2018 didn’t exactly start on the best note (which is why my New Year’s post is a little late). Vivek’s grandmother passed away on the 1st. She was a 101 and lived a long, happy life. Although we didn’t meet much over the years, I will always remember her for being well-dressed, witty, and sassy AF. Being bedridden with dementia towards the end didn’t change that one bit. The last thing she told me (using actions) when we went to visit her on Christmas was that my shorts were too short 🤣. RIP Nana M.
I almost didn’t write this post but 2017 was too epic to leave out of my blog, so here goes. The first half of the year was quiet as it usually is. We did visit Kerala for our anniversary in February and finally ticked the backwaters off our list. Instead of the usual wine and dine affair, we went on a 4-hour gruelling trek on our 4th year anniversary in Munnar. It wasn’t easy and we came back with a terrible sunburn (because we forgot sunscreen) but at least it helped me win a Fitbit challenge for once. Ha!
In June, we went to Europe because Europe is always a good idea! We spent a few days in the Alsace region of France, tasting Grand Cru wines in quaint villages with colorful half-timbered houses and eating ice cream that was too pretty for words. We then met my sister and nieces in Germany and drove to the Netherlands so the little ones could have their first beach trip. Nitika was petrified of the ocean but Eshana couldn’t get enough of it. I wish we didn’t have to live so far apart so that I could be more than a face on Skype to them😭
I really wanted to visit a new continent this year, so in September we went to New Zealand to bring in Vivek’s 40th. It was still winter but God was it beautiful!!! The Doubtful Sound made me feel like I was in another world. Nothing prepares you for that kind of untouched, surreal beauty, especially when you’re from Bombay. The highlight, of course, was skydiving!!! I was more excited than nervous but I did have this brief “OMG, what have I done?” moment just as I was about to jump off. I don’t really know what adjectives would do justice to the experience, but let’s just say that I couldn’t stop dancing around for the rest of the day. Bungee jumping was on the agenda as well, but is it just me or does that seem way scarier than a skydive? I mean, YOU have to take that final step off the platform all by yourself. ALL BY YOURSELF. Sadly, I didn’t have the balls to do it (someday, someday) so we went on the Nevis Swing instead which was crazy fun too! Unfortunately, the weather in NZ was worse than we had anticipated (We were not equipped for -18 degrees Celsius) and we had to change our plan a bit but that just means, we can go back again someday to complete the list.
Last but not least was a lazy trip to Phuket for my birthday where we refused to do anything but eat, drink, chill on the beach, and get massages. I know I keep saying this but I am ever so grateful for all these experiences. Naturally, 2018 has some huge shoes to fill but hey, no pressure.
2017 was also a year of more gardening. Being a plant mom is so much fun! Being Jack’s mom is fun too! He really does make my life just a wee bit brighter with his goofy face and neediness, as do all the other floofs in my life. I did start eating healthier and I hope to continue doing that in 2018. Speaking of which, why is it so hard for other people to accept the positive changes you make in your life? I’ve been called picky, annoying, and difficult so many times lately. I mean, if I don’t bother you with your shitty eating habits, maybe you should just let me be too? I suppose misery does love company. Oh well, I feel much better and if that means being an “asshole” sometimes, so be it.
What would a New Year post be without a list of resolutions?
In 2018, I will:
- Not make babies
- Read more (I see 2017 Sheila glaring at me)
- Shop less online (No really, I’m addicted)
- Work out more
- Not waste as much time online (Yeah, sure)
- Make more money for more epic trips
- Not be a pushover and say “NO” when I want to
- Be a ray of fucking sunshine 🌞
I wish you all a magical year with stardust and unicorns and more cheesecake than you can eat. Bye lovelies!
“Great, you’re hired!”
Can that be a real job, because I’m sitting here with a to-do list…a pretty looking to-do list that I spent quite some time on because I’d rather make a list than do the things on the list. And now I’m procrastinating by blogging about procrastinating. See, I’d be excellent at it!
Is it normal to have a cold for over 10 days? Am I dying? Summer colds in Bombay are the worst. You need the AC but you can’t turn it on because then your nose gets stuffy and you can’t breathe and I’d rather breathe and feel hot than die.
My parents were here for ten days and as impossible as it is to believe, I didn’t lose my cool even once. Usually, I’m bad at sharing space and end up yelling or crying at least a few times but this time, I was cool. Growing up and all that. Plus I only get to see them a few times a year, and I do miss them more than I’d like to admit so…I also miss my sister and the babies so much 😦
Okay, back to my to-do list. Before I go, here’s something to remember when you’re feeling low. “Someone’s inability to see your value doesn’t change your worth”. So show yourself some love okay?
It is page one of 365! Starting the new year with a feeling of immense gratitude for my life and the people in it (I’m looking at you husband). I know 2016 was a bitch of a year for most of the world but it was good to me.
June was a little chaotic with V getting transferred to Cochin and us trying to figure out if I should move with him but eventually I stayed back because he’s hardly in Cochin himself with some crazy 5 day patterns. So yeah, we’ve been in a long distance marriage which has been hard sometimes and really hard some other times but I’m glad that it’s almost over. He’s coming back in Feb! Yay!
