Chai And A Chat #13 #ChaiAndAChat

Well, well, well, well well! We’ve reached the end of the year… It’s the last of my Chai and A Chat catch ups for the year.

Where did 2018 go? Seriously, it just whizzed by!

You got your drink? It might be a long un!

  • If we were sipping chai together  I’d tell that I did indeed manage to wrap the presents, before the Christmas Eve party (WHY on Christmas Eve?!), then as the shops were pretty quiet, I bought more, and had to find the time to wrap them too that evening! I did also manage to squeeze in a leisurely lunch date with myself, my Kindle and a LARGE Chai Latte too!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d moan that we had to also spend time at the Minor Injuries unit as Lil Princess managed to bend her fingers backwards at said party, and we were worried that she may have fractured or broken two of them. Thankfully, like the shopping centre, the unit was quiet, and we got her checked, x-rayed and back home within an hour. No breaks or fractures, just tendon pulling!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d let you know that Christmas day went smoothly, and quietly as it was on a Tuesday, which in my in-law’s house is a vegetarian and no alcohol day. So no Turkey dinner for us! My Sis in law and I spent the previous evening making samosas from scratch, and so for our festive food, we had Samosa, Pakoras and Spring Rolls for Christmas lunch and dinner was an array of Veggie pizzas!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d lament that Boxing day was not a day of chilled relaxing and grazing on the leftovers of the day before. Oh no. Because the turkey hadn’t graced the table the day before, our Christmas dinner was a day late, so we spent the day slaving in the kitchen, again, for our Christmas feast! All the good cheer was consumed today instead, so we had a few very merry members of the household indeed by the end of the day!
  • If we were sipping Chai together, I’d tell you that the day after Boxing day we didn’t even surface until gone 10am! Still, everyone needed a day of rest and not doing too much to recover from the craziness of the past few days!
  • If we were sipping Chai together I’d also say we ventured to Bluewater Shopping centre on Friday. A 15-minute journey usually but an HOUR instead, where we ate, wandered around a couple of shops then left because it was just too busy!
  • If we were sipping Chai together I’d tell you that we went to Bluewater AGAIN on Sunday, this time,mega early, to watch Mary Poppins Returns! Bluewater at 9am on a Sunday is like a ghost town! But we managed to grab breakfast then watch a great film!
  • If we were sipping Chai together I’d moan that we got home and I ended up in bed with what I hope is the last migraine of 2018!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that I have made some plans for my blogging future… I know I have mentioned it a few times to you already, but you are all like my online accountability partners so, I’ll reiterate! As of the new year, i.e. tomorrow, I am going to attempt to finish all I need to do for my novel manuscript. The rewrite has commenced, but I need to finish it. For that, I need to be a little less typey typey on the blog, and more typey typey on the manuscript! As a result, I shall be holding back on the daily creative challenges I usually participate in, until I feel happier about the story I have crafted. But don’t worry, I’m not about to disappear completely! Spidey and I will be here on a Sunday, and this Monday Chai date? Definitely keeping that, so I can tell you how things are going. Of course, if the urge takes me, I’ll post about stuff, you know what I mean! And I shall keep reviewing any books I read too, after all, reviews are what keep authors going!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that 2018 was another great year for me, blog-wise! I may have had less overall views, but the interaction was so much more meaningful for me! I posted less, but the average comments per post have gone up! I was so happy to have attended the Annual Bloggers Bash, for the third time, coming home with the runner-up place on Best Overall Blogger too, and I was able to introduce my Hubby Dearest to many of my dear blogily there!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d say that I am looking forward to the new year. 2019 is going to be epic! I can feel it in my bones! New challenges at school and in my own life, goals I wish to achieve… Bring it on!

All that’s left is for me to wish you all a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! I’ll see you in 2019!!!

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57 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mytwosentences
    Jan 10, 2019 @ 20:13:46

    This is such a captivating, fluid and wonderfully orchestrated read Ritu. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  2. Jesi for Income5co
    Jan 06, 2019 @ 10:03:47

    Coffee and chat, my favourite! Happy New year Ritu

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  3. Rae Longest
    Jan 04, 2019 @ 10:35:47

    I enjoyed reading this so much. I am glad you intend to continue it. I am not going to comment except to thank you for lifting my spirits every time I join you. Thanks!

