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S: Obiaya and Konduru Family Recipes and Memories

FC: Recipes and Memories

1: "Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold." ~Zelda Fitzgerald Dear Christie, We hope you enjoy this collection of recipes and memories. We are all incredibly blessed to have you in our lives. As you begin your next great adventure, know always how much you are loved. To all the memories yet to come, Your family, friends, and future husband

2: Obi | Weekday Dinner - Especially when you are really hungry | Ingredients: -Two pieces of Wheat Bread ('cause I'm healthy) | -10 tablespoons of Brown Sugar -1 Large Bottle of Aunt Jemima's Syrup | -1 Avocado -Lots of Butter

4: Christiana The early years

5: "Love is the flower you've got to let grow." -John Lennon

7: The Obiayas 2010

8: Meanwhile, in India...

10: Christie and Jenny

12: "500 privates million" -Christie's interpretation of "500 ppm" on her pset cDaWg2416: like, how are they all up in the mix... dippin into the koolaid and don't even know the flava

13: Buttery Nipple Shot 1/2 shot butterscotch schnapps 1/2 shot Bailey's Irish cream The Butterscotch Schnapps makes up the bottom layer. The top layer of Baileys should be added using a spoon. This is a layered shot. Delicious! | Tequila Sunrise 2 oz tequila 4 oz orange juice 1 oz grenadine Garnish: lime or orange wedge Pour tequila in a highball glass with ice, and top with orange juice. Stir. Add the grenadine, which will sink to the bottom and then rise up slowly through the drink . Garnish with a citrus wedge and serve with straw. | Email jems to, Summer '99: You Blasted Bunch 'O Bad-Minded BITCHES! God blind you all! Learn to wield the power of "self" properly The dj was really ghetto and was giving away free fried chicken. He's like...who wants this ten-piece...goddddd praise the ten-piece. Wononta

20: Thai breeze softly blows The moment you felt would come He says, "I love you." -Kim

