5 Steps of Toddler Air Travel

Remember that program called ‘The Never Ending Story’ we all watched as kids? Do you also remember the disappointment you felt when you first realized that the show was not actually ‘never ending’ and in fact had an end? Well this is sort of like that but reversed: toddler air travel is the never ending journey that you hope and pray actually does have an end, preferably before you run screaming down the aisles trying to fling yourself out a plane window.

Toddler-air-travelTravelling from Pakistan to New York is no picnic at the best of times but add a hyperactive toddler to the mix and things can quickly go from bad to oh-my-God-kill-me-before-I-jab-this-crayon-into-my-eye territory.

Step One: Denial

Time to Destination: 20ish hrs

Mood: Forced optimism. People do it all the time, so it can’t be that bad, right?

Right?

Soundtrack: ‘Eye of the tiger’ by Survivor

Step Two: Reality Hits

Time to Destination: 17hrs

Mood: Rising panic as the toddler attempts to crawl over the back of my seat while a plane-full of people try to sleep. Why did I ever think this was a good idea?

Soundtrack: ‘Pins and needles’ by Blur

Step Three: Frustration

Time to Destination: 9hrs

Mood: Riddle me this: what happens first, a toddler tiring from running up and down airplane aisles and falling asleep or a harassed mommy seriously contemplating locking herself in the teeny tiny bathroom for the rest of the journey?

Soundtrack: ‘In the end’ by Linkin Park

Step Four: Acceptance

Time to Destination: 5hrs

Mood: This isn’t so bad actually..

Soundtrack: ‘Meet me halfway’ by Black Eyed Peas

Step Five: Disbelief

Time to Destination: 15mins

Mood: It’s over! It’s actually over! I’m never getting on a plane again till Lilly is at least 16!

Soundtrack: ‘I’m sexy and I know it’ by LMFAO

 

 

5 Things NOT to Do on the Internet

Ah yes, the digital age, the era of the Internet, a time where Facebook trumps the real world in social communication and not having an email address means you might as well live on a deserted island in the middle of no where. ‘Real’ life and virtual life are so intertwined these days that whether or not a place has wifi can mean the difference between success or failure as a business.

Facebook-addiction

Despite the growing importance of the online world in our lives though, there are still some things it’s probably a good idea NOT to do online. Things like:

1) Giving out personal info

Despite all the evidence to the contrary, apparently it still needs to be said that giving out personal information online is never a good idea. Ever.

2) Over sharing

The normal-looking-but-secretly-insane twin to the above not-giving-out-personal-info rule, over sharing is usually where we slip up. We’ll steadfastly refuse to give out names and phone numbers on public forums and be really proud of ourselves for ‘staying safe’, but the next minute we’ll be ‘checking in’ on Facebook and giving out our exact location to a bunch of people we barely know. Something tells me that might not be the wisest of things to do. Not to mention the hundreds of photographs we insist on posting online on a regular basis. Seriously guys, I think this one might come back and bite us in the ass one day..

Over-sharing-Facebook
image courtesy of: rockymountainsearchacademy.com
3) Reading the comments

I think there’s an unspoken rule that the longer the comment section on a popular website, the crazier, more rude and more racist/xenophobic/sexist the comments will become. I’m sure there’s exceptions to this ‘rule’, there are exceptions to everything after all, but in general I think it’s safe to say that if you enjoy websites like YouTube, 9GAG, Cracked, etc. then don’t read the comments section, not if you want to retain your faith in humanity that is.

4) Looking up sickness symptoms

Unless you like giving yourself panic attacks or random bouts of middle-of-the-night stress, I’d highly recommend NOT looking up symptoms online. No matter how mild sounding your symptom may be, the Internet will offer up anything and everything it could be, and trust me, there are some horrible diseases out there that you really don’t want to imagine having. So yes, next time you get a weird rash, call a doctor before you convince yourself you have an incurable disease that will kill you within the week.

Sick-symptoms-online

5) Complain

The Internet, in a lot of ways, is meant for complaining. It’s where you blow off steam, work out internal conflict and talk to strangers who might be going through the exact same things as you. It’s therapeutic and that’s a fact.

On the other hand, if you want to complain about your family/boyfriend/boss and don’t want it to get back to them, it’s better to use the old fashioned sort of therapy where the therapist is obliged to keep your secrets. Trust me, nothing stays hidden on the Internet, not for long at least. So if you don’t want them to find it, don’t put it online in the first place.

Do you agree with the above? Got anything else to add to the list? :)

 

 

Enveloped

Such a big city with so many, many people enveloped within its network of roads and buildings, yet everything seems so small from up here. If only all our worries and stresses were just as small..

new-york-city 

In response to the weekly photo challenge

Sister My Sister

Everything has its cons as well as pros, that’s just the way stuff works. Nothing is ALL good or ALL bad, life isn’t black and white like that. Sometimes though, the pros outweigh the cons so ludicrously that you wonder just how you managed to sneak it past karma. 

Having your sister over to stay is one of those things. Especially when she also happens to be an exceptionally good cook.   

red-velvet-cupcakes
yummy..
 So yes, I may not have time to blog regularly these days, but something tells me I can live with that compromise.

Happy Mother’s Day 

 Happy Mother’s Day to all the super moms out there and here’s to one more year of attempting to stay sane through it all! 

happy-mothers-day 

Image courtesy of: Pureaspirations 

Finding Narnia

You guys, don’t get too excited but I think I inadvertently stumbled into Narnia today. 

narnia-cherry-blossoms 
Anyone else want to join me and Mr. Tumnus for tea and pretend we don’t have a care in the world?
In response to the Weekly Photography Challenge

Home

So long Lahore, it was fun while it lasted! Hello Pennsylvania, it’s good to be home :) 

 home-sweet-home 

Load Shedding

Load shedding (noun): The supposedly scheduled (but often unscheduled) power outages for upwards of 10 hours a days that are technically supposed to help alleviate the electricity shortage in Pakistan but since the shortage never ends, it mostly just annoys the citizens and makes getting ready in the morning a Russian roulette of will-the-water-run-out-before-or-after-I’m-done-showering. Oh didn’t I mention that no electricity means no water unless you wake up at 4am to turn on the motor that pumps water into your water tank? Silly me. 

On the bright side, line drying laundry because there’s no electricity for the washer/dryer is probably very good for the environment, right?

 laundry

This is day 4 of the Five Photo Five Story Challenge and today I’m nominating the always entertaining The Morning Grouch :) The rules are simple:

1. Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.

2. Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it is entirely up to you.

3. At the end of each day, nominate one other blogger to take part.

Tropical!

Sometimes, living in a tropical climate can be very much like living in a jungle: it’s hot, it’s humid, there’s way too many mosquitos, survival is not a given and the vegetation seems to have a life of its own.

 jungle-backyard

Jungle or my parent’s backyard? Let me know what you think in the comments!

This is day 3 of the Five Photo Five Story Challenge and today I’m nominating the lovely Mani from New Life Wandering to take part :)
The rules are simple:

1. Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.

2. Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it is entirely up to you.

3. At the end of each day, nominate one other blogger to take part.

Spring, What Spring?

I think Lahore missed the memo that there’s supposed to be a little season called spring in between winter and summer. I think my toddler had the right idea when she demanded ice cream for lunch…

 lahore-spring-heat
 

In response to day 2 of Five Photo Five Story Challenge. Today I nominate Jessie from Behind the Willlows just so I can see more photographs of her adorable kids doing the most adorable things :p