Celebrating a Lockdown Birthday

Let me start by appreciating those who have successfully managed to celebrate during the Lockdown. It is soo hard to keep everything a surprise esp when you live with the person 24/7.

My husband’s birthday was on 9th July and I would otherwise have done the routine of taking him to a new place, good food and long drives in the rain.

But…with the current situation, I had to do something that was not only on a tight budget but make it special too.

At midnight, I did a small little centerpiece with water beads and a candle.

I had to make do with whatever supplies I had at home. It turned out beautiful though 😊

My husband is a huge fan of Pokemon Go, so I made a Pikachu card for him.

All those who know me, know the fact that I’m lousy in the kitchen. Despite that I attempted to bake a Chocolate Oreo Cake

Pardon the cream

and I made Garlic Mushrooms for lunch.

Of course, Aai took care of the other main dishes. We had a small family cake cutting, just amongst us.

Getting him a gift was the most difficult part. I had thought about sports shoes or Boat ear phones for him but before we could move to July, he had ordered both these himself.

I did not want to risk going to shops either and anyways my husband only would have had to take me there. So it would not be a surprise.

I finally settled on Gift cards.

That’s a Myntra gift card, HotStar and Amazon Prime memberships!!😁

I had also ordered some Beardo products online.

These smell so good, I could use it myself. 😝

Even though it was a celebration at home, it went well. I’m just so happy I managed to pull this off without any glitches.

Places I Miss Visiting During The Lockdown

Even though we are not in a curfew, there are some places that I cannot go to anymore or go as often as before.

For example, Visiting my parents. I used to drop by at least once within a week and sometimes stay over. I wish I could still do that, but Internet has been a big issue – cannot do Work From Home without losing my patience. I definitely miss my parents and irritating my brother and I am also missing out while these lovelies grow up.

An opportunity that we lost this year was The North India Tour. We had flights pre-booked and itineraries planned and then the Pandemic hit.

I miss attending Marathons with Flygirl. I am turning into a Slakoth trapped here. My motivation is zapped.

I also miss all the weekends where I used to just hang out with my friends or impulsively go out wherever me and my husband felt like.

We are also huge movie fans and I love the experience of being in a movie theater – the smell of salty popcorn, the cold of the air conditioning, the opening notes of the production drumming through me. Somehow, even with so many streaming options available now, they don’t stir that level of excitement.

I also miss exploring new restaurants. I have set my sights on Gunpowder for so long now, I am not sure when I’ll get the opportunity to visit it.

I miss driving around and stopping at any local stall for shawarma or shev puri. I miss dipping my feet in sand and watching the sunset while enjoying a drink.  

What are some of the things you miss doing during the Lockdown?

The First time we Met

Date: 7th April 2018
Place: KFC
Time: 5.30 to 7 pm

My husband remembers this meeting in detail. Infact, the stats I have listed above is what I got from him.

I remember that I did most of the talking that day and we have been like this ever since 😝

I talk talk talk without knowing what I am saying and he patiently listens to all my chitter. Infact, he’s had a lot of patience over a lot of things with me and that is a base of our relationship.

The first time, he had bought roses and chocolates for me and I was surprised by that because we hadn’t even known about each other before that day and here he was giving me gifts.

Now when I ask him about it he simply says, “I somehow knew you would be right for me.”

Our first Anniversary