Top 10 Things I’d Love to Do, but probably won’t!

So, I came across this post by Shoni (entered in OhAmanda’s Top10Tuesday linky party), which was inspired by this post by Stephanie….and I decided to tell you what is lurking in the darkest recesses of my mind! My dreams, desires that I will never quite be able to carry out… Top 10 Things that I so want to do, but somehow never did…sigh! This is maudlin…*sniff*

1. Cut my hair short – I’ve seen many people take the plunge and be happy about the results! Whenever I look at my straggly, split-ended hair that is so neanderthal, I just want to lop it all off. When summer comes, I just want to go bald, and sport a jug of ice cold water as a hat!! Don’t laugh! You would too, if you have really experienced south Indian summers! So, I dream about the day I cut my hair, style it, and look uber cool…so not happening right now. 😦

2. Write a Book – Am I totally out of my mind???!!! Who in the world has the time?? I have ideas, but no time. My sorry tale of entering the NANAWRIMO is testimony to this…

3. Traveling the World – Or at least, The Americas and Europe…Or France and USA? No? Okay, how about just USA? … Okay, just India…you know? All India Tour! No? Okay, what about if we just visited Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata? They’re interesting! No? Okay, can I just visit my friends in Chennai, please? No? Okay. Sorry, I forgot…I’m married to a very grounded and level-headed man with his “feet firmly planted on the ground”. Had no idea that he meant he hated traveling!! And, anyway, who in the world’s got the time?!?!?

4. Make Chocolate Ganache – It looks yummy, it looks easy, but I’m not getting it done in this century, because 1. I will never find the ingredients. 2. I don’t think I will ever buy any more cooking equipment. Not after what happened yesterday (What? Oh, you didn’t know? Yeah, I almost blew up the microwave, when I reheated bread pudding on a plate that had a little gold design on the sides!! Sparks flew…and I blew a fuse… Also, the electricity bill is the highest we have ever had. My baking is taking a year-long hiatus!!)

5. Make a Living as a Real Writer – you know, the sort that writes a best seller, and then makes book tours all year long, but somehow finds the time to write the next best seller, so that he or she can fill the next year with book tours! And autographed copies of the book sell for thousands of dollars…or rupees! Yeah, that dream…meh!

6. Live in France – WhyFrance? I don’t know…maybe because I can eat macaroons and croissants all day long? Could it be that? Or is it because I just want to look at the Eiffel Tower at night, whenever I feel like it…I’m sure it’s one of those reasons…Also, let’s face it…We ALL, at some point, envy the French for their ‘laid-back-ness’!

7. Sip a Cool Glass of Clear Water! – not happening. Bad teeth, one of them missing a nerve because…well… it just right out decayed! (Sorry, TMI, I know), and the others are all wailing at me every night to go make that damn dentist’s appointment… So, No. No sipping ice cold water, ice tea, or iced anything for me…

8. Take Debbie to DisneyLand – She loves Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, and is currraaaaizzzy about Donald Duck! Taking her to DisneyLand, and watching her squeal in delight is what my best dreams are made of…Anyone has extra tickets, you know where to send them…Plane tickets, I mean…

9. Master Indian Cooking – Sometime around last week I realized, to the chagrin and dismay and ____ (fill the most disappointing/negative words here!) of my husband, that I cannot CANNOT really cook Indian cuisine well. Nope. Sambar, rasam, and fish curry that is digestible is the best I can do… 😦 Whereas, give me a microwave and the right ingredients, and I can make a good plate of mac&cheese, or really delicious pasta, make a whopper hamburger with the yummiest ingredients, some good dessert etc. I wish I could cook good Indian food, I really do… My husband looked crestfallen when I announced my discovery…Yes, ‘Crestfallen’ is the word to describe the cheese-hater…Ho Hum…

10. Meet The Pioneer Woman – You know, I have never wanted to meet anyone as badly as I want to meet Ree Drummond!! No really, it’s like an obsession!! I remember, when I was in 9th grade, I wanted to meet Tom Cruise this bad!! And then, well, he went whacko, and I kinda lost interest. Now I am a bit repulsed by him!! But, Ree? Well, I want, WANT, to meet her. I want to see her in person, and I want to shake her hand, and be at the receiving end of that smile, I want to take a tour of her kitchen where all the magic happens, and I want to take one bite of her famous Cinnamon rolls, and I want to die in peace….SIGH!!! Sorry, did not mean to sound like a psycho fan, but really, I adore her that much…If  you, by some sad twist of fate, do not know who Ree Drummond is, go and visit The Pioneer Woman! Your life will never be the same again!


Tell me, who wouldn't want to be friends with her?! She is so sweet!


I know it’s Thursday, but I am entering this post in OhAmanda’s Top10Tuesday posts anyway!


