The weekend that was…

It wasn’t the kind of weekend that I would have written about, normally, but in the usual, boring weekends that seem to have become the routine, this last weekend was slightly, ever so slightly more exciting. That reminds me that I haven’t yet blogged about the weekends when husband was here – all our travel stories. One day, I’ll get down to it, hopefully before the year is out πŸ™‚

Saturday morning dawned, or to be more accurate, I was woken up before dawn, by daughter who was super excited about a birthday party that she was invited to. It was at 10, but she wanted to be sure that we wouldn’t forget about it. If only that were an option. I would have gotten really cross at being woken up at 5:30, had it not been a huge kiss that woke me up.

Having woken up, both of us stayed in bed and read until it was a decent enough time to wake up, 6:30. Daughter refused to stay in bed any longer. Sigh! Here I was, happy that she is an early riser! Obviously, we were ready and all set, way before time. My domestic help came and went, and all daughter wanted to do was go. That is was an hour too early was no reason to stay at home and wait. Our friends were taking her to the party, and she couldn’t wait. Finally, we went downstairs, 10 mins early to wait for our friends, just in case the leave without her! Finally, she was off, and I got a few minutes to myself. I had planned to run to the gym and work out. Of course, knowing me, it stayed in the planning stage and I did a post in that time, instead, pushing away the thoughts of an overweight me, far, far, into the recesses of my mind, from which it dared not surface.

Daughter got back around one, and she and her friend still had loads of energy, which even the mid-afternoon sun refused to dissipate, so they played in the park for a bit until the mums had enough and pulled them home. Lunch sorted, daughter did some painting, and cutting up of paper -which has been her favourite hobby since the time she could hold scissors, while I decided to do something useful for a change. Our Wii-Fit Balance board had stopped working. It had been packed away last June, and I had not bothered setting it up until now. I had asked husband to do it, when he was here, but 6 weeks was not time enough to do that. So when I realized that I needed the exercise – rather desperately, I set it all up, only to realize that the balance board refused to start-up. Turns out , that we had forgotten to remove the batteries before packing it all up, and the batteries had drained out. Google, came to the rescue, with what seemed a too-simple-to-be-true solution. A friend of mine confirmed that they had done it and it worked, so Saturday afternoon, I decided, it was time for it to be implemented. And it worked! I can’t tell you how happy I am! Even my Wii-Fit was rather happy to see me back – after over a year, she said πŸ™‚ Of course, she also said something about keeping up regular exercise to keep fit, but I chose to ignore that.

That fixed, I had some other important things to be fixed, like daughter’s teeth. She had two wobbly front teeth, which have been wobbling for a while but not enough to be pulled out. In the last few days, they started to protrude like rabbit’s teeth. Which was rather fun- for me πŸ™‚ And annoying for daughter. So we decided to go to the dentist to see if they needed help to be pulled out. So we had an appointment in the evening, and the plan was that we would go straight from the dentist’s to Blossoms, the book store everybody has been talking about. TGND, especially πŸ™‚ Ever since she’s told me about it, I’ve been dying to go there, and so has daughter.

At the dentist’s, it turns out that we did need to pull the teeth out. Daughter was rather brave, and just whimpered a wee bit, when she was injected with the anesthetic. She had to keep the cotton clamped tightly after the procedure for about half-an-hour, and that meant that she could not speak. If you know her, you’d know that it is just too much to ask her – to not talk for half an hour. So we ended up playing dumb charades to understand what she was saying, until, we hit upon the idea of her typing on the phone whatever she wanted to say. And of course, I had to call everybody up to tell them all about how brave she was when the dentist pulled out her teeth. *rolls eyes*

All this, of course, meant that we could not go to Blossoms on Saturday. We rescheduled it to Sunday, and turned in for the night. Waking up early has it’s advantages, daughter also goes to bed early. But then, if you’ve been woken up early, the chances are that you are equally knackered and all you want to do is crawl into bed as soon as possible.

Sunday morning, I woke up at an unholy hour again. This time, I can’t even blame daughter, I just woke up. It’s my darn body clock that refuses to let me sleep beyond 5:30! Since I had nothing better to do, I stood in the balcony, enjoying the view.

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Sunday, was busy with everything we had pushed away. Daughter has a couple of tests this week, so we went through it all. Did some reading, and some TV watching. The plan was to go to Blossoms in the afternoon. I had a bunch of books I was looking for, and daughter had one particular book that she wanted. We set off at around 3 in the afternoon. I was worried that we would get lazy if we left it too late. Plus with the next day being a school day, we wanted to be back early. We took an auto, and the auto driver, it turned out had no idea where the address was. So we went round and round before landing up in the correct place. We rushed in, all eager and excited. Daughter wanted Roald Dahl’s Enormous Crocodile, and was really disappointed to see that they did not have it either. She managed to pick up two other books though. Then it was my turn. Turns out that none of the books on my list were there. I thought I’d search through the book shelves, but by then daughter was bored. Now, that she had her books she wanted out. Of course, it did not help that the place was crowded, hot and stuffy, and we felt like we were permanently wallking over people or books. I had to give up. I might go there again on a weekday, alone. Hopefully that will give me enough time to browse and find some books I want to buy.

