For the past week or so, my mornings have been spent waking up with DN and helping him get ready for work. He usually wakes up before me to heat water for a quick bath. At this point, he sometimes goes to the shop to pick up a fresh packet of milk and bread. He wakes me up with a plate of toast, and sometimes a mug of warm, sweet milk to accompany it. While he is getting ready, I cook him a little something to take to work for lunch. The menu varies, but today it was lachcha paratha – I’m amazed with this discovery, by the way.
After I’ve seen him off, I curl up in front of my laptop, sometimes with fresh fruit, and watch my favorite YouTube video series: Texan in Tokyo. Watching videos from other multicultural families and couples just makes me feel good. After a few videos, I get up to wash the dishes, finish any other chores, and get ready for my day.
When I’m ready, I get to work. Sometimes that entails writing assignments, and sometimes that means working on one of my blogs – both in technical and creative ways. Lately I’ve been working on a series about learning Hindi. I’ve been so inspired to learn Hindi, lately, I’ve decided to teach people what I learn as I go. My husband is very helpful and supportive, answering all my questions at the end of the night.
The lunch menu depends on my mood, although lately I have been in the mood for savory soups and hearty pastas.
DN comes home around 5:30, and if there is milk left, I will make chai for him before he walks through the door. Once he’s had a chance to relax, we will plan dinner, and if necessary, go shopping. If it’s a market day, we’ll head to the market to pick up fresh produce to last us a few days. Most days, we co-cook our meal. Other days, I will take over the kitchen while he works on his website. We have conversations about our day, our ideas, and anything that comes to mind, while we cook.
Sometimes we’ll watch old movies on YouTube while we eat, and other times we will just eat quietly together. This is usually because dinner was particularly exhausting to cook, that day. Dishes usually get washed while cooking, but sometimes it’s impossible to multi-task, so they get washed after dinner. At this time we’ll both check our email and social media accounts one last time before getting ready for bed.
Our daily life isn’t too eventful, but it is very meaningful. We are taking comfort in these peaceful times, and content with the sense of security that DN’s new job has brought us. He’s been working with this company for a month now, and it has already brought us so much stability. We could not be any more content.
Featured image is a picture of our dining table (which I also use as my desk in the day time). I spent all day yesterday spring cleaning! Though I have since tied the long ends of the scarf, under the table.