World Vision – Trip to the Dominican Republic

Amanda, a sweet mother, wonderful Christian, and a popular blogger over at, writes about her trip with World Vision to the Dominican Republic to visit the little girl she sponsors, and to lend a helping hand to many others in need. (World Vision leads you to children in need, and you can sponsor one of them) She will be joined by some wonderful other bloggers. Check out their posts on this trip. Amanda will be blogging throughout her trip to the Dominican Republic, so subscribe to her posts and read on.

You can also grab this widget over at her blog, to show your support for the cause…I’ve got mine on the sidebar (it’s way, way down, I know….but, one of these days, I’m gonna rearrange things here a bit…soon, hopefully!)

World Vision Bloggers

Top 10 Moments of Vanity!

So, Vanity…we all have a bit of it, right? I mean, it is not so much a ‘nose in the cloud, I’m too awesome for the world’ kind as the ‘I am precious in my own way, and I KNOW IT!’ garden-variety!!!

This type of vanity is not obnoxious in any way, and mostly it’s rather endearing! Still, it’s a moment of self-love that can’t be ignored. I am guilty of some of these myself, and I’m sooo not going to tell you which ones! heheh!

1. Making sure that you hold your new purse ‘best side out’! You know, no matter what tearing hurry you are in, you make sure that the snazzy side of your purse is turned outwards – the side with the obvious designer logo, or the gorgeous buckle, or the pretty flap!

2. Strutting! You walk into a room, and everyone is seated, and well, you know that everyone is watching, and you know that you are no beauty queen, still, you know you are dressed at your best, and your hair is shiny, and people are oggling you, even if it is briefly…and you strut…just a little…but it’s a strut nevertheless.

3. Exhibition of Good Parenting Skills! Your daughter is about to make a fuss, and other people are present. You keep your cool, talk to your child, calm her down, solve the problem – basically do just what a good parent ought to. And you ARE a good parent… Everyone is watching, and you know you rock! And then you flash your neighbor a smile like ‘Hi, I am a good parent, and I do this sort of thing all the time…it’s nothing!’. No, you are not haughty or anything, just proud that you did good!

4. Telling a Joke, and Loving It! Your sense of humor is popular with all your friends, you are sweet yet ROFL funny! And you say a joke, and everyone is doubling over, rolling on the aisles, and loving you! You are thinking, “Boy, I’m pretty funny, huh?!”

5. My Family is Awesome too! This is probably the sweetest kind of vanity, and I’m sure most women are guilty of it…personally, there exists enough evidence to prove that I am so guilty of this little vanity!  Your husband is addressing a crowd and the audience is spell bound! Your child just sang a song in the most wonderful voice, or said the most clever thing a child has ever said, and everyone is Oooh-ing and Aaah-ing at him or her! And you’re thinking, “yeah, I know, they are wonderful…and they’re mine…Booyah!!”

6. Doing a Personality Test/Quiz and Posting it on Facebook! Okay, you know you are a nice person, and a Facebook quiz just told you you’re right! You answered honestly, and still got told that you are a wonderful team worker, mom, friend, lover etc etc. Facebook asks you, “Publish this Quiz” or “Skip this Step”! You picture your friends seeing this, and all the comments  you’ll get, and then everyone, and I mean at least everyone, clicks over to take the quiz. So, you hit “Publish”! Then Facebook sends you a message that you are an awesome user! Win and win, all around!

7. You go up to Your Spouse and ask them, “I was wonderful out there, right”, just after you have done something awesome!!!! And you know they will say ‘Yes’! (I don’t do this all that often, but a significant other person does it all the time…and I kind of find that endearing in him…!!!!) No, you don’t brag about yourself to anyone else, but you do fish for compliments from your spouse, because seriously, who loves you more? Of course, you are open to constructive criticism, and you do get a lot of it (!), but sometimes, you know your significant other thinks you’re wonderful, and YOU JUST WANT TO HEAR IT! Sweet!

8.  You start a blog. (you link shamelessly…here’s my twitter feed for good measure! @janehamilton !!!! shame on me…) And then, another one. Even though you know quite well that the both could have easily been combined into one blog, and it wouldn’t be such a big deal! Because really, the stuff here is not that earth-shattering! (Okay, this vanity moment? I think I’m the only one here guilty of it! Still, in the name of being honest, and all…)

9. You write a post about Your Moments of Vanity!

10. You link it to OhAmanda’s Top 10 Tuesday, so that you can see your name along with some wonderfully awesome, enviable bloggers out there, and tell yourself, “Hey, my name appears on a blog other than mine! Yaaay!”.

I’m hopeless, I rest my case! So, what I really want to say is – even though we all have these little moments of vanity, it is what makes us human, and endearing, and loveable…. and also, reminds us that Humility is important too!