Q & A

From Willow, through Embeecee.

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?

My phone bill.  I have been with Vodafone for nearly a decade now, and although there are other providers who are much cheaper, I stick to Vodafone because I am that kind of a person – I hate change.   So, everytime I see my monthly bill, I hate myself for paying so much more than I would had I been on other services like Jio, which is obscenely cheap.

2. When was the last time you had a romantic dinner?

When I was dating perhaps.  We frequently have lovely dinners at home though.  Yesterday, for example, I made a four course dinner and apple pie for dessert.  Nothing more romantic than apple pie.

3. What do you really want to be doing? 

I was writing a very interesting proposal before I got distracted by wordpress.  I want to go back to that once I post this one.

4. How many colleges did you attend? 

Three.  WCC, IIT and Syracuse University.

5. Why did you choose the shirt you have on? 

This was at the top in my cupboard.

6. Thoughts on gas prices?

Petrol, we call it petrol.

Could be at least a hundred bucks cheaper per litre.  But given the downward slope of the Hubbard’s peak, this price is inevitable.

7. First thought when the alarm goes off in the morning? 

How idiotic my new year resolution of “no profanities” actually is.

8. Last thought you have before you go to bed?

I hope I can wake up early tomorrow.  It seldom happens.

9. Do you miss being a child?

NO.  The forties are much better than any of my previous decades have been.  I am more at ease with myself, think I know what I am doing, and doing the best I can.

10. What errand/chore do you despise the most?

Deciding what to cook. The daily routine cooking.

11. Up early or sleep in? 

I’d love to be up early, but am pathologically incapable of it.

12. Pet’s names?

I’d rather not disclose my husband’s and child’s names in this blog.

13. Favorite lunch meat?


14. What do you get every time at Wal-Mart? 

No Wal-Mart in India.

15. Beach or lake?

Beach.  And lake.

16. Is marriage overrated? 

Yes.  As is parenting.

17. Ever crashed your vehicle? 

Yes. I once had a pretty big accident in the US, and my vehicle was totalled.   It was not my fault though, so insurance covered it fully.

18. Strangest place you’ve brushed your teeth?

I thought everyone brushes teeth in their mouth.  No?

19. Somewhere you’ve never been but want to go?


20. At this point in your life would you want to start a new career?

Hell, no.

21. How old are you?


22. Do you have a go to person?

Yes, four friends (two from kindergarten, and two from adulthood) and a cousin.

23. Are you where you want to be in life?

Oh yeah.

24. Growing up what were your favorite cartoons?

We only had the rare Disney mickey mouse cartoons and more frequent Tom and Jerry.  I used to like Tom and Jerry, but only after my child was born did I realise how violent it really is.

25. What do you think has changed about you since you were a teenager? 

I am more confident now.  As a teenager I was completely lost, I think.  I don’t remember much, partly because my mom had died in my teenage and my life was a bit of a mess that I have blacked out, but I remember the feeling of discomfort and constant worry from those times.


Existential crisis

I met two people today, my age, who can’t wait to retire.

Am I a freak?  I seem to be the only person in my age group who wants to drop down dead of extreme old age, still at this job.

I also want to do more than I have ever wanted to do in life earlier. I want to read more, write more, do more gardening, do more avant-garde cooking, learn more culture, do more service…all within the 16 hours of wakefulness I have per day.

Is this some sort of midlife crisis too?  Am I seeking an identity in being busy?

Or am I subconsciously fretting about my mortality (after all, 45 could well be the geometric midpoint of life) so that I need to pack all that I can do within the remaining short period in which my mind and body would cooperate?

I am just overthinking this, am I not?

My iPhone reminds me that it’s time to hit the sack.  I’ll leave the questions unanswered as I take in the rest, albeit unwillingly – a few extra hours of consciousness would serve me well, I am sure.  Still, ma nature must be given her due, what?


Sharing my world in a hurry

Cee’s questions are these:

1.I am looking forward to…

getting started on the next set of deadlines.  Not yet in the groove.  Once I get into it, I’ll be on fire, and I am seriously looking forward to it.

2.  Comfort snack food…

Where do I begin? I am a food junkie.  Depending on the type of comfort I need, the snack can be something as simple as a cup of yogurt, to incredibly complicated items like jangri.  Chips, check.  Cookies, check.  Chocolate, oh yeah baby.  fruits, check.

No, wrong question to the wrong person.  Let’s leave it at I am a food junkie.

3.  My first money making job…

I was a teaching assistant in grad school.  A long long time ago.

Other blah about my present state…

I recently watched a movie called Limitless, where a creativity challenged writer starts off on a drug called NZT, which allows him to use 100% of his brain, so he becomes super productive, creative and smart.  The side effect is that he cannot stop – he becomes hyperactive and must keep moving and doing.  I feel like I am on NZT, not in terms of the super productivity and creativity et al, but in terms of hyperactivity.  Oh well.

Pongal 101

Today is the harvest festival – Pongal – in our tiny nook of the world.  We give thanks to the elements that be, for having sustained us with food through the year.  This is a three or four day festival, of which today is the main event.  As with all Indian festivals, it is all about food.  We make sweet and savoury rice porridge that go by the same name as the festival.  The word “Pongal” means “spill over” – the cup runneth over concept.  It signifies bounty, and we let milk boil over before making the porridge.  The porridge made is offered to the sun god (a fall out of nature worship) before partaking.

Happy Pongal to those that celebrate.  May the year be filled with bounty all over the world.