Be careful

about not only what you wish for, but also what you actually discuss with your husband about it 😉

We were having this discussion about pets. Both of us have had a pet in the past and were discussing the possibility of having a pet in the future. I am a dog person and my husband likes both dogs and cats but isn’t very hyper about having a pet now. I was trying to pitch my view of having a pet once we have a better and larger space etc etc… he was having none of it, too much work etc etc… This discussion went on for some time and we decided to ‘park’ the conversation about pets for a later date 😛

And then I get this as my Christmas gift 😆 along with a very lovely card.

It is called ‘newborn Teksta’ which barks like a dog, responds to your claps and if you press a button, it will sit and sing a song (doggy style) and it will also jump to your arms if you press another button. It follows you around if you keep talking to it, even though it finds it a little difficult to maneuver on the carpet. But I got my wish granted for now. I think this is his way of saying that the ‘parked’ conversation about pets is ‘suspended’ forever 😉

No such thing as part freedom.

A-Z Book List: K for Kiki

What constitutes a book? I go with the definition “a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.“, irrespective of their size and volume. I could have gone with a lot of other books for the K series like ‘Kite Runner‘ (which is an amazing book, because it made me cry – yes, literally cry, for a day or two and I refused to watch the movie after some time because I couldn’t bear to see the pain) or ‘King Solomon’s Mines‘ (yes, I do have that book and a children’s version of it too and let me tell you, it’s a very cute book to read) or any such. But instead, I chose to go with a book which doesn’t have any rating (except two) in Goodreads. I don’t even know how to categorize it. But it is a book and I have it with me. How else will I introduce you to these treasures I have heh? 😉

Name: Kiki and Other Stories by Sunanda

Genre: Children’s Literature, Fantasy

Again, I don’t remember when I got this one. I used to go to a lot of book sale events, once upon a time (when I started working, that is, and found that I had my own money with which I can do whatever I want and so, I went and bought as many books and music cassettes as possible) This is a very short book, shortest and the smallest in my collection, so far. Just 48 pages and of all the animals I had to get a book on, I went and got one about Cats. The one animal that doesn’t like me. Go figure. But then I know that they didn’t like me very recently. Those days I used to think that if dogs like me, there is no way a cat won’t like me. They are all pet animals right? Same logic applies doesn’t? Well, I was naive. I definitely don’t want a snake to like me. Thank you very much.

Coming back to the book. It is about cats which can be considered bedtime stories for kids and since it is small and handy they would definitely love it. I am going to try this on my nieces and nephew who are going to be here for their annual vacation for a week.  And I hope that this book brings a smile to their faces just like it did to me when I got it and read it some 10 years ago.

PS: Check out the rest of the A-Z Book list here

Half Moon Bay – El Granada , Pillar Point

I have always loved the Half Moon Bay in California. So many beaches , small towns and light houses in between. This time, my first trip, once I got my rental, was to the Surfer’s beach (also called as El Granada Beach) along with the Pillar Point Harbor next to it. There weren’t as many surfer’s as I would have liked and the wind and tides weren’t in favor too. But that did not stop me from enjoying a very quiet time at the beach watching kids and the dogs play. Some kids were trying so hard to try to be on the surf board. It was a pity that the day wasn’t that conducive.

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In Chikmagalur, when we were staying at the Eagle Eye Resort, we could see these two cute pups always roaming around the area especially in the mornings. When we returned from our morning trek, they were behind me and were hell bent on nibbling my shoes 🙂 And since I had my camera with me at that time, I couldn’t resist a click