About a holiday well spent and some other plans

We are back from a short but lovely weekend trip to Ooty. We clubbed it along with a friend’s wedding at Tiruppur-about 100 kms from Ooty. It was quite a last minute decision to club the two trips and expectedly, as is the case with last minute bookings, the travel and accommodation booking was quite a crazy affair. Some things went in our favour, some didn’t. In hindsight, would have liked to change a few things; however the holiday mood and spirit was not to be dampened.

We stayed at a hotel named Sherlock managed by Little Earth group of hotels. A heritage villa turned into a hotel, the entire ambience was a visual treat and pleasure to stay. As the name suggests, it is named after the famous detective of the Arthur Conan Doyle novel- The Sherlock Holmes Series. The rooms are named after some popular thriller titles in the series- The Baskervilles, The Dancing Men, The Copper Beeches, The Three Gables and The Gloria Scott; the restaurant was called “Irene Adler- Holmes idea of a perfect woman”. Now, I am a big fan of this detective series novel and was thrilled with the idea of staying in such a setting; also the main reason to zero down on this hotel for our stay. (Only people who have read this novel can probably relate to this).

The three luxury rooms each had a balcony attached that overlooked a common, small, pretty and well-maintained lawn. The lush green trimmed grass, colourful shrubs of flowering plants of all kinds, tables and chairs arranged in cozy corners of the garden to sip your tea in the midst of nature — a perfect way to spend your weekend. Since we had visited Ooty in the recent past, we were not keen on sight seeing. It was a good decision for R since he is anyway not at an age to appreciate sight hopping. He enjoyed himself thoroughly; simply running, skipping and playing about in the garden.

It was a much needed break from the routine of waking up early, rushing through breakfast, cooking, lunch-packs, cleaning, tidying and clearing up a house which always seems to resemble a tornado wrecked one. For a change R decided to stick to hubby for all the entertainment leaving me to relax and enjoy my space. It was refreshing yet odd in a way. Refreshing, because I got to savour the rare “me” times that I have had ever since I became a mother. Odd, because R seemed to associate Appa with going out and Amma with being at home, hence choosing the former for outings while needing the latter at home. Toddlers seem to have this amazing sense of associating person with their respective occupation. Not a very comforting setting and I made a mental note to have this changed in the near future.

Talking of which I have been toying with the idea of working from home sometime soon. The idea has been there ever since R turned a year old but for some reasons or the other I have been chickening out. I am not able to put a finger to it but I have not been able to get going with checking off the to-do list before I begin my transition from SAHM to WFHM (work-from-home-mother).

R needs to be sent to a day-care for at least 4-5 hours:
This is a major move for me and R (maybe more for me). It would the first time since his birth that we would be apart for so long in a day. I know this has to be done sooner than later yet I wonder if it is too soon and how he (or me?) will cope.

I need to learn to drive:
I had learnt to drive in 2007 but never spent time behind the wheel ever since hence I am as good as a fresh learner. I was never scared of the roads. I used to ride a two-wheeler prior to my marriage but post-marriage I haven’t even taken a cycle on the roads and now the thought of driving on Bangalore roads is making me somewhat jittery.

I need to brush up on my technical skills before bringing my resume to life: My career graph has been through many short and long breaks, so this is not so much of a nagging issue.

I will have to re-establish my networking skills to be able to get steady flow of work:
Of this part I am fairly confident since I am not completely out-of touch with my old workmates.

Well, what needs to be done, needs to be done. Hoping to shrug off the inertia soon and get going.


  1. hey Uma.. don't know why I had this feeling that you live in Chennai! Great to hear you're a fellow Bangalorean too. Don't worry about the traffic - it only keeps getting worse so now's the best time to start :).

    Nice description of your vacation.. I'm wishing i'd kept a diary - so many things to write about! But atleast I have lots of photos so will try to reconstruct soon!

    All the best for figuring out the WFH scenario - I'm sure you'll transition into it smoothly :)

  2. Aparna: thank you! The major work is to get rid of the inertia..the rest I guess becomes easier..well..easier said than done..thanks for the wishes..I need it..

  3. Good you had a nice vacation. Very smart of the little one to associate outdoor life with dad and indoors with mom:) Kids are wired differently I guess! Btw, the same Little Earth group has a resort a little off main Ooty and we'd been there on a team trip- Destiny Farmstay. These people do have a 'style':)

  4. Vidya: welcome here! I had read your post at the time you posted it, only did not comment..:-)
    Next time it will be Destiny farmstay!

  5. Hey Uma
    U won't believe this but yesterday I read this post (I'm sorry I've been an irregular reader) and tried commenting twice...some technical snag...it didn't allow me to leave the comment. (I even looked for ur email ID on the blog and couldn't find it!)
    And what had i written? "Enjoy the me time"!!!! I guess we're all going to be telling each other that :-) Your vacation spot looks so beautiful I want to pack off to Ooty right now.
    All the best on the work front. It's always difficult when you want to get back or start a new venture with a kid clutching at your waist, but they very soon let go...so no harm in venturing out on your own. Cheers

  6. Forever mother: hey so good to see you here..oh..these technical snags..
    wow about you writing the same thing..:-) yes..pack off right away!
    and many thanks for the wishes..do need them badly...

  7. Hi Uma, Just been catching up with all your older posts, and enjoying them too. Looks like u had a lovely break at Ooty. All the best for your WFH initiative. You have made a to-do list already and that's a good step forward. Let us know how it's all going! I am kinda in the same position myself, have to start networking and look for WFH options.

  8. Aparna: thanks for reading! it's one down on the to-do list. I've done my refresher course in driving but i need practice on the roads (lots of it)..:-) all the best to you too...

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