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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

Six months! | Five on Friday

  1. #Snomaggeddon! We were snowed in last weekend. I was working from home on Friday - well, working as well as I could with a feisty six month old who didn't nap as much or as long as her mom would like her to. But snow days have their own charm too even if all I like to do is stare at the snow. For all that long weekend fun, I came down with something on Sunday that shut me down for two days. So I was out on Monday as well trying to recuperate.

  2. Shreya turned six months last week! I had been waiting for this milestone from the day she was born. I knew she was going to be more interactive by then (she did start being more feisty at the four month point itself actually). Besides, the six month point was when I wanted to start her on solids (which is going shakily, btw). Now that six months is here, I do feel emotional knowing that another few months and she is going to be one year old!

  3. Two weeks back, our baby's nanny quit, with no notice and after taking an advance pay. After much hunting, we found and hired a new nanny this past week. She is amazing! She brings her one-year old along too and takes wonderful care of both of them. With the previous nanny, I had to give her multiple instructions and suggestions frequently. I haven't once had to tell the new lady anything, other than to point her to the resources. This has been wonderful - I have finally been able to head to work without worrying about Shreya. As hard and trying as it was when the previous sitter quit, I am glad now that she did or we may not have found this amazing person. Which means, I need to resist from getting super-anxious when the crap hits the fan and try to be more willing to accept that the change might be a good thing. (The problem is, sometimes it can be bad too.)

  4. I'm reading. Barely though. Just making it through. Still, I like to say that I am reading every day, even if just a few pages. Right now, I am racing through Sylvain Neuvel's Sleeping Giants. It's a fun book and a quick one too - both of which I sorely need right now. I did finish Girl Waits With Gun last week and loved it! But Train to Pakistan is not moving much, if only because I can barely find the time to hold a paperback and read it.

  5. This week, you guys! It has been intense! I've had to work extra every day and once home mostly watch Shreya then head to sleep. I was beat. I could certainly use this weekend to recover, unless I end up bringing some of my work home, which I hope not. I have also not been on top of myself for weeks now, which is definitely a sign of doing too much, so I need to try and cut down some - I just don't know where to start yet.