Wandering Wunkers

Monthly Archives: April 2012

So far, slow but steady… using up things like Nutrela (dehydrated soy… things), corn kernels for popcorn, prepackaged popcorn for the pressure cooker, rice (oh, always the rice!), atta (wheat flour), oatmeal, etc. This week was a focus on Indian & Mexican to use up some of that rice, corn flour, and wheat flour. Next week will be rice & pasta… for the three whole days I’m cooking dinner at home and… Read More

These crossed my mind after Adam told me he & another staffer had been discussing successful adaptations to Woodstock/India, and especially staff spouse adjustments… so I started to think about what exactly it is that I’ve been doing that have really helped me. Look for something you’ve never done before, but wanted to – or you’re not sure you wanted to do – and find an opportunity for it. Here in India,… Read More

Today I went to my… third ever basketball game (I remember going to one in high school, and then one of Ashtha’s games on Thursday, then the semifinals today). Basketball’s never been my thing, but Adam & I went to support our “kid” (we have her on co-share with her mom), and I got some pretty good photos… but more importantly, I also got to see how excellent the Woodstock students are… Read More

  Sign up to not only perform a kathak routine, but participate in a Bollywood dance routine as well. Try a new recipe for the first time when you’re starving. Protip: dried rajmah daal (aka kidney beans) take more than 6-12 hours to rehydrate *and* cook down. I was trying to make refried beans with them, and… it went poorly. After soaking for 2 days, and having been cooked for 4+ hours,… Read More

We’re always looking for ways to shrink our spending – ebooks instead of paper books that risk being lost to silverfish, mildew, and the general vagaries of monsoon; buying on-sale suit material; reusing water bottles until they get sketchy, meal planning, etc. One blog I started following awhile back is The Savvy Life – while I can’t always get benefits from some things, it has been fun to read and given me some… Read More

We confess, the status is a new one to us. #update on the 17th – I will admit we’ve had weather delays on things before, but… well, the “natural calamities” status amuses us.

I suppose that to some extent it is inevitable: in order condition ones’ mind to solve the mysteries at the edge of human understanding, a certain amount of stress must be placed on the brain. Similarly, solving the world’s problems, running major corporations, devising solutions to problems that daunt even the most optimistic, all these feats that are beyond a normal person’s abilities must necessarily require people with unusual abilities, unusual minds…. Read More

make everything worthwhile. We had a dreadful amount of rain today, but the views after it ended are just amazing. A friend said “I think I can see Saharanpur from here!”, which is a town about 3 hours south of us – down our mountain, through the valley, down the other mountains (Shivaliks) and into the plains.

April 7, 2012 | Word of the Day Cricket Adding an entry for Cricket in Samosapedia is like designing an exhibition for Futbol in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. But someone’s got to do it. Cricket is a gentlemans’ game. Cricket is athletic. Cricket breaks for brunch, lunch, tea, and dinner. Cricket can last from 4 hours, through a whole day, to 5 days. Cricket is strategy, team spirit, and… Read More

At first, I wanted to say “only in India”… and then I thought about it, and realised that no – it’s not “only in India”, it could have happened anywhere. The circumstances are different, the way it will be handled is different, but this is also in Canada and America, too. We’re having work done at South Hill (yay!), but to do that work… it appears they’ve had to demolish part of… Read More