Thursday, October 29, 2009

This post is all about me. Read it only if you want to, if not go away don't crib

This post is all about me, myself and I. If you are against boasting and believe that people shouldn't constantly harp on their achievements, then I will give you 2 ways to avoid feeling sucky. If you own a Mac, take your cursor to the upper left-hand side corner, you see that small red button with a cross? Click on that. If you have a PC, the button is on the upper right-hand side corner. When that button is pressed it will take you back to your Gandhian way of life heehaaw!

How many of you are still with me? Ok Sakshi, Nags, Arch and HB I see 4 hands (you guys are so special, do you realize that?):D. I was for the most part buried in my books but did manage to have some fun. My life from Aug. 10th to Oct. 29th:

1) A friend came visiting:
The first person to become my friend in bloggerville was Nandu. I still don't know how we began dating, I mean talking :D. We spend a considerable time on Gtalk discussing very important issues that plague the world. For example, topics on Ina Garten, US of A bane or boon (mostly bane), sucky health care system, food blogs, food blogs that have dog food as human food, non-food blogs, in-laws, out-laws, how to remove laws, jobs, depressing H4 visa, gay guys on TV, Padma Lakshmi... the list is crazy and goes on. And then there was the rasam power and BBB powder that she sent me (now how on earth can one not be friends with her?). So finally they decided to come meet moi and ma mari. Oh lord! it was the funnest (yep that word is in the Oxford dictionary alright) time I have had in a looong time. I expected her husband A to be this geeky-no fun -all books guy, I was SO wrong! He was SO SO funny and witty (actually wittier than Nandu, sorry maa). I was jabbering away non-stop (yeah even while having food) for 3 awesome days. Nandu I won't forget your American accent, Trya Banks imitation and POT! A, your Karadi TR talks, "illavarasi good morning illavarasi. Amma nan vandhuvitten" (I am giggling as I type this) is often recollected. My only grouse- next time when you come bring 2 loaves of that cake and 3 bottles of thokku! You guys totally rock. See I wrote a whole paragraph on you both, I deserve a cake (Devil's chocolate cake).

2) Crochet to save my sanity (or retain my insanity, I'm not too sure):
I have been wanting to learn crochet ever since I saw stuff on Nupur's blog. I tried to learn it from you-tube, it was SO frustrating. Finally I went and enrolled for crochet lessons in a craft store. A dear friend of mine was celebrating her birthday and she asked for some knitted/crochet things. "Never shut the door on opportunity", said Socrates (go check if you want), so there I made all this,


And my dear cousin is expecting her first baby, "Never miss the opportunity that comes second", said Julius Caesar (Google it if you want!)

A blanket

and a hat

On the knitting front I learnt how to knit cables and loops, sweet.


3) How to use my camera more effectively:
Photography classes. Yep went and took a half a day course on photography. Took lots of notes, went "oooooooH" "aaah-haaaa", got some gyaan on ISO, aperture and exposure. So much fun for $50, 4 hours of class.

4) Bakerella:
I love to bake. Period. But I have trouble decorating cakes. And what did I do? Yes! Joined a cake decorating class in Micheals'. My teacher is a super cool woman, she has her own catering business and makes cakes for a living (how awesome-superduper-cool is that?!). You can watch her on Fox News.
And my cakes:
a) The "OMG its my first cake" cake:


b) Freaky clown cake:


c) The dreaded rose cake:


d) For the 2nd course we made a LOT of flowers using royal icing and we were supposed to make a basket-weave cake and decorate the cake with the flowers.


Unfortunately, my cake looked more like the "Amazon jungle cake" than a basket cake!

I dislike cakes with frostings so all these cakes went to J's office.

5) Landed a movie role:
Yes people, Stephen Spielberg asked me if I could be in the next Indiana Jones movie, as Harrison Ford's great-great-granddaughter. Well, I thought about it for some days. You know how difficult it is for married women to work- like I have a husband who is totally dependent on me, my plants that need watering, cooking and other domestic chores need to be done. He said 2 million I said yes. The movie is going to be released in Summer 2011. We still haven't decided on the name, some suggestions are: "Indiana Jones retire, SJ take over", "Old Indiana Jones", "Indian Jones and The Temple of Retirement Homes", "Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Graveyard", "Indiana Jones and The Last Coffin".

Thank you, come again.

Okay I lied. I lied about Socrates :| *SJ hangs head in shame*


  1. again i am not one of those special threesome....but those pictures lured me to read everything...
    you were lying about doing a research thesis n doing baking classes n knitting and even were negotiating for a movie.......

