Category Archives: A Penny for my thoughts

And this changes everything!

There is something that I have been wanting to share in this space for few weeks. Now that I am comfortable, I am writing about it here. 

* * * 

Anybody who has been reading my blog would know how much I love my career and the workplace. I have completed by MBA, got my PMP and have been making some good progress in everything. I was in a comfortable space.

And then life decided to intervene. I wanted a career change. I was very unsure at first. The job was closer to home. Flexible. There were good people and an awesome boss. So, change was not a necessity for me but an option. After thoughtful consideration, at one point I made up my mind and decided to move on. I formulated a plan of action and started looking for options.  

In about 4 weeks, I got a new job offer. I was in a dilemma. Choices have always been difficult for me. I needed to decide soon. I wanted to make a decision not by emotion but by logic and practicality. 

I gave it some serious thought. Lemon was all for it. He has always been supportive and has always let me explore options.

The timing was right. So decision was finally made one day and I hesitantly quit my job.  Sharing the news with friends was the hardest of all. Some were shocked. Some were sad. And some others must have been very happy – I think! 

There was no build up to tell the news to parents too. It was more like, coming back from work one day and then saying, “I am done with this job. I am starting a new one in couple weeks!” It took a while for them to let it all sink in. 

Like I suspected, mom was mad at me at first. She was worried if I would be able to adjust to everything new. Lime would start school soon and Lily would start going to day care very soon! And, mom & dad would be leaving to India. So, I would lose all the help. I don’t blame mom. How could she possibly not be worried? I was too! We spoke over it a few times and at some point we both understood, accepted the changes and she was happy and excited for me.

The new job would be in Boston downtown. I would have to do a fair amount of commute, every day, from my home to the office. The job offer was in one of those decent tall buildings in downtown. It gave me a high every time I would think of it. 

Anyone remember this post and this? I have always been fascinated by tall buildings. Going to the top floor of a very tall building for a good view has always been a favorite thing to do. So, why would I not like to work in one of those buildings? Right? Right!

So, being the drama queen at home, I was bursting in excitement. Lemon cared less every time I expressed my love for tall buildings. He wanted to know why I had a preference at all, especially for the place of work. Why care about a building? All that matters is that you should love the place and like the work. 

I know there’s a lot of truth in what he said. But I got an offer in a tall one and that is huge for me. Subconsciously I pictured myself there. I went over the idea and the changes in my head over and over again. I told myself I was ready!

I dragged through the last few days at the previous job, waiting to start something new. The night before my first day at new job I couldn’t sleep. I was scared. I worried about how the new place is going be. How the new people will be. How bad the commute will be from home. How many obstacles I will have to face. How many sacrifices I’m going to have to make. Everything was unknown. 

* * *

Lets fast forward a bit now….. It’s been a month, already, in the new place. Believe it or not, it has been a journey so far. From being in a comfort zone and being anxious to a feeling of great happiness and triumph. It took me a while to decide, accept and get here. Right now, I am focused on learning and being tactical. The morning commute may not the best one for me but I am trying not to let any fears or negativity get in.

This is a huge leap forward. So all you readers, pass me some good wishes, will you?

Advertisements

DIY Craft Sticks Wall Art

You can find many fancy versions of this wall art at Etsy for $400 or more! But I did the same for a lot cheaper the past year from this post.

Frame – I couldn’t find a plain good wood frame at my local Michael’s store. But found this in the 70% clearance section.

IMG_7355

It worked perfectly fine for what I wanted to do. We had the black spray paint that we used for this project. So, a quick one coat of spray paint worked just fine.

IMG_7356

Scissors, Glue, Water Colors, Brush are some other stuff you would need. I used crayola water colors. But you can use any paint you want. 

A bunch of Craft Sticks – I had colored as well as plain sticks from Michael’s.

IMG_7357

Then you paint. This took a little while since Lime wanted to participate in doing this project. It was fun.

IMG_7360

Then you start laying them out. I measured the sticks that would fit the frame and cut them according. In the end I wanted them to look like patchwork. 

IMG_7362

Then you glue them to the frame. Some sticks had curves, some were cut at a different angle but in the end I kind of liked the end product. 

IMG_7368

I have hung this in our living room. The colors kind of matches with the Chindi Shag Rug I got from Pier 1 Imports. What say, people? Would you try this? 

A letter to my baby boy – 4

My dear Lime, 

You are FIVE. 

As I write this post, I will try hard not to cry. You sweet boy, my firstborn child, made me a mommy!  

From the moment I saw you, I knew I’ll never love someone else the way I love you.  You changed my life forever. 

FIVE is such a big boy age. I’m struggling to understand how time went by so quickly. It just seems like yesterday I was in hospital giving birth to you. 

