Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Lunch Week 2 Planner

Already 3 days , so gonna list what I send and what I will send
Day 1: Bread Jam with Black berries
Day 2: Brocolli Paratha with Raita
Day 3: Grilled Cheese Veg Sandwich with ketchup and Angel Food Cake
Day 4: Idli/Chutney with Mango
Day 5: Curd Rice with Blackberries

She very clearly mentioned she does not want omlette...

Monday, June 04, 2018

Lunch Menu Week 1 Planner

Put our precious one into Montessori as I started work Yaaaaaay.
Downside is that I have to give her lunch everyday, so I am planning ahead as that would make the task much much easier.


Mon-Idli/Chutney and Grapes
Tue - Mini Pancakes with Honey and Strawberries
Wed - Paratha(paneer/brocolli) with Raita and Grapes
Updated: Send omlette+Chapati which she did not like
Thu - Bread and Jam with Yoghurt
Fri - Rice/Curd with Fig Bar

Shd put up pics too!

Back to US

Finally after 4.5 months me and the daughter are back to US.
On the 100th day when again all hopes were lost I got an email to send my updated petition and LCA, after submitting those in 2 days time I got an email to submit my passport.
I traveled all the way to Kochi and submitted my passport at the drop-box location.
Next day flew again to Pune , meanwhile passport was collected here on Apr 14th By FIL.
We flew back on Apr 19th.


Monday, March 26, 2018

221g_Updates from India

So after 5 weeks on 24th Jan 2018 the hubby got an email to submit his passport and within a week his visa was issued whereas I am still waiting. Tomorrow will be 100 days since document submission.
January 2018:- We put Riti in a play school nearby 3 hrs 9:30 - 12:30. Ritvik was super bored without his sister as he had no one to fight with or trouble. He longed to go to school too. The fees were ridiculous for a short term but finally we opted for a school and put him there. Had to pay 33000/-
He joined on 10th Jan 2018 and then immediately had 4 days leave for Pongal.
Ritvik being the ever social butterfly enjoyed going to school and made many friends. There was a sports competition for all kids from different school and he won 2nd prize in Shot put, apart from that he got the lead to anchor the whole programme for their Annual Day. The teachers were super happy about him and he was too. We also enrolled him in tennis classes, more as a meduim for him to go out and play in the evening.
Along with him I too went and did some walking/running for some time.

Once Gopi''s visa was issued by Jan end it was decided that he and Ritvik will fly back on Feb 12th. Then it was more off buying stuff for them, going to relatives place etc. They flew to US on Feb 12th and me and Riti went to Pune the same day.
2 weeks we stayed there, me and mom went for Padmavat one day,went shopping with sis, had Sizzlers one day, got my license done and many other such stuff.
meanwhile my client got verification call form DHS, returned to CBE on Feb 27th.

Missing the boys

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

India Vacation 2017

So we suddenly decided to do an India trip this year-end as it has been 4 years since we traveled.
We both got out H1B petitions approved (mine had an ongoing amendment) but we decided to go anyways.
Gopi got his holidays confirmed for 4 weeks, ticket costs were less and so we booked for them 3 on 27th Nov 2017 and I booked my tickets on 3rd Dec 2017. Packing was done, tickets were confirmed, visa appointment dates were taken, internal travel plans were fixed.
I landed at Bangalore airport at 1 am and had my domestic connection at 5am in the morning to Pune. The family had already reached there the day before on Monday. Was happy to see them all and parents and the sister/nephew.
Arranged all the documents for the visa appointment, arranged for taxi to Mumbai, slept for an hour evening and then directly at night.
Got up next morning and me and hubby left for Mumbai. Checked in a hotel at Sion and then went for fingerprinting.
Evening went to an Ayyappa temple at Kurla, returned and slept.
Morning went to the US Consulate, Mumbai.Our appt was at 8:30 am.
We went in and there was a long line, at the fingerprinting counter they called my name and asked me to wait. Then someone asked for my petition, after I submitted and they checked , after an hour of waiting they let us in the interview counter.
The VO asked few qtns to both of us and then gave us both a yellow 221g slip and returned our passports saying She needs more verification that we have a valid job and we need to email all the documents(even though we had it with us). We were shocked and surprised and dissapointed and angry(all emotions together), we hardly spoke on our return trip back to Pune.
The next days were pure torture, not knowing what will happen, contacting everyone for the letters(recent dated) , getting the lawyer to draft the letter.
We got all the documents by 12th Dec but had to wait for the lawyer letter for a week. Very frustrating period as we could not sleep. Website said that it took 1-2 months.
10th Dec we returned to Coimbatore. Finally the lawyer send the document on 17th Dec and we submitted them on the 18th Dec. That is when for the first time in the trip I slept peacefully.
I planned for a Kerala trip from 25th Dec to 31st Dec.
Now just waiting for visa. Not sure of anything at this time.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Broadmoor Diwali Function -2017

Our annual Broadmoor function is a grand event each year. This year was no less, wonderful decoration, great performances and lastly tasty and yummy food.
Preparations normally start a month in advance but this time we started it late and tried to keep it very low-key but nevertheless we had about 50 families for the function.
As I was not taking part in the dance programme I took up anchoring after a long long time.
It was fun! Me &Manvita made a good pair together.
We started at 5:30 with the Ganesh Arti, then we had the Ramayan Skit(a different program this time) , then the dance performances followed by the Ladies dance and then the food.


Uploading pics soon




Thursday, November 09, 2017

Omaha Diaries--After Parents Left to India

This was the first week that the family would have to do without parents. I woke up at 5am fo rmy 7am flight. made Bumble's tiffin, packed his bag and got in my Lyft vehicle and reached airport and then to office.
Work and eve home, made Lauki daal and rice and slept.
Next day pretty much same routine except I went to hyper for some exercise.
Wednesday I made Mint biryani kindof for dinner and watched F.R.I.E.N.D.S
Thursday there was a Sogeti event --Employee Appreciation Week. at The Escape Room.
I went with my colleague, thought that we will be for half hr and then leave.
Turns out The Escape Room is this new concept of solving mysteries and can be done as a team building activity.
After about 5 of us were gathered we were put in a room and the idea was to Escape from that room in a given time with the help of the clues available in the room.
It was super-fun, it was the first time and we did not know what to expect but Darn! did we have fun. We could not complete the task in the stipulated time but everyone enjoyed. Another group were already in another room for their mystery .
Then we all went to Godfather's pizza, had wings and Veggie Cheesy Pies.
Went home and then had some Gobi paratha and slept
Fri flew back home. I should definitely try The Escape with hubby, it will be so much fun.


Much more next week.
Ta da