Happiness Factors in 2013

The biggest source of joy for both Red and I in 2013 was MLM’s glee about his new school and newly discovered enthusiasm towards learning. Of course the child still has the attention span of a fly and looks at everything from the angle of fun but you’re a preschooler only once; thank goodness!

But there were things which gave me joy, cheer, a sense of contentment if you will…

On 30th December, Red got me a new car stereo. Why is that of any importance you ask? Well driving without music is not something I prefer to do and after MLM did this, I had to do with listening to music on my phone whilst driving and it’s never the same thing. And with all the work going into the new house, splurging for a car stereo just didn’t seem like a necessity. But Red wanted the woebegone look off my face and got me a brand new stereo and I’ve threatened MLM with dire consequences if he touches it. But just to ensure that he doesn’t laugh off my threats like he’s wont to do I think I’ll see if eBay or Amazon carry a watered down stun gun that I can zap with him if he tries to get his grubby fingers on it. NOT! But I can engage in improbable fantasies can’t I?

Moving on…discovered a new author whose works I love!! Am a bit late in jumping onto the Rick Riordan band wagon but boy am I glad I finally did! Percy Jackson and Carter Kane have got me through quite a few months in 2013.

My mood elevator was probably the silliest one for most people who know me...this song I heard while travelling in an auto (the loud and scratchy version though) made me hum and groove even on most crazy days. Needless to say both MLM and Red can’t stand it since I’ve had it looped for many a day and they’re fed up of it! But the reason this song really does it for me is because it’s silly, peppy and as memorable associations of a truly good time I some months back. Probably a one-off time by the looks of it but for that particular moment it was the cherry on my cupcake.

A get together of a few close friends from the erstwhile work place a few months back led to a massive round of charades replete with guffaws galore and some good, clean fun times.

The little things mattered a lot in 2013 since most of the things tackled in the past year were on a larger scale and not always easy to get a hang on…

But one thing is for sure…I’ll need a new song to groove on…tolerance levels of two disgruntled males only go so far in this house :p

Hello 2014!

2013 ended well enough. We had friends over and danced to the kind of funky, remixed Bollywood fare that is a staple at all New Year parties here…

The kids (mine and a friend’s) were entranced by the strobe lights and the smoke machine on the dance floor and couldn’t help themselves from trying to catch the rays, inhale the smoke or even put their hands on the speakers to feel the vibrations under their little hands.

And because motherhood trumps all plans, best laid and otherwise, MLM decided an hour before midnight that he’s had enough of his mother and her tottering around on heels on the dance floor and calmly took himself away from the scene to go to bed!

So off we went…did the bedtime routine…got the pjs on, sang the alphabet song and went off to sleep.

He did…I stayed up reading an Agatha Christie novel I hadn’t touched in years and waited for Red to come home and wish me 🙂

At 12 I touched base with BBF#2, my folks and just called it a night. Woke up this morning with a call from BFF#1 and got the download of how she and her husband brought in 2014.

A rather fun night all things considered…it’s also the first of many celebrations in the new place with friends, family, frisky kids and it all leads up to one thing..the ONE thing I need to launch this year on the right note…my first cup of coffee.

Happy 2014 everyone…make it memorable!