Archive for August, 2008

Weddings Galore

August 29, 2008 5:09 pm

Hi Friends and Family!

Glenn and I are having an excellent time settling down in Madison. His business is up and running (smoothly, finally) and I’ve started orientation for school this week. However, we didn’t actually spend last week in Wisconsin, as we were in Detroit, MI for my cousin Swati’s wedding! It was lovely because Glenn actually got a chance to get to know my family, apart from the business of our own wedding in July. Here we are with my cousins Shruti and Medha from Cali:

cousins

cousins

My cousin Nisha jiji and her husband Adam jijaji came all the way from Italy, and I was so excited for Glenn to get to know them. They have a GORGEOUS little girl, my niece, Meena. Isn’t she cute?!

Apparently, she already loves jewelry something serious and couldn’t keep her little baby fingers off my bangles 🙂 We spend Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in detroit, and partied pretty much the whole time. Friday night (the Sangeet night) was my favorite. Here we are all dressed up with Shaila:

We danced until our feet hurt!

The wedding was on Saturday, and the bride and groom looked amazing:

Then, at the reception, we danced until we ached again!


The family was pretty impressed with Glenn’s dancing skills! At the end of the wedding, the cousin-brothers carried Swati out on this:

It looked pretty neat, but I’m glad that I didn’t get carried out like this, I think. Glenn got to help carry her, making him feel very much like part of the Garg/Gupta family:

He’s such a hard worker 🙂

Altogether, we’re doing pretty well! I’ll write another update soon about our settling since the wedding. Thanks to everyone who has sent their love and well wishes!

With love,

Pooja

Okay… let’s backtrack a bit.

August 8, 2008 10:42 pm

Hi my friends and family!

Momma K just posted some photographs of us packing up and unpacking when we got here (before it got clean!) SO I thought I’d share some of these as well so, as she put it, you can appreciate all our hard work!

This is us packing up the truck at Glenn’s mom’s house:

ooo stuff

ooo stuff

yay we've packed the truck

yay we've packed the truck

And after we’re showered and well-fed, ready to begin:

we're leaving nc

we're leaving nc

Then, when we finally got everything out of the truck in the apartment:

doesn't look too bad, right?

doesn't look too bad, right?

And then when we started to actually unpack all of those boxes:

ahhh a mess!

ahhh a mess!

Please note that in the above picture, glenn is lounging on top of a bunch of boxes and packing material in order to enjoy his ice cream. This is what it looked like for about a day, which is how long it took us to just put everything away and clean up this big mess.

Finally – bc more pictures of me were requested by my parents – here I am after doing the lunch dishes on the first day I get to wear real non-junky clothes:

im so pretty

im so pretty

So that’s all the pictures I have today, but it was a pretty good day. Glenn pretty much worked all day, as he’s just taken on a new project which means he’s now working 45-50 hrs a week. We wake up at about 8am, have a bowl of cereal, do some morning strength training work-outs together, and then Glenn goes to the office to work while I go for a walk around the neighborhood. Today I tried out a new route we created with gmap pedometer that took me around “Sunset Village Neighborhood” which is right behind us. I saw a house that was actually just a mound with a door that was covered in stones and grass… but it was somebody’s house. I’ve never seen anything like it and it was the ugliest thing and glenn thinks that hobbits live there. I will post a picture tomorrow. A mound. I swear. Also, I cooked Indian food for the first time today all by myself. It was pretty tasty if I do say so myself: daal, cauliflower sabji, and rice yum. You should come visit and taste for yourself!

Lots of Love!

Pooja

Yay Wisconsin!

August 7, 2008 2:46 pm

After three days of driving across virginia, west virginia, kentucky, ohio, indiana, illinois and of course WISCONSIN and five days of cleaning, unloading, bugging our landlord, waiting for the cable company, cleaning, unpacking, compulsively checking craigslist for cheap furniture, making runs to target, and (of course) more cleaning we are finally (almost) completely settled into our beautiful little apartment in Madison!

We left from North Carolina on Thursday, July 31st with the U-Haul and all of our junks packed and tied tightly in the truck on our way to West Virginia. There we stayed the night with Papa and Grandma Ford and on Friday we drove to visit Mamaji (Pooja’s uncle), Mamiji (aunt), Nisha jiji (cousin), and our baby niece Meena (nisha’s cutie pie!) in Indianapolis and spend the night with them. On Saturday we met up with Momma K (Glenn’s mom), who was driving the car a day behind us, and made our way to Madison! Overall the driving was much much better than we anticipated and the only nastiness we ran into was traffic in Chicago (at 4pm on a Saturday, yuck) in which we were stuck for a whole hour moving like 10mph. It could have been worse, I suppose!

We FINALLY arrived in Madison circa 8:30pm EST/7:30pm CST on Saturday August 2nd! We unloaded the truck, got some help from other graduate students with the furniture (yay new friends!) and the three of us (Glenn, Pooja, and Momma K) cleaned like crazy! The apartment was supposed to have been cleaned before we got here… and there was an appearance of cleanliness without actual cleanliness so we made power trips to the dollar tree and target for cleaning supplies and must have spent the first 48 hours with our hands in rubber gloves. Despite our efforts, the carpet was leaving our feet black (gross) and had to get it cleaned, which involved a lot of bugging the landlord. But now, finally, with everything put away and the whole apartment (carpet included, thank you carpet man) clean as a whistle, it is beginning to feel like home!

