Friday, November 06, 2009

What really gets on my nerves

Are you worried about how you'll handle the babies?
G should stop traveling, how will you ever manage?
Twins are generally preemies, you should be prepared for it.
Wow, you look big!
Can I rub your belly?
Why don't you stop working ?
Will you continue to work after the babies are born? ... Are you kidding me?
And the worst of them all is something I cannot even get myself to say.

Do people have no brains? No sensitivity? If you don't know what to say, don't please say anything to me. By even means of small talk. I really don't want to hear scary c-section stories or about the umbilical cord or about blood pressure. I know what I need to know, by your telling me these stories you are only making me nervous and not helping me in ANY way.
I don't know you and I don't want you to touch my belly! I don't know how to say no, so why even put me on the spot?
If I will have premature babies, I will, what can I do about it? Whisper to them to grow up fast? To tighten my legs when i move around?
G will do what and when he chooses to do. I am not going to be coming to you for help, so don't ask me when he will stop. We all do what we can.
I will work, if you have a problem with that, shut up and keep it to yourself. If I cannot manage I will quit. There, happy?

Why can't people share happy thoughts? Why is there so much morosity (not a word, but i love it) all around?
I guess this is the reason why people don't share the news of them being pregnant with a lot of people, since they don't know what to say or how to react. But how difficult is it to be nice?
Ok, done venting!
I am 8 months along now...cannot believe there is such little time left. So much still left to do!!! Ok, so I'll get to that, TTYL. :D

Monday, October 26, 2009

Foodie talk

I was reading a blog and I just took up a tag.
So one has to basically list five memorable meals ever eaten: It could be anything that makes the meal memorable – the food, the place, the place you were in your life when you ate, the company, the weather, the ambiance – heck, the guy who served the food!”.

So, the oldest and fondest food memory has to be from home. Right? So it is of my mom making poha and halwa for Sunday breakfast. I just loved loved it and I could eat boat loads of it. We would sit on the carpet infront of the TV and eat watching Ramayan/Mahabharat and then we would all happily take a nap.

Once, my parents had gone out of the city and we were staying with family friends. The Auntie was known to make funny combination of food. Now she knew I loved Pumpkin Sabzee. So she made dal, rice and pumpkin sabzee. I had never had this combination..but to this day, I am smitten. I absolutely LOVE it and every time I or Mom make it we think of Auntie and smile :) I even remember that we were sitting on their terrace and having lunch. it was just so special and sweet :)

Next is a memory of the times I spent in Jabalpur, food being a major thing with most of us :D Shalu and I would go to this restaurant called 'Traffic Jam' and we would do TP over cold coffee with ice cream. That used to be fun. And also the cutlets @ 'Indian Coffee House'. ummmm :D And how can I forget the bread-omelet Rahul and Rajat made me eat @ Itarsi enroute to Bhopal. That was just awesome, none of us slept that night, we just talked our way into the morning :)

And then I landed in the US. So many food memories with UTA and Arlington. I think the most prominent ones are the loads of chai we would drink so we wouldn't fall asleep and instead study. There was always a 'discussion' as to who the chai maker would be, Mudi would never make it but he made the best tea, followed by Sameer. While the tea lasted the gossip session would last and many a times, we would all go to sleep right after having the tea . hahaha. The other is the very elaborate Dinner my roomies and friends would have. We would have cooking turns and if we had enough time, we'd make some nice stuff for dinner (nice = chole/rajma or sauj's gujju delicacies). We would all gather, Anurag was mostly there, he would get his own food unless it was something special, and we would all sit on the floor on newspapers and eat and talk and just be happy. Of course we had to watch a movie after that, so we'd all catch a little bit of a movie, i would take some shut eye during the movie and then rush off to the lab or in my room to study :)

How can I not have a memory of my non-bawarchi hubby :D So G doesn't cook much, but one thing he does do very well is make Omelet. So Saturday mornings are G's mornings to make us a super big Omelet and cold coffee and we'll sit and watch a movie and gorge on the eggy delight. It's super cool coz it reminds me of home, since i'll push the plate aside and take a little nap after the sumptuous breakfast :)

There are many more...like when Mom would start preparing the festival delicacies, we would wait around the kitchen wishing her to get the first batch out so we could taste some, Mom asking us to make Chinese for her, coz she loves it and loves it when we make it for her. Fighting with Dad on how much sugar there should be in halwa, there is no one who makes better halwa than him, absolutely no one. Making chai for V Uncle and sitting around to get compliments from him :) The first time I cooked for G, the first time he made dal...so many more firsts and so many more memories to make :)

O, this was a fun fun tag! Anyone who wants to should take it up. Anu Russell you are definitely tagged and Akansha. Coz I know both of you are foodies and it'll be nice to know your food memories.