I got to spend about 2 weeks in Bangalore with my family when my sister visited with the babies. My passport got some new stamps! V and I travelled to beautiful Croatia, followed by a short trip to London to bring in V’s grandmother’s 94th birthday and then spent two days in Ireland before heading back home. Ireland is such a special place with friendly, happy people. Even the immigration officer was cheerful AF. And let’s not forget the adorable Irish accent! I would LOVE to do a road trip across that country someday.
I finally celebrated my birthday in New York this year!!! If you know me, you know that has been a dream of mine since I first fell in love with New York in 2007. So thank you V for going above and beyond to make it happen. You are a special man. On the way back, I also spent 5 days with my sister and my nieces. Woot! It’s amazing to see them become little people with personalities and quirks. They’re so cute and funny, I want to cry!
I also really fell in love with gardening this year, which proves my theory that eventually all of us become one or both of our parents. A huge part of my life this year has been the dogs in my building, especially Jack who keeps me company when I’m lonely. If we didn’t travel as much and had someone to take care of him when we were away (and if I wasn’t afraid of responsibilities), I would keep him and never let him go. I love you boy! Shout out to Kimchi who is the sweetest little girl and Langda who started off not wanting me to pet him and now loves bum scratches and even head rubs. You furry babies make me so happy.
There were some ups and downs on the career front but I did fly a Cessna 172 after 6 years! I had forgotten how amazing it feels to fly a plane! Here’s hoping for good news and stability on that front in 2017.
All in all, 2016 was GREAT! Like I said, I feel nothing but gratitude for my life. In 2017, I will:
- Not make babies (2016 had not one but two pregnancy scares. One turned out to be bad gas).
- Visit a new continent.
- Read more (I say that every year and fail and that sucks!)
- Get fit! (I mean it this time, I swear)
- Actually write in a travel journal instead of just thinking about doing it.
- Clean more and be more organized.
- Be happy.
Wishing you all a fantastic year ahead filled with happy memories, abundant laughter, hugs from your dearest ones, and mind blowing orgasms. Let’s do this!
The husband and I took a short, wonderful trip to Croatia two weeks back. I’ve decided that it’s about time I start blogging about my travel experiences because I’m old and forgetful and time travel hasn’t been invented yet, so how else am I going to relive all these moments? Getting back to regular life has been seriously depressing this time.
So, we visited Split, Hvar, Korcula, and of course Dubrovnik. Tbh, Split was supposed to be just a stopover before we moved on to our “real” Croatian adventure. But because of some last minute changes, we ended up having an additional day instead of just the evening in Split and we loved it!
Obviously, after travelling for more than 20 hours to get from Mumbai to Split, we were EXHAUSTED that first evening. Thankfully, we booked an apartment that was literally 2 minutes away from the Diocletian’s Palace, so we spent the evening strolling about the Riva (the promenade), wandering about the Palace, catching some wonderful street dancers and singers, and basically loving the vibe. This was also the evening that I ate my first Croatian gelato, which would become an everyday ritual. We then headed back to the apartment for some much needed rest!
After sleeping through the night and most of the morning, we were finally ready to really explore Split. Of course, we started at the Diocletian’s Palace, an ancient Roman structure which is unlike a traditional “palace”. Think labyrinthine streets full of magnificent structures, people, museums, restaurants, bars, stores, and history! We walked for hours and I still don’t think we saw it all. The Main Square is where all the action is at. You can sit on the steps, sip some wine, and really take it all in. Lunch was a meat platter with fries and some pasta at “Kavana Central”. The food was so-so but the location was perfect for some lazy afternoon people watching. Time for more Gelato! Let’s just get this straight. Croatia = Gelato and this next place was by far my most favourite gelato place of the entire trip. So, if you’re ever in Split, do pay a visit to Luka ice-creams and cakes. It’s the cutest little place with some very interesting (and delicious) flavours. Apparently, their cakes are also amazing but we stuck to Gelato.
A short nap later, we were back at the Riva for some local drinks and sunset watching. Since we weren’t exceptionally hungry, we picked up a Doner kebab each (what would we do without them?) and topped it up with….what else, more Gelato!
And just like that, it was time to leave Split and move on to Hvar. The funny thing is, I didn’t even expect to like Split but it actually ended up being my second favourite place from our list. I will never forget the sky that morning we left Split. Nature really is the best artist ❤
So, I had a little bit of a pregnancy scare a few days back. Turns out it was just gas. GAS!!! In hindsight, I blame sleep deprived paranoia and too much WebMD but more than anything, I blame all these people around me who won’t shut up about how it’s time to have a baby. I know, I’ve whined about this before but lately, there’s been SO much pressure that I’ve started to believe that all these people will just will it to happen…much like the Virgin Mary’s immaculate conception. I picture them sitting in a circle, holding creepy babies dressed in white, chanting “Get pregnant, Sheila” in a zombie voice over and over again. The scariest part is that my middle name IS Mary! So, every time I’m late by a day or have some other “symptom of early pregnancy”, I start to hyperventilate. It even regularly features in my dreams these days and IT’S NOT FAIR!
