On a Dog’s Life

Cambridge Dictionary: a dog’s life: a very unhappy and unpleasant life

No meetings. No deadlines.
No cooking. No carpool duty.
No worries about the past.
No plans for the future.
Not a care in the world.
Just NOW.
In the moment.

When Rainbow feels like it, she basks in the warm sun.

We got it all wrong. Perhaps is time to update the dictionary.
A well cared for dog’s life: a very happy and pleasant life

Rainbow Days – Falling off the Morning Routine Bandwagon

We all know that morning routines are the toughest.

After years of work, I got the boys “CRAZY” weekday morning routine tidied up.

The rule is simple. Most of the early morning work needs to be finished up the previous evening.

Snacks packed.
Water bottles packed.
Backpacks packed and left near the door.
Coats left in the coat stand.
Shoes near the door step.
Pants, shirts, socks etc..set out near the shower.
Car keys in a little box…so, we are not looking for it in the morning.

I even threatened some of us in the household with severe consequences (for example, “loss of wifi password”. I know, the chillls ran through your spine as you read those 4 words, did it not? Yep, I can be quite evil if I choose to!) if I ever catch them reading in the restrooms in the morning.

The 12 year old and the 6 year old are doing a phenomenal job of getting ready in the mornings.

Every other day, I catch the “other” grown-up kid falling off the bandwagon and not following the “military-like” routine. Playing with Rainbow. Rubbing her tummy.

Granted, he gets up earlier than me and gets the boys started on their morning routine. But, damn it! Can’t he get in row and follow the “military-like” routine?

If I catch him not following the routine, I am going to be my evil-self next week. If you see him, tell him “Consider yourself warned buddy. If I were you, I wouldn’t mess with her.”

Also, my “turning bad” next week might explain any whiny “I hate her” messages you might hear from him. If that happens, you already know whose side to take. Don’t you? Morning routines are the toughest and the ones that work hard to get the routine in place…need support (pun intended). Remember that when you take sides.

“Life is life’s greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature as you would your own because it is your own. On life’s scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest.”
— Lloyd Biggle Jr.

And, in case you are wondering, how the story lines runs in the evenings…

Falling off the Morning Routine Bandwagon - 2 - Ambal Balakrishnan

Falling off the Morning Routine Bandwagon - 3 - Ambal Balakrishnan

P.S. I love him very much and it is very hard for me to be my evil-self with him. The post is meant to be a fun Friday post to help us all think about morning routines. So, chill. Happy Friday!

Children See. Children Do.

Dog See. Dog Do.

I came back home today evening to find this hilarious scene.

My dog Rainbow was intently looking at the laptop. Clearly, she is doing what she sees the family doing every day.

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.” — John Grogan

 Monkey See. Monkey Do.

My son Ari is going through a phase of “Curious George” episodes. He adores Curious George. Ari wants to be called “Little Monkey”. He gushes every time we call him “Little Monkey”.

Ari sees me capturing pictures ever day. So, he wants to capture pictures as well.

So, here is a picture of Monkey See. Monkey Do.

Monkey see. Monkey do. - Ambal Balakrishnan

Children See. Children Do.

Jokes apart.

There is a lesson here for us parents.

It is easy for us to say to the kids – “Don’t smoke. Don’t drink. Don’t do drugs. Don’t lie.”

Children do what we do, not what we say.


Rainbow Days – Meeting the Vet

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. – Anatole France

My childhood immunizations and doctor check ups.
Adi and Ari’s childhood immunizations and doctor check ups.
Daddy has seen it all.

Now, it is Rainbow’s turn to be the lucky one to receive his love and care during immunizations and vet check ups.

He asked me “For the last 2 decades, you have been obsessed with maintaining a lean and clean house. How are you tolerating the non-stop shedding that Rainbow does? I can’t believe how much you have changed!”

I responded “The boys adore Rainbow. I adore the boys. And Appa, don’t you already know love makes you do crazy things. Including tolerating dog hair?!”