May Digest 2019

May memes are some of the best of the year and here is one that sums up my month: Theresa May deliver Brexit. Then again, she May not. I was either going ‘I got this’ or ‘I give up’ all of May, with no mellow emotions in between. With the advent of Ramadan, our routines were shaken up quite a bit. Nizar and I struggled with sleep a lot more, which made our mornings harder to conquer. At the same time, Aryan seemed to settle in better at daycare, much to our relief. The Millennial Ma turned a year old and I am secretly rejoicing that I have not given up on it yet. If anything, I am more motivated than ever to blog, thanks to my lovely followers who spoil me with love on a daily basis.

Currently Watching

GOT reruns – cannot believe it’s over, *SOB*.  Mondays just don’t feel the same anymore. As the world is left reeling and angry with a season finale they refuse to accept, Nizar and I have agreed to disagree with our theories/feelings/life decisions – and move on. I am toying with the idea of reading ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ just to hold onto that GOT spell for a little longer. I mean, I know I said we made our peace and all but as fellow GOT fans would know, it ain’t that simple!

Riverdale season 3 finally came to a good close after dragging on and on and ON. Season 4 teaser seems promising.

Currently Reading

The Tattooist of Auschwitz – I finished it in record time last weekend. TWO DAYS. Who am I even? It was a harrowing, poignant read. Not everyone’s cup of tea perhaps, but an unusually moving love story set in one of history’s most terrifying timelines. It’s a dark narrative on surviving the worst odds through the power of hope and trust. If you are a history buff, you will love this book.

Currently Trending

Loving the faux pearl clip trend – its very me. I alternate between wearing them to office and taking them off because I feel so conspicuous. I love being a little extra but its lost at my workplace. Sigh.

Wish List

I am a HUGE fan of prints. Nothing embodies my love for it more than H&M’s collection with William Morris & CO, particularly their wallpaper inspired Pimpernal print. I could not resist snatching up the dress version which you must have seen all over my insta. I also wore it for my collaboration shoot with La Mode earlier this year.

I have been lusting after this calf-length pleated skirt in the same print – I mean just look at the rich plums and greens! Somehow I cannot justify buying two pieces of the same print in full price. First sign of sales and imma snatch it up!

Baby Update

I feel like I say this every month but Aryan has REALLY grown up over the last few weeks. His daycare drop offs have started becoming less and less dramatic. Most days he does not even cry!  His teachers are really fond of him and praises all his antics (wonder whether its just a generic script though lol). He babbles nonstop and his favourite word is Peeka, an abbreviated urban dictionary version for peekaboo. He strings it into songs and throws it around like confetti. He can stand independently for quite a long time, waves goodbye, loves dancing to music, and has started developing  a wicked sense of humour.

He has lost interest in pouches and puréed food. He wants to eat with his fingers and refuses our help. His upper jaw is flush with teeth trying to come out. Our nights have been quite disturbed as he is grappling with huge development milestones, particularly with mobility. This guy aint far from his first proper walk of fame!

Recipe on Repeat

All the Ramadan oldies – chola, piyaju, haleem. Every Ramadan I think I am going to continue making these special dishes post Eid but it NEVER happens! The Ramadan spirit is truly unique. I have also been making a one pot greek chicken and lemon rice dish which is definitely heading towards our weekly meal rotation. It’s comforting + easy to make. Think a watered down version of Biryani with loads of lemon and the bare minimum of spice. Check out my Pinterest (The Millennial Ma) for the recipe I am using.

What’s coming up?

Lots! Eid-ul-Fitr. Aryan’s 1rst birthday. And ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which is happening right here in England! *Update* We bumped into Virat Kohli yesterday! Only the best batsman in the world and Anushka Sharma’s husband, no biggie. He was ordering at our usual cafe and after a few minutes of nervous shall-we?, shall-we-nots?, we walked right up to him. He was soft-spoken, polite, and damn good looking. I never understood the big excitement of celebrity spotting till I attended a Maroon 5  concert few years ago (ADAM LEVINE YOU HUNK) and saw Virat casually strolling around our neighbourhood. That starstruck feeling is real!

Some of the world cup matches are scheduled at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl. We managed to snag tickets for the Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan game, eek. Looking forward to embracing the World Cup fever in full force – even though I do not follow it as closely as I used to as a child. Back then cricket was a food-fuelled family affair and spending all day in front of the TV watching one game was totally allowed. Those were the golden days!






  1. Nusrat
    May 31, 2019 / 10:53 pm

    I love your writing. Can you please leave few tips on how to improve writing skills

    • tjbak15
      May 31, 2019 / 11:04 pm

      Hi Nusrat. Thank you so much. 🙂 I would say read loads. Write loads. The more you read and write, the better you will get at putting your thoughts into words. Best wishes.

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