Fads & Fridays

Tagged as: methinks, technology

‘Fad’ as defined by Dictionary:

Fad –noun

a temporary fashion, notion, manner of conduct, etc., esp. one followed enthusiastically by a group.
All of us, at one time or other, have blindly followed the latest trends. Infact so much that neon cycling shorts, oversized tshirts, all teenybopper songs owe their success to these this mass mania. In the past few years ‘being social’ has been the latest ‘it’. And lately, check-ins.
I have always wanted to get onboard this craze. But I thought that surely there’s no one interested in knowing that I checked into my local grocery store (or that I go to 3 of them,.. ummm… thts another blog post). Anyways!! I finally went to this restaurant which ranked passably on my cool-enough-to-let-the-world know barometer and I feverishly downloaded the Foursquare app on my dinosaur (psst.. iPhone 2G). But thanks to ever-efficient AT&T, the app took ages to download and when it did, the app started crashing everytime I tried signing up. Thwarted at the first attempt, next time I was ready. I had my ever handy Yelp app, which also allowed check-ins (you see everyone except me has jumped on this :P). And I was already logged in so that I don’t give AT&T one more chance to screw me over. On one rare Friday night where me & L decided to act our age & went for an early meal outside (check-in#1), a secondhand bookstore that I absolutely love (check-in#2). The stack of awesome books that we carried under our arms tempted us to go home & kickback our feet threatening our check-in plan. So we stuck to our plan & went to our fav dive bar (check-in#3). So what did the next day bring? No, not a hangover, we didn’t go THAT crazy! 😛 But an evaluation as to what our check-in experience taught us.
a. We had an amazing time!! And that too after such a long time
b. Scored some awesome books..
c. This check-in isn’t all that great for the reasons that its promoted. But it does have an appeal if you are into the I’ll-have-fun-so-that-I-can-show-that-I-had-fun category.
But our fun wasn’t because of the check-ins. I (yes, the hubby didn’t know about my check-in mania till he checked his twitter feed the next day), had fun during that time & it wasn’t dictated by the check-ins or even any technology media. It was good old fashioned going out with friends on a Friday kinda fun. So even though I didn’t fall in love with the whole fad & won’t be following the world (src: Foursquare 2010 report card: 3400% growth), but if you love it, sure, go ahead. There’s a reason the terms ‘fads’ was added to the dictionary 😉

Cheers m/

Post a week 2011

Tagged as: usual

Ok, so I’m late to the party, but since I just missed a week & my 2nd last post was on 31st Dec, I’ll consider it as the first post of this year.. My blog, my rules 8) Technicalities aside, I’m super excited about this. Hopefully I’ll stick to the plan. The other thing that’s had me jumping up & down with joy is that I get a co-conspirator for this blog. Expect a ton of food-related posts! And some kickass snapshots 🙂

Cheers m/

New year – new resolutions??

Tagged as: methinks

With more than half a month into the new year, I started thinking about new year resolutions, or my lack of them in particular. Every new year, I come across tons of news, blog posts about everyone’s new year resolutions. But I never had one. Not ‘coz I have a case of Calvinitis, as below

Calvin & Hobbes - New Year

I’ve had goals & made sure that I achieved those, so it also wasn’t a fear of not following through. But just that most of the blog posts referred to the lack of those resolutions being followed through till the end of the year or till the time the goal was achieved. So this year, I’m going to make one.

My goal sometime back was to break into the 3 digit weight group. You see I’ve always been underweight for a 5′ 7″ person. I achieved my goal, but I think I fell back into the 2 digit group, but I’m not sure since I never checked my weight again (psst.. in the past 5 months), just for the fear of having lost my advantage. So this year I’m going to move away from the number based system, & move towards the broader goal of being healthy. So how do I define ‘healthy’? Hmmm…


  • A BMI of 18.5 atleast
  • Cut down red meat intake to minimum
  • Some sort of exercise routine

This’ll make sure I don’t get my butt kicked when we go for hikes. And also make myself useful when we’ve to move heavy furniture. I’m completely useless when it comes to lifting even moderately heavy Ikea furniture. But all that comes to end this year 😀 And what is a healthy resolution without a buddy. So my buddy this year is going to be L. But his resolution is a bit different than mine. He’s also aiming to be healthy, with a BMI is the 18-20 range. But he’s going to hit that range by losing weight. So the means of achieving our goal will essentially remain the same. Eat healthy & exercise. Just the food groups that’ll be a part of our meal will be a little bit different. And to make sure that we are on the right path, we are going to blog about it.

