I get most ideas for my blog posts on my drive to work – especially when I am stuck in traffic (like today). An almost Pavlovian response. Don’t tell N – but if I am lucky enough to have pencil and paper handy (again, like today), I start my scribbles with one hand on the wheel and one eye on the windshield. Don’t worry – I only do this when Route 1 is a parking lot, which is quite often, at the hour that I step out to start my work day. Saves me from road rage, and time flies by (talk about win-win!).
November is a tough month for me. And not just because school is only open for half days for most days of the month – in eager anticipation of Thanksgiving. Or even because the crazy busy-ness at work is inversely proportional to the premature relaxed holiday mood in the schools. Two years ago, November was when Appa’s health suddenly took a rapid spiral down. Not an easy time for someone blessed (?) with a strong memory, especially with respect to dates. So, if that’s even possible, Appa is on my mind a LOT more these days than before. Amma arrives (Mummy returns!!) from India this saturday (yay!). Although it is only a short visit with us for Amma enroute to V’s, I’ll take what I can get. I have found that Amma’s presence helps and comforts me immensely when I miss Appa a lot. I am looking forward to Amma’s arrival this weekend.
My cousin S and his wife K are expecting a baby any day now. I called “Boy” for them as soon as they announced their pregnancy (who asked you, you are saying?). S was the first male cousin born in the family – coming after three lovely, charming girls (V, B, and me – oooh, that rhymes!). I can just see him having a boy as his first child. S & K wanted it to be a surprise, so they haven’t found out the gender of their baby. In stark contrast to yours truly, who conned the ob-gyn to run three ultrasounds EACH before confirming that little N and A were both girls. I will let you know how my prediction turns out. Maybe – kai vasam I have an alternate career as a psychic, let’s see!
For pure entertainment value (I hope), N has been asking the girls if we should have a third baby. Little N’s take – “If there are going to be any more kids in this family, little A should take care of them. I have done my share by taking care of little A”. Little A’s response is more pithy and unambiguous – “No, we should not”. And that’s that.
Today is Deepavali – one of the biggest and most anticipated festivals in India. Our Deepavali celebrations in the US have somehow always been pretty low key – I mean, there is the small matter of me lacking the talent (and inclination) to get into yummy batchanam-making in a big way. And given NJ’s ban on fireworks, what else is left? We’ll find out – looking forward to celebrating Deepavali at a friend’s place tonight.
Skyfall ROCKS! Surprised N (and myself) on many levels. First off, me going to watch a movie within two days of its release is of itself newsworthy. Also, to date, I have never watched a single Bond movie in its entirety (Sean Connery notwithstanding), so I went in with pretty miniscule expectations. And totally loved it! The movie was slick, the storyline was solid, and some of the visuals were v. impressive. Plus, like my friend D put it, Craig totally has the dark Bond undercurrent thing going for him. N and I took turns watching the kids, and went to the movie with friends – I know we’ll be watching it again together once it gets out on DVD. That good! So, watch it if you haven’t yet – with my high recommendations. My favorite punchline from the movie? “Why do you think it’s my first time?” 😉