A dash of Pepper…

…with a splash of Mint

To November

Posted by Pepper on November 26, 2013

Dear November,

I can’t wait for you to end. No, I don’t mean to sound ungrateful. You’ve been very generous to me. I’ve packed in so many value adding experiences and fun moments in this month. It is just that, you’ve been the busiest month I’ve experienced in a long time. Right in the beginning, we had  the inlaws visiting. That left me very tied up. My evenings were full of chores. Then, we had Diwali. We geared up for the upcoming celebrations, enjoyed ourselves and stuffed our days with family gatherings and the works.

And then I caught a nasty bug that refused to leave me alone for over 2 weeks. The cough would not allow me to sleep at night. The voice was hoarse. The nose was perennially blocked. My body ached.  Yet, I didn’t have the luxury to lie limp. The demands of work forced me to keep going. And so, I kept going. Exhausted.

While I was sick, a dear friend decided to spring a surprise by arriving announced from London. There was much jubilation. Since she was here only for a limited duration, we tried to pack in a couple of outings with her. And so, after spending our day at work, we met for dinner. On a weekday. I remember feeling tired, but happy, as I snifled, and spluttered and coughed in the air conditioned surroundings of the restaurant.

Since she was to fly back soon, we also had to make sure she sees our new home before she leaves. So we planned yet another evening at home. The gang of friends arrived at night. The food was ordered. Alcohol did the rounds. There was music. Late night, or more appropriately, early morning chatter. And ofcourse, the Xbox kinect. Again, it was a fun, but tiring night for me.

I am not sure why, but post that, we saw a burst of social activity in our lives. Almost every other day, we were either hosting or visiting friends for dinner. Not just on weekends, but weekdays too! The preparations, the menu planning, the organizing, the urgent tidying of the house,  the excitement, the mild tensions, all left me overwhelmed. The weekend meets were a lot of fun. But the obligatory weekday plans made me feel too stretched.

And then, as though all of this was not enough, I was extremely busy at work because of a week long conference. The networking dinners, the handshakes, the forced wearing of heels, the never ending business talks got to me after a point. I would return home with aching heels, sore feet, a heavy head and eyes glazing with exhaustion. Only to repeat the same process the next day.

It’s been such an eventful month. I am tired, and yet, I know the next month will probably be bursting with plans too. What with some work related travel, my cousins visiting from California, the BFF’s birthday, Christmas and New Year, it can’t be any other way. Oh well, we’ll make the most of what we have.

I long for silent evenings spent by my window, with a steaming cup of filter coffee in hand. I long for a set routine, where in I come back from work, do laundry, finish dinner, unwind and go to bed. I long for sameness. Instead I live life in which each day is different, buzzing with new plans and a million social commitments. Perhaps I am going to step into a self imposed anti social cell soon.

So dear November, while you’ve been very good, I still can’t wait for you to end. Just so I can breathe. And rest. Yes, December will be busy too, but I am going to do my best to walk at a comfortable pace, instead of sprinting and falling short of breath. Oh, there is another reason I can’t wait for you to end. You see, Mint will finally, finally shave and I will breathe a sigh of relief. I dislike the frenchie. Movember, please get over soon. I’ve had enough of you. Give me my clean shaven boy back.

Thank you,

A very exhausted Pepper


23 Responses to “To November”

  1. Exhausted but in a good way Pepper. I know the social commitments get over our head sometimes, but whats life without our people surrounding it. I crib at times for ‘us’ time but when that happens for a longer period I go back to missing friend the social circles. And life goes on in such circles :P. Thanks for linking to Movember, that’s something new to read/know.

    Btw I missed commenting on your last post. Your change in work situations and you going ahead and taking up business responsibilities is commendable. You make us so proud Pepper 🙂 Way to go Girl !!!

  2. R's Mom said

    Jeez you sure had a packed November eh?

    LOL on the Movember (see thats the only thing that caught my eye!) Mint is super cute :):)

  3. Santulan said

    There there…

    can you outsource your chores? so that is at least some burden off your shoulders..

    And you have an Xbox kinect? sahiiiii

    About movember.. Mint ko khujli nahi hoti?

    • Pepper said

      We have an Xbox kinect AND a PS3. Talk about being a freak.

      And we have already outsourced cooking, cleaning, dishes and swabbing. How much more should we outsource yaar. We’re already sloths. We should get more active I think, and cut down on this aimless socialising.

  4. Sarah Syed said

    I’ve been longing the same, except my reasons are different. Very different.

  5. Smita said

    You always have such a packed schedule that U put me to shame 😀

    Here is wishing a peaceful December to you 🙂

    • Pepper said

      Oh please, look who is talking 😀 This comes from somebody who manages work, home, a child and baking and reading. Phew.
      I know it won’t be peaceful, Smita. It’s good to have realistic expectations 😛

  6. Ashwathy said

    November has been a roller-coaster ride for me. And you very well know why. 🙂

    Ouch! Your routine sounds painful. I cannot survive for more than a few days on that routine…without taking atleast a day off. Need that coffee-chill out time-read book-bedtime routine for atleast a couple of days in between to get back to some semblance of normalcy.

    P.S.: I had no clue at all about Movember. Thanks for the link!

  7. Ditto Pepper.. I also want my clean shaven hubby back.. 4 more days!! Uff..

  8. ashreyamom said

    eventful month.. 🙂

  9. Deboshree said

    The last day of the month today, Pepper. Congrats! 😀

  10. Ufff..Reading this itself making me tired. Anyways November is over and December is halfway through..I love December and the holiday spirits is making me smile all the time.

  11. Childwoman said

    How is December treating you?? Better I hope 😛

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