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I pulled something in my back yesterday at the gym. This morning I couldn't get out of bed quickly enough and I am working from home. I have to walk this off and what a beautiful day it was just to do that!! It was a high of 70F!!! Yes, it was very windy and oh so humid. But will take it anyway!

But the confusion? Our minds just got used to the notion of winter. We just experienced 10F temps a week or so ago. Our minds have accepted it's going to be freezing cold for a while. And every time I am about to step out in just my shirt and gym pants, you know outside the building to take a walk, my body finds my mind hesitating, grabbing a jacket, a pair of gloves, hats, etc. and this back and forth in the head.

Thank goodness for a balcony to set the cautious mind to rest. Beautiful day!! D & N are out at the park and so is every other kid on the block!! I have to go cook dinner since the day was spent working and going out.

bummer.

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14. Story time at library is always fun!
15. We try to build our own. This is from last year's since this year we're out of town. A paper sheet, painted handprint leaves, tripod, glitter and lights and voila a tree for the season!
16. Breakfast followed with filtered coffee
17. Our fruit stand needs replenishment.
18. Something green in our shopping cart. (American Girl doll is spending the week with us thanks to Arlington Public Library.)
19. When nature freezes
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D shared this morning, "Winter is fighting with spring! It wants to stay forever and Spring is telling it, it's time to go!!! Silly winter! It has to go to Africa!" (She remembered that when N went to South Africa last time, the seasons were opposite)

And sure is a battle out there! It was nice and balmy last week and we woke up to an inch of snow this morning! Well, it didn't stick to the roads since the earth warmed up so much in a week! So, it looks stunning outside! The contrasts of white, wet wood, brick...I guess I am enjoying even more because it's the end of season! :)
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OK, I know I am whining but after a visit from the polar vortex and then  you get a taste of warmth of 40-50F, you get your hopes up. You know, spring is around the corner. And then instead the weather forecasters douse that with talk about another snow fall next week. bah.

But this is our story until April. sigh. Get comfortable I guess. So, I bought this colourful jacket to cheer myself up which was going on "clearance" for 30%. It's like I am forever wrapped in a comforter. I love it. It's not grey, black or any dull colour - a nice dark maroon. sigh. why are Americans so colour averse?! I understand getting a woolen coat in anything other than black is expensive. but this is polyester and acrylic. We have come a long way in dyes! sigh. And then N douses that excitement by pointing out that this week the jacket is at 50% discount.

So, am going to whine the rest of winter. bleah. At least the sun was out today. 
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Well, it snowed!! woo hoo! Our first snow!! For all but maybe 15 minutes?? The roads are dry and no one would even guess we had snow or even rain or sleet, or any form of precipitation.

It is however FREEZING cold and oh so windy! My daughter is absolutely loving it! And my credibility that it is in fact WINTER has been redeemed in her eyes! Mommy's no longer lying! And to humour me, she wore TWO jackets! But wai, no hat and no gloves. But that's good too, her hands were warm to touch, she demonstrated by sticking her hand up my arm since I was all bundled up in every winter attire appropriate for the weather! ;)

Stay warm people!
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Every morning D wakes up and asks why there is no snow?! It's all the picture books' fault. You see to show winter, there's always snow. So, without snow it's either still Fall or it's already spring.

And I realised some family members back home also feel the same way and have begun to share with us words of caution now that winter has set of going about in snow. I didn't get it at first until one of them was wishing and hoping that Asha won't have trouble getting here on Friday. I first attributed to Friday traffic. She will be coming here on the beltway and it's always a mess. But no, they were attributing possible trouble to the snow we are having since winter has arrived.

I guess the snow's arrival up north made news in India? I don't know. And these are family members who have been here and realise how big the country is.

ah well. It's cute and it's amusing! :) We are though forecasted for possible freezing rain on Friday. Now, I don't know what that even means. I kind of took it as a given that rain falling during temps in the 40s (fareinheit) would be freezing cold! But I figure that would make icy roads/sidewalks? uggh.. so maybe they are on to something!

Dang it.
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So, this is my annual obligatory post about whining about the cold/snow, when it really is not necessary because well, it really isn't cold compared to lets say Canada or even last week. But I have to remind myself of my roots, on the deccan plateau in India, where all I knew was heat and scorching heat. But I promise this post shows improvement and a possible conversion.

