Thursday, March 31, 2011

Where I want to be...

We had a sprinkling of snow yesterday, in the AM. That's right, snow. Thankfully there was no accumulation, but even that is hard to deal with, when all I want is to be in this space. Warm face, warm hands, warm feet.....

 Found via.
 .....Ah, wouldn't it be lovely!

Dreaming of spring (and summer!)................

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Playing "house"...

For a kid who showed absolutely no interest in her dollies (apart from performing random acts of surgery on them) and used her little toy teacups as makeshift dirt scoops, it's funny how much pleasure I derive from moving things around the house. It helps that I have a new* stash of treasures that complements my existing decor........
I spent several hours snatched moments fussing around the house this past weekend...the headache was very much there, and this was my little escape from usual fix, the computer screen, was off limits due to the migraine.....I apologize for the poor light in the pictures--it's been really dull and wintry out here for the past week. But won't you admire my pretty new (to me)--(yes, that sucker's thrifted!) lotus? Also in the limelight are a pair of (thoroughly mismatched!!!)  ponies, part of the loot that made the 30+ hour journey back!
* I didn't go crazy with the whole shopping thing back in India this time mom was generous enough to part with a whole lot of her collectibles (which was awesome, as I'd grown up with this "stuff" scattered around the house and I feel really grateful for the memories that they carry with them). There are table linens that were brought out for special parties, including a whole lot of stuff that my mom made...Hopefully, there'll be posts in the future where I'll be able to share the general awesomeness of my haul with you. For now, I'm tired, and I'm so ready to hit the bed...{yawn}....tomorrow is another day{yawn}. I'll see you tmrw....

PS: what do you think of the new format for the pictures? Pretty neat huh? Me likey. You?(I don't think it'll show up as good in reader tho'---so you reader readers may want to check it out in situ??) haha reader readers. I'm seriously ready for bed now....g'night all.

Monday, March 28, 2011

(Dare I say it?) I'm back!

Hello my lovelies!  I'm much better now (in case you're interested, I had a cold which morphed into an ear infection which morphed into the mostg0d@wful!! headache ever. Did I tell you how grateful I am to be living in an age where we have antibiotics? People used to die of bacterial infections in the pre-antibiotic era!) (Sorry for the dramatics, I've been MIA too long! :) )

How goes your day? I'm enjoying me some black grapes and pepper jack cheese for now (healthy and yummy--check and check). Not bad for a day that started with (a seemingly interminable) round of calls to customer service representatives, dmv officials and other such pleasing conversations. It's official---I'm drowning in paperwork. With no end in sight. No, I'm really not kidding here............paperwork stretching out ahead of me, of us, for the next couple of months. At least. In the end I shall emerge victorious(!), triumphant(!), {insert appropriate image of a flag-bearing human form, scaling a peak/claiming moonland/the antarctic}.... and move onward(!!!) to attack the next round of paperwork, because, as we all know: paperwork begets more paperwork, right?


But that's good news for you dear reader: to distract myself from trying to scale (my puny 8ft (??)) walls as I am put "on hold", I sit in front of the computer and surf as if my life depended on it. The result: awesome, stop-you-in-your-tracks content (or re-hashed, mediocre content that looks fabulous to me compared to instrumental versions of "my heart will go on" playing out of the telephone earpiece! LOL!). So before I totally lose  my audience (did the parentheses and exclamation point overload get you yet?) hee hee), let me move on with some appropriate images (nah, scratch the flag-waving human, let's get back to design shall we?). While I was in India, I did a lot of research (translated: read a lot of magazines while lolling around in the sun, LOL!)....I brought back a few tear-sheets** to share with you...Here's the first set, torn out of the February '11 issue of LivingEtc (India Edition).

 (click on image to see the original size)
Image copyrights held by LivingEtc..........

Love the rich, saturated blues, the sparklies, and the pinks (only as accents, of course!)!  Did you notice the picture wall in the second room? I love the juxtaposition of traditional and modern!! Anything reach out and grab you in particular?

PS: I'm really hoping to be back in the blogosphere, pukka, regular-like. But it may take a while as I ease myself into the rhythms and cadence of day to day living. The backlog on posts on P&P (delicious ones! ones worth writing and reading!!) could rival those mountains of files in your favorite babu's office, and I'm trying my best to get things moving again............I long for the P&P of yore as much as (I hope, fervently!!) you do. I have to catch up on my reading, my source of endless inspiration, a.k.a. you. I shall be by your blogs and I shall read my fill...I'm looking forward to it in joyful anticipation......See you soon, my loves!!

PPS: **Pages torn out of magazines ain't really my style....but I had to do it because I'd rather use my measly baggage allowance to haul back my loot. (There may be posts on the loot I brung back.)  Plus, what is it with magazines nowadays? More adverts than content! Since I couldn't haul them all back, I just brought back the parts I liked.....

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Calling in sick...

Dear blogosphere,

It seems all that achyness I mentioned in my past post was a sign of the flu or something..... BAH! those airplanes are like huge traveling contagions!!! So anyway, am staying in and dreaming of making myself a huge bowl of chicken soup. Will return to regularly scheduled programming once the achyness has passed. (Have a good book handy, and I'm getting right back into bed with it, so it's not ALL bad. :) )....Will catch up with y'all once I'm better.


Friday, March 18, 2011

Listening to....


