Journal Collections

In December 2016, I decided to enter local politics, running for library board.  This portion of the journal chronicles the details of that race; I’ve separated it out in the hopes that it might be helpful to any one else thinking of running for local office.
Cancer Log
In February 2015, I went in for a routine mammogram (age 43) and discovered a mass which on biopsy proved to be stage 2a breast cancer, with a good prognosis.  This log chronicles the process of treating the disease, through chemotherapy, lumpectomy, radiation, reconstruction, and follow-up care.  My six-month follow-up ultrasound came back clear, so we’re quite hopeful that the cancer won’t come back.  At least not for a few decades!  (Pic from the end of chemo; I have lots of hair again now.)
Letters to My Children
I write open letters to my children, Kavya and Anand, in my journal; I’m collecting them here, so that they’re easy for them to find when they’re older, and for you to read now. A lot of stress, a lot of joy.  (Pic below from Xmas 2015)
1885 Victorian Renovation
In 2009, we bought a 1885 Queen Anne Victorian as a foreclosure, and spent a year-and-a-half on a gut renovation, redoing all the pipes, electrical, etc., moving the kitchen, adding a eat-in kitchen, mudroom, master bath, and a tower study.
Garden Journal
My garden attempts to mix cottage-style floriferousness with a love for English garden plants, an appreciation for Midwest natives, and a mild desire for neatness.  Sometimes it works, sometimes not.  I’m also gardening organically, so there’s lots of hand-pulling of weeds, which often works against the desire for neatness.  There are gazillion garden entries!
Food and Recipes
I love food, and have written a Sri Lankan cookbook, A Taste of Serendib, which I’m in the midst of revising.  In summer 2016, I started tagging the food entries.