October 31, 2012

Foto Fridays - Week 15

Ok... this is a "Foto Fridays" post meant for last Friday but being drafted on a Wednesday.

Last 10 days have been a topsy-turvy ride. New assignment, new people, new location, new responsibilities.

There were a lot of activities which made me creep at snail's pace to post regular snaps for the monthly challenge. But October Photo-A-Day Challenge is a wrap ! :)

October Photo-A-Day Challenge

Day 20. 4 'o clock
Moving to a new city is not an easy job. And I have exceled at the job of packing and unpacking (if I may say so). This relocation will always remain memorable for LP and me as we had just over a day to pack up the entire house and send it for shipping. I think we did a good job. :)

Day 21. Calm
Driving away to a new city with new possibilities.

Day 22. In my town
In the new city, the restaurant I visited this day had a wall adorned with abstract art.

Day 23. The view from here
My new office has running escalators all through the day to help people to commute to the other floors. This is what it looks like from up here.

Day 24. Weather
The climate is changing. So its shorter colder days filled with gloomy rain or its' brighter beautiful days like below.

Day 25. People
These miniatures are hand-carved by an artist of ancient times and arranged for exhibit at the local arts museum.

Day 26. Listening to
Old classics on my iPhone.

Day 27. Morning
Today was a lovely day after all the rain we had yesterday and being my first weekend in the new city.

Day 28. Looking back
Painting has been a long lost hobby since childhood and I am trying to revive it back these days. Looking back I remember the different kinds of paints, oils and material I had as a child.

Day 29. Moon
The moon looked like it was posing for me today. Clear sky and a amateur background.

Day 30. Clothes
At the end of the day, this is how my recliner looks like. Strewn with clothes. Living out of suitcases is hard. :-(

Day 31. Whatever you please
View of a painting hung in the hotel room.

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October 19, 2012

Foto Fridays - Week 14

This past week was quite eventful. But I will share more about it in another post. :)

And as always clicking pics on Instagram is my stress-buster time.

Take a look at the last week's themes and clicks.

October Photo-A-Day Challenge

Day 13. Landscape
I had posted earlier on my recent trip to Door County, Wisconsin.
You can find it here. Door County had many scenic locales to offer and here is one of my umpteen clicks.

Day 14. Makes you laugh - My friend's son - Adi
This chap always has me in splits each time I try to click a perfect snap of me and him. Although he wiggles like a worm in my arms, at the end of it all I get a beautiful snap.

Day 15. Dinner Time
I miss my mom's homemade south-indian delicacies. She makes them the best.
Until I reach her level, my culinary experiments will be tested by hubby (rather "on" my hubby) :-P Today's special - colacassia curry and potato fry.

Day 16. Something you wrote
We went to the local art museum earlier today. I came across few inspiring quotes in their gift shop. The best of the lot was this -

Day 17. Fruit
I am "not" a fruit person. I know I should work on this a tad bit more than ever considering how many benefits it would have on my health.

Day 18. Made you smile today
LP and I have been reminiscing more about our stay in US and the various ups and downs we faced till now. Each time we bring up a memory, we end up smiling. :)

Day 19. Letters
At the local departmental store, I am always on the look-out for small purchases which add a great value. One such purchase was this wall sticker which adorns our hall. It reads - "FAMILY - where life begins and love never ends."

If you wish to follow my snaps on Instagram, you can find me at @gomzy_nair. 

You can also find my pictures on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/momentsilike.
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October 12, 2012

Foto Fridays - Week 13

The photo themes on Instagram were interesting this week. 

And I hope this post for Foto Fridays turns out interesting too... :)

October Photo-A-Day Challenge

Day 6. I'm thankful for ... 
For being able to to live this moment and appreciate these beautiful sights of nature. This shot was taken in Door County, Wisconsin from the trip last week.

Day 7. Light - This sunset shot is the view from my drawing room. 

Day 8. Angle
From where I was seated while watching this Indian movie on my new projector and speaker system. :)

Day 9. Red
Found many of such lights atop my head at this American Chinese restaurant after enjoying a movie with LP

Day 10. Emotion
I am all smiles when it comes to driving and listening to good music. 
Are you ?

Day 11. Something close-up
A picture of the coffee table book of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. while I read and admire it :)

Day 12. On the table
A yummy chocolate dessert from Cinnabon

If you wish to follow my snaps on Instagram, you can find me at @gomzy_nair. 

You can also find my pictures on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/momentsilike.

Do tell me if you like my snaps. :) 
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October 8, 2012

Travel Diaries : Door County, Wisconsin (Part II)

After the Green Bay sightseeing ended at Saturday noon, we continued the remaining of the journey with LP behind the wheel. 

We reached Door County in 1.5 hours to view the "Pumpkin Patch" festival. With Halloween just around the corner, this festival mainly boasts of the different arrangements of pumpkins using creative themes. 

Our first photo stop, even before admiring the pumpkins, was the "The Village of Egg Harbor Marina" which docked countless yachts. A beach set perfectly on Lake Michigan - the chilly winds, the calm waters and swaying trees called for the ideal snaps.