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  4. Rhonda
    Jan 02, 2019 @ 22:36:19

    Happy New Year and best wishes on your novel. Enjoyed the conversationality (is that a word?!) of this post. Fun to read!

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  5. joey
    Jan 01, 2019 @ 19:58:40

    Best wishes for the Typey Typey! πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!

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  6. rachaelstray
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 22:11:16

    I hope you have a wonderful 2019 and your family have better health x

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  7. Jennie
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 21:02:42

    A wonderful year, Ritu. Here’s to 2019. Yes, less blogging (so hard to do) and more writing on the book. Cheers to you! 😍

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  8. syl65
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 17:53:07

    You’ve had a marathon week Sister!! Happy New Year to you and the fam!!! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  9. SAN_jeet
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 16:53:48

    Happy New year

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  10. TanGental
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 16:51:15

    here’s to that fabulous book – you’re absolutely right to give it what it needs and do not… DO NOT be tempted to revert to instant blogging and commenting until you’re well into it. We’ll still be here…
    On and Happy new year, dear thing…. looking forward to that hug at the bash already!

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  11. Erika Kind
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 15:20:38

    Thank God, all is well with LilPrincess’ finger. My youngest son is such a candidate too…. Happy New Year, sis!!

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  12. Dan Antion
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 14:48:13

    Congrats on a great year, Ritu (I hope the little one’s fingers are feeling better). I hope 2019 is better in every way!

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    • Ritu
      Dec 31, 2018 @ 16:19:40

      Thankfully the fingers were a couple of days thing! Feels like forever since that happened lol!!!
      My best New Year wishes to you and yours πŸ’œπŸŽŠπŸ₯‚

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  13. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 13:29:10

    Happy New Year’s Eve to you, Sis! ❀

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  14. Image Earth Travel
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 13:28:07

    Good luck for the novel! πŸ™‚

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  15. pranabaxom
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 13:12:05

    A great New Year 2019 to you and your family Ritu.
    May your manuscript be finished, published in 2019 and we’ll received.
    May you be in good health on your way to belly dancing debutπŸ˜‚.
    2018 was the year(albeit late) when we were free of teenagers in the family.
    Now in 2019 let’s see if we have real adults or notπŸ˜‚.
    Just got back yesterday night from a wonderful vacation.

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    • Ritu
      Dec 31, 2018 @ 14:05:21

      Happy New Year to you and your family!
      2018 was the year teenage hit our family… and still got one more to get there yet!
      The Belly has cultivated rather too well this year.. I think I need to get my self sorted out again lol!
      Thank you for the good wishes, from your words to the ears of the publishing gods, and my mind, so I finally finish this !!!

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  16. charlypriest
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 12:19:30

    Happy new year Ritu, keep on smiling.

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  17. thebeasley
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 12:11:28

    Another eventful time for Ritu! Am so glad you’ve had a good year x

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  18. willowdot21
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 11:57:11

    Reblogged this on willowdot21 and commented:

    Lat Hair and Chat of the year πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  19. willowdot21
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 11:56:14

    Happy New year again Sis, thank you for the chat πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  20. fancypaperblog
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 11:35:39

    Happy holidays Ritu! I hope your daughter is all ok now x

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  21. Debbie Harris
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 11:10:19

    Such a good year for you Ritu. All the best for your manuscript writing. Always look forward to catching up πŸ™‚ Happy New Year x

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  22. Emmalene aka A Brummie Home and Abroad
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 08:29:59

    Happy New year to you and yours Ritu! So lovely to meet you irl at the Bloggers Bash – I look forward to more cakes in June 😁

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  23. Anindya
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 08:19:56

    Very Happy New Year to you and your family, Ritu……let’s make it a big 2019 in terms of blogging and everything else πŸ™‚

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  24. robertawrites235681907
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 07:44:13

    Have a wonderful 2019, Ritu. You are going to have to be quite disciplined to reduce your blogging time. I have done it by being for selective about which blogs I read regularly. It is hard though because there are so many wonderful bloggers out there.

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  25. scr4pl80
    Dec 31, 2018 @ 05:58:18

    Very Happy New Year to you and your family too, Ritu. I’ve really enjoyed following you this year. Good luck with your manuscript!

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