100 Happy Days – Day #15

So the in laws unpacked their suitcases yesterday and like RD says ‘they got the whole of India with them!’ From cooker to kadais to tawas to clothes to alta to jewllery for the girls to bangles for me to dresses for the girls to what not? Honestly, I had asked them weird stuff like a calendar and black thread for the dance performances, and they even got that!

Santa Claus has come early to the R household and trust me, there is no space for us to keep all the stuff that they have got. It is a pity that they could not get any food in Tas or else I would have asked them to get some poockhas for us from Calcutta, hehe!

They got two pretty gold earrings for the brats and both of them are flaunting it off! They got me some really expensive bangles made of lac and I am wondering where I can wear them and if I need to buy a special dress to match those bangles!

They have got so much stuff…Gosh!

The girls are thrilled to have their grandparents with them. R2 was a bit shy at first since she hadnt seen them in 1.5 years, but she warmed up to them in some time! R is super happy because she does not have to help around in the house at all. Her thathi doesn’t let her lift a finger *eye roll*

They are here for three months and I am sure there are going to be interesting times ahead!

Meantime, I will just sit back and relax a bit!

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100 Happy Days – Day #14

Okay. I think I am too tired to even write about anything anymore! Like I told RD, I don’t think I will last even 15 days in this whole blog writing thingie! And its true. I am exhausted. I am doing nothing and yet I am exhausted. I can’t think of anything to write about which made me happy today!

Oh wait, I got my eyes checked today and my numbers haven’t changed since the last time. Phew, that is money saved on new glasses.

But, I have to get sunglasses because the sun in Tassie is not really doing any good to my eyes. So well, money spent on sunglasses.

But wait, the optometrist I met was such a delightful lady that just looking at her made my day and made me happy. She is so positive and ever smiling. Such people really make your day amazing, isn’t it?

I picked up R from school today and she told me that she told all her friends and teacher about her getting glasses to wear and they all seemed pretty excited about it *eye roll* and she sounded excited about getting them too! I hope she gets used to them soon when they come after 10 days 🙂

I am going to stop writing now because its 10.30 in the night and I am blabbering something weird!

Dear blog, please forgive me if I am not able to finish this 100 happy days. It is too much for me, I think!

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100 Happy Days – Day #13

Today has been a landmark day in our lives. RD and I took R to the eye specialist for a regular eye check up. Which, by the way, we have never done till date. In India, we have never got her eyes checked. In Tasmania, we never found the need or the time to do it. It was incidental that we spoke to one of our friends the other day, who mentioned that it was a good idea to get the kids eyes checked once an year. So I took an appointment a few weeks back and we went today.

R sat on the chair and the optometrist who, by the way, is an amazing lady asked me a few questions. Like if I had glasses since my childhood, if R had any medical history, if she had complained of headaches, etc etc. And then she told R to read a few alphabets on the mirror.

R: What alphabets?

Doc: The ones on the mirror.

R: Eh?

RM: Oye, R, see that mirror

R: yes I can.

RM: Then those alphabets on it. Read those!

R: What alphabets?

Doc: looking bewildered: The ones you can see in the mirror.

R: I can’t see anything there!

RM: A bit exasperatedly: R R R..can you see a mirror?

RD: Quit shouting RM

RM: She can’t see that mirror!

R: I can see a mirror, but what alphabets

RD: looking shocked: R R R..can you see a mirror?

RM: Aha! Thats what I am telling you RD

Midst all this, the lady O just cleared her throat to remind the mad R family that actually she is the one in-charge.

R: See, I can see a mirror, but I can’t see any alphabets!

Doc: Okay.

Then she changed the alphabets to the second largest size and R still could not see it. Now the Doc is a bit shocked. And she goes, You can’t see the alphabets in the mirror?

R by now is looking so astonished that we are not believing her that she goes: Hello everyone. I know there is a mirror. I know there is something black black on it, but I CANNOT SEE what it is!!! Now, can you all understand what I am saying???

We all look at her open-mouthed!

Doc: errr….can you see anything now?

R squints through and reads the largest of the alphabets!

I am reeling in shock. The doc asks me if there has been any complaints from her school till date, at least three times. All three times I reply in negative. She then asks R if R is able to read what is written on the board and if she sits right in the front. R says yes I can see everything that is written on the board and she just sits somewhere in the middle. The doc repeats the same q and R has the same answer. The doc murmurs something about checking on what sort of magical whiteboard is used in schools nowadays. When R asks her to repeat the q, she smiles and says put your chin on the machine. I am still under shock. RD is oscillating between going outside to keep an eye on R2 and peeping in to check that I haven’t fainted yet.

