Monday, 13 January 2014

Up and Running


After being away for more than a month I’ve forgotten how to blog. Seriously I have. I wasted a whole morning trying to put together one paragraph.

Going to take refuge under bullet points till I get my rhythm back..
  •  My Christmas and New Year's Day was GOOD. We had 2 families visiting us at the same time. My friends were like wtf until they found out it was my sister and sister-in-law’s family;-D. It was organised chaos and lots of fun for 2 weeks straight. Itinerary for each day and menu was planned before-hand to make it easier. We never managed to get out of the house before 11am how much ever we tried. And never came back home before 11pm. And never slept before 1.30am. Having a sister-in-law who took charge of the meals HELPED. Eating 1 or 2 meals outside everyday ALSO helped. And having a sister who didn’t mind washing a mountain of dishes helped. A LOT.
  • Naina celebrated her 10th birthday a few days back. She managed to keep her birthday celebrations going on for a record 3 days[don’t ask].  She had too many expectations which we realise does not bode well for the future. She also refused to help around the house claiming it was her birthday tomorrow/today/yesterday. And here’s some gyaan about the occasion ‘Everybody's so nice to you on your birthday but the very next day you are treated like dirt’ says the birthday girl bitterly;-P.
  • We are hoping to relocate back to Bangalore this year. The problem is that nobody believes us. While it is true that we've been trying to go back for the past 5 years and not succeeding very well, this year we are very serious. We are looking at schools & admission details very minutely. If any of you have any recommendations to make, please feel free. And if any of you and your have influence/own/work/deal with schools please do tell us. We need every help we can get.
  • I’m hoping to post more often on the picture blog this year. I have a DSLR but don’t use it all that much. I know:-(. My phone camera is my latest fancy.  Click, click, click & post a 100 pictures on my picture blog is my this year's resolution. Do take a look when you have the time. 
  • The Dubai Shopping Festival is going on. Crazy sales all around town. You’ll think shops are giving things away for free the way the people are trampling over each other to get at the stuff;-/. Better-half got me a pair of adidas running shoes amongst other gear. They are a dream to wear…so light and fit around my feet instead of the other way around. Never again will I look at branded stuff with prejudice. Simply awesome. With this I've run out of excuses to not exercise;-(

What's news at your end??? Once again wishing all of you a wonderful year ahead:-)).

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  1. First place!!!
    So good to see your post. And happy new year!!!

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    1. A very happy new year to U too Laila:-))

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  2. wow! S and sil! great! simply awesome! and i also second the kid's opinion - the next day ppl do treat you like dirt.. sniff sniff.. i on the contrary wish ppl happy +1 day and ppl do treat me like dirt on birthday +1
    my soul sistah dear Naina.. dont worry..
    (btw is she a sagi? *eager eyes * )
    wow relocating to bangy! I louveeeeeeeeeeeee that place... yum yum yum...
    but wont the kids miss dubai?How long have u been there? forever i guess ;)
    well good luck with your endeavours and may you next year's first post be surely from bangy :)
    ooooooo i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee adidasssssssss! those guys know how to make clothes and shoes. love them love them love them. nike is a second.
    and haan once u have tried them.. you will never go non brand :) you are officially converted :)

    Happy new year to you too! now get those running shoes on and strike a pose - your first entry into the photo blog this year :)

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    1. She is a capri...was probably referring to her classmates[maybe us also;-P] who were trying get out of her all the chocolates she had;-D
      Yeah kids are protesting vociferously...they dont want to leave their friends;-).
      The H is very brand conscious and I have never really cared but now I sort of get what he sees in them;-P.
      No time to click phatoos Amrita, I'm busy running;-D

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  3. نرحب مرة أخرى إلى بنغالور

    Ha Ha

    Photo blog better carry photo of running diva, complete with the adidas shoes. Snaps of Beetles not accepted as alternatives.

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    1. I had go to Google Translate to figure out what the 1st line was. Now if u had written it in kannada I wd have read it in a second;-D.
      You can take a girl out of Kannada-naadu but u cant take the kannada out of her;-D

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  4. nance, great to hear your new year started with family and fun. i can feel the happiness from your post. happy birthday to naina! yup it is such a let down after the high of the d-day:-) r u really going to move? the weather there is great and i know people from north india buying homes there instead of bombay. if you are serious you need to look around before prices fluff up even more? i don't have much of an idea but bangalore seems to be in demand among NRI's as well as RI's:-) what is a camera? haven't seen one since my iphone came along. pixel size and picture quality are pretty good. so how about a picture a day on your picture blog? you have an eye for pictures and taking one a day with a view to posting will help you grow i think. i like the idea myself! no excuse for exercise anymore nance. how about clicking a pictures from your walk each day and posting the choicest? i really loved that picture on top. since there is no link is this one you took yourself? either way very cute and friendly...

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    1. We've been planning this move for atleast 3 yrs now. Everytime the H will change his mind at the last moment giving us the vaguest excuses. The truth is he is not sure he can handle the separation. With kids going to high school soon we had to make the decision as India has a better education system and options as compared to UAE.

      I seriously contemplated a picture a day but gave the idea up, from 8-10 pics a yr to 365 my blog will not be able to recover fr the shock;-P. And thank u for asking....I did take th picture with my phone;-D...the dslr cannot be taken everywhere but the phone can be whipped out at any point and 'click';-D.

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  5. Good to know you started the year with family..I always feel stressed out when guests are coming, but once they are here everything gets done and its always enjoyable...

    Naina why not celebrate your bday everyday:):):)

    Happy to know that you may relocate...come back:)

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    1. Oh Renu even I was stressed out before they came. I made a few snacks, cakes but none of them turned as good as it usually does. I just gave up after that;-(.
      Please dont give Naina any encouragement...she's already celebrating her birthday longer than other people do;-/.
      I'm happy too:-)).