So here’s to a fruitful 2011….

Cheers m/


Tagged as: appreciation

With the year winding down, the last few hours of 2010 are filled with a scramble to get everything done to make sure 2011 is welcomed in a grand way. This year its just me, L & my sis-in-law. Our idea of a good time is kicking our feet back with awesome food (generally homemade :P) and a good drink just within reach. So this year was/is ‘nt different either.

Having a 10 day shutdown at work gave me a long, well deserved break. This was the first instance I got time to actually regroup and catch a break from the stress of the sorta-new job & having our own house. So these 7 days were filled with small trips, shopping, pigging out on awesome food made by L. But this day, the official end of the year, I would like to count my blessings for a wonderful job, a beautiful home to come to everyday, new lessons in terms of hard knocks or good experiences. But the best part has undoubtedly been an awesome family to share all the tears & joys, smiles & frowns alike. So here’s a huge shoutout to everyone who made this year a great one.. And wishing a happy new year……

Happy happy happy New Year Everyone! Make it everything you know it can be an oh so much more! – T J Thyne (better known as Hodgins from Bones)


Tagged as: home

Chores take a whole new meaning when you are a new homeowner.. especially if you are a first time homeowner.. You suddenly start appreciating your earlier rental home(s). But this doesn’t take away from the excitement of finally having your own place. And we weren’t immune to this either. When we first moved in, we were just gearing to tackle the front yard, the backyard, the fixes in the all the rooms, the bathrooms [yeah the list seems to go on forever ;)]

But the new job and the everyday routine sucked all our free time and laziness took precedence over everything else on the weekends. But we still couldn’t ignore the fact that we weren’t doing our “chores” on time. It kept turning up like the proverbial bad penny in the form of leaves strewn all across the backyard or the shame of having one of the messier front lawns on the block. So this weekend was granted the honor of being the weekend where we tackle all the work that we tried to ignore. So the highlights of this super saturday were:

  • Cleaning up the entire backyard *whoohoo*
  • L climbing up on the roof to clean the gutters
  • Raking the leaves of the front yard & the walkway

So after all the hard work, we didn’t expect any payment except the satisfaction of having a neat yard. But as luck would have it, you indeed do get paid on tackling all your chores….. So we entered the kitchen to find out that now our dishwasher was back in action!! So no more handwashing all the dishes.. No more of the dirty sink. We are back in business baby!!

Cheers m/


Tagged as: appreciation

Our plan this Thanksgiving was to do nothing but cook. Cook an entire traditional American Thanksgiving meal. So the ambitious plan was to have following ready by dinnertime on thursday: Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, collard greens & keylime tart for dessert. Of the list we were comfortable with turkey & keylime tart since we had made those a couple of times. But thanks to Alton Brown we were ready to take on the rest.

This was the first year we got a smaller turkey, just 10.6 lbs 🙂 Whole Foods to the rescue! Prepping & roasting the bird — easy peasy! But the fact that it was Thanksgiving ( Safeway was closed 🙁 ) & our minor error of forgetting to get a few key ingredients, collard greens & gravy were struck off the menu pretty early. AB’s mashed potatoes recipe came out perfectly. Props to L for taking care of that (Having a husband who knows his way around the kitchen is AWEOME!!). And the best part, the keylime tart. I’m not a sweet loving kind of girl. But the keylime pie is perfect for me. Just right combo of sweet & tart. I favor the recipe that I stumbled on youtube once. It’s by Sarah Carey, editor of Martha Stewart Living. And as usual, the tart turned out yummm..

With awesome food & family, here’s a huge THANKS to everything that came along my way. Thanks for good memories that made me smile & the bad ones that made me realize the value of those smiles. And thanks for an awesome circle of family and friends.


A long time coming…

Tagged as: usual

Wow… It’s been a little more than a year since I last posted here… I can blame the job (and I really want to), but the truth is that I just kinda sorta forgot about this.. But that still doesn’t change the fact that I have been busy… Got married, changed jobs, houses.. Spend my weekends doing small projects around the house & weekdays earning moolah for the same 😉

So with a new post, a few changes to the flavor & content of the blog.. This blog will now revolve around my cooking experiences, me & L (the hubby :D) fixing up our place & something of this & that 🙂

Cheers 😀