On a perfect summer day, you could easily walk down the beach, sit on a reclining chair and enjoy reading your book with a cold drink. Or even better, go sailing on the lake.

Also saw this interesting dummy who sat fishing by the lake. ;-)

Hungry and cold, by this time, we stopped for popcorn and some hot corn sticks. Yum !

The place was filled with people and looked like a lively fair. There were rides for kids, candy stops, music, crowd, dancing, pubs... not to mention unique pumpkin patches. Two themes caught my attention - the "Angry Birds" theme (photo below) and "Different Flags" theme (which had each pumpkin painted as a different European country flag").

Next stop was Peninsula State Park located at Fish Creek, Door County. This magnanimous state park has lots of offer - camping grounds, biking trails, walking trails, a beach by Lake Michigan, parks for kids, an American amphitheater and most importantly - nature at its best. As we drove further and further into the park, our cell phone networks disappeared into oblivion. The 1 hour that we spent there, it felt as the perfect way to de-stress and lose connect with the rest of the world.

Proceeding to the end of evening, we quickly stopped at Eagle Tower - an observatory tower, built in 1914, which shows the entire Michigan shoreline. It was freezing cold at the top of this 75-foot tower, so we took some hasty snaps and descended.

Before starting back from the state park, we alighted once last time to click some more snaps.

The evening ended on a perfect note with some good Indian dinner at Bombay Sweets, Milwaukee. 

So, tell me, when was the last time you spent a day with nature and relaxed without your cell phone ? 

How does it feel to leave all technology for a day ? 
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October 7, 2012

Travel Diaries : Green Bay, Wisconsin (Part I)

LP and I were planning this trip for quite some time but because our friends could not make it, we decided to put it off. However, last Friday, last minute plans were made. 

Mr. Anna visited us from Cincinnati, Ohio and that brought along enough excitement to explore the destination. 

Truly, it was a day filled with sightseeing and nature. Green Bay and Door County, famous sports and tourist spots, are located in Wisconsin. The major highlights, going on at this time of the year, is the National Football League games and the beautiful sights nature has to offer with autumn colors.
Early Saturday, after a sumptuous Indian breakfast from home, we started for Green Bay. It's a 2-hour drive from Milwaukee. The journey up was so relaxing - thanks to lots of conversations between LP, Anna and our friend couple on telephone - Romeo & Juliet. Revived so many fun moments of the group... And when it comes to remembering our gang, I always digress .... ;-)

The onward drive had lots of breath-taking views to offer. The long and comfortable roads, clean blue skies, less vehicles on the move and hues of nature on either sides are a treat for the eyes ! Add to that, blaring loud music, 3 amateur singers with me steering the wheel - and you have a new definition for fun. :-)

As the name goes, Green Bay is home to the professional football team - Green Bay Packers

Our first stop was to visit LP's home - where he stayed since he relocated from Cincinnati 5 months ago. A serene view, the apartment is located amidst peace and quietness. I have visited the place couple of times before and the best thing I liked was the cozy atmosphere of a home.

After a quick coffee at Starbucks, our next stop was the famous stadium - Lambeau Field. The stadium and avenue are dedicated to 2 former players, later famous and long standing coaches - Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi. It's a fabulous structure and stands proof of the craziness fans must experience during football games. 

Vince Lombardi
Curly Lambeau
 A section of the interior is also dedicated to the previous championship victories and the sports merchandise. There are official stadium tours and you can see the guides who speak to their batches of visitors at length of their home team and it's achievements. 

I got to see children of ages 4-6 yrs touring the venue with the families wearing the iconic Green Bay Packers jerseys and T-shirts. A common sight even back home at India, it is amazing to see how kids are instilled to follow the great legends of the sport right from childhood.

Stay tuned to read Part-II of this post continuing with Door County, Wisconsin.

So, tell me, which sport do you follow ? And who is your favorite sports idol ? 
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October 5, 2012

Foto Fridays Again

It's been quite a while since "Foto Fridays".

I have been taking a lot of pictures on my phone and though I am not posting it here, it's definitely going up on Instagram.

It feels like a whole new world at Instagram. There are plenty to things to say, share and show - all through a picture. You can also add some amazing effects to your picture to enhance the look and feel.

Currently, there is a monthly photo challenge for October hosted by Fat Mum Slim. Everyday has a specific theme and you need to post one picture that best describes the theme. You can find it here.

I have been participating in her monthly challenges since June 2012 and must admit, it's a lot of fun.

So, starting now, I am going this use this space to show you my Instagram pictures on a weekly basis.

Let me know what you think of them. :-)

October Photo-A-Day Challenge

Day 1. Where you stood
On weeknights I am usually standing in the kitchen making dinner.  

Day 2. Lunchtime
Today's lunch featured an Indian dish. Popularly called "Makki dee roti aur saag" - this is a specialty from Punjab. 

Day 3. This happened today
LP and I went for an evening stroll today. The street lights, the long walk and the chilly atmosphere called for a perfect relaxation.

Day 4. What you read 
Currently reading "Write your Heart Out" by Rebecca McClanahan. 

Day 5. Shadow
Being a modular type, my kitchen lets me be part of the drawing room conversations when guests come over :) Here you see the shadow of the walls cast into the drawing area.

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