Thoughts

I was going through my blog and in the past year I literally have had a huge gap of months in between my posts, but it feels so so great to see bloggers remember me.

As you know, people are leaving my current organization left, right and center due to the outsourcing. Recently one of the oldest members of my team left and the team got a huge good bye card, and we were asked to sign it.

It had been so long I have handwritten something, and I was surprised or shocked to see my handwriting gone so bad, I could not keep my hand straight and write something! I think I should do something about it.

Oh yes, I think I jinxed it the other day, there is a new project going on, and I got lots of work now.

These visa preparations for our parents is taking forever, there are lot of documents to gather.

My sweet old grandmom expired 2 days back, she was quite old and bedridden since some months. But I was just remembering the old times we spent with her, she was very active for her age, would even wash her own clothes. She was super proud of my Dad as he was one of the first to leave the village and study and work outside. I feel sad for him, but as they say, life goes on.

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Hey my blog readers, I’m here, look at me. :P

My company has decided to outsource the work and it means we are soon going to be jobless. But I feel better being a contractor, I can just jump onto a new project. So these days, it is just giving KTs and helping the new people and not much work for us. I’m liking it actually, all I do is come to office late, check emails, go on breaks, come back, read blogs, leave early. ;)

Ims tells me how do you end up getting into such projects with less work and stress, while he has much work, but I also earn less though. But overall we are happy building savings.

And I have double good news to share. First is we are expecting, it is just 14 weeks now. And even my elder sis is expecting her second baby around the same time!

Both of our family members sound exciting to visit US on this pretext :P so next on our list is the visa preparations for them. Then we also plan to move to a new apartment and also plan a babymoon if possible. Phew!

Sometimes I get scared thinking of all the expenses that will show up suddenly, but I tell myself we will try our best not to overspend. And Ims is cooking mostly since a month, he is so cute. :D

Hope to be more regular here, see you soon.

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So much has happened during my absence here.

Firstly we could not stay apart and I resigned to come back to the bay area.

Then I got pregnant but miscarried soon, I need to write a separate post on it.

I landed a new project and that too in San Francisco. I was elated.

I’m learning so much and loving the team and the work.

Days just pass by traveling more than 2 hours to work and coming home tired and eating and sleeping.

But the best part is we are together.

I need to

Sorry for missing in action for so long.

Ims’ grandfather expired today and I had too many thoughts in my mind that I had to come here.

He had a brain stroke and battled in the ICU for more than a month before giving up.

Ims used to stay with him and is very close to him, even grandpa has a soft corner for him. He is upset he is the only grandchild missing there today.

But we feel the good part is he traveled to India to see him last month. When they met in the ICU, granpa stared at him and held his hand and cried.

The little memories I have of him are very pleasant. I’m reminded of the time he came to stay with us in Chennai, the only mention I have of him here.

He has five daughters whom he educated well, he believes education is most important.

All I can think of him is his laugh, he was a foodie, he had the taste for good food. There is an old chair at his home which is solely his, I think it will remind us of him. I remember we had trouble communicating initially as we could not understand each other’s language well, but I know he liked me.

I felt good to hear all our relatives traveling from different parts of India for his funeral.

May his soul rest in peace!

My experience with Jabong.com

I have been online shopping in India since 5 years and today I would like to share my experience with the new online shopping website on the block, that is the Lifestyle and Fashion website Jabong.com.

I came across this site in 2012 when me and my sister were looking for the Peach Crush Velvet Matte Lipstick and Jabong offered the best price and shipping option. It costed just Rs.225 and we were very satisfied with the product and delivery.

My next experience with Jabong came last year when I was looking to buy a golden yellow embroidered silk saree for my Mom, I searched across most of the internet shopping websites, but could not find the perfect saree I had in my mind. Then I chanced upon Jabong.com again and I was excited to find many options, I happily browsed, compared and zeroed on one, and couriered it to my Moms address in India. She had planned to wear it for a haldi ceremony of my cousin, they were travelling to Bhubaneswar and we had our fingers crossed. She was on cloud nine when it arrived in 3 business days giving her ample time to get it stitched. Below is the picture, I was happy as it aptly fit my criteria and Mom was content with the quality and price. It costed Rs.3354 but I paid just Rs.2348 with the very helpful Jabong coupon codes.

