Three Things Thursday (7)

It has been quite the week – my sister’s engagement, Vishnu’s residency match (I’ll share more about it soon, I promise!!), and my trip to Puerto Rico. Lots of good things happening right now!

With that, I thought I’d keep the excitement (maybe it’s just exciting for me!) going and share three random things I’m loving/thinking about right now.

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1. I know I’ve said it a million times already, but Puerto Rico has been on my mind for the last month! I am so so so excited to celebrate my friend Sweeti. She’s one of the most fun loving people I know, so I’m positive this weekend is going to be a memorable one. I mean, how can it not when we have everything we need all in one place – the sun, the water, tropical drinks, and great friends!

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2. Before I share more about the current book I’m reading, I just want to say that I’m well on the way to accomplishing my 2015 reading goal of one book a month. I am on my fourth book right now, and it’s only mid-March! Go me.

Spring Chicken by Bill Gifford is my newest read, and even though I’m only about 10% through, I love love love it! Gifford’s delves deep into the vast world of aging and brings science, research, and wit to the table making this a really interesting and fun read. I heard about this book from my mom who heard about it on NPR. Like I said, I’m not quite done yet, but if you like well-written non-fiction science books, this one should be on your list.

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3. I’m always on the lookout for new blogs to read. And the ones that have been grabbing my attention lately are usually about making your passion come alive, overcoming obstacles, etc. My latest favorite is Clarity on Fire. The posts are so easy to relate to regardless of what stage of life you are in. The best part is that I’m always left with the “me too” feeling. It’s like Rachel and Kristen are in my head with every single post. I highly recommend subscribing to this blog! [A big thanks to Shannon for introducing me to this site!]

Your turn to share – what are three things you’ve been thinking about/doing this week! If you’re a blogger, write a post and link back to one or all of the hostesses: Raj from Pink Chai Living, Nisha from Love Laugh Mirch, or Salma from The Write Balance.  Then share a link to your post (not your blog’s home page).

I’ve Been Keeping a Big Secret…

…and can FINALLY let it out now!

My little sister is engaged!!!

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I’ve never kept a secret from Aekta before, so this was huge! My mom was sure I was going to spill the beans, but I managed to keep it together for a little over two months.

Let me start from the beginning…

Aekta is currently on a medical rotation in Brunswick, Georgia right now. She obviously knew Adarsh was flying down for a visit, and that they would be going to Savannah for St. Patty’s this weekend. They also had plans to ride bikes on Tybee Island (a little island 20 minutes east of Savannah) and then go up the lighthouse. She didn’t know that he was going to propose there and that my parents and Vishnu and I would be there as well!

Vishnu and I drove to Jacksonville on Friday afternoon, spent the night there, and drove to Tybee Island the next morning. My parents essentially did the same thing.

We met my parents at a little grocery store on the island where we picked up flowers and some champaign. When Adarsh texted to let me know that they were riding back to the lighthouse, we made our way over.

After a couple close calls of almost running into them as they made their way to the lighthouse, we finally settled in to watch as Adarsh proposed!

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After he popped the big question and she said yes, he asked her to look down. We were all waving and jumping up and down (ok fine, maybe I was the only one jumping!). The look on her face was priceless! After they made their way back down the lighthouse, we celebrated with lots of hugs and champaign.

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Even though I knew the big day was fast approaching, I still can’t believe my little sister’s engaged! We are all so so so over the moon with excitement and happiness. Adarsh is the perfect addition to our family, and more than that, he makes Aekta ridiculously happy!

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Congratulations to the beautiful couple! Love you both!

What I Eat for Lunch 99% of the Time and Other Random Habits

When I talked about being a creature of habit and not disrupting my default all that often, I wasn’t kidding! It actually takes a lot of effort for me to change my ways. And while there are some habits I definitely want to disrupt, some will remain as is. Take lunch as an example.

It may come as a surprise, but breakfast and lunch are on repeat 99% of time, while what we eat for dinner changes on an almost daily basis. Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

With that being said, I thought I would share my lunch “recipe” because it’s simple, quick, and obviously delicious since I eat it every day!

The first thing to take note of is that for this to be as good as possible you have to use your favorite kind of bread. We love the Publix seeded whole wheat bread. If you have a Publix nearby, try to find it – made with a few simple ingredients and so good!

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Ok, the first thing you do is crack an egg into a small frying pan sprayed with a little cooking spray. Then flatten out the yolk with a fork, sprinkle on a little salt and pepper, and let it cook for 2-3 minutes on medium high heat. While the egg is cooking, spread one slice of bread with your favorite hummus and top with slices of avocado. Flip the egg over, cook for an additional minute, cut in half, and place on top of avocado.

