Gratitude Challenge Week 11

Week 11 topic is Someone who inspires you. I can’t think of single someone but I am always inspired by working mother Flirt female. I don’t know how they do it all.

I am the laziest person around but to see some women who get up in the morning, get their kids ready, make lunch for them, leave them in the school and go to work. And in the evening, they pick up the kids, cook dinner, read stories/ homework and put them to sleep. They inspire me. They are doing so many things. I know a lot of working mom’s but to look at them, you would think that it is all so easy. There are some of them who are very creative during their spare time as well. They all inspire me to be better person.

Gratitude Challenge Week 10

Week 10 topic is List 5 things you like about you. I have to say this is difficult. It took me 30 minutes to write all the things I like about myself and then I chose things which I like the best Smile .

  1. My ability to read others – I have always trusted my instinct and I always knew when to avoid certain person Star
  2. Blogging – I actually like the fact that I am still sticking to blogging even after 8 years Thumbs up
  3. Cook – I am a good cook and I love to bake but only when my mood strikes Plate
  4. Practical – I am very practical. If I am solving a problem then I will think practically and not decide with my heart High five
  5. Loyal to the person who matter Red heart

Wet n Wild Mega last Lip Color

I didn’t realize that I haven’t been doing reviews for a long time and I think its time to do just that. I am going to start with one of my favorite lip sticks in the drugstore. It is very inexpensive and they are fabulous. If I am stuck in an Island with just 1 beauty item, then it would definitely be a lipstick. I have always been a lipstick person. These lipsticks retail for about $1.99 and they are very pigmented. They are opaque and apply very smoothly on your lips. They do appear to be semi-matte which I love. They have a lot of color range which will suit a fair skin to deep skin tone.

The formula is consistently good in these lipsticks. You can easily find some color which will your skin tone. The colors which I have in my collection are:

903C – Just Peachy. It is popular with the fair skin tone ladies. It is a gorgeous peach color. But with my skin tone it kind of looks like a pastel peach in my lips.

905D – Smoking Hot Pink. It is a fabulous hot pink and I LOVE this color. It is fantastic on a makeup less day. The color brightens up my face. It is a perfect match for my skin tone and Yes, it is a bright color.

906D – Wine Room. It is a mauve color and a subtle color. I do love this color as well.

There are shades of reds, oranges and pinks in these collection and they all look fabulous. The only downside I could think of is that if your lips are dry then it can emphasize when you apply this lipstick. The solution is applying a light lip balm before this lipstick. Overall, you definitely need these in your collection.

From T to B – Wine Room, Smoking Hot Pink, Just Peachy

Gratitude Challenge Week 9

Week 9 Topic is How did you feel? I didn’t know what the topic meant, but I will take it in the context of how did I feel on my first day of seeing the pet shelter. My biggest fear before volunteering in the pet shelter was that I will get upset when I see the cats in the cage. I agree, the one thing I can’t digest or get over is animal abuse or animals in need. I feel guilty and worry about them. And that is the reason I don’t read news because bad news upsets me. I am sensitive and I can’t watch anybody suffer Sad smile. On my first day of my volunteering, I was learning the routines and things to do. I realized that the cats there are being treated good because of the kind and worried volunteer 24/7 . They are not suffering and the people are looking out for them.

It certainly made me feel better to see how experienced volunteers are spending a lot of time with the shy and scared cats. They will talk to them and cajole them to eat. They spend nearly 40 minutes with them to let them know that they are going to be ok. And when the shy ones get adopted, the accomplishment you feel is so high. We get so happy when we find the cats/kittens adopted. You see lot of these shy ones in the shelter and I do worry about them when I get home. I somehow get attached to them.

Recently I have been worrying about 2 cats in the shelter. One of them is a kitten named Prudence Cat face, who is 6 months old. She has black and white marking. When she came to the shelter, she was hurt in the tail. The vet believed that her tail had  been run over by a vehicle  Sad smile and to see her in the cage in page and growling at everyone, I had this sick feeling and worried about her. She didn’t eat and was in pain a lot. Finally the vet decided to amputate the tail and it took her 2 weeks with a cone around her head and now she is the sweetest kitten ever. All the volunteers in my shift just can’t get enough of her and we all worry about her. Hopefully in a week or two she will get adopted to lovely people. And the second cat from this week is Jack Cat face. He is a one eyed adult with the sweetest nature. He is so affectionate and a lap kitty. I am in love with him. I just worry with his one eye that he is ok with climbing in his cage but he reminded me so much of my kittens. I seriously hope that he gets adopted this week.