So, want a tour? Of course you do! Here it is:

our bedroom

our bedroom

This is the northeast corner of our home: the bedroom! You can see our bed on the right and dresser on the left and lots of windows so we get lots of light!

our bedroom
our bedroom

Voila the other side of our bedroom! We’ve got lots of mirrors and storage space. On the left you can see the door to the rest of the apartment. Out of that door and to the left is the office, so let’s go there next!

yes our office needs some loving still
yes our office needs some loving still

So far all we’ve got is the (like new!) twin mattress someone left behind and that table with all sorts of junk on it. We just got internet today (woohoo!) so hopefully we’ll get things settled in there soon for Glenn to start his work.

view from the office
view from the office

To the left of the daybed is the door to the back balcony, which we share with our neighbors in #3 (Jenny and Jillian, we think?). So, this is our backyard aka the parking lot, and there’s our car!

hallway from the office
hallway from the office

This is our little hallway from the office. In the distance you can see the door to the balcony, our sofa/dining table/desk, the linen closet door to the near left, and bedroom door to the near right. Oh and my cork board so Pooja can stay organized and leave love notes for her hubby.

where we get clean
where we get clean

As we walk down the hallway, and you look left, you can see into the bathroom, and here’s what it looks like. The tile is gray and pink and the counter is already covered with Pooja’s products. Beauty is hard work.

yay living room
yay living room

As we move to the end of the hallway, you can see the front balcony door (again) and what we thought would be a dining table… we don’t have chairs for it yet so right now it’s just a place to put things. We’ve got family photos on the small black bookcase. Oh oh and there’s Glenn on the love seat! The front door is to the left of this photo.

ooo a butterfly
ooo a butterfly

Now we turn a little to the right, and you can see the window to the front balcony, Glenn working on the couch, the TV (which at this point had no cable, but now it does!), and half of a painting that Momma K created and gave to us. And the wood on the right is part of the bookcase on the near wall.

more living room
more living room

More of the same. The big butterfly is a kite we bought at the NC Zoo and flew in Myrtle. To the right of this view is the kitchen.

our pretty bookcase!
our pretty bookcase!

So, I’m going to skip the kitchen and go back to it, but here’s the bookcase in the middle (please note the disney paraphenalia on the middle shelf, as well as the duke brick), and the hallway to the right of it. On the far right you see our bag/coat hanger. Pretty, huh? A couple of quick pictures so you can see the other wall:

glenn on the couch
glenn on the couch
so much light!
so much light!

And now to the kitchen!

white and shiny
white and shiny

Here’s our kitchen! We have tons of cabinet space, but unfortunately not too much counter space. We’ve got the black table in there to add some space and that’s working pretty well. There’s a window above it on the left wall that you can kind of see. Let’s take a closer look:

sink and dishes
sink and dishes

This is the side of the kitchen, with our sink, microwave, and the dishes in the cabinets. Look at all that space! Unfortunately, Pooja can’t reach the top shelves at all… but that’s what husbands are for!

mmm food
mmm food

Here’s where we keep the edibles. We don’t have much yet, and we probably have more spices than actual food here. Please also note the stepstool Pooja needs to get to the food and spices, and the coffee grinder/brewer that currently provides her lifeblood.

mmm cold food
mmm cold food

Yay a real fridge with real food. Thought moms and dads would like to see what we’ve got, since you ask every time you call. It is already beginning to fill with leftovers as the chef of the household has been busy!

Midvale Blvd
Midvale Blvd

And finally, here is the view from our front balcony, standing inside. You can see N Midvale, and the ridiculously expensive condos across the street. Behind the condos is a mall, about the size of Cary Towne Center. As we sit on the couch writing to you all, this is what we see!

our balcony!
our balcony!

This photograph is down the balcony. In the bottom right corner you can see where our living room window is open, and beyond that is the butt of the AC. The metal work is pretty, but the whole thing needs a paint job. Momma K gave the landlord a speech about keeping the place looking a little nicer than this, so hopefully we can get him to do something about it soon! You can also see Midvale going north. This is the direction that we walk to the bank, the post office, and all three grocery stores.

And that concludes the tour of our apartment!

I don’t have pictures of the area to show yet, but it’s really quite beautiful and convenient. There’s so much that’s close to us, such as the Farmer’s Market that happens across the street on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Yesterday, we bought some fresh lettuce and tomatos, yum! We also met our downstairs neighbor yesterday, John, who is WAY more helpful about building things than our landlord, Dr. Joe. Between them and our next-door neighboors (Jenny and Jillian) we feel left out without J-names. Glenn suggested that we should change our names to Joopa and Jlenn so we fit in better 🙂 Anyways, so far our neighbors are pretty nice, although we’re pretty sure that someone is a smoker. When we go out to walk, everyone says hello and good morning, so Madison folks seem pretty friendly (despite what the uhaul guy in NC may think!)

All in all, we love it here and we hope you’ll come visit us soon!

Love love love,

Pooja and Glenn