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So recently when Jabong contacted me if I would be interested in doing a blog review, I did not think twice having had great experiences earlier.

Most of my online shopping have been for my sister, she is crazy for makeup and fashion. Her recent wish was to buy a colored aviator sunglasses. I gave her the option to shop from Jabong.com, so I could review. We had earlier shopped for similar product online and they were different from the online description, and that was our worry. While ordering it online, there was a glitch at the bank side and the payment would not go through.

I was busy and planned to order it the next day on Saturday but could not get time and decided to do it on Sunday. When I woke up on Sunday, I found the pictures of the product on Watsapp sent by my sister. I was so surprised on what happened. Then she told me that Jabong had got in touch with her due to the payment issue and processed the order smoothly on our behalf. Not only had it reached in ONE business day, the product was well packaged and of very good quality. Ignore her silly pose. :D

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I would definitely recommend Jabong for your everyday purchase or gift shopping online, it has a variety of products and brands catering to men, women, kids and home. Most of the products have free shipping applicable. Also check out the special features they offer like the online discount coupons, gift cards, reward points and the affiliate program. Then there is also the “No Questions Asked Return Policy!” and the all new Drop Ship facility for easy returns. Don’t miss the special gifts and offers on the special days, the latest being Mother’s day which falls on May 11. I will gladly shop from Jabong again for sending gifts to my loved ones. Happy online shopping !!

P.S. Jabong just recently also released its mobile application to ease the shopping experience, and it gives you extra 38% off, how cool is that!

Has it ever

.. happened to you that you dislike something in yourself and someone complements you for it. For example, I haven’t been a fan of my smile, I have huge teeth. But recently when my roommate had relatives, her brother and sister-in-law found my smile very pretty, they liked how I laughed from heart. How sweet and inspiring is that.

Ims is in Brea for some official release, I called him sometime back and sang the below song. I’m sure he would have blushed, it was too funny. :D

Ims was here

.. 2 weeks back and we did some shopping again, now I have everything I need in my room, it feels good. My roomie(H) had 2 cousins staying for a week then too, it was the snow storms week and all 6 of us worked from home on few days, it was fun.

Then last weekend, H’s battalion of relatives were here (about 10), but gladly everybody was cool, and what helped us gel well were the cards games, the good old dumb charades, pictionary etc., it were a sleepless 2 days with loads of delicious food.

Then we went for the movie Highway, which I had less expectations from but ended up loving it. I was pleasantly surprised and was left wanting for more, it is a must watch for the sensitive issues it shows.

Also, I’m beginning to see the beauty of snow. On the mornings I travel by bus, I see small pools or rivers amidst snow and it looks so damn lovely.

I’m slowly getting better at work too, it is not too demanding, it is cool.

And oh yes, we visited New Jersey to meet Ims’ brother-in-law who is here for a month, it was good seeing him after more than 2 years. Then one of our old friends visited us and we walked along the Hudson river. Next we went to another old friend’s home as she was pregnant and enjoyed there.

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Btw, Ims got me a beautiful pair of swarovski earrings (He had been to Brea for some official work and had few hours to pass one day, he went to a mall and called me up. He asked me what I wanted, I said surprise me), I got him a funny card and a box of chocolates for Valentine’s.

One of the days, H’s hubby decorated home with balloons and I love you’s and flowers and cake, me and her cousins made the couple pose like some movie posters and did a photo shoot.

That’s it from me folks, I’m pestering Ims to come here again soon.

I’m such a

..nutcase, I want to remain anonymous but end up announcing to everyone I meet about my blog.

I planned to write a detailed post today but unfortunately my laptop charger broke and hence this post from the WordPress app on my phone.

Did I tell you LiFi was here the week I came but we could not meet, hopefully next time.

