Taking a short Break…

Yippeee!! Im going away this weekend with my school friends! 😀 to Coorg! All bookin done and we leave early thursday morning and be back on saturday night – and I CANT wait until thursday! 😀

And talking of blogging – Im thinking of taking a break here too for some time…Yeah, I know, for someone ho hardly blogs like once or twice a week this sounds ridiculous – did to me too… but then I saw RM’s mail and Seema’s mail (Thank You, ladies) and I was overwhelmed that they thought about me when they didnt see my comments.

I think thats another think with blogging – one doesnt really need to write everyday – as long as your friends know that you are around which you do by leaving your comment on their posts thats enough. But off-late there are so many things happening and at such a fast pace-life is throwing me things from all directions and right now Im a little high-strung and short of time. And let me admit-blogging is an addiction-Though Im not posting, Im definitely spending a lot of time blog hopping and commenting which I must ashamedly admit has affected my work. I need to catch up! So Take Care Ye’ All… I’m still around but I might not be a frequent visitor on a daily basis and will catch up over the weekends (Hopefully, if Chutku lets me). This space matters to me and I dont want to just do it for the heck of it rather than enjoying it…

This break is just for a short time – A month max? Please, Pretty Please will you all still hang around here and not leave me? *Sob sob* 

Versatile blogger – huh?!

Woohoo! My first ever blogging award for popularity! I mean – I had seen this being passed around a long time back among bloggers that I read and admired but for this to come to me – Wow! Thanks Deeps And Im really sorry that I took this long to publish this here. 7 random things about me is so hard to write! I remember another tab that had gone around like this about quirks that I thought I will just post that link here but I knew Deepsi would just come behind me with a big fat stick – so here it goes again…

The Rules for the Versatile Blogger Award says:
Nominate 15 fellow Bloggers –
Inform the Bloggers of their nomination
Share 7 Random things about yourself –
Thank the Blogger who nominated you
Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your Blog Post

– Something on physical appearance – I have a big mole on my face which generally fascinates kids and babies – except my own. (Of course sometimes the adults too comment but the social conditioning stops people from saying anything most times). I  wear spectacles and lens make me extremely uncomfortable and to add to it – hubby likes me with my specs on! Though I do like wearing make-up and admiring people who wear makeup and matching jewelery, I just dont have the patience for it. So I dont even buy them-just look at them and ogle at the counters in big shops and come home. And Im not even confident that I can carry off a made-up look. I end up eating even that bit of lipstick during the car ride even before we reach any function. So, its really not worth the effort…
– I am a extremely lazy and a big procrastinator – I keep postponing things until the time when there is a fire underneath to get things done.
– I love home deocr stuff and can spend hours lurking at these design/decor websites and keep thinking I should do them-but from point 2 – it never gets done…
– I love a good arguement but I hate confrontations. I can argue on something I believe strongly for hours but The minute I need to argue to ‘fight’ – I just give up-even if I know Im right especially in the workplace. Im sure if hubby is reading this he would be smirking coz Im completely the opposite at home!
– Though not exactly a cleanliness freak, I try to keep the house atleast clean enough for first glance – just incase someone drops in! – some kind of a fetish that even at 10-11pm I would be sorting out clothes sometimes…
– Im quite a scaredy cat – I can never sit on a roller coaster or watch a horror movie. I couldnt sleep for almost a week after I watched RGV’s Bhooth and hubby still laughs at me for it 😦
– I love travelling and seeing new places.  Thankfully, its a passion I share with the husband and before chutku we did do quite a bit of travelling. I think its time to resume that again… Infact 8 months in the US and we were hardly home over the weekends. We were called the ‘tourist aunty/uncle’ by some friends…
And here’s the previous one for quirkiness:
Thankfully I will absolve myself of tagging anyone – oh no wait! Hmmm… Let me tag Sanju, the one who introduced me to blogging and I know lurks at most blogs 😀 without commenting to take this one up…*evil grin* everybody else I read have already been tagged and have also completed the tag- yeah yeah.. I know I AM the procastinator…

Friday Fun – Toddler Updates

Ever since the Little monster has turned 2, the mostrocity has only increased double fold. Its becoming highly unpredictable to tell what he’s going to do next. Ofcourse, his vocabulary is growing by leaps and bounds and everyday he forms a new perfect sentence we stop and ask him to repeat it just to reveal in his thothla language 🙂