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  6. Wishing you a very happy new year too. Remember: Those addidas shoes are not for keeping safely inside the almirah! :P

    Destination Infinity

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    1. No, no I wd never dream of keeping my shoes however expensive there are, in the almirah...
      ...the shoe cupboard will feel bad no;-o

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  7. Yippeeee! And you know why :)

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  8. Relocating? Wow thats big news ! But I am sure, that going by the hell of traffic and other issues in Bangalore right now, you will definitely miss Dubai :D And your kids are going to miss their friends a LOT. Hmm but they will be fine.. :-)
    Two weeks of guests...thats a lot to take ! But if they helped with the dishes, then thats awesome ! And when its your own sis or SIL who is helping, you dont need to feel regretful, as they are family ! haha...Anyway Happy New Year Nancy ! Please keep posting even if you have forgotten about it...and this post was good enough for someone who claims that she has forgotten blogging !

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    1. I'll definitely miss the laid-back life-style, facilties, the easy availability of things but I'm also longing to be back among family and friends. Education-wise also India gives more scope to explore options. Lots of doubts too but unlike the US we cant hang out here forever anyways so why not sooner than later:-)).
      Seriously words were not flowing when i started out so i got a lil worried....but by the end of the post I was feeling better and now after ur comment Anita I'm ready to take on the world;-D

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  9. Hi Nance, Welcome back, you can never forget posting, I am sure there are many more gems up your sleeve. Belated Happy birthday to Naina. My daughter also turned 12 a couple of days back, and had the same thing to say, 'ek din ki rani'. ha..haa..

    All the best for your relocation plans .

    take care and once again a very Happy New Year to you too !!

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    1. Belated wishes to ur lil girl Rekha, ek din ki rani explains it all;-D
      Thanks for all the good wishes:-)).

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  10. So good to see you back :) And yayy, the relocating thing made me forget everything else :P Welcome welcome to nammuru. I do hope you are serious eh?;)

    Oh happy birthday Naina :)

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    1. And great to see u Swaram:-)).
      We are seriously considering it. Fingers crossed;-P

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  11. Happy New Year to you too! Belated bday wishes to Naina .... she's 10???!!! Seems like yesterday that I was reading about when she started school. And you're relocating! That's huge!!! Gonna be tough to leave Dubai, so good luck .... praying that all works out well for you.

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    1. I knowwww....I went thru some old posts recently and was grinning away myself;-D.
      I'm kind of looking forward to going back but a bit apprehensive when I think of the kids. Thanks Salomie, need all the prayers and good wishes to make it happen:-).

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  12. Nayana is 10 year old.. Oh GOD.. I remeber your posts on her when she is 5 or 6.. Time do fly fast...And relocating to Bangalore after all these years?? hmmm..Seems like a plan...

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    1. Time flies when we are having fun eh Deepa;-D. And I just realised it's been 7 yrs since I started the blog;-o

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  14. wish you and your lovely family an awesome 2014 Nancy! :) :)

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    1. Thank U so much Snow...wishing U the same:-)).

      p.s: will mail you:-)).

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    2. ping.. wakey wakey.. no updates? all good? if it's too much partying, then i totally understand :) just wanted to say hi!

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  15. Happy bday Nancy --though 1 day late but that does not count because I do not open laptop's on week-ends.

    See I remembered from your last year's post.

    Hope you ahd a gr8 time
    --Seema

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    1. Thank U so much Seema...that u remembered itself is so gratifying. I had a wonderful day thank U:-)).

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  16. ur blog is like a mini deepa to me... it never fails to make me smile in between all the chaos of a wedding... seriosuly... i will want my kids to elope in the future rather than having to go thru this torture of an institution - which is work n more work....

    anyway - relocatin eh - to bangalore - maybe i wont believe it until u r here - i dont know if i will be of much help at all with the schools - will check with D n pm - but i must be crazy to think if you would want advice from 20 somethings on school - but yeah, they studied there - atleast they will know where not to study :D

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  17. 10th birthday is always special...1st decade of life over.:)
    bang?....nice place to come back...my hometown actually.

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    1. Haaaah what's up doc;-D???? Good to hear from you Broca, Bangalore is my hometown tooo, sooo looking forward to the move:-))

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  18. Where are you? Waiting for your post.

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    1. Oh Laila don't ask....it's been chaos out here. Just take today...only today...Nikita's gone and jammed her finger btn the door & wht a mess. She's in pain, the finger is swollen, discoloured and looks awful. Luckily no broken bones. U can imagine the fetching and carrying I'm doing;-/.
      Everyday there's something which needs attention especially since we are moving to India.
      I really must get back I knw. Sooon....sooon I keep thinking. Thank U so much for asking Laila:-)).

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    2. Hope things are getting better at your end. I know how difficult moving is. We moved to a new home end of January and I am still tired and still setting things up... and this was within the same city.
      I bet you are excited about the move though... would love to hear more updates. And good luck!!!

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  19. To tell you the truth, I lost the way ( link ) to your blog Since gmail deleted Reader facility.

    I went through my dust collected blog and from your comment there, I am back here.

    Belated Birthday wishes to Naina and all the pending wishes that I didn't, here is wishing you!!!!!!!!!

    Seriously??/ Are you really going to Banaglore?. MAil me if you have DECIDED ( since kids exams are almost getting over)

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    1. yup exams over*phewww*.
      Mailing you:-))

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    2. Did you send mail? Are you still in Dubai?

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  20. u cant hide anymore chech... come out come out... wherever you are...

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