Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My big news and Happy New Year!

First of all, I apologize for this horribly long delay in posting, but once you read on you'll understand why it appeared like I fell off the planet!


Before anything else, I have to reveal the BIG NEWS I mentioned in my last post.


My husband and I are moving back to the US in April 2012. After almost 6 years in Hyderabad, we are moving back to Seattle. As of now its a temporary move, we hope to return in a few years or so, but anything can happen to change that. When we moved here in 2006 we had NO intention of going back, but things and events have a way of happening which completely turn things around. A company in Seattle which has been wanting to hire my husband Raga for years, finally got what they wanted! So - there's no telling when we will be back, but be back we will for sure....sooner or later.


It goes without saying that I am excited. I moved to Seattle when I was 23 and left when I was 45, so a good part of me belongs there. I love that city! And as much as I would like to call India home, I feel more at home in Seattle. But like anything else, there is a part of me that's a bit sad.....! India has this annoying habit of growing on you, like a rough blanket that irritates the skin but keeps you warm.....I complain about the noise, traffic, heat, dust, laziness and so on...but I know I will miss it. And most of all I will miss my parents with whom I have spent so much time. But that's an easily solvable problem.....they are only one - albeit looong - flight away! So I've threatened to send them tickets every year so they can come see me!!


So the last few weeks ever since we got back from the US has been a whirlwind of activity. I have had a house full of guests since I got back and it will continue for another week. Then we've had to get things ready to sell the house - this house that I simple LOVE but which has to go for all the practical reasons! Hordes of people have come and gone and we finally think we may have a deal....but I'll keep you all posted!


Its been almost a year since my dear FIL passed away and his first year ceremonies happen end January, and it is only after that that I can really start planning for the move. Even though moving is a hassle, playing "House House" all over again is so much fun and its a perfect excuse for me to shop.....saying "Oh we won't find this in the US, we better buy it here".....things like lovely Kantha bedspreads, blockprint linens, lovely teak furniture, artifacts and things! Then I've had to do a lot of research into pet travel cos we have to take our two canine babies along too....paperwork for their shots, kennels, crates, quarantine laws and so on. Then I've been scouring websites for homes and rentals so we have a place to stay in as soon as we get to Seattle.


So now you know why I have been a bad blogger. Hopefully I can post a few more between now and my move in March/April, but rest assured, once I settle down in Seattle and the creative Pacific Northwest juices start flowing again, I'll become "good blogger"!


So before I sign off for this year....a very Happy New Year to all of you! You folks have been great readers and commenters, and any self respecting blogger will tell you we need both to sustain us and keep us going! Thank you for that.


Happy New Year from me, my husband Raga, and my 2 pooches Junglee and Lucy! Have a great 2012!!!!

37 comments:

Shalini said...

Lots of excitement and lots of things to look forward to. Best of luck for the move and all that it entails.

And, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too.

Anonymous said...

Good luck! Your blog is absolutely lovely and like your decor sense. Any yard sale happening ;) or did the buyers wanted your house as is? :)
Happy new year!

a new reader here.
ps: you look SO elegant!

Kamini said...

Thank you Shalini! How is your baby girl doing? She must be growing like a weed!!!

New reader - Thanks :-) Yard sale will happen soon.....I don't think the buyers are interested in anything :( Will post for sure when the sale happens!

GB said...

Here's to excitement and new beginnings, K. So happy for you! :)

sree said...

Welcome back to USA. If u ever come towords Los angeles, let me know. If the yardsale really happens let me know. I really like some of ur paintings. See u here.

Vinita said...

Kamini what a great news. Its so tough to make the decision yet we all miss the good ole days in US.And we also miss all the people and closeness in India. We want our cake and eat it too. Its such a delicate balance and India is changing so rapidly that its difficult to keep up.

BTW how did you reach the decision of selling the house? My husband doesnt believe in having a home in INdia because who will look after it, whereas I feel we should have one. I would certainly like to read your thoughts on the home issue.

