Monday, November 28, 2016

Reinvention of a blog

Blogging before and after a baby is different for me. Before, I desperately needed to share the struggle of infertility, and my journey was definitely high on its ups and downs and unexpected turns.

And though a part of me wants to blog regularly about parenting, and god knows, I could find things to say if I put my tired mind to it, it is not a direction I will go in. The thing I AM passionate about sharing is the small ways I find to make life with a child easier, mostly through practical troubleshooting and finding the right products/tweaks to make life as streamlined as possible. So that is the direction this blog will go in, with the rare post on just our lives.

Today, because it is on crazy sale for 68$ (usually retails at  a 100$+), I wanted to talk about the Instant Pot. There are entire internet forums dedicated to this kitchen gadget, and Facebook groups of over 100,000 members dedicated it discussing cooking with it, from general cooking to Indian cooking to vegan cooking.

There is a reason for this: this pot is simply the most time saving, versatile cooking gadget you could think of. Cooking gets simpler, faster, and almost no babying/standing by - you literally can toss ingredients into this, walk away, and come back to a fully cooked delicious meal anywhere between 10 mins to an hour later.

What makes this awesome?
  • A sautee mode, combined with the ability to sequentially program slow cooking (which crockpots have) AND pressure cooking, so you can select the perfect time cooking whatever ingredient, be it pork, beef, chicken, rice, or lentils.
  • Ability to make yogurt at home
  • A stainless steel inner pot, so you step away from non-stick: so one pot meals, and the pot is dishwasher safe
  • A HUGE, and I mean HUGE community to teach you how to use this: Given its versatility,people use it for making everything: from stews to soups to braised meats, to indian curries to hard boiled eggs to cheesecake, or even make your own vanilla extract at home.
I cannot tell you how easy it has made my own life. Check out the groups, and see if this is right for you!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Still here!

Wow. I cannot believe it has been over 6 months since my last post.  The parenting-related virtual activity for lack of a better descriptor, is still very much ongoing. It is just that medium has shifted from blogging to Facebook groups.

But I still love this space. It is what really helped me keep it together, in the time it took to my baby. I met a mom the other day, and she told me she named her baby the indian equivalent of "victory," because it took her six years to make him. I looked at Gauri, and calculated that it took me 4 years to get to her, and I was staggered because I had forgotten. If you have the kind of psyche that I have, you put past hurts away and forget about them. But that time existed, and you guys were really here for me.

And it has been TWO whole years since I had Gauri!She is growing up to be a tall, tall skinny toddler with rockstar curls that I am not allowed to comb, who gazes lovingly at cookies as she eats them with great concentration (thankfully, oven-roasted broccoli is also devoured with the same devotion), gives random strangers bear hugs, drives her mama nuts by grabbing the toilet brush and waving it around like a sword, and is so, so eager to learn and show off what she knows. She is an incredibly affectionate, sweet, smart child, but there is a healthy dose of the tart to balance the sweet: she is strong-willed with a temper too, and there have been times where I felt like a limp rag after dealing with her meltdowns...thankfully those times are not too frequent.

My next big question is where I will end up in the long run: my job is a wonderful one where I can work remotely from anywhere in the US after a year or two, and a HUGE question is figuring out where I should go. CT, which is where I am now, is not a great long term option.

In addition to great public schools, affordable housing, warm weather, mindset I can relate to, etc, I would also like to find a place that has plenty of other single parent families (I would LIKE the opportunity to date in the future, even if that seems akin to planning a trip to Mars at the present), and that already has friends/family close (this last one is important, I moved to CT having no friends/family in the area, and that sucked). Hitting all these notes is an incredibly tall order, and none of my options fulfills everything on my list. Right now, I am looking hard at Austin, Texas. Feel free to add your inputs about this city, if you have any!