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Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013

2012: what a year. It’s been filled with challenges and bumps in the road. But those were great life lessons indeed.

It hasn’t been easy and I’ve written vaguely about some parts here. Nonetheless, life experiences are what it is all about. It can’t be full of roses all the time, now can it? How would we ever learn to appreciate the good times without the bad not so good times?

It truly is what you make of each experience. Here’s to hoping that 2013 has more good experiences than the not so good ones.

Wishing you and yours all happiness and most importantly health in the new year and for years to come!

Arlington National Cemetery

Happy New Year’s everyone!

I hope 2011 is filled with great things for you and your loved ones.

On our way back from Virginia yesterday, we took an impromptu trip back to Washington D.C. to visit the Arlington National Cemetery. We went to Washington D.C. this past summer as well, but because it started raining we couldn’t do/see everything we had planned to do/see. Even now, we still haven’t done everything but one of the places I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to was the Arlington National Cemetery.

Here are a few of the pictures we took:

The eternal flame at JFK’s grave site. It’s located between JFK and Jackie Kennedy.
View of the Washington Monument
Not sure if you can make it out, but this is the grave site for Edward Kennedy
The Tomb of the Unknowns
There is a guard present 24 hours a day, every single day with no exceptions at The Tomb of the Unknowns… and there is a ‘changing of the guard’ ceremony at the top of the hour that takes about 12 minutes (which continues to happen after the visiting hours are over as well).
I remember the day this happened I was at the Liberty Science Center with my family.
View of Washington D.C.
I was surprised (and amused) that they sell this at the gift shop there.
By the way, did you know that Washington D.C. doesn’t have any fireworks for New Year’s? We also went there the night before with our extended family from Virginia and my grandfather (13 people) and there were none! Apparently they only have them for the 4th of July. Who would have thought?

I would have never guessed that the nation’s capital wouldn’t do fireworks for New Years! I guess the no traffic along the way (when we left after 11 PM) and the fact that we found parking relatively easily should have been a hint, but there were so many other people waiting there expecting the fireworks too… very odd.

P.S. Don’t forget to leave me a comment below on your thoughts! As always, I’d love to hear from you.

Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010

Happy New Years!

Anyone else think 2009 just flew by? It seems like every year goes by faster and faster than the year before.

There are so many things i’m looking forward to this year – graduating from rutgers in may being one of them – and i’m quite excited to see what this new year brings.

I was just telling my parents and my aunt and uncle about a week or so ago how crazy it is that it was TEN years ago when there was so much pandemonium about the new millennium and the Y2K bug. I’ve been thinking all week about Y2K (and all the havoc it caused). It seems like it was so long ago, yet at the same time – it feels like it was just yesterday.

I was reading some of the ‘tweets’ on twitter with the hashtag ‘#10yearsago’ earlier, and it was so interesting to read some of the responses. My personal response: I was 11, in the 6th grade, living in Canada (but moved later that year to New Jersey).

It’s crazy how much times have changed. For instance, texting didn’t exist ten years ago – and i can’t even imagine not being able to text or accessing the internet all the time.

I can remember when we were younger and the internet was new (and was connected to our phone lines), our parents would only let each of us go online for half an hour each day (unless we had homework or something, of course). Nowadays, I am always connected to the internet on my laptop and can access it no matter where I am through my phone.

I wonder what was ‘big’ that year? Except all the hype and the drama the Y2K craze caused, of course.

Anyhow, Happy New Year! I hope it’s full of wonderful things for everyone and brings great things your way.

Do you have any resolutions for this year?

UPDATE: I gotta add this. My brother wrote this on facebook, and i thought it was nicely written:

‘What a strange decade. We went from the panic of Y2K to a digital decade. In 2000 text messaging didn’t even exist. Facebook/Twitter/Youtube and the likes weren’t even dreamed of yet by their founders. Most people didn’t own a cellphone. High speed internet in most homes was still years away.’

Isn’t it crazy to think what will happen in the next ten years?

Week in Review

First of all, I want to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year. I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t feel like a new year is beginning because time is literally flying and no special events seems to have that much of a significance anymore because of what’s going on everywhere in the world.

Other than that, things have been pretty busy here. My dad’s sister and her family were visiting last weekend from Canada and today my dad’s brother and his family came down from Canada as well – so it’s been a lot of family time. During that time, we celebrated my aunt and uncle’s and my cousins’ anniversaries too – so that was a lot of fun (Happy Anniversary Javed Chachoo and Anna; and Shakil Bhai and Popi Baji).

Monday was the Rutgers Football bowl game, and it was a good and very close game – but we pulled off a win 🙂 . Now the football season is really over for the year. 🙁

We got more snow yesterday, and even though it is not sticking, it is still fun and really pretty to look at it… but the cold and wind with it is too much!

As you can guess, I’ve not been getting much studying for LSATs, so I really got to work on that for the remainder of the break.

…and we’re back!

So I actually did end up going to Canada! 🙂 What an exhausting, but fun filled weekend! This weekend was Adnan Bhai’s and Dania’s mangni and nikkah in Canada.

I was woken up around 6:30 A.M. and told to pack quickly if I wanted to go. I was out of the house by 7 A.M. and we left at 7:40 on Saturday morning. It was a total spur of the moment thing, but I am so glad I went because the weekend was a lot of fun.

The night we arrived was one of the dholki’s. Sunday night was the mangni and finally, Monday afternoon was the nikkah.

While we were originally supposed to leave to come back home on Tuesday morning, we left Monday evening around five because of the impending severe snow storm heading towards Buffalo and Toronto. Fortunately we left when we did because the snow arrived even earlier than we had thought. By Tuesday morning, Buffalo had a big pile of snow.

We literally traveled from 2007 to 2008. The car ride there and back was, fortunately, pretty decent. We had great weather, and no traffic and it took us around eight hours each time.

I can’t wait to go back in July!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope this new year brings everyone a lot of happiness. I can’t believe it is 2008 already!