“Alexa, what’s the time?”
“Alexa, set timer to 10 mins.”
“Alexa, what’s the weather today?”
“Alexa, what did the Celtics score in the game last night?”
And just like that Alexa has become an integral part of our morning hustle and bustle. The mornings are lighter and a little less frantic, thanks to Alexa, thanks to technology!
This concludes the daily gratitude posts for November. Thank you for being part of the journey.
Take out for dinner on a weeknight – thankful for the break!
Another thank you coming in the way of the renovation project.
One of the things that our house lacked prior to the renovation was closets and storage space. We didn’t have enough wardrobe space, so the clothes were spilling all over the bedroom. We didn’t have a closet where the kids could store their sports related stuff, as a result the living room doubled up as mud room. We couldn’t carve out a space for working, so the dining table conveniently became a catch all place for all of us to work.
This is not a bad situation to be in and one could argue that it builds character and presents an opportunity to embrace simple living. Except that in our household, it resulted in frustration, fiery glances and endless finger pointing. After many failed attempts to declutter and simplify, it became clear that we had to rethink our ways. The renovation project presented a golden opportunity.
Da and I spent hours designing our closets, home office, and mudroom. Initially, I felt like an impostor using the word design. “Us and design?” is what I thought to myself. But turns out that we and only we are the experts at knowing our needs and wants. Once we zeroed in on that, designing a space came naturally. Spending time with Da figuring out our needs, brainstorming ideas, browsing over pages of Pinterest images and Houzz articles, working around our constraints and ultimately committing the design to paper has definitely been one of my favorite parts of this initiative. It put the focus on the process rather than the end result.
I would not be surprised if we continue to go on with our careless ways even after the home improvement but I am immensely thankful for the hours spent working together with Da. It is one of the things that makes this house a home. Our home.
The main goal of the home renovation project is to add footprint. The secondary goal is to fix long neglected kinks in the house. While adding footprint is nice and great, what gladdens me the most is the repair jobs we did. We took down a diseased tree, we removed the broken gutter that had us scrambling for the trash can when it poured, we got the rotting flooring in our entrance fixed, and we took down the walls between rooms and made the area more open. These relatively small changes have relieved our day to day frustrations and enhanced the quality of our life several times over. My heartfelt gratitude!
Thank you Cee.
Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio? Since I don’t have a creative bone in my body, I wouldn’t know what to do with an art and craft studio. I like taking pictures but not sure if I like it enough to want to have a photography studio. But I love love reading nooks. That was one of my top wishes in our renovation project. We have several windows in our house now, I just need to find a way to make them into a reading nook.
Tell how you are feeling today in the form of a weather report. (For example, partly cloudy, sunny with a chance for showers, etc.) Partly sunny with intermittent clouds, temperature in mid 60s. The intermittent clouds is a reflection of the blues that recovering from a long weekend entails.
If you could witness or physically attend any event past, present or future, what would it be? I would have liked to be physically present for both my grandparents’ sadabhishekam (grandpas’ 80th b’day).
What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. Tim Ferris podcast Tribe of Mentors inspired me this past week. In particular, I liked the talk called Busy is a decision. The crux is if something is a priority, we would make the time for it. If we do not make time for it, it just means that it is not a priority.
Another Thanksgiving break has come to an end. This was an unusual one for us. Normally, we either have family or friends visiting us or we are out traveling. This time we just stayed home. I will admit, as someone who likes to take on more, it was hard slowing down and my restless mind was craving for something else. But the universe has a way of giving us what we need the most. And what we desperately needed was some decluttering and leisure, which I am glad we managed to get in plenty over the long weekend.
I have been listening to some great podcasts over the weekend. I listened to Eckhart Tolle and Shonda Rhimes. I listened to some tips on how to say NO. I also listened to how two little girls chose between girls and boys scouts. These talks brighten my day like no other. I am so very thankful that I get to enjoy the company of great thinkers at the click of a finger.
A Saturday without agendas, activities, and deadlines. Very thankful!