Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas Fail

Apparently, this is pretty much the most ill-wishing, evil-eyed, bad-omened thing that you could buy for someone from Crimea.

Maybe you're already looking at it and nodding your head, thinking of COURSE! I'd NEVER buy that for a Russian! Duh!

Well, I thought it was cute. And useful. And a doormat.

Not a gateway of evil.

But here's what happened and why a doormat- esp this particular one- is such a bad gift idea.
(Oh, hindsight!)

Friday, December 11, 2015

8 things to keep an eye out for in Nicaragua

We've got a trip to Nicaragua planned. D was a little reluctant- "Where??"- but agreed after I promised him all the fresh fruit and ocean he could stand.

As we get closer to the trip, I've been telling him a little about the country. Here's the result of that-

8 Things to Keep an Eye Out For in Nicaragua

A cheap and easy snack! A famous poet! A dessert you'd better eat fast! A thing you need for air conditioning! A dinner with a face! A place to sit! Red-and-black painted anything! Painted buses!

Friday, December 4, 2015

The cat lounge

Once upon a time we would tiptoe through the Kharkiv cat mafia's alleyway on the way home from work. Portland, though, has a totally different feline scene.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Tale of Two Thanksgivings

A Tale of Two Thanksgivings 


How You Can Gain 9lbs in a Single Weekend If You Have Ukrainian Relatives :p