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!