Saturday, December 31, 2011

Retrospecting 2011,New year,New beginnings

Ladies & Gentlemen,
As you are all aware,I have successfully completed my 30 day challenge**drumroll**I couldn't be more happier :O :party
I wanted to reward myself by giving a new look for my blog plus,the new year was just around the corner.For the past few days I have been desperately searching for a template for my blog which would reflect me,but in vain!! >.<
So I decided, why not give my blog a plain white look and just a picture at the top.However,me being a random queen couldn't just figure out which is that ONE picture which is best suited for my blog.After much ado and drama,I decided I can mash up all the pictures I liked into a collage and voila!

I feel bad for the pictures that didn't make it to the top.Pun intended!

I am quite pleased at the outcome.Lemee know what you think of it.

So it's that time of the year yet again.I have never been able to describe how my year has been.Let me explain,I have heard people saying,"Last year was really good' or "last year was really screwed up" etc etc.
For me, a whole year is more like a roller coaster.Sometimes good,sometimes bad,sometimes plain mediocre & stagnant.

So,if I loosely organize 2011, it was my first new year away from my family.I had reached U.S in October 2010.It was our(mine& R's) first new year together.There was snow all around and I wasn't complaining one bit :O My first birthday away from my family.R made sure it would be one of the most romantic and memorable birthdays I have ever had.Aaah I love that guy!! :$ :L
I experienced my first snowfall and that indeed was priceless!!The winter continued and in February I witnessed the first ever blizzard.Snow upto 22 inches.Holy crap!!My first valentine's day with R :L
March was quite exciting,me and R went to L.A for his conference.I met many of his friends who soon became my friends as well.I felt welcome.Saw Hollywood,walked through the roads of 'Walk of Fame'.Celebrated R's birthday in April.Went to India by the end of April.Was miserable for almost 2 months since R was in U.S and me in India.
Was back in U.S by June end.By then it was summer here.Never for a minute did I miss India.I was way too happy to be here with R.More settling down and buying more stuff to turn our home more cozier and comfortable.August end,our first wedding anniversary.One of those memorable days in my life.
After that,it was more love,more drama,more netflix,more reading,more cooking.more shopping,a snow less Christmas and today,its the New year's Eve.

I hope 2012 would bring us all the happiness and a pinch of drama in our lives. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you out there a beautiful new year.Hope all of our dreams come true.Hopefully 2012 will be as action packed as 2011.

Happy 2012!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 30

Day 30 : A picture of you today and 20 goals you want to accomplish

No Pictures :|

20 goals to accomplish..

1)Be at peace.
2) Buy/build a sweet little home for us.
3) Love R a little bit more everyday and have more fun with him :L
4) Read and buy more books. ** bows down to the Gods of Amazon** :b
5) Go to Coldplay's concert in August 2012.Yes Yes!!! R got us the tickets.Yipeeee!!!!! :tone :tone
6) Try out more daring recipes for instance bake a cake! Yea yea I don't know how to bake :( :||
7) Finish knitting my shawl.
8) Get a driving license.
9) Visit India.
10) See more interesting places.
11) Learn how to play a guitar,so that I can bug R even more by singing annnddd playing the guitar.He's a lucky man!! :P
12) Stop being so addicted to Reese's peanut butter cup.I'm doomed as long as I am hooked! :~
13) Watch more quality movies with R.I was never a movie buff,however R who has a great taste in movies,made me watch some goddamn awesome movies!I love the discussion of the movies after the movie is long over.
14) Be there for my friends.
15)Continue blogging.
16)Grow up enough to delete my facebook account! :||
17)Continue watching all my shows,on TV and on Netflix. :D
18) Work out. Ughh!! I hate it.How I wish I could eat just about anything and still have an hour glass figure :d ** sighh sighhh**
19) Be Happy,Thankful,Blessed &In Bliss ^_^
20)How Can I forget this one.. Keep my place spick and span.

