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My 6 Year Anniversary Of Being On WordPress.com

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 9.15.15 AMWhen I logged into my WP account a couple of mornings ago, a little highlighted yellow notification showed in the top corner of my screen; it was a notification from WordPress, wishing me a happy 6 year anniversary for the day I opened my account. That was a pretty sweet notification to receive and a good reminder of how long it’s been since I’ve written, publicly.

My first blog post, “Tis the season was probably read by two people and was probably not very good either. What had inspired me to put my words out in the open and open up my mind and heart? Maybe it was a need for attention. A plea for acknowledgement. I’m not very sure. 6 years ago, I was in a dead beat relationship, my career was going nowhere. But I was independent and living on my own. I had no responsibilities and was living for myself.

So as low of a time as that was in my life, it was still interesting and fun.

6 years later, I’m still here, sometimes still depressed and seeking attention. But I want to believe that I’ve grown a lot, my writing has matured and I’ve made a lot of friends along the way. So, thank you for coming back over and over and putting up with my venting and craziness and sharing my life with me. Here’s to 6 years as a WordPress writer!

It’s Been A Long Week

 On Monday my brakes failed as I was heading to work in the morning rush hour. My quick thinking saved my life as I pulled the emergency hand brake. I was minutes away from getting on one of the busiest highways in Toronto, the DVP or Don Vally Parkway for all of you that don’t know. Someone somewhere must really love me because had I gotten on the DVP and the brakes failed, I would have certainly been in a multi-vehicle crash. Thankfully, I am okay; a little shaken up but mostly okay. I got the car to the mechanics and he assessed and determined the brake fluid had completely leaked, resulting in my brakes giving out. In the process of braking, I blew a tire and caliber or whatever it’s called. The mechanics fixed everything and gave me a hefty bill. 

Within two weeks, I’ve paid over $1500 into this car. First the emissions issues and now this. I feel disgusted by it all but the car is okay and I didn’t get hurt; which is more valuable then all the costs. 

  Tuesday, I flew out to Dearborn, Michigan for a work summit for a couple of days. It was really nice being on the plane after so long. I don’t know what it is but I just love being in the plane. It’s this nostalgic feeling. The same feeling I get when I’m near water. The excitement of the takeoff and then flying above the clouds and cities. I love taking pictures of the ground. 

  My boss and the other chick with me were being a bit annoying. I mean, I like both of them but they were acting like a bunch of school girls, teasing and giggling. I felt a bit left out but whatever. After the other chick left, it was nice to spend some time with my boss and get to know her. We had a nice breakfast and dinner and drinks together. 

  Plus, I got to bond with our clients and colleagues from the Dearborn office; which was fantastic. I find it very important to have out-of-office time with your colleagues at least once, this allows you to see the person as a real person instead of just as a colleague and that makes a huge difference. 

Overall, it was a successful trip and I really enjoyed myself. The rest of the week was finished off with lots of catching up on work. Finally, yesterday Dev and I decided to list our car on Craigslist, Kijiji and Facebook Buy and Sell pages. We’ve also decided on a newer, used vehicle. We just need to sell our current vehicle and then we can move forward with the other vehicle. I’ll let you know how that goes.

I’m just happy that I’m safe and this week is over. Seems like, since November started its been quite bumpy, and as much as I love that it was my birthday month, I’m glad it’s almost over. 

Next weekend, I’m looking forward to start putting up Christmas and holiday decorations. I’ll share some ideas with you later in the week. Stay tuned for some frugal, DIY decorating tips!

Have yourself a wonderful Sunday and week ahead!

A Couple Of Days Away

  I’m flying out to Detroit this evening for work. I’m excited to be taking a mini trip for work-related reasons as I haven’t had the opportunity to travel with my previous job. I’ll be home on Thursday afternoon, so it’s a pretty quick trip. But nonetheless, it’s a couple of nights away and I get to be on a plane; which I always love. There’s just something about being up in the sky, above the clouds, the take off and landing that certainly excites me. 
I had a very shitty last week. Everything that could go wrong at work, did. It was as if before one clusterfuck could end, another would start. Then my car’s emissions failed and ended up costing me a pretty penny to get fixed. Finally, the end of the week had me feeling a little better, as it was my birthday and my darling husband surprised me with so many things and kind gestures. I certainly felt loved and mich better about the week that had just passed. 

But yesterday came and I thought I was going to die. My car’s brakes failed while I was in the middle of the morning rush. Bumper to bumper traffic and my car wouldn’t stop. The split second from me realizing what was happening to finally getting the vehicle stopped, I saw my life flash by me. Thankfully, I wasn’t injured, the car will eventually be okay after a lot of money and servicing. But I was slightly traumatized by the experience. By the time I reach the mechanic, I was shaking and couldn’t help but cry. I called Dev and my boss to explain what happened and told them I was going to go home. 

