I'm in NY this weekend - my brother is getting married and they had their engagement party on Saturday. This was a little crazy, I hadnt seen some of these folks since i"d graduated High School, or had attended their weddings 20 years earlier. They have kids in college now. COLLEGE.
It was a little tough showing up at an event like this - stuff that isnt so important 'feels' more so, due to cultural mores - many of my generation are married, have kids, own houses, no divorces, etc. instead I'm single, I'm unemployed, I dont have a house. At the same time, there were other cousins and childhood friends in the same 'boat', and we stuck together!
It was good to catch up, and my friend Arthur came to visit, tho one of my aunts insisted on being incredibly rude to him, speaking about him in our langauge, right in front of him. I put a stop to it by translating what she was saying.
Mom had to have the event catered - there were over 70 people at it, so the food wasnt the highlight for me. I barely ate, actually, missing the Idli/Sambar entirely.
It was nice spending time with Shauna and her friends too, I'm really happy for my brother.
Other things going on: the job hunt goes! (slowly, but going)
Victoza still doing its crazy miracle work - losing weight, still feeling good. I sometimes feel guilty at how 'easy' it is, but the same time, I couldnt have gotten HERE without some pretty hard work. And the 'easy' isnt that easy - I really have to pay attention when my body says "stop" or "dont eat that". I kinda miss fried chicken!
I started Yoga! Its a style called Anusura, that fits really well for me in not feeling too rigid, more like the practice I had with my family as a child. I like the teacher a lot, as she feels 'safe' and encouraging. I'm planning on checking out some other classes at this studio during the day as well. Some other folks in my life started with me, and I want to thank them again - I've had a lot of 'issues' around taking up yoga in the US, but their support in coming with me, and in being vocal about enjoying the classes has really helped a lot in keeping my confidence up to go and go again. I really appreciate that!
Need to start bicycling more - I'm signed up for a metric century in I think late September and I have to get my hillclimbing chops up.
I've started riding my motorcycle more as well - taking a day off each week from job hunting, etc to clear my head - I have some pics up: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vrika/
The weather on Long Island is the terrible heavy muggy that makes me want to stay indoors. I wont because the call of good pizza for lunch...
Really looking forward to being back in SF tomorrow! I have some new cooking ideas from Amma I want to try out on my friends. :)
I want to send a BIG HUGE shout out to littletranquil
- her mom is going into the 1st of 25 days of radiochemotherapy, and I want to send out lots of love and strength to them both.