29 September 2009

OMG OMG What Have We Done--Oh Wait, This is Really Cool!

Yes, "Oh my God, what have we done" was running through my head like a mantra for the first several days after I got up to our temporary apartment in the Washington DC suburbs.

The commute. My new job. The cost of living. Time to buy a new car. Time to buy a house! Holy crap, our lives are suddenly moving at warp speed! I have to admit I was gripped with panic for a good 7-10 days.

But then the good stuff started to become clear: we live within a few short miles of my grandparents and can drop in for a home-cooked meal any time. My uncles and their wives and kids are also just a few miles away. The commute's not really THAT bad (WAMU, the NPR station that I listen to in the car, helps). There is a huge, cheap Indian grocery store right near my work! We found an Indian restaurant nearby that also sells sweets, and makes chai that tastes so much like Mummy's that tears came to my eyes as soon as I tasted it. My job is really fun, and I'm busy all day with very little down time. The other night, we went to see Dil Bole Hadippa in a theater instead of having to wait for DVD!

We also found a house (the mortgage, OMG OMG) and will be moving in right around Diwali time (very auspicious!). V became Dr. Jain a couple of weeks ago, and he can start his new job this week now that his security clearance has come through.

So--although life has changed quite a bit in the last few weeks, we're enjoying the changes. This small-town girl is adjusting to life in a metro, and V is enjoying getting back to a more fast-paced life too. I hope after I can adjust some more to my new schedule, I'll be able to post more regularly--readers, hold me to it (thanks for the push to post today, Ramit).

11 comments:

nickelo said...

I'm so happy for the both you. I know what it's like to move and have to get adjusted to new way of life or even new mile stone in your life. I'm glad that things are going great for you I was wondering how things were turning out for the both of you and super congrats to V don't dr that is great! I can't wait to read more about what is going one for the both of you.

Ramit said...

Oh you're welcome! Anytime! Always glad to read what goes on at the other side of the planet. :-)

Diwali is a very auspicious time. All the best!

FrancesC said...

It's so good to have an update here! What an exciting time you're having - there aren't many occasions in most people's lives when so much changes at once. The moving in at Diwali time is very auspicious!

Cagey (Kelli Oliver George) said...

Fun! You are living in a fun area, enjoy it. :-)

PS. We always liked eating at Haandi's - it is a North Indian place in Falls Church. Manoj liked it because it so hard to find a NICE Indian place to eat at. :-)
http://www.foodiebytes.com/menu/va/fallschurch/haandi.html

D. Jain said...

Thanks Frances and Cagey!

Yes, Cagey, we are big fans of Haandi, although their food is more of the Punjabi or Mughal style with rich gravies and sometimes we want something a bit more homestyle. We found Bombay Cafe in Fairfax and although it's not much to look at, their food is great.

By the way, Cagey...your post today is exactly what I'm afraid of once we have kids...there's already so little time left in the day after commuting and working all day. Ackkkk!!!!

Jenn23 said...

Congrats on the move, the house and everything else! That's great! :)

Naomi said...

auspicious indeed! glad you're settling and finding your groove!

Gori Girl said...

Time to update your sidebar profile, hmmm? :-)

Welcome to DC! Aditya and I haven't been here that long, but if you have any questions about the local resources (well, food, really) that we might be able to help you with, let me know. We went to Angeethi up in Herndon last week, and it was pretty good & had nice decor (v. North Indian, tho).

FrancesC said...

Happy Diwali (a bit late) in your new home! I hope you're planning to tell us how you celebrated.... (big hint!)

D. Jain said...

Thanks you guys!

I can't log into my own blog at work because my company's filtering software thinks my site is "adult." I've got to keep things to evenings and weekends now! I'm planning a post though...

sharell said...

This sounds so exciting!! Congratulations!!