Tagged – Did I write all this?

There was a tag going around on posting what we thought about our own posts. And I was (still am) apprehensive about going back and reading them and selecting them too – God! Some of them are so silly, some mushy, some ridiculous – so how do I choose? Infact I didnt want to do them at all but then SnS had left a comment recently again that I should complete this task. So here goes this tag…

Oh! By the way, It was Ani who tagged me to do this post – SnS only commented I should do it (Sticks tongue out).So this one’s for you Ani πŸ˜€

Rules:

1) Blogger is nominated to take part


2) Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category. The links are:


– Your most beautiful post


– Your most popular post


– Your most controversial post


– Your most helpful post


– A post whose success surprised you

– A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved


– The post that you are most proud of


3) Blogger nominates up to 5 or more bloggers to take part. – OK, I think most of the bloggers I read have already been tagged, only some that are my very dear friends, who do blog and lurk but dont actually comment are left out-so I will tag them πŸ™‚ Lets see if I can get them out of hibernation!

Nikhil
Sanju
Deepti (Not that she lurks but she is a new blogger)
Seema (didnt see her doing this)

4) These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate another 5 more bloggers – That is upto their discretion if they want to pass the tag on or not – Now now People! Dont come with Stones..
5) And so it goes on!

Your most beautiful post –
I have 2 actually-both of them are the Dad’s letter to his son. I write enough here and vent all my feelings too (well mostly) but it takes a lot of effort to cajole the Dad to write something and that too he does it only for the son.So for the last 2 years, these words form a part of his gift to Chutku and so they are very special and beautiful to me…

http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2011/12/friday-fun-dads-birthday-letter-to-son.html

http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2010/12/fathers-letter-to-his-son.html

– Your most controversial post
Not exactly controversial but something that got a lot of thoughts and comments:

http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2011/09/education-childhoodexposure-to-latest.html#comment-form

This one that I had written quite sometime back: (Since SnS and RM had suggested that I link them to old posts)
http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2008/03/modern-day-daughter-in-law.html

– Your most helpful post – (I stick to my opinions and dont actually write anything helpful to anyone here)Not exactly helpful but since there was some general gyan on festivals and my Fave RM said she will come back here to read πŸ™‚ –
http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2011/09/on-festivals.html

– A post whose success surprised you  One really silly post that got a huge amount of response that it really did surprise me:

http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2011/08/what-do-i-wear.html

And this one was just a weekend update but got quite a few comments:

http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2011/09/denise-menace-and-90s-songs.html

– A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved – Hmm… none actually! I always only blogged to make this a place holder for all my thoughts so I need to really go back and …..

I think these posts, because if you havent read them (Barring RM πŸ™‚ )-then I would love to know your views:
http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2011/08/every-whining-has-silver-lining.html


http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2011/08/uncool-mom.html


http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2011/08/every-whining-has-silver-lining.html

– The post that you are most proud of Quite Obviously the TRBA Award winning post! πŸ™‚

http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2011/06/nuclear-familieselder-care-and-such.html 

and this one that I wrote for the VAWM:

http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2011/10/killing-dreams-is-this-abuse-too.html

Whew! Im done with the tag. And since Im still browsing through my old posts and I thought, your thoughts on these would be interesting to know, here are some old posts (because some of you asked!):

http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2009/11/what-we-lack.html

http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2009/10/attracting-attention.html

http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2009/08/black-or-white.html
http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2008/06/friday-dress-down-day.html

http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2008/10/fairness-fixation.html

http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2008/11/what-they-dont-teach-at-harvard.html 

I had even submitted this to TRBA:
http://rushmechatter.blogspot.in/2008/07/is-this-how-married-woman-should-look.html

Bwahahaha! I just got so greedy, and so confused 😦 NOW, go on and comment everyone, I have spent enough time in collecting these posts,so please dont let my efforts go waste!

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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 πŸ˜€ 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…

Mommy Guilt

The Bride tagged me to write about Mommy guilt:

1.Write about 2 instances where you have put yourself before your child/ children… been a wee bit selfish.

2.How did you feel? Did you feel a pang of guilt or were you comfortable?

3.Tag 2 more moms

The maximum I’ve ever felt guilty was initially when he was born and had really bad bouts of colic for 3 full months and most everyone I knew told me it was because I didnt eat/rest/take care properly during pregnancy – those were the worst mommy guilt moments for me – seeing him howl in pain and not knowing how to help/or when no medicine,warm water bath worked… Now that, that phase is over there isnt much I worry about except maybe:

1. My Work – The first 6 months after Chutku that I stayed at home drove me crazy. Crazy because I had no adult company and was all the time feeding/cleaning/putting him to sleep routine. And I decided no matter what Im going back to work. So leaving him in the day-care was no option.
On a regular day I dont feel guilty leaving him at the day care. I’ve mentioned here before that he’s being taken good care of and he is comfortable too. So there are times when hubby and I go out for lunch – we even took the day off on our anniversary, left him at the day care and watched 2 movies – ensuring we had some time together without upsetting anyone’s routines either. And there was no guilt.
But, on days he is unwell, has a bad nappy rash or just has a clingy day (especially monday mornings) – those are moments when I feel guilty. Sometimes I peep from the door without going inside lest he should cry on seeing me and I see him playing all by himself, roaming behind his care taker when no one’s talking to him – those moments are when I feel the pinch.

