So I have been off the blog radar for a while again! Sometimes I feel I have nothing to say so better to keep quiet! Other times, life is slow and uneventful, and finally, sometimes I want to say stuff out loud that I know damn well will land me right in it - so again, I write, save draft and walk away. Sometimes I can come back to the posts later and edit out the acrimony and post! Other times - delete is the key!!
Well - since last posting, we have been to Dubai a few times, (look for Dad in Dubai - separate post coming soon!) and spent Christmas and New Year in London. Dubai has become a favourite haunting ground for several reasons - Emirates is a pretty fantastic airline. They treat the kids well, they treat My Darling like royalty and I found out on the last flight that even The Ray is on their preferred passengers list ie - treat her damn well! I like it! Another reason is the second home we have there and this makes hotels almost redundant. the highlight for me is the washing machine and the view! Oh and did I mention the Dubai Mall is across the driveway - literally...15 steps away!! Waitrose, Carrefour, Boots, Starbucks and umpteen other stores are conveniently either in the mall or a bus ride away. The air smells clean. The public toilets are immaculate and people do not pee and poo everywhere you look. I love a place that has toilets in the airport and the shopping centres that do not make you retch and that The Ray can sit on the seat without fear! Ugh!
Christmas in London was spectacular. The Ray is convinced that her daddy is the one who ordered the snowfalls just for her. Nikh simply stared at the big fat flakes drifting past the window and did not quite believe his eyes until I openedthe window (4th floor!), shoved my hand out there, grabbed some flakes and melted them on his face!! Whoops of glee turned to sheer joy as he scraped off our neighbours cars each morning. They love him now! They offered to pay, but I didn't let them much to his disgust and My Darling's! The compacted ice under the snow was not so much fun, neither was driving in the slushy ice up a hill. The Ray pointed out from the back seat that Mummy was using bad words, lots and lots and lots of bad words! OOOPS!!
It was My Darling's 40th a few days before Christmas, so we had a small mulled wine and canapes evening at the Riverside. His mint choc chip tennis court ice-cream cake with '40-LOVE, Biren' written on the side was a big hit! Photo on friday! We still owe our chennai friends a birthday bash! The watch he bought for himself (from us) made him a Happy Hubby!! The e-reader from his in-laws has been used non-stop by three out of the four Wasanis!
Santa visited - we all made it onto the nice list - some by the skins of our teeth due to adolescent hormones I think! Hama beads were the big hit with The Ray, Nikh got a watch too - one where there is a code you decipher to tell the time - way cool!! My Darling got alcohol and a mulled wine kit and I got a couple of books and a few odds and ends!
We came back to Chennai and The Ray is now at AISC with her big brother and she is settled and happy. She absolutely loves her new teacher and her teacher adores her - win-win!!
Our school PTA committee is a little thin on the ground at the moment so I am helping them organise the Charity Fair on the 30th. I have also been drafted to help organise the PTA Ball on the 17th April as a last hurrah! Mostly for my contacts though. Glad to be of help!
Finally -I am helping the US CLO organise an Easter event with the Madras Mums - on the 13th March. This is also well under way and going smooth as silk!!
So now we are all up to date - let's hope I post a little more regularly to keep things moving!!
By the way - wishing you and yours a happy new year and a healthy one at that!
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