I finally met my employer, from my consultancy here last week, who I have been in touch with for a year now. GPS goofed up and I could not locate the proper address. It was too cold and finally he came to pick me up. In my excitement, I skid just before meeting him. I was slightly hurt but I found it too funny and filmy.

I realized something recently, I might crib about the bad weather, the long distance travel daily etc., but isn’t this just what I wanted. Remember the song I called my song last year from the movie ‘Love aaj kal’ about Saif in his new job. I think it is just like that for me now, I’m loving it.

I’m not moving to a smaller and closer apartment anymore, not now at least. I like the freedom, my roommate here. Also I could not move after she told me she likes me and wanted me to stay. I bought a beanbag and a fleece blanket recently, I love cuddling up and watching a movie on it. That reminds me I must get some books to pass my time.

Today we had dinner and just sat chit chatting for hours after that. It felt good, reminded me of my Mysore training days where we spent sleepless nights studying and talking. Nothing like friends around, isn’t it.

Hey blog !

It has been nearly 15 days since my last post, and it feels like some months have passed.

I felt sad to leave the beautiful Bay area but had to. I flew with dreams in my eyes, but felt so disheartened with the gloomy weather here. I was so nervous and the environment just made it worse, Ims was to leave in couple of days too. Time did not stand still and it was my first day already. I had to reach by 8.30 but we were shocked to see our frozen car in the morning. Then there was a small accident on the way due to fog and I reached a good 20 mins late. I was feeling so upset but my manager was super cool.

The apartment I moved to is really huge and beautiful but pretty far from my office. I tried to find some carpool but no luck. So I have to travel by bus which takes 3 hours each day. Tears rolled down when Ims left but I had to be strong. Currently I found another apartment closer to office and will move there next month. I feel little sad again because it is nice here, a good roommate H, separate bed and bath but alas.

H and her husband are here now, they are fun loving people. We went for the movie ‘Jai Ho’ today. Kaun kambakht story ke liye jaata hai, hum toh shirtless Salman ko dekhne gaye the (I mean, who goes to see the movie story, I went to watch the shirtless Salman Khan). I wonder why people don’t make noise in the theater here, I almost let out a scream when Salman entered, I regret not knowing to whistle.

It is freezing here, I shudder seeing snow fights on TV, it is torturous.

I feel comfortable with my team and project already though real work is yet to start.

Breathless

Hey guys, I’m here, with many updates as compensation for my absence.

1. Ims’ grandmom became too ill suddenly, and we were even planning if we should go.. But thank heavens, she turned better slowly in some weeks, she is still recuperating.

I had an interview one evening which went bad and with everyone sad about granny’s situation, I burst into tears and begged God to make things better, I told Him He could choose not to give me a job but improve her health. Can you believe there was a very slightest improvement just the next day.

2. My dear Ims turned 30, but sadly I could not do any grand celebrations, just baked a cake and made some good food, I’ll get him a Macbook sometime later.

3. Then my sister and her family visited us for few days, which was somewhat unplanned but still fun, they loved California. Only problem was Eru could not jump and run as it disturbed our downstairs neighbors. We bought her an RC car and a tent.

4. Ims’ sister’s husband visited New Jersey for a short term. Though we could not meet him, we sent loads of gifts for them which I had fun shopping and looking for the best deals etc. He returned few days back and I was eager to hear from them, they loved the stuff as expected.

5. We went on a 5 day trip to Las vegas – Hoover Dam – Grand Canyon – Zion National Park – Death Valley for the New years eve and our wedding anniversary which is on Jan 2. It was tiring but we enjoyed it. Err.. We also saw an adult show in LV which was lovely. I know you will laugh at me if I say it was very decent, but it really was, classy and the crowd very well behaved.

6. And.. and.. and.. I finally got a job.. Yayy !! The salary is less according to my consultancy but it is good enough for us. Only hitch is it is in Connecticut, so I’m moving there next week and Ims is trying for a transfer.

2013 has been great, and I hope 2014 will have more surprises.

Happy happy new year to all of you !!