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…

Healthy:

  • 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/

Celebrations

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)

Chores

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/

Thanksgiving

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.

Cheers…

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 😀

The Art of Resilience

Tagged as: methinks

What is resilience?

The Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary says:

Pronunciation: ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s
Function: noun
Date: 1824
1 : the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress
2 : an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
The one that I am referring to here, is the latter. viz. the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.

I have a doubt regarding this thought. How can we say that a person is resilient in terms of measurement? Because as the definition implies, resilience is solely dependent on 2 characteristics: the amount of misfortune/change and the recovery from/adjustment to it. So if I say person A is resilient, am quantify is resilience given my experience of bouncing back from a misfortune. So that would in turn mean that either I have had the fortune of being less unfortunate or A has a slightly better outlook than mine in terms of being his/her normal self. See where this is going??

The highly relative nature of the ‘resilience’ factor can easily change a person’s outlook towards life. Coz isn’t the other person’s ability to withstand all with a smile the biggest source of inspiration for people around him? Isn’t this the quality that every person out there looking for to inculcate in himself? The ability to take that one extra step towards the horizon irrespective of the huge roadblocks or minor winds or scorching weather. Does that also mean that we should look at hardships from a different point of view? Look at how stronger we would come out at the other end of this? Should that be the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel? The pot of gold at the end of rainbow? Coz, lets face it, we aren’t taking that huge promotion or the certificate of appreciation anywhere. Its this feeling of having inspired other people to endure difficulties and emerging as a better person that matter.

Hmmm… Worth giving a thought…..

Cheers m/