(Alert : Longish post ahead )
”Not really. What happened”??
”How about a short weekend trip”.
”Hunh?!…Out of the blue? What happened? You feeling okay?? Where do you plan to go? What about the kids?”
”Yes or No?”
”Umm..Yes, I guess”.
”Hello…? Err…Thanks for asking. Nice talking to you too”.
That was the BF calling me up at work on Friday evening. I called him up later to confirm the trip, but he cut my call since he was in a meeting. I came home and asked the MIL if she had any idea about the trip. MIL replied in the negative, said she had school the next day and if the trip was really going to happen, she might try coming back earlier than usual. The BF returned home late that night (around 11 PM, I guess). The only thing he said was ,”We have to leave home by 10 AM tomorrow. Good night”.
The regular maid comes in by 12 noon. The kid’s nanny comes in by 10. How were we going to wrap up everything and then be ready by 10?? These men, I tell you. They only think about one thing at a time. I’m sure stuff like washing the twin’s huge pile of clothes, the sink full of utensils, cooking for FIL (who couldn’t make it for the trip), boiling milk and storing it, cleaning up the house, sweeping (since we couldn’t wait for the maid and then we couldn’t leave the house in its present state for the next 30 hours!!) , packing up for the twins (even an overnight trip requires a humungous amount of planning and packing) and all such things never appeared anywhere in the BF’s To-Do list!!
But it came in our’s !
So the MIL took a day off from school, woke up at 6 AM and got busy. I woke up a little later, since RS woke up many times in the night and I really couldn’t drag my sorry ass off the bed .We got busy, running around with our tasks, the GMIL cooking curry for the FIL, me busy packing up the twin’s stuff, packing up for the BF and me as well, MIL busy washing the utensils and then the poor lady even washed the twin’s clothes. I called the nanny a zillion times, but the girl never picked my call!! Sheesh…these maids, I tell you!!!
Anyhow, all packed and ready, we bundled ourselves into the car and headed towards this resort. Surprisingly, once I got back to office on Monday and mentioned the resort name, practically everyone said they’ve been there at least once. Its time like this when I wonder what planet I’m on!! Am I the ONLY ignoramus around?!! I wonder
The drive was lovely, a slight drizzle all the way, partly sunny at times, the air cool and crisp and the twins in a damn good mood . If I wasn’t sandwiched between the MIL and GMIL, I would have taken a few shots of the beautiful road and the surrounding hills. Alas, I got a chance to click snaps only after reaching there.
The rooms were pretty comfortable with good amenities. We dumped our luggage and headed towards the restaurant for lunch (seriously, in all that rapid running around at home, I’d skipped breakfast, and was famished to the gills!!!). I wasn’t able to take any snaps of the food , because once it arrived, we dug in with such gusto that by the time it occurred to me that I had my camera along, the food was long gone
And oh, the food was DELICIOUS!! Lip-smacking Delish!! I wasn’t expecting such good stuff and was totally bowled over!!
The twins were in a good mood throughout lunch. RS took it upon herself to introduce her momma to all the waiters around. SS was trying his best to filch off the spoons and forks from the other tables. The poor waiters had to place all the cutlery at the center of the tables so that the twins don’t reach for them.
The BF wondered about the lack of crowd in the restaurant, which we later found out was because of the excellent room service provided. More on that later. Post lunch, we trooped back to our rooms, where the GMIL and MIL declared they’d like a nap (since they were up early that day). SS refused to sleep and was promptly handed over to the BIL. RS fought her sleep for quite some time but then eventually succumbed . She was handed over to the MIL and then, it was just me and the BF . Finally !! So we did what we’d been planning on doing for quite some time. We went and played a match of Table Tennis. (Hah!! I knew you were thinking something else !!)
It was loads of fun. At least for me. The BF refused to play with me after 3 matches, saying I was one of the worst opponents ever!!! Apparently, I was giving away points, denying him the pleasure of a proper match! Oh well!! It was ages since I handled the paddle. Gimme a break!!
Anyhow, before we could play TT (the table was occupied by a feisty Ajji who was beating her opponents hollow) , we were whiling away time at the carrom table. Now, I’m sure this table must have seen better days…but thankfully, its bad state didn’t affect our match much. I stink at carrom and the BF gave up on me after one match
The Pool table was closed in the afternoon, so me and the BF took a walk along the perimeters of the resort, checking out the facilities. At the edge of the resort was the water park, or you can say a swimming pool with a few slides running down to it . We thought of bringing the twins to the swimming pool, but a closer look at the water made me change my mind .
While we walked back to our rooms, I clicked furiously at every leaf and flower on the way. Not that any of them came out fine, but still…..one has to make an attempt to improve, no?!
Once the BIL and GMIL woke up from their slumber, we thought of going for tea. But then, the GMIL refused to walk all the way to the restaurant, so we called up room service for the tea and snacks. These guys were pretty prompt and shortly, we were served a basket of steaming hot pakoras and a plate of club sandwiches. Once again, yummy pakoras (they even had capsicum pakoras, my FAVOURITE *drool* !!) and sandwiches. I swear, these guys were totally winning me over!!
It was pouring real hard by late evening and we stayed put in our rooms (or , outside it, on t he corridor) . The BF and BIL left for the Pool room. I had accompanied them earlier, with the twins, but they threw a tantrum because we wouldn’t let them play with the balls or climb over the pool table. I had no option, but to walk back to the rooms. The twins had a fun time running along the long corridor of the guest rooms and we had fun chasing them . Even the MIL was wonderfully relaxed and enjoying the fun.
Once it got dark, we went back inside. There was some movie going on , but we weren’t paying attention. The twins were in a playful mood and we were too busy laughing at their antics . At dinner time, we once again called room service for dinner and placed our order. It took just half an hour for our dinner to arrive, served hot and steaming!! I called the BF and BIL to return to the rooms. We fed the kids first and then dug in ourselves
The rest of the evening/night was spent chatting, with the MIL and GMIL reminiscing about monsoons in their villages, how life used to be before people trooped to the cities and so on. It was quite a relaxed evening and somewhere around 11PM, we wound up for the day.
And then began my ordeal
The twins just couldn’t sleep on the bouncy beds!! They are used to much firmer mattresses back home and the box-spring bed wasn’t upto their liking. So they kicked, turned, rolled around and still weren’t consoled. Rocking each to sleep in turns took the better part of our night. By morning, both the BF and me were ready to stay back for the day just to catch some more sleep. But better sense prevailed and we realized we had to go back home. One of the main reasons was that the painters were coming over to paint the house and we needed to be there to move things around.
Just before we left, I took these two snaps. Just looking at it surprises me to see that my kids have come so far from the tiny fledglings they once were. All of a sudden, they look so grown up!!
(Notice the shirt on RS?? Its SS’s. But my girl was adamant on wearing it. She kicked around until I gave in. And now, she looks as much a guy as SS )
And then, when I change the perspective, I realize that they are still my tiny little babies
Overall, it was a wonderful short trip, just what I needed to recharge my batteries . I do hope we cram in such short trips on a regular basis henceforth. Have forwarded the idea to the BF. His reply,”We’ll see”.
Yup, I married Mr.Cryptic