After reading their stories, I hope you realize how tough it is for me to leave them there. I just want to take them home and care for them forever. There are so many shy, older cats in the shelter and they worry me because I want their old age to be spend in a content home rather than in a small cage. I worry about each and every one of the older ones because they don’t get adopted quickly. I just console myself saying that there are lot of people out there who will give a loving home to these cats. We always hope that the problem cats will be adopted too.

I feel both accomplished and worried by the time I come home. And somehow I hope that I will keep doing this for a long time Fingers crossed.

Gratitude Challenge Week 8

Week 8 topic is expressing gratitude to 3 people. I want to thank someone whom I haven’t mentioned in my gratitude challenge and I hope I can do that for this year’s challenge Smile. The 3 people who I want to express my gratitude are the friends who were there for me during my transition from a single woman to a married woman in a strange new country. I am talking about someone who were there for me when I moved to Dublin. Moving to a new country was difficult for me because everything is new but these 3 people made me comfortable and I was very fortunate in that.

The 3 people I am talking about are,

Tapas – She was my neighbor in Navan and those first few months of my first year, she was my anchor and kept me from going stir crazy. Our afternoon teas, gossips and her mom’s paratha’s are some of the few memories which I cherish the most.

Deepthi – She was a shopaholic, just like me and I loved going out with her. And one of my most memorable time with her was our vacation together in France and Spain Open-mouthed smile . We certainly had a blast. And I won’t ever forget our trip to Monte Carlo and the Gucci store where she kept trying on clothes which were about 2500 Euros In love. We got along together so well and had fun on all those trips.

Leena – She is the first Tamilian I met in Ireland and she is such a sweetheart. She was a great cook and one of the people I visit whenever I miss talking in Tamil. She made me feel so comfortable in a strange new country.

Did you know that Tapas, Deepthi and my husband’s name are the same Laughing out loud. Whenever we are together, we used to say “my (hubby’s name) said that” and all the other ladies used to tease us about it. That is certainly one of my memorable times in Dublin. As an introvert, I find it difficult to make new friends but these 3 people made me feel as if I knew them forever. Somehow we just got along together very well. I will always cherish the memories with them.

Gratitude Challenge Week 7

Week 7 topic is a Friend. I have made lot of friends in my life but I will talk about a Friend who made a difference in my life. I always found it hard to make new friends. I am not the person who goes and talk to a stranger but if they talk to me then I will talk. I have always been an Introvert. I have always preferred books to going out and making friends during my childhood. I met this friend Princess in college and we were classmates. Before I take them into my friend circle I always observe people to see if I will get along with them. We were just classmates during our first year but then I sort of gravitate towards her and the main reason was her personality. She is one of the genuinely nicest person I have ever met and she was very helpful.

I have always trusted my instinct. I had these feeling that some friends just use you and then just ignore you. I hate those kind of person. Suddenly they call you after months just because they need something from you. I don’t encourage those kind of people. If you have met lot of people then you understand that getting along with a person is very tough, at least for me, due to the demands they make on us. I don’t want to call them every day to ask what they ate or meet them everyday. If we don’t have anything in common then I don’t have to talk to you. If we have very less things in common then maybe talking or texting once a week is more than enough (for me).

During my college days, I was just a quiet, shy person who just smiled at everyone. I was an average student, studying only when I have to study. This friend helped me a lot with my studies and I should probably say that she is one of the reason I didn’t fail in my college In love. I used to go to her house to study and meeting her family changed me. Everyone in their family was genuinely nice. I LOVED going to her house. Her father was the softest spoken person I have ever met in my life and I have a great respect for him. Being her friend changed me to a better person and gave me more confidence in me. Everyone in her family was very encouraging to me. Even now when we talk to each other our conversation just flows, it’s as if we have been talking every day. But since she is in the west coast and I am in the east coast and she is a working mom, we rarely get time to talk. I would say maybe twice a year but I look forward talking to her.

We just got along well together and that is a very rare thing. I do have lot of friends but having a best friend is rare and I think everyone can understand it. I think she is the type who will make her friends feel that they are her best friend and that is a fantastic quality. I am GRATEFUL Red rosefor meeting her in my life.