2. With hubby’s hectic work schedules I come home alone with him – the responsiblity of feeding him dinner and completing the night routine, putting him to sleep fall completely on me. And there are days when Im not feeling too well and I just want to sleep or watch some good TV, something on my mind that I want to blog, read  and he choses those days to not sleep early! He’s cranky with sleep but refuses to stop playing and wants to be all over me. Invariably I end up screaming at him and put him on my lap to pat him to sleep and I admit I can be a little rough too at times because it takes all my energy to put the squirmy bundle on my lap! And that is when I feel guilty – guilty of being unable to control my emotion/stress/temper for a few more mins when all he wants is to stick to me because he hasnt got enough of me for the day…

I understand too that these are all temporary and unavoidable at times.Im still learning to control my temper and have been quite successful too… so at the end of the day its not too much guilt that I carry to bed with me!

OK, now who do I tag:

LF – to know what she feels about Chucky and Seemahttp://seemabbas.blogspot.com/ – what with twins!

Come on ladies – do the tag and let us know…

Quirky?! Me?

Well,I’ve been tagged again to list 6 eccentric characters of mine by Arch-fully I first thought- that’s so easy! but then I couldn’t think of any! That’s when I realised – we look around,see people everyday and find quirks and unusual habits in them,but we never realise our own. So I’ve thought about this for a week and here it goes:

1. Counting Steps: If Im alone and walking up/down a flight of stairs-I count the number of stairs I take,unless Im on the phone/some bigger thought is nagging me. Weird na?

2. Head shaking: Probably not a habit but I shake my head and hands a lot while talking. The more excited I am,more the hand and head movements. Hubby has even experimented holding my head while I talk-I cant! My thought process halts if I cant shake my head! :-O

3. Extreme Clumsiness: I am extremely clumsy. I HAVE to hurt myself at least once a day. Hit my big fat toe to the dresser/table leg, cut my hand,stumble-something! Worst is dropping water from the tumbler with my hand while talking (ref. 2). So now I generally keep any such tumblers far far away from my moving hands when ever we go out to eat.

4. Ironed Clothes: I have to wear ironed clothes always-whats so quirky you ask? I don’t like even the line of folding on ironed clothes. I iron them again-well not these days (no time! 😦 ) but this obsession was at its peak during college-Mom used to get so frustrated that she would say – “If you could Iron your clothes AFTER you’ve put them on your body-you would do that too!” :-p oh! And on the topic of clothes-I need to decide what I will wear and think a LOT the night before-even for a normal work day-Is it going to rain? Am I going to feel hot/cold? Do I have any imp meetings that I need to be comfortable in my clothes? blah blah…

5. Stage Fright: YES! I have a bad bad case of stage fright. I cant talk in any formal gathering. A team meeting and I need to give updates-I better go prepared with my sheet of paper,or I will go completely blank and start to hyperventilate,feel hot,voice becomes squeaky-NO I AM NOT exaggerating. Its true. The same team at a dinner party-I can bring down the place talking. Same crowd-different situations 😦 I just hope nobody at work notices it though! (Just last week,I was giving some updates and I forgot what a POC was,Just couldn’t recollect. Thankfully I had a minute to think and get the right expansion for the same. *whew!* )

6. Prayers: Its an ingrained habit since I was a kid. I pray as soon as I get up, and I HAVE to get up on my right side, and pray before I sleep-no matter how tired I am. I realised its not a common habit for most-only after marriage! Until then I was under the impression that everyone does it…

Aha! These are 6 that I thought of myself. And here are some that others told me-That I worry a lot-a lot lot more than what ‘normal’ people do!?? And Hubby pointed out that I am obsessed with photographs. Any given day I can spend hours together looking at photos. And oh! that I am slowly getting addicted to blogging!And this one again by hubby (Who else *rolling my eyes*) -that I never get a single sneeze-my sneezes are always More than 3-4 at a time πŸ˜€ – now howz that for a quirk? Beat that anyone? πŸ˜‰

Now here’s passing the buck:

(My 3 regular readers)
Sanju
Santosh
Nikhil

(And my new follower – ah! Sounds divine! What an Ego booster! :-D)
Sea Shell

Tagged! -My first one

Santosh has tagged me to: β€œJot down 5 of your favorite quotes from the various books you’ve read. If you don’t have the books with you now, googling (Wikiquotes and the like) can be used to find them. Tag five people and acknowledge the person who tagged you.”

and Oh!My! God! I’ve been thinking and thinking about this for quite some time now. having read so many books over the years, i’ve always liked a scene,a paragraph or sometimes the complete book that i’ve read more than once – but quotes?? :-O This would be the toughest one… Here goes:

1. When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. – Alchemist-Paulo Coelho

I first read this book in college and at that time when life was so indecisive and confusing this statement was often used by us friends to find some comfort for ourselves! And this is one statement thats been tried and tested and twisted in most
movies too!

2.You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

I actually read this book becoz Rahul Dravid had mentioned in some interview that he liked this book a lot! *grinn!* and I really liked the book…

3.If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. – Nora Roberts

I dont remember the book, but I like this author πŸ™‚ and i had written it down long ago-surprisingly I also found it in Wikiquotes.

4.But love clears the vision. You see better, sharper, because you feel more than you did before – Memory in Death – NR

Since I’ve been reading all her books for the past couple months-I cant think of any other quotes from novels right now!!

5. What are we, after all, without our memories … without our dreams? ~ The Wedding, Nicholas Sparks

This book was recomended by a friend and I liked the simple style of writing-nothing over the top. A good read.

Im not very happy with this list but I guess it will have to do for now. Am not finding so many of them in Wiki Quotes either! So, I guess I’ll just make another list as and when I come across something I like-atleast next time I do a tag it’ll come in handy! πŸ™‚

Oh! And I tag only 2 people who read (regularly, I think )my blog:

Sanju
Nikhil