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Why chai at six? Because growing up, my family and I would have chai every evening. Those moments of my youth are among my most favorite memories.

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    chai at six
    I went bike riding and hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains with L. and L. Saturday. Like the rest of the week, it was a gorgeous day outside. Many others thought so too, as when we got to Cades Cove, a line of cars were waiting for 10 a.m. to strike so they too could tour the loop.

    We started out fine but decided to take a shortcut and not ride the 11 miles. The shortcut required us to pass through a small stream. But right as I was picking up speed to make it through quick so as not to get wet, this little kid decided to cross the stream. I had to slow down real fast and totally messed my plan of not getting wet. I had a line of water on my back, but heck it was fun!

    Toward the end of the shortcut we stopped at a small stream and ate some butternuts L. had gathered. Interesting taste. I just loved being near the stream, hearing the birds calling to each other and squirrels scurrying up and down trees. On our way out of the Cove, we spotted a small black bear. He had such a gallant nature about him and confidently strode across the road. I think it was the first time I saw a bear. Very cool.

    We decided to go to another place to have our picnic since Cades Cove was getting more and more jampacked. On the way to the place (Metcalf something - I forget the name, but a place to remember), we stopped at a small rock formation and falls. We climbed down some rocks and looked as a man and his two kids jumped into the water. They were having a grand time! I successfully scaled/climbed up a few rocks. I think Shruti is right, I would enjoy rock climbing.

    The ride to the picnic place (I still can't remember the name) was amazing. We followed Little River as it trickled and curved around the mountains. Sunlight streamed through the trees and the slight breeze made it one of the examples of a perfect late summer's day.

    After our sandwiches, we drove up to the Greenbriar School building even though we all felt like taking a nap. The one room classroom lay somewhere up a mountain on a curvy road near a small stream. The building doubled as a church on the weekends back in the day when it was still running so it had a small cemetary in front. The stream and the woods behind caught my eye the most. I think it is true: Pisceans definitely drift toward water. We hopped across the stream to wander in the woods. L. pointed out different trees and plants and mushrooms. A true man of the mountain he is.

    That night, A. and I watched the incredibly charming Colin Firth in "What A Girl Wants." The film was cute — definitely a chick flick. But it reminded me how much I liked Firth in "Bridget Jones' Diary." He's someone I should look out for.

    And as I drove back home with Bally Sagoo's "HanJi" (#9) blasting in my car, I realized how it felt like an end to summer. A perfect one, at that.

    Posted by Jigsha at 9/21/2003 06:15:00 PM | link to entry |

    These past couple of days have been absolutely beautiful. The weather is just right and that slight breeze cools you just so.

    C. from work and I had dinner outside at the Tomato Head tonight. It was perfect. We talked of love and purpose and Knoxville and many more things inbetween. The glass of South African (but what else?!) red I had gave me that light feeling I so desperately needed today; the wam brownie at the end was a delectable treat. Finally my mind was calm and not a flurry of thoughts.

    You just live for evenings like this — when the sky is that perfect shade of aqua going on deep purple and a warm breeze blows next to you while you dine.

    This is all repetitious, I'm sure. Just can't stop raving about the beautiful weather we're having here while many on the East Coast are braving Isabel.

    Anyhow, this is just a sidenote to share/spread the joy. I'll be off in a few to see 'American Splendor' at Downtown West. I hear it's pretty good.

    Posted by Jigsha at 9/18/2003 09:29:00 PM | link to entry |

    Yep. Still breathing and living and doing my thing. It's been a busy couple of weeks, what with a wedding, shopping for a wedding, preparing for a wedding; friends visiting, family visiting, preparing for friends and family visiting; getting braces, living with braces and getting comfortable with braces. Yes, you get the drift.

    But a lot of good things have been happening, so it's all good.

    First off, I have to extend a warm welcome to my new sister-in-law (aka Deepababhi). My brother and his highschool sweetheart made it through living on different continents. See a few pictures of their wedding.

    Weddings are so much fun as that's the time your family comes together to celebrate something good. Seeing all most my entire family is always very special. And seeing the babylicious Kush, was so much more awesome and beautiful. He's a real super bittu and going to be one major stud muffin. Of course I can't refrain from mentioning the many cups of chai I had at home. What a delight!

    I've also been experiencing more of my surroundings. Been biking and walking and sitting on rocks and seeing spiders. And although I much prefer the spring when everything comes into life, I'm looking forward to the fall when the leaves changing color will mark my first anniversary in Knoxville. Woohoo!

    But more on reflection and Knoxville and Kush and weddings in future post. Stay tuned.

    Posted by Jigsha at 9/16/2003 12:20:00 AM | link to entry |