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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
    Valentine's day came and went, and by hell, the single folks weren't going to get suckered feeling lonely and left out again that Saturday if I had my way. So I had a little gathering for the singles, in that we too could enjoy some merriment and avoid being inundated with mushy romance around the Knoxville social scene.

    My home was decked with red fairy lights and white votive candles and neatened up very well by Scott, who also provided the awesome music and speakers. Eats included homemade chocolate-covered strawberries, which are so much better than store-bought ones. If anyone needs the recipe, let me know; they're fairly simple and quick to make.

    Mood was lowkey. Crowd, my friends, so very cool. It was the first time most of the people I know in Knoxville were in one place together. I finally got to meet some neighbors too. And I delighted in knowing I can have people over and it won't always be a fizzling flop.

    The red fairy lights were the best however, and gave the room this mellow red glow. A red light bulb later on added to the ambience. It was so much fun preparing for it, and making the appetizers, I'm inspired to have themed gatherings more often. Not having a lot of furniture can definitely be an advantage too, as moving things around and cleaning up afterward is fairly easy.

    Last week, I visited a family friend in the hospital who just became a new mother. Both baby and mum are doing well. It was the first time I was in the hospital visiting someone in the hospital in the U.S., so that was an event in itself. I also visited the baby ward, where you see newborns and preemies, and my god, they're so tiny, but perfect in every way and incredibly strong. I also spent a few moments gazing through the nursey, where parents oohed and aahed at their little bundles of joy. What a delight! Babies are so awesome. Especially the bhajyu, who so rocks.

    I finally saw "Y Tu Mama Tambien" this weekend, and liked it immensely. The beaches portrayed are beautiful. I also got to spend a night with a good friend and three awesome dogs, including a German Shepherd, at a beautiful house on the lake. It was supercool getting to hang out with the Chad and the dogs and laze around and cook with someone and wake up early in anticipation of the sunrise — which we missed anyway. Though I got to watch the cartoon "The Littles," which I remembered from Z., so that was a reminder of times back in the day.

    I'll be making a trip to Atlanta this weekend. Plans include celebrating birthdays with Nisha and Dharmisha and celebrating the U.S. and our future with my brother and bhabhi. 2004 rocks. Life = taco

    Posted by Jigsha at 2/17/2004 04:34:00 PM | link to entry |