Puppy Love <3

I reach home thinking of the movies I want to watch and my cozy bed.

As I open the main gate, my pups start jumping around, excited.

I park the car and let Livie free for her daily evening run/stroll.

And as usual, she runs off for a distance and comes racing back, and jumps up to hug me.

It’s almost like, Ohh! I forgot to hug mommy! 😀 ❤

And as usual Appy is barking and howling like, Give me attention! Me! Me! Look at me! Come here! Come here! 😀 ❤

Some routines are not worth changing. 😀 ❤

 

Advertisements

Year 2017

It’s a little late for this post but the usual holiday laziness kept me busy and made me postpone writing this post. 😁

This post is going to be the countdown of my most favorite memories of 2017. I may be the only person who would read it countless times in the years to come, but the smile on my future self is worth the long post.  😊

JANUARY:

The year started with the usual new year (2017) midnight mass with my family. Then back in Goa, the ever awaited event at office – Pulse started and it was amazing. The fact that I was off a full-fledged project was a big bonus for me.
Organizing the quiz event and the Kala Chasma/Zingat dance need a big mention! @Thwe, we kinda rocked it 😁😜
Yeah, I also managed to keep my kala chasma (sunglasses) on even for the Zingat song, which made friends who noticed laugh at the idiot that I am! 😁

IMG-20170124-WA0008

That’s Twinie and me with the medal(s) we won during the Sports day – the one day I deem myself sporty enough to stand around in the sun the whole day getting tanned. 😜

I got my hair highlighted with purple color the second time (which was hardly visible on my dark curls). This time, Thwe gave me company and got the ends of her tresses colored red. Though I was kinda unsatisfied with the end product, during the next few months the fading color perfectly complimented my previously highlighted hair.

This is the month I got to work on something that actually had me interested in coding, before getting myself stuck in something I truly came to hate.

FEBRUARY:

My favorite month right after none. ❤


Owing to the fact that I would be completing my quarter life that month, I decided to fulfill some of my wishes.

So, on the 15th I had a tattoo imprinted on my hand (didn’t want to disturb the tattoo artist on 14th 😉 ) and got my ears pierced on the 19th.

I had my cousin – Joli accompany me for the tattoo and a friend – Pinky for the ear piercing (was a tad tipsy that day). I kinda freaked out when a baby started crying at the top of her lungs when her ears were pierced and I ended up pulling the hands of the guy piercing my ears, until Pinky gave me a slight warning. 😂

IMG-20170219-WA0024On the 20th (yes, the day after I got my ears pierced) was my friends – Aksh’s engagement in Karwar. All dressed up we – Thwe, Twinie, Ruddh and I travelled the 3 hours to the occasion.

Then came the 21st !! My birthday !! As the years go by, my excitement for this particular day decreases more. Like mehh cake, mehhh blow candles, But on one side it hurt (a liiiiitle) to have not cut a single cake – definitely a first. But mehhh life goes on. 😈

The festivities continued with Pinky’s birthday which we celebrated at a nearby restaurant – Ben & Sands and then a visit to the beach the same night.

We helped in organizing the Cyber Champs event (the photo with the group all in black).
I painted a abstract painting for my cousin. Just got the feeling to paint something and that’s exactly what I did! My first solo canvas painting :D.

MARCH

This month was Bhi’s birthday.

My godchild is born ! She was born on the 8th of March, so currently she is 10 months young, waddling along holding her dad’s hand, pointing at everything and trying out her vocal chords. I am not going to be adding any photos of her here any time coz you know they say bhuri nazar and all, and I really don’t want to risk it!

APRIL

April brought along many celebrations.

We started the month with Aksh’s Bach. The Pune girls came for the celebration, which made it perfect from the beginning. We had lunch, massage session, paintball, ross omelet stop and then finally the dinner. To say we had fun would be a really bad understatement. 😂

The next day, I got to spend the day with Niee and Shub who were supposed to leave that evening. Shub went with her college friends. Niee got her second tattoo and then we went to try out the famous Jess’s Fish Thali (famous in our friend circle at least).

Then on the 21st was Nesh’s wedding !!! Didn’t get involved much in his wedding keeping in mind that he’s a good friend. Come to think of it – guess there’s a very fine line between being friends as colleagues and being friends.

MAY

Genius’s birthday!

Aksh’s wedding and reception ! 14th and 20th were respectively the two occasions and we enjoyed a lot!

Pearl’s baptism: it was my Godchilds baptism on the 21st. The day I became officially a Godparent. 😁 Yeah, every time I held her she screamed her lungs out, but who knows she may like me later? :S

JUNE

Hmm… June, June, June, don’t remember anything important during this month.

