August 2020 Printable Calendar

8:30 AM

Our Journey through this hell of a crazy year continue people! 

Welcome to August and all it may have in store for us. At this point, I'm not going to lie, it feels like we are stuck in a kind of whacko video game and each month represent a new level of absurd and rewards for having passed the previous month. 

July has been a month of enduring online classes in the middle of my living room and thinking that I could invent a new drinking game that would get all of us passed out drunk for the rest of 2020 : 

Drink each time you hear "Turn your mic off", "Turn your video on" and "No personal chatting in the chat box"

These have the sentences I've hear the most in July and nothing comes close enough in frequency. That's how insane this whole online schooling gig has been so far. 

July has been the months me meeting friends for the first time after months of isolation, and it felt awesome. We also have our ironing service back. The guy isn't allowed past the lobby, but at this point, I'll take it. 
I hope the next step involve being able to bring our cook back, because right now, if we wanted her back, we would have to make a formal request to the society management and being lecture how tremendously unsafe it is and how we are risking dooming the entire building with our selfishness...It wasn't conveyed in those words in the WhatsApp circular, but the tone deeply implied it, so for our sanity sake and the sake of not submitting our cook that kind of discriminatory treatment, we are waiting for things to cool down a bit.

As of August, it seems the State of Maharashtra is going to allow malls to open from 9am to 7pm as long as restaurants, food courts and cinemas stay closed, efficiently making sure that the only thing that made going to a mall enjoyable is not going to be accessible,  making online shopping that much more appealing as far as options go. 
As an Etsy seller, the bit I am eagerly waiting for is for IndiaPost resuming international registered post services, but it seems that won't happen until commercial passenger flights resume, and that is still up in the air (pun non-intended)

So let's see what kind of "rewards" we will gain in the coming month, for now, here is my gift  to you : 

So go download and print it and plan your month in style already! 

As usual, this month's calendar illustration is available in both my Society6 and Redbubble shops on almost all their products. 

Now, let's talk about Leos! My best friend growing up was a Leo, and so was my maternal grand mother.
August is the month associated with that sign, even though the sun enters it on July 23rd and stays in until August 22. 
Leos are said to be bold, passionate, energetic, confident and generous but also self-conscious and tend to put stock into what people think of them. 

I am not sure my grandmother and my friend had those obvious attribute though, or maybe as fairly volatile Cancer on the cusp of Gemini I never really noticed it much. So, if you are a Leo or know a Leo in your life, feel free to chime in and let me know in the comments below. 

So here we are, go and make what you want or can out of this month. I'll make a craziness report on the 1st of September. Meanwhile, I will write more Covid Chronicle and spread the word about some cool small businesses, so stay tuned! 

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  1. We have been listening to the magical phrase too during online classes. But I wonder what could have happened such technology was not available just like in my childhood. Thank god internet is infection proof. It has been an interesting but steep learning curve for parents.

    August is the beginning of the festival phrase. I think the biggest causality would be the festivals. Tomorrow is rakhi and for the first time, I won't be visiting my sister. We have exchanged gifts by courier. This year no janasmastmi, no ganesh chaturthi and no durga pooja which also means loss of business to all those artisans who painstakingly prepared their wares for such events. What an inauspicious year for everyone.

    1. Yeah this year sucks for everyone really.

      I actually flat out refuse to do more than just make sure Ishita attends her online classes and doesn't sleep in front of the laptop. I think this online schooling thing is a circus, and if I needed one more excuse to have a severe disdain for the education system. It's a necessary evil, but frankly I am the living proof you can do well without going to college or even having any degrees. So we endure that crap, and I make sure Ishita gets the sets of skills she will need in life : initiative, critical thinking, determination, knowing how to find the infos she needs and being self reliant.

