This spring, I came up with a few goals for myself to achieve this summer:
- Relearn at least one Clementi sonatina on the piano.
- Remove the wallpaper in the dining room under the chair rail and repaint it to see if that tones down the floral motif. I might repaint the kitchen as well (decision is still pending based upon the outcome of the dining room.)
- Rejoin a local mom's group. Previously, when I was a member, I was either sick, pregnant and sick, dealing with dual nap schedules or working. It was always something. This past spring, I put my foot down with myself and promised that I would not only rejoin the club, but that I would actively participate. Oh my. I am SO kicking myself for not getting involved all these past years! The group is comprised of a really nice group of gals who just want to hang out and do fun, relaxing things with their kids. No gossip, no politics, they are just a low-key group.
- Participate in the summer reading program with my kids. Oh sure, I am always reading something, but I picked up one of the lists for myself - I am going to read a certain number of poems and short stories, just to stretch myself a bit (any recommendations on your favorite short stories or poems?)
- Finally, I promised myself that I was going to SCHEDULE things. All too easily, I let our days go by willy-nilly. In particular, the few hours that I have free while Team Chaos languishes in school. This summer, I am scheduling lunches with friends, art museum outings, special exhibit outings (e.g. The Princess Diana exhibit was awesome!) and movies. Their summer session ends mid-July and I am determined to not waste any of these precious kid-free hours.
- By the end of August, I want to add 5 new recipes to my repertoire. I have already added one that I am in LOVE with - it's Thai Chicken in a red chili sauce. I also have a stack of cookbooks from the library that I am poring over.
Also, I joined a Facebook group that I affectionately refer to as the site about "Brown Boys and the White Girls Who Love Them". Honestly, I am surprised at how much it has meant to me to have a group that understands some of the things that go with being married to a desi. So far, the group is getting along with no drama (that I have seen anyway!) and it is really nice to have a place to go to. Lately, I've been spending more time on the group page than even on blogging! Huh.
Recently, we went to Leavenworth to visit my grandma. It was such a lovely visit - had a picnic by the river, then visited the Carousel Museum. Afterward, we went back to her house where she showed the kids her piano, guitar, bongos, etc. (she is a music teacher and is so talented!) It was so sweet to watch Arun and Anjali's eyes light up as she went from instrument to instrument.
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