Welcome to my monthly “Life Lately” reflections, where I chronicle things I did/ate/drink and liked. I’ve never been much for diaries (short attention span!), but I do really love looking back on these monthly lists. This month has been a series of ups and downs. Work-wise, it’s been a tough month. We got our first negative feedback, and let’s just say, I did not handle it well. It’s really hard– especially when it’s your own family business- not to take it personally. Luckily, I have a solid boss and excellent friends that forced me (in a nice way) to look at all the positive things we’ve accomplished. On the other hand, my social life was lit. We had an epic Super Bowl party, did some Olympic worthy ice skating and ski sessions (not), and celebrated V-Day and Birthdays surprise-style. It’s all about the work/life balance, amiright? How’s your month been?
Life Lately: February
Currently Eating: Creamy Bacon Garlic Spaghetti Squash Casserole
Currently Craving: Peking Duck (hint hint G)
Currently Drinking: Fortnum & Mason Earl Grey Tea
Currently Reading: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Currently Recommending: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Finally!)
Currently Watching: Black Panther and Director Ryan Coogler’s breakdown of this epic scene
Currently Podcastin’ to: Arm Chair Expert with Dax Shepard. Specifically his episode with Kristen Bell. It’s a refreshingly honest look into how this couple relationship. Hint: Involves a lot of humor and work.
Currently Sweating to: The Sweat App by Kayla Itsines. Still chugging along.
Currently Playing: Alto’s Adventures….even though I just download Alto’s Odyssey
Currently Traveling to: San Antonio, Texas
Currently Dreaming about: South Africcccccaaaa, May 2018.
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So did you catch the game last night?
Last night, G and I threw our annual* Super Bowl Potluck. I love the Super Bowl. Which is hilarious because I’m not a big football fan whatsoever. I grew up in Connecticut, where we don’t have a single professional sports team (RIP Hartford Whalers). I’m not ashamed to say that I watch the Super Bowl exclusively for the commercials and the half time show. So color me surprised when the game was my favorite part of the night. I love a good “underdog” story, and getting to watch the Eagles win their first Super Bowl ever while the Patriots put up a really good fight, was incredible. So incredible, I found myself, jumping up and gleefully cheering when Brady dropped the ball.
While the game was good, I was pretty disappointed in the the half-time show. Compared to Lady Gaga’s incredible ode to “weird” America and celebration of LGBTIA rights, Queen Bee’s epic performance(s), and of course, Katy Perry’s Left Shark, JTs performance felt a bit tone-deaf bordering on cultural appropriation. I like JT, but I didn’t appreciate his controversial “nod” to Super Bowl 2004 #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay or the Prince hologram. Also, yikes, what was up with his shirt?
Half time aside, the commercials really delivered this year. And they should deliver when companies pay over $5 million for a 30 second of airtime! I was actually impressed by the variety and diversity of many of the ads. I thought I’d take a break from Monday afternoon work to share my favorite ads. Let me know what your favorites were in the comments below.
3. Alexa Loses Her Voice
2. Doritos Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman
1. Tide Ad
As a product manager, who spends WAAAAYYY too much time thinking about marketing strategies. This ad was LIT. Turning every ad into a a tide-ad was genius. Major Props!
*By annual, last year I had planned on throwing my first Super Bowl potluck party but only ended up inviting my best friend T. Honestly, it was one of my favorite parties of the year.
Happy Almost New Year Everyone. Is it me or does it feel like December… actually all of 2017 just flew by? These last four weeks have been filled with so much love, fun, and travel. In the last couple of weeks, I got to see my parents & a best friend in NYC (separately), threw an epic apartment holiday crawl in my building, had an amazing Mexican food-fueled trip to San Antonio with G’s family, and I’m now sitting at our Kolkata kitchen counter writing this blog post. Basically, it was a pretty awesome month. There are so many things going on lately here is the quick summary of my life!
Currently Eating: Dosa from Rama Krishna Lunch Home in Kolkata
Currently Craving: Bean and Cheese Tacos from San Antonio
Currently Drinking: Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask Whiskey (Scotland). Courtesy of my mom and dad
Currently Reading: Exit West by Moshin Hamid
Currently Recommending: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Currently Watching: The Indian Detective with Russell Peters. It’s only four episodes!
