28 September 2016

hello. it's me.

I am a horrible blogger.  Seriously.  I used to love writing and found it very therapeutic to write out my daily thoughts, worries and dreams and now? Well, I basically suck at writing anything more than 140 characters.  But, hopefully that will change.  I'm not holding my breath.  But, hopefully.

Life has been pretty hectic and I don't know where the time goes - life flies by so fast - it's a blur trying to remember what we did last weekend or the last movie I saw in the theatre (Independence Day 2, I think).

K has started his second year of Kindergarten and it's crazy - they have already started learning a second language (he had a choice between Hindi and Kannada, and we chose Kannada).  He's having a good time in school this year - excited to be one of the "big" kids in school this year :) They have already had a baton relay race, a few festivals and will celebrate International Chocolate Day next week in school.

We have been traveling a lot, too - having gone home to Hawaii for 10 days last month to visit family and have a small ceremony to inter Grandma Dot's ashes at Punchbowl next to Grandpa Flood.  It was a very touching event and I'm glad K and I made the trip home to be with our family.

Our upcoming trips include Milan (yay, Prada!), Dubai to celebrate a friend's 40th birthday, and hopefully a family trip to Hong Kong and NYC.

Let's hope I can keep up with a few more updates.

01 August 2015

It's August 1st! Holy time warp.

I've obviously fallen off the blogging bandwagon and have been hiding out over in FB-land for the better part of a few months.  Actually, I've been sucked into the world of LuLaRoe clothing and I can't seem to tear myself away from their fun prints and forgiving clothes :)

So, what's been happening around these parts?

We spent the summer (April and May) in Hawaii, San Francisco and on our very first cruise.  We went on the Alaskan cruise with my parents, sister, bro-in-law and my niece and nephew.  I was able to make it to my cousin's wedding in San Francisco and see some friends (hi, LD!) and we had some great times just hanging out at home (Easter, was again, a fun day for all).

Once we returned to India, K started his first year of Kindergarten (they have 2 years here, lower and upper Kindergarten).  They are learning all sorts of things now, including how to write cursive letters.  It's crazy how much homework he comes home with every day.  I'm stressed just thinking about it all.

I'm trying to combat that stress by taking a little time for myself - I've started yoga twice a week with a lady who comes home (from 6-7am) and she's  asoothing, meditative force that helps me unwind and find some crazy positions. :)  I've also been pretty religious about doing 45 minutes every morning on the elliptical, unless it's a yoga day.  I find that I'm pretty happy to spend that time just concentrating on myself.  I really love the hour or so I get to work out and have my tea before the house wakes up.

Opti is growing up and thankfully didn't forget us while we were gone for the summer - he's a pretty smart dog and has me well trained to wake up between 430 and 5am to let him out for a potty break.

Photos from my time away from the blog...
K and D - too big for Thomas, but not too big for fun!

Riding the train in Snoqualmie, Washington. 

Whales? Dolphins? Birds? Land?

Alaska...so gorgeous!

Mushing on an Alaskan mountain. 

Above Juneau. 

In our favorite city. 

He's not letting us go without him again. 

LuLaRoe - so much fun!


He transforms into... a sleepy dog! :) 

11 March 2015

A Friend ... Week 7

A friend.

One of my oldest friends, Sherry, is a girl I met during my first few days at Waiakea High School in Hilo.  We were both new to the school, both having moved to Hilo from Oahu the summer between our freshman and sophomore years of high school.  We were the new kids.

Even though we each found a set of friends to hang out with and sit next to at lunch or hang with during recess, we remained close throughout high school and beyond.  I love Sherry for her honesty, her candor and her generous spirit.  She has 2 boys and is a pretty awesome mom - she's someone I looked to for guidance when I had K.  One of the things I miss about Hilo the most is being able to hang out with her.  Some of the best memories I have from high school are with Sherry - having "gandule" rice (Puerto Rican rice dish) made by her mom and just chatting about EVERYTHING under the sun at her house.

Our keiki 

Miss them!

02 March 2015

The City We Live In

I live in a pretty big city - Bangalore - and you never really feel it's magnitude until you see pictures in the paper or on TV about rallies or special events happening in and around town.  There are over 4.5 million people in Bangalore - from all parts of India and beyond.  One never feels alone here, that's for sure :)

There is a pretty good cosmopolitain vibe to the city, and I think that's in part because most people who live here aren't historically from the area - there is a big population of North Indians here, from Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta; and even a big workforce from Nepal and the northeastern part of India.

The climate is very nice - rarely getting too hot and humid (like coastal Indian cities) or too cold (like winters in Delhi).

I do have to admit that I am quite spoiled by the location of our house (we are just about 40 minutes from anywhere in Bangalore and that's pretty central) and the fact that we have a lot of space to roam around - for that I'm extremely grateful.  We are also surrounded by family as neighbors on each side, so we rarely have cause for concern or annoyance at what our neighbors are doing ;)

There are fun and exciting places to eat and drink at in the city; we have a few malls that have international brands - we just got our first Forever 21 store! - and we belong to a club that has fun socials throughout the year for both adults and kids.  All in all, it's one of the best cities in India, in my opinion.

