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An iPhone Free Weekend in Atlanta

First, let me address the title of this post.  After working out with my sister on Friday morning, I went to pour myself a glass of water from my parents’ Brita water jug not knowing that my sister had just refilled it with more water.  As soon as I went to fill my glass, the water spilled all over the counter and my iPhone.  I immediately dried it with paper towels and then ran to my computer to figure out what to do next.  Per quite a few different forums/websites, turning your phone off and putting it in an airtight container full of uncooked rice for 48-72 hours is the best solution.

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So that’s exactly what I did.

On Sunday morning, I woke up and ran downstairs to check on my phone.  I told my dad to cross his fingers as we waited.  Thankfully, it not only turned on, but the speakers and other functions were also working just fine!  Close call…phew!

In a way, I’m kind of glad I didn’t have my phone with me the entire weekend.  I was able to spend quality time with my family and get lots of wedding stuff done.  An involuntary technology detox of sorts.

On Friday, after working out and showering, my mom and I looked at all the Pinterest photos my sister and I have been pinning for the past few months.  A couple hours later, we all agreed on the colors for all of Aekta’s outfits (and some of mine), as well as potential designs.  We also talked about the wedding cake and a few other details.

A few hours later, Vishnu’s parents and brother came over for dinner.  We had Mexican pizzas and enchiladas along with some of this delicious wine that came highly recommended by my friend Monica…

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We also played with Niel’s girlfriend’s dog who joined us for dinner!  Her name is Little Bum Bums, and she is the cutest little thing ever!  Her energy and antics kept us entertained most of the evening. :)

Bum Bums
We slept in on Saturday and ate breakfast together.  Then my mom and I got to work and sorted through all of her saris and jewelry.  Sounds like an easy task, but it took a few hours.  I’m glad we did it though because it helped us get organized.  I’m not 100% sure how often I’ll be flying back to Atlanta this year, so I wanted us to tick off as many things off our list as possible.  We also stopped by the designer’s house to share our ideas and get the ball rolling!  Exciting stuff!

Later that evening, I got ready and headed to Roshni’s parents’ house for her brother’s surprise 40th birthday party.  It was so much fun hanging out with Roshni and Samir for bit and catching up with people I haven’t seen in a while.

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When I got home, everyone was still up so my sister suggested we watch a few home videos (we try to watch different ones every time the four of us are together).  So much fun!  We laughed until tears were flowing down our faces.  It’s so funny how nothing has changed in terms of our family dynamic.  We’re a crazy bunch!

Sunday morning was a bit more hectic.  My flight was scheduled to depart at 3:30 pm, so Ruchi and I made plans to meet up before I had to leave.  She’s in the US for the next six weeks, but if we didn’t make it happen before I left Atlanta this weekend, we wouldn’t have seen each other at all.  Even though we only hung out for 20ish minutes, it was still worth it!  Hopefully, we’ll get to hang out more the next time she’s here.

Ruchi meet up
Before heading to the airport, my mom and I decided to stop at Lotta Frutta (one of my favorite food spots in the city) for smoothies and sandwiches.  By the time we got there and ordered our food, it was 2:00 pm.  We were told our wait time was about 15 minutes.  At this point, I was super nervous because travelling out of the Atlanta airport is always a little unpredictable.  Well, we got our food at 2:20, ran to the car, and made our way to the airport.  By the time my mom dropped me off, it was 2:35 pm.  The security process took a little longer than anticipated, but I made it to my gate just in time!  And while cutting it close like that isn’t my thing, I have to admit that the smoothie and sandwich were well worth the stress!  I love Lotta Frutta!

And just like that, it’s Monday.  I miss my parents and sister A LOT but am also happy to be back with Vishnu and look forward to settling into a routine once again.

It’s Getting Real!

23 days until my mehndhi party and first wedding event!  It’s getting real over here!

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LOVE THIS!

My family is in full wedding mode as we prepare little by little each and every day.  For example, last week, Vishnu and I met with the decorator to finalize all of our ideas and selections.  I also met with the event coordinator at the hotel to finalize some details.  My parents and I cleaned and organized the entire house this weekend.  One of the bedrooms is now a storage room for all things related to the wedding (decorations for the house, gifts for our guests, paper products, etc.)

And it’s more of the same this week…

Today, Vishnu and I are doing our final food tasting with the caterer.  We are also going to meet with the DJ to talk through…what else…some details about the music at each event.  Later this week, we are also meeting with our videographer for a special project.  But mum’s the word on that since it’s a surprise for our guests.

Besides meeting with our vendors, I’ve also been working on a detailed wedding weekend agenda that includes the who, what, when, where and how for every event/ceremony/detail.  This is mainly for my bridesmaids plus a few immediate family members and friends.  I’ve been told that when my first event begins, I have to relinquish control.  If you read my blog regularly, you know that I’m not very good at that.  However, I’ve promised myself that after a certain point, my job will be to relax and have fun no matter what.  So that’s why I’m creating a very detailed agenda! Smile

My mom and I also planned out a 10 day menu for the days leading up to the wedding.  Because a number of family members are flying in early to help us out (my grandparents fly in this Friday!!!), we want to prepare and plan as much as we can now.  In a few short weeks, this semi-quiet house of ours is going to be filled with people and pretty chaotic!

This (all of the above plus some) is pretty much my life right now.  With each passing day, I get more and more excited!  It’s hard to believe that in a few days it’ll be a year since Vishnu popped the big question.  Time flies!

