Thursday, February 16, 2017

a day without immigrants

I was getting my nails done the other day and chit chatting with the nail lady. She was Indian so we talked about that for a bit; I told her where my dad was from and she knew all about it. It's a pretty small place so I was surprised she knew it. She said I lived there for 46 years! I was surprised because she looked about my age (40ish). I asked her how long she had been living here and she said just a year!

How bout that?

I said did you do nails in India? She said she has a bunch of salons in New Delhi.

She had sent her two daughters (ages 24 and 22) out a few years earlier so the eldest could go to SCI-arc, this crazy architectural school here in DTLA. She also brought with her her smallest son, who is 12.

I was of course curious (read: nosy) about the dad, but didn't ask.

Anyways I asked her if she liked it (she's getting used to it) but she's here to support her daughters. She said they don't have a dad, so she has to do what she can. She said, "he used to beat me so bad. In the face, everywhere. He beat me all the time."

She was separated from him in the courts, she said. No small feat, I imagine in India. She left him when her youngest boy was 4 years old because she was afraid he would turn out like his dad.

She is still married to him, though. "He'll never divorce me, I'm still his property," she said.

Anyways, she just did my nails and said she knows its going to work out.

If you saw this woman, you'd have no idea what her story was. Just another immigrant in America doing what they can do to get by.

Anyways, today is "A Day Without Immigrants" and a lot of people aren't going to work. I told the nanny she didn't have to come but was glad she did.

I have a lot of favorite immigrants (here's looking at you DAD) but I can tell you that my life wouldn't function without them.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

valentimes day - this post was from yesterday but I never had a chance to publish it

happy valentine's day to you and yours!

Ten years ago, I wrote this on Valentines day:

Well, this was a new sensation this morning. Being pelted with little tiny ice cubes on my way to work. Makes the best sound on the trash bags as you walk by them, but certainly doesnt feel great on the back of your ears. Ears!

What are your plans for today? Mine are to make full indian dinner and then watch LOST. Maybe Babe and I will toast with a glass of wine, before he has to go play Volleyball.

Funny responses from the people who used to comment on my blog all the time! Have a look here
For tonight, we have valentimes cards for the girls and I got babe fancy donuts from Birdies Downtown which makes I think the best donuts I've had in southern California? 

Monday, February 13, 2017

wknd photos

we went to a birthday party on saturday night and it was so fun! 
Cin, ally and me! 

i took joze to the library for craft making. 

she heard the garage door open so she went to sit and wait for her dada. 

Cin made these beautiful quiches for a little ladies lunch I hosted on sunday! 

we got new lights put in the ceiling and i can't get enough of them! 

Friday, February 10, 2017

haiku friday

sometimes my weeks are 
extremely productive. and
sometimes, they are not.

this week was a blur.
i moved some items along,
not my usual.

my least favorite 
month may be february.
kind of a let down.

Monday, February 06, 2017

wknd pics

my sister and i having a toast to a girls weekend! 

in front of the culver hotel 


buddy's pics 

of everyone 

a blurry one of donnajean 

fruit kabobs for superbowl 

"take a picture of my hands to show dad"

little microwbrewery visitation 

joze loves dogs and this house 

she look so cute inside! 

muggin for the camera at the fridays 

Friday, February 03, 2017

haiku friday

geez, i'm late on this.
i will blame it on the rain.
what a week this was.

300 person 
event, plus the usual
meetings and phone calls.

glad for the weekend.
babe is out of town, but Ang
is coming to stay. 

Thursday, February 02, 2017