I guess most of these would be my new year resolution as well..
Yeayyy!! I finished the challenges!!! :e :mj

Thursday, December 29, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 29

Day 29 : In the past month what have you learnt

I have learnt..
i) ...that sometimes it's best to just to let go.Be it a person or a bad criticism or anything not worth your time.
ii)...that distance does make the heart grow fonder.Especially when its family,if you know what I mean. ;)
iii)...that I am indeed lucky to have great friends like S and P.mmuah mmuah!!
iv)...that I still remember how to knit. I'm in the process of knitting a shawl.
v)...that youtube is one of the coolest things EVA!!!! I knew I could find just about anything,but then it always leaves me flabbergasted when I do find videos of something I 'thought' trivial.

I can't think of anything else. :|

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 28

Day 28 : A picture of you last year and now,how have you changed since then.

I have no plans of uploading any pictures of mine in this post.So other than the fact that I have gained some pounds I don't see much of a difference in me physically.Emotionally I should say I feel like a whole different person.I look at things in a  different perspective.My priorities have changed and I am happy now. Genuinely happy. :O

(P.S  The frog looks ubber cute,no ? )

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 27

Day 27 : Why are you doing this 30 day challenge?

Ever since my old blog of 2 years somehow got screwed up,I was somewhat facing a block to write.Adding on to that,I was becoming a complete lazy a*s!!I wanted to gather my act together and get on with my writing.
It was not really easy.I started a wordpress account,but it had some glitches,I was not comfortable with the gadgets there.So I deleted that account and started a new one in blogger.Then, I found out that my old blog was up and running.But then,I wanted a fresh slate,so I stuck with this one and deleted my old blog.
Pretty fickle minded.I would say!! :||
Again I found it almost next to impossible to get my old writing mojo back.I had loads of ideas,none manifested!S suggested me to start a cook blog,R suggested to start a nail art blog,however I didn't want to stick on to one topic.I wanted to write about anything & everything.That's when I stumbled across this challenge and I thought to myself, maybe a little discipline to writing, would bring me back in track.

So,I guess that would be my main motive behind taking up this challenge.I wanted to feel good after writing a piece,even though nobody else saw the beauty in it.Well,its a different story when people do like what you write.

Monday, December 26, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 26

Day 26: Places you want to visit before you die.

I was never a huge fan of traveling.Well that came out wrong.What I meant to say is,that I don't jump up and down with joy about traveling.Before my marriage I had been to places inside India but never outside India.I was not even very keen in going abroad as well.However karma had totally different plans for me.I get married to R and come all the way to the other side of globe, to U.S.A. 
Being with R made me realize that it is indeed a great thing to see new places,meet new people.etc.
He was in Germany for about a year and in Manchester for about 7years before he came here.Listening to his travel stories has made me a yearn to see places,atleast before I die.
Something tells me that I would..

Soo the places I would love to visit.

Reasons:Paradise on earth,the boats,the jewellery and the sheer beauty.

2. Paris
Reasons -Eiffel Tower,Most romantic place on earth,French ahh c'est l'amour!!

3.Grand Canyon
Reasons-Grand Canyon :| Look at that place!!**sigh**

4. Rome
Reasons- Colloseum:one of the seven wonders.The cheese. Leaning Tower of Pisa.After Paris I find Rome linked to romance.It's just me,I guess.

Reasons-First of all since I was working for a UK based company,I absolutely love their accent,London bridge,Big Ben,London Eye.
 6. Rio de Janeiro
Reasons-Just to see 'Christ,The Redeemer Statue'

Other than all the places mentioned above,I wouldn't mind visiting Egypt,Mount Alps,Mauritius,Seychelles,Great wall of China, etc etc :O

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 25

First of all,I wish all of you out there a Belated Merry Christmas.Hope all of you had loads of fun!The reason why I didn't post on 25th was
1)It was Christmas 
2)I am way too lazy when R is around.
3)Well.. way lazy to take a picture of my bag and its contents.
I know.. LAME!

Day 25: What I would find in your bag.

One year back,when I was working, if you had asked me this question I would've had a huge list of the stuff stashed in my bag.But now things are different,I rarely get to use any of my fancy bags.The one that I use is more like a purse with a long strap that I take when I go out for shopping. It looks something like this.
The things you would find inside would be
a) my wallet
b) my sunglasses
c)few bills
d)my lipbalm/lipgloss
e)a comb
f)a few hair pins
g ) few tissues
h )my phone.

