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A State of Flux

May 5, 2010

I’ve been in a weird state of mind these days.  For some reason things that normally drive me nuts don’t seem to be pushing me over the edge.  I’ve been letting dishes pile up in the sink, shoes collect at the door, and I didn’t even freak out yesterday when Maya and her little friend trailed cookie crumbs all over the clean hardwood floor.  (I haven’t gone completely nuts though, as I did pick up every crumb.)

In addition to letting the house turn into a disaster area, I’ve been spending less time on working and more time with Maya. 

We’ve been addressing her math skills.  Or lack thereof.

As you can see we have a long way to go.  I may just need to quit my job and focus solely on getting her to write the number “6” instead of a backwards “9.”

We’ve been mastering her use of the rolling-pin.

We cooked up a batch of calzones that were enjoyed by Ali, Maya, and my father-in-law.  Talk about hitting a home run.

We’ve been dressing up in our fanciest tutus and high heels to enjoy some hot chocolate at Kelly’s Fudge:

Things actually didn’t end so well after our hot chocolate venture…Maya made one too many complaints, threw in a “NO!” and a stomped foot, and consequently wasn’t allowed to watch TV afterwards. 

You win some, you lose some.

And now, for the first time ever (bad Boat Room Mom), I am off to volunteer at Maya’s school as a part of Mother’s Day week.  I have 20 minutes to teach 25 kids a little bit about India. 

I have a book to read, flags to color, and samosas to eat.  Hopefully they won’t notice the samosas are a tiny bit burned and that I have no clue what I’m doing.  But before I go make a fool of myself I must mention that there may be something in the air here at the Din house because even Ali has been in a state of flux.  For the first time ever he purchased these:

Needless to say he didn’t get a single number on either ticket.  Not one.   He probably shouldn’t quit his day job any time soon.

35 Comments leave one →
  1. May 5, 2010 2:28 pm

    awe too bad u didnt win! wouldnt that have been nice- uhh YEA! i love that ur gonna teach the other children about India!! Maya must be so proud to have you there and show her mama off to her classmates 🙂

  2. actorsdiet permalink
    May 5, 2010 3:55 pm

    sounds like you’re still in vacay mode!!!

  3. May 5, 2010 6:25 pm

    Sounds like things have been a little crazy in the Din household! It’s always annoying having to get back into the swing of things after being gone for awhile, although I’ll bet Maya appreciates all the attention! I love how you and Maya are adding heart and stars – that’s the kind of math lesson I want 🙂 I used to drive my sister nuts because I would mix up my p’s and q’s, so instead of “quizzes” I would write “puizzes” (?)

  4. May 5, 2010 6:45 pm

    sooooo your title included the term “flux” and my over-physics-ified brain totally freaked out hahah!

    bummer you didn’t win but you gotta be in it to win it and that’s more than i can say 🙂

  5. May 5, 2010 7:06 pm

    During the week things always pile up around here–then I go NUTS as soon as Friday hits and go on a cleaning spree. Hubby would argue a nagging spree ensues as well. He MAY be right 😉

    She’s such a sweet girl. I think she’s about the same age as most of my piano students. I wish I would’ve been there to learn about India!! We want to travel there someday 🙂

  6. May 5, 2010 7:47 pm

    Glad that you are surviving the post-vacation blues. There was actually an article in the NYTimes about how vacations don’t actually make you feel ‘relaxed’. Or trips don’t. I guess a “vacation” is a whole ‘nother thing.
    I think it’s great when you realize that things that would normally tweak you out don’t anymore or just don’t at the moment. It’s a great place to be, mentally, so enjoy!

  7. May 5, 2010 8:03 pm

    She looks so cute in her tutu!!

    I love those days when things just don’t bother me as much. I needed medication for this state of mind, so kudos to you 😉

    I love the India lesson. Very fun. Maya is lucky to have such a cool mom. Tell her that when she’s 13.

  8. May 5, 2010 9:01 pm

    isn’t it great to just let loose sometimes? but then i always feel if i get too generous my kiddies will start taking advantage of it so i totally understand why some moms (mostly meaning me)are so uptight sometimes.
    good for you for volunteering at Maya’s school. I’m sure she must’ve had a great time showing off her beautiful Mom to her classmates. Oh and good job to Maya with the math work.

  9. May 5, 2010 9:02 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who lets their daughter wear dress up clothes in public!

  10. May 5, 2010 9:44 pm

    it’s the post vacation syndrome. hehehe… but it’s great that you’re spending more time with Maya. I guess that can be considered the reward. have fun with you presentation of India. I’m sure you’ll do fine. 🙂

  11. nadia permalink
    May 5, 2010 10:39 pm

    omg meena need to comment on each pic here….classic w ali and the lotto tix, what??? and lil maya janu is the cutest in her fancy tu-tu, soooo glad she loves it!! and i’m telling you, we need to get maya and shani together w the math thing and i know they will inspire each other…she can def teach him a thing or two about her street smarts;) and love the indian theme, particularly story of lil babaji…i have yet to figure out the ending to that book…but great way to introduce culture to the class,i’m sure the samosas were a huge hit!!

  12. May 6, 2010 12:13 am

    Confession: I didn’t really learn long division until 8th grade. I sort of “faked my way” through it in elementary school, because I was one of those dumb little kids who refused to ask for help. So I sympathize with Maya!

    It’s great you get to teach kids a little about India. Those little presentations were always my favorite part of elementary school!

  13. May 6, 2010 2:04 am

    Okay, firstly, Maya looks adorable in that tutu!
    Secondly, way to go! you’re gonna talk to kids about India?! hope you’re the best!
    Finally, those samosas look yummy, burnt corner or not…I’d eat them!

