After forever I got to hit the Gym and I exercised the way I used to, without looking at the clock. Without having to worry about getting home or taking care of XYZ.
Once back home, I spend an insane amount of time on self grooming, where the tweezers got some use of them after a looong loooong time. The eyebrows are dancing since. The toes got soaked and cleaned and a beautiful coral shade of nail paint now shines on them. The legs got shaved and can’t seem to thank me enough.
In order to thank D for taking care of Buzz and everything around in order for me to get this much me time for the first time since Buzz was born I made Sambar, Chutney and Idli. Till about a month back, I could not make Sambar to same my life. So I hounded Revs for a recipe and have since made a lot of progress and D is loving it. So Sambar recipe Revs style, Coconut Chutney from Maa’s teaching and Idli from Gits. The house smelled heavenly.
The day was capped off with a trip to the lake. Sun was out..not a cloud in sight. The day warm. The water beautiful. Sat in the park, watched the sun set on the hills behind the lake, with golden..red all around.
Sheer bliss. What a wonderful day.
The joy continues on today..everytime I see my painted happy toes in my new sandals. I did tell you about the new sandals, did I not? Oh well now you know 😀
Aur sach ke siwaah kuch bhi nahein.
Nu tagged me and the rules go thus:
RULE 1- You can only say Guilty or Innocent.
RULE 2- You are not allowed to explain anything unless someone messages you and asks!
But..but what is the fun in that..I am not following the rules..these were meant to be broken..these really were..so here goes.
Asked someone to marry you? Guilty Sigh those ragging days, they made us propose marriage on a daily basis, to different people that too 😦 Not that I am complaining 😉
Ever kissed someone of the same sex? Guilty I kiss Buzz everyday, so many times I can’t keep a count. I have also kissed my Mom and so many friends. All on the cheek unless you guys start thinking dirty thoughts. But kissed oh yes.
Danced on a table in a bar? Innocent I can’t stand going to a bar, the smoke gets to me, so dancing on a table is too far off.
Ever told a lie? Guilty Looks down while drawing a flower with her toe.
Had feelings for someone whom you can’t have back? Innocent Thank God for small mercies.
Kissed a picture? Guilty Kiss Kiss ko pyaar karuin.. err.. D and Buzz.
Slept in until 5 PM? Innocent My stomach makes sure I get up if not for breakfast then by 11:00 for brunch.
Fallen asleep at work/school? Guilty You would too if you had to listen to this professor go on and on about Fluid Mechanics right after lunch in peak Indian summer.
Held a snake? Innocent And plan to keep it like that.. ThankYouVeryMuch.
Been suspended from school? Innocent Am glad. Maa would have killed me.
Worked at a fast food restaurant? Innocent Used to wish I would, back in the day, in the hopes of getting free fries and coke. Alas studies left no time, not to talk about how to get past Maa.
Stolen from a store? Guilty Stole candy once. Only to come home and have Maa eat my ears off, since she saw me and paid for it.
Been fired from a job? Innocent Would really like to keep it that way.
Done something you regret? Guilty Such is life, regrets plenty.
Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? Guilty I am just glad it was water that I was drinking, unlike Jaljeera like my friend. Her nose itched for hours 😀
Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Guilty Do you know the number of times I have fallen down on a ski slope. Snowfall makes visibility real poor, hence the fall all the more. My mouth was opened more times than I want to remember 😦
Kissed in the rain? Guilty No need to explain this one..is there 😛
Sat on a roof top? Guilty All the time back in India. What wonderful days 🙂
Kissed someone you shouldn’t? Innocent That practical side insured this one.
Sang in the shower? Guilty O’putra thande thande paani se nahaana chahiye..every single time I had to take a cold shower in India..especially in Chandigarh. Water there is COLD.
Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? Innocent One has to be near a pool for that..right 😛
Shaved your head? Guilty Did not have much of a say in that one. They got it done when I was one 😦
Had a boxing membership? Innocent Now if you asked Kickboxing I would say yes yes yes.
Made a girlfriend cry? Guilty Unfortunately yes and not once.. 😦
Been in a band? Guilty Mock Rock band in college and we did real good impersonation of Bon Jovi if I say so myself 😛
Shot a gun? Guilty Pitchkaari (water gun) all the time for about a month during Holi 😀
Donated Blood? Guilty During a blood drive in college
Eaten alligator meat? Innocent Shantam Paapam..shub shub shub..
