I heard a disturbing rumor today, this being the age of disturbing and dubious rumors. So many of them are spread by online whispers and by the media that it's impossible to know what to believe. This one was about the city mayor, who recently survived being shot, except in this rumor, he was completely unharmed and merely safely stowed away in a foreign country because [cue ominous drums] he knew "something" was going to happen here.
|The May holidays: what to expect. Lugansk and its oblast are already boiling, the situation could similarly deteriorate in Kharkov and Odessa.|
First off, mail! It's been a slow year... only one or two things have arrived this year, but this cool package really brightened my week.
|From a lovely and creative Arizona penpal|
Next, the best supermarket find of the month:
|30 varieties x 5 packets = 150 TEAS!!!! It's always tea time in our apartment nowadays.|
One category that has completely fallen off our shopping list- and isn't even missed- is salad dressings. At the beginning I had constant cravings for ranch, caesar, italian, vinaigrettes, blue cheese, you name it. But Ukraine thwarted us, for local supermarkets only carry a few (and usually expensively imported from Germany) bottles of salad dressing- italian, perhaps a balsamic vinaigrette, and a caesar (aka pure mayo) if you're lucky. So I started mixing up our own. It's nothing fancy, just olive oil + assorted vinegar + seasoning packet, but I think we're 100% hooked on this now.
And yep, there's Кит, in the kitchen as usual. He's been a funny little guy lately. Whenever he hears the fridge door open, he runs into the kitchen and attempts to jump onto one of the shelves. He actually likes to hang out there for a good 10 minutes or so. He refuses to leave until his fur is sufficiently chilled.
The rest of the time he's either napping or glowering at any human foolish enough to pass by.
|This is his nap ledge, no one else is allowed in the vicinity.|
Anyway, a few more food tidbits:
Left: I'm getting pretty good at making blini and discovered there's definite truth to the popular saying "первый блин — комом" (the first blini is always lumpy). Yes, the first one is always the monster of the batch :P (This saying can also mean that your first attempt at something new is usually not so good.)
Middle: To whoever mailed us this taco seasoning last year: you are the best!!! Can you send more?
Right: That's right, we jumped on the coconut wagon at last. How we went so many years without doing this, I don't know, but it's pretty awesome, especially in smoothies. Currently three bananas cost the same price as one coconut... does that make the coconut cheap or the bananas expensive?
Because of all those smoothies and other sweets, it was high time to pay a visit to the dentist. This time it fortunately wasn't an emergency so we scheduled appointments at a place called German Dentistry. I'd first heard about this place from Mark's blog.
As you can imagine, with the [choose one: recent nice weather, new umbrella and rain boots], it's been a pleasure to go out walking in quiet residential areas. Kharkov in springtime is not to be missed! For example, did you catch the recent flower show?
|The rowboat station on the Lopan river is open for business.|
|Hard to see, but this is an extremely tense three-cat standoff|
One final good thing has been the continuation of informal language exchanges. Today, despite the threat of rain-
I hope this little post of good things puts a bit of positivity into the news coming out of Ukraine.
Thanks for reading!