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If you’re feeling a little crazy, top the egg with sriracha for an extra kick.

Most days, I’ll eat one of my open faced sandwiches, fruit, and some nuts. I mean, when something is this good, how can I quit it!

Other random habits/quirks!

  • I call my mom every morning on my way to work. And I call my parents every night after dinner.
  • As soon as I get to the office in the morning, I turn my laptop on and make a cup of coffee. Every single day. Without fail (unless I have an 8 am meeting).
  • When cleaning the apartment, the order is always – kitchen, dusting, vacuum, bathroom.
  • Not sure why this is, but whenever I’m talking to people, I ball my hands up into fists without even realizing it.
  • When I say “knock on wood,” I actually knock on my head…even if there’s something made of wood nearby.
  • The first thing I do when I get home from work is change into my PJs.  And on the weekends I try to stay in my PJs for as long as possible.
  • I have a very specific way of arranging the dishes in the dishwasher.  If Vishnu gets to it first, I rearrange everything (my way) and then and only then do I start it.

And the list could go on and on…

Have a wonderful weekend!

Please tell me I’m not the only weirdo by sharing some of your random/quirky habits!

Perfect

Perfect

Perfect is boring.

Perfect is an illusion.

Perfection is uninteresting.

Perfect is unattainable.

Perfect is unreasonable.

Perfect is unfulfilling.

Perfect does NOT exist.

What isn’t boring, an illusion, uninteresting, unattainable, unreasonable, and unfulfilling and does in fact exist?

YOU!

Just as you are. Right this very second.

Always remember that!

Happy Wednesday!

Disrupting Our Default

Vishnu and I are creatures of habit and comfort.  This blog may give a totally different impression at times, but don’t be fooled.  If given the option to stick with what we know, we’ll take it.  We know this about ourselves, both as individuals and as a couple, so we’re constantly talking about ways to change things up and disrupt our default.  

Obviously, there are so many ways to disrupt your default way of doing things.  And since my default likely looks somewhat different from yours, the way I try to disrupt it will also look and feel quite different.  Same goes for Vishnu.

To that point, I thought it would be fun to share a few things we’ve recently done to disrupt our default.

1. As I mentioned in my last post, I got highlights this weekend.  While this may sound like ordinary news to most of you, this was huge for me.  I was super nervous and almost backed out of the whole thing while talking to my stylist.  But you know what…stepping outside my comfort zone and trying something new with my look ended up being really fun.  It definitely helps that the whole thing didn’t turn out to be a huge disaster, but regardless, the risk was well worth it.  I mean, it’s just hair, right?

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I haven’t been able to get a better picture of my hair, and I know this one doesn’t do the highlights justice.  But they’re a reddish brown color and I LOVE them!  And yes, I still have “some” grays.  Apparently, highlights don’t make all of your gray hair go away.

2. A few weeks ago, my friend Shannon told me about a great Groupon deal for the yoga studio she goes to.  Because I was/am genuinely trying to bring yoga back into my life, I bought the Groupon and started going to classes with Shannon.  I wouldn’t call myself a yogi by any stretch of the imagination, but I will say I’m glad to disrupt my fitness default and challenge myself once a week. 

3. Because we know our time in Miami may be limited, we are trying extra hard to disrupt our default when it comes to leaving the comfort of our neighborhood and finding new places to eat and things to do.  For example, when people ask me about the food scene in Miami, I usually name a few restaurants and say something like, “It doesn’t even compare to cities like Chicago and Atlanta!”  But after meeting some new foodie friends, I’m learning that Miami may have more to offer than I originally thought.

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4. Something else we’re trying to do is make plans with friends (even on weekdays) and keep them.  In the past, our weekly routine would never include more than one commitment with friends that actually required dressing up and getting out of our apartment.  We got comfortable with our familiar routine and didn’t make the effort to reach out to others.  Fortunately , we realized that we’re in our thirties and not our nineties and are now shaking things up. 

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5.  Vishnu’s schedule isn’t as hectic as it once was.  And while I’m sure he loves running my errands during the day, he’s also trying to learn Spanish via the Rosetta Stone program (among other things).  If it was me, that would be the last thing I’d want to do.  Knowing residency’s a few short months away, I would want to do anything but learn.  Being the [cute] nerd that he is, he’s disrupting his default routine and turning his free time into an enriching growth experience. 

These are just a few ways we’re disrupting our default and creating new and different experiences for ourselves.  And as scary as it can be sometimes, it’s only led to great things for us so far!

Do you make an conscious effort to disrupt your default?