Friday, November 13, 2015

Rainy day quotes

The rain is finally here!

This fall I've been working from home as an online English teacher, meaning lots of peeking out the window at the rain + lots of weather updates from abroad. Most of the students are Ukrainians (hooray!) so that makes Ukraine seem a little less far away. All the students are reporting rain where they are too, but some also have snow on the horizon.... I'm kind of jealous! Hopefully Portland will get a snow day this winter. For now, we'll have to be content with rainy afternoons.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Desert Botanical Garden, Arizona

One hour is just enough time for a quick wander through Phoenix's Desert Botanical Garden minus the sunburn.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Papago Park, Arizona

In September I got to spend a half-day in a place I'd always wanted to visit- the southwestern US! There's a magnetic draw to the heat, desert landscapes, mystical power vortexes, and massive sandstorms of that region. We didn't encounter any vortexes or sandstorms on this visit, but there was plenty of heat and desert to go around.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A farewell to Ukrainian street art

Even though there have been a ton of posts about Ukraine's street art on this blog, I still have more pictures left over.

Seeing as how it's been 1.5 years since we left Kharkiv, it's probably time to dust these guys off and make space on the computer for new photos. (There are also a few repeats in here that I just really liked.)

Hope you enjoy! :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Weekend visit

My mother-in-law came to visit this weekend, bringing along a gigantic bag of candy...

... and an even more gigantic reservoir of "Where's your house/car/child?" comments. As no house/car/child magically appeared, we were forced to show her other things, mainly things that (to her disappointment) we do not personally own.

We took her up the hill to OHSU-

Monday, October 12, 2015

3 Ukrainian empties

Three old favorites that we just used up-

1. Here's what the lady at the аптека presented when I asked for sleeping pills. Turns out that yes, they make you sleepy, but more than that- they make you SNACKY. It's probably a good thing that they're all gone.

2. In the US, spices tend to come in glass, plastic, or metal containers, but the packet reigns supreme in Ukraine. You buy dehydrated soup in packets, sour cream and milk in plastic packets, and any imaginable spice- dill, pepper, "for shish kebab", "for Korean carrot salad"- in a packet as well. The whole spice aisle was 100% packets and this was perhaps the best packet of all: the borsch packet!

Sad to see it go but D does make a mean borsch ;)