Now that we are half way mark of 2016, I thought I will write down about the half year that has gone by.
~Our own space
In May, we moved into our own apartment 2.5 years after booking it. There has been few issues through this journey, but the overall experience has been quite good. After all the builder completed the construction without much delay, which is a big thing these days in Bangalore. Continue reading
I don’t know if anyone of you have wondered where I disappeared in the past few weeks. The news is: I was busy setting up my new apartment about which I had written before. And here is my bookshelf.
The particular layout of the flat provided us with a foyer when we entered. This ensured a bit more privacy compared to other layouts, but we were left wondering how to make use of the much space left after the storage planned for shoes and bags.
Once we started our discussions with the interior designer, it was clear that the flat doesn’t have a lot of place for us to keep many bookshelves as we would like to have. Thus came the idea of making it in the foyer. So we have a shoe rack/storage and this bookshelf filling up our foyer and this is a good use of the space.
I am still wondering how to keep these precious books safe. I don’t mind borrowing books to like-minded book readers who will take good care of them and return it, but there will be people who will borrow them just because they saw them on the shelf and may never read them.
I am planning to start another blog to write the incidents/stories surrounding this book shelf :P My father still believes that most of these book belongs to his son-in-law and I didn’t bother to correct him :)
Wishing all of you a fantastic 2016!
I was too held up with work till yesterday morning that I was not sure if I will be able to spend any meaningful time with my family during this year end & the weekend. I achieved a major milestone today which meant I can afford to take a break during the weekend. The original plan was to work through the weekend to finish off few things by Monday morning.
About the year gone by, 2015 was a tough year in all terms, especially managing a demanding work schedule with two small children. There were days when I really wanted to call it quits and become a stay at home mom. On the other side there were also a lot of learning in terms of developing my skill set and it has boosted my confidence tremendously. Anyway I have emerged more confident and happier by the end of the year. The son has become a naughty toddler and the girl is a textbook case of ‘terrible three’. I wish them to grow up quickly and being more independent though I know I will wish the opposite in a few years.
Onto the subject of books: I read 29 books though I planned to read 50 books as per my Goodreads challenge. I will not put a separate post of about yet another time when I missed completing the challenge. Anyway I think I will keep the challenge to 35 books in 2016 to give more time to read those huge books that I had avoided for some years ( Hello Shantaram, Lord of Rings, The Three musketeers)
In 2016, I plan to gain some progress on my classic club reads. As of today, I have read 6/50 for the challenge, the highlight being The Brothers Karamazov. For all those who are in two minds about reading this masterpiece by Dostoyevsky, please don’t hesitate. Just start reading this one. You will not be disappointed.
The new kindle has changed the way I read. I love the ease it provides and I think I will be reading more kindle books in the coming years. I love physical books, but the physical convenience of a holding a kindle vs holding a big book wins me over me.
I am excited to start the new year by reading the third book in the Coromoran Strike series by J K Rowling. Have you read it ?
What are your book related plans for 2016? Do let me know !
Merry Christmas everyone!
I had decided early that I will not put up any Christmas tree or decoration this year. The reason is my 17 month old toddler who climbs places which we think impossible at his age. A decorated Christmas tree kept at any height would be too much of a temptation for him and I don’t want any untoward incidents when we are away at office.
I was not expecting any expensive gifts from the husband this year given that we are busy setting up our apartment. So I was shocked when he said he has ordered the kindle paperwhite for me. It arrived 3 weeks before my birthday and I was not at all sad that TH once again missed the idea of a birthday surprise. I have read books using it and has enjoyed the experience. Completing The Brothers Karamazov is my first priority and I have read around 90%; tremendous progress after I started reading on the kindle.
This is my cafe mango birthday cake from chef bakers at Bellandur. Since it is Christmas time, the cake came in a Christmas theme package :) We had a very quite Christmas and after the morning mass, we spent the day with my mother-in-law enjoying her vegetarian cooking ;) We had not kept the advent, so didn’t mind the lack of non-vegetarian food on Christmas day. It was my brother-in-law’s birthday on Christmas, so I ended up eating a lot of the cream cakes in the last few days.
This is the chicken salad that we had for lunch someday last week from Leon Grill, Indiranagar. This place is a tiny restaurant hidden in one of the by-lanes of Indiranagar and serves awesome burgers, rolls, salads etc. We got to eat some amazing food that day, but I am sure we will be going back for more!
Christmas 2015 is officially over for me and I have a hectic work schedule planned in the coming days. It is so sad that I have to work in this holiday season, but I hope to wind up a few things before new year so that I can celebrate it peacefully with my kids and family.