What a weird title for a post, you might think. Ha! Let me explain.
‘Monthly Ketchup’ is a fun post where I catch up with you through some standard questions and prompts. It is written (mostly) on the last day of every month. Ketchup because I want that good ol’ Tomato days to stay with me. (New to my blog? This blog was called ‘Tale of Two Tomatoes’ in the initial days before it was revamped into Kohl Eyed Me).
The last Monthly Ketchup was posted in 2018, so yes, it has been a while.
Feel free to use this template every month to let me know what you’ve been doing.
If you haven’t realized already, this is a chit-chat post where I will be rambling on things I loved, hated, what’s new with me, etc. If you are interested, stay with me.
The month of May was very special to me. Read on to know why.
May Ketchup With Me
Only three books because I am still taking in all the good things that have happened to me this month.
The first book was ‘Set on You by Amy Lea‘, a romcom, featuring curvy biracial fitness influencer and personal trainer Chrystal Chen who uses social media to promote a healthy life and a positive body image. I had huge expectations of this book but it disappointed me.
I then picked up a children’s book ‘Munni Monster by Madhurima Vidyarthi‘ which was deeply moving and enlightening at the same time. It is about a child learning about the genetic disorder called Cerebral Palsy. A must-read for children and adults alike.
I also took up a light read named ‘Make Yourself Cozy’ by Katie Vaz. It is a topic I have started to be passionate about, on how to practice self-care, and make our home cozy and inviting, among others. I felt that the book was like a warm hug with all its illustrations, prompts to work on, quotes, and inspirations.
Not much! I even deleted a few games from the phone because I have run out of the 256GB that my iPhone came with. I do not know how to transfer my files or clear them. If you are an Apple user, could you please help? I will be forever grateful.
Masterchef Australia! I love the show to bits and to know that we have lost such an amazing chef and human being like Jock is heartbreaking. I cannot watch an episode without shedding a tear. He was so full of life and when he screams ‘Give it up for……’ when they get eliminated, I am shattered. What a man!
Felt… Grateful! 🙂
Backstreet Boys! LIVE! Yes, I attended the Backstreet Boys DNA tour in Delhi and oh Boy, it was everything I had hoped for. They were my teen crush and I cried and cried while singing along the many many popular songs of theirs. A total dream come true!
Nothing new, sadly. Neither did I cook anything new, eat a new food, or tried my hands on a new hobby or activity. I must add it to my to-do list for June. What say?
Regular home food, nothing exotic. Oh, I made some traditional Kerala recipes like Avial and Appams from scratch after a long long time. It tasted great and the husband approved! 🙂
Red Sauce Pasta, Grilled Veggies, Creamy Spinach and Corn, and Mashed Potatoes made by a dear friend. It has been a while since I had continental food and it was a welcome change.
Drank… Coffee, coffee, and more coffee!
Called… Dad every single day without fail 🙂 It is a daily ritual for us to share how our day went.
Texted… a lot! Cos’ work!
so much about the recent Andaman trip I took. It was absolute fun and a much-needed break. I have been writing about it and you can expect more posts in the near future.
Read | An Evening in Cellular Jail
Also, Read | Exploring Ross Island
Hoped… for a beautiful month and it was! 🙂
Pinned… Nothing! I am so off my Pinterest game. Another thing to add to my to-do list.
Tweeted… in a fun #Blogchatter Twitter chat on foods, yesterday evening. We shared a lot of food pics and needless to say, everyone was left hungry after seeing all the lip-smacking food images.
for the Doctor’s! Long Covid has been troubling me for almost a year now and I needed to get this over with. So, went for a detailed checkup, and turns out, there is nothing much to worry about. Phew! What a relief!
My new job! Yes! I am now part of the A-Team of Blogchatter and I can’t be any more ecstatic. After leaving my corporate job of 7 years, I enjoyed my freelance job for the last couple of years. But I knew I needed a change and there you go! It feels surreal and I am grateful. Content is the actual word I am looking for to express what I feel.
to find out Mufasa aka Muffy, my Golden retriever had tick fever. It was the scariest I had ever been in a while because as you know, tick fever if left undetected for long, results in death. Thankfully, all is well and my boy is much much better! 🧿
that I owned a couple of books written by the author I was about to interview. When I got the opportunity to moderate one of the #BlogchatterWritFest sessions, obviously, I had to look up the author’s work. That was when I discovered that I had read books from the Discover India series written by where Sonia Mehta and Sohini Mitra, publisher of Penguin Randomhouse. It was indeed a surprise!
Landing a job! My darling husband of mine gifted me a pair of beautiful Swarovski evil earrings and a classic Cross pen. Incredibly sweet of him! I also received a surprise gift from a dear blogger friend, Mayuri at Sirimiri. It was a thoughtful gift because she knows my love for coffee mugs and of the owlets in my backyard that I am obsessed about.
Smelt (of)… of fresh blackcurrant, orange, and grapefruit rose from my Carlton Desire perfume.
Ordered… many kitchen items from organizers to chopping boards
Thanked… my lucky stars for giving me an absolutely wonderful month with tons of blessings!🧿
Considered… getting back to Yoga but the Delhi weather is unbearable, day and night. Insufferable!
Started… a new bookstagram account. Well, @muffytales was getting too crowded and messy with Muffy’s pictures and books. I wasn’t able to do justice to either one. So, with a heavy heart, I decided to leave behind my already established and much-loved Bookstagram to begin another. Hoping to be consistent there. If you love books, give me a follow at @kohleyedreads.
almost nothing. Not even my laundry! I can see my to-do list expanding. Phew!
Please be kind ❤️
So, how have you been? How was the month of May for you?