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Happy Birthday To Me!

Today I turn 35 (whoops, am I not supposed to give my age out?). Well, I just did and I don’t give a damn. I am 35 years wiser, more successful (or slowly getting there) and happier.

So, happy birthday to me! I am thankful for the few amazing people in my life and for everything the Lord has provided me with. I’m grateful for this blog and the people that bother to read the crap I write (kidding, most of it’s not crap). I am just thankful.

I made no plans and goals for the upcoming year; I never follow through with them anyway. I’m taking life a day at a time and enjoying the moments I have with my family.

My course is almost done and I’m looking forward to continuing my education further and starting to work. I’m just not sure which direction I want to take my education; meaning should I pursue nursing or go for paramedics. Not sure yet but I have a ton of prerequisites to complete before I move forward with either course and if course, I need to find a job first! This whole, single-income living isn’t working for me.

Anyway, enough of my chitter-chatter. Wish me happy birthday and have a drink for me tonight, for today is the beginning of the rest of my life!💋💋💋

~Tamana

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Quick Update Plus Diwali and Thanksgiving Pictures 

Monday was the last day of my clinical. It’s been an exhausting part of my studies but I’m finished. The next portion is less physically straining and allowing more interactions with the residents. 

During my community work; which began on Tuesday, I have been assisting staff with feeding, doing activities and walking with the residents. This is a very good chance to get to know the residents and learn their experiences. Although, it’s a much slower paced part of my education, I am enjoy it. 

I completely forgot to upload photos of thanksgiving and Diwali and so decided to include them in this post. Thanksgiving was fantastic and dinner turned into lunch due to a miscommunication between my husband and I. Nevertheless, lunch was enjoyed by all and we were so full afterwards, that everyone decided to nap right after. Here are some pictures of Thanksgiving lunch:

Lamb chops with pasta, scalloped potatoes and stuffing
My Thanksgiving dining table
French vanilla custard cake
Puff pastry fruit and chocolate tea snacks
Egg, spinach and cheese puffs for breakfast
Garlic pull-apart cheesy bread

As for Diwali, my darling husband surprised me and Nid by showing up earlier than expected. Nid and I were just getting dressed and beginning to light candles and diyas when he burst through the front door. I have to say I was overjoyed because I felt terrible that we were celebrating without him. 

Later that evening, when all of us were dressed and ready to pray, my brother joined us and stayed for the prayer and dinner. Nid completely adores my brother and was overwhelmed with excitement. Here are some of the pictures of our Diwali prayer and lighting of the diyas: 

Rangoli made with chalk and turmeric

Our 6 Year Anniversary 

6 years ago, yesterday, D and I got married without telling anyone in our families. 

I had always wanted to elope whenever I found the right guy for me and D made that happen. We eventually, went through with the “asking for my hand in marriage” shenanigans, engagement and “big-Indian wedding” drama. But the wedding we secretly had 6 years ago on August 10th, 2011 was far more meaningful to me than the wedding that involved our families. 

We were blessed to find one another and everyday that passes, I count those blessings and thank the powers above for bringing us together. We’ve had a few rough patches but we’ve pulled through and I am ever so thankful for such a patient, reliable, respectful and loving guy to have walked into my life. 

Happy 6 year’s anniversary, my love and thank you for being my strength, encouragement and joy. Here’s to us!

A Weekend Getaway 

Scarborough Bluffs – Scarborough, Ontario

I’ve been so busy with exams and assignments that I haven’t had time to write or enjoy the much of the summer. It’s been a crazy few weeks and I am so relieved that one of my biggest and most stressful exams is over. I passed with a flying 94% and that deserves a celebration in itself.

This weekend, Dev, Nid and I are escaping to a nearby resort (as we did, last year) and spending the long weekend there. The three of us are extremely stoked at the though of being away from the city and hectic daily life. We’re going to be staying at the same resort near London, Ontario as we did last year and travelling between Port Stanley and Grand Bend. I cannot begin to tell you how anticipated and deserved this mini-vacation is. 

Dev really wanted to get away this year but with school, me not working and the lack of funds, it just wasn’t possible. Instead, we’ve decided to get away for a weekend and make the best of our situation for the time being. Hopefully, next year we can make that trip to India and have a little Caribbean getaway as well. That’s the plan, anyway.

How’s your summer going? Done anything exciting or adventurous? Share your summer adventures and I’ll be sure to share them on here with everyone else.

Until then, have a safe and blessed summer!

Xoxo ~ Tamana

Why Does Telling The Truth Always Come Back To Bite You In The Ass?

There’s no doubt about it, I am a straightforward, outspoken human being. I tell it how it is without sugar coating the truth. I was raised to tell the truth and not lie or alter the truth; which is what I teach my daughter as she gains more wisdom and knowledge. 

Yet, it feels like people don’t want to accept the truth and instead of being glad you didn’t hide it from them, they hold it against you. You get applauded for holding back what the reality is and penalized for being honest. 

But everyone claims they want true, honest friends and hate liars and backstabbers. Yet the backstabbers and liars are the ones that are encircled by their friends and the ones telling the truth are excluded and pushed aside. 

I’ve been through too much in my life to give a shit about such people. But it does piss me off when people talk shit about a person behind their backs and to their face they act like they are best friends. I don’t have tolerance for stupidity, ignorance or arrogance. Yet, we deal with it every day and have to put up with it if we want to live peacefully in this world. 

Quite frankly, I am over “trying” to be civilized and nice and quite content with the couple of people I am truly close to. As for the rest of these pathetic souls, well, I’ll be cutting each and every one of them out one by one. It’s just not worth the time or frustration. 

What are your thoughts on people and how they treat you when you’re honest? Am I right for cutting them off or am I just overreacting? Share your thoughts and opinions with me; I’d love to know what others think about my stance on all of this. 

Xoxo ~ Tamana

Quick Update: School & Me

I’ve been extremely busy these days as my course is becoming more intense. I’ve had numerous tests, assignments and exams over the past few weeks; which has left little time for anything else. So the time I do have available is spent with my munchkin and hubby or with my parents and doing chores. 

But I will tell you that I’m enjoying my course and everyday that I learn something new, I become more interested and confident about my choice of course. I’ve recently received my overall average (96.4%) and I am quite satisfied and impressed with how well I am doing. 

I know down the road, it’s going to be a lot of work once I graduate begin working, however, I truly believe that the reward will be much greater than the effort. I do hope that the people’s lives I touch will be enriched and they’ll take some goodness and happiness from me. 

So that’s where I am right now with school. I’ll keep you all updated as I further progress. Have a blessed weekend and week ahead. Xoxo

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, especially my dad and my hubby. We are so blessed to have the fathers that we were given to. And although, throughout the years I’ve had my many ups and downs with mine, he still is the best dad that I could ever have. 

I hope you all enjoy your day with your dads and cherish every moment you have with them. Happy Father’s Day! Xoxo