The Dream Tattoo

Now this is literally a dream tattoo, as in a tattoo from my dream. I had it on my right wrist, and apparently it was a great conversation starter! I remembered it very vividly, and though I’d share it with you! I know I am not that great of an artist, esp. when it comes to lines, but just to give you an idea. And NO I won’t be getting this anytime soon, or anytime at all!

Vintage Rain Boots

I found these in my grandma’s closet (so I am guessing they are either from the 70’s or the 80’s, I could’ve guessed the 60’s, but I don’t think they would’ve lasted this long), and first didn’t really know what they were, but then – DUH – it hit me – they were rain boots, just not the tall ones we are all used to, but ankle rain boots!

I love the little design on the front!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the little heel!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am definitely going to wear them today, because it’s raining!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now they are in great shape, and they are also fleece on the inside! Which makes them warm and cozy! Just my luck, that they were my size!

Some People Just Don’t Know What They Are Talking About!

I just wanted to share this post I found here on WordPress. It’s written by a girl who lives in Russia. Now there are tons of blogs about Russia, but this one is just so weird! (http://ownrussia.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/about-bears-on-the-streets-or-foreigners-about-russia)

I didn’t change the wording, the grammar mistakes are hers. My comments are in italics. Please note that she misspelt some of the journalists’ names too. I want to especially apologize to Justin and Megan!

“Everybody knows, that Russia is a such wonderful country, where bears walk on the streets.

I decided to collect some more unbelievable facts about Russia.

Firstly, I should tell you that all facts, which are published here, is not true. However some reporters in the world, who had an opportunity to visit Russia, think that these facts happend to be.

Mr Monte Arevalo (Spain) thinks, that:

Doors in the Moscow’s subway rectilinearly: if they are closed, they are really closed. Even if someone stands between these doors.

My uncle works for Moscow subway, he has so many suicide stories to tell, it is unbelievable!

Mr Frank Henselman (Holland – Spain) says, that:

In subway be attentive near fragile elderly ladies, because they are the most intolerable people in the subway. When somebody has pushed me the first time, I have turned back, expecting to see the big carl, but have faced to face with the small granny. Now I’am on one’s guard. If you  smile in the public places in accordance with Russian culture, you will look like idiot.  In subway everybody should stay with a gloom and extreme degree of aggression face.

When my fiance and I were in Russia, the old ladies were the ones who pissed him off the most, they are rude, obnoxious, and should all be put in nursing homes! They do shove you around, and act like they are rulers of the Universe! Ugh! The one in Ashan’s has especially pissed him off! The only reason he is saying that you should look gloomy on the subway is because EVERYONE LOOKS GLOOMY!

Mr Jastin Damers (USA) says, that:

The homeless people in Russia completely are  not such as in the USA, they are more tragic and less dangerous.

Hell yeah Russian hobos are less dangerous! American ones get fed and sleep in shelters, and then roam the streets (like in NYC) as if they own the place.

Dick Yasen (the Netherlands):

In Russia I learnt how to drink beer with roach – some kind of dried fish. I have never seen such view. Firstly, I didn’t want to try this fish because it had terrible look and smell, but then I liked it very much. It is very cheerfully to knock a roach on the table. Also I have never seen before, that people drink so much tea. Even in the club at 3 a.m. they order tea.

What’s that fish called? Vobla? I think that’s it! I remember eating it! I also remember old ladies selling it in the streets. Now it comes in packaging, way more civilized, but still EXTREMELY popular!  And tea, I know people who would order tea at 3 am! I am one of them!

Magan K Stack (New York Times):

Subway in Moscow is an ark of refuge of vagrant dogs and the youngsters who fell in love.

So true! This is all you see on the subway! There are also a lot of people just sitting around, we were always wondering what they were doing there!

Just be careful what you read on line, some people just don’t know what they are talking about. And it’s very difficult to notice the cultural differences or flaws when you’ve never been out of the country!

Pie on π (pi) day

Happy PI day everyone! And a special Happy Birthday to my mom, who is not a day older than 35! Love you, mommy!

This week is going to be great! Starting out with π (pi) day, then St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, and well the usual – Friday (which is, as we all know, everyone’s favorite day of the week). A lot to celebrate! I know!

So how about some pie for π (pi) day! My favorite pie of all times – is the apple pie. But since today is such an extraordinary holiday, I decided to go with an unusual pie. An onion pie!

