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The renovation finally | Weekly Snapshot

I've been having quite a few busy weekends and haven't been able to post often on Sundays.  Renovating I have dropped a teaser here a few times but here's the scoop finally - We are renovating a big chunk of our main level. We've been planning this for the past 6-7 months. It started as a kitchen renovation project but now includes flooring through the main floor and master bathroom. We will have the renovation crew start tomorrow and depending on when all the materials get in, it could be 1.5-3 months before they are done. I just hope the flooring is done quickly because then we can reclaim some of the main floor back. Not having a kitchen for 2-3 months is going to be very challenging but we've been promised a small work area on the main floor where we can cook early morning and later in the evening. But I'm thinking more about the little things - making coffee while I work, taking care of the day to day activities - the upstairs and the basement can be used b
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Library Finds | Notes from my Reading

Shortly after the total lockdown in the initial weeks of the pandemic, when libraries were considering reopening, the library I used to frequent decided to stay close for an unspecified duration longer. When they finally opened, they only did hold pickups by appointment. As relieved as I was to see them open, the challenge with their new model was that I didn't always manage to get an appointment slot that fit into my schedule. Around this time, I got a library card with the Cincinnati libraries where curbside pickup was available without appointment. Although the latter library was much farther from my home and I went there only during weekends, when I did go there, it was on my own schedule. At this point, both libraries are fully open but I still go to the Cincinnati one for the most part because I love their checkout policies - It's at least a week longer than my local one, they do not charge a fine for late items for up to 30 days, and, get this, they auto-renew my checkou

Reviving Reading Plans | Notes from my Reading

It's been ages since I've talked about reading seriously. I mean I do mention it now and then, here and there. But for the most part, it's been in the periphery of my mind as that thing I do when I have time (of which I had very little this summer). And to be honest, summer had nothing to do with how little reading I was doing. Life was simply busy. Work has been constantly morphing this year - my company had split at the beginning of this year and I am now part of a smaller company that is, in almost every aspect, a startup. My role has been changing as well, and with that came more responsibilities. I love it all but it does mean that I'm often not in the zone for reading at the end of the day. I want to say that things are more settled now but that wouldn't be true. Instead, I have now adapted to the new normalcy so I'm beginning to think about other things again. So if you've been wondering why I've been extra busy over the past few months, that'

Hello again | Weekly Snapshot

Hi there! Yep, it's me again. It's been a while... Life Sorry I know I've been neglecting this blog and your blogs a little. Last I posted was almost 4 weeks ago and since then it has continued to be as busy as always. Well, maybe that's not completely accurate. The truth is I haven't been reading much. My mornings are busy, my afternoons and early evenings too. And then when I could read, I've been exhausted and not looking for more brain stimulation, which means all those fiction and nonfiction tomes are put aside. Over the last month, my daughter has started first grade at her new school. She loves going in a school bus. Her bus timings however don't give me a long enough window to transition off work so I'm still figuring out the late afternoon routine. My son goes earlier to his preschool and comes home later so that helps a little.  I've also started going back to the gym recently with a friend. Our community center provides fitness classes in

Hello August, here we come | Weekly Snapshot

It's freaking August already! Of 2021.  Life I know how summer usually means a busy time for most people. It wasn't so much for me - my kids are still too little and we had some fun this summer but didn't brave outside a whole lot (maybe next year). And still, I am ready for summer to end. For one thing, stuff does slow down a little during rest of the year, and by stuff, I mean work mostly. And on the other hand, I'm ready for real school to start, so that I don't feel bad that my kids are wasting their brains, LOL.  I got to catchup with life this week and that means a great deal. There were a million things eating my brain all the time, distracting me from other things, so it was good to check off a bunch of things from my list. There's still more but for now, I'm in a good place (until it creeps up again of course).  This and next week, we are going to be busy with back-to-school stuff. Since my daughter is moving to the public school this year (first gr

The two week update | Weekly Snapshot

Oh yikes, this once-in-two-week blogging routine better not be a habit. I hope it's just an indication of how busy July can get with planning for a birthday and doing different summer things. Life The girl had her birthday party today with friends from school and she had a fun day! It was nice seeing the kids have fun outside of school and take over the bouncy event place like they knew every corner of it. I was grateful for everyone who were brave enough to come to a party despite recent rises in case count. Thankfully most or all of us were vaccinated so that made the decision-making easier. Now that the party is behind me, I have a ton of things to get back to. I am hoping for a quieter week ahead and a chance to catch up on a few things. Reading I honestly haven't read much in the last two weeks. Well, at least not prose. Instead, I've been reading Marvel Comics. Don't ask. So far, I've read Thor: Son of Asgard and Wolverine's Origin stories. Loved all of th

Meeting friends and planning a party | Weekly Snapshot

Hello, fellow readers and bloggers! Hope you've got a good book that you are lost in currently. Life This was a much needed slower week after weeks of the other kind. Work was busy until Wednesday and then it got quieter, so that helped me have the mental energy to do other things.  The girl's birthday is in 10 days (yes, both my daughter and I share the same birthday month) and we are planning a small party during the following weekend. Guess what theme she wants? Yes, princesses. I wish little girls aspired for more than most of the pink stuff that's paraded at them in the stores. Anyways, I'll be doing some planning for this and trying to pull it together.  There's been another big thing going on for the past couple of months. We've been meeting with a contractor to renovate our kitchen and do hardwood throughout the main floor. It's going to be somewhat massive of an undertaking but we are excited for the end result. We still have several finishes to dec