    ****still some static****

    not fair....

    those *people* knew you are coming with cakes n goodies ...that's why they were missing you......samjhi!!

  2. :( Again you thought I am not with you, again SJ :(
    If I forgive you for that, I like that clown cake, can u do that for me?I am serious.I liked that blue cap too.*I want*

  3. ayyo where is the bucket I say? I want to cry again. Every time I see my reader update with a masala vade post I jump like those lunatics in NASA who goes bonkers after seeing a drop of water miles and miles away...

    *Samy's Umreekan ishtyle* Didtcha know you were terribly missed and your wacky comments too?? Good lord at last sanity is back into this least for you know for who??

    "food blogs that have dog food as human food"..... I am inconsolable after reading this line. I wish I had met you way before hitting madly on these blogs and loosing my appetite forever...sobs. Btw thanks for the links of awesome Humanly Food Blogs.

    Gosh tell me where can I do a thesis? You make it all sound so much fun with all the pics you have put up. errr...u say we can't give a thesis on cakes? ayyo....sobs you made a cake in the sweet toilet memory of Ramu and cut him up?? *sakshi wails loudly and goes off to shed her tears in front of Ramu's grave..the toilet*

  4. I DO NOT read when I see here goes for the pics..sp the crochet work..:O :O :O

  5. Not all the pics open here... but Boy some cakes those... !!!! nevermind the funny things and badi dinge you were throwing about yourself... I just couldnt look away from the cakes... !!!!!!!!

    Crochet... hmm well its talent... !! but those cakes... sigh they look awesome !!!!

    so you have a 5th guy who read it all !!!!!!!

    and btw that Spielberg thing... lol you cant fool me... we have a contract and he has me signed for all future movies with me... and we have a original name too...

    Indiana Jones discovers his Indian match !!!!! - Hitchy !!!!

  6. "you were lying about doing a research thesis" Yeah RIGHT!
    "those *people* knew you are coming with cakes n goodies ...that's why they were missing you" YEAH RIGHT!! Go figure!

    Ayyo sorry maa HB. See in large font and bold! If you had stayed anywhere near my place I would have gladly baked a clone cake everyday.

    Sakshi I am ordering a custom made bath tub for you! Oh the dog food blogs you just need to wear SPF45 sunscreen lotion you will be fine ;) "Gosh tell me where can I do a thesis? You make it all sound so much fun" when you do your thesis let me know if it was fun!

    Nandu whoever called you?! A not there?

    Thanks maa Purnima!!

    Hitchy,my Hindi is beyond pathetic so its best to refrain from using hindi here! "badi dinge" I know badi is big God knows what dinge is! Ya but your movie doesn't have harrison ford no? So its not original :P

  7. ofcourse no Indy... just the girls... !!!!!!!!! and me !!!!!1

  8. welcome glad u got ur ass back love love the cakes lady...wat a treat to my eyes when they badly want something refreshing!!

  9. hey thosecake decors look awesome! where is this clas??

  10. Good job done SJ,three months u did so much.

    Cakes snaps are mouthwatering,me too don't like icing but the pictures are looking great.

  11. Couldn't read ur lengthy post...but saw ur hand-made stuffs pics. too good kane

  12. your movie role and those names...LOL :D

    You really live your life so creatively. Loved your all creations. Even I am too curious to join Cake classes and will do it for sure. :)

    You are passed and your Peda is done! Wait n watch. :)

  13. welcome back SJ.., I love your posts. I wonder whether you were studying or learning whole lot of new stuffs.., I envy you for learning soo many new things :D
    I'm clean bowled over those loops & cables knitted...oh!!!, not to forget that "amazon jungle cake!!",
    Great job gal!!, you rock in whatever you do.

  14. Were u a novice when u started all this needlework? They are awesome, where did u learn from?
    Ur a master cake decorator now!!

  15. you didn't talk about your dissertation, you realise that right?!

    and what the heck is with all those cakes. i am supposed to be the awesome one around here, not you. all those classes!! man!! the cakes look good and don't get me started on the crochet blanket.

    when are u visiting me in SG?

  16. ehhh dudette!!!!!....if your cake decorating class teacher is "awesome-superduper-cool" then take it from me..U are one awesomee(please note the "double "e")uber cool lady. (ok..that was just to add to your self bragging post.. :P.. :D)

    but seriously girl, i am impressed..u r one uber talented lady..please dnt let ur talent go astray in that baneful US of A..please come back to OI in the W(well....i am sure u didnt understand that and this is because u r there in that dumbest of place...but give it a try..i am sure u will succeed..after all u r born and brought up in the OI in the W)...

