Monday, January 28, 2008

Home again, home again, jiggety jig!

Guess what? We're currently on an impulsive trip to India, tagging along on one of Moppet's Papa's business trips. He's had to go back, of course (oh the things he has to do to put food into our bellies!), but Moppet and I are here for a couple of weeks.

I'm pleased to report that unlike the last time, Moppet appears to have adjusted quickly and well, and I hope to get a lot more R & R this time around. (Anti-jinx! Anti-jinx! Anti-jinx!).

There have already been adventures galore, not least of which was getting hit by an out-of-control garbage truck while on our way to visit a friend. We were lucky that with Mumbai traffic being the way it is, the truck wasn't going too fast, and our car's boot took the brunt of the impact, so we emerged shaken, but unscathed. The car was in bad shape though, so Moppet and I continued our journey in a taxi, while the driver (and the inevitable Mumbai crowd of bystanders) dealt with the police and the truck driver.

I must admit to feeling rather relieved that we got off as lightly as we did - 'Death by Garbage' wouldn't have looked very nice on my epitaph, would it? :-)

I know there's a cold wave on - Mumbaikars are feeling temperature lows that they haven't felt in a decade, and the nights and mornings certainly are a bit nippy - but I do think it rather funny the way everyone's walking about in monkey caps and mittens in lovely, sunny 22-23 degree day weather. At my friend's place, her poor kids were bundled up in socks and sweaters and here was Moppet in a sleeveless vest and skirt. (Before you accuse me of neglecting my only child, as my friend most rudely did, let me tell you that Moppet refuses to wear all manner of warm clothes, and anyway, it was 24 degrees and sunny that day.)

Ahmedabad is certainly colder - I've been feeling the need for a shawl or a light sweater indoors, and I definitely need slippers around the house. Moppet however, still refuses socks and sweaters, and the only thing I've been able to trick her into wearing is an inner vest under her shirt. It's a good thing I brought her beloved pink slippers along to wear around the house - it's her only concession to the cold.

Actually, it's colder indoors than out, so we're spending a fair amount of time on the lawns, basking in the mild winter sun. 'Ouside' is anyway Moppet's preferred place to be, and more so these vast lawns with birdies and squirrels and doggies and flowers, so she's really happy. Apart from all that running around, she also navigates the stairs inside our house 2 or 3 times a day, and as a result she tires herself out and falls asleep fairly easily.

So far, so good! Posting will be sporadic (not that it wasn't before!) until we're back.

Be good, y'all!

23 comments:

Mona said...

23-24 degrees sounds heavenly. it's closer to 8-10 here in the desert.
what is going on, world?
you guys have fun!

Parul said...

You in Bombay?? Lets meet!!

Timepass said...

Have a nice trip. Hope moppet has loads of fun.

choxbox said...

haffun!

my sis (who lives in mumbai) was cribbing about the cold and all i did in response was laugh!

Just Like That said...

have fun!
Ahmedabad is very close to B'lore.....????

Btw, what a coincidence- you got banged by a car (ok Garbage truck) and I banged into a car.. :-D
check my blog if you have the time.. :-)

DotMom said...

yikes.. sorry to hear about the accident. glad you and moppett are doing good!!! Enjoy your India and R&R

Suki said...

Come to Kolkata! We want a blogmeet!

Glad you're doing okay after the accident. I hope the formalities weren't too much of a bother?

I want to see piccies of Moppet prancing around in the green outside, it sounds almost Bambi-esque :P.

PS: My word verification is "pcpal" ;)

Preethi said...

Wow.. lucky you.. enjoy your trip!!!!

Mira's mom said...

Hey Moppet's mom - Finally heard something positive about Mumbai's crawling traffic! :-) You guys have a great time!

noon said...

God, thank heavens you guys are safe...
And your description of your home sounds so good! Have a great time...R&R for sure.

dipali said...

Have fun, Moppet and her Mom:)

Rohini said...

how long does the doctor wait for the normal delivery?

Just Like That said...

???? What does Rohini's comment mean????

Moppet's Mom said...

Thank you all - yes, we're having mucho funo!

JLT - will hop over soon, and maybe Ro's comment is some sort of mommy riddle?

Just Like That said...

LOL Don't kill me... I thought she meant you were expecting Moppet's sibling! ROFL!

karmickids said...

Normal delivery....GASP What is going on here???
And you were in Mumbai. And you didnt let us know. We are hurt. And we thought you were a blogging buddy. *Dramatic sobs*

Parul said...

Okay, no problem...you're tagged!

SUR NOTES said...

Hope you are having a blast. and on your way back, if you do have the time, mail one of us in bby and we could try and organise a get together in your honour.

compulsivedreamer said...

Hope you are having a good time in India...
I love how you write and have been lurking around for almost a year now...

Finally, have pulled up some courage to start a blog of mine. I was wondering if it was okay to link yours up on mine?
http://howiwishfornewbeginnings.wordpress.com

Just Like That said...

Hellllooooo... !!!????
Where are the sporadic posts promised?:-D

Moppet's Mom said...

Patience, sweetie, patience! Will be back in Bkk on Monday with tons to post about :-)

Mystic Margarita said...

Can't wait to read about your India trip! Love and hugs to Moppet.

PG said...

Hi! I'm new here. And you are tagged!