Sunday, October 24, 2010

North Carolina beaches

Looking through my old posts, I found this one that I'd written in late 2006 but never published.

This past summer when we traveled to the US, I was looking for a good vacation spot somewhere along the east coast, close to Washington DC. We eventually found a nice place to visit in southern Maryland, but on our next trip, the North Carolina beaches will definitely be on our itinerary. I have been to a couple of beaches in North Carolina, when I was in college, and would love to go back to spend some more time again.

North Carolina has 300 miles of shoreline encompassing a wide variety of landscapes, varying from sunny and temperate to marshes and wetlands. Some of the most romantic places to go to are located on the beaches of North Carolina. For history buffs too, there is lots of locations such as Cape Hatteras, that was designated the country's first national seashore in 1953. The Cape was actually discovered by Giovanni da Verrazano, an Italian explorer who set out to look for Asia.

The first English settlement in North America was also in North Carolina, on Roanoke Island, situated between the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds, where explorers settled in 1585. One of the most popular activities on NC Beaches is fishing, which brings enthusiasts from all over the country. The North Carolina beaches are a perfect mix of family, romantic and sporting activities to provide great vacations.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

photo: by the window

Winter flowers by the window. Nothing like enjoying the winter when you're inside, all nice and snug. Yellow flowers are always cheery and even more so in the winter. I love how they look here against the window.

Traveling in Virginia

How often do you send flowers? A couple of times a year? Is that more than the number of times you've received a bouquet of flowers? As easy as it is to send flowers, especially sending flowers online, a lot of consumers still hesitate. There is something special about getting flowers on a whim that everyone should be treated to. Whether you are sending flowers to family members or to fellow workers, it's always going to be a hit.

I remember from when I was in Richmond Virginia, there was a really great place that delivered flowers in the city and has been in the business for ages, and was known to be one of the best florists in the city. In fact, Virginia is famous for a lot of things, such as Virginia Beach, which is a great place to relax whether on the beach or elsewhere. The city has a great nightlife and lots of attractions close by. In nearby Norfolk, you can visit the Naticus National Maritime Center, USS Wisconsin and the Naval base.

Setting up a laundry area

While I have most of my furniture already set up, I still have to organize the laundry and pantry areas. I am an organization madcap and love to have a house that is well organized and sorted out, with messy areas like the laundry room being on the top of my list. On searching online, I found lot of ideas for laundry room cabinets that will probably fit in quite easily in my space. I'm not too big on DIY, so would definitely want someone to fix it up for me, so now that's my next agenda. I also need to get hold of a carpenter to drill holes to put up some new towel racks, hooks and shelves in the kitchen. Thankfully, we have a good support system here that provides people to take care of all these jobs.

the teenage view

Don't you just love it when you're standing in line at the grocery store and the people around you are talking loudly about something funny? Well, we had a couple of teenager girls behind us in line and they were going on and on about what the best way to pop a zit is and my god did they get gory about it or not. I mean, if E wasn't already asleep I'd have wanted to cover her ears to spare her the bloody details. I looked to see their selection of products to control the zits so that they wouldn't get to the gory stage, but all they had in their shopping basket was chips, cola and chocolates. Oh well, it's like an endless circle of destruction.

redistributing the weight

I never ever thought I would think like this, but the last time I was in the pharmacy to buy Vitamin D drops for little E, I happened to spot the weight loss products and actually stopped to look at them. Yes, I stopped and looked at them, trying to figure out which would be effective diet pills and then suddenly realized what I was doing. Now I feel guilty at even thinking of taking the easy way out, especially since I need more to tone up rather than lose weight. But at times it's just so easy to dream of the extra weight melting away, but it never happens like that of course, unless you're 20 years old or a supermodel from Brazil. Unfortunately, I am neither, so must struggle with the extra baggage, emotionally and physically. I must admit that I am struggling much more emotionally about it rather than physically, since I've always been a thin girl. The extra weight I'm talking about is just a couple of kilos, so it's really not much, but I'd like it "re-distributed" I suppose.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

photo: some quiet time

A photo from a few weeks back, before the chaos of the packing and moving started. I am so eager to reach this same level of relaxation here at our new home as well, but after the first initial rush of unpacking, I've been slacking a bit and things are lying as they were a week back, waiting for me to get to them. Oh well, I reason that it's better to enjoy my time with little E, rather than place emphasis on having a neat and tidy home. So that's it.

