Big Move & Blog Awards

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  1. You guys are moving to New Jersey? That’s exciting! Or was this part of a story? Forgive me, it’s past 10.30pm and i should sleep, but I saw you had posted and I wanted to read. It was fun to read all your answers! You really do love books ??
    I scoffed a scone yesterday I’m proud to say. I was hiding out in the kitchen and had to scoff it before the kids could see and ask for one ?

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    1. Tee hee, you evil girl. Why bother with a donut when you get a scone? I bet it tasted better while hiding. I know a thing or two about that (ref: when I was a kid I used to steal bottles of pickles and my brother’s share of chocolates, hide under the bed, or in the balcony, and wallop them with relish). No you read right. We are moving to NY. It is exciting alright even though my heart is not ready to leave this country! All the cows, horses and sheep shall feel abandoned xx

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      1. It’s nice to have both, but don’t sell the city short. It’s got lots of beauty in an urban way as well as an old New York way. I went solo on my last trip there and just walked around staring at the architecture of old buildings. You’ll be newly inspired and some of your readers who are from the country may like to see what’s on the other side. I’ll be going back with my kids in June. It’ll be their first time, so we’re crazy excited.

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      2. Oh that is fantastic! If you have time at all for a cup of coffee, I would love to meet you and two excited little babies. Though I will have just moved and be in the process of searching for houses/apartments but hey let me know? I shall not sell it short whatsoever. I believe once you are in New York, you go a bit goggle-eyed. I think I will be goggling therefore a fair bit. All my friends who have lived there or studied nearby have proclaimed their die-hard love for the city and I think that image is already carved into the mind. Far be it from me to resist her charms 🙂 xx

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      3. I would love to meet up absolutely! I am definitely with your friends on my die-hard love for the city. There’s just so much to love! Sigh. I wish I could go back in time just to experience it for the first time all over again.

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      4. That first time is always so special isn’t it? I shall cherish mine since I know I will later miss it 🙂 And I shall hold on to that thought for the move and be excited! If we meet, that will be the cherry xx

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      5. Wow! That’s a big move 😀 Good luck with it all! I’m sure you’ll find some new walks in your new home 🙂
        And yes the scone did taste better while hiding. I also use to find sweets hidden as a child and them scoff them as fast as I could. The thrill made it so much sweeter 🙂 I’m glad I can carry that feeling into adulthood 😀

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      6. The child in us never goes away, I suppose. What matters is letting it out from time to time 😉 Thanks Angela. It is a big move and life will be disorienting for a while but hopefully fun nonetheless and the joys of discovering a new place should take away the sting of leaving here.

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  2. Okay, #1 Congrats on the awards–you are indeed an awesome blogger and full of sunshine. 🙂 #2 I can’t believe you sold me out on my one-legged swimming, gah! 😛 Now the question is if I will be plagued with people mocking me, or begging me to teach them the fine art of dysfunctional swimming. hehe. #3 Scones and Sabrina ❤ Are you for Audrey and Humphrey or Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond?

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    1. Working backwards #3 Audrey and Humphrey! I watched both, the A & H version more than a few times. My heart beats for them #2 I am spreading the good word and your fame o future guru of mine. This could get us the menagerie faster than Hollywood #1 *silly grin xx

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      1. Bwahahaha, our swim school will be a global phenomenon 😛 As for Sabrina, it has to be original. There is just no denying the magic in the original, and who can resist Audrey Hepburn or Bogey?? ❤

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  3. Loved this post. I am totally with you on reading multiple books at once. I can never settle on just the one. Morning time clothes-picking is definitely a battleground. And you just gave me a name: Tsundoku. I’ll never have enough bookshelves, sigh.
    Can’t believe you’re moving to the USofA. How exciting. Bittersweet, I’m sure, but a new adventure.

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    1. Bittersweet. You got it just right with that one word, Lyz. So I try and read the funny ones once dusk falls because the creepy ones, if I am alone, can send the wussy alarm bells ringing. Especially when the eyes fly open in the middle of the night and I go as stiff as a cardboard. Except for in my parents home, where I have a library room, I have never had enough space for my books. Someday I aim to have a room like that to stop stashing my books away.

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      1. Oh a library. It’s been a dream of mine for so many years. Maybe one day I’ll just have to build an attachment to the house. I’m on two tall bookshelves and a half. When my kids see me buying more books, they sometimes laugh, sometimes shake their heads in disbelief lol. Me and you aren’t breaking laws, just giving books a loving home, right?

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      2. An attachment to the house that is only for books sounds like heaven. Your kids and my husband seem to have somewhat of the same reaction. Though ages apart 😛 That means we are on the right track hun. Breaking laws? I say go on, break a few more. I shall be right there soon breaking some 😉 xx

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      3. (insert evil laugh) Excellent. We may have to eventually throw potato sacks over their heads and tie them up in an unmarked warehouse while we hit the used book store, but that’s the price they pay for loving book-lovers.

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      4. Okay this is strange to leave comments about your current post on my post! But the comment refused to appear again, so here I go: “Ahahaha for the last one. But heartfelt words. We do not even realise while growing up what mettle our mothers possess. It is only now that I look back and I see all the sacrifices as also the reasons behind the spatula smacking (though now my mother vehemently denies it!). Here’s to all mothers (even spatula-wielding ones ;)) xx ” Btw you’ve got mail.