Apparently, R is pretty short sighted with a number of -2. RD gapes at the doc and says WHAT WHAT WHAT!!!

I am like ‘Gosh, I must be the worst parent on earth, not to even figure out that her daughter has such a high power’. The optometrist smiles and says no don’t blame yourself, I am just astonished that your daughter hasn’t complained about any eye issues or headaches or anything till date. R is just looking bewildered because the doc keeps asking her to read alphabets. The brat is so intelligent that she has by-hearted them and when the doc asks her to read it, she just rattles it off. The doc is, thankfully, a bit more intelligent and changes the alphabets and then R struggles to read.

But midst this shock, the doc shares some good news.

  1. Her eyes are super healthy and working perfectly fine
  2. Her brain is using both the eyes with equal strength which apparently is a good thing
  3. Her response to light and stimuli is perfect

She does a series of other tests on R’s eyes and is happy with it. She says she will start by giving R prescription glasses for -1.5 and asks us to meet her after six months. I just nod and come out dazed. R goes on to choose her glasses. She has taken it so maturely. She is perfectly okay with wearing glasses, though she does say something about not looking good with glasses. The lady helps her choose a good one. She seems pretty okay with it. I don’t know what will happen once we get the glasses after 10 days, but honestly, I shouldn’t be shocked. With my -7 power and RD’s -1.5, it was evident that my girls would get glasses. Just that it shocked me a bit!

I call up my dad and tell him. Aha! he says, this is exactly how I felt when the doc told me that you had -3.5 number when I took you for a check up when you were in your grade 3. He is pretty cool about it and asks me to take it in my stride.

I must admit, that her eyes are in good health is the only silver lining for me to write about in this 100 Happy Days post.


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100 Happy Days – Day #12

After a long time, I must admit, after a vvvveerrrryyyy long time today, I got up at 6 to get back to bed and slept till 8.45 AM!!!! I think I had last done it when I was 12 years or something! I just slept it. I have been too tired I guess. Feeding 22 people on Friday and attending a dance workshop yesterday, I guess, I just exhausted all my energy. The man I married got the girls milk and made breakfast and got stuff ready!

Breakfast was very interesting. He got up early to soak moong dal for making moong chillas. He ground some carrots and tomatoes with the moong dal and then made chillas with some imli chutney and green chutney and cheese! Total delish, I tell ya! I was too busy gobbling it up to take pictures! But if you do have some extra chutney, do try making this chilla. Its delicious!

Today the inlaws arrive from India. They will be here for 3 months. Its going to be a interesting 3 months is all I can say 🙂 RD and I will have some help with the cooking and cleaning and taking care of the girls. Its good they are coming in summer. We are planning on some picnic lunches and bush walking! The in laws love walking so should be super interesting 🙂 If not anything, I get fodder for the blog, eh?

We had this amazing wood fired pizzas for lunch today. Yep, we are like that only! Eating pizzas for lunch. Actually in our family, I think we can eat them for breakfast as well 🙂

Right now I am feeling so sleepy (don’t ask how I can do it, but I can…sleep at anytime of the day or night, no matter how much I have slept through the night!) that I can just nod off…which is exactly what I am going to do…because happiness includes an afternoon snooze, eh?

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100 Happy Days – Day #11

So on Thursday night, I messaged Smita (who is one of my favorite people to ask questions because she always has answers to my questions) asking her about how to cook Aloo Chaat. Smita, being Smita, gave me a couple of ideas, not only about the recipe but also about how I can serve it.

Then she told me ‘so you are doing the 100 happy days, eh?’ I was like yes yes. She is like ‘I left a very nasty comment on the blog, I don’t think it got published!’. I was like ‘What? Nasty???!!!’ She was like ‘yes, if you are doing this 100 Happy Days thing, can you please write proper posts. Don’t just write random stuff like my brother’s birthday and all that’ I burst out laughing. I am like okay okay. Now I have fodder for post for tomorrow. She is like ‘yes, you can write I asked for recipe and I got scolding in return’.

So Smita, for you, here is a post which is more than 150 words! I could ask as well tweet it,eh?

