Chai And A Chat #95 #ChaiAndAChat #CoronaDiaries Week 19

Week one of the holidays done, and I hope you’ll be proud of me. I haven’t thought of school once (except checking my email preiodically – as SLT come September, there are some responsibilities I have… but so far, no emails. And buying a couple of new books to read to the kids!)

But I have had a really great week, so if you grab that drink, we can get started.

  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that one of my two main nintentions during this break is to get some major clearing up done. If we are going to find a place and move, we need to get this house on the market pretty sharpish, and that means prettying up a rather full house… Good excuse to declutter, me thinks! So I have so far gone through my DVDs and set a box aside to donate. I think it will be ruthlessness in the wardrobes again next… not a huge progress, considering that was two small shelves, but still, baby steps.
  • If we were having chai I’d excitedly tell you that I came good, very good, on the other intention! I wanted to use time I had in the mornings, before the rest of the family rise, to write, and add words to my WIP, which will be Book Two … and I did! I think it was over 12K that I wrote this week! Phew! I am loving using Scrivener, as it helps to organise the manuscript, and the project tracker is great to help me see what my goal is, and to set a realistic word goal for a day. It looks like I shan’t take twenty years to write the sequel!
  • If we were having chai I’d have to admit to feeding my stationery addiction… I think I added six new notebooks, but they were so pretty, I couldn’t help myself, and a writer never has too many notebooks, isn’t that right?
  • If we were having chai I’d whisper that Lil Man and I have been watching an old 70s classic from British TV, this past week. Mind Your Language is a series following a teacher and his class of adult students all trying to learn English as a Second Language. I used to watch this with my family as a child and we laughed so much, so I though, what the heck? Let’s watch it together now, and reminisce the silliness of those days. Silliness, totally non-PC and a whole lot of stuff that would never get aired nowadays. So many racist slurs and stereotypes – I was shocked, but then, back in the day, it was almost normal, and no one who may have been offended complained. Still, it gave some great fodder for me to disuss with my viewing partner, who found a lot of it extremely funny, but also hard to swallow as a child of the current generation that is so aware of the BLM movement and equality for all races.
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that I have been trying out my lettering, too. I have a couple of projects on the go, but so far I managed these two. And I hope to have a couple more to share next week.
  • If we were having chai I’d confirm that I am still taking my downtime to seriously plough through that TBR list of mine… currently standing at 175 books to read! But I love reading, and it’s not a chore. I’d rather have too many books to read, than not enough.
  • If we were having chai I’d mention that a friend of mine has been experimenting in her parents Indian Sweet shop, and she trialled aa few new dishes, so I popped in to buy some bits to try, and they were delicious! A little naughty, a lot nice, though!
  • If we were having chai I’d share that we may be having a bit of a breakthrough with Lil Princess, and getting her out of her room all day, every day. Since our picnic the week before, we have met with the same friends once more, and she spent at least three afternoons out on her bike. Hallelujah! But she wasn’t impressed that we had to pop in to see her brother playing cricket on Saturday. Still, she managed an hour without too much of a mood! He’s been doing very well, too. After a one to one training session for an hour with a professional Kent Cricketer, and another booked for next week, he was over the moon, and played a great match. They won!

This week seems filled with appointments… Orthodontics, then my Rheumatology one, but that via the phone again, another bike that needs to be taken to the bike shop for a repair. Added to that, I’m booked to do a radio interview recording on Wednesday and a Podcast recording on Sunday, too! And the kids have some Zoom Tutoring sessions booked away for the key subjects, Maths and English…

And the intention is there to carry on with writing for an hour or two every day. If I can write like I did this week, that would be just awesome!

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37 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. robbiesinspiration
    Aug 07, 2020 @ 13:06:34

    Sounds like a great holiday to date, Ritu. I got one day of leave, Monday, and have worked every day since. SIGH!

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  3. H.R Phoenix, Author
    Aug 06, 2020 @ 14:59:10

    Thank you for sharing another awesome week with us Ritu!

    I have a favour to ask you…

    So we’re holding a Kids Short Story Competition that ends on the 31st of August….
    And the prize for the kids that win is that they get to do a guest post, appear in our Newsletter and get special tips from an Author..

    I was wondering if you could write to the child who wins, or perhaps send them a video, to make it more exciting, providing them feedback and a few tips?
    Please let me know. Its okay if you’re busy, I totally understand!

    Thank you,

    Liked by 2 people


  4. Jennie
    Aug 06, 2020 @ 13:25:42

    Super week, Ritu! No work emails and clearing out stuff sounds heavenly. Enjoy this week, too!! I hear your weather is as hot as ours.

    Liked by 2 people


  5. Rae Longest
    Aug 04, 2020 @ 16:14:16

    What a wonderful ;post and lovely chat. I enjoyed reading this with my Vietnamese coffee while you stuck with your Chai. I wish I knew how to add a pic to my reply; my student took a real good one lately, but I’m stumped as to how to do it. When it comes to computer skills, I’m a dinosaur. LOL

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  6. charlypriest
    Aug 04, 2020 @ 09:32:26

    ” Added sex new book” you said? Jeeeesus Mrs. Ritu, and by the way it was interesting that those Instagram links were in spanish meaning “me gusta” it said over there, but back to the basics… “added sex”…… Can I be your student?

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  7. johnrieber
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 20:54:45

    As always, you are stretching your creative boundaries every chance you get – bravo!

    Liked by 4 people


  8. Erika
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 20:22:06

    Enjoy your weeks off, sis!

    Liked by 4 people


  9. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 17:13:49

    Wow! Creativity to the max, the old film included. 😉 Dont worry about watching such old films, our official TV-stations are airing these things since over two years, regularely. ;-)Why cant we get BBC????? 😉
    Its looks like you are much more busier in vacancy. Take care and a longer rest. Think on my advice i had given last year to you. Now, enjoy your evening,Sis! Best wishes, Michael

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  10. willowdot21
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 07:44:42

    Another exciting and productive week Sis. Well done 💜

    Liked by 5 people


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