Blog marathons, and other random updates

I missed two posts. Thanks to the snail like internet on my phone, when we were in Wayanad and the complete lack of time.

So I guess that is the end of my blog marathon. I will try to post till the end of the month, though, just because. This blog marathon, what I’ve really missed is commenting, reading, all your posts. Its been mad busy for me. I guess I will have loads to read in February.

We are back in Bangalore, tired, but happy and sad at the same time. I miss my parents, but grateful that we did get to go there on the impromptu trip.

Daughter is all set to go to school today. She’s been taking holidays almost every week, since husband arrived, and am a little worried. Fingers crossed, she’ll be fine.

I haven’t been reading much either. Time seems to be the biggest problem. And did I mention that my laptop’s given up too? At the right time, when I had a blog marathon to do. So all those holiday pics will just have to wait.

I’m off now, to get the day started. Will try hard to blog hop today. I’ve been missing reading all you guys!

Bullets for a change

No, no, its not about the India-Pak situation, its just a bulleted post, for a change(and also because I’m lazy today).

Its been one of those days when I have loads to write about, but no time to sit down and actually do it.

– Back from a lovely holiday, which was everything we wanted it to be. More to come in detailed posts, when I get a chance to sit down and jot it all down. Sigh! Why do good times have to come to an end?

– talking of ends, husband’s holiday is coming to an end too. Just a few more days of togetherness. Its making me upset and depressed, just thinking about it. All I can hope is that this comes to an end soon. If it means going back to the UK, so be it. Nothing matters more than all of us being together ..

– We’ve realized that so many of our friends have done this staying apart thingy.. Some living in India, some abroad.. Gives me the strength to wait out the next few months.. Especially since I’m hoping that it won’t last too long. Fingers crossed.

– I’ve got totally bored of shopping. I can now look at rows of clothes, accessories and move on. The only thing that I continue to lust for is books. Both daughter and I go crazy in a book shop.

– I’ve finally got a kindle for myself. The one we bought couple of years ago, got usurped by husband. I did not mind too much, because I love real books far more. This time, husband got me a kindle, and I’m loving it, absolutely loving it. This holiday, I did all my reading on the kindle.

– We met old friends today, and it was so wonderful. Last week, we had a lovely time with my cousins… Bangalore is such a fun place. I wish, and wish that we get to stay on… But then if we don’t then we get to be with our close friends in the UK. Can’t really complain, can I?

– I’ve found myself a cook that I don’t really need, but life has been so much easier ever since she started, that I’ve decided to keep her on. That way I get to focus in the more exotic stuff, while she gets the boring every day stuff out of the way.

– I’ve been delighted to see that I’ve been getting a lot if traffic for my book reviews. One side effect of that haaram.com thing has been that I’ve started keeping an eye on the stats. And I get delighted to see people land on the book reviews. I hope my reviews are helpful. They are just my opinion of the book. What I don’t find interesting, might be very interesting for others. My last author requested review had the author commenting that others seem to have enjoyed her book a lot. Which is, of course, quite possible. Some books work for some, while some don’t. For instance, I can’t read Chetan Bhagat, but that hasn’t stopped him from being a best-selling author, has it?

And that about it. I guess I can do the rest of my updates another time. I’ve been too lazy to log onto my laptop, and typing on the phone gets a bit boring after a bit.

I must have been crazy…

Absolutely. Completely. Crazy. To join the blog marathon this month. I should have known better. It’s bound to be a crazy, busy, fun month, and to add to it all, I’ve also gone and piled on a blog marathon on top of my overloaded plate.

But what’s life without a few challenges, especially when you have so many of your friends with you in the marathon madness. The only thing I regret is that I just don’t seem to get any time to reply to the comments or read your posts. These last few days, I don’t even get the time to log into my reader. But I’ll get there, eventually.

Talking of challenges, the one challenge that I did take up was Smita’s review challenge, and I have to say, I just loved it. I’m quite sure that I bored a lot of you with my reviews, but I’m quite keen on doing it again. I managed to review 52 books last year, making it an average one a week. I wonder how ambitious I should get this year. At the very least, let me try to match last year’s record? I already have a back log of some wonderful books that I so want to review. I try not to take challenges to up the number of books I read, because somehow, I feel it would take away from the joy, I get from reading. That reminds me that I’ve not even updated my ‘My Nose has been buried in these..’ page. And its already time for a brand new page.

In other, totally unrelated news, husband is here, and we are enjoying living in the home, we had dreamt of for the last 8+ years, savouring every moment, capturing memories, just in case we do have to return back to the UK. As we were discussing, there is something about Bangalore that feels like home, even after years of being away… Fingers crossed that this year, we would all be together, soon, wherever that might be.

So what are your new year resolutions? Any new challenges this year?