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Installed, loving it February 9, 2013

Posted by Jeena in Behaviors, People.
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The two months leading up to moving to our new home was hectic, and confusion reigned. A few new appliances needed ordering, the materials required for the interiors purchased. Couple of old furniture were moved to the new home for refurbishing, touching up. As we started packing up, boxes began piling up in the hall. I wonder, if we had fewer books (fiction & non-fiction), would there have been so many boxes?

We met all kinds of people from the sophisticated to the unblemished & naïve characters. Interacting with them increased our conversational skills in the local language. I trashed Hindi with no misgivings – my directions on the phone to the drivers delivering things we’d ordered would have made the North Indians wince (by the way, what’s hindi for banyan tree?).

It became a routine asking for a discount. Curtains, lights, furniture, painters, cleaners, packers ‘n’ movers. “What’s the best price you can give?” Of course, there were some places that we should have had better deals.

 My leadership skills were tested when DH had to step out on moving day. A shouting match broke out between two men. If DH had been there, it wouldn’t have happened. As it is, I had to get rid of the ‘meek, malleable’ woman image and become someone I didn’t recognize. It took a couple of minutes but they called it quits before getting to fisticuffs. 

I had an allergy tab and put on a mask. The dust rising would have made me a sneezing spectacle otherwise. I never realized that I had so much utensils in the kitchen. After a while, I stopped bothering which crate & carton contained what. It’s been 2 weeks and I’ve just found out what became of my apron.

One mistake I made was not taking time off after moving in. Perhaps, it would have been easier instead of battering my constitution with the longer journey to work and back, then organizing everything at home.

At the end of the day, despite everything, coming home to the unpolluted and quiet home is worth everything.

Fun day February 15, 2010

Posted by Jeena in Bangalore, Office, People.
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The annual SFD has officially arrived! Sports and Fun day at work has reduced to a week of Fun and the D-day on Saturday at a resort involving loadsa booze and dance!

This year’s theme is around the Pirates. So we’ve got Jolly Rogers, Buccaneers, Privateers and the one I belong to – Swashbucklers. I bet our team name will be a lot of shwash’lersh on D-Day when the booze flows freely! 😀

The Swashbucklers are a boring lot – the participation in our office almost nil. So when we went for lunch, we got pulled into a game that required balancing a beach ball on a tray tied to 5 individuals and walking back and forth. Then balance a smaller ball in one direction. It involved a lot of shouting and pulling and dropping – a different version of Lemon and Spoon race.

Hopefully the momentum will pick up with four more days to go and swashers can keep winning like we did today!

Crikey December 26, 2009

Posted by Jeena in People, Quotes.
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I got this from a fellow blogger and couldn’t resist borrowing it.

Make your sentences with these prompts and post them in the comments below.

Pick the month you were born:

January——-I sang to

February——I threw a wreath at

March——–I smelled

April———-I yelled at

May———-I threw a snowball at

June———- I ran away with

July———–I baked cookies with

August——–I danced with

September—- I stole

October——-I kidnapped

November—–I ran over

December—–I licked

Pick the day you were born:

1——-a snowflake

2——-an elf

3——-a Christmas tree

4——-a candy cane

5——-a snowman

6——-a cup of cocoa

7——-my Christmas present

8——-a reindeer

9——-a box of toys

10——-a nutcracker

11——-a sugar plum fairy

12——-Santa

13——-a Christmas stocking

14——-a stuffed animal

15——-Santa’s beard

16——-Rudolph

17——-a fireplace

18——-a sugar cookie

19——-a Snowman

20——-a glass of milk

21——-the naughty and nice list

22——-Santa Claus

23——-a wreath

24——-my tangled Christmas lights

25——-my child’s brand new bike

26——-a tree topper

27——-an elf

28——-a snowflakes

29——-wrapping paper

30——- Mrs. Clause

31——- a lump of coal

Pick the last number of the year you were born:

1——— in Walmart

2 ——– on a train

3 ——– in the mall

4 ——– under your bed

5 ——– on Santa’s Sleigh

6 ——– on a roof

7 ——– in an elevator

8——— at the dinner table

9 ——– in the North Pole

0 ——– in your bathroom

Pick the color of shirt you are wearing:

White——–because I can!

Black——–because I was drinking tequila, again.

Pink———-because I’m only in it for the good times.

Red———-because the voices told me to.

Blue———because I’m sexy and I do what I want.

Green——-because I think I need some serious help.

Purple——-because I’m AWESOME!

Gray———because Big Bird said to and he’s my leader.

Yellow——-because someone offered me 20 dollars

Orange —–because I saw it on the Internet.

Brown——-because I’m cool like that!

Other——–because it sounded like a good idea!

None——–because I can’t control myself!

Here’s mine:

I baked cookies with a Christmas tree in your bathroom because the voices told me to.

What is love vs Confusion Theerkkanamey November 14, 2009

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The other day, the radio played a fav song of my teenage years. The song in repeat mode and on max volume nearly sent my folks to the madhouse. I was thinking of a Malayalam equivalent and this is the closest I could come up with. But hey, if you have better thoughts, and more of an expert, let me know.

What is Love – Haddaway

What is love,
Baby don’t hurt me,
Don’t hurt me,
No more

Confusion Theerkkanamey – Summer in Bethlehem

Pachakkili pavizha paalvarnnamottha pala kochungalanjennam (Green-bird-like gems milk white whole different girls are five)
Nilppaanu shambhooo….athilonniladiyante vadhuvundathethu (Standing O God.. one is my bride which is it)
Eee narakathil ninnonnu karakettu..shambho…shambho..shambooo..ooo..ooo (From this hell, get me ashore O God O God O Go-oooddd)
Confusion theerkkanamey (Finish confusion)
Entey confusion theerkkanamey (Finish my confusion)