,

- when the car knocks up over 10 miles in under 2 hours while finishing off errands,

- when the clothes go into the dryer, despite the wonderful weather outside,

- when you have no time to comment on blogs, or reply to comments on yours. I can’t tell you how bad I feel about this.

- have loads of unanswered emails,

- when you go to bed at 11:30pm  and still feel guilty,

- when two suitcases have been lying open, and empty for the last three days.

- and worst of all, when you have no time to read all the books sitting around. Can you believe it, I have ‘The Space Between Us, Shantaram, A house for Mr Biswas and the The Sari Shop waiting to be devoured, and I have no time to read. Thankfully, I found out today that the library has a concept called ‘Holiday Renewal’, that might be my only hope. That and if I manage to convince husband that it is absolutely essential that I carry these books with me on the trip..

I am in the midst of getting ready to go on our India trip, and nothing, absolutely nothing seems to get done. To add to it, it is Poohi’s last few days at her old school. Come September, she is moving to ‘big school’, a wonderful school near us. It is all wonderful, but she is so going to miss all her friends from her old school. So in the middle of all this, I still plan playdates with her friends as all of them are going to be very busy once school starts in Sept. I feel bad that she will miss all her friends and wonderful teachers.

I have been getting, ‘knock, knocks’ over my ‘disappearance’, so I felt I had better explain my absence, before you guys accuse me of ‘selective commenting/reading’ :)

Picture this..

Swaram had tagged me to share my favourite photograph.. Well, this is one of my favourites.. from one of my favourite trips..

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It was the spring of 2007 and daughter had just started to walk. We were both working at that point in time and had very little time to just relax and have fun. Husband used to travel to Europe a lot then, and I had a horribly busy job as well. So when the Easter bank holiday came up, we had nothing planned – no time for planning, you see. Also, it was daughter’s first winters and it was tough. She had been unwell, quite a lot and holidays were the last thing on our mind.

So when the Easter bank holiday came up, we realised that we had 4 days off and we could/should do something. Spring and summer time in the UK – we dread to waste weekends – that is the only time when stepping out is fun.  Bath seemed interesting – not too far, we could easily do a day trip..so off we went. We desperately wanted a break from the routine.

Daughter had just started walking, so on the train – all she wanted to do was walk. She refused to sit still and insisted on walking, which was just not made easy by the fact that there was some football match scheduled that day in Bath and the train was packed with fans, dressed in their football club colours! It was one of the few times that I have seen such a packed train on a weekend! It was choc-a-bloc! And even that did not deter daughter from insisting that she wanted to ‘walk’!!

It was with sigh of relief that we got off the train and set off exploring Bath. I have to mention here that – daughter loves the buggy. She loves being strapped into stuff. When we bought her a tricycle – with a belt – she would get in , put on the belt and then cry, when she wanted to get off and could not get the belt off! She has some belt mania – even now :) But I digress.

We had a wonderful time soaking in the atmosphere of Bath. Bath is renowned for it’s hot springs and the ancient Roman Baths, and Georgian stone crescents. It has a very nice feel to it and had plenty to see, with it’s wonderfully rich heritage. I will not go into it in detail, because then I will end up posting a lot more pictures.. I simply cannot do justice just with words.

It had been some time since we had such a relaxed and wonderful day, without having to worry about work, day care or stuff like that. We saw the sights, relaxed in the beautiful park(pictured) near the river, daughter got to practise her walking in the park , and see a lot of ducks and flowers. She was at the stage where ducks and flowers could make her ecstatic! We walked around a lot -I think we covered a lot of the town that day and yet did not feel exhausted or tired, just more energized! Must have something to do with the air or the effect of the hot springs!

At the end of the day, we were almost tempted to find a hotel or a bed & breakfast and stay overnight, and would have done so if we did not have a little not-yet one year old with us.. We returned promising ourselves that we would come again – but sadly, haven’t been able to make it – yet.

Swaram, the other tag – I do remember, but no time today, so will do it another time :)