Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Catch Up Post

Sooo also when I last posted, we had just moved to New Jersey for Prathap's Post Doc at Princeton! That lasted about three years, during which time I helped found Foundation Academy Charter School. Once his post doc was over, we started the job hunt, and ended up in New York City! We have now been in New York three years and it has been a great experience for us! Prathap got a job as a professor and I am working as a teacher in the South Bronx. We have lived on the Upper East Side, in Harlem (currently) and soon we will be moving to Astoria, Queens.

One exciting even last year, was that on September 30, 2016, Prathap became a US Citizen! It was really moving to attend his swearing in ceremony <3

7 Year Wedding Anniversary!

Hi internets,

It's been a long time since I last posted I know. I have so much to catch you all up on, but first and foremost: I realized that I posted pictures of our courthouse wedding, but I never posted pics of our reception!

 We did have our courthouse wedding, but then we had a reception at Park City Mountain Resort on 7-30-2010, about a month later. In one week it will be 7 years from that day! I was so happy to share our nuptials with our family and friends. The only down side was that most of Prathap's family was not there, as they are in India. I always told him I would love an Indian wedding as well, but having gone to them all his life, he is not a fan of all the pomp and circumstance. So we went with a reception in the mountains, and it was beautiful!
Prathap's cousin Uma and her husband Madhavan were able to be there and it was great to see them! We had visited them in Raleigh, NC where they live a while before.

My favorite decoration from the whole wedding was the cakes (pictured above) They were marzipan instead of fondant with elaborate henna icing and peacock feather decorations. It was one of the details I had a clear idea of in my mind, and the finished cakes were exactly what I wanted!

It makes me so happy to see these pics now, even though I have a few framed around the house. I love Prathap more today than I did then. Seven years later and we have had so many more adventures and trials and celebrations and new opportunities. I am so lucky to have such an amazing partner in life!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

New Jersss

Hello! So for a new update on life in our world, Prathap has landed a wonderful job at
Princeton University, so we have relocated to Princeton, New Jersey!

NJ is amazing! At least the part we are in, and miles around us... it's just beautiful! I think NJ gets a bad rap because of Newark, but there is so
much more to it than industrialized madness. It's so green and full of life. There are a ton of squirrels out our win
dows that run around all day. I can always hear the song of the cicadas and the fireflies! Oh the fireflies! Don't get me started! They are so beautiful and I can't believe I lived in a desert for so many years where there weren't any fireflies. Somehow they are just magical to me, I don't know...

I have also managed to get an amazing job at a charter high school in Trenton, which I'm thrilled about. I will start in nearly a week and a half, and after that I will be VERY busy, so I've tried to get as much travelling in as the budget will allow.

My brother drove across the country with me and my packed car, and that was an awesome adventure in and of itself. When he was still here we went to Philly, and then came home for a night, and went to NYC the next day. Since then I've been to NYC again, and we've also checked out many of the towns around us like Somerset, Ewing, New Brunswick, Edison, and probably more I can't remember. Our friend Ashlee is coming down from NYC tomorrow and we're going to take a trip to Cape May on the shore, which I'm really excited about. I can't believe I have a beach and ocean this close!!!

I am excited for many more chances to explore uncharted territory, and have new experiences with my love! Till then.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tamil Blog!

Well, it's been ages indeed since I've posted, and rather than bore you with all the wedding photos and all that jazz - it's on facebook ;) I have decided to update you about my new blog with Yoshi called Tamil Kutti (which is kind of slang for Tamil Girls). We are working on learning the languages of our loves! Prathap is usually patient with helping me with Tamil, but on the blog we can get answers from people who aren't sick of answering our millions of questions... stop by and check it out HERE if you haven't yet!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

We're Hitched!!!

Here are some pics of our happy day! We made an appointment at the courthouse and had our official marriage ceremony.
My brother, and our friends Anna and Holly were our witnesses.

The ceremony was actually much more romantic than I expected! We said vows to each other and I totally cried! We were so happy to finally be married after being engaged for nearly 2 years and together for nearly 4! Our reception is this Friday, so we are getting very excited to share our love for each other with the other people we love!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Another Miracle

I know you thought it might never happen, but we have decided to begin planning our wedding! After being engaged for almost 2 years... miracles can happen! :)

Well, we have a bit of a complicated situation, what with student visas, pending graduation and job acquisition going on. We don't actually know where we'll be living this time next year,... but all the more reason to begin planning our wedding while we have the time!

We have a window July 22-August 9 - and the final date will depend on venue availability. Now that we've begun planning, lots of things have fallen into place nicely, but there are still many decisions to be made.

The best part is that we are both excited and both taking part in the planning process. I love Prathap so much, and have loved him now for over 3 years... it's going to be wonderful to finally proclaim our commitment and love in front of our friends and family!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Job Search 2009

i finally have a job that i am thrilled about, but this road was long & hard...

i graduated with my master of education in special education, and was finally ready to delve into the world of applying for a job. i applied to almost every district in the salt lake valley because i was panicking about making sure i got a job somewhere...

i started interviewing in May, and i was offered the first 6 jobs i interviewed for. a funny thing happened at this point: i was simultaneously encouraged, and discouraged. on one hand i was encouraged that i had many things employers were looking for, but i was also getting really sick of interviewing & just wanted to have something set in stone.

unfortunately, in a moment of weakness & desperation, i accepted a job that i didn't feel good about, but it was with a district i thought i wanted to be in. i tried to look @ the positive and not worry about all the things that made my stomach feel uneasy. yeah, that little voice inside your head - ummm, it's good to LISTEN to it!!! duh liz.

so thankfully, last monday, i got a call from the assistant principal at the 1st school i interviewed @ and she wanted to offer me ANOTHER job! keep in mind that i had spoken with her a few times over the summer, and lamented that she had only had a 1/2 time position to offer me, but i was really impressed with her & her school, and her school was actually the bar that i compared other schools to (they never quite measured up btw).

my immediate gut reaction to this offer was TAKE IT!!! and this time i listened. i called my former district & got out of my contract 2 hours before the deadline - it would have cost me $1000 after! and i made the switch.

i am soooo grateful that i have had this opportunity! i was foolhardy & impulsive and it almost cost me my first year of teaching. the thing is, they teach you a lot in school, but leave it up to you to navigate the system of interviewing, and working with districts and choosing a school. but after this experience i definitely feel like i've learned a lot about the process.

my advice to future teachers: don't accept a job unless you really love it! there will be others out there you just might have to be patient.