Thursday, December 17, 2015

Three Things Thursday 12.17.15

Three Things Thursday 12.17.15

Three things on my mind this week...

1: I am 4 wakeups away from December break, not that I am counting. The sound during the 6th grade lunchroom this week has been unbelievable, I walk away with a migraine. The students are excited for the first break of the 2015-2016 school year and teachers are excited to be able to sleep in for a few extra hours every morning.





2: Quantico. The mid winter finale was this past Sunday, I already have an alarm on my phone set for March 6th 2016 for a new episode. Since when do shows have a mid season finale? This is news to me. I tuned into Quantico, like almost every other South Asian, to watch Priyanka Chopra on American television. I was hooked by the storyline of Quantico and watched it religiously! I am not going to mention any spoilers, if you get a chance watch the previous episodes on Hulu before the show starts up again in March. 


source: http://www.hulu.com/quantico


3: My friend and I are going to the Bryant Park Winter Village this weekend! The pop up shops have the best items and the food is always super delicious! I was a little fearful of being in Manhattan right before the holidays. I refuse to live my life in fear!


Photo of the 2014 Bryant Park Christmas Tree
How is your week going??




Check out the original bloggers from Three Thing Thursdays: Raj from Pink Chai Living, Nisha from Love Laugh Mirch, or Salma from The Write Balance

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Three Things Thursday 12.10.15

Three Things Thursday 12.10.15

This week's Three Things Thursday is about the highlights from my week!

1: On Monday, I took a trial class at Orange Theory Fitness (OTF). They have been popping up all over Long Island. My coworker joined OTF a few months ago and has been raving about it. So I called my local location and signed up for a free trial class. Before the class, I was so nervous, I wasn't sure what to expect, I walked in and was greeted by two friendly employees who gave me a tour of the facility. I met the instructor and we went over my personal fitness goals. Then it was time for the class to begin, I was impressed when the instructor asked the class if there were any injuries. You wear a heart rate monitor and it tracks your intensity level and heartbeats per minute on a large screen in the workout room. The workout was great! It was my first time on a row machine. I kicked butt, I am really proud, that I pushed myself, after the class I received an email with an estimation of how many calories I burned, and what percentage I spent at each intensity level. Needless to say, I walked out with a membership! I am so excited to be a part of the OTF Family! 


2:  On Tuesday, my friend and I met up for a late lunch at Senior Frogs in Time Square. Being in New York City in the month of December is awesome. Every storefront is decorated with festive decor. I would say it starting to feel like winter, however the last few days the weather has been in the 50s in NYC. For those who don't believe in global warming, check the weather forecast for the next few days, this is unusually warm for December in NYC. Before I caught the LIRR home, I took a photo of the Empire State Building, lit up in pink and white for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. 




3: This week is Inclusive Education Week and the importance of including students with all levels of abilities into mainstream general education setting. 







Check out the original bloggers from Three Thing Thursdays: Raj from Pink Chai Living, Nisha from Love Laugh Mirch, or Salma from The Write Balance

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Three Things Thursday 12.3.15

Three Things Thursday 12.3.15 

Wow, where has time gone? It is December, guys, DECEMBER!!!!!! This year has been amazing, more on that later, I promise. 

This weekend, I am spending the weekend with my cousin and her family in Dirty Jersey. As I mentioned in my first post, I love being an Aunt! This weekend, I get to surround myself with my three beautiful nieces, who will be running circles around me giggling and laughing. This is our 2nd annual holiday weekend tradition, we will decorate a gingerbread house and bake cupcake and we cap the night off with a Bollywood film. My nieces are huge Bollywood fans like their Massi. With the types of films getting released lately, it is difficult to find kid appropriate movies (NO gyrating dance moves and talking about Sheela and her jawani please!!!!)

Here are my three favorite kid friendly Bollywood films, so cuddle up with the little ones in your life and enjoy a family friendly Bollywood night!

1: Bajrangi Bhaijaan: 
This movie has Salman Khan, if you don't know who he is, stop what you are doing and Google him!!!





2: Do Dooni Chaar: 
This film reunites the real life couple Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh on the big screen!



3: Khoobsurat:
This last film is produced by Disney and has all the components of a good Disney movie and I can't wait to watch it on Saturday with my nieces! The main "hero" in this Bollywood/Disney film is Fawad Khan, such adorable eye candy! 



What are some kid friendly Bollywood films you recommend?




Check out the original bloggers from Three Thing Thursdays: Raj from Pink Chai Living, Nisha from Love Laugh Mirch, or Salma from The Write Balance

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Three Things Thursday 11.26.15

Three Things Thursday 11.26.15

Today is the kickoff the American holiday season with the Thanksgiving holiday, people travel from near and far to go home to their loved ones. This year is extra special, because for the first time we have family coming from out of town, usually everyone is within a two hour driving distance. 