Some of his latest antics:
He loves his bath time (most days) and runs naked into the bathrooms in the mornings. Its mostly his dad who gives him the bath and more often than not you can hear his demands for ‘thale naana’ – head bath.His concept – pour ANYTHING on the head and it becomes a thale naana! So the other day, my poor unsuspecting Dad was sitting down on the floor and watching TV while this fellow went to him with a huge basket full of toys. The next thing we know-he has poured the entire contents of the lego blocks, small cars,random toys all on my father’s head and my Dad is sitting stunned still not understanding what happened! Then he says – “Thaatha, thale naana!”….
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He now listens verrry carefully to what we talk and the result is this:
He calls my Dad: “Riiiiii” like how my mom calls and if he doesnt find him anywhere he goes to my mom and asks “Arii yelli?” If he is asking any body else its Thatha but when its my mom it becomes “Ari”!!

FIL: “Raamiiiiii” like how my MIL calls him! These days even when he wants to call him – he calls him by name and I HAVE to keep correcting until he goes back to calling either of the Grand fathers as Thatha!
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Context: He loves to wipe any surface with any cloth he can get – appa’s baniyan,amma’s dupatta, thatha’s kerchief even ammamma’s saree!

Yesterday evening we reached home a little early and I just sat down to read something while this fellow played. He came behind me and began to wipe my back with my Dad’s kerchief. The next thing I know,I find something cold running down my back and I screamed and jumped and realised that this fellow was pouring his ‘sippy nee’ down my back. And when I screeched – he calmly put the bottle down, took the kerchief from the floor and began to wipe my back. All this while, my Dad just sat there and was laughing loudly! He apparently saw what this fellow was doing – even opened the sippy cap for him and wanted to see to what extent this fellow would go!! Trust the thatha to be hand-in-hand with the mischief! And then DAd gives me an explanation – he was not satisfied with just wiping without water – so he poured the water on your back!! W.T.H!!!!
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Finally, his Dad still has the split on his finger and he keeps asking everyday “Appa,abbu?” when he says yes, he comes back to me and shows his thumb and says “Amma, nannuuu abbu amma, kissie koDu”  Is this called Sympathy Pain? Whatever!

Simple Everyday Things…

That can make you happy:

Making sure that I work-out every morning for atleast half hour and the machine at the end of it shows a burn of 250Calories…

The small bit of effort in ‘dressing up’ to work doesnt go un-noticed! Everyone commenting on how good I drape the saree or how good the new dress looks on me. A pair of lens in place of thick specs, a matching bindi, eye liner, changed ear rings (I wear the one pair regularly and its kind of grown into my skin these days) and an added bracelet…

At the daycare: Ensuring the little one always has a spare set of clothes including the wipe cloths and bibs, matching coat and topi with the shirt and pant – an hour’s effort put over the weekend. And making sure he has different brkfast,different vegetable and a different snack everyday for dabba – all makes for a ‘Good Mommy’ tag! Ofcourse that makes me happy for the lack of sleep on sunday afternoon while I set his clothes for the week or the 15mins of less sleep time to pack everything…

Finally, some long forgotten messages from the hubby  😀
07/03/2008 at 7:19am that says: “Theres a nip in the air.Better take your coat”.
09/09/2008: “I lost to you eons ago” (obviously must have been some argument!)
23/12/2008: “Cool.Am near Swagruha Hotel.Still a long way to California” (I remember this-I had msgd him that I was listening to Hotel Califonia on the ipod)
26/03/2009: “I cancelled the sat practice.All the things I do for you grrr”
12/05/2009:”Listen to Radio city, am selected to go to SA, might be on air in 10mins” (This was his dream-got selected to watch the IPL 20-20 finals in SA because he answered all the questions right!)
08/06/2010: “Very hungry.Whats thr at home.” (Typical him – always hungry for junk food)
06/12/2010: “Hurray! The Gods have opened their eyes.Ur bill is less than mine” (On my mobile bill)
22/12/2010: “Did you see me.Smart man too” (When I msgd him that I saw some smart guy in the office canteen)
03/06/2011: “Just realised tht without u im not even half the person i am.Am in a meeting now.” (huh?)
15/09/2011: “Am getting into a call now.Will speak to you later. U r doing a great job. Just hang in thr” (when I was stressed in the previous project and was contemplating quitting).