Thwe’s nephews birthday, where we hogged and played games. 😀

I guess we started our swimming lessons this month. We being – Bhi and I. We “learned” to freestyle, and that’s it. Apparently we didn’t have the strength to even try out the other strokes, like the butterfly stroke which made us look more like frogs. 😀

I went to visit mom, dad this month. Had the most calm, worry-free weekend.

JULY

Aksh’s birthday

Preparation for mom dad’s arrival: mummy daddy were arriving on the 1st of August, which meant I had to make the house spic and span before that. Which meant double checking for dust bunnies, sweeping and mopping every corner of the house. Amazing workout!

AUGUST

mom dad are here ! Mummy, Daddy and my brother reached as expected on the 1st and as I had planned I spent almost the whole month working from home. Like some researchers say – 21 days are more than enough to get used to anything. Getting used to being around family is something that takes less than 21 days. Especially missed were my brother’s snide remarks on everything. When they left it just made me feel out of place here.

SEPTEMBER

Yeah, I spent most of September moping around, missing my family. Wish there was a better way to be with family without any restrictions like would I get a job, would it give good pay, etc. Being away from family for a long time, makes you kind of realize what you are missing.

At the end of the month – had to travel to visit mom dad for some official work and the weekend was free of the usual debates, which made it even more better.

OCTOBER

Start of diet. I made a vow when I was with mummy that I would start a diet once I was back in Goa, and that’s exactly what I did. Dal Chapatti, Steamed veggies and fish, lots of water and fruits, and porridge!!! Included was a minimum of 30mins on the treadmill.

Planning for spinsters party. Yeah we planned for Pinky’s spinsters party.

Yada. Yada. Yada.

NOVEMBER

Continued diet.

Pune !!! After years of postponing this trip, I actually went ahead with it this time! And excluding the few necessary issues, we had the best time ! Bestest best time !! Hard Rock Cafe !! ❤ Thwe, if you are still reading: whenever however we should go again !!!! 😁😍

Thwe’s birthday!

Prep for sangeet, which included practising our dance 😂 staying awake for hours late at night! That too on workdays, ending up in me roaming around like a zombie at office.

DECEMBER

Genius and Pinky’s sangeet and wedding!!

This month was made up of dressing up and going for so many weddings !!! 7 weddings is an all time record for me.

Work was bad but managed it though.

Jazz’s last day 😦

Then at last peace, when I left Goa on the 19th to celebrate the holiday season with Mummy Daddy.

Christmas and New Year was as usual the same with family. Happy and comforting. 😊 just being around family is more than enough during these occasions.

THE END – Year 2018 *-)

I thought of adding a lot of photos and adding some color to this but that’s lots of photos to upload and insert so, this is the best I can do.

Christmas Time!

It’s that time of the year again!

The cold winter mornings when getting out of your blanket cocoon seem to be the worst idea.
Christmas songs playing on the FM, letting us know that Santa’s coming.
Decorations on display en mass everywhere.
Everyone awaiting the days to pass till their leave starts. 😀

christmas-scraps-145
Can’t help getting into the Christmas mood. ❤ 🙂

Decisions (Wedding edition)

Decisions decisions. Let me clear a doubt. Not my wedding decision. 

The scene: My aunt and uncle brought me along to a wedding reception. I don’t know the couple, have never seen them before in my life but yes I have shamelessly hogged on their wedding lunch. The decision now is:

Do I go ahead and run up the stairs to wish a couple who wouldn’t even know I existed before that particular moment and risk being added into their photo album as “that” girl who both can’t recognize. 

OR

Do I wait below the stage and look as my aunt and uncle wish the couple, while I cheekily click their photo, when I know that I have gulped down a plate of free food and 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream without even bothering to wish the couple who financed the whole thing.

Worth It !

The best part of trying hard to change something in your life is when you get a positive comment from a dear friend.

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I am currently trying to lose some kilos from my overweight body by controlling my eating habits while increasing my exercises which mainly includes cardio – walking/running on the treadmill, or the occasional walks on our beaches.