Today's Three Things Thursday is dedicated to why this Thanksgiving I am extra grateful! 

1: The last few days I have been in the middle of a health scare. I got good news late last night. However, until I got results, I kept on pondering the "what if"'; what if the results weren't in my favor, what if I had to take time off from my job for treatment. Fortunately, with the prayers and positive energy from my loved ones, my preliminary testing results have been in my favor. ::sigh of relief::


 Source: http://www.nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/33_06/blog_health.jpg


2: I have been blessed this year to be able to travel the world. I have gone to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand this year. A friend and I took the leap, in the midst of the Ebola epidemic in Africa, we were on our way to South Africa. 


Source: The Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia

3: Last but never the least, my parents. They have been an endless pillars of support. Even the last few days, they both put aside their ailments to make sure my needs were met. I am a independent, working woman and yet my need for my parents when I was going to a medical scare was so significant. 


Source: http://blog.thrillophilia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/1905012Q9dpB8jitxuDkdRiMYAXLdPnWFqRtVXKAO28Io7_jhBbMtSCVai_EnHoxeVgiZb1aX+nfpXBgAMmtjWsCqzvHg.jpg

Wishing you ALL a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!!



Check out the original bloggers from Three Thing Thursdays: Raj from Pink Chai Living, Nisha from Love Laugh Mirch, or Salma from The Write Balance

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Three Things Thursday 11.19.15

Three Things Thursday 11.19.15

Thanksgiving in the United States is one week away, I can't believe the Hindu holiday season is officially over and the American holidays are nearly here! 

Growing up my family and I went to a family friend's home for Thanksgiving, we lovingly refer to them as Chacha and Chachi (in Punjabi it means Dad's younger brother and his wife), ironically they are both older then my parents. Growing up, we would show up around 4pm to their apartment and watch as Chacha ji would bring out the turkey. All the children would huddle around the dining table as he would cut the first slice on the holiday turkey. For my family, Thanksgiving has always been a Friendsgiving holiday. Everyone would come together in the late afternoon, as we would cut into the turkey and stuff our faces with stuffing, beans and mashed potatoes. An hour after our traditional American Thanksgiving meal, an Aunty would come into the t.v. room where the kids were sitting, to announce that "dinner laag gaya" (dinner is served). Everyone would slowly get up and go for round two of the evening's meal' traditional Indian food. As Chacha ji and Chachi ji have gotten older, they have stopped hosting at their home, put continued to make the turkey. Last year, Chacha ji and Chachi ji gave up all the cooking responsibilities to the next generation. As my brother slaved over the oven for hours to prep, baste and cook the turkey, you realized how much time, love and devotion Chacha ji and Chachi ji have put into the Thanksgiving meal over the years. Last year, my family hosted Thanksgiving dinner, and my cousins and I quickly ixnay the Indian round of food. This year, my cousin moved into his first house and has officially asked to take over Thanksgiving dinner from now on. 

I was asked to bring dessert, so here are the three choices I am considering. All of the choices are Indian, to bring back an old school Indian twist to Thanksgiving. 

1: Apple Kheer from Nisha's blog Spusht

Photo source: http://spusht.blogspot.com/2011/09/apple-kheer-rabdi-pudding-sweet-recipe.html

2: Kaju Katli from Prerna Singh's blog Indian Simmer 


Source: http://www.indiansimmer.com/2011/10/kaju-katli-revisited-vegan-and.html

3: Gajar Ka Halwa from Nisha's blog Love Laugh Mirch

Source: http://www.lovelaughmirch.com/gajar-ka-halwa-gajrela/



So what recipe do you think I should make and bring to Thanksgiving dinner this year?



Check out the original bloggers from Three Thing Thursdays: Raj from Pink Chai Living, Nisha from Love Laugh Mirch, or Salma from The Write Balance

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Three Things Thursday 11.12.15

Three Things Thursday 11.12.15

Diwali ki Shubkamanye! 

Yesterday, was day three of the five days of the Hindu Diwali celebration. Day three is largest celebration, families around the world do Ganesh Puja, to remove any obstacles in their lives, and they also pray to Maa Lakshmi, to bring them good health and prosperity. Families light up their homes with earthen diyas, so Maa Lakshmi can find her way to their home. Also, Diwali signifies the victorious win of good over evil, as Lord Ram made his way back to his kingdom with his wife Sita Maiya, after fourteen years in exile and the fight against the demon Ravan. 