I guess, I should finally unpack my winter clothes. I knew I had at least one turtle neck somewhere. And a thought came to mind. Maybe I could trick Murphy's Law! Get my winter gear out, pack my summer clothes in, organise my whole closet for the season and voila, it will end up being the shortest winter known to the region! Voila! It will be spring! (although reality is it would take me two months to do it and well, yeah winter would naturally end! :P)

I am sure there is some reason God has given winter a purpose. There must be some sound reasoning behind us needing 10 feet of snow in one snowfall or even an inch of it. Aside from the need to crazily ski down the slopes. Maybe it's to give people a break from constantly cooking. I mean, that's what women seem to do back on the plateau. We have the luxury of year round crops. Every festival signifies harvest season for some vegetable or fruit or nut. So, we cook year round. I guess I appreciate winter for that?! But dang it for globalisation and the ability for us to ship stuff from everywhere! D is craving watermelon in the middle of winter, and look we get that! I somehow find that SO wrong!! The only exception I make is to mangoes! :D

It must be some sick joke for someone to sit and watch the near panic a snow forecast does for the region. One mistake the school board makes and they pay for it for the rest of the season! Today, we got an inch of snow. No, less than an inch. There was a chance of ice accumulating, hundreths of an inch (according to the national weather service) and so that entailed ensuring that even squirrels don't slip and slide, causing the VA transport department to pretreat the roads yesterday night and again at 4am this morning. They had trucks ready too! All for an inch of snow. It seemed they were a week late. Arlington delayed by two hours, which was just as silly. Fairfax closed schools. Maybe they got more snow & ice. (N did say the bridges were icy last night). Who knows?! All I know is, it must suck to be on that deciding board!! phew!

So, why!? And then I imagine myself visiting during the summer in Hyderabad, where it's already 30C. And then I find myself grateful that my whole family has migrated to Bangalore. Then I remember why winters are wonderful. Then I remember the purpose of snow. It's not there to fulfil someone's sadistic nature. It's there to give us water. It's the source of water. Which you will find none of on the deccan plateau as they prepare for summer.

So, I will get my thermals out - which I have to thankfully use only when I get brave and take D to a whole day at the park. I have been uprooted a couple of times, in my life. As every year passes it seems I am placing roots here in this coldish-town. And however much I might deny, I am starting to like it. Just a little.

But no, I will not be moving anywhere further north any time soon! I am not THAT in love with the cold! No sirree... I will always love the sun. Which thankfully shows its face every few days! Or I get sad.
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So, last year everyone was up in arms about how overly cautious the region was over snowfall. My goodness they were! And over the night and now, our first snow fall came and well, it seems any bit of caution was blown off by the strong winds we had the last few days!

We have two inches of snow in Arlington, so the suburbs must have gotten another two inches more than us. This time we show the country how tough we are. Schools stayed open, oh yes they did! We will ignore the weather forecasters because they are wrong most of the time anyway! Opened on time! No one's closing for anybody! Not even the tiny bit of fluffy snow.

But wait, someone,*cough* Virginia Dept of Transport,*cough* forgot to pretreat the snow the night before. Or even to get up and plow some of the roads. Maybe plowing the highway would be a good place to start and maybe a few main arteries here and there. So that school buses and any of the public transit can actually use the roads and not go slipping and sliding, with umm with kids in it! Oh and while we so bravely keep schools open, the kids are busy building snowpeople/animals or just standing at their stops for over an hour!!

Right, great job DC-metro area! Great start to the season!

So, a point for us to stay where we are! N walked to work. D & I walked to preschool. I went to the gym and came back! If the car has a ton of snow on it freezing over, meh. We can walk to the store. And the next few days are going to be below zero. I assume, if my science is right, everything will just freeze over. So, likely tomorrow we will get a snow day. And that's ok for us!

ETA: County site has requested all to stay off roads so they can clear them. Apparently the snowfall was heavier than expected. Am not sure though. Even yesterday afternoon the forecast was 2-3 inches for us and they did nothing. Not even keep trucks ready for the morning. I know using of salt for everything is also not good for the rivers.

SAD...

Nov. 9th, 2014 07:09 pm
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It's been a sad week. we are just feeling sad.

  • The cold weather has brought around the first round of cold virus. We are all walking around with sore throats. bleah.

  • The early darkness that falls upon is just depressing.

  • The refusal of dressing in warm clothes is just adding to the misery. I get the, "what a horrible mom!" looks often, while I am all bundled up and my dear daughter is prancing about in a sleeveless dress. She wore a pant/legging as a favour to me. sigh. So, the dresses are hibernating now.

  • Just the cold and the forecast of a colder winter than last year is just making me want to revisit the whole, "why did I leave Hawai'i?!" question again. Winter there meant wearing socks with flip flops.

  • The election results, I should just pack my bags and go somewhere else. Those who have won at least on the Right are questioning Climate Change. So obviously nothing will happen there! Our work suffers. ugghh... we were feeling blue at the office.