Eaten cheesecake? Guilty err..when one eats at a place called Cheesecake Factory, what does one expect. Not that they only have cheesecakes and not that I like them too much but they have some real awesome ones.
Still love someone you shouldn’t? Innocent I would not let myself do something like that.
Have/had a tattoo? Guilty Those temporary ones, once during company picnic (they had a stall for it). And before you ask it was a dragon 🙂
Liked someone, but will never tell who? Innocent Why not tell, the past is the past.
Been too honest? Guilty And lived to pay the price.
Ruined a surprise? Innocent I am real good at keeping a secret. Can keep a lid on most anything when I want to 😀
Ate in a restaurant and got really bloated that you couldn’t walk afterward? Guilty err..did I mention Cheesecake Factory above? Have you seen their portion size?
Erased someone in your friends list? Guilty Not even sad about it.
Dressed in a woman’s clothes (if you’re a guy) or man’s clothes (if you’re a girl)? Guilty Like everyday. I mean I am forever in Jean and t-shirt 😛
Joined a pageant? Guilty Ragging and things they make one do. Fresher’s night had all the girls sashaying down the place, answering stupid questions 😦
Been told that you’re handsome or beautiful by someone who totally meant what they said? Guilty D better be telling the truth on this one.. 😛
Had communication with your ex? Innocent Ex, what ex..??
Got totally drunk on the night before exam? Innocent One needs to drink to get drunk..right..?? This is so never happening.
Got totally angry that you cried so hard? Guilty Stupid college, makes you do crazy things.
We were around the area and were looking for a place to visit which was not too far, for a short trip. Something which was not too hectic. Where we could relax, spend a couple of hours, before we headed back. Had heard a few friends talk about Deception Pass and it seemed to meet our criteria so that is the direction the car was turned. We spend a couple of hours lazing around the beach, playing in the sand, cooking Maggie on the camping stove, eating to the sound of the waves crashing. Close to sunset we left the beach, drove and parked the car just beyond the Deception Bridge and walked on it, looking down.
The complicated trusses and beams that make up any bridge are an engineering marvel that always inspire awe, especially since at one time I dreamt of becoming a bridge construction engineer (thankfully some dreams die young). So I spend a lot of time trying to capture the bridge in front of me, but we were too high up and were not too keen on hiking down too much (we had hiked a little bit), so I had to be satisfied with a picture that captured the bridge in parts.
The beach was almost empty for the time of the day. When you are on it, you see a bit of it and enjoy it. But it looks so very different and somehow much more captivating when being watched from far. Long, endless stretch of sand and water.
Boats zooming through to make their last stretch back home and how small they look when watched from above, in relative comparison to the wide vista in front of our eyes. And the jet stream left behind by them is an amazing sight to behold.
But as always it nature that captures you like no other. The fast flowing water and the swirling eddies in it, can make anyone looking at them for too long dizzy, just like I was. Looking at them you realize how fragile life is. One slip of leg, if you fall into one of those, life is at its end, no matter how expert a swimmer one is.
The setting sun on the pass, with the various shades of clouds and water and how everything changed with the setting sun. The awe one feels watching it all.
The effect of the flowing water with its various eddies and the path illuminated by the sun. Breathtaking.
Laughter..is contagious. You can’t help but smile when you hear someone laugh out loud.
But there is no better sound than a house ringing with a child’s laughter. The sound heard from any room in the house one is in. You can picture the kind of mischief is going on to induce the gurgle of laughs over and over again. And no matter what you do a smile does come to your face.
Then when your day is not going that great..all you have to do is close your eyes..picture those laughing eyes..those bunny teeth opened when the laughs come. The laugh rings in your mind and everything is just all right with the world.
The day you are not feeling particularly good about yourself..the way you look, the way your clothes fits you..send D to drop/pick up Buzz.
Looking a good looking, well turned out, awesomely dressed women is not a way to make your day better. Let him take in all the beauty and save yourself the trauma of staring at your worn out jeans and do the mental comparison that you know you should not be doing in the first place.
Why do we do the comparison on the day our self esteem is at its lowest, while we breeze through it all when we are confident and happy?