Currently DIY-ing: Hand Lettering. I’m practicing fake calligraphy so all my holiday cards looked extra special this year.
Currently Bloglovin’: Extra Petite– this is one of the first blogs I started reading back in the day.
Currently listening to: Vienna Boys Choir. (Fun Fact: They usually perform at Carnegie Hall every December.
Currently commuting to: NPR’s Fresh Air. This one with President Obama’s photographer Pete Souza made me tear up…on a greyhound bus. Thankfully no one was sitting next to me.
Currently working out with: Wundabar. Or Wunda-booty as I like to call it. It’s an amazing pilates- amazing fun and amazing like you will feel every muscle in your body the next day.
Currently Visiting: Jorasanko Thakur Bari
Currently reminiscing about: the Maldives
Currently traveling to: India! Yay!
Currently looking forward to: the New Year
A Blog in Review
Greetings from chilly Brooklyn where I’m currently sitting cocooned in a sea of blankets and sipping a cup of hot early grey tea. It’s currently 4:30AM and I’m suffering from a seemingly incurable bout of jet lag. Not that I’m complaining (completely). Jet lag has turned me into a functioning morning person. I’ve gone to early morning Pilates classes, knocked off worked projects before the sun rises, and have generally felt like a real adult. And even though this happens after every trip past the Atlantic, I can never seem to keep up the routine. The allure of that snooze button becomes too great after a week of being a morning person. I thought I would take advantage of the early hours to write this month’s Life Lately post. Can you believe that it’s December 1st tomorrow? Where did the month go? Actually, where did this year go?Hope that you are all ready and excited for this year’s Holiday season. I’m looking forward to hearing what you’ll are up to!
Currently Eating: G’s super special chili. I’m still hoping that one day he’ll let me share the recipe so everyone can enjoy this super tasty (and reasonable healthy) chili. (Hint: It involves coconut milk)
Currently Craving: BCD Tofu House‘s Soon Tofu Soup. Because it’s winter and I like warm things.
Currently Drinking: Fortnum & Mason Earl Grey Tea.
Currently Bookmarking: Celestine– purely for the Brooklyn Bridge views.
Currently Re-Reading: Murder on the Orient Express. This is one of those books that I re-read every couple of years. This time, I re-read it because of the new movie release. I didn’t care for the movie (no one who has ever seen the David Suchet version of Hercule Poirot could) but the story itself is still marvelously cheeky.
Currently on my Nightstand: A Gentleman in Moscow. I started this back in April and it’s been sitting on my night stand ever since. Don’t get me wrong. It’s interesting but it seems like the type of book that you need to consistently dedicate a couple hours to. And, I haven’t had that type of time. Maybe over the holidays?
Currently Recommending: Movie Pass. Back in August, we signed up for MoviePass, and to say it’s completely transformed our movie theatre going experience is an understatement. For a set fee, ($6 – $10) you can see a movie a day in the majority of theaters. Given that NYC movie tickets are $15, it’s a steal. I’m not sure how MoviePass is making money or how they will sustain this business model, but I’m not questioning it (too much).
Currently Watching: Stranger Things 2 . I know, I know. It was released over a month ago. But G+ I have been so busy (and can’t watch it without each other) so we just finished it yesterday.
Currently Making: Holiday Potpourri from Half Baked Harvest. Every holiday season, I bookmark about a hundred links to make our apartment smell like the inside of log cabin filled with apple pies. I never do it. But, this feels like the year.
Currently Listening to: Imogen Heap. #tbt
Currently Loving: Sunrises + Sunsets. The only good thing about the early darkness winter hours.
Currently Visiting: Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life exhibit at David Zwirner’s Gallery.
Currently Reminiscing About: The Maldives. Best vacation EVER. Post-coming soon!
Currently Traveling Through: Brooklyn –> San Antonio –> Brooklyn –> Kolkata
Currently Looking Forward To: the holidays.
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