Rounding Up

31 Dec

Because bullet points are my new best friend, here is a quick round-up of the year we called 2013.

Discovery of the Year: Mascara. Hitherto discarded as something that made my lashes bump into my glasses, I got the waterproof version and Oh. My. Lord. My life will never be the same again. On some days, I even manage to wear it clump-free and not look like Helena Bonham Carter’s Kumbh Mela twin.

Realization of the Year: I am capable of single-minded devotion and razor-sharp prioritization when it comes to relationships. Exactly 7 people in this world truly matter. Everybody else is lovely but entirely peripheral.

New-found loves: Pilates and dancing. And the former had a lot to do with the latter.

First-time travel: Seattle (stunning), Leavenworth (so charming), Las Vegas (dazzling), Blue Lakes (serene), Russian River (picture-perfect), and Carmel (quaint).

Where I would have loved to go: The little Gujarat village I yearn to see.

People: 2 women who came into my life in the latter half of the year and have benefited me tremendously. An addition to the family! One relationship I am relieved is over. My inner circle as supportive and blessed as ever.

Cities: Bombay, still home, still the city of my heart. San Francisco, a new love interest I am casually dating because… *pause for effect*….I discovered the Mission. London, the soulmate I continue to miss, knowing it is out there but we must live apart.

Time well spent: In a hospital. As a caregiver. Night and day, for weeks on end. I have never felt more fulfilled.

Culinary Development: Baking from scratch! Butter sponge (perfect texture, not enough sugar) and French Apple cake (bellissima! Yes, I’ll share the recipe sometime).

Focus: Telling stories for non-profits I believe in. Meeting some incredibly inspiring people through my work. Discovering that the Valley is a generous, socially responsible place.

Connections: To some really smart, successful, and interesting people who are part of the Indian diaspora doing wonderful work for the motherland.

Most terrifying moment: Watching a loved one battling for their life. May you never have to witness it.

Rediscovered: Swimming. How I love the water!

Lost: A pant size.

Gained: Two jasmine plants, a newly-minted sister-in-law, and the perfect gold pump. *respectful silence*

Not lost: The ability to roll on the floor at potty jokes. The hope that 2014 will be bigger, better, brighter. I’m champing at the bit to get started!

~

Happy New Year to you, dear reader. πŸ˜€

Let’s wish each other’s dreams come true.

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13 Responses to “Rounding Up”

  1. R's Mom December 31, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    I am a silent reader, but I so loved this post πŸ™‚ Had to delurk πŸ™‚ Wishing you a very Happy New year and I hope you do get to see that little village in Gujarat in 2014 πŸ™‚

  2. The Bride December 31, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    ” Exactly 7 people in this world truly matter. Everybody else is lovely but entirely peripheral.” How true. Happy 2014!

  3. R December 31, 2013 at 1:16 am #

    What a lovely post! Incidentally, I discovered mascara this year too. I had this unfounded ‘mascara gives me a headache’ phobia that went away, once I discovered how to apply it right! πŸ™‚
    Your perfect gold pumps gave me hope. And now I am looking forward to a US trip in 2014 with the primary goal of getting myself new, well- fitting shoes.
    Happy new year, OJ. I hope 2014 is a beautiful year for you.

  4. Zarine Mohideen December 31, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Happy new year OJ! I live in the Bay Area too. I hope I bump in to you some time!

  5. Pallavi January 1, 2014 at 5:04 am #

    So true about ‘people that matter’. And I hear ya about swimming. Happy 2014, OJ!

  6. revathipanicker January 1, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    Happy New Year OJ! Here’s wishing you happiness all the way!I have been wanting to join pilates for the longest time.

  7. Aunty G January 3, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    Rounding up is hard to do
    Commenting-on is difficult too
    I have nothing to say
    But respects must pay
    To our OJ and say, “We love you!”!

  8. Monkey Mind January 8, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

    Happy new year OJ πŸ™‚

    Mascara was the discovery of the year for me too. So was the welcoming of sis-in-law πŸ™‚

  9. annamma January 12, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    Hapy New Year to you !!! Love your writing πŸ™‚

  10. alice January 14, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    Happy new year OJ

  11. Orange Jammies January 15, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    R’s Mom: Thank you for delurking! πŸ™‚ You know, I very nearly did see the village, but in the end, decided against it. 😦

    The Bride: Happy 2014!

    R: Come! We’ll do it together. :mrgreen:

    Zarine: That would be lovely. πŸ™‚

    Pallavi: Hey girl, happy 2014!

    revathi: Let me know how you find it when you join. πŸ™‚ I visited our good old tailor recently, by the way.

    Aunty G: It’s not so hard when life is glad
    (Though there were moments that made me sad)
    May the moments seen
    In 2014
    Be the best to be had!

    Monkey Mind: Cool! πŸ™‚ How do you like them so far?

    annamma: Thank you. πŸ™‚ Happy new year!

    alice: Happy new year, Alice-girl. πŸ™‚

  12. Ceej January 30, 2014 at 3:54 am #

    Loved catching up on your blog and reading this post. A great “bilan” of the year – and a really cool exercise for everyone to do I think! Hugs and hope to see you soon.

  13. Orange Jammies February 2, 2014 at 11:06 pm #

    Ceej: You Francophile you. πŸ™‚ Hugs back, have so much fun in Bombay and Goa! xoxo

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