Today, I am back from a LONG LONG hiatus!

Oh. my. goodness. have we been gone for quite a long time?!. However, I still remember what Markie’s mom mentioned to her. I don’t remember the exact wording, but that it’s important for us all to keep up with this blog, to post our thoughts. Afterall, we’ll turn this into our best-selling memoir, right? 🙂

It’s been about 1.5 years since we first started this blog and so much has happened. On my end, I’m confronting the multiple crossroads that Charkie refers to her in her analysis of Rules of Civility. But I’m just struggling along on this road, so much that I decided to take a trip to Fallingwater last week. If you ever get a chance to go, I’d suggest going! 🙂 I know you shouldn’t run away from your problems, however, this was the perfect location to just listen to the sound of the waterfall, bathe in the sunlight that crept through the foliage, look at a cool-ish building, and think. Sometimes, it’s easy to stress ourselves over what will happen next. Which path will I take next? A job or further schooling to launch a career? Some reflections of my friendships and of the relationship that slowly slipped through my fingers. But whatever happens happens and we can only build and grow from those experiences.

Anyways, the Kaufmanns were a well-to-do family living in Pittsburgh who loved to vacation in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania. Having made this trip myself, I find it very easy to see why they would have enjoyed such a thing. Their summer camp home here had originally been just a little cabin with no heat and no running water, however, they turned to Frank Lloyd Wright to design this building over the waterfall. What makes this house unique is it’s utilization of cantilever structures (terraces, furniture inside, etc) over the water.

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Today, I lean in…. (#leanin)

It has been sooooooooo long! What have I been up to? Catching up on House of Cards, of course! Did ANYONE watch episode 1 of Season 2?!?!??! Let me just say. Wow. What else has been happening? I suppose just work, bonding with my friends that I have made over the previous 1.5+ years of living in the metropolitan area of the capital of USA, continuing to keep in touch with the lovely -arkies (what would I ever do without them?). Oh yeah, and I’ve enrolled myself into a linear algebra course at the community college near me.

IT FEELS SO GOOD TO BE BACK IN A CLASS… with my textbook, my notebooks, writing utensils, backpack, and my brain. Hahaha, the things you thought you’d never miss like homework, quizzes, exams, annoying classmates (just kidding). It has made two of my otherwise Netflix/Breadcrumbs-in-bed-on-pj’s-weeknights a little more eventful. My experience over the past 3 or 4 weeks has reminded me of Sheryl Sandberg‘s Lean In (check out Charkie‘s Booktalk #3).

I remember sitting through a couple of classes with a classmate next to me continuously commenting how how to solve the example problems that the professor was going through. In my mind, I was pretty sure that he was wrong, but was unsure about how much “pretty” that entailed. I found that more than a couple of times, I just shrugged and said maybe or “ummm… I’m not sure.” I also found that if I did solve something with MATLAB or in my line-filled notebook paper, he’d be quick to jump to the conclusion that I was wrong. I also also found than more often than not (let’s say 99.99999% of the times), he was wrong and I was actually right.

I came back and discussed this with my friends and had that deja vu sensation. No wonder! I’d read about similar tales in Sandberg’s book! I’m fully capable of learning the material taught in class, however, why was I lacking the confidence that my classmate of mine had so readily stored in him? Interesting – I have indeed been holding myself back

Last night, my professor made a mistake on the board. I scanned through his calculations again to check again. I found myself starting to address this quietly to the classmate next to me. However, I realized that I’d never #leanin fully, so instead of leaning in towards my classmate, I leaned towards the front of the classroom and spoke with as much confidence I could muster. I was indeed right. My professor thanked me politely.

I know this is a small small event that does not directly address larger gender gap issues…So what if he got the sign wrong? However, for us to fully achieve our full potential, we’ve got to dig deeper into those inner layers of the onion. I realized that I had been holding myself back. Have you ever had such a moment? What are you #leanin thoughts? Let’s, as Sandberg calls for us to do, change the conversation from what women can’t do to what we can do. 🙂

And now I #leanin to my spicy buffalo chicken sandwich....

And now I #leanin to my spicy buffalo chicken sandwich at work….

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Today, I leave a kiss on post-it note…

Long time no see! Sorry we’ve all been a bit MIA. Charkie has been labouriously brushing up anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry knoweldge for her finals; Markie has been settling down in her new life (which I saw, is pretty sweet!) and being social, and Arkie has been busy with her job and being awesome. As for me? I have no excuse. Sorry!

This morning, as I left for work, I didn’t want to wake le significant other up, so I decided to do what I’ve seen in countless romcoms: leave a note and a kiss. I felt like a penguin waddling around in the dark and falling all over the place. Where’s the post-it note? How do I cut the tape? I can’t see! However, when I had the finished product hanging up on the wall… How did it feel? Pretty cool… I guess.

Lancome’s Color Design Lipstick in Wannabe Pink will do the trick! 🙂

Images via lancomeusa.com and fiverr.com

And now to something sort of related, not really – what’s your favorite lipstick (or lipgloss, if you don’t wear lipstick)? What’s your favorite romantic comedy?

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Today, I’m going on a date!

Eeeeeep. I’m going on a date… I won’t say much for now except that I will meet with someone for tea/coffee. 🙂 I’ll channel my inner Liz Lemon –

On a side note, I attended the Pharmacology lecture of my mini medical school series and I just wanted to let you all know: Throw out your grapefruit juice if you’re taking any sort of -statin (high cholesterol) medications! (Avoid that food-drug interaction that you don’t want! And yes, that means Crestor, Lipitor, etc.)

Have a lovely hump day!

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Today, I am thinking about “the one”…

Charkie shared this article from A Cup of Jo about Parenting in India with me. It was obvious that I would love this article due to the my love & admiration for India. What caught my eye in the article is that the photographer and writer Danielle met her husband when they were both working for a non-profit in Washington, D.C. They had only been dating for a year when he got into the Foreign Service, had to leave the country, and decided to get married. What a story, right?! It’s also motivated me to add to our Love/Relationship series here at Todaycommai.

My eyes lit up when I noticed that Danielle met her husband in Washington, D.C., where I am currently working. It’s always so interesting to consider where you might meet “the one” or “not-the-one.” I am in DC! Where is the man who will take me to India hiding? Haha, just kidding!! 😛 I have never dated in the “real world.” My previous relationships have either been on campus in undergrad or short-lived (2 days? 3 days?) romances in middle school. 😛 I wonder what this next year will bring me. I’m not even sure if I want to date. But it’s just an interesting thought, and I have an embarrassing confession to make. I think about “the one” a lot. For instance, if I’m sitting on the metro and a young man sits next to me, a thought crosses my mind: “What if he is my soul-mate and I just missed him like that? Will our lives ever cross paths again?”

Um… looks like I’ve been watching too many Asian Dramas and Bollywood films. LOL. Yeah, sometimes, my mind is weird. But aren’t we all a little crazy?  If I were to date, where would I meet people? In a bar? At a Yelp event? At work? None of these options seem likely. Cafe? Coffee shop? Grocery Store? Gas station (pretend I don’t know how to pump gas? Hahaha)? And what about online dating options? I’m sure it’ll come naturally and when I’m least expecting it… so I’m very excited for it all. Okay, back to my life I go… will be back with more to the series.

Where do you meet people? Would you consider online dating? (OK Cupid, How about we…, Match.com, etc)? Do you believe in meeting “the one” or finding your “soulmate”? Would love to hear your thoughts 🙂

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