So much has happened in the last year, that I can not believe 2008 is already almost over. Time has a way of flying by and surprising me every now and then, by saying, “Hey, you know….. you might have lost track, but I’m still counting your newly acquired grey hair!”…. Tch! Tch! Merciless!
Anyway, so this year has really been eventful, it’s like almost every month something major has happened. It started with November last year when we got married. Oh boy! what a wedding…. spanned over four full and insane days of celebration, good food, dancing, being decked up and being happy. The craziness that preceded it deserves a mention too. All the preps, the pickiness, the traveling to India… oh wait! The trip to India was October last year, so yeah, I must revise that. The eventfulness started in October 2007, not November. Man! it was like an adrenaline rush for a whole two months. Umm… no, I take that back, it started in August last year, when we finally decided to get married. The preps begain then, and the engagement, awwww! the engagement was in September. When R gave me the ring, the happiest day of my life. The day was perfect. He planned it so well, all with a surprise trip to Sedona, a Helicopter ride which was a wonderful experience and a Jeep tour to the exotic Sedona wilderness. The weather, the clouds, the sun all seemed to be working for him. At the beautiful Merry Go Round Summit, with the sun setting and an absolutely gorgeous view of the Sedona valley, he asked me to marry him. I said Yes, with goose bumps, tears and smiles. 🙂
So I want to take back this idea of doing a timeline, coz it surely ain’t working. Final revision: It all started with V and V’s birth in August last year…… my adorable niece and nephew. I think their coming into our lives has a lot to do with the way things have progressed. Maybe the newly acquired Anty-status made me realize how old I really was. :p
Back to November, the wedding… ah! the wedding….. memorable! Then the Honeymoon in Kauai in December. Kauai, is very rightfully called the Garden Island. It’s so lush, so over laden with trees, plants, any and all kinds of vegetation, it’s amazing. Not to mention the clear blue waters and the fresh cool air…… the most refreshing and relaxing vacation ever!
Once we got back, it was like a reality check. There was some crazy house hunting in Jan, and lots of indecisiveness in Feb, trying to figure out what a perfect home for us would be. Along with that was the getting used to being married and living together. There were lots of crazy moments amidst a myriad of being crazy about each other moments. 🙂 Yes, Mr. Time again… walks in and shows us the variety of moments……. but more than anything, they are moments of togetherness, so it’s all good. 🙂
We moved into our house in March, on R’s b’day… he said that was his b’day gift. Then followed all the unpacking, shopping for the house, me going bonkers with decorating, he going bonkers trying to keep up with my crazy ideas…… we make quite the pair, btw! Keeping each other sane. The house got painted, furnished and became home in April, I’d say.
May was an important month for me….. rather than us. It was the month of me realizing that my choices are mine and if people criticize them, I have to stand up for myself and my family. It was about figuring out my relationship with several of my life choices, be it spirituality, vegetarianism, marriage, or friendship. That mindless chatter in my head some how was replaced by a new level of confidence. I guess it was me growing up and finally finding happiness. Good, smiley days of satisfaction and simple happiness.
June and July, phooooo! the hottest months here and the months of staying indoors. Staying indoors meant spending time reading and painting…… I really think these two months kicked off the art-season of my life. :p I started reading some good books on art and also painting regularly, with a lot of encouragement from R. And I also started attending EVAG meetings. That’s where I met the most incredible, down to earth, talented and helpful group of artists. These guys encouraged me to keep going, to keep painting, without thinking too much about what’s to follow. I give them a lot of credit for the last few art-filled months.
August again…. V & V turned one. I couldn’t believe it when I saw them. Oh boy! Time flies! I like to think that as I’m growing older I’m growing more intelligent and mature. But, that’s for time to tell. When I am older, I’ll look back on these years and think, ah! I thought I was all smart and all… but I was oh! so ignorant! Heheheeh! Oh well, for now I shall bask in this glory. We’ll deal with future realizations when we get there. 🙂
September was the month of friendship. Of helping friends with their moves, new phases of life, hosting parties, events and just day-to-day life. Also, getting ready for our own new events, house and art centered.
Then came October….. b’day time, house warming party time, family ties time, first Diwali time….. nice times. Apart from all the events, there was the big shocker of me making it into the Mesa Art festival….. I have to give credit to S for this… she is the one who encouraged me to apply. I was so sure I wouldn’t get in, but she kept pushing me! So sweet. And when I heard at the end of the month, that I had got in, panic attack happened. That meant I had to make all the preps, paint new things, figure out logistics, basically a huuuuuuuuuuge list of things to do in less than a month. Yiiiikes! yes, Yiiiiiiiiikes!
November was the month of doing all those things…. and stopping to just catch my breath and say Yiiiiiiiiiiikes! ….. a lot of hard work, a lot of dedication and that do-it feeling….. As each day went by, more and more panic attacks happened but I was convinced that this show, this first art show of my life is what is going to get me going. With R’s support and love, we finally pulled it off. It went very well, considering it was the first time I was out there. Good stuff. And then there was no stopping, I’ve been doing art shows every Saturday. Some are good, some not so good. But hey, they all teach me something new. Good experiences and some beautiful friendships formed along the way.
December…. oh my! I still can’t believe it’s December… another year has gone by, but man! it’s been an eventful year. Very eventful. And then I heard that my Buddha painting won the Artists’ Choice award for best painting for this month. Yayyyyyyyyyyyy! I think that’s my Christmas gift from everyone at EVAG. Lovely people. 🙂
Time flies by, but it’s the day-to-day events of our lives that shape us. And every now and then, it makes sense to look back and play catch up with all the things that keep us going and give us a reason to smile. Every now and then, we need to stop and celebrate life.