Here is the recipe for it! I trust Betty Crocker, but my best friend’s mom makes the best onion pie there is. So if I get my hands on that recipe, I will definitely share it with you.

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/onion-and-cheese-pie/1bf60e24-c2cd-4512-8040-cc60630e989a?sr=2&st=7#/?term=Onion+pie&pi=1&mr=20

Here are some fun pics of π (pi) day pies to make you smile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I especially like the cup cake idea, going to use it next year, to celebrate PI day with my husband!

If you still don’t know what I am talking about and what does π (pi) have to do with March, 14, here is some history for you!

Larry Shaw created Pi Day in 1989. The holiday was celebrated at the SF Exploratorium, where Shaw worked as a physicist,with staff and public marching around one of its circular spaces, then consuming fruit pies. This place continues to hold Pi Day celebrations.

On Pi Day 2004, Daniel Tammet recited 22,514 decimal digits of π.

On March 12, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution,recognizing March 14, 2009, as National Pi Day.

The above history of π day info was taken from Wikipedia, so they get all the credit:)

And if you go here http://www.piday.org/ you can learn all about PI and even send some PI day ecards!

 

 

I also found some fun facts about PI (you can read some more if you click on this link http://funskyshinesschool.edublogs.org/2011/03/10/pi-day-fun-facts/

  1. Circles have an infinite number of corners unlike people say.
  2. Pi’s number sequence has passed all randomness tests (in plain English: it’s not random)
  3. The first 31 digits of pi contain no zeroes.
  4. Hundreds of equations include pi, including those that explain the double helix in DNA, the way water ripples when hit with a rain drop, and the distributing of factors.
  5. Pi is an irrational number.
  6. In 1991 the first 2,260,321,363 numbers were found.  That was as far as they got.
  7. Pi is the 16th number in the Greek alphabet.
  8. If one billion digits of pi were printed in average it would go from NYC to the middle of Kansas (this has been tested).
  9. If you take 10 million digits of pi (in order) you will get exactly 200 sets of 5 didets that are the same in a row.
  10. Pi and the letter “p” are both 16 th letters, just in different alphabets.
  11. A British crop circle in 1998 depicted a coded image that represented the first 10 digits of pi.
  12. Plato found a fairly accurate formula for pi:√2+√3=3.146
  13. Albert Einstein was born on pi day (3/14/1879)
  14. The official celebration of pi day starts at 1:59 to represent 3.14159.
  15. The earliest record of pi is on the Rhind Papyrus and is only 1% off of today’s calculation.
  16. Pi has been studied by humans for almost 4000 years.
  17. Even computers can’t compute pi, so don’t feel bad if you can’t.
  18. The current pi champ memorized 42,195 digits in 1995.
  19. The vertical height of the Great Pyramid of Giza times 3.14 equals the perimeter of the base.
  20. A fancy cologne named Pi is marketed as highlighting the attraction to smart guys.
  21. The symbol for pi has been used in math for only 250 years.
  22. The comedian John Evans once said: “What do you get if you divide the circumference of a jack-o’-lantern by its diameter? Pumpkin π.”
  23. In one episode of Star Trek, Spock fools a computer by asking it what the last digit of pi was.
  24. Pi is the most recognized math symbol in the world.
  25. It took a Hitachi SR 8000 supercomputer over 400 hours to compute pi to 1.24 trillion digits.
  26. Pi is mentioned in the bible 1 Kings 7:23.
  27. William Jones introduced the symbol “π” in the 1706. But Leonhard Euler made it popular in 1737.
  28. Before the π symbol was used, mathematicians would describe pi in round-about ways like “the quantity which, when the diameter is multiplied by, yields the circumference.
  29. Pi is also referred to as the “circular constant,” “Archimedes’ constant,” or “Ludolph’s number.”
  30. In the first 6,000,000,000 numbers of pi
  • 0 occurs 599,963,005 times
  • 1 occurs 600,033260 times
  • 2 occurs 599,999,169 times
  • 3 occurs 600,000,243times
  • 4 occurs 599,957,439 times
  • 5 occurs 600,017,176 times
  • 6 occurs 600,016,588 times
  • 7 occurs 600,009,044 times
  • 8 occurs 599,987,038 times
  • 9 occurs 600,017,038 times

HAPPY PI DAY EVERYONE!