That's pretty much it.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 24

Day 24: Share a story about your past that you are ashamed of.

No.No.I have no plans of sharing anything in my past that I am ashamed of. I am a person who cannot stand humiliation.Cannot bear to be made fun of publicly.I just cannot seem to take it in the stride,even though I am working on it.So how do you expect me to share something that happened in my life which I am ashamed of.
There are moments in our lives when our thoughts go wild and old memories good/bad comes rushing in.Even in those moments,I try to bury those old embarrassing,shameful incidents.The mere thought of it makes me so uncomfortable that I have to replace that incident with something more pleasant.
For me,thinking about an embarrassing  incident,is equivalent to experiencing the same shame yet again.
So No No No.I am a sensitive kitten :kitten Meowww!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 23

Day 23: What is something you crave.

Right now??

Okai the 'something' that I crave for right now is some noise.Yeah you heard it right!!
I thought it would be chocolates,but we went shopping yesterday and my refrigerator is loaded!So all I want is so much noise, that will tend to make me tear down my hair.
I'll explain it to you. R is suffering from toothache and when he is quiet,God, that can be hell depressing.Especially since we were looking forward to the 10 day holidays.On a normal scenario,R would keep on talking,topics varying from his latest scientific research to Led Zeppelin.He would keep bugging me when I am trying to do something be it reading,cooking or just about anything.Don't get me wrong,R is not the only one one who bugs the other person.It's mutual ;) I can be a total pain in the a*s for him as well.However,I hate it when the house is quiet :(

Sooo I'm craving for R to get well soon and bug the hell outta me.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 22

Soo..I have been real busy today.Don't ask me what I have been upto :|| It's 10:14 pm now and I have still not updated the challenge for the day.Shame on me!
R is free from his work till January 3rd 2012,but that doesn't mean he is actually free,is it?Now he needs to bear with me 24x7.Buhaaahaa!! :vD
I have been cooking till now and in the process I burnt my thumb!! Arrrghhh! I hate burns :@
Poor poor me :(

Anyhooo..without much ado lets figure out what crap I need to make up for today's challenge.

Day 22: What makes you different from everyone else. 

Hmm..There was a time in my life when I would have thought,my life,if made into a book would end up as a bestseller! But then,I grew up :| I realized we all are more or less the same,however in varying proportions.
 So if you ask me what is that  one thing which makes me different from everyone,I am not really sure.

** thinking hard**.....
.....** thinking even harder**

Disclaimer: I am not entirely sure whether this is just me.I don't want to sound like I am blowing my own trumpet here!

I try to find something good about everybody.I said I try..I am no saint.I am well aware of that.I try to be not judgemental especially if its the first encounter.

Am I making any sense?? o_O
Please continue reading if I am..

So what I am trying to say is,I have noticed that I look for something good about a person,even though the person is clearly repulsive.
I feel that,everybody has something good about them,physically or emotionally or mentally.Philosophy or no philosophy that's how I am.
But,if I still cant figure out,even after searching for that one good quality in that person then God help them,they might just not exist for me. :|

I guess,this can be considered as 'what makes me different' Right?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 21

Day 21: Share a picture from your day

I should say,this is the hardest challenge till now.I have been racking my brains out thinking about what to share from my day.Well my day is almost the same 5 days a week.Weekends are a whole different story.
A normal weekday would start randomly as follows.

Drink my elaichi rich tea, and make breakfast for R.Yeah I am known to be pretty good at multitasking.
Wait till 10:30 am (10:00 pm IST) so that I can talk to my parents.The reason behind the exact timing is,only then,will my mother dearest be free from her never ending shows in television and her household chores.After that I would spend my day aimlessly reading,cleaning,browsing the net etc.
On some days I call up P or S. S is another very close witty friend of mine.Well,we are more of 'partners in crime','great minds think alike','birds of the same feather...'you get the drift.
So since none of this really can be captured in a photo.I am clueless so I am going to leave this for now.

4 hours later..