  • Yet, Ted Cruz was earlier claiming they are going to continue the fight against horrible laws being passed. So, have to say it's the first time in history that politicians were running on, "we are not going to change!" ticket. How do we continue to reelect people who have been so unproductive!! Hubby would have been fired long ago if he tried the same thing! bleah...

bleah.... But we had a nice weekend! D took a long nap yesterday afternoon - she's clearly still fatigued from the bug. But our friends came over and the two had a blast! Today, D & I went to a German church service in DC with friends, where we made lanterns (I think related to St. Martin, somehow? I don't understand a word of German, although they did translate!)! We are walking in the parade next week by the White House! Looking forward to it! D made a lantern for Jasper's 2 year old sister, abandoning her own since she wanted to make Leila happy! She took very good care of Leila.

So, really I should not be complaining. I know we are fortunate that we get a break in the cold weather every now and then! But hey, I am a summer-girl. But just miserable nonetheless. 
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oh dear me! I went and spent $120 at the thrift store!!! The whole point is to be thrifty and I have no idea how I spent that much! But you can imagine how much stuff I got too!! Way too much!!!

I love shopping for D. If you see my cart it will look like I have twins...a boy & a girl! :P D & I are completely ready for snow this winter! To play in the snow!! She has snow boots & pants and a beautiful woolen (actually woolen, not polyester) jacket! I have boots too that will (should anyway) keep me warm, with nice woolen (yes, actual wool and not acrylic or polyester) sweaters! I already have a woolen jacket.

My sensitivity to cold got worse last winter. None of the fancy gloves have helped. This year I will have to fork out and get ski gloves that have wool in them! Hope I never lose them and should last me ten years! That's usually how my clothes go too. I have stuff I have worn for a decade! It embarrasses my dad to a point who sends me shopping, but heck it still looks nice, then I still wear it! My hubby is just like me. A pair made in heaven! ;)

So, it usually gives me a reason to be unthrifty and so you can imagine what a thrift store is! It's like I found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! They actually had boots that I liked in a size 5! (It still was a little big for me, but that's how life is)!! Yes, my feet are small!

oh yay! My first shopping trip in a shop in months too! I don't like shopping actually. Now I need to get a new pair of jeans too...the ones I got last year in India are tad bit too tight. I could get back on the treadmill and exercise, which I really need to, as my knee is acting up too. But yeah....

But I did enjoy the shopping, which I finished in 45 minutes!! That's a long time for me!! hah haha...
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Life in a grid

Left to right:

  • Library had a book sale last week. I vowed not to go since D's bookshelf is overflowing. N keeps a fare share of books away, but D always finds them. So today and tomorrow I have to sort them and donate them to the library or have them picked up on freecycle, when she is not around! But I went and bought like 20  books from the sale! Many of them were small stories that we could also take on road trips, fit in my purse, etc. We can't leave home without a book!

  • D likes this particular smoothie from Trader Joe's that has beetroot in it. We tried making it at home but she wouldn't drink it. We now, saved the bottle and make it and refill it and seems to be working. Bad sneaky parents, I know. But we have to save money somehow! She loves the purple mustache it creates! We call her Joker (from Batman)

  • Once in a while she asks for ponytails! She had three on and yesterday it was 4!

  • She rolled chapatis! She actually rolled nice circles but she kept making them into balls and rolling again...never made it to the pan. Maybe in a few more months (years) before she makes consumable chapatis!

  • We are ready for snow! Well, I am wishing we get maybe 3-4 2-inch snowfall this winter! Yes, I am very careful what I wish for!! :P She & I got snow boots! Hers were found at a consignment sale (actually so did the sweater, & the hat! The sweater is "boys" one - it was cheaper and thicker!!

  • I dug out the patch-quilt I had started making for D 3 years ago. I realised it was actually done, needed batting and sewing the back. But now it would be too small for her and so am adding more to it. I need to buy the batting material and will be done!

  • D's first ice cream cone! She never liked ice cream! Until, a month ago!! Now we can't keep any at home as she will want it for lunch/dinner! :S

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The last snowstorm that we thought would be the last for the season shut the whole city down. Well, this was it! By afternoon it all disappeared!

outside

We were ready for spring. We were so disappointed. bah. On Friday I saw the forecast of snow/rain for Monday. Many of us did and didn't even bother about it. We didn't want to get our hopes up. Most of us didn't actually. We thought if we ignored the forecast, closed our eyes and ears it would just go away.

But come Sunday evening we began to have flurries! And woke up to 2 inches of snow (at least)! It snowed till noon and now is just cloudy! Schools are anyway closed for spring break. City didn't close offices. Life moved on.

snow

We are now ready for spring to really show up. Cherry blossoms are supposed to peak in ten days. I don't know. Spring was just budding as the snow came.

