Ring out the Old, Ring in the New

Posted January 25th, 2007 by Deepa and filed in Uncategorized
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At the end of every year, both the print and electronic news media publishes lists of the top events of the year 2006. I am doing something similar to give an update of the year that was 2006 .

Discovery of the year: This entire year can actually be summed up in one non exciting word: work. As, I have already exhausted this topic by droning in great detail about the calamities at my workplace on personal phone conversations, I am going to nip that right in the bud and say only that 2006 can be called the year in which Deepa discovered that she is a workaholic.

Surprise of the year: The surprise of this year was also one of the memorable events of this year, the birth of my niece Michelle. Seejo’s brother Antony and wife Teresa had an apple-cheeked little baby girl on November 6 2006.

Best month of the year: After several years of coaxing, my mother visited me for two months: August & September. It was two months of freedom from many responsibilities around the house, hectic traveling and old food favorites.

Travels the year: This years travel included a short trip to India with side trips to Mysore and Bangalore, Bombay and Pune, a cruise down the Kerala backwaters in a houseboat, three visits to San Diego, couple to visits to Austin, tourist attractions in an around the Washington DC area, yet another visit to Niagara falls ( this time from the Canadian side), a wonderful long weekend in Maine and spur of the moment trip to the casinos in Las Vegas & canyons in Utah.

Achievement of the year: This year’s proud achievement was a successful kitchen garden. Chillies, cucumbers, green beans, mint leaves, basil leaves, curry leaves & coriander all grew successfully throughout spring and summer in my deck behind the house.

Reunion : What happens when 10 old engineering school friends meet up after 7 long years? A big blast! Lots of fun times, new memories are made, old memories get wilder and all in all a fantastic weekend. And there was a realization that despite individual changes, and successful careers and “growing up”, put us all together and time rewinds back.

Summary : Not bad!