Why can’t people understand that it’s a *very* private decision between a couple? Fine, to an extent, I understand why our parents are annoying but why does every Tom, Dick, and Harry think it’s okay to pry and give advice?! When people bug me, I usually just clench my teeth or laugh it off, and maybe that’s the problem. I need to stop being nice and start telling people how I actually feel when they say these things.
“It’s been 3 years” – Yes, I know. That’s how time works. It moves forward.
“Why can’t you just have one baby?” – Because I don’t want to.”
“So, you’ll never have a baby?” – NOT YOUR CONCERN.
“But you’re 30″ – Again, time moves forward. People age. Boobs sag. Shit happens.
“Don’t you love your nieces?” – Yes, I love them to death. What’s your point?
“You’ll be such a good mother!” – Wow, you can see the future. Can you also time travel?
“But babies are so cute” – Puppies are way cuter.
“But why don’t you want to have a baby?” – I like my life the way it is. I don’t want to be responsible for another life. I’m too lazy to have a child. I can barely take care of myself. The world sucks too much. I just don’t want to. I’d rather travel. Pick your answer and leave me alone.
“You’ll learn how to be a mother” – Can you learn how to not be annoying?
“Is it because you don’t want to lose your figure?” – WHAT FIGURE?!
“But…grandchildren!” – Adopt a grandchild or two or ten!
“Who will take care of you when you’re old?” – What if said future child is an asshole and poisons me to death?
“You SHOULD have a child” – You SHOULD shut up.
“A family isn’t complete without a baby” – Says who?
And my favourite one from today
“It’s against the will of God” – FECK OFF!
Why, why, why is that one bad thing that happens in a day shines brighter than all the good stuff that happened on the same day? Don’t worry, I will NOT rant about the shitty stuff. NO. Instead, I will tell you everything that’s awesome in life right now.
* My sister and nieces will be coming down to India in May! Yay!
* I’m really getting into gardening. I’m still a noob but my first periwinkle appeared today and it made me very happy. So, here’s a big thank you to my mil for all the time and effort she’s taken to pot these plants for me!
* The weighing scale says I’ve lost a teeny tiny bit of weight. (Yep, we’re back to the “OMG, I need to lose weight” phase).
* I’m still waiting to make travel plans for the year, but I did visit Bangkok for a day. I also fell in love with pork bao buns.
* Today a couple of nice people helped in treating a sweet little injured dog in the building. It’s nice to know that despite the “Do not feed strays in the building” notice from the society, people are still not assholes.
* We watched Kung Fu Panda the other day. SO MUCH FUN! Although this guy with an annoying laugh who sat next to us did ruin the movie a bit.
* Dogs are awesome. And even if nothing else goes right and shit happens, they’ll still be awesome.
Okay then, bye!
Okay, how have I not tried Gatorade for hangovers before today?! It works like magic! Needless to say, last night was insane fun, as was the whole of 2015. It only took us 12 years, but we (the college gang) finally planned and successfully executed our first international trip together to Bali! We stopped over in Singapore for two days on the way back, which was great considering I last went there when I was a toddler. I also spent a month in Germany with my sister, little E and my brand new niece, Nitika. I’m pretty sure I would turn into Cersei for those two. It physically hurt to leave, especially because interacting with E is so much fun now!
Christine (my only non-Facebook school friend) visited while I was there and we spent a couple of days exploring Amsterdam and Berlin. I’m still amazed that we made that trip happen! I miss going to quaint breakfast places and walking around aimlessly. I miss the weather. I miss being surrounded by beautiful buildings and people. I miss Europe!
I also spent a couple of days in Dubai on my way back from Germany. It’s great for shopping and partying but it’s not the kind of city I’d want to live in. It just feels a little soulless. Then there was the big 3-o in Hong Kong with my sweet, sweet, husband and our travel companions A & C. It was a short trip considering hubby was mid-training but it was fun!!! All in all, a fantastic year for travel with friends!
Speaking of friends, I made some new doggy friends in my building this year. They’re such goofballs and they bring me so much joy! Seriously, what did we ever do to deserve dogs?
Last year’s resolution list included:
Not have babies! Travel some more Get a meaningful tattoo
- Try not to sulk about turning 30 – I didn’t exactly sulk, but it did hurt. 30! Ouch!
- Stop being a hippie and attempt to figure out my career – I’m not quite there yet. Far from it. But I feel like I’m moving in the right direction slowly.
Be happy Block out negativity. Punch negative people.(Punching them in your head counts, right?) Try something new– We went diving in Bali, zip-lining in Singapore, and quad biking in the desert.
Thank you 2015 for being an epic year. In 2016, I will:
- Not have babies
- Travel more
- Read more
- Blog more
- Try to have technology and internet free days
- Learn how to jive with V
- Learn to speak a little German so I can communicate better with E and eventually N.
- Learn how to ride the scooter. How hard could it be?
- Give more importance to fitness.
- To gossip less
- To be nicer
- To be happy
Here’s wishing you all a happy, healthy, magical 2016 with lots of puppies, kittens, and cuddles.