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Down with the sniffles | Weekly Snapshot

Hello fellow readers and bloggers! Sorry I'm late getting the post up this week. Life Since the last three days, my husband and I have been down with the sniffles, congestion, and occasionally fever as well. My husband took a test and thankfully it was negative. It doesn't make it feel any more bearable though - I spent much of yesterday sleeping - but today it looks like I'm on the bend. I just hope the kids don't catch it too. Not much of significance this week. The husband and I have been talking about investing in real estate for a while. We had been looking at properties for weeks and had put in offers for couple of them this past week. One of them didn't pan out but the other did. So we are pretty excited about starting this new chapter. Shopping for an investment property is such a complete different ballgame from buying a  house. For starters, it doesn't help to visualize living in the property simply because my needs could be different from those of a t

An interesting first week of 2022 | Weekly Snapshot

And just like that, we are through the first week of 2022. Did we make it this far?


Covid is just getting worse and worse again. I know some say it's not as severe as before so it's okay, but c'mon, Covid wasn't even our reality until two years ago, have we already given up on controlling it or wanting to not walk around expecting to possibly getting sick? Over the last two weeks, so many people that my husband or I know have tested positive. I have seen a lot of memes over the last week advising one to quarantine if they are not positive. Quite a reverse now. Anyways, we are trying to stay put as much as possible, masking when outside or near others. 

Monday morning, my daughter woke up in hives. We spent all morning trying to figure out what the cause could be - due to the rise in Covid cases, no appointments were available with her pediatrician that day so we finally elected to do a virtual urgent care at Cincinnati Children's. They suspected that the antibiotics she was taking (for a bad case of cough/fever before Christmas) may be the culprit. Apparently, around 8-10 days after starting amoxycillin, kids can develop a rash. Who knew. Anyways, they have finally cleared up now. Although she was physically okay otherwise, we chose to keep her home for couple of days because she was extremely and visibly spotty and red in the face.

Work was busy but not too bad, especially for a week right after two quiet work weeks. It did feel good to get into a routine though. I very much crave predictability.


Yesterday was mostly chores - I expect today will be similar. I have a few books to return to the library (all overdue but since the library stopped the practice of fines, I have always been a few days late in returning overdue books back). 


I'm still reading There There - it went slow in parts but it is picking up again. I expect to finish it by tonight. Last week, I read an article somewhere praising Amy Cuddy's Presence, so I quickly picked it up both on audio and ebook on Overdrive. I'm only two chapters in, but so far, it is very good. 

I was hoping to start The Fifth Season last week but that hasn't happened yet. Probably today or tomorrow after There There.


Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts - I was very unsure if I wanted to watch this feature. Long time readers here know than I am a big fan of the books and have reread them often and go gaga over anything Harry Potter. And then Rowling decided to spread transphobia. Around the same time, the child in me grew and I also realized that somewhere at the back of my mind, the lack of diversity in the HP books really did and do still bother me. All this to say that all my nostalgia and memories about Harry Potter are also somewhat clouded nowadays. Anyways, I heard enough good reviews about this feature (plus learned that Rowling was not invited) so I decided to watch it. I don't think I can ever compartmentalize the different distasteful aspects surrounding the books but I did still enjoy the feature a lot more than I expected to. Not only do the actors go back to those 10 years of their life, they did it in a way that I visited my own youth years and remembered my several milestones in Harry Potter age.

Don't Look Up movie - I talked about this more on Instagram - even though this movie was funny and satiric, I came out feeling extremely sad and discouraged. I'm still thinking about how humanity got to where it is right now. Highly recommend.

Boss Baby movie - Took me several years but I finally watched this movie during our family movie night. I really didn't like the boss baby in the trailer so was not initially eager to watch it.

Star Trek Prodigy - It's back! My daughter, more than anyone else, has been waiting for it to return after the mid-season break. It picks up right from where it stopped and we all enjoyed this week's episode.

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