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by Kiran on September 1, 2011 · 24 comments

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.. to September!! Out with the sweltering hot, in with the rain and crisp weather. Hoping hurricane season would die out soon. How time flies, it’s beyond my understanding.

I am loving everyone’s comment from my last post, “the power of giving“. It is so refreshing to know that many of you are into charity and donating to needy. There’s nothing better than the feeling of making a difference in others life.

Things I am looking forward to do in Fall:


Seriously, after a long sweltering summer, I just can’t wait to lace up my running shoes and go out on a good run any time of the day, around the neighborhood. That way, I hope to make up for lost time spending indoors on the treadmill and go out to actually meet people in the hopes of making a few running buddies. I need a buddy to stay motivated and get me out of the door for a good work out.


Running is something I’ve been tackling once in a while on treadmill. I am also hoping to get into a serious yoga routine. Being a one car family, it’s very tough to manage fitness classes in between, but for now I am happy with at home practices. I just need to learn to get everything into a routine. Something, better than nothing. Right? 🙂


Ever since we moved into our home, we have not really decorated it. I have a few DIY projects up my sleeves but frankly speaking, I’m a little hesitant to begin. We purchased these beautiful finished heavy wood panels scraps from Ikea and I have an insane idea to make a table out of it. The grains are so beautiful and it would serve well as my food photography /studio work table.

Wish me luck and if you have any tips to share, please hold my hands and guide me 🙂


Admittedly, I’ve been using hot summer as an excuse not having any motivation to bake as frequently as I would have loved too. It’s gonna get down right, flour-y and doughy very soon. To get into the holiday spirit, I would be teaching myself how to bake a pie from scratch! From delicious pumpkin to mouth-watering apple pies. Mmmm.. I can almost smell it.


If you are following me on Twitter, we did an announcement a few days ago about finally getting our green card APPROVED. Ever since leaving the corporate world more than 5 years ago, I’m well adjusted into a homemaker life. Albeit the excitement of possibly applying for a job and being accepted back into corporate world, I would like to use this time to seriously figure out my future goals. I am unsure whether a 9 to 5 job is something I would want to pursue now. There are many prospects and opportunities out there. I just have to make a sound decision with a clear head, very soon.

Holiday Season

Fall is full of festivities, rituals and colors. There something to love about Diwali festival of lights, spooky Halloween, thankful during Thanksgiving and being a Secret Santa during Christmas. I love traditions. It bridges gaps and we get to learn & spread the joy back home, from our experiences here in the US.

Black Friday is something I am so looking forward to this year – we might camp out at Best Buy, just for the sake of experiencing what the hype is all about. Y’all have to wait and see 😀

What are your goals for fall/autumn?


1 sandy September 1, 2011 at 11:09 PM

lucky u have seasons where u can change your lifestyle. we r stuck in sunny sing with overloaded hot weather forever
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2 Kiran September 7, 2011 at 7:56 AM

Welcome to Chatterbox and thanks for commenting. Our lifestyles are not changed according to season. Admittedly, we get to experience seasonal weather changes. And trust me when I say this, summers are terrible over here too. I hope everything is fine at your end – read about the Delhi blast. So not cool.

3 Aathira September 1, 2011 at 11:49 PM

Thats really a great list for fall 🙂 DIY sounds like so much fun… I have been wanting a study/ work table for ages, but at times we do not know where to keep it, and most of the times we do not find a good piece. The panel grains as you said would look great for food photography.

5 years at home.. watt activities do you have assigned for everyday? I remember before Tee, I was at home in between, and was totally irked out in 4 months. In fact even now, I am trying to understand how I will be managing my career aspirations.
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4 Kiran September 7, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Thanks honey. How’s the little princess doing? Do hug her for me too 🙂
To answer your question: I don’t assign myself any daily duties. I just go with the flow. Since house chores takes bulk of my time – maid services are not as cheap and commonly used over here. There’s definitely a lot to think about when one is out of career for a lengthy period. I’d say, take as much more time as you want/have. It’s a different scenario for you as a new mom, but I know some where down the road you’ll figure it out. I know a friend in India who worked out her career, centering her new (motherhood) life. She basically scored a job that required 3 full-time days a week and the rest is basically “work from home” arrangement. Some ideas I thought you would want to think about. Don’t be afraid to discuss any ideas you have in regards to your working arrangements with your future employer. There’s no harm in asking.

