Monday, August 25, 2014

Catching a breath...

A street corner in Italy
Just came back from a whirlwind trip to Italy and India. As excited as I was to get away, I am happy to be back to the lulling comfort of a routine. I loved the exotic and I’m ready to the same old… for some time to come at least.
Vishnu Dashavtar 
I’ll share my travel stories in upcoming posts and I am really excited about them since I delegated some of them to DH (darling husband). We spent a week in Rome and Tuscany and then about 3 weeks in the northern part of India. I had the opportunity to see some wonderful architecture, meet some artisans and of course spend time with family. And as I said more on that coming soon

German farmland from air
Taking a break from the routine is a wonderful reset button that re-programs the established patterns and invigorates you. After the trip, the ideas are just pouring in and I am trying to find ways to prioritize yet not get overwhelmed and cocooned into procrastination.
A street corner in Lucknow, India
Just started reading the book ‘Manage your day to day’ on the instagram recommendation of Kelly Rae. I am always inspired by her empowering art work and hope that this book has some pointers for me to pursue an artist career while also working full time as an engineer in my day-job. I have been at it for quite some time but looking to some sustainable routines that can evolve overtime.
Imarti, one of our favorite sweet from India

An ornate door from India


Monday, June 16, 2014

And the ground underneath....

I was trying to reorganize my blog posts and came to a stark realization; I am obsessed with feet and the ground underneath them… So just for fun I compiled a ‘few’ of my feet (naked or otherwise adorned) pictures that I have posted in the recent times.
 
Care to share your thoughts, about your obsession and how social media plays a role in pointing out the obvious.   Please leave a comment, I am looking for some food for thought and trying to find stimulation that will bring blogging back to my top priority…

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Be Yourself...

Have you ever tried to blend in? If so, you already know that it's difficult because as necessary as it is for an individual to belong, we all want to be known and remembered; and mostly importantly we want to matter. It is a struggle for many people in all walks of like but being an expat, it becomes extremely important. We, as wanderlust, an expat, sacrifice a lot to be able to extend ourselves into the hands of an upcoming opportunity while moving away from our country of birth but anonymity is not the price we are willing to pay. We’d still want to belong wherever we go, and whatever we do.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Missing in action...

I'm sorry for my prolonged absence from the blogging world.

This January, I got an opportunity to join the legislature as a technical liaison so I am working long and odd hours to keep up with the steep learning curve and the committee meetings and deadlines. This was a huge learning opportunity and it took a lot of effort specially from my family to make it work.
And as it happens while coping with change, the priorities shifted dramatically and I had to roll with them to make sure I make the most out of the 24 hours a day that I got.

So, that's the background story for my absence and I'd be putting too much pressure on myself and potential disappointments if I promised to be more regular at blogging from now on; blogging is still important to me but again its a hobby and family and career take precedence.
But I don't want to give up on the connection that we have, it is very important for me. Most of my readers as I know them are connected to me via an alternate path, be it social media, regular emails, running into hallways or meeting at gym (which is another priority that has taken a toll), so you knew that I was alive and busy. I guess there might be some readers that I am not able to keep in touch if I stop updating post, so I'll need to find alternatives.

If you have followed the instagram feed (in the blog side links) you must already have seen the pictures from the capitol building and from other activities. To extend the social media connection besides instagram, I will start posting on my 'Craftiste' Facebook page more often with projects in progress that are taking too long to develop into posts. But if you miss me shoot me an email :-)

While I was away the life was still moving full swing, sharing a few glimpses with you and each of these glimpse need a post of their own and that should be coming right up but its always tough to write that coming back to life post… Anyways, without further ado

My girls had their spring music recital at a local church, love the beautiful organ that makes a wonderful backdrop. What a functional piece of art...

 We travelled to Zion National Park. Stayed at the Park Lodge and hiked extensively on relatively easier trails.


We hiked the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden at the Grand Canyon


We celebrated holi with colors from my makeup kit. 


The bird feeders were topped again to welcome the birds back, we spotted a few robins and blue birds in the yard.

The snow melted, well almost but not quite. Although there is a blizzard (not the dairy queen type) in the forecast.


I hosted the book club discussion (Wild by Cheryl Strayed).


Besides that I did spend a few evenings at work, missed out on having dinner with kids a couple of times, completely fell off my workout routine at home and haven't found time for gym either, made a few mistakes, learned a lot… and realized that I am human.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Whole wheat Spaghetti Noodles

The food for this week's recipe post is created by my friend Brenda, a fellow foodie. 
Brenda had us over for dinner one evening where we made our own whole wheat pasta. It was a lot of fun. She followed the recipe as posted by 'the pioneer woman' but to make it healthy she chose to use whole wheat flour.  

1 cup flour with 2 eggs

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope you had a good one!
It helps when special days come on Fridays or on weekends, it makes it easier to take a pause with much dire consequences…





Monday, February 10, 2014

From my studio this week...

Sorry about missing my usual Monday post about the weekend crafting. This weekend was very unusual where we were fighting bugs and recuperating as a family while still doing the required activities like piano recitals and attending birthday parties.
Needless to say, there was very little time to be spent in the studio but I do have some creative projects to share.

We made a tie blanket for a little girl who love Pooh bears and it's process was low key enough that my girls could help while we all told silly jokes and giggled.


Earlier in the week, I finished making my crocheted waves blanket. It was the same pattern as the doll's pink and white blanket that I had made but bigger and made with blue ombre colors- started with navy blue and graduated to light blue, sky blue and then white. Just used 1 pound of each… I like the final effect.

Besides making things, I am thoroughly enjoying deconstructing as well. Ever since I discovered the joys of up cycling, I am collecting buttons and zips and frills and flat quarters wondering how to put them to effective use.