• Am I doomed to get a hair cut twice a year (and by my MIL at that)?
  • I wonder if I'll get to see a matinee "For Your Consideration" as a New Year's outing.
  • I need to find a new eye doctor - I can't keep patronizing the one back home anymore - too far and few between.
  • Am I a bad mother for secretly taking a bit of delight when tough guy ZP, in a rare show of need/cuddling, actually tightened his arms around me when the vacuum cleaner was running (which he immediately followed with a loosening of his arms and a few angry words in the direction of said cleaner)?
  • I don't wanna exercise.
  • My Dwight Schrute Bobblehead is busted and I'm not sure that superglue and/or a neck brace fashioned out of paperclips will repair it. Maybe duct tape?
  • MAN, I hate winter
  • Despite his alternately arrogant and self-deprecating way about him, I am really digging Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain.
  • I am nervous about sending ZP off to his new nanny starting January 8th; all du'as and well-wishes are much appreciated.
  • Where did this year go?


To the jackhole who broke into our car, rifled through our stuff, left all the CDs on the seats, and took about $3.00 worth of change but thankfully didn't break our windows or locks:

Merry X-mas. Jerk.


Tagged by Wayfarer regarding six weird things about me. But I was already tagged by Musical Chef a while back for ten things and before that I did a hundred things which includes, but by no means is limited to, at least six weird things about me. I can't think of much more! So how about limiting the six things to . . . um . . . six weird non-mainstream movies (which takes out Memento and Adaptation and Being John Malkovich stuff) that I liked:

1. 12 Monkeys
2. Donnie Darko
3. Kontroll
4. Time Bandits
5. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
6. Ghost World

or six weird recent books that I liked:

1. "If on a Winter's Night a Traveler" by Italo Calvino's
2. "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger
3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
4. The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters by Chip Kidd
5. The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill
6. Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides

or six weird foods I've eaten:

1. Frosted Miniwheats with all of the wheat rubbed off and a mere curve of solid sugar left behind.
2. Alligator
3. Impala
4. Mussels
5. Carpaccio
6. Sushi


Oy, ZP Sahib, welcome to Seven Months Old! Congrats on your two teeth; just like you, those jagged pearls are deadly but cute. Mubarak on being able to sit up unattended; no longer do we surround you by a thousand pillows to prevent you from toppling over. Mabrook on standing on your sturdy legs; if the Admiral had his way, ye'd be working on your sealegs next! Sorry for all the battles we've waged against you to get you to accept formula when your sensitive and discriminating palate insisted on the real deal. Apologies for those non-masala'd peas but I promise we'll give you the good desi-flavoring before too long. And please excuse us for all future mishaps, wars, and boredom as the winter months approach. Lastly, forgive us for taking such delight in making you look ridiculous/adorable. We love you to bits.


Note to self: when attending the office "holiday" party (which everyone knows is really a Christmas party, the fact of which is reinforced by the gianormous X-mas tree towering in the lobby of our government facility), try not to cram as much cheesecake, whipped-cream "Death By Chocolate," cookies, cheese, mashed potatoes, brownies, cupcakes, and fudge in one sitting; instead, try to space it out over the course of the day.


Tag, yer it.

  • Three things that scare me: Any harm coming to ZP, any slight inflicted onto ZP, any sadness suffered by ZP.
  • Three people who make me laugh: TP, LB, Gojira.
  • Three things I love: 25th Anniversary Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake, ZP's laughter, traveling.
  • Three things I hate: capers, selfish people on public transporation, vomiting.
  • Three things I don't understand: accounting, urdu poetry, intolerance.
  • Three things on my desk: a phone, speakers, and soon my head.
  • Three things I'm doing right now: Thinking about dessert, listening to ZP babbling to Nanaji downstairs, smelling post-shower squeaky fresh and clean.
  • Three things I want to do before I die: write a book, see ZP grow up to be a good man, give TP one more smootch.
  • Three things I can do: pass for native in many countries, recite arcane trivia and tv/movie lines, spell out the alphabet in sign language.
  • Three things I can't do: easily let go of grudges (but I'm working on it), enjoy running, swallow pills without water.
  • Three things you should listen to: NPR, something by Matador records, and yo' mama.
  • Three things you should never listen to: Crappy commercial radio, naysayers (except for Debbie Downer), evil-doers.
  • Three things I'd like to learn: how to knit, another language, some easy hi-yah moves.
  • Three favorite foods: Desi, Italian, Mediterranean.
  • Three beverages I drink regularly: Chocolate Silk Soy Milk, water, Limonata (although the Pomegranate Blueberry Juice from Whole Foods is AMAZING and I just wish the cost weren't so prohibitive because at $3 a pop, it's not worth it 'regularly' otherwise, that'd be #3).
  • Three TV shows I watched as a kid: Thundercats, The Muppet Show, The Greatest American Hero.