Won't you join me? It's clean up time, unpacking time, sift-through-memories terribly nostalgic. Heard this song the first time during the India trip...made me miss hubby terribly back then. :) Now that I'm back home, its pull hasn't lessened any, love the haunting voice and words even more. Straddling two worlds isn't easy is it? Tulsi tea and music to help me savor each moment....

How's your friday going?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Hello, hello...

Grrrrrrrrreetings, Earthlings!!! I'm back! chipper at the moment, but t-o-t-a-l-l-y jet-lagged and achy... 30+ hours of flights and airport lounges, queues and vistas, baggage carousels and friendly stewardesses. Of chatting up strangers and wishing I'd remembered to pack those magazines in the carry-on luggage (D-OH!!--insert rolly eyes here). Shiny, antiseptic floors (lounges) and unmentionable Boeing washrooms(shudder!)....yes, it was a looooooooong journey (I'll smack anyone who mentions the non-stop flights to India, here. LOL!) but SO worth it! To be back home, in my own bed, my own kitchen (which has the prettiest pink tulips on the counter, courtesy a VERY thoughtful hubby!)---priceless, as the ad goes.  Can't wait to catch up with you my lovelies--thank you for all your wonderful e-mails and comments--I promise I'll get back to you as soon as I can. You're my happy place, you know. :)

I'll be back in a few days, to tell you of my adventures (regale you with my tales!), but, for now, there are a million pending tasks to be ticked off the list. And cups of tea to be imbibed......

I'll be back... (in my best Arnie voice).


Friday, March 11, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Another picture for today!

Via Houzz.

So yellow definitely IS the flavor of the day for me!! Yumm, yummm, yummy sunny yellow bedroom-----you're SO inviting! I'm also loving that artwork!

Is this just me?--- are you feeling it too, or is it an overdose of yellow?

A picture a day: 19

Well, Hello March!


Gentle reader, I'm sending loads of sunshine-y warmth your way............Are you feeling the bright cheery yellows as much as I am? I'd love me a couple of those yellow pillows today, (though I might omit the not-so-itsy-bitsy yellow polka dots!) I'm missing you all and hope to be back home soon. Till then, loads of love and hugs,


Monday, March 7, 2011

My Kinda Gal: Geeta

Hello all you lovely people!! How is March treating you? warming up? still chilly? or endless rain and mud season? Whatever the weather in your neck of the woods, know that spring is almost here, within reach!!! I'm enjoying one of my favorite flowers of all time, the gorgeous Palash, which bursts forth in bright, flaming blooms late in February, here in Delhi. Holi (and warmer weather (MUCH warmer weather, LOL!)) is right around the corner as well--spring is definitely here--the prettiest time of the year to enjoy Delhi! While I'm soaking in the sun (AH! the luxury of it all, sitting out in the warm morning sun!!) my dear friend Geeta is filling in for me--Dilbert and urulis and scrumptious desserts await!! We've gone knock-knock-knocking on Geeta's door earlier and I have to say I'm really glad to have discovered her in the blogosphere---I love her balanced outlook on life and would happily move in next door (IRL) if I could !! My kinda gal????-You bet!

Hi, I am Geeta from Occasionally Chic. I must admit I am amazed at Gagan’s ability to genuinely connect with so many of us and the incredible research she does behind each one of her posts. These are the reasons that drag me to P&P over and over again. Needless to say I was super excited when she approached me do a guest post. I compiled snap shots of a few aspects close to my heart and I hope you like it.

As this is a design blog, let me start off with my love for collecting artifacts. I have an eye for collectibles (nicer way of saying - I flick things from my family) when I see one. This uruli is from my grand mother’s kitchen and she used to cook with it. Did I mention she never had a jiggly arm all her life? Now it proudly sits on my living room table.

The job I do outside the house can be best described as a combination of juggling balls mid-air, putting off fires (not literally) and mentoring. I am not afraid to admit I love a corner office and Dilbert is my unofficial Management Guru. I personally think no one understands corporate culture like he does and adds that much needed dose of humor. On the lighter side, the Dilbert quote that aptly summarizes my work attitude is “Don’t be irreplaceable – if you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted”.

I like to think of myself as an ardent traveler and my ideal vacation is a week spent in a State/National park cabin, waking up to the birds amidst the hustle of trees supplemented with unlimited hikes, bike rides, quick and easy meals, puzzles and board games.

A couple of pregnancies later, in an attempt to re-kindle my almost non-existent sense of style, I started posting pictures of my outfits on my blog. I absolutely enjoy this indulgence. However between that Louis Vuitton bag and a house keeper, I would choose house keeper any day.

No matter how much I bake, I can never get over the excitement of a plain looking batter coming out of the oven, warm and inviting. As far as cooking is concerned, I stay away from complex ones unless it’s a traditional recipe.

All pictures courtesy Geeta.

Gagan - Hope you are having a fabulous time in India. Enjoy your much deserved vacation and don’t forget a few pictures for us. 

Jiggly arms!!--I definitely need a cure for those! Do tell, Geeta!!! :) 
Thanks for the lovely post !!!


Thursday, March 3, 2011

A picture a day, 17


Can you picture yourself in this office? I most certainly can!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A picture a day, 16

Via Houzz.

Love that headboard. This is SO my kind of space!I love adding drama with a strategically placed backlight (you may remember this picture).

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A picture a day, 15


LOVE the door. And I could do with that umbrella too! 
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