A dash of Pepper…

…with a splash of Mint

Life updates

Posted by Pepper on February 24, 2016

It hit me with a smack. The realisation that we’ve reached the end of Feb. In a few days, we’ll spill over into March. Life goes by so fast! This year has been fairly good to me, making me hang on to the optimism I had in the beginning of the year.

What have I been up to? Not much really. A while ago, I consciously decided to slow down my life and from what I can see, the effects have been wonderful. Through some stroke of luck, both Mint and I were able to get some time off work at the same time. This has always been hard to accomplish in the past. It is a strange feeling to wake up and know you have the entire day to your disposal. I wake up with no real agenda. Initially, I told myself I would try and do more. Read and cook for example. Instead, I do neither. I sleep in, I wander around the house, I take long naps, I browse the internet for hours and in short, waste all my time. I stopped feeling guilty after a point and decided to allow myself to do exactly what I wanted, even if it meant being a sloth and nothing else.

It is also great to have the opportunity to relax and unwind together with Mint. We go for early morning movie shows, we go to food courts in malls to eat and satiate random cravings. We hang out and explore new places. One of our recent and highly cherished discoveries has been a little place in Bandra that serves absolutely brilliant Asian food. The dumplings are melt in your mouth, but most importantly, I’ve been overjoyed to discover the availability of good Ramen. Even the veggie version is perfect, and better than all the Ramen I got in the US. We visited the place twice in the same week and each time I sat back and lazily slurped on my delicious Ramen, I said a thank you to the universe for making my life pretty damn perfect.

In other news, we finally stopped dithering and registered for adoption. This has been a big move on our part. We are now officially PAPs, which stands for Prospective Adoptive Parents in Indian adoption parlance. Of course, it is a lengthy process. We have submitted a million documents and are yet to submit a million more. But the fact that we may be less than a year away from getting our baby girl in our hands is exciting and terrifying. There are still some roadblocks lying ahead on our personal front (which I plan to write about in a while), but I am hoping we are able to overcome those and go ahead with adoption the way we intended to. I think we should know for sure in the next few months. *Fingers crossed* If by chance  we find out that the door to adoption is closed for us, then we will think of having our own child (The heart rate is in control and I have been given all clearances by doctors! Yay!). But I am so glad we have made adoption our first choice.

Lastly, I finally managed to get myself to join a yoga class. I think it is the most amazing thing I am doing for myself right now. I start my day with an hour of yoga every morning, and I can’t stop marveling at how well balanced a work out it gives me. I absolutely love it. I can’t wait for the day where I can twist my body into pretzels the way other people around me in class can. Baby steps, I tell myself. My body is way too stiff. I can’t even come close to touching my toes with my hands. Freeing up my body and gaining flexibility will take me some time, but I know if I continue this class and remain dedicated and consistent, I am going to get there soon. I have already taken the most difficult step, which was to begin. The rest will follow. I already feel pretty damn great after the hour long yoga session in the morning.

Other than all of this, there are some uncertainties brewing in our life. I’m not sure where exactly we will be 6 months down the line. I can foresee some changes. But by now, I’ve learnt to take this in my stride. I will talk about it when I feel ready to. Right now, I’m happy to close my eyes and stay oblivious to all possible outcomes and scenarios. Besides, for all I know, we just might be able to avoid the changes completely, so no point thinking about them now. Living in the present is something I have learnt with great difficulty. And now that I have, I am not letting myself entertain thoughts of a different future. My present is quite perfect and I am happy to soak in it.

Anyway, that’s about all that has been going on in our lives. How have you been?


36 Responses to “Life updates”

  1. So proud that you and Mint registered to be adoptive parents! It’s a great step forward and it is going to make a tremendous difference in a girl child’s life . I wish you both success in this journey 😊

  2. Wohooo! Thats giant news! Congratulations (Or is it too early?). You guys will make awesome parents 🙂

  3. Deepa said

    Wow!!! this is fantastic! I am sure it will all work out in the end. Good luck, adopting a baby girl sounds wonderful!

  4. Bhavani said

    Super duper like this post Pepper!!! So so excited for you guys!!! Hope you have your little Angel in your arms… Best wishes from my heart….Glad you have an alternate plan to extend your family also….

    Glad to know you are less stressed and enjoying small things which am sure means a lot to both of you..

    Hope you continue to have this bliss!!


  5. Such a feel good post Pepper, had me smiling through out 🙂

  6. Arch said

    That’s great news! Congratulations on registering for adoption. You are doing a great job!
    Good to hear that your heart rates are under control too. 🙂

  7. D said

    Congratulations!..I feel its a very brave decision to adopt…Great..all the best..:)…..your routine sounds so tempting!!..

  8. parijatshukla2014 said

    Its really good to see how we are evolving as a progressive society with ppl going to adopt a kid despite having options to have their own. Way to go….
    Now that i am shifting to Mumbai i will be able to try eateries suggested. Do inform not so known things abt this city in future posts. Thanks.

  9. I think it’s so good of you to adopt a child and give her the best in the world. Stay blessed. The year started swiftly despite me thinking it would be slow.

  10. My Era said

    So glad all is well on the health front for you 😀
    Good luck with the adoption procedure and hope the peace chooses to stay with you all along.

  11. First – A very sincere hearty {{Hugs}} on the adoption initiation. That one is BIG! Keeping my fingers crossed for everything to go right and you both get all the joys you deserve 🙂

    Second – Heart-rate issue resolved and how smoothly ( at-least from a readers perspective)…that you told it in a little bracket! How cool! Kudos girl, actually am very proud of you on that.

    Last – May your future be as perfect as your present Pepper. Anything doesn’t matter as long as you are enjoying every moment of it 🙂

  12. Deepa said

    Big love on taking that first step baby mama(yup will always think of you that way :-)) Fingers and toes crossed all the way here in bay area for you guys. We here take our aunty and uncle and nephew duties pretty seriously so expect us to be lighting diyas and all in prayer for everything to go off well for you guys whichever option you eventually choose or is chosen for you.

    Take care of that dil of yours. I kinda liked it very much when I met it last year so have quite a personal investment in ensuring it remains hale and hearty(sorry, very bad pun I know).

    • Pepper said

      Aww, thanks! Please light plenty of diyas. We need the light to make sure we don’t falter 🙂
      This dil also likes you very very much. So you take care of yourself for me, will ya?

  13. Pepper ,yours is the only blog which is open to read ..considering so many have shut down to general public.When you wrote about your health sometime back, i was really shaken.Sorry to bring that up. But still i am happy that you have really slowed down and are back to enjoying life.

  14. A bit late in commenting here, but a big congrats on registering for adoption. I know its a big move and am glad you went through with it. Also, good you are able to manage stress better. Staying calm helps in all aspects of life, so its a big plus! Hope you get your little angel soon!

  15. This is big news! 🙂 All the best to you guys! *Hugs and big smiles!*

  16. Priya said

    I have been doing Yoga for past six years and totally love it. I am glad you are enjoying the experience of yoga. Good luck with the adoption process!

  17. RH said

    Wow ….. adoption is a huge step considering our society’s mindset. Hope everything goes smooth. Bravo…..

  18. Dear, catching up your posts after long long time. Super excited about the adoption news. I am sure you and Mint will make an amazing parents.

    Take care of your health. Yoga sounds promising. Keep it up.

    Off to read the rest of the posts.

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