Thursday, March 30, 2017

An uneven start to Spring


This March has been so gloomy and overcast. Gloooooomy. Where's spring?! We grabbed an umbrella and went for a hike last weekend anyway.

Vancouver, Washington.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

San Francisco


I didn't go to San Francisco, but D did. He spent a week there on a (isn't this the coolest sounding word?) командировка, business trip.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Snapshots of Russian summer

Lock bridge, Nizhny Novgorod.
It's been a quiet few weeks around here. The first two months of 2017 flew by in a blur of work and Chinese lessons. Those are pretty boring topics, so now we're trying to plan a few adventures, hoping to save the rest of the year from such boredom.

No pictures from Portland this time. Instead, here are some of my favorite pictures from last summer. Hope you enjoy them! :)

City bus passing a wooden house in Nizhny Novgorod.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Creepy park


Welcome to Kelly Butte, a place guaranteed to give you the creeps.



Why so creepy?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Year Five of The Whale


Кит is going to be 5 years old this spring. Whoa! Here's a picture of him as a 3-month old kitten vs now- what do you think?


I haven't given him a whole post on this blog since he turned one. Most of that post is still true, except that his favorite food is now tied between cantaloupe and corn on the cob. He'll go ballistic if you don't give him a little piece to eat. He also will only drink from a dripping bathtub faucet. If there's no drip, he stands on the rim of the tub and meows obnoxiously. Good thing he's so cute!


In case you don't know much Russian, Кит rhymes with "sweet" and means whale. It holds up in Ukrainian, too- Кіт means cat. In English, people just think we came up with some weird cat name. ;) And he's turned out to be more of a кіт than a кит. I dreamed of an enormously fat cat, but nope. He's like my husband, able to eat anything and never gain weight.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tall buildings in Ukraine


Happy Valentine's Day!


The stores are filled with cards right now. Romantic cards, funny cards, scornful cards, wholesome cards, and cards described by at least 20 other adjectives.

You know what doesn't exist?