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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.

Who am I? A twentysomething working fulltime in Knoxville, Tenn.

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    chai at six
    I had an orthodontical appointment this morning. A good amount of progress has been made with the braces; my teeth no longer jut out, and the shape of my face has changed some.

    It's been going good, and I've been pretty chipper through out it all, aside from the times I starve myself so as not to endure pain chewing. Anyway, I found out today that I'll probably still have them on till March or April. Damn. I was so hoping I'd be braces-free by January — not freakin six more months.

    At my last appointment, I got brackets placed on my last back teeth, which hurt like a mofo. The wire holding them in would keep on cutting my left cheek; I described to my my cousin Shiv, how everytime I would try and chew, I felt like I had a needle in my mouth that would cut/pierce me. Ouch. But fortunately, my teeth began to move to the braces' demand quickly and I got used to it, so it's all good now. And thankfully, the technician today really trimmed the wire, so I won't be scarring the interior of my cheek all too much, I hope.

    Hmm — I don't really know what I'm trying to say. I'm just irritated with the pain in my mouth at the moment. And I'm trying to get used to these rubber bands I have to wear now. They're not much fun, and I'm only supposed to take them out when I want to eat. I don't know if I'll even bother with taking them out to eat — they're too much of a hassle to put on. Maybe this can be a way to enforce a diet! Ha!

    Oooh, I sound so miserable. It's really not that bad — things have been super otherwise. I hung out at Union Jack's twice this weekend and also visited the lovely home of Katie and Josh, where I got to talk to Elizabeth and finally see Chado. Plus, I got to talk to two good friends and have already squeezed an insane number of trips and plans for October. I think it's becoming my month of choice now.

    The weather in Knoxville has been beautiful this weekend. Clear skies so that you can see the mountains in the distance and a million stars at night; you feel a cool breeze as you stand in the warm sunlight. A perfect moment in time, almost. Life is good.

    Posted by Jigsha at 9/20/2004 07:42:00 PM | link to entry | 0 comments

    AC Entertainment in Knoxville is continuing its "Sundown in the City" concert series into the fall with "Autumn on the Square." Last night was the first concert in the fall series with Robinella and the CC String Band, a bluegrass band with a mix of jazz. They're a local band who've made it fairly big.

    A few of my friends and I attended the concert. The crowd was more mellow and not as jampacked as the summer concert series; there weren't as many high school kids — more college-age and older it seemed.

    A slow cool breeze (the after effects of Frances) could be felt in the square and I kept on telling Elizabeth how cool this all felt. In my humble eyes, Knoxville just keeps on getting cooler!

    We walked around, swayed to the music, people-glanced, talked to a few folks here and there, and just had us a sweet time.

    This was the first time I'd heard Robinella, and so I was very pleasantly surprised. She has such a cute sounding voice (when she talks) and I liked the music quite a bit.

    So anyway, while I ramble on, it was another of many memorable moments of living in Knoxville, hanging out with good people and listening to good music.

    Posted by Jigsha at 9/10/2004 11:27:00 AM | link to entry | 0 comments

    I shouldn't be up right now. Instead, I should be in bed, reading or trying to convince my mind to go to sleep. My whole life cycle has been reversed, with my heading to bed in the early morning and getting up way late. Very bad. It's going to be a pain getting up earlier tomorrow for work.

    But I can't turn off the computer before posting a little friendly note on Chai. I made some chai this morning. It was just OK. It was missing the elachi (cardomom) and adu (ginger). (Sorry, Dad!) Better luck next time, or Friday! When I'm off! I hardly ever mention work here, but I have to admit this: I am so looking forward to Friday when I'm off and have me a nice three-day weekend. I feel like I've been working or on the go for three weeks straight and it's finally catching up to me with my brain not functioning as it normally does.

    Despite the lull in spirits, all is going well. I saw some family friends yesterday and played with their baby daughter, so that was fun.

    And this week promises more socializing with the ever practical yet very funny Elizabeth.

    Plus one more thing to smile about - the Vols beat UNLV last night. So this week is definitely one to look up to despite my brain being fried.

    [PS- I noticed this post has hardly any good tidbits. Not that the others do, but this one is just quite pitiful. Ten apologies.]

    Posted by Jigsha at 9/07/2004 01:43:00 AM | link to entry | 0 comments

    Scott has lent me the first season of 'The Sopranos' on DVD. Which is one of the reasons why I'm not writing much. I have to dash home to finish the season finale. Sigh.

    But yep - a subtle reminder that I'm still around. Still breathing, if barely. And still living my life, if a little too heartily.

    I've been an asshole with my emails. A few folks have emailed me and I haven't even replied. Sincere apologies.

    As I like to say - more later. Let's see if I stick to it this time.

    Posted by Jigsha at 9/05/2004 03:48:00 AM | link to entry | 0 comments