Friday Five – My Life According to Nidhi

3 Feb

In case you couldn’t tell from my header, I love the art of Nidhi Chanani. So many of you have asked where I got my headers that I thought I’d share a few of my current favorite pieces, as well as giving her a much deserved plug. She is letting me use her art just because I emailed her and told her how awesome I think she is, after all. Her work embodies the exuberant spirit, the sense of freedom, and the appreciation of quiet moments I wanted to bring to life in BiRL. It also pays homage to my heart-home city and my heritage. I so love everything she makes, and really want some Nidhi art to be part of redecorating our bedroom one day.

As I was going through some of her latest creations, I was struck by how well a few of her prints illustrated my life right now. For those of you who don’t know, A is an accountant. He ceases to exist from January through April 15th. This year it’s been more like October through April 15th. He gets home late and works on weekends, and I miss him. This year he’s really laying down some boundaries and just saying no to working on Sundays, so we can still go to church and have the rest of the day together. So this Friday Five has a double purpose: to celebrate my favorite parts of my day with my man, and to share some truly great art.

We set the alarm clock at least half an hour before the earliest of us has to get up so we can cuddle up and spoon. Usually A. hits the alarm and whispers to a sleepy wife to turn over so he can hold me. We spend every morning in each other’s arms, dozing, hitting snooze, until the reality of the day forces us up. It is, without a doubt, my favorite part of the day.

Especially now, A usually leaves the house before I do, planting kiss after kiss on my sleepy lips. Half the time I have to call him when I wake up to confirm his ‘notes’ to me before he left. He always tells me when he’s going to be home and if he fed the dogs, but in my sleep-addled state I never can remember. I remember the “I love you’s” though, and the “I’ll miss you, have a good day’s.” (I think the girl kind of looks like me, too. Yes?)

This is so how I feel when A comes home. I don’t always show it – I’m usually up to my elbows in dinner prep – but the thrill, the joy, the peace that’s in this piece is there. Oh, and sub two over-exuberant dogs for the cats.

Ok, this one is a bit of a stretch. We do this sort of thing – eating in bed – when we’re on vacation and I absolutely love it. But by the time we get under the covers we’re both in the  mood for quiet down-time, not a snack. But we often have the late night snack in our living room, just before bed. So bad, I know, but these nights A gets home so late so we end up staying up talking or watching a show, and a snack just helps sometimes.

This is absolutely us, every night I don’t have trouble sleeping. We both love to read before bed. It sets A at peace, it calms my mind. This piece shows us one light-click away from dreamland. And the next day we get to start all over again, in each other’s arms.

Thanks to Nidhi  Chanani for sharing her art with Bigger in Real Life. You can view Nidhi’s etsy shop here, or click on any of the images to view their listings.

If someone drew a picture of your life today, what would it look like?

6 Responses to “Friday Five – My Life According to Nidhi”

  1. Cara Olsen February 3, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    I just had to tell you how much I enjoyed reading this post; this narration of your life. I found places where, if we were beside one another, I would have grabbed you and whisper-shouted, “me, too!” One example being that my husband is a School Psychologist and spends all day listening to the needs of others — mainly special needs children — and by the time he comes home in the evening, he usually has very little left to give. A quick work-out and dinner, and to bed we go, numbing our begrogged minds in an hour or so of T.V. It feels like I’m riding a hamster wheel until Friday evening, when we have the first chance to really sit across from one another and . . . talk. Thank you, Christy. Thank you for sharing your heart so beautifully and giving us a personal look into a marriage that is no less incredible than the work put into it. Actual tears pricked my eyes when I read about how you two set the alarm early — just to wake up and hold one another. What commitment . . .

    And this art. Oh, the art!! She is so bountifully creative, my goodness! What a gift indeed, to be able to use these stunning depictions to represent your marriage. 🙂


    • Christy A. February 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

      Thanks Cara! I teared up a little reading your comment, so I guess we’re even.

      By the way, you are the 101st commenter on my blog. Cogratulations! I don’t have a prize or anything prepared, maybe I’ll make you a paper hat or something. Thanks for reading and responding!

  2. Cara Olsen February 3, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Oh, one more thing: your blog is mentioned in my post this morning. 🙂

  3. katieleigh February 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    What gorgeous drawings – and I love that they also tell your story.

    • Christy A. February 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

      I know. I can’t say enough how much I love this artist.


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