So for R2’s Birthday, R baked her two cakes….

  1. An iced chocolate cake – Recipe thanks to Deeps
  2. A iced rainbow cake – Recipe thanks to Monika

Thankfully, she stopped at two. She wanted to bake three since it was R2’s THIRD birthday! *eyeroll*. I was like Appa turns 39 this year, will you bake him 39 cakes, and I think she got the point! I must admit the cakes were a hit and I had only one piece left for the next day, which I actually stole and kept aside. RD didnt even get a bite of the cake! In short, the brat is an okay baker and hopefully we will see more of her baking soon *rubs hands in anticipation*

I made

  1. rajma
  2. Peas pulav
  3. Aloo Chaat (recipe thanks to Smita)
  4. corn chaat
  5. cut veggies like tomatoes, capsicum, lettuce, carrots, cucumber for salads
  6. Boiled eggs
  7. Papads
  8. Green chutney
  9. Imli Chutney
  10. Pakodams
  11. Barbeque Chicken for the guests (RD and I didnt eat it!)

RD made an awesome salad dressing. My neighbour aunty got some coleslaw salad and my friend and dance partner got some chocolate cupcake mousse! In short it was an exotic spread.

I must admit, it took me whole good week to get everything in place, but it was such an amazing spread and such an amazing company! Life has been very kind to us! We have wonderful friends here who have come family! With 22 of us, we sure had so much fun with an outdoor evening! Friends, sunshine, big backyard, barbeque and delicious food! The brat sure had the perfect birthday party!

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100 Happy Days – Day #10

Dear R2,

You turned 3 today. Terrible Threes are here and I can feel them, baby! You are obstinate. You are a total riot. You are very possessive about your things. You are super naughty. You are a difficult child.

But, you are also very loving. You always ask for your sister everytime you are away from you. Your sister is your life. You always have another hand out ‘for my sister’ whenever anyone gives you anything. You love your friends and family to bits. You are a social butterfly and talk to everyone. You love your time with friends. You are very good at eating anything and are always ready to try new things. You have no fear. You can climb high slides and jump big walls. You are adventurous and ready to face anything.

It is amazing how you are so totally Australian with your speech and accent. You have learnt the Aussie slang and speak with such an Aussie accent that your thathi finds it difficult to understand you.

I am glad you came to our lives because like your sister says ‘you complete our family.’ You fight so much with your sister but both you girls can’t live without each other. Nothing gives your Appa and me, more happiness than seeing you girls cuddling each other and loving each other.

Today you had the best of birthdays. With friends who have become more than family to all of us. We were 22 of us and we had so much fun together. Amma cooked up a storm and I am so glad I did because everyone loved it.

Thank you for coming into our lives and thank you for being you. Just get a little less naughty, please.

Loads of love


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100 Happy Days – Day #9

RD was not there yesterday night, travelling for work. So it was the girls and I . We had french fries for dinner. That made me pretty happy. Sometimes, it is just pure junk food which gives me a lot of happiness. I must admit, after coming to Tassie, my intake of chips has gone up by a gazillion times. That is, of course, showing on my tummy and hips. I now can state proudly that my hips resemble a hippo. Anyway, not taking that into account, I was talking about fries. I think they are amazing. So unhealthy that you can’t just resist them!

And then today R and I baked two cakes. How it turned out, I will let you readers, know tomorrow. All I can say is I am proud of the fact that my daughter likes to bake. She agreed to bake with me despite me shouting at her for dropping the sugar, flour, butter, oil, baking powder, cocoa powder and choco chips on the floor. I mean, really, how can a child be so clumsy?

Ok. My parents are laughing so loudly in India after hearing me say this that I can hear them all the way here in Tas. SHE HAS YOUR GENES, RM, said my Amma before bursting into another laughter riot.

These parents, I tell ya!

Oh and R2, she is good at licking bowls of cake batter. She can even lick the spatula clean. So clean that I didn’t even realise it was unwashed till R told me, ‘Amma, I think you forgot to wash it. R2 has just finished licking it’.

R’s swim school teacher looked at R2 and told me ‘She looks like trouble but she is so cute that she can get away with anything’. Like I told R in the car the other day ‘The next person who calls R2 cute can just keep her’ She is definitely a riot! When I was complaining about her to mom, she very calmly said ‘Well, I think you had R2 only for you to realise what you were to me’.

See, these parents, I tell ya!

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