Monday, December 28, 2009

Quote, I believe in

I am back with my ‘Quotes, I believe in’. I know this post should have had an image too but since my home PC is quiet, I am unable to download pics.

So think about this:
"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes." - William James

Friday, December 25, 2009

How we plan our vacation?

Merry Christmas!

Couple of weeks ahead, and you have a much awaited long weekend, so is this how is a typical vacation planning is done?
Vacation == Destination planned “x” number of weeks ahead + tickets booked “y” number of days in advance + looking forward to it since “z” days + telling your friends/family about the vacation

But here is how we plan our vacation:
Long weekend 1st day, we realize that again for this a long weekend and we have no plans. Till noon, thanks to internet, place gets decided, then browse, browse & browse expedia, priceline, bing travel, etc etc to get a good deal on hotels, if possible inform family/friends.


So this long weekend is no exception. We are off to San Juan Islands today. Pics and more details when I am back.
Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thought.

We come across a lot of people. Many friendly, few self-centered, some cunning, several smart, quite a lot humble, not many arrogant, various full of life & then there are ‘the liars’.

Liars…liars….liars… how do you put a mask and say, “Oh! ya, really”, when you know that 90% of the other side of the conversation is all fabricated & weaved.

I agree that at times all of us do lie, but then what about those who lie just about everything. Who don’t lie because it the only optional (well there are always multiple options) or what they are going to say may hurt the other person but because they want to convince you that they are generous / superior / sophisticated / stylish / blah, blah. To sum up, ‘I AM’ types.

How do you deal with such people?
Ignore what they say, don’t believe in what they speak or stop them when you know that they are lying. No matter what you do to bond with them, what you fail do is trust them.

But remember, “Do your best and forget the rest”.


BTW, this is my 100th post. So, Congratz to me ;)


Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I am BaCk

Let me tell you where I was and what I did.
I was on a vacation to India, attended my sis’s ‘week-long wedding’; did lots of work; met family, friends, and relatives; had oodles of kashmiri food & Indian sweet and gained couple of pounds, but then who cares when you wouldn’t have had them for an entire year; got in sync with the latest gossip ;), girls u c and ya didn’t do any regular household work…oh…it was such a fun…


Now I am back from 24 deg C to 24 deg F ;) haven’t seen the sun since I landed here and weather forecast says that we will not be seeing it for another 3 months. At least we are not trapped in the snow this year (till now).

In short, I am back to blogging and to my regular daily routine.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Quote, I believe in

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly. -Buckminster Fuller

I took this pic at the farm. I guess there was a food carving competition and when we reached the farm there were few of them on display. Kids were all excited to see, touch and feed the farm animals. Even though we didn't do any picking and all n were there only for few mins, it was fun to visit.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

SocialVibe; Charity Donations on Blogger

On the sidebar you can see that I have added a new tab “HELP ME SUPPORT”. Read on to know how you can help the underprivileged just by adding SocialVibe gadget to your blog.
Here is an excerpt from ‘Blogger Buzz’

“In honor of Blogger's 10th anniversary, we are excited to announce that you can now use your blogs to create positive, measurable social change. By adding the SocialVibe gadget to your blog, you'll be turning brand dollars into real charitable donations for the cause of your choice. The World Wildlife Foundation, Nature Conservancy, DonorsChoose, Invisible Children, and Charity:Water are just a few of the great charities you can support on Blogger.

Once you install the SocialVibe sidebar gadget on your blog, money will be earned for charities every time readers engage with the gadget (e.g. rating a Showtime video clip). You can switch your cause and sponsor as often as you like, and receive regular updates from your charity about goal progress and impact. Thus far, SocialVibe has been able to raise over $500,000 for charities, and we know the Blogger community will be able to significantly increase this amount. In fact, we are setting a goal for the community to raise $50,000 before the end of the year (and remember, you don't raise money by taking money out of your pocket—or your audience's—but rather by getting your readers to engage with your SocialVibe gadget).
Choose the cause you want to support from the drop-down list.


With SocialVibe, the Blogger community can pool our individual influences to create positive change in the world. Never before has making a positive social impact online been this easy.”

I am confident that all of you have some room for SocialVibe on your blog. Go-a-head, spread-the-word & contribute by publishing this gadget.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Quote, I believe in

Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. - Grandma Moses

Monday, August 31, 2009

Quote, I believe in !

"It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure." - Bill Gates

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Xkcd; Web comic

I don’t like reading comic’s and even if I do try to read one, then most of the times I don’t understand what they are speaking/saying/laughing about.

