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Time to Play Catch-up

After yet another week away, I’m home!  And now it’s time to play catch-up.

1. The wedding we attended in North Carolina was an absolute blast.  From the minute we got to the hotel on Saturday to the minute we left on Monday, it was one big non-stop party.  I wish all of our close friends lived next door.  How great would that be!

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2. My work trip to Chicago was a lot of fun.  I don’t get to see many of my coworkers all that often, so it was nice to reconnect.  More often than not, we were reconnecting over food…and lots of it.  I didn’t take many pictures of my meals, but trust me when I say that we pretty much ate all the food.  Every meal included glasses of wine, a variety of appetizers, our main meal, and dessert.  The best thing I ate was definitely the turtle brownie sundae at Bridge House Tavern.  Yum. 

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3. I am happy to report that this past weekend was full of nothingness.  On Saturday, we slept in, watched four episodes of Boy Meets World, watched the Dawgs win (!!!), and lounged until dinnertime.  Around 8:00 pm, we met up with our friends Andy and Robin for dinner and fro-yo.  Our outing also included celebrity sightings.  Vishnu and Andy spotted Greg Oden and Shane Battier (Miami Heat players) walking to dinner with a group of friends.  Even though I had no idea who these two were, it was fun to see the guys so excited!

Since no one had any major post-dinner plans, we decided to make it a Taboo game night.  We ended up playing for 2.5 hours!  Unfortunately, Robin and I lost by one point.  I blame the wine.

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Sunday included a lot of the usual – cleaning, grocery shopping, and football watching.

4. Best Body Bootcamp started today…thank goodness.  I am ready to buckle down and get my workouts and eating habits back on track.  Wish me luck!

5. I highly recommend that everyone watch this TED talk about The power of vulnerability by Brene Brown.  I also recommend that everyone read this article about the human body’s physiological response to exercise.  And finally, I recommend that everyone read this article about living a life of purpose

I think all of the above brings us to the present day.  With that being said, have a great Monday!

Family Wedding Fun

You guys, I pretty much danced my butt off this weekend at a family wedding in Orlando.  This translates to pure exhaustion. 

When I got into Orlando on Friday evening, I hung out with my parents for a few minutes before getting ready for the garba. 

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Me and my parents pre-garba

Prior to the wedding, my cousin Bijal and I decided that Friday was our cardio day and that in order to count the garba as a workout we had to go all out.  We literally danced for 3 hours, only breaking for a quick dinner.  The soles of my feet were hurting the next morning!

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Me and my cousin Bijal (also known as Bijalben!) at the end of the night

The wedding started at 11:00 am on Saturday, so we were up nice and early.  Although, I could’ve slept in all morning if my mom had let me. 

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The wedding was a traditional Gujarati one.  And all the bells and whistles were there – a horse carriage, a full wedding procession from our side (the groom’s side), lots of loud music, traditional décor, etc.

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The groom’s carriage

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My parents and I were so exhausted after the wedding (when all was said and done it was a little past 4), so we decided to take a “quick” nap.  Ha!  We didn’t get up until 6:30, which is when the cocktail hour for the reception started.  My dad got ready really quickly (men!), while my mom and I needed a little more time.  We figured IST (Indian standard time) would apply, and we were right.  When we made it downstairs at 7:15, most people were just beginning to get food and drinks.  The reception starting a little late worked out in our favor.

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Party time!

As with any reception, this one was one big party.  Lots of dancing…with our family at the center of it all.  My dad even did the Gangnam style dance!  It was awesome. 

All in all, it was a great weekend.  I was so happy to see my parents and spend time with family.  The only thing that would’ve made it better was having Vishnu there.  I swear, after June 5th, I’m making him hang out with me ALL the time.  Smile

How was your weekend?  What are your family weddings like?

Mehndhi Night

Annnd the wedding posts begin! 

The kickoff event was mehndhi night, which was held the Thursday before the wedding.  Mehndhi is also known as henna.  Instead of explaining exactly what it’s all about, I’ll create a more vivid image by sharing some pictures.

BEFORE

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The green you see in the picture above was just glitter.  The mehndhi artist thought it would look pretty in the pictures.

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So, I was really restless all morning.  I just wanted the fun to start! 

The mehndhi artist arrived at the house around 4:00 pm and started right away.  I’m happy to note that she was really fast.  If I remember correctly, she was done with both my hands and feet in a little over two hours. 

Once friends and family members started arriving around 6:30 pm, they too got mehndhi put on their hands. 

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A good friend and former colleague of mine told me to look around every now and then and soak in moments from each and every event.  And I did just that.  I still remember seeing my sister showing off her mehndhi, my grandmother looking on with such happiness in her eyes, my parents laughing and mingling with friends and family members, my friends getting their own mehndhi done, and my family filing in one by one.

Something else I remember about this night was the anticipation for the fun to come. I could feel the excitement radiating from most everyone there.  It was truly a night to remember!

Before heading to bed that night, Purvi and I spent a good 15 minutes rubbing off my mehndhi best we could.  I then rubbed some Vicks Vapor Rub on both my hands and feet, slipped on some plastic bags, and called it a night.  My friends helped me wash my face, take off my contacts, and do a few other things (they’re the BEST!). 

I woke up the next morning praying that my mehndhi was dark red.  And it was!  There’s an Indian saying that the darker your mehndhi, the more your husband loves you.  I would say that I’m pretty loved!

Next up…the vidhi (the religious prayer event) on Friday morning.

Have you ever had mehndhi put on your hands?