Best. Day. Ever.

I have this tendency to say “Best Day Ever!” anytime I have awesome food or have a great moment. I am guilty of saying this everyday for a week straight and, you know what, I like it!

Yesterday was one of those days where I just felt good. I had been up late the night before reading up for my trip this weekend (because I procrastinated, whoops) and woke up early and got to work. Finished all that I needed to and got some more reading in. I had workshop and I have to say, it went well. I have a lot of great moments in workshop and I probably should blog about them more often, but it’s so hard to find the time to.

Sometimes workshops can be tiring and draining but the youth that I work with are amazing. They have so much raw energy and when you can focus that energy in a good way, it produces amazing results. With the content that I have been reading (ways to get your youth involved in social justice issues) and the great workshop I had, I am feeling extremely inspired and motivated to do so much more for the kids! Workshop on more social justice issues, showing them ways they can get involved in their community, country, and the world, and so so so much more!

So, on to my good moments (a longer one about my thoughts of social justice and how to bring them to my work will appear later)

Thursday, Sep 15:

1. Lavonda – I have to say, I love this girl, she is a smart, wonderful, young woman. I have had the privilege of working with her my first year at MYEEP and have witnessed her transform from a young teenager to a smart young adult. She came by the office with her mom and I got to catch up and set a lunch date.

2. Workshop – MissionSF Credit Union came by to discuss topics that our CITs and Coordinators would presenting to the youth and what was amazing was that our CITs AND Coordinators blew them away with their facilitation skills. I was so proud of our CITs to take on this task and show to the MissionSF staff that they have what it takes. It was also nice to get a little shout out from them, thanking me for supporting them. It was truly a good moment and I definitely teared up in the car (I KNOW! I am cheesy) thinking of all that they have accomplished and how far they have come

3. Date Night – Achyutha and I met up in PA and had dinner at a lovely Italian Restaurant (where I devoured my food and part of his food, sorry boo!) afterwards, we headed out to get some Gelato (which we could barely finish). Upon walking the streets of PA we came across another Gelato place where a gentleman was playing his guitar and we sat down at a table and listened to him play. He played for me “Brown Eyed Girl” and it was perfect! I have to admit, I really enjoy date night, spending some quality time with the boo is nice.

Anyway, I should do work. HA! 🙂 Have a great weekend folks. I would love to hear your good moments from this week! Please do share!


Finally sleeping!

I am pretty tired so I am going to try to keep this post short, wanted to update you about the weekend and the last two days. I have been waking up in the morning, having a more relaxed started to my day is really nice. Anyway, here are my good moments:

The Weekend:

1. Seeing my family – so good to see all of my cousins on my dad’s side 🙂

2. Ran on the weekend – I am trying to make this Marathon thing happen!

3. Good food with family – always good to eat good food with family 🙂

Monday, Sept. 12:

1. Woke up at 8am – I woke up and got ready, made breakfast and got on the bus, felt so damn good to do so!

2. Productive at work – I had been feeling just a little stumped with work stuff and I felt finally good about work!

3. Running – I ran 3.5 miles, pretty far from 13.1 miles but it was a good run, very proud of myself

Tuesday, Sept 13:

1. Yoga in the AM – feels good to sweat and stretch and then end on a relaxing note

2. Good workshop – Gotta love it when the kids make your day

3. Volleyball – I have to say, we didnt win but I felt like I was playing better. Had some good ups!

Anyway, I need to sleep, sorry for this being short.


Lots of hanging out with friends happened this weekend which was really nice! So let’s start with good moments from Friday until today!

Friday, Sept. 2nd:

1. A good heart-to-heart with Becky – I like that I can have some girl time with her and talk to her about everything that is going on with my life. It’s really nice

2. Nishant is in town – my really good friend from BU was in town and I got to see him!

3. Seeing Anjali – aahhh I miss this girl, terribly and it was so nice seeing her!

Saturday, Sept 3rd:

1. Scuba Diving – so Achyutha and I got these Groupons for beginners Scuba Diving and it was AWESOME. It is something that I would like to save up for and do! A great experience, terrifying, but great.

2. Making lunch – I was very adamant about not eating out so I made some burritos for the boo and I, it was a very stereotypical moment: he was watching football and I was cooking for him. I just want to state, next time, you cook for me 🙂

3. Celebrating Donnie’s birthday – Happy Birthday kid, I hope you had a fantastic day 🙂

Sunday, Sept 4th:

1. Brunch with the boys – a lovely chai and dosa in the morning and good company 🙂

2. Dinner with my parents – thai food and the rentals, good times!

3. Catch up time with Sandeep & Karishma – good times spending it with the two!

Monday, Sept 5th:

1. A nice nap in the afternoon – I didn’t mean to this but it felt good

2. Making lunch – I am on a roll! I refuse to buy lunch for the next 4 days!

3. Dinner with Amitt & co – A lovely dinner and conversation with Amitt, Anand, Shalin, and Vivek! Good times!

And now, I am off to bed! Gnite folks!

Run, Pari. Run!

I have started running again! This girl WILL run and complete a half marathon! Granted I was doing so well in April and May and have fallen back a bit, but I will be back! By Friday I should be back to my 4 mile run and then next week get to 6. I want to fit in a long run at some point this weekend. Not sure when that will happen.