I hope to write a few more of these posts in the coming weeks, detailing more of what’s going on.  As y’all know, Indian weddings usually span the course of a few days, and honestly, a lot of the details are ironed out a month before the big day (basically, what we’re doing right now). I want to be sure to document as much of these next 23 days as possible, so that a year from now, I can read about and relive all of this excitement!

Oh and I have a surprise post coming up later this week…be on the lookout! Winking smile

 

Forgetful Blogger + Half Marathon Training: Week 5

Hi, friends!!!  I feel like I haven’t blogged in ages.  I’ve missed y’all!

Soooo…I’m a super bad blogger.  I totally forgot to tell y’all about my trip to Atlanta this weekend…oops!  I don’t know about you, but I often forget to include certain details in my posts, only to remember a few hours later when it’s too late.  Oh well. 

This was actually a really last minute trip – I bought my ticket on Wednesday and flew out on Saturday.  My parents really wanted me to go home and spend some time with them and Vishnu’s parents since we just got engaged.  And of course, I wanted to see everyone as well.  Since we aren’t doing a formal religious pooja (prayer service) to celebrate our engagement, our families met at the temple yesterday.  Both sets of parents are pretty religious, so it was nice way to spend time together.  We also went to dinner afterwards.  For all the Indian food loving Atlanta readers out there, go check out Gokul Sweets (Lawrenceville Highway and Church Street) for some authentic Indian street food.  SO DELICIOUS!

[Note: Another reason why I’m a bad blogger is because I didn’t take any pictures this weekend.  I kind of just forgot.  Oops!  Last time…I promise!]

Other weekend happenings included dropping off my ring to be resized (unfortunately, I’ll be without my ring for two weeks Sad smile), meeting with an Indian designer for outfits, meeting with a decorator, and lots of eating (duh!). 

Being at home for less than 48 hours was tiring but so much fun!  I miss everyone already!!! 

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I also wanted to let you know that I finished The Alchemist (my part II review coming soon) and started The Help.  And can I just say that I LOVE The Help…love love love!!!  It’s such a beautifully written novel that’s humorous, fun, and emotional all in one.  If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and buy a copy because I guarantee you’ll want to read it more then once. 

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Half Marathon Training: Week 5

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Stretching on my own

40 minute power walk 4 mile run

35 minute strength training routine

3 mile run REST 45 minute power walk

I felt like I was on track and going strong this week…until Sunday.  As you can see, I missed my long run.  I planned to head out early Sunday morning and pound out 8 miles before it got too hot.  Too bad that didn’t happen.  Instead, I woke up at 9:15 and power walked.  I was so exhausted…I couldn’t even fathom running 8 miles.  I think it had something to do with the weather.  Atlanta is HOT HOT HOT (and humid) right now.  I felt dehydrated all weekend.  I’m going to move this 8 mile long run to this Sunday.  Here’s to a better week!!!

I hope y’all had a great weekend!

Are you a forgetful person?  Do you ever feel like a bad blogger?

Half Marathon Training: Week 4 + Prioritizing

Thank you times a billion for the sweet engagement comments and tweets!!!!!  You have no idea how much each one meant to the both of us.  I always knew the two of us would be super excited to start our lives together, but I never imagined all of the support we would receive along the way…absolutely amazing!

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Since the engagement, I’ve been thinking a lot about my half marathon training and the importance I place on following my plan (to the tee).  Well, I’m still going to run the race in August, but I think I’m definitely going to have to be more flexible with my plan.  I already know of three Sundays where I may not be able to run due to travel, so long runs may have to be shifted around.  It’s all about priorities, I suppose.  I’m not going to lie, I feel very jittery just thinking about deviating from my plan but after this past week and weekend, I think I’ll be ok.  Let’s review and then debrief…

[Note: I’m not using my usual chart format because I’m lazy and because this week was really a dud in terms of working out and running…]

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 3.5 mile run
Wednesday: 3 mile walk
Thursday: No More Trouble Zones DVD (Jillian Michaels)
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: Rest

So you see…I didn’t follow the plan at all.  There was supposed to be a little cross-training and 5k action going on, but I clearly strayed.  I’m not going to get down on myself though.  I got engaged on Friday, and I wanted to spend every minute I could with Vishnu.  I honestly wouldn’t change a thing about Week 4.  Priorities!

I think that even after this half is over and I’m back to my old workout routine (4-5 times a week), I will have to keep reminding myself to remain flexible, especially on the weekends.  Indian wedding planning is a very involved process (and kind of exhausting from what I hear).  Don’t get me wrong, I’m so excited to set a date and begin, but it is what it is…all about priorities!  

Completely random side note…check out this cute little cartoon I found!!

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Vishnu & Parita as cartoons Smile

Anyways…I’m sure I’ll be blogging about how to deal with stress and change and conflicting priorities as this is what my life is going to be for the next few months.  Practice what you preach, right?!

And to top it all off, work is getting to be very busy as of late.  Confused smile

My once a day blogging routine may change to once every other day or so…oh life, how you get in the way!!!

Thanks, y’all…for reading, for supporting, and for being so excited for me.  I wish I could give each and every one of you a BIG hug!!!  Hopefully one day it’ll really happen, but until then, let’s pretend!

 Left hugRight hug<- That’s us!!!

So tell me…how did (is) wedding planning going for you?  If you’re not married or engaged, do you want a super fancy wedding or something simple and cute!?