Sunday, July 6, 2008

Another Sunday Night Post

...and it's been a crazy couple of weeks, it has.

To start with, last weekend there was a hurried trip to Jaipur - went on Saturday and came back the next day itself. Reached Delhi in the evening, all tired, but still managed to make it for the blogger meet at the Mad Momma's place. That was fun, although I was only there for a short while - it surprised me that Peanut didn't actually cry as much as she did the last time we went to MM's place. Instead, she just looked around at the other kids and kept crawling here and there, skillfully managing to avoid being trampled. It was good to meet everybody, especially Suki and ~nm - and I meant to write about it earlier but if you really want to read about it, here's MM's post and also ~nm's, here and here. I notice from the latter's post that she called me very quiet,and MM's said the same thing to me before (although in her case, it's a little tough for anyone trying to get a word in edgewise...ha ha! Just kidding, MM!)...I guess they should just get to know me a little better - no one who actually knows me has accused me of being quiet!

But yes, I suppose I do take time to open up with people. I'm sort of shy like that.


Then there's the fact that it seems we've finally found ourselves a place - will move in after a few weeks. It's actually everything that we wanted - well, almost - no wooden flooring, so that sucks (...for Vijay, not me - I'm quite happy). It was a frustrating couple of months, but hopefully, it'll turn out all worth it, and that this place does work out - the landlord's family looks pretty reasonable, too, so far. Fingers crossed, but yay!

I also got me a new haircut - it's shorter than it has been in 12 years. I just told the parlor lady to do what she liked with it, and she did.

Vijay hates it though - although he refuses to admit it. That's pretty much in line with almost every man who's seen it in the last week - the comments from most of the men in my office range from: 'Whoa! Baaki kahaan hai?' (accompanied by fake laughter) to 'New look, eh?' ( Politely retreating after this astute observation). Most men really are chauvinists!

But all the women love it, and so do the guys younger than thirty. More importantly, I love it. Most importantly, it doesn't make a difference to Peanut!

Anyway, I've been trying to get Vijay to admit he hates it but he skilfully manages to change the subject everytime. But today, when I said my hair's growing too fast and it's already looking much longer and I may trim a bit from the back, he blurted out 'No! Tum phirse waise lagoge...'. He then bit his tongue and clammed up totally, and I couldn't get out of him what he meant by 'waise'...

He's actually been trying to grow his hair of late, and I haven't given Peanut her haircut in months too. As a result of the three of us have almost exactly the same hairstyle now. I bet we look a sight when we go visiting.

I remarked to Vijay that my hair grows so much faster than his and he smoothly, lovingly replied 'Itni achhi khaad jo hai neeche, na'...

Took me a second to get it. Yes, I married a clown. A chauvinistic clown, at that.


By the way, I remembered another post I had written on my hair when I started blogging. Before I became a Mom. I can't believe how much things change -I actually had the time to think about and write in depth about things like that. That's the other interesting thing about maintaining a record of your thoughts like this - you can really see the changes in yourself.

This was also brought home to me by the arrival of a mysterious packet of gifts the other day. My maid handed it to me saying that someone had left it for me. I opened it to find a couple of little books and other assorted things like eyeliner and other make up items. I wondered who it could be from, and ooh-ed and aah-ed over the wonderful little book 'That's not my Reindeer' - a touchy-feely baby book. I then turned to my sister and said 'But what's Peanut going to do with eyeliner?'

She looked at me strangely and said 'I think, that could be for you'. She went on to laugh and remark how I've become 'such a Mom'.


On the work front, I'm hoping things ease up a bit because I've got two new members in my team this week. Well, I don't really expect things to get any less crazy, but am hoping to get a chance to do a lot of new stuff that's been pending because we've just been very stretched overall. I think working in this start-up environment suits me a lot better, though - it's dynamic and interesting - and there are some people around who are really fun to work with.

Now if only I could figure out a way to stop feeling so tired. Peanut has for the last three days refused to have any solids, and has reverted almost completely to breastfeeding only - and that means waking up more often at night to feed too. Any idea why this is happening when she's almost a year old?