I still remember that first year when I quit my job to take care of you. I spent days exploring the world with you when some people criticized me for being a stay-at-home mom. You were content being with me and that mattered to me more than anything else. 

That second year when I put you in day care and resumed work is unforgettable. We both cried on your first day at day care. Ah! Those painful days!

That third year when you went so crazy about mickey mouse

Your sister came along before you were four. I was so worried i couldn’t love you as well anymore. I was wrong. 1

When it comes to taking care of baby Lily, you are so good. You learned to take care of her quickly. You make sure she doesn’t fall down from the bed by arranging pillows in the open corner. You hold her hand when she tries to walk. You sing so she can sleep. If I take away your toys, you get angry; But if Lily grabs your toys, you are so good with her. You give her something in exchange and then take your toy back. 

I love that you remember every single thing about anything I say. You are so fun. Everyone loves talking with you. Your laugh is so infectious. You love to figure things out yourself – Be it opening a snack box or inserting straw in a juice pouch; You want to do it all.

You are so smart and make Lemon and I so proud. 

You like to run around a lot. I still remember the day when I almost lost you at the shopping mall. You ran away and scared the hell out of me. I did end up finding you in couple minutes. But what a day it was. Phew!

You are good at soccer and swimming. We can’t wait to try karate and dance next. 

This year you fell so much in love with Power Rangers. And, you are still crazy about ‘Talking Tom‘. 

Can’t believe you are graduating this Friday from Pre-School. You love math and like talking about all you learnt in school. You have memorized our phone number and house address for emergency. 

Being a super hero is your dream. You love avengers, ninjas, spider-man and Batman and what not. You can name every character in all of the movies which I have no clue about. 

You have a big year ahead, my baby! You are going to go to a new school. Meet new friends and teachers. The path forward is new with lots of changes in schedule. Come what may, I know you will prosper in all your endeavors. God bless you my child! I love you so much! 

Lime

That’s you with your birthday gift! Power Ranger Megazord 🙂

 

Love,
Mummy

Introducing baby ‘Lily’

It’s late post. But better late than never, right?

This year has been so much fun. Most of my dreams have come true, especially the baby news! There has been 3 babies, all about a month apart, in the family this year. The 4th one is expected sometime next week. Can’t wait for the good news from the cousin! 🙂

Lily‘ is my baby girl’s blog name. She graced this beautiful world  on May 3rd 2016!!! The birth story is posted here.

It’s been 7 months now. Lime is still surprised by the fact that the baby is out of mommy’s tummy. He is a proud big bother and loves his little sister.

There are so many things about the baby that I want to record over here..Will do it as and when I find time..

We love our little one. She is our adorable doll. Her toothless smile makes us melt every time. She loves lying on her tummy and raising her head high. She is starting to sit up by herself and she always does it quickly when mommy is not looking at her. She is always curious about what is happening around her. She turns her tiny head all around to look at things. She even stretches her arms to reach for the cup when mommy is drinking her morning coffee. She also loves playing with mommy’s hair.

She looks up to her brother all the time. She admires him for everything he does. She laughs happily around him and plays with him. He sings and dances for her which is so adorable. She bears with whatever he does, even it is pinching her nose or hugging her tight. No complaints – She loves it all!

Keep growing our dear baby. Be happy and healthy! We love you and Lime the most!

2016-12-13_1459

All you readers, send in all your love to the little ones, will ya?

oh boy, the big 3-O!

She is now 10 times older than her son.

She is still collecting her thoughts on how she feels on this day.

She is spending her special day with her parents after 9 long years.

She got 2 surprise parties this year and NO gifts from Lemon. She will NEVER forget this in her life.

She is at home watching the snow fall and sipping hot coffee while typing this post.

She is not ready to leave the childhood behind but she knows she has to after this day. Many people cross the bridge from childhood to adulthood at 21. For her it has been different.

She has never considered herself a part of the category called ‘grown-ups’. She has so far enjoyed being the child. Being the youngest in the household. Being pampered for everything at home. Today, she feels she cannot escape the grown-up category anymore. The 3-O feels like a very big number. She doesn’t know why. But it bothers her.

She was worried when Lemon turned 30 a couple of years back. He convinced her saying its just a number and that he will always remain young at heart.

She is not sure what changes this new year and number will bring into her life. For now, she just wants to stop worrying and hope for the best.

She wants to, going forward,  dedicate little time each day to do something that she really loves.

She had a goal that she wanted to achieve on this day and it has come true. She is happy for that.

She has learned not to make any decisions when she is upset.

She has come to realize that almost half of her life is over. 

She is different now and feels wiser, happier, confident and determined. 

She is Lavender and yesterday was her birthday!:):):)

To read more about her, click here.