Check out this podcast: http://happierinhollywood.com/episode39/

Super excited that I am mentioned by name around minute 26, even though it is for the strangest reason. ūüôā


Driver’s Ed

Road mele car, car mele yaar?

Little N is taking driver’s ed in school. After all, she is 15 and will be driving in less than a year (super yikes, but no need to go there just yet).¬† In anticipation of obtaining some version of a driver’s permit in¬†a few months,¬†little N has been hard at work learning the rules of the road. Unfortunately, driver’s ed doesn’t come as easily to the munchkin as, say, pre-calc or chemistry, so she has been working extra hard at it.

Didn’t realize how hard, until today.

I was driving her to the library when a pedestrian suddenly crossed the road (while the traffic light was¬†a clear green for me). Not just crossing, but confidently striding across incoming traffic and texting non-stop on top it. “Yov s. graaki, vootla sollitu vandhuttiya”, I wanted to shout. But controlled myself. After all, had impressionable young teenager in the car with me. I turned to look at little N. She was looking at me googly-eyed with disbelief.

“Mommy, did you know that¬†it’s a punishable offence? If he is caught by the cops and he is under 17, he would be fined $22; if he is over 17, he would be fined $54; and if you hit him, that would be 8 points on your driver’s license, which would likely be super expensive”, she exclaimed.

Who do you think was¬†all googly-eyed now? ūüėČ

My Favorite Things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens”¬†~ The Sound of Music (well, duh!)

On a recent podcast, Gretchen Rubin (actually, her 12-year old daughter, who was a guest on her podcast that day) had a suggestion to¬†have a running list –¬†a journal –¬†of your favorite things. I liked the idea – some thing easy (always important), some thing to look back on and keep track of (oh, how I love to keep track of stuff), some thing that let’s you see how your list of favorite things changes over time –¬†super cool!

So. I started a new page on my blog to keep track of my favorite things. Check it out at


I am finding it so much fun to update this list as things keep popping into my head.

What are some of your favorite things? ūüôā

More Social Media


After announcing here in March of 2017 that¬†I was going to do more with Instagram, I did absolutely nothing (but you knew that already, didn’t you?).

But little N made some fantabulous green tea almond croissants last week, and little A painted a stunning silhouette of a girl and a dog today (subtle hint to parents to go puppy shopping soon) that I absolutely had to share.

I was headed over here to have a braggy moment when I suddenly remembered Instagram. After spending 15 minutes trying to find the Instagram app on my phone, and then another 15 minutes trying to figure out how to tag someone (duh, you just type it right there in the caption with the hashtag), gave up and asked the chikis to help me.¬†Surely, this is how the paatis feel when they plunge into Facebook for the first time! Quite tricky (hearted and un-hearted my own pictures several times) and felt super tentative typing in¬†captions – like I was¬†typing in Spanish or Chinese. Hmmm… really got to do better with figuring this thing out.

Anyway, at least pictures are up now. My poor Instagram account had been decaying with pictures of a blender full of fruit and my blackboard wisdom for almost a year (ada che!).

For all¬†the trouble¬†I went through, I am going to¬†post the pictures again here. At least this time, I know what I am doing! ūüôā

Blackboard Wisdom

Haven’t done one of these in a while.

You ready?

Both quotes are from Anne Lamott’s TED talk “12 truths I learned from life and writing”.¬†Enjoyed the tone of her talk, which was laced with good-natured sarcasm and self-deprecating humor. Over the years, I have noticed that I love to interact with thathas and paatis, especially the spunky, opinionated, attitude-filled ones (perhaps¬†because I see “future me” in them). Anne Lamott¬†seems to fit neatly into several of my favorite categories.

I have never read her books before. Time to check them out, I think!

Kaiku’s Haikus

Have you checked out some of the recent gems at my Haiku page? No, didn’t think so. Here’s the link: https://momto2cuddlebugs.wordpress.com/kaikus-haikus/. Check it out when you can.

Also, something sneaky (and I am sharing this with you and only you).

Just by sharing every little thought that has been popping into my head for the past few days, I am already at four blog posts for this month (see #13 on my “18 for 2018” list). This is turning out to be even easier than listening to a podcast every day. I am liking this!

Resolution for 2019 – Only come up with resolutions that you can super easily tackle. Really good for morale! ūüėČ

Podcasts, Anyone?

Of my “18 for 2018” new years’ resolutions, the easiest one for me to keep is “#12 – Listen to at least one podcast every day”. You would¬†think¬†that “#17 –¬†Lunch date with N¬†every month”¬†would be easier, but¬†looks like January is one busy month for him. ūüė¶ So anyway. #12 is the winner for now.

I hate doing the dishes. You know I do. To make the task less icky, I started pairing up dishwasher loading with listening to podcasts. I also listen to podcasts on my commute to work. Almost make me want to clean more dishes and drive longer distances every day (not really, but you get my point).

So. Here’s¬†the list of podcasts that I routinely listen to these days.

  • Note to Self by Manoush Zomorodi
  • TED Radio Hour by Guy Raz
  • Happier by Gretchen Rubin
  • Happier in Hollywood by Liz Craft and Sarah Fain
  • Hidden Brain by Shankar Vedantam
  • The Tim Ferris Show by (surprise!) Tim Ferris
  • Freakonomics Radio by Stephen Dubner
  • The Good Life Project Radio by Jonathan Fields
  • Random TED talks that catch my eye

Hmmmm…. More favorite¬†podcasts than days in the week, no wonder #12 is so easy to implement!

Do you have any favorite podcasts that you would recommend? Which ones and why?