Globe Trotting and New Beginnings

Happy New Year to Everyone!!

I know I am super-duper late with this post, just been really really busy! But hey better late than never right?

So here are the 10 things that made me smile in December –

  1. We went to see the Roger Waters concert. This was the BEST concert I have EVER been to! Everything was just amazing.
  2. Chiku and I went to see the Black Swan. Natalie Portman has acted really well but I didn’t quite get the movie entirely…. It was fun nonetheless.
  3. Sameer and Zejfa came to visit us and we had a great time with them. The weekend was wayyy too short and I wish we all lived closer!
  4. Holiday parties galore! Love this time of the year!
  5. Chiku and I decided to brave the crowds and go shopping at the outlets the day before Christmas, but it wasn’t bad at all. We shopped and shopped and shopped like crazy! LOVED the amazing deals!
  6. Sahir did his final big run before the half marathon – 10 miles right before our vacation! SO proud of him!
  7. Meeting up with Hitomi, Tanbir and Maya in NYC. Love mah peeps!
  8. Braving the crazy NYC blizzard and making it to our train with Sahir, Shekhar and Lubna. Glad we weren’t flying since all flights out of NY were cancelled but trains were just delayed 🙂
  9. Our fun vacation in Montreal where Linken came to meet us. After which we headed to Quebec City for a few days. It was the perfect vacation where we probably ate 8 meals a day and slept a good 12 hrs every day 🙂
  10. A great low key and fun New Years Eve with amazing friends, good music and the PERFECT Shawarma at the end of the night!!

    Happy New Year!!!

November is my favorite month of the whole year!
It is the start of the holiday season, it is my birthday month, it is when the weather gets nice and cold AND it’s when you can shop without feeling terribly guilty (SO many good deals out there! :)). Just a whole lot of fun!
Unfortunately this is also the time when I miss our families in Dubai the most because you always want to be with family around the holidays. (Mental Note to self: Plan the Dubai trip soon!!)

So… without further adieu… here is the list of 10 things that made me smile in November –

  1. My Birthday! Surprise flowers, Happy Hour with my work buddies, Dinner at a WONDERFUL fancy restaurant (Quince), and Lots o gifts…. what’s not to smile about??
  2. Our new rug! It looks great, the cats love it and it doesn’t shed! YAY!
  3. Vineet visiting us from Dubai. Had a great time hanging out AND discovered a new brunch restaurant – Canteen.
  4. Meeting up with Amina after many years. It was really nice to reconnect and catch up!
  5. A great trip to Austin complete with amazing friends, tex-mex, bbq and just the warm fuzzy feeling of being home.  
  6. Movie Night!! Once every few weeks we get together with our good friends Nik & Chiku, order take-out and watch a movie on netflix. This month we saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It was a creeeeepyyy suspense thriller movie.
  7. Earlier when the Giants won the World Series and we were out celebrating, I lost my drivers license. Some good soul (a reporter from the Associated Press) found this and went through the trouble of locating me and dropped it off at my Apt Concierge. A big THANK YOU to him. This proves that San Francisco has nice people too!! 🙂
  8. Training with Sahir for the upcoming half marathon! It’s really hard to motivate ourselves to run outside in the winter but we are doing it!!
  9. Spending Thanksgiving with Nik and Chiku and all the yummy food they cooked for us. Currently NOT smiling about all the extra pounds but we can worry about that in January. 🙂
  10. Getting a sweet message from Manali for Loy Krathong. We celebrated this beautiful Thai festival last year in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand with Manali and Terry. Can’t believe it’s been a whole year!

So… what did you smile about in November?

Oh October… when did you come and when did you go… I didn’t even realize it!
I know I’m late but here is a list of 10 things that made me smile in October…

  1. Sahir’s big 3-0 Celebration!! (No, I’m not cheating, the party with family was in September and the party with friends was in October :P)
  2. Anuj, Anar, Mehlam and Faiza visited us. We had a great time with our Austin family!
  3. Running the SF Nike Women’s Marathon. Trisha ran the entire race with me (even though she is much faster than me) AND we crossed the finish line together. It was an amazing feeling! And of course the icing on the cake was the Tiffany’s necklace! 😀 See pics here.
  4. Visiting my sister Renu and her family in San Diego. Food + naps + games + cuddles + fun = a great relaxing family weekend!
  5. I bought a new area rug for our living room. We are still waiting for it to be delivered within the next few days.
  6. Going on a mini shopping spree. I hadn’t bought clothes in some time and it was definitely time for me to drop some cash 😀
  7. Giants WON the World Series!!!!! Whoo Hoooo!!
  8. Signing up for YET another half marathon – The Disney Half Marathon! haha – Yes… it does sound like I’m addicted!
  9. Discovering a great Mexican Taco’s place – Papalote.
    I’ve had a hard time finding a good taco place in California. Somehow I can’t get used to corn taco’s and that seems to be the trend in California! But at Paplote – you can get your taco’s in flour tortillas 😀
  10. Our upcoming trip to Austin! YAY!!

So what did you smile about in October?

Hello All!!
September was a whirlwind. There was soooo much going on that the month just flew by!! I cannot believe that the year is almost ending. Fall is here and soon enough holiday season will be upon us. With all that was going on in last month, I think I might have more than just 10 things to smile about in September 🙂

1 – We spent Labor day with Lubna and her brothers in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is gorgeous! We did 3-4 hikes in the 2 days that we were there and it was just so beautiful and serene.

2 – Manish, Girja, Jai, Prashant and Pavitra visited us. Had a fun fun time with everyone especially little Jai.

3 – I ran my first Half Marathon!!! It was an amazing experience. The last 2 miles were the hardest but Sahir ran them with me so thats what got me through it!