25: On the morning of July 10 at 10:59am, I was still dabbling in my email when Mahesh frowned, “What are you doing?? Get off the computer, we’re running late.” He had suggested brunch and a trip to the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) that morning for our brief stay in Manhattan before heading to Jersey for the birthday party his family was organizing for him at his sister Bindu & brother-in-law Sharma’s house. I smiled to myself at the fact that we were on vacation with no reservations and plenty of time to mosey our way to brunch, yet he was still hollering about my perpetual habit of making us late. When we got to the brunch place he’d picked out (Sarabeth’s), I was immediately charmed: the place was beautiful on the inside, with sunny yellow walls, high ceilings, antique chandeliers, and lots of natural light. And the whole place smelled of sweet pancakes and pastriesfantastic. (Obviously he knew I’d say “yes” when he proposed, but in case he had any lingering doubts, he also knew that the most reliable path to my persuasion would involve maple syrup.) For brunch he had the Popeye omelette with ham and sautéed spinach, and I had the Pumpkin waffle with raisins, honey, pumpkin seeds, and sour cream - heavenly! And he wouldn’t let me pay: “This is our dateThese next few hours are all about you, Obiaya.” We walked to the Met pretty quickly; Mahesh wanted to go to the rooftop but it was supposed to rain that day, and apparently they close the rooftop at the first threat of raindrops. We got to the elevator and as we walked up to it, security guards suddenly blocked the open elevator door because it was temporarily out of order. Mahesh was visibly stressed! I was still clueless. We stood at the front of the elevator line and waited somewhat patiently, and finally they fixed the electrical problem and let us go up! The view from the roof when we got up there was absolutely amazing – and the roof itself held a beautiful, intricate exhibit of what seemed like an enormous bamboo treehouse. We walked around the perimeter of the roof (little did I know, the whole time he was scouting out a quiet corner) and stared out across the city. I asked Mahesh why he was sweating when it was a mild 70 degrees out. He made what, even at the time, seemed to be an awkward segue which led to him to asking me to tell him 3 things I liked most about him (one last litmus test before he takes the plunge! Ha.). I pondered this briefly and told him my three reasons while he smiled the whole time. “Obiaya,” he said. “Now let me tell you the top three reasons why I love you.” Before he’d even gotten to the third reason, I was tearing up – he stopped me: “wait, wait till I finish!” Then he whipped this plastic ziplock bag out of his pocket, and I dimly wondered, what the helland then I saw the ring sitting in the corner of the little baggie. What followed is still a blur; I can see him taking out the ring and getting down on one knee; he’s still talking; his voice comes back in and I hear him laughing, imploring me - “So are you going to keep me waiting?” And I finally came around – “YES, YES, YES!!!!” I squished Mahesh in a long hug. Some random tourists suddenly appeared in “our” corner, and I gleefully asked them to take pics of us (Mahesh actually smiling and me all teary-eyed and grinning ear to ear). Then we left the Met (after I made it clear I would be way too distracted to actually look at any exhibits) and walked to a nearby bar for a glass of champagne. I couldn’t stop smiling and staring at the ring sparking on my finger – gorgeous! (To everyone who covertly gave Mahesh input when he requested your jewelry advicegreat job!! heheh.) When we boarded the train to New Jersey for what I still believed was a birthday party for Mahesh, I started calling family and friends (who had all known but who slyly feigned surprise and dodged my questions) – but I only made it through 4 people when Mahesh suggested I wait till we got to Jersey so I wouldn’t disturb the other passengers with my excited babbling. We arrived at the station and coincidentally ran into one of my close friends from school as we hailed a cab to his sister’s house. She and Mahesh convinced me it was for Mahesh’s party and I thought, that’s so sweet of him to invite to his party other people living in the NY area who I’m close to as well. Finally, we arrived at Bindu & Sharma’s house, took off our shoes, walked into the kitchen – I was startled to see a mass of people – “SURPRISE!!!!” I almost passed out!!!! (this is no lielook at my face in the pics!). I couldn’t believe it! I couldn’t even process it fast enoughwhaaaaaaat. My PARENTS were there – from Cleveland! – and sister Jenny and her boyfriend Karolis.and close friends from my pre-Sloan life AND from Sloan...and Mahesh’s family and friends of the family.AMAZING! After greeting everyone in the room, we changed clothes: Mahesh and his family had arranged for a Hindu engagement ceremony (after checking with my family that they were cool with it, which of course they were!). Bindu helped me don a beauuuuutiful orange sari with a gold leaf pattern and matching jewelry, which Mahesh’s mom had gotten me from India. Mahesh wore an ivory kurta with scarlet accents and was looking quite suave. We sat on the floor before the priest, with my parents behind me; his mom, Bindu & Sharma at our sides, and friends and family fanned out across the room watching. The ceremony was beautiful. Dyed string was tied around our wrists, we touched the feet of our elders, rice was thrown into our hair as blessings, we fed each other half an Oreo cookie, bowls of fruit were exchanged by our parents as symbolic recognition of our engagement, Karolis captured extraordinary pics, and all while the priest chuckled at us between his verses of musical Sanskrit prose. Afterwards, we enjoyed a delicious FEAST of Indian food under the shade of a tent that was set up in Bindu and Sharma’s backyard. We ate, cut delicious cake, sipped drinks, and chatted late into the evening. (Bindu and Sharma – you are amazing hosts and we are so grateful to you for the wonderful day!! Oh and also, everyone who’s seen the pics has commented that you have the cutest kids ever!) As everyone dispersed that evening, the more spritely people in the group headed off to a final late-night celebration at Triumph Brewery in Princeton, NJ for a raucous night of cocktails, mingling with friends, and my sister Jenny’s personal (and hilarious) rendition of the Single Ladies dance. We crashed around 3am near the bar, thanks to the gracious hospitality of friends and friends of friends. So how did Mahesh pull off this amazing logistical feat without my knowing – the lovely proposal itself, but even more incredibly, the gutsy coordination of our out-of-town loved ones to attend a beautiful celebration that occurred only hours after he proposed? All I have to say is that it was the bestest, bestest surprise of my whole life! We are both so happy that all of these people were able to share this day with us, and we can’t wait to see all of our other dear friends and family members when we get married in CLEVELAND NEXT SUMMER!!! Stay tuned. Lots of love Christie

27: "So began their love, the boy happy and amazed, she happy and not surprised at all (nothing happens by chance to girls). It was the love so long awaited by Cosimo and which had now inexplicably arrived, and so lovely that he could not imagine how he had even thought it lovely before. And the thing newest to him was that it was so simple, and the boy at that moment thought it must be like that always." ~The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino

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