This has made me so hungry, time for some tapioca pudding :D

Monday, October 05, 2009

He n I n them

So G n I are not 2 peas in a pod, as my romantic brain would like to believe ;) Well not really, we'd get sick of each other and all that..

So here's why:
G doesn't like to keep the back door open, he thinks it's an invite to the reptile and insect world (which it is, during twilight only)!. Then we live in the airport zone, so there is some disturbance coz of the flying beasts (which it is, but can't you talk over the planes or wait a few seconds and talk?).
He doesn't like to sit in the patio and drink chai or have breakfast coz of the planes.
Well, he doesn't like chai!
He doesn't like the rain or getting wet in it. (Why else does it rain??)

And then there are things we both like to do:
Not go shopping.
Go to a cafe.
Go to Barnes and Noble.
Read books.
Watch TV
Play Guitar Hero.
Water!!!
Harry Potter!

So here's what I am getting at. I cannot wait for my babies to come and over power Gourav. (hehehe). I will make them love the rain and stand outside with me and dance in it, have breakfast and morning milk outside and keep the door open. We will all go swimming (of course G says, their Mom is not a swimmer, but i can flip around), watch movies, read, play and finally go to Universal Studios Harry Potter park and get lost!!!!!!

O When will they be 1.5?

Friday, September 11, 2009

On a roll..

Been blogging for 3 days in a row..ain't I being nice?
Lol...
So tagged by Anu and here goes:

1. What is your current obsession?
My babies!!! and trying to decorate their room..
2. What are you wearing today?
Capris and green t shirt
3. What’s for dinner?
I know I want to eat Pakoras today..it's the yummy rainy weather today :)
4. What’s the last thing you bought?
A gift for my friend's wedding. (LOL yeah same time as Anu)
5. What are you listening to right now?
Co workers talking in the BG
6. What do you think about the person who tagged you?
She's the coolest, love her :)
7. If pigs could fly…complete the sentence?
then humans wouldn't be far behind..right?
8. What are your must-have pieces for summer?
Cool house, lots of ice in the fridge, cute capris, skirts, shorts.
9. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Visit my parents!!!!
10. What is one thing you want to learn to do? (changed)
Learn to sew.
11. What’s your favourite quote?
Life is too short.
12. Who do you want to meet right now?
Mom n Dad
13. What is your favourite colour?
Blue or green..i keep switching
14. What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own closet?
My Satya Paul Saree.
15. What is your dream job?
Cook or critique food. Party planning.
16. What’s your favourite magazine?
Entertainment Weekly.. coz that's the only one i read.
17. If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?
Murals for the nursery.
18. Favourite TV show? (changed question)
Grey's Anatomy!!!!
19. Who are your style icons?
Not really sure...but some friends or acquaintances whose dress sense I like.
20. What kind of haircut do you prefer?
Manageable, hair should be long enough to be tucked behind ears. Layers!
21. What are you going to do after this?
Work
22. What are your favourite movies?
About a boy, Gone with the wind, and more..can't remember them right now. LOL.
23. What are three cosmetic/makeup/perfume products that you can’t live without?
There is no single piece of makeup I must have on...but I guess it'd be eye liner, moisturizer, lipstick and of course deo!
24. What inspires you?
My laziness puts me into action.
25. Give us three styling tips that always work for you:

ok, i'll try.
1. Black!
2. comfy clothes, i know if i am dressed in a size smaller or bigger, either my cleavage will hang out or my love handles will show.
3. A nice bracelet/bangle.
26. What do you do when you “have nothing to wear” (even though your closet’s packed)?
I will give every imaginable piece of clothing a 'look'. Then finally decide on something i don't exactly hate at that moment and wear that, ofcourse after whining how I don't have any 'decent' clothes :D
27. Coffee or tea?
Cold coffee and hot Tea.
28. What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?
Talk to Mom or take a nap..it usually works.
29. What is the meaning of your name?
Clouds
30. Which other blogs you love visiting?
Ahh..so many. Listed on my profile.
31. Favorite Dessert/Sweet?
Besan Ladoo!!! and chocolate cakes and ice creams.
32. Favorite Season ?
Spring, I don't mind winters either. Summer is a bit too hot for me and nothing fun to do.
33. If I come to your house now, what would u cook for me?
I will make you aloo sabzee and kachori and paneer fritters for starters and chocolate cake for dessert. Coming?
34. What is one book that you would suggest the whole world reads?(new question)
Harry Potter series :D :D
Rules for those who are tagged:
Respond and rework – answer these questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own, and add one more question to the list. Then tag eight or ten other new set of people.
35. (New Question) What's an ideal evening like?
Getting home from work on time, making an easy yet tasty dinner with G. Go for a walk with him, the weather has to be nice, eat dinner while watching one of our favorite shows on TV, polish off with a nice desert, go to bed, read and sleep :)
I'd like to tag:
My sister
&
Akansha.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

100th Post

Can't believe i have written 100 of 'em!

