The flu and bronchitis have been a total buzzkill for my appetite. We all have been living off Khichdi which is simple to make and light and easy to digest. On Friday when the medicines finally seem to have worked, I wanted to eat something substantial but since I we had done limited grocery shopping it was just a refrigerator clean out.
It was quite the awesome salad that came out of the cleanout.
The greens: baby arugula and shredded napa cabbage
The veggies: Sliced red onions, cucumber cut in half moons, cooked lentils
The dressing: deseeded thai chili, sweet thai chili sauce, sriracha, 1 crushed garlic, soy sauce,
The toppings: Peanuts (which is not good when you have a cough-> so I did not enjoy these), chopped pineapple (which is not good for sore throat) and cilantro (this is fine )
Decades ago (really like 2 decades ago) when I was in school, we had the option of selecting knitting or computers as one of the class options. My mum very well knew my inclination towards anything involving drawing, crafts or knitting and without even give it a second thought would put me into computers each year.
In India after marriage, knowing how to knit (among a long list of criteria) makes you a “good” daughter in law. I obviously was set for failure there but thank goodness my MIL overlooked that “flaw” and chose to like me nevertheless
Prior to having Neil I would always be in awe of all mums who could crafts and decorate their child’s bedroom. With a sigh I would wish I had that artistic element in me but would pin all the crafts on my pinterest board nevertheless. Things completely changed when I had Neil. I started taking more and more interest in things that involved scissors and using your fingers to make some curves and lines on paper.
My latest project was pretty tough for me but I decided to undertake this endeavor nevertheless. I mean don’t forget I really am artistically challenged. Both of our families live back in India and since Neil does not see them except on Skype I wanted to provide a visual reminder for him everyday so he can identify his family members.
A family tree was what came to mind. Since I am cheap and consider $55 for a wall decal too expensive, I tried to create it on my own. After extensive research I found out that there are a few people who think just like me so I followed the most easy to follow instructions and try this on my own.
All I needed was
- Contact paper for the tree’s bark and branches
- Decorative paper for making the leaves
- Washi tape (my latest obsession)
- Family pictures
- Pencil and scissors
I traced out the pattern on scrap paper first and taped it to the wall to get a feel of the pattern, height and placement and because I don’t trust myself to jump directly into the real thing.
I tweaked the pattern to my liking and traced it on my contact paper. Many of the spirals did not come out as I intended but I don’t mind.
Contact paper is so good it will not chip the paint off the walls which was a primary concern for us since we are living in a rental right now. It is also easy to stick and no hassle.
Neil loves it, he will call out everyone by their respective names before going to bed. I think it is a total winner in my books. It may look like a 7 year old may have done it but it serves the purpose