Got My Holi Afterall

Holi was very late for me this year, but I'm glad I didn't miss out completely! As I mentioned before, my baby shower happened to be on the same day as the big Holi event in this area. It's a little sad to me that you have to find an event and go to a location to participate in Holi. I do wish it was more all around and something you encounter as soon as you walk out of your house. But it is what it is and most years I make the trip to the ISKCON temple that puts on a great event.This year I … [Read more...]


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No Holi For Me This Year

Today is Holi!It's one of my favorite holidays (see lots of information about it here), but no opportunity for me to celebrate it this year, sadly. It's tough when the rest of the world around you is not celebrating something. Particularly a community celebration like Holi.Almost every year I've lived in Maryland I've gone to the Potomac ISKCON temple near D.C. for their huge Holi event. But this year I accidentally scheduled my baby shower for the same day as their event! I had no idea … [Read more...]


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Mahashivratri 2016

I hate when blogs do this but I'm going to start with an apology! I've clearly been struggling to keep up with my writing and I feel deeply guilty about that. I think about you guys every day and try to get myself to the computer. But I've been having a lot of trouble with low energy. I'm fine and the pregnancy is good but it's still challenging and I had no idea how hard it was going to be to focus enough to write. I'm going to try to commit to doing two posts a week until I can get back to my … [Read more...]


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Navratri Holiday Party!

It was a hectic week last week. Had to do a lot of work to make sure I've got health insurance in the coming year. But I think we've done it! I'm so grateful to my friend Sarah who helped me every step of the way, even bringing her two little kids to the health office so I could get signed up in person. But today it is time to celebrate. Brad's school is having their holiday party and I'm so proud of him that for the winter holiday party he and his class decided on a Navratri theme. Okay, … [Read more...]


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My Diwali 2015

What a week it has been! Super busy. Brad had a birthday party on Saturday and then I had an eight hour work shift on Sunday. Monday I had an appointment with the midwife, which meant dropping Brad off at work early in the morning and driving about thirty minutes. I find that pretty exhausting so I was beat for the rest of the day. Then Tuesday I got a surprise work day. I had thought I was working Wednesday but it was actually yesterday. So here I am finally getting a chance to sit down and … [Read more...]


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New Clothes

Whenever I read up on celebrating Hindu holidays they almost always include the instruction that women buy new clothes to wear for the festivities.Are people really doing that? Do you buy new clothes for the holidays? I feel a little bad that I won't be wearing something new for Diwali. But I almost never buy new clothes. Less than once a year really. And I already have more than enough saris.Do people regularly donate or get rid of old saris to get new ones each year?With how … [Read more...]


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Diwali 2015 [Hindu Holiday]

So first off we went to the midwife yesterday and everything went great. We heard the fetus's heartbeat! It was pretty amazing. Helped to make it all feel real and the pain I'm going through worth it. The midwife was concerned about my mental state, though, and she is sending me to a therapist so I can hopefully get out of this funk and enjoy my pregnancy!One of the biggest Hindu holidays of the year is coming up next week. Diwali (also called Deepavali) is happening on Wednesday November … [Read more...]


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My Navratri 2015

I have a very good friend who is Gujarati and she invited me to join her and her fiance at a Gujarati Samaj event in our area. I didn't know about this organization. I'll have to learn more about them and maybe go to more events. This was a huge event, a garba dance for Navratri.We all got dressed up and went out for Indian food (to fit the theme). Then we showed up at the dance where there were HUNDREDS of people dancing in a beautiful and wild circle. I adore the chaos and the energy of … [Read more...]


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My Navratri Golu 2015

First of all I wanted to give a quick update about the health insurance. A friend of a friend got us in touch with an insurance broker and so she'll be able to get us insurance starting in the new year (Jan 2016) and we'll never have to deal with MD Health Connection again with any luck. The broker said she's heard many, many horror stories and a lawyer friend said he wouldn't be surprised if there was a class action lawsuit against them at some point. Okay, on to the fun stuff. I did a … [Read more...]


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