Nothing much! Just busy celebrating Diwali and worrying about the economy (or more specifically our jobs). Diwali was a high point and the economy, no surprises there, seems to be a low point for all of us. But there’s no point thinking about it, or so I keep telling myself. My newest resolution is not to worry about stuff I cannot change and it’s been one of the toughest resolutions I’ve made so far. (Yes, tougher than sticking to a diet even!)
In other news, the weather is taking a turn for the worse in our part of the world. Long sunny days, gorgeous fall colors and fabulous autumn sunsets have been making way for bare woebegone trees, 4 PM sunsets (I am exaggerating but we’ll have them soon once the daylight savings come into effect), storms that successfully destroyed an entire day’s hard work (my beautiful kandil and rangoli) in a matter of minutes, freezing rain, sleet and snow that have disrupted my daily walks, chilly winds that threaten to blow your car off the bridge – we’ve had it all in the span of this one month alone. Welcome to the New England winter!
With the combination of bad weather, Diwali and the husband’s B-school applications, we aren’t going out much these days. In fact, I cannot recall the last time we went out for a trek, movie or any sort of fun trip. Oh yes, there was Washington D.C. last month, but that was a semi-work trip too.
But all that’s going to change soon. There’s a Diwali party coming up in NJ this weekend (should be fun!), we’ll be visiting some friends in the Carolinas the weekend after that (I’ve never been that far south before, except for Florida) and the big news is our much-awaited West coast trip during Christmas. We are yet to book our tickets though. I am still hunting for deals, there are some fabulous ones floating around these days, courtesy the financial crisis. (I just knew there was a silver lining somewhere!)
Then there was the surprise baby shower I had organized for a colleague’s wife a couple of weekends back. Total girly fun, I tell you! There were some unbelievably naughty jokes making the rounds and a lot of leg-pulling at the husbands’ expense since they of course were not around. We played dumb charades and pictionary with baby related words (hilarious stuff!), tried guessing our baby picture identities and had a lovely potluck lunch with all the mommy-to-be’s favorite dishes, including khichadi (a very simple non-party dish) which is her current favorite it seems!
There’s a funny side-story to the baby picture game. So we were going to play this game where we guess the babies in the baby pictures. I had asked everyone to get their own pictures as well as their husbands’ and kids’, the more the merrier! Now a lot of us did not have our picture albums in the US, so we asked our families back home in India to scan them for us. The husband’s brother was supposed to help us with ours.
So guess what he does? He emails our pictures to the entire extended family, explaining that they are for a baby shower game and very helpfully clarifying that the baby shower is not for me, it’s for a friend, you see. Talk about hints! This guy is going to hear from me when we head back to India!
Here’s a picture of the baby shower decorations.
And with that, I am off for the day!