My Two Favorite Goofballs Are Here!

My parents are here for their annual Miami trip! 

The timing of their visit actually worked out really well since Vishnu’s in Chicago for his away rotation.  It’s been a little lonely over the past couple of weeks!  I miss my Vishnu a lot, but I’ll get to see him next week when I head to Chicago…and stay for about a month!  I’m SO lucky  my boss is incredibly flexible and is allowing me to work from Chicago.  More on my trip later!

This weekend has been all about spending time with my parents.  They got in around lunchtime on Saturday, and it’s been go go go ever since.  We’ve done so much in such a short amount of time and still have a little less than a week to go!

So far my three favorite things have been…

My mom’s food (obviously!).

Shak and Bakri
Evening walks around Brickell Key with these two!

M&D Brickell Key
And meeting Kiran!

Blogger meetup - Kiran 
This was a huge deal for both me and my mom because we both love Kiran’s blog and Instagram page!  She’s such a talented cook and photographer.  I was a little star struck at first, but after quickly seeing how sweet and down-to-earth Kiran is, I was fine! :)  The three of us ended up chatting for about an hour.  Both my mom and I left feeling like we’ve known Kiran forever – it’s kind of nuts how blogging builds such strong connections!

My parents have quite the week ahead of them – a day trip to visit my mom’s aunt and uncle, an overnight visit to Key West, and lots of fun to come with their favorite first born! 

While my days will be the same old with work, I’m really looking forward to hanging out with my two favorite goofballs as much as possible!

Happy Monday!  Make it a great one.

Par’s Picks – 15

After a long hiatus, Par’s Picks is back! I can’t promise that this is going to be a weekly thing like I originally planned, but I hope to be as regular with it as possible.

Let’s get the party started!

LIFE:

Let’s Do Ourselves A Favor And Stop Saying ‘Happy Birthday’ On Facebook – A really interesting article on why we should stop doing this. I still wish people HB on FB but only those I’ve talked to in the last six months or so.

Love Mantra – A beautiful take on the differences between love and fear.

10 Things Nobody Tells You About Being Married - Amen! I love my husband more than anything in the world but all of these are so true, but that’s NORMAL!

You Can’t Have It All? – A different perspective on the Indra Nooyi article about women not being able to have it all.

Robin William’s death: a reminder that suicide and depression are not selfish – Like for so many, news of Robin William’s death made my heart ache for days. All I can think about is how could someone who made millions of people so happy feel so sad. In the past few days, I’ve read a lot of articles talking about depression and suicide. This one in particular stuck with me, so I thought I would share.

“A brilliant but tortured individual has taken his own life, and this is a tragedy. But levelling ignorant accusations of selfishness certainly won’t prevent this from happening again. People should never be made to feel worse for suffering from something beyond their control.”

HEALTH:

5 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism in the Morning – Love these common sense tips!

Why It’s Not a Good Idea to Cut Out Entire Food Groups for Weight Loss – THANK YOU!

5 Food Rules To Get Naturally Glowing Skin – Good rules to follow no matter what!

BLOGGING:

10 Reasons Why I Love Your BlogI agree with all this points, and to be honest, I’m working on quite a few of these myself!

FOOD:

Five Restaurant Menu Tricks (and How to Avoid Falling for Them) – Remember these the next time you eat out!

WORKOUTS:

Victoria’s Secret Model Workout: 10-Minute Fat-Blasting Circuit – This workout is only 10 minutes but you will work hard so get ready!

Total Body Toning Strength & HIIT Cardio Workout – Fat Burning Workout to Tone Up Fast – A great workout that combines full-body strength with HIIT cardio. I honestly didn’t expect to be sore after this but I was…err…still am a little!

SO COOL:

This 14-Year-Old Genius Could Put a Stop to Cyberbullying – I don’t know this girl personally, but I am so proud of her! Kids like this give me so much hope for our future.

Happy weekend!

There’s My Blog… and Then There’s Me

I would say that my blog is a pretty accurate representation of my life and who I am as a person. I try to be as honest and genuine as possible with every post I write. And I think most people who know me well would agree.

However, there are lots of things about me that never make it on to this site. People assume that when you read a blog and/or follow someone on social media you know almost everything about them. That is absolutely false.

To showcase what I’m talking about, I’m going to share 10 things you would never know about me just from reading my blog. Because really – there’s my blog…and then there’s me!

[In no particular order]

1. I hate making the bed. This is ironic because I love order and cleanliness in most every other part of my life. But the bed? I really don’t care. And that is why I leave it to Vishnu!

2. I sweat very easily. I wish I was one of those girls who never broke a sweat no matter how hot she was, but I assure you I am not. After any outdoor run (of any distance), I look like I just stepped out of the shower and forgot where my towel was.

3. I can’t sing to save my life. So really the only time I sing is when I’m in a loud bar or club where people scream along to songs. Or when Vishnu and I are hanging out and I really want to annoy him.

4. I get hot AND cold very easily. There’s no middle ground. Either I’m sweating buckets or I’m shivering.

5. My handwriting is atrocious. Sometimes I type letters that should really be handwritten and preface them by saying, “I want you to be able to read what I write, so that is why I am typing this out.” Even my dad, who also has horrible handwriting, complains when he has to read something I wrote.

6. I have zero tolerance for pain. I used to dream about getting laser hair removal and never having to use a razor again. Until I went in to get some waxing done and ended up bawling.* It was so ridiculous my sister laughed at me! *I know this is an extreme situation, but I assure you it applies to almost everything else as well.

7. I am a total messy klutz in the kitchen. Simple things like pouring soup from the blender into a pot results in big messes. You can pretty much bet on the fact that whatever I’m making will end up on the floor, the walls, the stove, etc.  Seriously, thank goodness I love to clean.

8. I am the complete opposite of a pack rat. And my husband is a huge pack rat. The best is when I make Vishnu clean out his t-shirt drawer. He hates it! I dump his 50 t-shirts on the bed and ask him to tell me exactly why he needs to keep each one. I know this sounds a little extreme, but I have good reasons. When we lived in Fort Lauderdale, Vishnu’s drawer broke because it was jam packed with…guess what…his t-shirts. Then when we moved to Miami, guess who ended up having to use that drawer. Not Vishnu.

9. This one may even surprise the people who know me well. I am more of an introvert than I am an extrovert. Like if you had both types of people on two different ends of a spectrum, I would be closer to the introverts (extrovert_______|___me____introvert).

10. I am probably the most inflexible person in the world. It’s embarrassing actually. Someone sign me up for yoga stat!

So tell me, what would I never know about you unless we were friends in real life?