Friend had posted this link, xkcd.com, on the facebook. As I had no idea what it was, I clicked on it and here I am sharing it with you.
Good that I didn’t know what this page was gonna be about, else I wouldn’t have been there and would have missed it.


Enjoy!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Prologue; Quotes, I believe in

Currently, I am not blogging as regularly as I would like to. Oh, I am not busy & occupied, it’s just that, hmmmm, I don’t know :)
But now I am determined that I willpost a post’ every Monday titled as “Quote, I believe in”. It will contain a pic, which I will take during the previous week, followed by a quote which will inspire me/us for the rest of the week.
I don’t think it’s difficult to keep-up with it ;) So check this space, every monday, to be inspired.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

my fish is no more :(

Couple of month’s back I had posted about my fishy fish
And yesterday my fish died, after staying with us for 6 months and 19 days to be precise.
It doesn’t feel good when I see the empty fish bowl. I am gonna get another one in December.

Today friend had come home with her 2 year old daughter. Little one was asking “Where is fishy ?”. My fish is being missed and remembered by everyone. But I am glad that it stayed with us for so long.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I think I can cook now………..

….and why do I feel this. Keep reading !!

Last weekend, my friend’s was shifting an apartment and I don’t have to say what a hassle it is especially when you have a kid and you are not well. Least I could do to help her was to make her some lunch / dinner.
Also, I had invited a friend for lunch.

So here is what I cooked:
Chole, Mushroom Peas, Spinich Panner, Aloo Gobi, Capsicum Panner, Dahi vade and Gajar ka halwa with rice and roti (these are all Indian dishes which are made from scratch, no frozen or ready-to-eat stuff).

Your efforts will not pay-off if it’s not edible, which has happened to me few times.
But not this time :) everyone just loved the food.
Friend who has seen me cook couple of times, was shocked and couldn’t believe that I can cook so well. Well, even I was surprised..... hahaha.

Now I feel that I am ready to invite people for dinners and lunches and will be able to cook & serve at least few of the dishes confidently.

Didn’t know that all will like the food and I will be blogging it, else I would have clicked some pics and shared it with you.
No problem, as there is always a next time.

Mount Ranier; Sunrise Point

2 weeks back when the temperature here at western Washington was at all-time-high we had been to Mount Rainier; Sunrise point.

Here are few pics:




After hiking for couple of yards, I was tooo tired to go up-the-hill and wanted to come back. But thanks to hubby for not letting me come down, as the view & cold breeze at the top was worth the effort.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Smile :)

I received this in an e-mail. I loved it and hence sharing it with you.

A little girl walked to and from school daily.Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trek to the elementary school.
As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with thunder and lightning. Mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school and she herself feared that the electrical storm might harm her child. Following the roar of thunder, lightning, like a flaming word, would cut through the sky full of concern, the mother quickly got into her car and drove along the route to her child's school.
As she did so, she saw her little girl walking along, but at each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up and smile. Another and another were to follow quickly and with each, the little girl would look at the streak of light and smile.
Mother's drove up beside the child and called to her,"What are you doing? Why do you keep stopping?" The girl answered, "I am trying to look pretty, God keeps taking my picture".
"Face the storms that come your way and don't forget to SMILE!"
I know you SMILED!!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Feeling hot HoT HOT !!

Seattle is well-known for its rains & cool and pleasant climate, but what happens when the temperature touches 100 deg F for a day or two?
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Fans/AC's are SOLD OUT at all the stores (I checked at 7 of them), leaving people to think wish they had brought one when it was pouring.


Yea, yesterday it was 95 F and today’s forecast says it’s gonna be 104 deg F.

I don’t believe that ‘I want it to rain now', yes, I do….. I do wish that it rains rains & rains.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Happiness

Little did I know, I will be all excited and cheerful to see this small watermill. And it’s obvious, since we don’t get to see such things often, it is stirring to spot them.

It reminds you that “Happiness is all around”.

Here is all it takes to smile: Just take a break and look next to you & you will have a reason to smile.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Leavenworth, WA

Leavenworth is a Bavarian village around 120 miles from Seattle, WA.
A beautiful stretch of about half a mile where you get to see/buy beautiful hand painted pottery, yummy ice-creams, a wide variety of cheese & chocolate and obviously beer & sausage. The best part is you can try it all before buying.


It's worth taking a break at Deception Falls on US 2 freeway.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Standing still

Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can. ~Henry Drummond

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Slow down......

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, June 15, 2009

Knock knock at 3:00 AM

What will you do if there is a tap at the door at 3:00 in the morning? I will just freak out, which I did and I am sure most of us would have.