5 Destination Infinity September 2, 2011 at 1:21 PM

I think I should also consider some serious DIY projects. We can learn some skills and get exercise – both at the same time. Thinking of gardening, lets see if I am able to start with it sooner. Good to know that you are loaded with activities…

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6 Kiran September 7, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Where we hail from, DIY projects are not thought off. There’s limited resources and it’s just not a trend in our society. Over here, labor costs are so expensive, one has to at least learn how to repair a kitchen sink leak 😀 Gardening now? Won’t it be freezing in December?

7 sm September 2, 2011 at 4:13 PM
8 Kiran September 7, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Thank you 🙂

9 Holli September 3, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Congratulations Kiran on getting your green cards approved!!! yay!!! I loved this post and your grape photos are amazing 🙂
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10 Kiran September 7, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Thanks a lot dear, we are beyond excite and glad the process is over and now we can move onto a normal life. And of course, some home decor projects in mind 😉

11 Gayatri September 3, 2011 at 11:39 PM

Congratulations on getting your Green Card! Looks like you have lots of things lined up for the next few months! Personally, I’m looking forward to all the festivities and hoping to get some studying done. But I am dreading Chicago’s winter 🙁

12 Kiran September 7, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Thank you honey. Hope you find some warmth and solace during upcoming festivities in between those dreaded Chicago winter. Visit us down south in Florida. It won’t be that cold during winter 🙂

13 Ellie | Gourmand Recipes September 5, 2011 at 11:29 PM

We are looking forward to our spring down under. Love your fall list and your photos are beautiful.
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14 Richa@HobbyandMore September 6, 2011 at 12:10 AM

congratulations on the green card and the long list of fun things planned..! have an amazing fall and festive season.. i just got hubbs to make and paint me some boards!
i have got to bake a couple of breads this week after skipping the oven all of the hot last week.!
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15 Kiran September 7, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Thank you honey. Weather has been gloomy so far. And for food photography, not very good 🙂 Good luck on the boards, it would make food photography much more interesting! Have an amazing fall and festive season too!

16 Vandya September 6, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Every time I visit your space, I learn something new about you. Love the way you write and your pictures. The list looks great.
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17 Kiran September 7, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Your compliments made my day!! Thank you so much 🙂 I am now off to drool over your blog post on lentil soup. My fav!

18 carolinaheartstrings September 6, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Nice inspiring post. I needed to read something like that today. Thank you. Do Black Friday. Its fun. Get a Starbucks while you wait.
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19 Kiran September 7, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Your comments truly made my day. Thank you for the tips 🙂 We are hoping to do Black Friday – but crossing our fingers, just for the experience. Nothing else. And yes, a pumpkin spice latte excuse as well 😉

20 Sakhi September 7, 2011 at 2:07 AM

Woah… a lot to do this season hun?! Well, will wait for your DIY projects to take shape and then you can post the results on your blog for our feast. what say? 🙂
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21 Kiran September 7, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Nothing like a long list of to-do’s! I hope the DIY project wouldn’t be so controversial 😉 I’ll post the results, for sure!

22 Tanvi September 29, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Congrats on the Green Card! I bet it would be exciting to work again … I cannot wait to make some money … but I am far away from the Green Card right now! *sob*

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23 Kiran October 3, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Thank you so much dear. The green card was so much of a struggle. But now that I have it, I don’t think working full-time out there is something I want to pursue. I am still figuring out what is best for me at this juncture in my life. Hoping for best outcome, soon. For you, honey. Praying 🙂

24 Rajendra Raikwar December 21, 2011 at 4:19 AM

I will surely come back for more

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