I keep coming back!

I thought I would stop blogging. Never return to this space and pen my “Random Ruminations”… but I just keep coming back. I remember way back when I started blogging, had a BlogSpot then. It was just to record events or thoughts….this transformed to a place where I poured my heart out. Eventually moved to WordPress. Journey continued. My blog has been a place where I vented/ ranted/ sharedย a lot. It has given back too – Friends and fellow bloggersย like Nikhil, Sharada, Praddy, Vino, Scorpria, Bhargavi, Aparna, Imp’s Mom…actually a really long list…. (note to self: when time permits, add their blog links ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Was lovely to have met quite a few of them, form friendships beyond the web.There are some who have become friends after reading all that I have written!! (God! you do have patience ๐Ÿ™‚ ), have egged me on to continue posting. Thanks to all!

I decided to stop blogging because I did not want to keep venting or ranting. I didn’t want to be all positive either and not be me!! Since I could not do the balancing act (Libra in me?!), I decided to quit…..and I am back here (Libra indecisiveness?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

What has happened since my last post?! Way back in October! Wow! I have stayed away that long!!!! I have been off Facebook completely. Deactivated my account mid-October I think. I confess there were certain days when I wanted to log in and check. Got over that urgeย in a few minutes and I have been away. Someone said that was brave of me. Don’t know where that stems from, though I do think it is quite an achievement for me for having still not gone back to that place! (I am not saying I won’t…..look where it got me here! :p ). I did complete my 100 happy days. Again an achievement (as a wonderful friend said a huge achievement considering the garbage that goes on in my head!)

Obviously there have been lows. Self doubt haunting me as ever. Times I wanted to totally give up.ย I feel I put A through impossible times!ย Situations at work. Lots of ups and downs – Downs always overwhelms a person like me into thinking when will this every end? I know the answer is never and it probably might never get easier despite all the clichรฉs.

I am grateful for true friends who have stuck by me and my madness…some of them have even made it past a decade or two!! (I must not be that bad a person and hope I can remain good friend to them! ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Despite loads of differences, the solid support I get from my parents is something that I must not forget. In a way I am also thankful for those “friends” who have let me down in more ways than one for the lesson they taught me – some doing way more damage than I can imagine ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

It is easy to forget and stray away, delve deep into that abyss of depression. I have fallen into that way too often. Thanks to those who help me get over that – some of you are really patient and have way too much of endurance! (If you are reading this, you know who you are! ๐Ÿ™‚ ). I must add this….I have a wonderful son! A is indeed a gem of a guy, a blessing – one who comes to hug me when I ask for one, smiles & laughs and endures my moods of anger, despair, doubt, depression, feeling of being lost! Love him loads!

From Malaysia with love :)

Or must I say From Thailand with love?! ๐Ÿ™‚

A couple of days back, I came home to find mail with my name on it! I knew that Sulz would be sending this over, yet when you see the actual package, it just brings a smile to your face, a flutter in your heart. Physical mail has become so much of a rarity off late. Even the bills are e-bills!!

So, Sulz – here goes!! A big big thank you!!! I am so glad that I did sign up for your project – A piece of Thailand.

I did feel guilty about making her spend on postage and the piece of Thailand. She assured me that it is alright! I hope it still is ๐Ÿ™‚

First thing that struck me, what a beautiful handwriting!! Mum also said the same. A was too wired up to know what was inside the envelope with birds and my name on it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Opened it up to find a beautiful picture post card and a magnet. Will sure aim for the moon ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks again Sulz!! You made our day. Once again – beautiful handwriting. The magnet now is added on to A’s collection which currently is one Tom & Jerry, one Superman sign. He claims it as his own!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Pongal day

Yesterday was Pongal/ Sankranti or Lohri depending on which part of India you hail from.ย  So woke up pretty early (by A’s & my standards that is ๐Ÿ™‚ ), took part in the festivities at home; had a sumptuous lunch. I should add that I did my work out too (kinda proud about that! so, patting my own back ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Then started the whirlwind wondrous evening. Co-ordinating the arrival of bloggers to meet at Kafeoke. The place was suggested by Praddy who blogs here. Full credit to him to have suggested the place (Praddy…is that enough credit? ) We all sung our lungs out. The place is closing down as of February 1st. We plan to hit the place again before that. Crossing fingers. For those curious we sang Alice, Summer of 69, Wake me up before you go go. The hits though were the following :

Kasumela from Kadhala Kadhala

&

Viduthalai from Iruvar

Thanks to G …Mr.Bedazzled ๐Ÿ™‚ for the suggestion to sing a ghana type song.

The motley crew then headed to Aparna’s place who blogs here . Her mom had an awesome spread waiting for us in her beautiful home. All of us there were floored by the company, the home & the food. Aunty was wonderful teaching us to make akki roti. Guess what a bunch we were, we even ate the burnt one ๐Ÿ™‚
The menu was a wonderful special juice, salad, gojju, phulka, puliyodhare, hunse saaru, beans, curd rice, home made picke & mor milagai with carrot halwa. Served on a palm leaf plate, we wiped all the dishes clean!
A loved the whole outing right from the beginning to the end! He of course was spoilt rotten, blowing bubbles, balloons for him, a special gift from aunty for him (Thanks aunty!) He was so tired that he went right to sleep on the drive back and woke up late this morning!!!

So, now do I have all those who did not join us green with envy?! Good!!ย  Vimmuuu, Arvind & MN you guys missed out an awesome evening ( I am really running out of adjectives to describe the evening now! )

An evening of singing, laughing, making new friends, hogging! Hoping for more of these!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, I am glad I did my workout though I think the hogging cancelled out everything and pulled me back…but what the heck, right? ๐Ÿ˜€ Carpe Diem ๐Ÿ™‚

Too many smileys post! ๐Ÿ™‚

Horoscopes

I had a really pleasant evening yesterday with fellow Chennai bloggers on the beach –ย  which involved a variety of topics, pulling each others’ย  legs (well, some were more the victims than others ๐Ÿ™‚ ) etc.., . The major topic though happened to be astrology – Moon signs, sun signs, stars, behaviour, compatibility and the likes. This is a topic that I like and find intriguing though am not so knowledgeable. Do I believe in the whole thing? The Libra mind wavers from one end to another. There are times I do, and those I don’t. Nevertheless, do find the subject interesting.

So, to people who are piqued like me; you can get your charts and astrological info here. That is one of the many sites which offer the birth charts free based on the information provided.

The information required:

Name
Date of birth(D/M/Y)
Time of birth
Time zone
Place of birth (actually the latitude and longitude – used good old Google to get that info ๐Ÿ™‚ )

You could get either a south Indian chart or the north Indian version as per your choice.

Now, that the chart is done, I will try figure out the mystery behind those planets ๐Ÿ™‚ If readers out there know of sites that can set the ignorant me on an enlightening path – please show the way ๐Ÿ˜€

Parting note…thanks to all my blog friends A & I had a wonderful evening yesterday. Hopefully more to come this year ๐Ÿ™‚