I had kept this post in my draft since I was still out of ideas.Me and R had planned to go shopping today,however in the process of me getting ready we ended up having a fight.
No no..not the serious 'Oh my God,did I actually marry this moron' fight but the fight in which there are more of giggles than actual shouting at the top of your lungs fight.
Well in short,we ended up not going out and ordered an extra cheese,loaded with jalapenos,grilled chicken pizza & spicy chicken wings.I know I know the calories. :(
But who cares,when all it does is, bring a huge grin on my face! :O
....& voila the picture!

Photo Courtsey:R
My tummy being full,I am happy person. :e

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 20

Day 20: If you had 3 wishes, what would they be.

Aaah How I wish..
1.I would want a 100 more wishes ;)
2.I wish me and R could always be deeply in love and live happily ever after. :L
3. I wish I could eat anything I want and still mange to remain slim.** sigh**

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 19

Two posts yet again..I have not been all that well lately.That would be a valid excuse,wouldn't it?Soo getting on to the challenges.

Day 19: Nicknames you have & how or why you have them.

The most common one would be 'Ani' since that's the short form of my name 'Anisha' and all my friends call me that.
Daddy&Maa plus all relatives started calling me 'Pinky' ever since I was a baby.'Pinky' as in pink pink cheeks not the pinky finger! :$

Nowadays,my nicknames change according to R's whim. Most of the times I am his 'beautiful princess' or 'honey' <3 But in crazy times I am his 'penguin' :|| Although I find all the names endearing. :)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 18

Day 18: Plans/dreams/goals you have.

1.Live 'happily ever after' with R :d That is my plan,dream and goal :)
2.Have a wee one someday to complete our family.
3.Lose some more weight and be drop dead gorgeous! :P (a small dream,I know! )
4.Someday write a book.
5.Build/buy our own small dream home!
6.Open a small catering place,someday.
7.Go to Paris- the most romantic place on earth! :L
8.See Coldplay's concert live :d

Saturday, December 17, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 17

Day 17: Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why.

I haven't given much of a thought to this challenge,however the first person who came into my mind is Nina Dobrev.

God look at her!!

Looks to die for-both the 'Girl next door' look & 'Hell yeah! I'm hot' look
Ian Somerhalder! Duh!!

Don't you think the reasons mentioned above are quite enough!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 16

Day 16: Something you could live without.

That would be clutter and cleaning up after that. :@

Source:Google Images

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 14

Day 14: A picture of something you ate and 10 confessions.

1.I am super scared of anything paranormal,yet I can spend hours researching about it in the internet :o
2.I am a procrastinator.
3.I love huge mugs,collages,eye makeup,smileys &Chinese food! :tup
4.Its been more than a year since I came here & I don't really miss India even though I miss my parents.
5.I am a hogger,provided, you give me food that I love. :O
6.I would love to get a teeni weeni tattoo,however after 5 piercings, I don't think I have it in me anymore!
7.I like driving R nuts!!  :v
8.Whenever I am in front of my laptop,I have my headphones on even if I am not listening to anything.Yeah I have headphone syndrome! :||
9.I want to learn how to play a guitar.Hmm.. for that matter I want to learn how to play a violin,a cello,drums and flute! :|
10. I am a birthday person.I mean,I love birthdays,especially when its mine :$ I love all the excitement related to birthdays.My birthday is next month and I am already bugging R,what he is going to get me.Crazy greedy woman,I know! :e

- Anisha

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

On a happy note..

I could literally live here.. :d

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 13

Day 13: Write a letter telling someone something you could never tell them.

This letter would be for a certain 'friend' p, not P.
Pis a totally different person & I love her. p is or rather was one of my very early friends in office.

 p,When I think about the years I have known you,I feel sad that you changed so much.I could never imagine, you could stoop so low.I always knew you were fickle minded and restless and I am in no position to point that out.However,when I came to know about the things you have been doing behind my back, all that I felt was insult & humiliation.You ought to give everybody  their privacy,just like how you would want yours.You wouldn't understand this because you have this feeling that you are right and above it all.**Reality Check**-No you are not.
Don't you think you have severed  enough relations?Don't you think you need to atleast start to think your age?
I just wish you would realize what a  moron you have become today and wish from the bottom of my heart that you will repent and turn back into the old nice person you were.
I just hope you would value your friends who have always loved you instead of taking them for granted and making their life a living hell.