Welcome back to US. Life in seattle will be fun.

Aathira Nair said...

Very recently I started to follow your blog. and have loved your house!

Waiting to see how you set up the new place :)
Happy New year!

purplehomes said...

to new beginnings and a new year. Good luck for the move and happy "doing it up":)

jo said...

I am a long time follower of your blog. I love your art works. My favorite is the wall art (sistine chapel post). I don't think I am artistic enough to understand the story behind a painting. But I fell in love with the colors in your paintings. I hope to buy some original art work some day when I can afford them. I hope you will keep this space live and we will get to see a lot more posts on decor in your new home.

Good luck with the move and wish you a happy new year!

Hema said...

Good luck with your Big move Kamini! Looking forward to see your new home in Seattle :).

Wishing you a and your family a great 2012!

Shanthi said...

A big move and a big excitement. All the very very best and wish that the years ahead will bring you all that you wish for. Happy New year to you Raga and yours two. BTW I love what Raga is wearing :-).

shell said...

Very exciting news.Welcome back to seattle.

-long time reader and seattle resident :)

Richa said...

Happy new year to you all too! send me the details fo the yard sale too.. my sis just bought a big apartment in hyd and will now be int he midst of interior set ups and decoration!

all the best for the packing and travel.. and there are lots of perks of living close to a food blogger ;) we live 4 blocks from the needle!

Once Upon A Tea Time said...

What lovely news! Does this mean I will finally get to meet you :)? Happy New year, Kamini!

Kamini said...

Thank you all.
Jo - nothing to understand about my paintings....if I love the colors of something I see, I try to recreate my version based on that :-)
Shanthi - I'll tell Raga that, he came kicking and screaming with me to Fab India for a nice Diwali kurta!!!
Shell, Richa - hope to meet you both. Am planning to live in Columbia City which is right off the light link, so I can zip over to downtown whenever...
OUATT - YES! Finally....will be visiting San Jose often, or better still, you come up to Seattle!

Lakshmi said...

Great news!!!!!! Admire your enthusiasm and energy to get all things done before this big move. Keep inspiring us!!!!!

newbie said...

wow.. that's good! We can get new photos on how you do your house here... inspiring novoice people like me.May be i can see that when i visit Seattle.i stay in portland.

btw Greeting card is very nice. you look great ,and adoroble pets.

Ishrath@WanderingMist said...

Life is indeed a journey. Wishing you another happy new year that is really happening on all fronts. Good luck!

Iniyaal said...

Good luck with the move... Hoping to see many many interesting pictures of your Seattle home and decor once you have moved and settled in.

Neha@ All things beautiful said...

That is some BIG news Kamini...and how very exciting! Wish you the very best for the move and for the coming year! Happy new year!

Rupa said...

Happy new year to you and your loved ones! Welcome back to the US! I can imagine the dilemma of leaving India after 6 yrs just as you felt that pull to Seattle after having lived here for long. All the very best to you with your new adventures. I just came back from the west coast, hope we can meet one day. As for the yard sale, heck I will buy your art pieces if I can get it out to US for affordable cost :)

Sudha said...

wishing u a great year and a super smooth move :)

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

Congratulations on the great news..that is very exciting! Good luck with the move.

Susmitha said...

Hi Kamini..very exciting news!Happy new year to you and your family

Sayantani said...

Came here to wish you but am amused to see such a big news. am so sad that we wont see any more of this beautiful home. I have fallen in love with this. some of your furnitures are absolutely stunning. would have loved to take part in the yard sale...
happy moving!!!

Val said...

Happy New Year and, when it happens, happy new move! I'm sure you'll make your new home quite beautiful. Hugs.

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Kala said...

Love to see u back as good blogger again!!!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Okay I knew about this so can't say I am completely surprised, excited ..yes. Will be absolutely wonderful to have you here!!! Let me know if I can help you with anything at all once you get here. hugs Anu

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