On Saturday night at 3:00 AM my hubby was glued to the TV, crazy I know :), and I had just slept when there was a 'knock knock'. Peep through the hole and you find nobody out there. A minute or so later a louder thump on the door and my heart skips a beat. Hubby asks 'w
ho is out there'; ‘Police' is the reply.

Wow! Cops at 3. Sounds scary, when in a fraction of second, you scan your days activity and find that you have done nothing to invite them home at this time of the day.

Anyway they come in & ask what the problem is. Problem !! We were totally blank and had no idea what they were enquiring about. There was no problem from our end.

Well, it turned out that they had received a 911 call, which was tracked to our apartment.
Ah! They apologized and left within minutes.

It was so damn frightening, ha ha ha. This is one of the many unusual experiences we have had(haven’t blogged about them) but now on I am going to make a note of each one of them, for a good laugh later ;)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Project Natal from Microsoft

I am not a hard-core gamer nor am I a crazy fan of these gaming consoles, but this demo of Natal (No Controller Required, Facial Recognition, Speech Recognition) from Microsoft made me say ‘IT’S AMAZING’.

Technology has creped into our lives to the extent that it’s thorny to imagine a day without it. And why should it not be, after all its making our lives easier (if not healthier)


Just think Are we not letting these hi-tech gear's take control of us, our time, our life?”

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Portland, Oregon

Memorial Day weekend and a last minute decision to visit Portland, Oregon.

We took a freeway route, later a friend said that there is a senic view on the non-freeway route which is the foremost attraction if you are traveling to Portland from Washington. And this is because there is nothing in Portland (I felt so) other than tax free shopping. So if you are a shopaholic you will save some $.
Chinese garden; an OK overview of Chinese culture, but tickets are seriously overpriced.
Portland is famous for its rose garden, but all we got to see were the the buds (only one yellow rose was blommed). Say it our bad luck.Waterfront fair was fine. At least something to timepass.
If you like books, visit Powells book store.
We stayed in a hotel at Lake Oswego, about 7 miles from Portland downtown. Its a beautiful suburban district. Italian food at Zeppo was awesome. There is nothing much to do in Lake Oswego, but I still liked it(at least better than Portland).

Planning to visit Portland, WA, go to this website and believe what it says. While going I DIDN'T but while coming back I completely AGREED with it.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Book; Confessions of a Shopaholic

Can you isolate a ‘Girl’ & a ‘Shopping’? I am sure that 95% of you will say that it’s inseparable and if you append a word SALE to it then its like a MUST SHOP state.

So Becky, finance journalist, is no different; girl who shops for a Christmas in March. With a huge pending credit card bills & love for a top brands, how she gets hooked to the David E Bartons book of how to reduce your spending. Well, this didn’t work. To know how she came out of her financial mess,
read it.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

So true!

Couple of months back I had written about Life is………
‘Life is’, got an email with the same subject, which made me think. I couldn’t disagree with it. (Its so true, at least in case of people working for software companies)


"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." - Sir Winston Churchill(1874-1965)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

.....just like that

Its been quite a while since I have posted something .

Where was I & what was I doing ?
Well, I was very much here (where I am now) & I was not at all busy.

Soooo why no post?
Because I had nothing to share. Or may be I didn’t think of anything to blog about.

Does that mean that I have been doing nothing(at all)?
Hmmm, actually YES.

Then what is this post about?
I really don’t know. I just wanted to write down something and here it is ;)

OK, stop thinking about hunting me for posting such a stupid post, I stop.


I think fish is nice, but then I think that rain is wet, so who am I to judge? Douglas Adams

Monday, April 27, 2009

Snoqualmie Fall, WA

I like to get caught in an unexpected rain. I like to be on a beach. I like any place where I can get into water. So Snoqualmie falls was no exception.

This


turns into


and then


The best was
Couldnt miss


If you are going to Snoqualmie falls, make sure that you are in your trekking shoes.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Culture Unplugged Video

A film about the part of the society which fights hunger & poverty to survive, but stll have hope & faith.




Just look around and you will know how blessed you are.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Tulip Festival; Skagit Valley

Long drive, beautiful flowers and some shopping..... What else you can ask for, on a sunny day after a long long winter.

This weekend we had been to
Tulip festival.

Our destination was about 60 miles from home.


Tulips were not bloomed fully, but those that were, looked beautiful.

A bunch of them

Isn’t it pretty


Still a bud
but you can see this

And this too

Guarding them

In pinks

Couldn't miss this