Sunday, December 30, 2007

Thanksgiving :)

I know I have a LONG list of imperfections, a never-ending list of the stuff I do and say and don't do and don't realize. But I am also lucky enough to have an equally long list of friends. Who see the imperfections. And love me anyways. Who don't judge, who don't plan how to change me, or crib about me to other people.

If ever in your life you have thought "that Kriti, she is ___, but she is like this only", thanks - you know who you are ! :)

Saturday, December 29, 2007


Yesterday, I ate a good frozen paratha that told me how my standards are falling. Does the best you can get ever qualify as good ?

And one full tomato. Just like I did in India. Slice up a tomato, put some salt and eat it. Can't do that here, tomatoes are fuckin expensive. You have to think before you eat :(

And I had one full tomato for the first time yesterday. Raw.

And it tasted bad :( Dry, crumbling, non-juicy, and non-sour. Not like the tomatoes back home

I want home food. Good food. Good vegetables, and good parathas. The good stuff. Why is that too much to ask for ? :(

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


No, not the movie, the term - partner. Christina at Feministe thought the whole “girlfriend”/”boyfriend” thing a little silly, and the word “partner” annoying and confusing.

She asks "How do you introduce your Bedfellow? Other Sidekicks you’ve had? What was the best/funniest/most syllabic term for S.O. you’ve ever heard? If you wanted to make the worst impression possible, what term would you use?"

Some of the answers from the comments :
  • “Hi, this is Jim. Jim and I are ‘it’s complicated’ on Facebook.”
  • Shagpiece
  • Temptress
  • “So, this person who lives with me and what not….”
  • StableBoy :D
  • So - sambo.
  • sigoth, for significant other
  • My sweetie. :)) -- ha ha, imagine saying "Hello, I would like you to meet my sweetie XYZ"
  • Beloved !!!
  • “I’d like to introduce you to My Complication”
  • my oldest child
  • POSSLQ (Person of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters).
  • “This is my….this is…..this is Bob.”
  • “this is my current romantic involvement, [name]”
  • sig fig. (Short for Significant Figure, which, yes, is a dumb chemistry joke.)
  • Equipment Operator.
  • my Special Lady Friend.
  • "this is my euphemism, steven”
  • Boy Toy
  • Super Friend - I like this one :)
  • "This is the boy that I’m kissing.”


Saturday, December 08, 2007

Fire and Ice

A fire alarm rang out in Wean Hall today, and the building was evacuated. Around a 100 students and faculty stood right outside the Wean hall entrance, waiting to be let back in.

Everyone was waiting, everyone had nothing to do.

Suddenly, there was a scream, and everyone turned to look what happened, what was the problem ?

And then out of nowhere a white ball came flying and crashed on the ground.

Snowball fight !!

Random people started making snowballs, and throwing them into the crowd. Duck, pick up snow, make a ball, throw, duck. At any point in time, there were around 2-3 pretty white balls flying in the air, 2-3 people ducking, and many more bending over, patting snow into place. A 100 people, maybe 25 aggressors, and 75 "innocent" victims, who were too busy to notice that there was a fight until they got hit, and joined in as well.

A beautiful sight indeed. :)

Thursday, December 06, 2007

First Snow Fight

My first snow fight, with no gloves, and a bad cold and throat infection.
The worst of ideas are always the most fun !

Its -8 degrees Celsius in Pittsburgh now, and even a long coat with a sweater and muffler and cap and gloves and boots are not enough to keep me warm while I wait for the escort. I need to be in California in January and February !! ( The snow makes the cold worth it somehow though)

Saturday, December 01, 2007


It was a night of firsts.

Snow, the soft pretty flakes that melted when I tried to touch them, feel them, figure out what they were about, they made me want to cry cause I wanted to know, and understand, but they just disappeared. And still they kept falling, and kept staying still on the roads, and the leaves, and even on my jacket, just not on my outstretched arm. The snow fell on my face and disappeared, but never let me really figure out what it really was. I guess I will have to wait for January when snow will be all I see everywhere :)

And thanksgiving shopping, the mania, the consumerism. The night I wanted to buy everything, the night I realized that grad students are in fact quite poor :) Gap, JCrew, American Eagle, Martin and Osa, Guess, Eddie Bauer - the thrill, the mania, the depression all got mixed up, and I still haven't recovered :( May this night be my first and only shopping binge.

Missed the turkey though, will have to wait for next year now for tofu-turkey. :)