Archive for May, 2010

Shortcuts

The SMS/Text shortcuts seem to have become the new lexicon of the 21st century. What started off as a language of convenience is gradually taking over the English language. I often get emails written in short-form, like the following (from a very sweet friend, I should add):

Hi
recd ur msg on fb.
nice to hear from u after so long.
u must have been busy with ur lil one.
see u n da lil one soon!
S

I have to admit that I find this extremely annoying โ€” why bother to write when you donโ€™t have time to spell out words? I haven’t figured out a way to politely convey that to this friend of mine. Perhaps she’ll get the point when she reads this post ๐Ÿ™‚ Itโ€™s okay to use it for text messaging, for tweeting (to best utilize the 140 word-limit on Twitter) and maybe for a quick Facebook update but itโ€™s not nice to write letters just with initials. I have also noticed that this trend is more popular in India as compared to the US โ€” my inference is based on my experience of living in these two countries only. Iโ€™m guessing, itโ€™s the influence of the rampant SMS culture there, which can probably translate to any heavy text using community across the globe.

This brilliant piece by an an Indian American Comedian Dalia McPhee called “What’s with all the initials?”, describes my sentiments perfectly! Here’s how it goes…

I got up and that was the good part.

Then I got on my PC to see CNN, then I IM-ed my friend JD on AOL, then my CPU went AWOL. And, JD’s all LOL, guess ur S.O.L, And, I’m LOL? LOL?, FU u SOB!!…

Check out the rest of her show along with four other talented Indian comedians on the Indian Comedy Tour DVD available on Netflix. You don’t have to be an Indian to enjoy the jokes, they are pretty universal!

Cross posted on dishumdishum.

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05 2010

Parents Magazine Cover Contest

A few weeks back I saw a tweet about the 2010 Parents Magazine Cover Contest and that they were accepting photo submissions from the public. As all parents of adorable kids, my first instinct was to post some pictures of Virj. I have never entered any such contests before because honestly I don’t believe it’s that simple to get selected, especially having some experience in the modeling industry. However, I had some time on my hands and thought it would be an interesting exercise. I was also curious about their marketing campaign around it. So, I went ahead and uploaded a couple of photos of Virj and one photo of us together. I was hesitant about the later but thought it might fit the parenting angle! I was right because that’s the one that got selected for the Readerโ€™s Choice finals that leads up to the semis. Interestingly, the selection is based on voting using the Facebook “like” app. A good marketing move to engage more Facebook readers!

Anyhow, now I’m hooked and am looking forward to moving into the semi-finals and hopefully wining at the end, fingers crossed! So, please vote for us and HELP US WIN!!!! You’ve already seen the photo on this site once but I’m posting it again to refresh your memory ๐Ÿ™‚

Virj with mommy

Photo for Parents Magazine Cover Contest

21

05 2010

Mother’s Day

This is my obligatory post for Mother’s Day! Though my day was pretty awful, I had to post something to keep the tradition going ๐Ÿ™‚

Virj was very sick over the weekend with a viral infection. He had all the symptoms of Croup — a very bad cough, runny nose and high fever. So, I pretty much spent Mother’s day taking care of him and doing my duties as a good mom! He has recovered very quickly since then though he has been throwing up his dinner every night. Not fun when that happens in the middle of the night, in bed, when everything as well as everyone needs to be scrubbed and cleaned. I hope that will stop once the cough subsides.

However, amidst all this madness, Soam made an effort to make the day a little special for me. He brought breakfast for us before we were up in the morning. My gift was a card and a margarita mix, the later was meant as a joke because of what I was going through…something that would warrant a stiff drink! We already had Tequila in stock ๐Ÿ™‚ Unlike last year, Virj was in no condition to scribble on my card this time, so it was a straight forward card from daddy signed as kiddo!

Mother's Day gift

My Mother's Day gift!

12

05 2010

Jump, jump, jump!

It was a long winter this year with lots of rain. It was probably nature’s way of compensating for the below average rainfall and precipitation in California for the past few years. In fact, the predictions indicated a drought this year. Hopefully the extended rainy season and our miseries have taken care of that. Who could imagine temperatures in the forties and fifties in the Bay Area even in April? Thankfully it has warmed up substantially since then! Though we were tired of the cold weather, Virj was enjoying more opportunities to jump in the puddles. The heavy rainfall often flooded a portion of our backyard and left behind lots of puddles, which proved to be a godsend for a mom with a toddler. Nothing like finding an activity in your own “backyard” literally, that can keep a little boy occupied for hours! Who knew puddle jumping could be so much fun?

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05 2010