New Year and all that Jazz…

‘Ello! Wishing my few readers a very happy new year…

A quick recap the last year and what we did over the weekend and what I look forward to in the coming year…

I dont remember half that things that happened last year! It went by in a flash… A couple of things to note was the sad demise of Hubby’s uncle – which made me reflect on where I will be at 70… a trip to ChikkamagaLur/Hebbur and another heritage trip later in the year with cousins… Personally the biggest change for me has been the career shift. Having said that on ther personal front – blogging opened up new friendships – so what if they are virtual (ofcourse increasing readership egging me on to post more often!) – an exposure to a lot of things that otherwise I would be unaware of. Making me more conscientous and more aware of what is happening around me.

Here’s what we did over the weekend…

Impulsively took friday off to spend the day with brother and SIL.Despite the cyclone Thane creating really cold winds and drizzle through the day, we went shopping and lunching with them. Bro wanted to buy this multigym (has a cross trainer,cycle,step up and a circular base that rotates-meant to work out the sides)  which we thought we will take a look at too and then eventually he dropped out (some shipping issues) and we bought it! :-O Horror of horrors – suddenly, now the whole family – hubby,bro and SIL, parents and in-laws have all begun to notice the tummy that I kept cunningly hidden (or so i thought!) and insisted that I begin working out…We then had lunch at Rajdhani in Mantri Mall (Yummm food) and while I ran around trying to find a thin black belt for a top, bro was busy buying toys for the little fellow. Came home by 5 and hubby rushed to work (duh!),bro and SIL left to the airport and we just we ate and slept by 9…

Saturday morning was lazy and relaxed. I didnt want to keep any of hte weekly chores for the 1st (Im very crazy like that-1st day of the year and all) so finished all the cleaning,clothes cleaning by afternoon and happily read my book while hubby and Chutku slept. Evening I fed dinner to Chutku, dressed him up in smart new clothes and we started to Hubby’s uncle’s house for the new year family party. Last year was at our house and though it was a lot of fun it was also a lot of running around which I happily didnt have to do this year 🙂 On the way the little fellow puked ALL his food ALL over himself and half on the Dad and the car seat. So, right there in the middle of the road, we had to stop,clean put some old clothes on him (Duh! I didnt think of this, so just carried his regular office bag which has some old clothes a spare for the day care) and we were the last ones to reach the party. Hubby and I – though we did argue at that time decided not to get our mood spoilt and so just took the situation as it came. Once there, we had a blast! The usual games of Antakshari and dumb charades and then cutting the new year cake,yummy dinner and then finally playing Housie where eventually I won both the middle column and the full house!! 😀 Yippee! To win something first thing in the new year! Got back home only by 2pm after dropping the in-laws home. Oh! And how can I forget – Chutku filled up his empty stomach by eating only and only potato chips!! Just let him be not wanting to create a scene there… but was still disappointed…

Sunday – Chutku woke up at 6.45, had milk and went back to sleep and spoilt mine.So, I got up too and with new year resolution and all – did 20mins on that new gym machine and then while the Rava Idly cooked-switched on the radio for lovely songs and read my book for 20mins (PEACE!) and waited for the father-son to get up. Took the in-laws out to lunch and another Mall roaming – this time Meenakshi Mall  came home and put Chutku to sleep for over an hour! He insisted that he wanted to sleep only on my lap and I sat there like that and read my novel :-D. By 9 I was completely out, had dinner and hit the bed – dont have a clue when the little fellow slept either! The last thing I know, he wasx asking his Dad – “Wath eech thich” pointing to the Dad’s nose,eyes etc;

At work today and enjoying it – and thats the main thing I want to concentrate on this year – Learning the new things for the new shift in career, trying to find that work-life balance that seems so elusive, and trying to get a little more healthy in terms of stamina. Mom says being tired makes me more cranky – yes ME more cranky and apparently I need to beat that tired-ness by eating better,excercising and increaing my stamina levels to keep me going…So there – Not sure how much of the targets I can achieve – not that I even set a target – just trying to better myself over-all..but its still there – that dreaded word of Resolution!

Have a Blast 2012 – Ye’All…