4 – Signing up for the Nike SF Womens half Marathon in Oct! This is the one I originally wanted to do and it was completely sold out but I managed to find my way in. It just goes to prove how far a girl will go for a Tiffany’s necklace  the finishing medal 😀

5 – An impromptu work visit to Minneapolis. I got to see Mall of America and compare it to Mall of Emirates (which is apparently based on the idea of Mall of America). Yea… there is no comparison. MOA is huge and big but MOE beats it hands down!

6 – Sahirs parents came to visit us. We had SUCH an awesome time with them! Shopping, sight-seeing, cooking, gossiping. It’s always so much fun with family. Now the house is so empty 😦 I miss them a lot!!! 

7 – Watching the Opera (Aida) with Sahir. Never thought I would understand it, let alone enjoy it! It was beautiful! Definitely want to go to more.

8 – Watching the musical Dreamgirls with Sahirs parents. It was really entertaining and we had a great time.

9 – Celebrating Sahir’s big 3-0! We had a party at home with family and friends and Sahirs mom cooked up a huge feast! (I helped :)) We had another party with other friends over the weekend.

10 – Shekhar coming to visit us for Sahir’s big 3-0. It’s always a crazy party with Shekhs!

(Bonus) 11 – Giants going to the Playoffs!!!! YAY! The only thing I dislike about it is that we can NEVER find parking. Oh well… that’s the fun of living in SF 🙂

So what did you smile about in September? 🙂

What was it about August but it felt like a really LONG month! Nonetheless here is my list of 10 things that made me smile…

1- Getting a haircut! After way too long!

2- Sameer and Zejfa getting a baby kitty – Simba. And boy is he CUTE!

3-Sahir created a video in which he is playing with Stoli and emailed it to Sameer. Sameer then showed this video to Simba and the cutie patootie actually started playing with the computer screen!! It is adorable — Watch here

4-Starting to volunteer with the SF public school.

5-The prospect of the fog going away and summer actually coming to San Francisco!!

6-Running, running and more running.

7-Visiting Chicago and meeting Hitomi after SO long!!! Had SUCH an awesome time!

8 – Playing Apples to Apples with Sumair, Nicki, Hitomi, Sahir and Deepti. What a fun board game!

9 – New job + paychecks  = yummy!! 🙂

10- Looking forward to friends and family visiting us in September!! (Sahir’s parents, Lubna, Manish Girja and Jai) YAY! Can’t wait!!

So, what did you smile about this month?

Another month is gone and here is my list of 10 things that made me smile in July 🙂
  1. – Hiking Mt Tamalpais over the July 4th weekend. It was a fun, sweaty 7 miles with the most gorgeous views complete with a picnic lunch from Whole Foods. Thanks Seema!
  2. – Going for the Sf Giants vs NY Mets game. It was fun!
  3. Aaron and Vienna visiting us. We had a great time!!
  4. – Visiting beautiful Portland and meeting Kanu, Chaddah’s, Manish and Girja. It was lovely meeting them since  we hadn’t seen them all in a really long while.
  5. – Volunteering. I started volunteering with my friend Paawan, who is a small business owner. She has a catering business – The Green Corriander (www.greencorriander.com). Please read about it . If you live in San Francisco you can order food from them or stop by for lunch at 22nd and Gurrerro. The food is as close as it gets to delicious indian home-cooking.
  6. – Running. Yes, I started running again. I signed myself and Sahir up for a half marathon in September!
  7. – Cats. You make me smile every single day with your silly antics, cuddling and meowing.
  8. Starting work. After 11 months of chilling! It feels weird but also great to work in San Francisco’s financial district
  9. A post-card that I received from NY from my besties Hitomi and Maya. Thanks girls! Miss you tons and can’t wait to see you soon!!!
  10. Garmin’s awesome customer service – The GPS that we bought earlier this year in DC stopped working and they are going to send us a new one!

So what did you smile about this month ?

So most of you already know that we ditched our plans to move to Canada and are currently living in gorgeous San Francisco 🙂 So I won’t be gettting into that story…
I saw this on someone else’s blog and loved this idea because it is important to recognize the small simple things that make us smile and bring positivity in our lives. I plan to do this every month. So here’s my list –

Ten Things to Smile about in June

1 – Shekhar visitng and introducing us to Karaage — Yummy japanese fried chicken!

2 – A quite random last minute trip to Austin, TX and visiting all our dear friends that I miss a lot!

3- Celebrating our 3 yr wedding anniversary in Austin (where it ALL began :))

4- Not really happy about falling sick and being out of commission for a week and half but thankful for Sahir taking care of me and COOKING me dinner! 😀 (That never happens!) and the boy CAN cook! He’s been lying to me! 🙂

5- Getting the iphone… FINALLY!!! 😀 It is a must-have in San Francisco! (not kidding!)

6- Cooking up many new dishes this month (Fried Chicken, Keema pulao, Paneer from scratch, Green chutney, Chicken Pad Thai, Tofu Tom Yum Soup, Tofu Chow-Mein, Veggie Quesadilla’s)

7- Finally watching the American cult favorite The Big Lebowski. It was quite funny!

8- Thankful for living in San Francisco especially in the summer where the high is usually 68 degrees as opposed to 100 degrees in Austin! 😛

9- The great location we live in where EVERYTHING we need is literally within a 4 block radius. And anything else is a short bus ride away.

10- Finding a GREAT Japanese curry restaurant (Muracci’s) in San Francisco. It is sooo goood!

(Bonus) 11 – Going for the SF Giants and LA Dodgers game at the ball park. I love baseball games, they are mostly just really fun fun picnics!

So what did you smile about this month?