some quiet time

Lemon yogurt crumble coffee cake that I made in time for the weekend. This is the second time I made it and it came out much nicer this time. It looked different too, since I used brown sugar in the crumble topping instead of the usual white sugar.

discovering my neighborhood market

I always seem to have very interesting experiences at the supermarket, don't I? Today was no exception. This was my second trip to this new supermarket since we've moved here to our new apartment 2 weeks back. At first, I was really disappointed with it, but today I discovered several new aisles, well, I guess discovered is too strong a word, they were there earlier too, and I was most impressed. The international food section is awesome with a really huge range of food available from all over the world and the health and beauty section is chock-a-block full of some really cool international items. I spotted lots of natural acne treatments since that is the store's specialty, along with an entire range of organic and eco-friendly products.

busy busy busy

So, I had a super busy day, shopping for groceries, shopping for winter clothes for Elisha for our trip home next month, shopping at the awesome 10 bucks a book sale at Borders....oh how hard it was to resist, and I was so thrilled not, yes, not to find any book that I Really Really wanted in the 10 minutes that I browsed the tables. A little more time and I knew I would have found something which I would not have been able to resist, and here I am really trying to cut back on my collection of everything, including books.

That reminds me, while I was at the grocery store, the lady at the health and beauty counter was having a lecture in the section about fat burning supplements and had gathered quite a crowd, which was really very interesting to see. If I'd had some free time, I'd have stuck around to see what the fuss was all about.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

iPod batteries driving us batty

We've tried hard to make the move as simple and straight forward for Elisha, so made several daily events repetitive for her sake. One of the things she calms down with immediately is listening to our morning dose of Pt. Jasraj. We've been listening to this cd for over 2 years, and she's probably familiar with it from when she was in my tummy too. The problem has been that the batteries in our iPod remote have died completely with the volume on the speaker is up at full and there's no way to reduce it from the iPod itself, since that is already set at the minimum.

Now, you wouldn't think it would be so hard to find iPod batteries would it, but we've been going from one electronic superstore to sidey corner store looking for this super specialized battery that doesn't seem to be available anywhere at all. We even went back to the Bose store where we bought the iPod and the Speaker Dock and they didn't seem to know where we could find a battery for the iPod remote either. So, in the meantime, we turn the speaker away from where we are and even cover it with a magazine to reduce the sound. It works but only slightly. By and large all remote batteries are just the usual AAA pencil cell variety, but this iPod remote battery is a flat round disc like a quarter and most electronic stores are unfamiliar with it. I do hope we can find it fast, since our new neighbours might not be too happy about it.

Edited to add: Ok, so the thing is that we need batteries for the remote of the Bose SoundDock, which by default call the iPod batteries. Sorry for not writing clearly enough.

One week in...

So, we're kind of settled into our new home and it's only been a week. Exactly one week actually and I'm quite pleased with myself for the initial rush of unpacking since now I'm feeling all tuckered out with it all. I've still got all my books in boxes and several suitcases of clothes that are still sitting there waiting for me and if I don't get to it soon, I'm just going to get used to them sitting there and not even see them after a while. The hardest part of packing and unpacking has been the organizing and discarding stuff. I always find moving to be a great time to sort out stuff and edit one's collection, but this time around, I've just been so caught up with Elisha that I didn't do it, so I've got lots of stuff still to sort out, including my ever growing collection of fashion jewelry. I love changing the jewelry I wear, so wearing real jewelry is not really the best option, so casual fun jewelry is what I do for daily wear. But now it's really time to edit my collection and maybe change its tone and look. Wish me luck :-)