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!