We’re already four days into 2016.  What?!  I honestly feel like I JUST got home from London and started my two week holiday.  Time flies when you’re having fun.  And fun is exactly how I’d describe the past few weeks.  Maybe that’s why I felt a twinge of sadness when we got home yesterday. All I could think was “back to the grind.”  I told Vishnu how I felt and he reminded me of all the fun to come – a trip to Panama at the beginning of February, my sister’s wedding, our move to Chicago, etc.

Now let’s rewind back to NYE.  For the first time in years, we decided to stay in and keep it low key.  Low key for the six of us (me, Vishnu, my MIL, my FIL, my BIL, and Neelam (my BIL’s girlfriend) included lots of my MIL’s delicious food and board games, specifically Scattergories and Taboo. We started with Scattergories, and let’s just say my competitive self definitely came out.  I ended up in second place right behind Vishnu.  We then took moved on to two rounds of Taboo.  I was on the winning team in both rounds…just saying!  We rang in the new years by counting down with those in Times Square!

New Years Eve food plate

I know I talk about my in-laws every now and then, but I don’t think I’ve ever expressed how thankful I am for having such loving, kind, generous and hilarious people in my life.  I hit the in-law jackpot…there’s not doubt about that!

Friday was a day of pure relaxation – we talked, we ate, and sat around and watched TV.  Such a nice change of pace from the rest of the week (we ended up having more plans than I thought we would).

On Saturday morning, I headed to Augusta for my friend Monica’s baby shower.  She’s having a baby girl in March, and I could not be more excited and happy for her and her husband Amit!

The shower was super cute and so much fun.  Monica’s mom and SIL hosted and did such a good job with all the details -the decorations were adorable, the food was delicious and the games were entertaining!  Everyone had such a blast!  Personally, I just couldn’t get over the fact that Monica is going to be a mom in a few short months – it’s surreal!  I still remember when she told me about Amit.  Can’t wait to meet their little princess!

Friends at a baby shower

On Sunday morning, Vishnu and I woke up at 6 am, got ready, packed the car, and started on our seven hour journey home.  Since I drove up to Atlanta, Vishnu offered to drive most of the way home.  Instead of falling asleep (which is my go to physiological response during car trips!), I stayed up and kept him company.  We listened to music, we listened to the first four episodes of the new season of Serial (if you haven’t already – get on it!), we talked about everything we have coming up in 2016, and we truly enjoyed each other’s company (I stayed off my phone for most of the trip).

Now it’s Monday morning – Vishnu starts a busy rotation today and I’m back at work and excited to see what new opportunities come my way.

Bring it on, 2016.  We’re ready!

How did you ring in the new year?

By Parita

12 thoughts on “Weekend Recap – NYE, Baby Shower, Home!”
  1. That sounds like a wonderful NYE and weekend!! We decided to stay in this year, too. We were supposed to have my friends come over, but they were sick so they stayed home. But our other friends came over and we played games, watched me cry over the Spartans horrible loss in the playoff game, and we drank some champagne! Weekend was pretty chill otherwise! Hung out with friends, tried to sleep as much as I could and can’t believe it’s already Monday! Hope you have a first-week back to work!

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