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  4. Cricket… Isn’t that where you play in woolen sweaters for six and a half weeks, always breaking for tea at 5 and when summer has turned into fall, the final score is 481.753 6/7 to 12? I am a big baseball fan myself, so I enjoyed reading about your favorite there. Also, hazel eyes and dark hair…. But I am drifting off. I had no idea you guys were on the move! Well, I certainly can’t wait to read about your experiences. I think I agree with your choice. NJ is fine for a short stay, but taking that commute daily? No, but thanks no. On the other hand, where does that leave us for the future of cow-themed hiking travel?

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    1. LMAO. Valid points, Lars. 1) Cow-themed hikes, sigh. I think I shall have none of that in NY. It will have to wait till I return to this beloved country. But I have plenty waiting to pop out yet 😉 2) I shall keep you all updated with the Yanks and their mannerisms. I shall also do my best to annoy them 3) You are spot-on with the cricket talk! Ahahaha loved the summer-to-fall line. You know it alright 😀 I do not waste any more time on it ever since I found out how my time was being wasted while matches were being fixed and a whole lot of moolah made by some greedy cricketers. And there was silly old me getting all emotional and shedding copious tears during matches while my astonished brother would brand me ‘weird’.

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  5. Wow! You’re moving to the states! Blimey. If we get some funding for a project I’ll be visiting MA a lot in the next few years! You should go with the swimming thing. I’m a long distance swimmer – and I mean a long way…

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  6. Congratulations! on your awards..loved reading all your answers , interesting that you learnt harmonium ..Good luck with your move and Welcome to the US ..hope to see travel posts from around here now 🙂 Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you Nisha 🙂 Harmonium is like a must dumped on the head of every Bengali girl. There is just no getting away from ‘kalchaar’ (culture) as it is said in Bengal 😉 Yes now a new (your) country beckons! 🙂

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  7. Wow! I love this!
    Firstly OMG you are moving across the pond?? so lucky and how exciting for you! What a lot of change though…are you excited? Secondly, i love the questions and answers -what fun! Good luck with all your preparations. xxx

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    1. Thank you Sophie! 🙂 All those exclamations are sounding off in my mind too. I am indeed moving across the pond. Excited but it is also mingled with sadness. This has been home, our first home together since we got married, so it shall be tough to let go. I think I shall carry the country and its loveliness in my heart wherever I go. Appreciate your lovely words xx

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  8. As one who has moved countries more than once and who is currently in that same limbo-anxious state not quite knowing what the next stage is (will it be France, will it be Boston MA ?? or will it be yet another that I can’t talk about because it’s top-secret) I am delighted that your fate is sealed and that you are now planning the exodus and the new adventure. I loved my year in the States and there may be more to come, should be really but life has a habit of spinning googlies (that’s my cricket reference to you, of course) but I love it here in France. I think that’s the trick – love the one you’re with and always cleave strong to your real love (the husband) xx

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    1. You said it all with the wonderful googly thrown in. That is the one thing that matters, the husband, the rest shall come and go. I am sure it shall be a place full of joie de vivre and that it will jolt me out of my reclusive life. You are in somewhat of the same apprehensive place that was I have been for the last three months, is it? Well, I would say douse it with wine and cheese. There are some things that are just beyond our control. You might be in Boston? Well I shall be happy to hear that too because then we will be near each other somehow – though given the size of America I should not be making such silly statements. Well I will hope that what you wish for is what comes to you xx

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      1. Boston to NYC is around 3 1/2 hours by car depending, of course where you actually are. We can meet and sit reclusively drinking wine and reminiscing about googlies and scones! I wish you the best of transitions and I hope that my fate will be sealed soon. In the meantime, Doctor Dippy I am happy to take your prescription of wine and cheese quite literally! Chin chin ? ? ? xx

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      2. Hee hee. DD does her best 😀 Plus it helps when she has willing patients. I love the sound of the plan. You shall know where I am soon and let us keep our fingers crossed for yours! Here’s to the future xx

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  9. Whaaaaat? You’re pulling a Carrie Bradshaw on me?? We’ll be so far away!! Meeting for coffee is an illusion now!! (cries in a corner). Loved your answers. So truly living is scoffing a scone? You’re such an inspirational speaker, love! BTW, I’m a Charlotte. xx

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    1. I loved Charlotte. Actually I do not know who I would choose but Samantha had me in splits. I am close to you in spirit my lovely. Plus now you shall have a home in NY! 🙂 I mean that. I am an inspirational speaker?! 😛 I will let the scone convince you on that score 😉 xx

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      1. Oh my, Samantha is probably the funniest ever. I remember when Berger left that post it not for Carrie ending their relationship and Samantha read it and said “Well, at least the motherfucker is concise” Too good. (I watch it every year, I know many quotes by heart)

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  10. What happened with the doughnut? Did I read someone is expecting too? How exciting all these changes. Also, my favorite sandwich is ham & cheese although I’ve been recently reading about all these meats that are not meat at all – scary!

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    1. Ahahaha, the donut is yet to be delivered. Though knowing my donut-devouring-wayward tendencies it might not get anywhere. Erm no one is expecting! I have a few friends who are but not mentioned here 😉 What do you mean by meat not being? The popular one is of horse meat used as substitutes but what is ‘not meat’?

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      1. Oh sorry, I read motherhood and then interpreted the wrong thing heheh (sorry!). Most ham, turkey breast and other cured meats have more in common with potatoes than with meat itself. While living in Chicago a kid died because of food poisoning and I read it was cheaper for the government to pay the family than to shut the factory. That’s when I stopped eating processed meats. No more ham and cheese sandwiches in the US for me I am afraid!

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