(P.S-I really didn't want to write another negative post.Since I will never ever talk to p in my life,I thought why not..)

Monday, December 12, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 12

Day 12: A picture of your room & don't cheat by cleaning it. Share a secret.

This is my our living room.Its quite obvious,I know.I like stating the obvious. 8|


Share a secret.If I share,then it would no longer be a secret,would it?
So I will just share something which would not do any mortal damage! Teehee.I am cunning.buhaaa :v

Okhaii..Mmm..I can get very self conscious when around confident people. :||

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 11

Day 11: A picture of something you dislike.

Ughh!! Even uploading the picture gives me the goosebumps.Hate them! Despise them! &shit scared of them.It looks like its actually sitting on my blog! Brrr!!! 

Friday, December 9, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 9

Day 09: Something/someone you're proud of.

Tadaaa!!! 8)

Ladies & Gentlemen,the photo above is my proud moment.It was our first wedding anniversary in August and since we were away from our family,me and R decided to invite few of  our friends over to our place to celebrate.When I say 'few' I mean 14 of us! & yes my friend,what you see on the table,I made all that happen.
For a novice like me,this is indeed a proud,beaming ear to ear moment. :O

Thursday, December 8, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 8

Day 08: Short term goals for this month and why.

Firstly I am not a 'goal' person.I have no goals.Since this challenge needs me to enlist my goals for this month,I don't have much choice,do I?

1.Finish reading 'The Bluest Eye' : I have this book with me and I can't seem to get the pages moving 8| Besides,I have other books to give my undivided attention to. 

2.Explore Foo Fighters :I happened to hear one their songs 'The Pretender' & absolutely fell in love with it.Need to listen to it more \m/

3.Keep my place clean : The most frustrating part in my life is cleaning up.I don't understand how the place gets dirty so soon. >.<

4.Try out new nail art : My nails right now, looks nude! :( It has nothing on.I need to come up with something nice.

5.Try out new recipes : There was a time when I used to despise cooking.I just managed with the bare minimum.Poor R.!! However I decided to turn into a new leaf & started to try out stuffs with a different attitude and voila the food is delicious! Atleast wayyy better than my old achievements :|| I came across a lot of great cook blogs and I am all game for new experiments.

6.Continue watching 'Bones' on Netflix :Self explanatory.

7.Continue with blogging: Now that I got my writing mojo back.I am going to try to keep up the mojo up and running!

8.Not to be lazy : :|

9.Try not to devour all the Christmas chocolates : ;)

10.Remain Happy:Smile,Laugh out loud,Dance like crazy woman!! :O :r :e :mj

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 7

Day 07: Someone/something that has the biggest impact on you.

That would be my Mom.I don't think there is any other person in my life who has had so much impact on me.She has been both a mother and a friend to me.She has taught me life's lessons in so many ways that if I am the way I am today (which I think is not so bad),I owe it to her.We have had our differences of opinion,but at the end of the day I find it very difficult to go against her will.Even in the rebellious teenage years we have had numerous arguments I found that it was next to impossible to go against her.Not because she wouldn't let me,because I just couldn't stand to hurt her.However,me being a nut case has gone astray many a time,only to realize that she was right all the way.
I could talk about  anything under the sun to her.Our topics would range from household chores to emotional drama.
Trivial as this sounds,I still watch a Hindi serial in Star Plus online just because it reminds me of the happy days I spent with mom as just as her daughter. :(

I used to love shopping with mom because she would give me accurate opinions about what I should buy and what not to buy.I was so dependent on her that when I came to U.S with R,I couldn't decide what clothes to buy and what not to!!
I have not been the perfect daughter yet she loved me all the same.She has argued for and against me.She has stood up for me,believed in me.She has driven me crazy with her religiousness,which I now understand gives her peace of mind and I need to respect that.Now that I am on the other side of the globe,I miss her everyday.
Thank heavens that we have Skype and Vonage. Atleast I get to see her and talk to her when I want.

I love you,Maa and Thankyou.