  14. May 6, 2010 3:58 am

    I guess you will be finding lots of challenges ahead as she grows older and homework and social events take up more time! A mothers work is never done , no?

  15. May 6, 2010 4:35 am

    Ahh, the foot stop and “no.” A favorite of my baby brother.

    It’s so sweet that you’re volunteering at Maya’s school to teach about India. When i was a little kid my mom came to school to teach about Hanukkah and made latkes in class. Trust me, she will appreciate it later for sure. It’s something I think about all the time now, but never then.

  16. May 6, 2010 4:56 am

    Laughing out loud… reading your post in the morning just makes my day!

    re: Not letting things get to you- Have you ever read about the balance between our feminine & masculine natures? I know it sounds crazy, but maybe they are just temporarily out of balance and that’s why you’re feeling more laid back these days! (Sorry if that was really weird…)

  17. May 6, 2010 5:18 am

    I don’t think the samosa’s look burnt. I like things crisp anyway.

  18. May 6, 2010 5:18 am

    Good luck with the kiddos! Confidence is everything. Don’t let them see you sweat 😉
    Poor Maya and her 6’s… 😦 BUT, there are worse things.

  19. fitandfortysomething permalink
    May 6, 2010 5:23 am

    oh i love that you are letting some things go…..what a great lesson for all of us 🙂

  20. May 6, 2010 5:36 am

    Maybe this is just your way of realizing that you are too hard on yourself. Sometimes everyone needs a break…you know?

  21. May 6, 2010 6:19 am

    Now that all of her babes have left the nest, my Mom always says that she has no idea why things like a dirty floor bothered her while she had three kids at home. I think that’s why grandparents are SO laid back. They just don’t sweat the small stuff. See? You’re scoring all of the grandparent wisdom and keeping youthful, gorgeous skin. Good deal!

    The India sessions were a huge hit when I was in elementary school. My Dad used to come in and talk about India around Diwali time and we’d light sparklers (back in the day when we could do things like bring PB sandwiches and be crazy kids without being subdued with ritalin)! I loved showing off my parents. I thought they were so young and gorgeous and cool. Your samosas look awesome! Those are on my 2010 “To Make” list. I’m officially a little less intimidated.

  22. highonhealthy permalink
    May 6, 2010 6:36 am

    I hate volunteering and that’s one thing I’m not looking forward to when I have kids. Think they’d notice if I never volunteered? My mom never did it and I turned out fairly normal.

  23. whydeprive permalink
    May 6, 2010 8:07 am

    So I read this and thought “huh – is this an old post? I feel like Ive read it already” then I realized I DID read it already. I read it last night, I went to comment, the phone rang and I got distracted. Does that mean Im getting old?

    Anyhow, I love the pictures of Maya – shes just the cutest thing!

  24. May 6, 2010 8:13 am

    Sounds like your vacation is having some lingering effects on both you and Ali.

    Good luck with the volunteering. My mom did that occasionally when I was younger as well, and she always complained about the extra baking involved.

  25. May 6, 2010 9:51 am

    Vacation mode tends to linger for a while! It happens to me too.

    About Fresh, I love that place! I live really close to one of them, so I go there whenever I’m too lazy to make my own food. I can’t believe there is nothing like it in LA, I would think that you guys are more advanced in all types of veggie food than we are. But I guess it is pretty unique..

    Haha a lot of kids struggle with the whole 6 and 9 thing. She’ll get it eventually.

    I have never won more than 2 dollars from lottery tickets. But winning is winning, right? (I have to console myself with this thought…)

  26. May 6, 2010 10:04 am

    I love the kid-writing! So cute!

  27. May 6, 2010 11:40 am

    You MADE samosas??!! Wow-I’ve never tried making them myself. They look good-I’m sure it’ll be worse when I make them 😉
    How’s the book? Have been trying to get hold of some Indian books to read for my son(he’s 3) and finally settled on Jataka tales. Any other books that you’d recommend?

  28. May 6, 2010 11:53 am

    Hey Ameena, don’t worry about Maya’s 6’s looking like 9’s just yet. That is SOOOOO normal at her age. You can go ahead and point out what a real 6 looks like, but no worries about it at this point. She’ll get it in another year or 2!! 🙂 Sorry, the teacher in me just can’t shut up even when I’m home!! 😉

  29. May 6, 2010 12:12 pm

    Maya is gorgeous!!!

    And I love those potatoes in the post below.

  30. oc2seattle permalink
    May 6, 2010 1:12 pm

    Those kids are going to be hooked on India the minute they bite into those Samosas, teeny bit burned or not! We have a theater near us that plays Bollywood movies and serves Samosas and Chai in addition to popcorn. No matter how good or bad the movie is we always return for the samosas (and so my friend from Delhi can laugh at me being one of the 2 non-Indians there).

  31. May 6, 2010 1:33 pm

    I wish I was in the state of mind more often and able to let the little things go….ahhh that’d be nice!

  32. May 6, 2010 2:13 pm

    You can come teach me about India if you bring those samosas. They look good!

  33. May 6, 2010 3:54 pm

    Haha, my boyfriend is always saying “I wish I would win the lottery…” but he never even buys a ticket! At least Ali is on the right path…lol.
    Aww Maya’s handwriting is so cute…my little sister’s writing still kinda looks like that and she is 10 😦 She writes super huge and tears holes in all of her homework with her vigorous erasing.

  34. Katherine: What About Summer? permalink
    May 6, 2010 5:24 pm

    I’m so surprised how many people buy lottery tickets! next time you’re at the grocery store, check out customer service for a min. I had no clue there would be a line for the lotto!


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