So right now, I am very pissed off with the 'Right Wing'. I think all sense and wisdom is out of the window. The way they are reacting to anything the President does, has no basis and certainly no wisdom.

I am talking about the Health Care debate
and Mr O's Back to school speech.

I have been told that some schools refused to show his speech but are taking the kids to see Mr Bush speak. A total WTH moment for me. So much hatred and so much anger the Right wing has.
Mr O, I think you should do what Bush did, do not listen to anyone, just implement what you choose to do.
I am not going to say i favor the Bill too much, but I hate the reasons the Republicans are giving, death panel, denial of service etc etc.

Ok so 100th post should be more cheerful right. So here's the cheerful note, I got 2 awards curtsy Anu. Yeaayyy..my first awards..thank you Anu :)





And I'd like to give it to Chandini. I think her posts are fun and keep me entertained :)

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Being on the verge of becoming parents, G n I often go through self doubts. I more than G. Like are we going to be good parents, are the kids going to be well behaved, will we know what they want and when they want it. What will we do with them. My questions include and are not limited to, will they study, will they be A grade students (because there is no other 'acceptable' grade in my book). Will I be partial towards one child. Will I be the knowing, understanding Mom, my Mom was and is? Will I be patient?

Then there is more. Like this Sunday, I woke up, made us a nice breakfast of scones and dhokla and cold coffee. Ate it and went to sleep. I woke up at least an hour later and I was thinking to myself in a few months time, will I have this luxury? After that G n I sat and watched TV and chatted with friends on the phone. How about this one...will we have this? We later went off to our favorite Chaat place and gorged on some Chole Bhature. This one I think i can still have...no? Came and slept off again for a little bit and then we went for a walk and watched some TV, made dinner and later saw a movie. I am sure we'll do all the above minus all the sleeping I am doing right now and all the TV watching..right? Well..we'll see.

We cannot wait for the babies to come. So super excited, all the questions we have..i know we will find answers to them and I am hoping we'll be good parents. I guess the kids will let us know when we're not ;).

Entering 6th month now...time seems to fly us by! We still have to do the nursery. Though we wont be using it right away..but I'd like to decorate their room for when they are ready to live there.

G is in town right now..how very nice. I get back massages everyday. I put him through hell so much, I am so glad to have him. He doesn't complain :) I try and be nicer, and he knows that. I just wish I could do that more.

Oh well...time to go eat now. Babies will let me know that they're not happy with this delay ;)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Jai (Nahin) Ho

So I am just going to throw it out there, that I don't like the song Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire at all. Everyone seems to be ga ga over it. Most dance competitions think this is the best song since Billy Jean or Thriller and want to dance to the tunes of this unbearable song. I know everyone loves ARR and all that, I like him a lot too, but this song just gets on my nerves. Hate it from the bottom of my heart!!!!

There...it's out there now..let the hate begin...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Half way mark and more...

My little babies are now the size of carrots. :)
We bought their first set of clothes, and I hadn't realised it would make me sooo emotional..but it did. we were in the shop and i had to bite down on my lips to stop from crying. G kept his arms around me...and at that time, my life couldn't have been more perfect :)
Wow! we're on our way to becoming parents, sometimes it feels unreal and that's when i'll feel a little nudge in the belly and know it's all real :)

my least favorite foods during pregnancy have been:
1. mango (sob sob)
2. chocolate (thankfully i am recovering)
3. bread (i am still very picky)
4. ginger (hate it still)
5. tomatoes (wonder why)
6. tea (getting over it)
7. apples (still not liking them)
8. gum (i am working on it)
9. hate all kinds of fruit and vegetable juices. (still hate them).
10. saltines - i don't think i am going to ever put a cracker in my mouth

We are now more than half way through! how exciting. i wish they were here already though :)
I have more random thoughts, but I have to get something finished..so I'll get back to the blog later.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Yin Yang

So for the sake of balance, I should write about the things that please me (taking a leaf from Anu's blog.) And since Jeremy wants to know too :)

1. Water Falls.
2. Receiving people on the airport/train station/bus stop/car.
3. Flowers in general, chrysanthemums in particular.
4. People who can make out from my tone that I am not in the best of spirits and refrain from acting smart.
5. Courteous people.
6. Watching movies/TV/sport with the family and friends.
7. Ganesh
8. Watching it rain with chai, a good book or romantic movie and a pizza, pakoras (fried vegetables, an Indian snack) later.
9. Cheese and Potato .. i mean really what else is there?
10.Finding some cash stashed away, that I had completely forgotten about!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Oh bother, I've been tagged!

