Saturday, November 17, 2012

A little reiteration

I'm sure the snippet below needs no introduction or source.

'No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.'


In other news, I'm a certified Godparent now!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Sajjige

The title of this post used to evoke such disdain from us growing up. If ever the answer to the question 'What's for breakfast' turned out to be Sajjige then you knew that day already had the worse possible start. The version that we were used to eating was the one that was slightly sweet, with the dry fruits (cashew nuts, raisins). All things considered, it is one of the simplest breakfast items to make in a jiffy. I don't know what it was about, maybe the lumpy, dry look, the not-wanting a sugar-high in the morning (okay, I completely just made that up, I had no clue what sugar-high was when I hated, yes hated sajjige)




So then, I kinda had a history with Sooji, it represented something that was forced on me (us). Everytime someone ordered Upma (fancier version of the sajjige), it baffled my mind how someone could possibly enjoy a lumpy dish like that. It is only quite recently when I decided to try it out from one of the south Indian restuarants here, that I remembered the pack of sooji (Santa Clara had given it me) and I suddenly decided I wanted to make upma today.

So here goes in picture format.

Yes, tossed in a bit of that beautiful orange bell pepper too.



Ever since I've started cooking for myself, I really, truly appreciate all the cooking my mom has done for us. Without complaining, day-in and day-out, no day offs, no I'm tired of my own cooking so will order takeout days and no eat cereal for dinner days either.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Out of this world

Found the first episode online, so nostalgic.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sloth

Sloth n.    Laziness, Indolence
                Slow-moving, arboreal, edentate mammals
                A company of bears

The dictionary provides the above three definitions for sloth and my contemplation for this post is certainly not on mammals or bears so we can focus on the first definition . According to the Catholic Church it is one of the seven cardinal sins although I think sloth has got to be one of the most overlooked sins, if at all it is considered a sin by any of us. And yes I say overlooked because it’s just inconsistent to consider laziness wrong (let’s use ‘wrong’ instead of sin for context). Surely there’s no right about sloth, but is there a wrong and does the word only refer to a glorified version of laziness or is there some spiritual meaning too?

I’m not someone to make New Year’s resolutions, but decided to do the bible a day plan this year and I must say it’s not as easy as I thought it would be, every day I hit catch-up and within the first 29 days, I’m already down by 13 days. At this rate my one year bible plan would take 1.5 years, which is acceptable too I guess! So what’s the correlation between the bible reading plan and sloth you may ask? If I had to justify mindlessly watching every single movie/tv show on Netflix, I would and I’d have a simple explanation every time for why I haven’t been able to take the time out to get the gate chain fixed, you get the picture … don’t you, it’s JUST procrastination.

The bug of procrastination is hidden under layers and layers of tangled lifestyles that to wean it out would mean a complete rewriting of the code, a catharsis and yet I believe remnants of the bug will continue to exist. It may pop up ever so often, but you’ve just got to find the workaround every-time and then I don’t know if the church meant to put procrastination in the list of deadly sins, it doesn’t seem right?

And if this thought seems incomplete, you're absolutely right, it is.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Sit it out or dance

The pattern is the same, when I when look back at a year gone by, it seems to be in varying degrees of overwhelming although at the start of the year I just *knew* that this was going to be THE year! Resolutions aside, I don't have such emotions about 2012 being THE year, so I think that's the first good sign.

2011 was my year for intensifying friendships and a little about making new ones, although the latter seems like a constant struggle as the years go by and also the only year in the past few years that I've stayed put in one place and that is a huge relief. I know that is what I ultimately want, the not-knowing if I can be the maid of honor for a friend's wedding here in April doesn't appeal to me, it never did.

Do you know why heaven has such huge air-conditioning bills? that's because God keeps opening a window when he closes a door, I wouldn't mind a dent in my electric bill if I can open a few windows for myself and when given the choice of sitting it out or dancing, I hope there isn't a moment's hesitation despite my lack of dancing abilities.  

Focus, slow down and think more linear.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Don't look back

Realized something interesting when I was thinking back to the past 6 years I've spent here in the US, of course there's a lot of first and second's and n'ths but this is only related to the parish I've attended on important occasions and who I attended mass with.

Easter:-
2006 - Prince of Peace, Plano
2007 - St. Francis Xavier Church, Bejai
2008 - Stanford Memorial Church, Stanford
2009 - St. Francis Xavier Church, Bejai
2010 - St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Rogers
2011 - Mission Church, Santa Clara
2012 - St. Patrick's Church, San Francisco
2013 - Church of the Resurrection, Sunnyvale

Christmas:-
2006 - St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Houston
2007 - St. Francis Xavier Church, Bejai
2008 - St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Seattle
2009 - St. Stephen Catholic Church, Bentonville
2010 - St. Clare Parish, Santa Clara
2011 - Mission Church, Santa Clara
2012 - St. Francis Xavier Church, Bejai


I do wish and hope that it would be consistent and maybe I'm getting there, so until then I'll keep updating!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Chasing Cars

Chasing Cars - May 16, 2006 - Old Shepard Place, Plano, TX

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thankful for

 ... Family
 ... Friends
 ... Faith
 ... Employment
 ... Literary Works
 ... Music
 ... Movies
 ... TV Shows
 ... Games like scrabble
 ... Idyllic moments on the train
 ... The ability to sprint and not miss the train by a second
 ... Amazon (no, not the rain-forest but the one that ends with .com)
 ... USPS, UPS, Fedex, Ontrac for making it possible to list the one above)
 ... Ginger wine

Friday, October 14, 2011

Hemophobic madness

She walked in bearing about five test tubes, who in their right mind would be happy to see test tubes? Okay, maybe my 15 year old self would raise her hand, the one who could balance chemical equations like it was nobody's business and who was always excited during chem lab and could titrate the heck out of sodium bromide! Well, my not-so 15 year old self was apprehensive, although in reality all things considered, I was pretty calm, how could that be?

Warned the lab tech about my not so colorful history with drawing blood, no not the kind of method used by blood sucking vampires, this was actual blood-work! It is strange, I mean being a past blood donor and all, that I could be averse to the idea of letting them take a tiny sample of my blood. It may have started a few years ago, after a few faintish incidents incidents involving above scenario and this was in India where they are pretty conservative with the amount of blood they draw almost like Dexter and his slides, it probably has something to do with all the malnourished patients they get!

In any case, here they almost take enough to call it a minor donation, I mean really? Biology wasn't my major, but from what I have learnt owing to my great commitment to all the three CSI's for a very long time, is that a tiny sample can reveal everything about you, including where you are born and which year, God forbid that they do such a kind of analysis on me, so I reckon a routine lab test should not need so much. The lab tech was pretty cool, trying possibly to distract me, asking what I was doing for the weekend, in a tone that suggested she wished she could join me! while I went on about the pumpkin festival at half moon bay, one that I wasn't even going to.

While we discussed on the intricacies on growing pumpkins and if they would be carved or not, it was all done in a matter of minutes, in all this I may just have conquered one of my fears (fingers crossed) and not to diminish the fact that this came with a 12 hour fast.