  2. No experience with online schooling here, because my daughter is only 4.5. In fact, when we decided to go with a nanny for our baby last year, we pulled my daughter out of daycare/preschool so she could stay home. She learns mainly through play and conversations with us. We had our nanny come back recently but it's been a difficult decision that sometimes worries us. My husband prefers to do the cooking and I am good with that :) Cleaning is where we struggle a bit to find time and energy (when kids are asleep we can't make noise), but we don't have plans to resume our cleaning service yet. I think that its a little more complicated to have domestic help there since the quarantining of an entire building is at stake in case of an exposure. Hopefully India’s part-collectivist culture is helping in this area, when compared to individualistic cultures which are having a harder time getting used to pandemic regulations.
    As for online learning and a degree… We work in the field of computer networking and it has always been rewarding and exciting to me (touch wood and fingers crossed for our jobs during this time). But nowadays it's nice that the whole world is appreciative of having access to the internet and technology. Regarding a degree, my experience has been that for us POC it is always a requirement... the colleagues, family and friends that I've seen thriving without a degree (in the US and Europe) are almost always white. So with that, unfortunately the experience for your daughter (and my kids) will be to be set to a higher standard than their white counterparts, at least in the Western world, and a degree would just be one of the ways for them to stand out.

    1. It's not that all degrees are bad, for some professions it's required. But I am 100% against this whole business of tying a child's worth to their grade and hammering into their brain that without a degree to their name they are worth nothing.

      You can always find a way, always figure things out, sure it's not always easy, even as a white lady I had not it easy and my lack of degrees have been questioned. The thing is, for what I do, what I figured out I want to do, I don't need one. If at any given point into my life, I would have faced a situation at which I needed a degree, I would have done a course just to appease those who needed to see that paper.

      If my daughter really dreams of going to study abroad, she'll need one, but it will be part of her purpose and reason to go get one and that will give her the drive to go for it.
      Right now kids are parroting this idea that "Good grades = good job" and we all know that this notion is dead. In Switzerland I am part of the first generation for which this saying meant squat, and employment of any kind at the end of studies was far from guaranteed.

      I also am against the idea of teaching my daughter that leaving India is the only way to have success. I keep hearing people say "You should leave, India is a mess", the problem with that logic is if everybody gives up on India, it will remain a mess.
      It goes against one of my core value as well : "Don't give up when things get hard"

      So in the end, I think I am better off teaching those values of grit, determination and being driven by your goals and passions at all cost, than becoming one of those parents obsessing about school and grades.

      With grit and determination, you see you goal through, but that means the first thing you need to learn is to accept that failure and roadblocks are going to be on the way and are not excuses to walk away. No school teaches that, but I can.

  3. This is very specific since not all degrees are the same and the field it is in absolutely matters. It’s also not the case that a degree is only required to go study abroad or that studying abroad is even a recipe for success.

    The parents that teach self worth tied to a meaningless degree title are obviously not the ones we want to be, that’s a separate issue which it’s easy to distance ourselves from.

    It helps in many fields to learn the methodologies through a formalized degree - think multiple relevant courses and practical workshops tied together to form a quality degree in the field that encompasses all you need to know, with some life skills thrown in. Many advocate for letting our kids study away from home so they get the experience of studying, living on their own and working student jobs at the same time. Sticking with that for 3-5 years and learning how to refine and adapt along the way (change majors, take breaks for internships, gap years, find time to do things they enjoy), and coming back to finish a relevant degree is another life skill. It’s also dependent on individuals - some benefit from this sort of experience and some don’t.

    The other aspect to it is the one of privilege and systemic racism. It’s not quite as simple as turning up our noses at POC who push their kids to get a degree, rather than the usual hard work, determination and right attitude value system. Many times, the degree while costly, putting them into debt and even useless in certain cases, serves to open the doors for them/us which wouldn’t have been otherwise open due to racism and biases. Then when we do get the job, we are faced with glaring pay gaps and even higher requirements to prove ourselves. Some amount of anti-racism education is imperative at the school and community level to bring awareness to kids early on and give them the tools to navigate this uneven playing field in their lives. It’s also helpful for our kids to know what they’re up against rather than put all the onus on their individual approach to claw their way out of inequity.


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