Anu (grrrr) has tagged me and I am obligated to do the bidding :D

So it's pretty simple, I have write about 10 things that annoy me the most. (I am sure I can well exceed that number ;) ) So in no particular order:

1. People not picking after themselves.
2. Drama Queens.
3. Raisins.
4. Sarah Palin .
5. Rebooting the computer.
6. People who give their opinion about something they know nothing about. ( Like if you've never been married, stop giving marital advice! )
7. Dirty/Smelly restrooms.
8. When the gas mark is near empty in the car, worse if the light is on.
9. Shopping! (Yeah believe it or not, I hate shopping)!!!
10. Someone who insults my country in front of me. I am an Indian. And if someone has seen/read/heard something they find distasteful, I don't want to know. I am a very proud Indian and there is no way you can say something derogatory and not make my blood boil.

Ok, I am done!!!! That was actually fun.
I would really really like to hear from these people:
1. Jeremy
2. Akansha
3. Anyone who comes across this post :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Graduation

Not I wasn't proud to graduate, but imagine if the degree came to you from the hands of the president! http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/05/22/obama.mccain/index.html

Sigh....

Friday, May 08, 2009

National Anthem

So RGV has come up his own version of the Indian Nation Anthem.
Besides the fact that I don't like it, I don't like it that he is meddling with the anthem.
Maybe I am being over sensitive, I am not sure. What do you guys think?

Monday, March 09, 2009

I need not want...

It's been a month since i blogged, waah!
Well, it's not as though my life has been bereft of happening things, but there was not something i was keen on writing about.

So let me talk about the things I want. Lol, yeah there are so many things I want to do around the house.
1. I want a nice gazebo. i can make do with a not so good looking covering for my patio, but basically i need for the patio to have some covered area.
2. i want to change the door handles and knobs from the generic brass ones to nice dark ones, the more chic looking ones basically.
3. want to put handles on the kitchen cabinets, this one is not a big deal, G n I just need to get to this.
4. I want granite counter tops for the kitchen ..this one is a long drawn out not to say expensive project, so i am thinking maybe 4-5 years later?
5. plantation shutters!!!!
6. a vegetable garden - now for this i need for the mower man to help me set up the ground. but he's not available on weekends, so let's c about that.
7. get a thai zari wall hanging. I just love these, but I have been told the best ones are available in Thailand. So i guess a trip is mandatory :D

Ok, so this is random babble. G thinks I have too many plans, most friends who live in houses tell me we'll NOT end up doing 75% of the changes one plans. So we'll see.
What I do like most to do with my space is make it more comfy, more pretty. If it wasn't for budget constraints and time constraints and LAZINESS I think we could knock all these aspirations out fairly quickly :)

Monday, February 09, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Into the New Year.

It's here, 2009! So much has already happened in the year. President Obama is in the white house, Manmohan Singh has had a surgery which has been covered by the media like a ball game and India continues to not take any action against Pakistan.

Personally, nothing much has changed. Life is cruising along. I am irritating people and they are irritation me in turn. The circle of life...

One thing which has been nagging me for a while and which replayed infront of me a few days back. So i decided it was time to address it. A 'friend' of mine forgot my birthday last year. Not a big deal to me since she always forgets it. But if i dare to forget hers, there will be hell to pay. So ok after a few days, i send some pictures out to said friend and there was a picture of me and my birthday cake. And she writes back to me 'O Megha, Happy Birthday. You are buddhi (old woman) now. '

Last week, it was a friend's (different one from above) birthday. He turned 30 and I saw someone wishing him saying, 'Over the hill eh?'. Now said friend was a little busy with his feelings assessing self worth at this milestone and so this comment took him literally over the hill.

I am sure you know, where I am going with this. I really don't want people to wish me on my Birthday if they cannot be happy for me or say kind and happy words to me. Birthdays to me have never been about growing older. I mean that is the reason for the day, but it's a happy day for me. But for some it might not be, but do we need to rub it in?