I was AVKPO by Friday 8am. 7am was my last VP review for the week. I was wired up and got a lot of work done after that too though. We went out for lunch with colleagues, followed by ice cream and 85deg bakery. Then I left to friend’s office to get Deepavali bakshanam. Yummy in my tummy.
We were at a Diwali party on Saturday. I was actually kinda bored to go to it. Another Diwali invite came at the same time, later, and I couldn’t switch. I think we are selfish. Second party would have been fun for us with our friends and dotter would not have friends her age to play with. But I gave my word so I we went for the first one where dotter had friends her age to play with.
We gobbled the yummy idli and sambhar made by a friend among other food. You cannot take the South Indian out of me even if I have managed to stay away from Saravana Bhavan every weekend.
We went to the Temple and a shop to buy some parathas and samosas for the party, and then to the party. Dotter was tired because she had stayed up late the previous night watching Sarkar. That is a long story on its own, with DH wanting to play cricket and finally couldn’t due to the park closure due to poor air quality. We ended up at the theaters instead of usual Friday friends hangout.
So anyway, we ate and discussed Sarkar and 96. How can someone not like 96, two women didn’t. Surprisingly the men including K did, and we almost ragged them. It was fun.
We decided not to burst crackers what with all the fires around us.
we played Anthakshari! For like 15 minutes with friends Father stealing the show with oldies. Then kiddos wanted to play Telephone. One kid dotters age said ‘ I will marry someone’ !!! Dad said pinjulaye pazhuthachu. And it came out of the telephone as ‘I will marry you’ oops.
Dotter was quiet in the beginning, sleepy and ready to go home. Then friend wanted to have a talent show for the kids and I was like duh just let the kids be, play by themselves. But other kids were excited and actually came up and sang some songs, Tamil school songs, etc etc. JSK didn’t go when called. I knew she wouldn’t. Stand in front of Parents and do something? No way!
And then she surprised us. Since all the kids her age were standing there doing stuff. It even got to the level of singing ‘ Happy Birthday’. The quality of the program was way down now. JSK gathered some courage to get up. Oh wow. I pretended not to notice. She waited for her turn. And when she got everyone’s attention she went ‘A B C D..’
Everyone started laughing. Someone said ‘ she has the same nakkal as you’ Nakkal and me? That’s all DH! 😂
After that we couldn’t hold her down. She was all pumped up. Could be the sweets and cakes. They moved on to jokes. Dotter let out a bunch making everyone laugh. She had the right company of kids.
And when it was time to leave dotter was so wound up she didn’t want to leave. But she promptly fell asleep in the car.
Sunday was another birthday party for a two year old. I was kinda bored there too. We only knew the parents. To pass time I took control of the camera. I am reading up on some photography for our trip. I played around. Dotter was one of the oldest in the party. But she had fun playing with the balloons nevertheless.
I heard the usual two year old problems. Been there done that. Ate yummy biriyani. Came home and had a nice family nap caught up with sleep. DH and dotter went swimming while I lazed around in the house doing some prepping for the trip.
JSK has formed a club with the three of us. Terrifying terrific three. Or the 3Ts. We went under her bunk bed for our secret meetings even though there are only three the of us in the house.😂
Over all a belly full weekend. Regular lazy weekends continue. I hope I don’t have to work more weekends! I don’t want to. Was talking to a friend. I have my priorities in order. 1. Health 2. Family 3. Work.
If I can be successful at work without sacrificing the first two, I don’t mind it. And it comes down to giving my best between 9 and 5 or 7 and 3 or whatever on week days. I need my 7 hours of sleep. I need my weekends. The saving Grace add I worked last weekend was that I will be back to lazy ones soon. Even an hour sleep lost brings down my productivity. I need to hit the gym regularly. Not for weight loss but to keep my energy levels up. Nobody is going to care at work if something happens to me. I am replaceable. I am not in my family.
Yes I would like to be a VP someday but not by sacrificing my other priorities. It just doesn’t add up right.
I was talking to my dad and he said the same. Don’t need more money. We have enough. Take care of health which means no stress. Stress kills me as it does my dad. Daddy is depressed I think. I see his point. Thatha is not doing well. He is like me, need to consciously take efforts to find humor and joy in life.
Anyhoo. Happy Monday!