Yeah, I have cheated a lot on my ‘diet’, by allowing a few lot indulgences but as I am sure I will not be following this controlled ‘diet’ forever, I am keeping myself open to eat anything my heart tummy desires. Then, there are days when I don’t want to even enter a gym or get out of bed during weekends, the ‘gym-break’ days. 😁😉Those days include the days when my legs are ready to fall off my body when I think about the treadmill. 😁😜

I know I have made a difference to myself and am very proud of my effort till now, but what makes it all the more worth it, is when someone notices. 😊

Burger Craze! <3

double-rl-ranch-burger
Nothing can describe the joy of biting into a juicy,
creamy,
sauced-up burger,
munching on it slowly,
relishing the tangy taste of the ketchup,
the crunch of the veggies,
the delicious oh-so-yummy burger patty;
and soon after swallowing,
you go in for more,
and more,
till it’s all gone! 😦

Gold

Today morning right after breakfast:

Mom: Dress up Carol.

I : Why? Where are we going ?

Mom: Going to Lulu (a nearby Hypermarket)

I: For what?

Mom: Have to buy something.

Being the ever compliant daughter that I am, I go ahead, dress up and wait; till dad comes to pick us.

Dad(with a smirk): Why are you dressed ?

I: Mummy told me to dress up. What happened ?

Dad (mutters something about me getting married)

I (realising why Mummy was being so cryptic): Mummmmyyyyyyy!!!!!!

Indian parents have this urge to send their daughters into her husband’s arms laden in gold. 

Being someone who can’t bear too much of gold; or any gold, my own parents have to force me to try the jewellery. I can’t refuse the gold too, as I would only be giving cause for my parents to be talked about.

The scene at the jewellers:

Mom: Which design you liked?

I: Buy anything you like Mummy. I’m going to be wearing it once in a while anyway.

Mom: Carol, don’t say like that. Choose which design you like.

And the conversation went back and forth till both Mummy and Daddy agreed on 2 different patterns.

What worries me more is the fact that I am and always was single. Why would my parents even bother buying gold at such an early point is beyond me. 

It’s almost like wishful thinking.

Ramblings: (15/08/2017)

Yesterday, we were looking at some old albums and I found a photo.

I thought it was an old photo of my mom and I but there were two different opinions about who the baby was.

My neighbor who was himself was a kid of maybe 8-9 years around the time when I was born was not ready to believe that the baby in the photo was me. He repeated the phrase “That’s not you” so many times and so fervently that even when my own mother said the baby WAS me, I couldn’t accept it.

Happy Independence Day to all my Indian brothers and sisters! 😊

we matter

Recently there have been a lot of celebrity suicides. As I am an Indian who follows a bit of both worlds, hearing the news of two suicides on the same day was kinda upsetting. One was Chester Bennington, the other was a Bollywood actress in an upcoming film.

Think about how we all strive for something, and when we don’t achieve that, we just give up; when all that is required is to bear it, let it pass because this is life. Life goes on. Something worse could be lingering in our path later which would make our current predicament look like a joke.

Actually the thought that struck me first was why would “celebrities” commit suicide? That it was fundamentally wrong. They have the perfect life! Money! Fans! And Chester had 6 kids! 6 Kids! 

What other motive do you need to live?

I don’t really know what was happening in his personal life that he took such a drastic step but was it worth it? 

There are some moments, which scarily enough occur regularly, when I think if I just have an accident right now, I wouldn’t have to solve that issue tomorrow. But, I can’t really do that right? There’s my Mummy and Daddy who would just break down; my brother who is much more emotional than me; my Aunt who along the years got attached to me; my cousin and aunts and uncles; my friends. Can’t really be selfish about our life when we are linked to so many others. We matter and like the countless LP fans are saying – It does matter.

My main point was supposed to be – we as humans will never be happy with where we are, what we are and what we do. We always have something hurting us from our past/present/future.

We just have to BELIEVE in our selves and push through whatever we are going through. Whatever matter you are stuck in right now, it will be fixed. Not the end of the world.

I am not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings with this post but these are my honest thoughts.

Makeup anyone?

makeup-clipart-put-on-makeup-clipart-with-trends-for-putting-on-makeup-clip-art-black-and-white

Why don’t you wear makeup?
This comes from my dear little brother, who isn’t as little anymore.

You may find a little kajal on my eyelids and lipstick on my lips when I’m attending some event; or the full blown makeup on my face when a beautician is given full rein to do what she pleases on my face (that’s when even my own brother can’t recognize me. Lol).

But, makeup daily ? Na-uh!

There are some people who use all those different makeup items like – mascara, foundation, eyeliner and yadayada.
Then there are those people like me who just enter work with a natural look (sans powder, sans cream, sans anything).
Like look at the face that God has given me.
LOOK!
Have a problem?
Kindly approach God with your valued suggestions.
Don’t bother me with them. 😉

While I say that, I’m sure some job positions require you to be looking your best.
Not the shabby, just-got-out-of-bed look that I usually sport.
Being a developer has its perks 😉