Over the years, my family and I would do Diwali puja at our home, light up all the diyas around our home, and then we would head to my Aunt's house for aarti and dinner. Immediately following the aarti, my aunt would distribute approximately twenty different types of homemade mithai for prashad as everyone went around hugging each other "Diwali mubarak! Happy Diwali! Diwali diyan lakh lakh vadaiyan!"

My aunt passed away last year and this was our second Diwali without her. Nobody has stepped up to take over the celebrations, it was too much of a loss for everyone, and things just wouldn't be the same. We have tried to create new traditions, however there is still a bittersweetness to the holiday. As I decorated the house, I was able to think of all the wonderful memories of the Diwali celebrations at my aunt's home over the years. 


Wishing you all a healthy and prosperous Diwali!


Here are three things that brightened up my Diwali week! 

1: Diwali is associated with bhajans and aarti lyrics. I never heard of any Diwali songs, unless they were upbeat party Bollywood songs.....until the Ultimate Diwali Carols...have a listen below and laugh away your worries!


                                 


2: This song from the Bollywood film Home Delivery! I had it on a loop, when my niece, nephew and I decorated diyas this past week. 




3: I set up a Diwali treat for my coworkers today in the staff room. A mixture of Indian and American sweets! Hopefully, this will encourage those that don't know about the holiday to look it up!







Check out the original bloggers from Three Thing Thursdays: Raj from Pink Chai Living, Nisha from Love Laugh Mirch, or Salma from The Write Balance

Friday, October 23, 2015

Three Things Thursday 10.22.15

Three Things Thursday 10.22.15

My family and I are in the midst of the Hindu high holiday season, Navratri has come and gone, and today is Dushera also known as Vijaydashami. Dushera marks the day when Shri Ram defeated Ravan. Ravan had capture Shri Ram's wife Sita. Around the world, on the night of Dushera, an effigy of Ravan and his ten heads are burnt. Tonight followers of Hinduism celebrate the victory of good over evil and encourage everyone to bring on more positive attributes into their life. 


Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy & Healthy Dushera! 


Today's Three Things Thursday is dedicated how I plan to add a more positive spin to my life!

1: To become more charitable, not just with my money, but with my time as well. I have decided to volunteer with Literacy Nassau, a local organization that helps new immigrants to Long Island to learn English. I am eagerly awaiting to get matched with my student!





2: Calm. Earlier this year, I started going to this amazing yoga studio, and it had really helped me remain calm in situation. However, I want to take this practice one step further and incorporate it into my job. Sometimes, more often then not, work gets stressful I freak out, I plan step back and reanalyze the situation. 




3: I have struggled with my body weight since I was a child. Starting this Dushera, I promise to have a more positive outlook on my body and to say #nobodyshame, this is who I am and I am FABULOUS! 


source: http://www.fitwoman.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/worth-more-htan-my-appearacne-219x300.jpg





Check out the original bloggers from Three Thing Thursdays: Raj from Pink Chai Living, Nisha from Love Laugh Mirch, or Salma from The Write Balance

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Three Things Thursday 10.15.15

Three Things Thursday 10.15.15

This weekend, is my 31st birthday. I always thought I would be married and a mother (of 2?) by the time I turned 30. Last year my birthday was semi sweet, I was excited to reach a new milestone, however a little bummed that life didn't turn out as I thought. I decided I wasn't going to follow into the trap of being pressured to get married or feel guilty that I wasn't married with kids. I have accomplished a lot in the last year, I have taken trips around the world and I have learned to be content with everything I have. I look forward to turning 31 this weekend!

Today's Three Things Thursday are my favorite quotes that helped me in the last year!

1: 

Being a special education teacher, there is a lot of paperwork on top of all the lesson plans. Working with students on the Autism Spectrum, almost all of the materials used in class needed to be laminated and then velcro, I would nearly end up staying at work for an extra 3 hours every day (I have even gone stayed until 9:15pm!!!!) In June I was given an opportunity to change position to an special ed support teacher, I initially refused, but after mulling it over, I decided to accept the position. Since starting in September, I have only stayed after work once, I like being able to put myself first. I can attend my yoga classes, go out for happy hour or go home in during day light and be a coach potato to catch up on my shows. 


2:

 I used to say "I want to travel the world", since my 30th birthday, I have taken two trips that have taken me around the world, first to South Africa and second to Australia/New Zealand. I have learned so much about myself in the midst of traveling, also seeing how others around the world survive with so little, makes you appreciate the luxuries with have in the US!

3: 
 

I would say to no to new activities, in the fear of failing or not wanting to explore something new. Since turning 30, I have been saying "yes" more! I have explored new activities and met new people that I would have missed out on if I had said no. 





Check out the original bloggers from Three Thing Thursdays: Raj from Pink Chai Living, Nisha from Love Laugh Mirch, or Salma from The Write Balance