For a long while though, I just said at the bus stop and didn’t move. I was confused and nervous and very much miserable. I got on the bus to go home but halfway there decided it would be better to go to work, especially with this trip looming over my head. 

I am fine, physically at least. Emotionally, I feel on edge and a bit unstable. A lot of little things and this big thing have happened over the past few days, I feel spent. So, I’m praying and hoping that this is the end of it for the next long while and this trip to Detroit will be refreshing and will tone down the crazy that has been my life over the past few days. 

Alright, I’m off now. Enjoy your week and don’t let the craziness of the ups and downs get the best of you. Xoxo

~Tamana

Happy Birthday To Me!

  It’s my birthday and that’s a beautiful thing! I celebrated my day with my darling husband and sweet daughter. They’ve spoiled me today with breakfast in bed, a clean house, my favourite lunch and dinner at my favourite Middle Eastern restaurant and they surprised me with a gift certificate for an afternoon at the spa. It’s exactly what I wanted and I am so blessed for the two of them. 

  It’s been a wonderful day and the past year has been both good and bad but I’m thankful for everyone and everything that has happened and been part of it. Here’s to another year ahead; hopefully this one’s a bit easier and happier then the last! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

Happy Diwali

  Happy Diwali to everyone celebrating. My family and I wish you prosperity, love, health and wealth on this auspicious day. 

Here are some photos of my Diwali with my darling hubby and angel, daughter, Nid. 

And for all of you that don’t know, below you will find a detailed explanation of what Diwali is. 

   
    
 Diwali; The Festival of Lights 

Diwali also known as Dipavali in Sanskrit means row of lamps. It is one of the biggest and most important festivals known to Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world. Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman after 14 years in exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana. When Lord Rama returned to his home down Ayodhya the capital of Rama, the residence of the city light the kingdom with millions of diyas to celebrate his return. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil and is broken out over 5 days.

Day 1 – Dhan Teras – Dhan means wealth and teras means the 13th lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Ashwin. On Dhan Teras, the Owl form of the Goddess Laxshmi is worshiped to provide prosperity and well-being.

Day 2 – Naraka Chatrudasi marks the vanquishing of the demon, Narakasura by Lord Krishna and his wife, Satyabhama. It signifies the victory of good over evil.

Day 3 – Amavasya means new moon and this day is when Goddess of Wealth, Laxshmi is worshipped. Amavasya also signifies the story of Lord Vishnu in his dwarf incarnation as he vanquished tyrant Bali and banished him to hell. Vishnu then allowed Bali to return to earth once a year to light millions of diyas to dispel the darkness and ignorance on earth.

Day 4 – Bali Pratipada – This is the day that Bali leaves hell and rules the earth following Lord Vishnu’s orders to light diyas.

Day 5 – Bhai Dooj, also known as Yama Dvitiya represents the affection and love brothers and sisters have for one another. The story behind Bhai Dooj starts with Yama, Lord of Death and his sister, Yami. Yama visited Yami and Yami welcomed her brother with an aarti (prayer) and a feast together. As Yama was about to leave, he gave Yami a gift in return of her hospitality and to show appreciation.

It’s My Birthday Week

MEYou read the title right; my birthday is only 6 days away and I’m so excited for it. I’ve got absolutely nothing special planned but I am excited that it’s my birthday, more excited than I’ve ever been.

As some of you may know, I used to hate my birthday because it always resulted in broken promises and unfulfilled expectations. But this year, I have no expectations from anyone, except myself! I have set some goals for myself, that I hope to begin soon and I have some self-improvement ideas as well.

I’m really hoping for a day to myself. Is that selfish? I just want to have a day to do whatever I want, by myself, on my terms. A day that does not consist of me running errands or catching up on housework. And if it’s not too much to ask, I’d like to enjoy my day without the limitation of finances. That’s what I would really love for my special day.

But we’ll see how the days leading up go and what turns out to be my day!

Ni’s 3rd Birthday Party

My little Minnie Mouse at her 3rd Birthday Party
My little Minnie Mouse at her 3rd Birthday Party

Although both Nid and I were sick with a cold, we celebrated her third birthday this past weekend. She was so excited that her friends were coming over to play with her, that I didn’t have the heart to cancel her party. It was a fun-filled day and she was so happy; which was worth all the effort and energy D and I put into making her party happen.

She’s grown up so much, it amazes me every time I think about it. She was such a good girl, shared her toys and goodies with her friends and there were no breakdowns or tantrums. We played a couple of games; hot balloon and toss the ball in the bucket and all the kids ate and enjoyed themselves, as did their parents. Overall, I think my first toddler birthday party was a big success!

Here are some photos of her special day!

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With two of her best friends; Jamario and D’ondria
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Kisses and Hugs while cutting her cake
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Anxiously opening presents
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With her three friends; Jamario, Adamaya and D’ondria
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Cheers and claps for being such a big girl
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The amazing cake by Jessica from Cupcake Junkie
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Playing toss the ball in the bowl
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Best friends hold hands