    Liked your bragging as much and to brag about myself let me go and join some classes particularly where there is one super-duper talented teacher...

    till then..keep bragging.. :D

  17. Lady, you really rock !! I mean, just look at all those cakes and the crochet, and all this while doing thesis on a subject that I dont even comprehend...The icing is simply awesome, specially the amazon one...And that crochet topi is too cute...BTW, my bday is a couple of months away...

  18. Sigh! And you have been having all the fun :D
    No seriously, who can have the heart to cut those cakes??? I could store it forever and keep gazing at them for hours!!!

  19. ha ha...lolz on Go Figure..

    this doggy bloggy found two good food blogs for homo sapiens due to this post of your's....
    thanks a ton for that...

  20. SO you fool us into believing that you were neck deep into some thesis and then you go and have this whole lot of self improvement classes and learn all the wow things and we here stupid mortals just keep unfair is this generation!!!

  21. How come you did not see my raised hand? Just because you are not on my gtalk...I am extremely miffed.

    Thought I would not comment on the cakes and and the crochet creations as I am seriously miffed but could not resist. Your amazon cake was simply amazing.

    And I thought you were buried under books.Huh, all this and you found no time to blog???

  22. You did all that? The lovely crochet work, the icing on the cake that looks so yummy...Time off your thesis work? Hmmm...sure deserve a pat on the back.

  23. SJ, Read, no saw your post yesterday. Could not get my eyes off those cakes! Could you pass your next cake this way please?

    But are you telling us that you stayed away from the blogworld to crochet, bake and negotiate a movie offer??? Here I was thinking that poor SJ must be struggling trying to work through her thesis!! All the sympathy taken back :)

    But all will be forgiven if you could send a divine cake over :)

  24. Indy didn't have too many girls no? Not like that other character james Bondu 00000.

    Thanks Rush!

    P those classes are in Micheals' and AC Moore. Wilton cake decorating classes.

    Thank you Saritha. Yeah I prefer plain cakes.

    Reks thanks kane maa!

    Sonu, I am sure its there in Aussie. My mom had taken those classes in India some 15 yrs ago! So I am pretty sure you can find them in Aus.

    Sush well I was studying but took up all these to give my brain a rest. Thanks!

    Poornima I learnt knitting from you tube took crochet lessons in AC Moore. Yeah I didn't know how to even hold the needles when I started knitting You tube zindabad!

    Whoever said you are not awesome?! Look at all the things you do! Remember I am a student and you work. I have more free time than you! I would LOVE to visit SG when...dunno :(

    Priya thanks. I am trying OI in the W. PLease tell me its not Hindi, I can never figure it out!

    You don't study Biology how I can I expect you to understand Arch?! This J has been listening to me talk about it for 3 yrs he is still confused :D B'day duely noted :)

    Meira I didn't put that fun part thesis part! No I think J's co-workers ripped those cakes!

    Sangeeta God only knows what you are saying! Very confused!

    If I hadn't done any of this I would totally lost it! "stupid mortals" ?!! definitely not the word to describe you!

    Aparna ok let me add you on Gtalk and convince you the importance of technology and and music and why Ishita needs an ipod!

    Thanks RGB!

    Smiths, if you were living even in the nearby state I would have sent them your way. Yeah the movie offer took some time but the rest was easy :P

  25. I am a little confused. Are you really going to be in SS movie? and those cakes..they7 do not look like some amateur..well done!

  26. my god that was the funnest :P post i have read in long time, well yaa i am impressed very much, you are a woman of much talents, i love the crochets i love the cake and i especially love the photographs love em totally , and i love the way you write, the last para took the cake too :P

    take care and keep writing.........

  27. oh my my! so this is what you have been upto all thses days?? and you made us all think the prof had snatched you away from us..evil!!

    I'll have the purple and green crocheted cap and the fish cake!!oh just forget it,I want them all!
    They are lovely,SJ!

    And you're going to be in the next indiana jones movie??? you sure Harrison-hunk-Ford is aware about it? :P

  28. Thank god you're back! And how! I'm part jealous for not being able to do so many things with my hands and part sad for being so far away from you. I could do with a sampling of all of those goodies!

  29. ayyoooooo,I had left my comments and drools on those cakes and crochets.I cant find it here? Glitches glitches..sick of them!

    I loved the cakes and crochets,SJ!!

  30. not bad u have learnt so much good .cakes decoration is super u can open a bakery after comming back here do some more of that table mat its looking nice. now no tention of studying so keep trying out new things all the best

  31. Wow! I enjoyed reading this and great job with croache. First time here, I enjoyed reading few of your posts and nice clicks of the dishes.


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