For those of you that do not like to run and have thought “it would be nice to run”, I’m telling you, it is possible to be a “runner”. The hardest part about running…is just doing it. Getting up and starting down the block out of your place. You are in your room, your heater is on, you’re in your bed. Why would you want to get out? BECAUSE! It’s actually really nice when you get a good pace going. The only time it sucks, in all honesty, is up a damn hill. That’s when I promise myself I will get to walk if I make it up the hill.

While in Yosemite, I hit my foot against the grill (which hilarious enough, Achyutha did the last time we went camping) and I think I hit a vein and it hurts to put shoes on. So running has been a bit difficult, but it doesn’t hurt to walk or run, just when anything touches it, i.e. my damn shoes. It’s a bit swollen and bruised 😦

Don’t fret folks, I am a champ, I will get through this. I will try my hardest not to be dramatic about it! Okay, on to my good moments! (PS – I am working on my Yosemite post, that will hopefully go up by Friday!)


1. Getting my Farm Fresh to You box and eating an orange and getting excited over squash! I wasn’t sure if I wanted the box but I decided to go with it. I was determined to be good about using the vegetables, after all, I am trying to be a locavore!

2. Running – I am not at my usual pace or distance, but I am getting there, I feel it coming back! It was really nice and I have a new hill to conquer, running around George Washington High School in the outer richmond, those hills are a…well you know what they are!

3. Cooking at home! I have been SO SO SO good about cooking food and bringing a lunch! Tonight I used the squash and tomato from the FFTY box and made some Quinoa kichadi (unfortunately my grains are not from a 100-150 mile radius of me) and have some for leftovers!

Well folks, I am off to bed! Gnite! Oh, I would love to hear your good moments!


So I have been doing a lot of research on what I want to do for myself and how I can improve my mind, body, and soul. I know that I can take little steps into being a better person in this world and one of the things I want to do is watch my carbon footprint, but it’s a HUGE task to take one, so we’re going to start off with little steps. I think the first step is to understand what local foods are available in SF and what foods are in season, so that way I can better plan my meals.

I am thinking about getting this book, DIY Delicious by Vanessa Barrington, mainly because it talks about how to make basics that you need in your kitchen and shows you how to make them. Some of the recipes look pretty simple, plus I enjoy the back story Barrington gives. Her reasoning and inspirations are inspirations to others as well. I like using cook books from authors who are inspired or realize that every day people do not have the fancy appliances. I will be checking it out at Green Apple.

The other thing that I want to get from Green Apple is the “Local Food Wheel” for San Francisco. Shows what foods are in season in a 150 mile radius of San Francisco. I am absolutely blessed to be living in the Bay Area where the temperature and climate is perfect for local farming year round. I want to start going to different Farmer Markets in SF, notably the Ferry Building Farmers Market and the Fillmore Farmers Market. I also want to purchase food on a weekly basis, instead of a monthly basis. Buy what I will use for the week, this way I don’t waste food or my money and really think about my meals. I know that this may take me time because planning for meals in advance is difficult and I am such a mood driven eater. I have to “feel like” eating something and I am so bad about eating leftovers. I should be shamed for this, I need to learn how to recycle my leftovers in different meals. (Update: turns out it sold out at Green Apple, must find another vendor!)

So I really want to think about the steps that I need to take in becoming a locavore. I may have to give up certain foods, which I know will be difficult (Goodbye chips ahoy and girls scout cookies!) but I know it will be better for my body, my mind, and the, especially, the world (which my little soul is connected to). I think its  big thing to really think about what you want for the world and how you will take care of it because our beings, our self, our souls are connected to its vastness. We, though small and insignificant, can make small and impactful changes to our habits, thus making this world a better place for our children.

I wish I didn’t hoard my stuff and was my careful about my wastefulness but I know eventually I can get to a place where I can be fine with the minimum in life and live in the enriching world around me. I know I don’t need the superficial and I know what the world has to offer (naturally!) will be more enriching for me. I think this is why I constantly am pulled by wanting to change my habits for the better, I know there is more meaning to the every day, mundane things in life, but that there is a deeper, more essential need to be at one with the universe and world. I cannot claim to be perfect or a good person but I want to try to be a good person.

I will be using this blog to talk about this journey into becoming a Locavore. Please keep in mind that I am managing this into what fits me the best, if you want to become a Locavore please take the time to research and realize what your restrictions may be. It’s a process and I am not perfect, but I can share with you my research and findings. Please also note that I am still trying to understand what a Locavore is and am only restricting myself to what I make  at home for the time being and am in a transitional period, which means I will not radically change but take a little longer to make the changes in my life. (I feel like I am giving a disclaimer here, eeks!)

Thanks for reading all of this!

Okay, gotta get some good moments in!

Monday, August 22:

1. Having a pretty productive day at work, getting things done for the Curriculum and Exploration Days for our Fall Schedule. It is nice when I get home and think about all that I did in a day, because there are days when I feel like I am moving a slow pace. (Shh, don’t tell my boss, jk jk)

2. Having a good talk about college and life with one of my youth, Angelina. She’s such a good kid and I am so happy to see her growing up! I have known her for over 2 years and remember my first meeting with her! But yes, a good conversation is always nice

3. Hanging out with the roomie, Nisha – She and I have been playing tag with each other and finally got some quality time with her

Tuesday, August 23:

1. Had workshop at Sports Basement where I bought a top (for 14 bucks!) – it was too hot for my long sleeved shirt and bubble vest, so I bought a tank top that’s pretty stylish from there. I also bought a bathing suit!

2. Volleyball! – Had a good game and had some great ups!

3. Survived a 3.9 earthquake! HOLLER!

And today’s will come later! Thanks for reading!