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A quick review

So, we are fast approaching the mid of August. Three-quarters of the year have flown by. The days are passing by so fast that I wonder if the earth is rotating in double its speed. I'd worry earlier about the end of a weekend with the Monday blues catching up with me on Sunday morning itself, but am no longer mopping at the end of a weekend. I've begun to realize that the week is also passing by in a super-sonic speed just as the weekends do. Before I realize it is Monday, it is Wednesday and then Friday!!! Part of the reason could be that now R goes to school and I look forward to the time I get in the mornings, so weekdays are good too :-)

I had planned a half-yearly review for myself this year, for this was the first time in my life that I had formally announced and drafted a to-do-list for this year. But June and July disappeared before I realized and so here I am at almost mid-August to take a look at how I scored. I am extremely thrilled to note that I haven't done bad at all. I have managed to cross out all but one of the five major tasks that I had planned to complete.

I had been ruminating over sending R to a playschool ever since he crossed 1 year and 8 months of age. It was around this time that his hyper-active nature was at its peak, with him climbing every space and pulling out things from every reachable shelf. I was going nuts and thought that some time away at a playschool would be the best option. However, somehow, the time just went by in just contemplation and we never got around to walk the talk.
I was always fascinated with the Montessori kind of schooling and wanted one for R too. Since R was past the age of 2 at the beginning of this year, to find the right playschool was our top priority. The first three months went in scouring the neighbourhood for a good playschool for R and resulted in a chance discovery of a Montessori near our home. We were delighted to see that it had all the qualities that I was looking for and quickly took the decision of enrolling R there.

This year proved lucky as it heralded the end of the woe most mothers face en-route to getting their little ones on the road to independence. My horror experience in getting R toilet trained culminated into a part success soon after year began. He achieved the milestone of getting potty trained sooner than I expected. The su-su part took longer to reach and while the lapses occur even now, especially at school, I'd say that R is almost trained for at least the time spent indoors, not considering the night time of course. The diapers are still used for outdoor and night time.  But that is not worrying me as of now. These will also be dealt with in time.

My long standing wish to travel abroad also came to be fulfilled this year when we planned our trip to Sri Lanka to celebrate five years of married life. I had great time planning the trip and travelling to our beautiful neighbourhood. If you missed reading the travelogue, you can catch up with it here.

Starting work part-time has been on my agenda for quite some time now and regretfully not yet crossed out. I do get a lot more "me" time after R began school, so, in my defense, I'd say, I did use it to scrape off the rust that had accumulated on the skills I hope to put to use now, to be monetarily productive. But, I need to reach out to more people and widen the network. Here's where I seemed to have slowed down. Hope to pull up the socks and buckle up before the year ends, so that I can boast of a full-marks score card.

All in all, I am pretty happy with my progress. This year has been good so far in terms of my blogging experience too. I enjoy putting down my thoughts and makes me even happier when my writings are well-received. The icing on the cake is meeting people who you connect with in the blogging world in the real world. I met my two of my blogger friends a few months ago and we had a great time. Looking forward to such meets in future.

So, how has this year been so far for all you guys?

Comments

  1. Wah! thats super na...

    about the last point of getting back to work, you will get there soon enough..once you get there, it will be crazy..so enjoy the time :)

    R is such a sweetie na :)

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    1. Actually, am looking at work-from-home option, so I'll be spared of the travel. However I know, it will be tough even then.
      I am worried that am already enjoying and not putting the effort needed to start work ;-) :-0
      thanks a lot, RM! :-)

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  2. Wow Uma...Feel Good post there....Good Luck with the part time job ....

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  3. All the best I will say for everything ..

    my year as always has been fantabulous, I think end of the day its up to us how we make it .. if one can smile thorugh bad times too then there are never any bad times ..

    God bless little "R" :)

    Bikram's

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    1. Lovely attitude there, Bikram..at the end of the day, it is up to us how we make the day..how true!
      thanks a lot, Bikram! :-)

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  4. So sweet.... Little R seems to be all geared up for school and have a new chapter in this life leaving Momma dearest with loads of time on hand :D

    Loved your review....feel-good post indeed!!

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    1. haha..I won't call it loads of time, Me..but yes whatever time I get is nice :-)
      thanks, Me! :-)

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  5. Hey, that's really good going Uma!!! Very glad...u have systematically crossed off so many items.
    You have not mentioned the driving part?
    All the best for the work-from-home exercise as well...I am sure u will find something if u move as purposefully as u have done so far this year :)

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    1. well, I don't think the credit is entirely mine. I did luck out on most things :-) Driving yes, I've been conscious to keep in touch with the gears and clutch. I am still uneasy to drive in full-traffic but I am also improving :-D
      Thanks, Aparna..:-)

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  6. A big Yay to you, Uma!

    Coincidence or not, even I made a list and things on that are actually coming true :-) Mine is more of a dream list and the best part once I put it down, things seem to happening !
    As for meets, I am game any time ;-)

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    1. A big yay to you too, Bindu!!!
      How nice that the dream list is working for you..we must list down more dream lists I guess..hmm..time to list that trip to Switzerland...:-)
      Would love to meet you too..if you are coming this side, do not forget to mail me :-)

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  7. Wow superb!!
    Nothing can replace the satisfaction of striking off an item in a to do list .. And for a list containing mammoth task like yours, ticking off items must've given nothing short of exhilaration :)
    Great Going !! Good luck for the uncrossed item too :)

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    1. True, Aarthy..am glad things worked out..thanks so much for the good wishes :-)

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  8. It is great, Uma that your New Year resolutions or TO DO list passed the litmus test:) Hope you see many more successes and fulfillment of your goals in the remaining year!

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    1. thank you so much for the wishes, Rahulji!

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  9. Well done Uma!! Very few people manage to fulfill their new year resolutions!! Regarding your question.. well.. i hadn't set any such goals for myself.. so i don't know how to mark myself.. :D

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    1. thanks, Radhika! I never made any resolutions so far..so just feels good to have crossed out the check-list :-)
      good for you, the year has been nevertheless great then :-)

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  10. Superb. It is not easy sticking to the resolutions and working towards them so kudos :) Well no goals for me that are too stand out.

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    1. thanks, Jas! well, luck was on my side I guess :-)

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  11. Oh god, I haven't planned a single thing this yr..all I dreamt was my sister getting married and me going to India. I did both of them...:) though my daughter was ready to be potty trained before she turned 2, i postponed it till she turned 3, bcos then i would go to India and my mom will take care of it....see what an escapist I am....: p good luck with the job.

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    1. lol on postponing the potty training part..it sure was a pain in the ***. See, you did fulfill both your dreams, that's all matters, I say :-)

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  12. Nice to know you ticked some things off your list. School was on my list too and that's going so well. Feels good, right?
    You got to meet 2 bloggers? So cool. That's an experience, I'm so looking forward too. :)

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    1. school sure feels good :-)
      would love to meet many more bloggers..we should plan one I guess, what say?

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  13. Great going Uma! And if you had one on writing superlative blog posts, you could also cross that one out:)
    All the best to you for the last thing on your list - you have almost a half year to accomplish that!

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    1. aww Vibha, you are being so generous with your compliments..:-)
      thanks for the wishes..hopeful to cross out the remaining one.

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