August was a whirlwind month for me. More ups than downs, I would say. And that is always such a lovely thing. Here is how the month transpired:
An outing with friends: In the start of August, we did a roadtrip to Kabini with 5 families. It was so much fun spending time together in the lush environs of Kabini. From the beautiful scenic boat ride to playing and eating together, these are the kind of trips that really rejuvenate us and make us feel alive.
Husband’s birthday: This time we did a staycation at Taj Vivanta. Just a day to get away and have fun. That Coco was welcome to join us was the icing on the cake for us. A special word to Taj Vivanta staff who took great care of him and really hosted us well. We also visited Iskcon Temple in the evening to seek blessings of Lord Krishna. The Temple was not too crowded in the evening and we could sit and enjoy the tranquility in peace. As we sat for the aarti, it started pouring, the ambience was quite something. We ate piping hot khichdi (Prasad) and then walked in the rain to have dinner at Higher Taste, the high-end satvic restaurant at Iskcon. If you want some delectable vegetarian fare, you must visit here. The food is quite delicious and there is a good variety of dishes from all over India here. Overall, it was a good outing with family.
Cousin’s wedding: There was a wedding in the family as G’s cousin got married. Meeting with extended family only happens on such occasions as also dressing in heavy silks. The commute to and fro was a pain as always.
Health: August was a month that saw heavy rains lash Bangalore almost throughout the month. Sometimes, there was no sun for days and I absolutely hate that. It caused niggles like allergies, cold and cough. I also had a terrible time with sleep and headaches. Have started a supplement in the last week of August and luckily the sleep cycles have been on a mend.
Fitness: Been running regularly this month and also doing strength training whenever possible. I am really enjoying my runs in the green environs. We have also been working with Coco’s fitness who enthusiastically looks forward to the evening runs though he runs out of steam in about 4 kms. J Oh and the kids also run/walk with us. So, it has become a family vocation now.
Work: Work is going well and keeps me sane. I am starting a new project and am looking forward to that. I really enjoy my current projects and all the brand associations that I do. And guess what, I started doing a couple of courses. Always happy to update knowledge.
Children: The kids keep my life interesting. Elder son is up to his neck with studies and CCAs. We had 2 PTAs this month and both were good. Both the kids got positive feedback from their teachers. The younger son is reading more and is also studying more.
Leisure: I have 3 books with me now that I’ve been reading rather slowly. Hopefully, will finish them in September. The kids also have been reading a fair bit. Both the library membership and school library help. I have taken on big time to watching series on Amazon/Hotstar. Managed to finally complete The Mentalist. Took a smallish break before I started watching Castle just a few days back. So many series to watch and so little time. J Been not too active on social media as other activities keep me occupied.
Produce: Our avocado tree has given a bountiful harvest this season. Large avocados have given us a constant supply of guacamole, smoothies and salads. With very heavy rains and pest issues, the produce from the roof top garden has been hit though we are still getting a good supply of bhindi, beans, brinjal and chillies.
Festival: The festival season is upon us. We recently sought the benign Lord, Ganesha’s blessings and now look forward to Dasshera and Diwali. Rakhi was joyful as it is every year. I also ended up making some festive fare like pooris,halwa, chane etc. But, mostly I try to get back to healthy eating quickly. 🙂 Even if I don’t bring Ganesh home, just the festive spirit brings a cheer to all of us.
Lastly, I’ve nominated both my blogs, Food channel and the corporate blog I edit, Money View blog for the IBA 2017. Indiblogger Awards are special, as I won my first award IBA2013 in the Relationships category. If you like what I write, do share your comment at the links: Rachna says, Rachna cooks, Food channel and MV blog . Thanks a lot.
Overall, I am grateful for how the month went by. I am grateful for my wonderful family, colleagues, clients and friends for enriching my life and bringing me joy.
September seems like a promising month with two special birthdays coming up in the family and a short trip planned. How did August treat you?
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