By the time we were out of the bookstore, daughter was hungry. I wasn’t sure how hungry she really was, but she claimed to be starving. So we set off, hoping to find something where we could find something she could eat. Walking a little distance, we came across Nandos! Now Nandos was one of our favourite places to eat at, in the UK. All three of us loved it. So in we went, and ordered. I wasn’t hungry, so I just ordered pita and hummus. And daughter had a kids meal. And polished it off too! I was surprised, to say the least. I hadn’t realized that she was that hungry. The food was delicious and so was my drink. A mocktail called Citrus Bliss. I would have liked it slighlty less sweet, but it was still delicious! I did not take any pictures of the food, we were too busy tucking in, even me. Non existent hunger comes to the surface once my eyes spy on yummy food πŸ™‚

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We got back home, went downstairs, where daughter rode her bike, and I walked/ran after her, in the hope that it burns some of the calories I just consumed.

We ended the day with fruits as we were just too full after our rather early dinner. I could make a practice of this, you know, eating early and then having fruits. And for a change, it felt like a full weekend, rather than a boring one.

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30 thoughts on “The weekend that was…

  1. So Nandos is there in Blore too?? So does Delhi. Damn! Why can’t they open it in other metros too??

    Wow, you still wake up by 5.30am?? 😯 It’s been ages since you moved back from UK and your body still refuses to concede that or what?

  2. Wah! thats a great weekend update..

    1. Hope daughter has recovered after the teeth removal
    She’s perfectly fine! Rather proud of the gap in her tooth now πŸ™‚

    2. I HAVE to go to Blossoms the next time I am in Bangalore

    You should! So many books! I just wish I had the time to browse properly!
    3. That picture looks amazing na πŸ™‚ which you clicked early in the morning
    It felt wonderful to be up, when everything was all quiet and dark..

    4. I am very hungry now after readingthrough that Nandos thing!
    πŸ™‚ I love love Nandos!
    Errr..kids meal mein kya tha???
    It was a chicken strips meal – daughter LOVES chicken, with fries- which she hadn’t had since ages, so she was delighted, to say the least πŸ™‚

  3. Am I the only person here who hasn’t ever been to Nandos? 😦 Do they have good stuff for vegetarians? What would you recommend?

    In UK, we used to have this delicious veggie pita -it is yum! Here, I did not see it, and to be honest, I did not look either – I jsut went with pita and hummus -which is delicious too! But not enough for a whole meal.

    Good to know you guys had a great weekend, a happening one. πŸ™‚

    Yes, for a change πŸ™‚

    Sorry that you were disappointed by Blossoms. 😦 Maybe you should try going there on a weekday sometime.
    I wasn’t disappointed -just that I did not get the ones I had on my high priority list, and could not browse properly. Next time, I’m going without daughter πŸ™‚

  4. Unfortunately, we don’t have Nando’s here in CA. I had been to the Nando’s in Washington and loved it. Thankfully in one of the gourmet shops here we do get their sauces like peri peri….so I do try to replicate their peri peri chicken here….sigh..the things one has to do for the sake of stomach πŸ˜›

    I love their sauces too! In Costco, we used to get a huge 2 litre bottle, and I can tell you, without the slightest of shame, that we were able to polish it off πŸ™‚ I used to even use it as salad dressing πŸ™‚ How I love Nandos!

    We had a good weekend too…what with 10 boys screaming their lungs out πŸ™‚
    What fun!!! So how did you survive it all?

    How is Ms. little Toothless Poohi Kutty?
    She’s perfectly fine πŸ™‚ All excited to go to school and show off her new toothless grin πŸ™‚

  5. Ah happening & hectic weekend eh?

    You know I have stopped shopping for books from book stores? I know they have their charm and all but discount? Nah! Plus the crossword that theyhave in my area has bad staff and they hardly know anything about books. I feel I might as well buy online.

  6. When I do not find the book I want in Blossoms, I ask the girl-with-computer sitting in a corner table πŸ˜€ The book comes to my hand in less than 1 minute πŸ˜‰

    I have been reading so many reviews of Nando’s and meaning to go there, but that never materialises. Boo me 😦

  7. I love Blossoms!! Ask the front desk guy for the books you need Smithus. They are usually very nice and get the books for you if you pay an advance of some sort.
    Also, if you have any books you want to give away – thats the best place! They give you store credit in return and you have no choice but to buy more books!! πŸ˜€ awesome no?! πŸ˜‰

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