19 February 2015

a Family Member & Something Someone Gave You

I know I'm about 2-3 weeks behind - things have been INsane - sickness, travel, losing both of our household staff and just overall being busy. So, I'm going to cheat a bit and do 2 posts in 1.


A Family Member

I don't have a shortage of people to choose from in my family and I've actually been going back and forth about who to write about.  I've decided to settle on my cousin, J. She is married to my mom's sister's eldest son, K.  They were high school sweethearts and have a daughter, S.  S is getting married this April to her high school sweetheart.

I love J.  She is such a strong woman. Someone who will put the needs of others before her own and who has done so much to keep her family afloat and thriving - it inspires me.

J also makes a freakishly awesome seafood casserole and a to-die-for red velvet cake. I swear I gain about 30 lbs every time I eat at their house. One Thanksgiving, there were about 6 of us for dinner... they (J & K) made close to 25 dishes - desserts included.  We were all so full, I literally couldn't get up off their living room floor for hours afterwards.

I lived with J & K for a while in the early 2000s.  We were all pretty new to the Bay Area and we had many meals and fun times together.  I miss their company and 11pm cooking extravaganzas.  I have fond memories of just talking story to J, on everything and going to Target together to just wander around the aisles. I'm so glad she married into our crazy family and that she and I became not only family, but friends.

Something Someone Gave You

I have a pendant and earring set (in the shape of a star) and a gold Hawaiian bracelet given to me by my Grams that I treasure.  I wear these pieces constantly and whenever I put them on, I'm reminded of her - my 91 year old spit-fire of a grandma.  She's a truly unique woman - one that has many facets to her:  good and not-so-great.

They had a cockatiel bird once who could mimic certain words (hello, Sachiko - her name) and I was always afraid the bird would say my Grams' favorite saying... "Those damn shit-asses"  :P

22 January 2015

Week 3: Family

I am so lucky to have a close-knit family.  I can honestly say that my mom and my sister are my best friends.  We talk almost every day - about anything and everything under the sun.  We argue, disagree, laugh, cry and lean on one another.  They are my sounding boards, my pillars of strength and my greatest champions.  I am definitely the person I am today because of their influence.

My dad is the glue that holds us all together.  He's the constant happy in our lives.  He never has a bad thing to say about anyone.  He tells me, even at 35 years old, that I'll always have a home to come back to.  :)  It's the best feeling in the world to know that someone has your back - at every moment.

I grew up spending weekends at my Aunty's house - my mom's sister.  I would watch tv with my 3 older cousins and we'd have tons of food to eat for lunch and dinner.  Food and conversation were a gigantic part of our lives - and still is.  :)  My maternal grandparents lived with my Aunty, her husband and 2 of their sons for almost 35+ years.  They moved in with my Aunty's family after their own house was destroyed in a fire.

Most of my favorite memories revolve around my family, especially the simple moments we spend together.  Even now, some of the most relaxing, fun and delicious times I can recall, all include members of my family.

I'm a lucky girl - and I hope I can pass on some of the family traditions and memories to K.

10 January 2015

Week 2 of 2015

Since this is still the second week of 2015, I suppose I shouldn't fall behind ;)

This week's theme is gratitude for your spouse/ significant other.

My husband is a really good guy.  He's got a big heart and is willing to go the extra mile for just about anyone.  He is a great father and doesn't mind getting repeatedly body-slammed by our 4 yr old during their "wrestling matches" - more like he lays there while K hurls his 17kg body through the air and lands with elbows and legs splayed in 20 different directions.  I cringe every time I see their bodies connect.

I'm grateful for his patience with me, as I can be very stubborn and picky (or so I'm told - haha).  I'm grateful for his ability to guide me and have my back when it comes to living and learning to live in India - something I am still trying to master.  ;)

I'm also thankful that we took the chance on each other.  There were a few opportunities for us to say, "screw it" and walk away from each other, but despite the host of reasons why we *shouldn't* be together, we stuck it out.

The one thing I'll never, ever be able to thank him enough for is his will and desire to fight for us.  In every argument and fight, he fights for us...he fights for the promise and chance of a better us.  And for that, I'm always grateful.

08 January 2015

Let's begin again. 2015 edition.

First off, Happy New Year! :)

Holy shit, it's 2015.  Where did 2014 go? It literally flew by...didn't it?  I honestly don't know where the days go.  In my mind, we don't *do* a whole lot...we're not those constantly-on-the-move people who have activities and play dates or lunches with friends.  I love staying home and putzing around the house, so I can't figure out why the year has been a blur.

Anyhow, I have resolved to be more involved, more creative and more present this year.  Not just for K and the Mr.; but for myself, too.  I am trying to limit my internet/FB/IG time to when K isn't needing my attention, but good lord, it's hard.  I struggle with the temptation of my phone daily.  I've thought about deleting FB and IG from my phone, but haven't pulled the plug on them.  Yet.

I want to get back into writing - it was good for my soul, my brain and my well-being for a long time.  I want that goodness back.  I want to feel content and happy all the time - not just some of the time.  I know that's not really realistic, but I think I'd like to try.

So, hopefully this challenge will help me, to keep me accountable and *force* me to write and be thankful.  To remember the tiny moments, the feelings and emotions I have and most importantly, to live in the present.

If I slack off, please feel free to kick my butt and call me out. :)