Sunday, July 30, 2017

one more year: 19-28 July (W1&2)

Many of you know that Chris, Chloe, and I are saying goodbye to Woodstock School and India at the end of this academic year. We're returning to the U.S. for a number of reasons, but mainly because we want Chloe to be closer to her extended family. Though we're excited for this transition, it's also bittersweet. I love teaching at Woodstock, and we've built a home here that will be difficult to unravel.

Because there's a lot we hope to remember about this place and our lives here, I promised myself that I would take a photo each day, and then post the results in a short blog post. I'm already sure that I can't maintain this goal, since I didn't even meet it for the first week! Oh well. Here's what I did snap: "issue" #1.

Wed 19 July
On the first day of school, we took Chloe to day care, a service we hope to use 2-3 times per week so Chris gets a break and can get more work done. It did not go well, to say the least. She was happy when Daddy was there, but after he left, she freaked out and screamed so much she gave herself hiccups for most of the day! We'll try again soon, but for now we're trying to get her through her first cold...

Thur 20 July
Prepping to teach In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. Re-reading the books I teach is a pleasurable part of the process!

Fri 21 July
Chloe's been pretty squirmy these days; it's hard to capture our active little girl!

Sat 22 July
I'm sure when we're back in the U.S. I'll miss grocery shopping like this! Each week I make a meal plan and then draw up a list that I call into a local shop. Later that day, my groceries magically appear at my house courtesy of a coolie. Though we can't get everything we like, it's certainly less stressful than battling the crowds at large U.S. stores like Wegman's and Stop & Shop.

Sun 23 July
Happy anniversary to us: six years of marriage and thirteen years together (we think). Celebrating has changed a lot since we had a kid. Instead of going out, we spent some time enjoying chai and banana cake.

Mon 24 July
Monsoon views from my office window. Since my classroom this year is window-less, my colleagues were nice enough to give me some window space in our shared office.

Wed 25 July (?)
Chloe looks like a possessed stay-puff marshmallow kiddo in her sleep suit. We shot this as we got her ready for bed. 


Have a beautiful week, xoxo, mel


  1. possessed stay puff marshmallow indeed. keep the photos coming.

  2. <3 to you all, and I'd love to chat _The White Tiger_ with you since I'll be using it in my uni course this year, I think.

    1. love to you guys, too! hope you're enjoying the month. and yes, i'm happy to talk about WT at any time!