BUT D & I got to play in the snow!! We helped another girl build her snowman. I had no clue as to how to build one as I never did before!! hahaha! And then we built our own! (Plus the girl kind of wanted to do her own thing and was slowly physically pushing D aside whenever her mom looked away or was attending to her big sister a few feet away!) We built two big ones and a small one. D made a family. She seemed to want to make more but I convinced her it was time to come home!

snow

She enjoyed all of it, except for the snow falling on her face. She kept wiping it off!
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snowstorm

Yesterday evening we were warned of a snowstorm. It had started snowing late afternoon yesterday. Snow were just small flakes and looked harmless. N's Boston office had declared the office to be closed on Monday in preparation of the snowstorm expected. DC office made no declaration.

It was well into the morning as we awoke. But it still it looked bleak and dark outside. Maybe we woke up too early. But the clock did show 7:40am. And we were late! N quickly got ready and I got to the kitchen to get breakfast and things ready. Our steps though stopped midway as we looked out the window. It was snowing still. A surprise winter storm passed through the Northeast region of the country since yesterday late afternoon! The cars were covered with a thick layer of snow on top. People in the Monday morning rush struggled to scrape off the snow. Those using the public transport struggled to walk through the snow. We just watched for a while as we sipped on our hot cup of mango tea the flakes flying in all directions as the wind gusted at whopping speeds.

Lucky for me, it's my day off. But not so lucky N had to head to office. But we were lucky in one big way and that is he didn't need to drive anywhere in this inclement weather! We were envisioning our lives if we were to be living in a house elsewhere in town and again thanked our lucky stars. Instead of sipping hot tea and enjoying the view, we would be shoveling the snow away!

The skies are clearing up as I type this. But it's still snowing. The snow is picking up off rooftops and also the roads as the winds continue to be gusty! What a sight! Tomorrow morning if the sun doesn't do it's job well today, will be a tougher struggle as the semi-melted snow will turn to ice!

few more pics )

On a completely different note.. just used this for my 2008 year... and thought to share in case someone stumbling across hasn't known about this! Neat idea!

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Yesterday was a beautiful day! Relatively warm, with temperature in 60s F (18C) compared to 50s (10-12C) the day before. It might not seem like a huge change, but I was out without a sweater and sandals yesterday!

Outside My Window Fall 27Oct08


This morning we awoke to a beautiful view out the window. The lone tree that started changing has already shed its leaves. But other trees have begun to catch up. It's a beautiful distraction from the cold that is coming ahead of us in the next few months.

I realised some thing these last few months. That we can open up the screen mesh we have on the window to take a clearer photo. This morning I remembered why I didn't do that all last season, when that cold burst of wind hit me while I took the above pic. Enjoy the changes from last season.

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Yesterday I walked on ice for the first time in my life. Well, more like slid on it. The weather was horrible here with freezing rain! There was such a thick layer of ice covering our car that the door was frozen shut! Hubby took over half hour to get the ice off the windows! But the weather also showed us what a wonderful neighborhood we live in! A nice gentleman (lives in the same building) who happened to park next to us helped with the scraping off the ice! If not it would have taken an hour!

We discussed politics, as the people of Virginia, Maryland & DC went to the polls yesterday! We also talked about Bangalore a bit. As the gentleman had gone to Bangalore back in 1980! I shared with him that a lot has changed since then. When he asked was it for good or bad, and I couldn't really answer!

Overnight it snowed like quarter of an inch. So the flakes are covering the trees just enough to paint them a shade of white. It's a cool sight. Of course, people further north are getting weather much harsher. But don't forget I am an equator girl! When is summer coming?! sigh...

I kept mumbling why people live in the cold. hehehehe... But this weather has an effect on me. It makes me feel so dreary. sigh. But I guess it's not as bad as I was expecting it to be.

It's funny that the folks at CNBC just concluded that Congress is wasting its time on holding the Clemens hearings now and yet they will air the trial for the next hour. I guess it's not them that are choosing what plays. So all the news channel are airing it now. I find though even after an hour of watching the "NEWS" I hardly get any information I can take away.

I am hooked on scrabulous. I just love the game scrabble! Should play it at home with hubby! We have the board at home!
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Some said it would be humid here. So I thought oh no back to humid weather and frizzy hair. This girl occasionally does worry about the looks you know. So I came to find humidity at a whopping 38% on average and occasionally going up bringing rain. Even with the rain the air feels dry. 

So humidity is relative. Or maybe they were talking about it being humid during summer. Time will only tell. But my hair has surely changed. My curls have disappeared and I have straight hair!! ok... a bit wavy hair. Only the days I wash it does it have curls.  

This just totally feels strange. Yet at the same time it feels good to wake up and not have a head where hair goes in all directions and only a wash or a pony tail would tame it down. 

But I miss my curls. It's me. Some sites suggest to moisturise everyday and to airdry. Do they realise it's cold outside and a wet head is not such a brilliant idea? Or is it ok? hmmmm..... winter... yes, it's new to me!

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