Birthday Love

Happy Birthday to my best friend, partner in crime and husband, Varun!

Since I would never reveal his age online, I’ll just say this.

Two things about Varun that make me smile

1. The never-ending stream of songs that he changes the words of: Christmas songs, advertisement jingles, hymns…the surprising twists keep me on my toes. And giggling.

2. Varun’s willingness to laugh: at himself, at mistakes, at traffic, at cultural mishaps. I never know what he’ll find funny, what door he’ll jump out from behind or what form of food he’ll hide in my curls (yeah, we’re six years old).

Fear not. That’s a water gun.

Eight things about Varun that I admire

1. Love for God.

2. Loyalty. Varun loves his family and friends fiercely.

3. Integrity. His commitment to truth and character is amazing.

4. Compassion. Except toward spiders, cockroaches and poorly placed pigeon eggs.

5. Generosity. I’m pretty sure Varun would give away our fridge if it weren’t nailed down.

6. Chill-ness. Anyone who can nap without setting an alarm has my undying admiration. And kind of stresses my time-conscious self out.

Some of us take cricket pretty seriously….

7. Intellect. Give the man any two numbers and he can add them, multiply them, divide them. And make a cogent argument for most political, scientific and religious issues.

8. Dancing skills. He had me at “Bhangra”.

Le Weekend

What is 2 wives +3 engineers+ 1 baby = ? Yummy food, hilarious conversations, late night talks (“Okay after this conversation we’ll go to sleep”) and board games. Our little apartment was bursting with friends visiting from Vancouver: Matt, Jon & Vicki and baby Jordan.

The guys were sooo happy to talk Engineering and theology again

Varun and I got to babysit 3 month old Jordan and the little dear cried for 1.5 hours (!). As I rocked him Varun made funny noises and danced Bhangra. Every time he stopped Jordan started crying again. I kid you not. The only way we got Jordan to fall asleep was by Varun continuously dancing. It was great parenting practice as well as a confirmation: our children will have a very strange and entertaining childhood.

He is so cute!

On Friday I went on a mad cooking-cleaning-preparing binge and decided to make ice cream cake using actual cake, mint chocolate chip ice cream and peppermint oreos. It was delicious, but very difficult to cut.

Jordan's parents requested he be in the same picture as the knife. I swear...

While we were enjoying dessert,  we ended up on the topic of animal procreation (Don’t ask). Varun mentioned that lions “do it” in 10 seconds. We did not believe this fact.

Me: But seriously, how could they do it in 10 seconds. Like everything?

Varun: Yup. Foreplay, sex, the whole deal.

Me: Um, I don’t think lions do foreplay.

Varun: (Holding up his hands as paws) Why not, they have FOUR paws?!


[i. <3. my hubby.]

Dinner at a fabulous thai resturant we discovered

After everyone left, we found this on the fridge:

Seriously? These guys crack me up!

Happy Republic Day!

Remember when Varun, Luke and I flew from Helsinki to New Delhi this past summer? I wondered then, as I still do, if there are enough Indians in Finland to justify a daily, non-stop flight…

I digress.

On January 26th, India celebrated Republic Day. This was slightly confusing for me as I had just gotten the hang of Independence Day and then I find out there’s another National holiday about freedom and country. Apparently, I still have a lot to learn. The Finnish people, however, are on their game when it comes to Republic Day. In case you haven’t heard, the flight attendants actually did a choreographed dance for the passengers.

How did I miss this?!?! I was on this same flight just months ago!! Every time I go to India I vainly anticipate seeing Shah Rukh Khan burst into song and dance at the shopping mall. To date, it hasn’t happened. Someday, I will witness random Bollywood song and dance. But for now, I’ll just watch this video on repeat and dream…

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