Which reminds me, at the blogger meet, a couple of people asked why I claim to have weight issues, on the blog - I haven't bothered to check of late but I think I've actually lost quite a bit of weight. I think it's just been the getting out of the house that's done it - the only extra thing I do is walk up ten flights of stairs to the office every day. It's effective but a little boring.

My office shifts to its new location next month, and I was sort of hoping I would have an excuse to drop the long trudge upstairs - and then I discovered it's going to be on the 11th floor.

Fine, be like that!

My friend Richa is in town, and she's getting married. The last of my single female friends to take the plunge. We went by to see her today, and found her getting her mehendi done by two skilled artists, while a few friends and family members thronged around her, and a totally besura but enthusiastic woman on the dholak bawled out shaadi songs deafeningly. It was great to see her - Richa, not the dholak lady, that is. But my heart went out to her because she's just not the 'traditional marriage scene' type and didn't really look like she was enjoying it all too much- and she's been sick for the last couple of days, to top it all off.

Anyway, I hope she feels better soon, and look forward to seeing her on the big day, in her Lehenga (...that weighs a ton, and is ridiculously expensive, and I don't understand why we have to do all these things, and I'm just going to get married in court, and I'm going to run away...)

I'm almost finished with this post - and that silly Asia Cup final is over - thank God- and Vijay looks a bit sullen. Apparently, we've lost by over a 100 runs. Obviously, that's not very good, but for some reason, Vijay is still hanging around with the TV, waiting to hear Dhoni's speech. I am not sure whether it's see how the captain maintains his cool after a loss, or a 'You owe me an explanation, dammit!' thing. I just don't understand this game. Or my husband, for that matter.

And on that pleasant note - goodnight, all.


  1. Oooh, great that the house-hunting is over :)
    I like the hair, btw. Majorly chic. Dunno what men have that makes them LOVE long hair - when they don't have to maintain it themselves!
    Hope Peanut's eating habits get better soon, hang in there.

    And now I shall shut up and go to sleep. I've ditched the Wimbledon final 3 ssts down, might as well catch the sleep I ditched it for!
    College tomorrow.. :sigh:
    (Yes, I just got back to Kolkata)

  2. congrats about the must be a great relief to find the right place.

  3. Short hair seems to be a phenomenon lately. I got mine cut short too and it looks killer and everyone does double takes, only the guys can't digest it. bah!

    Congrats on the place!! Hope you move in soon and settle well and Peanut loves it and have wonderful childhood memories there.

    And enjoy at the wedding, the eye-liner is so that you can wear it to the wedding :)

  4. congrats on the house! :)
    u know.. i used to be like ur fren richa. and i genuinely hated my whole wedding. ALL days of it. tried to tempt/motivate vin to elope with me. but the bugger was just too darn lazy. :(
    have a nice week, Y! :)

  5. i saw a pic of the haircut and it looks great! and i thought the same thing, she's SKINNY!

  6. congrats! your house hunting is over..been reading your posts but didn't comment...

    the breastfeeding thing is a phase..i still bf my kiddo and there are times whn she rejects solids and wants bf only(whn she is sick, or anxious)..mebe its cause she is missing you, or she's is major comfort food... any slight change in the sched could also be the reason..It could also be that she gets hungry in the night..if you have strtd milk or any other drink, why don't you try giving her a bottle before you put her down to sleep?

    Good Luck!

  7. hmmmm... the mysterious packet of gifts was from me... I told you I'd sent some stuff through Ditts, right... the books were for you, Vijay and Anouk, but um... the eyeliner etc are meant for your sister, so kindly hand them over :) muahs.

  8. I cant believe Richa is having a traditional wedding and all.. where can i see pics?? Pls give her a hug from me! Weddings are so much fun when they are not your own :) So go on and enjoy every bit of it...


  9. Am in a envious sort of mood. I want a new house, a new haircut and more people to help me with my work too!!! The 10-floor hike is all yours though... ;-)

  10. Where's your pic with the new haircut? I'm just curious :)

  11. You? Quiet?

    *Laughs hysterically into the night*


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