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

I’ve been wanting to make those for a few months now, just never came around. And today I finally did! I even went to the store to buy honey especially for this recipe! The recipe itself is from here

http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/chewy-granola-bars/Detail.aspx

I changed it around a bit, used less oats (4 cups, instead of 4,5 and added raisins instead of chocolate chips!). I was also going to add walnuts, but they were in the shell, and I didn’t want to waste time!

Here is my $1 honey. I am not sure how much real honey is really in there, as

long as it works!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the greased pan

 

 

 

 

 

Now here are the mixed ingredients in the pan, waiting to be baked!

Don’t let the raisins fool you, they are really raisins, and not chocolate chips!

 

 

 

And here is the final product cooling on the window sill waiting to be cut up and eaten! Breakfasts and snacks for the next couple days – guaranteed!

Something Inspirational

I noticed a lot of bloggers were talking about Spring, and needless to say today is when “We spring forward”! My favorite place in the world to watch the coming of spring is New York City (The Reservoir, The Conservatory Gardens)

I also kind of felt like the past several posts have been pretty depressing. And not wanting to be a complete Debbie Downer, I decided to share something that is inspirational to me. And in spite of the fact that I do love spring, I love summer more. And the first thing that comes to mind when I think summer is…

Zooey Deschanel!

You can also read a great article about some fun summer activities if you follow the link below. Because summer is coming after all!

http://www.self.com/magazine/2009/08/zooey-deschanel

And don’t forget that it’s all about love after all! <3 <3 <3 (Took me forever to figure those out!)

 

 

 

 

 

I once met a woman during some afternoon wine, who looked a lot like Zooey. I didn’t hesitate to tell her that, and she considered that to be the highest compliment. Turned out Zooey is the number one “girl-crush” out there! Yes, girls have crushes too!

I’ve been to her concert at Terminal 5, and she was more than amazing! Unfortunately my camera died, so there are no videos, but here is one of my fav songs by her!

Face of Cancer Part 2

Promise, no scary photos this time. I decided to add some older pictures of my grandma, and what she looked like about a year ago.

Here she is with my grandpa:

And here she is at work, celebrating something.

And this is her with my uncle and cousin

Can you believe that this is the same person? I certainly can’t!

When in Doubt

You know, people say – When in doubt, don’t use brain. And I say:

We all have our doubts, so

When in doubt

Talk about

Don’t breakout

Or holdout

Or pout

Or blackout

Or freak out

Try to read aloud

To shout out

And stand out

Also helps:

A workout

Eat a sprout

Use white out

Arrange a cookout

Hand some invites out

Don’t burn out

But stay up till lights out

Give your hair a blow out

And knock all doubt out

Force it out

You can so do without

Try something new out

Give your children a time out

And don’t doubt!

My favorite No to doubt is No Doubt!

 

 

 

Face of Cancer

What would you do if you had to see this everyday?

 

Can’t Save on Daylight in Russia Anymore

We all know that in Spring – time springs forward, in the Fall, it falls back! Yeah, until I overslept church last fall! But not in Russia!

February 8, 2011, Russian President Medvedev decided to cancel daylight savings, starting Fall 2011. In Buryatiya, one of the regions of Russia, he cancelled the upcoming spring daylight savings, in order to reduce the number of time zones in Russia.

The President claimed that people start feeling sick and stressed because of the time change (well yeah, ever since I was little, my family was always saying – Oh you are going to lose an hour of sleep in the spring! The statement which isn’t exactly correct, but nevertheless, no one wants to lose an hour of sleep!)

This Daylight Savings Cancellation is going to help and reduce the number of time zones as well. Here is a picture for you!

Time Zones in Russia

Translation of the captions:

There are 24 time zones in the world, Russia has 11.

Moscow time is GMT +3

The area of coverage of a time zone can differ from country to country, and even from the world standard.

Time zone borders aren’t the meridians, they are the borders of states, regions or countries (they match the federal or administrative borders)

Each time zone is 15 Degrees. The time difference between contiguous time zones is 1 hour. The time is the same in all points of the particular time zone (Duh!)

GMT 0 is the meridian that goes through Greenwich, Great Britain, that’s why it’s often called the Greenwich Meridian.

2.08.1919 USSR introduces the time zone system, the country was divided into 11 time zones. But the law wasn’t passed till 7.01. 1919.

1924 International time zone system was introduced throughout USSR.

1931-1981 Introduction of Daylight time, that was 1 hour ahead of the time zone time.

1981 In addition to the Daylight time the government made everyone “spring” forward another hour for the summer time.

1991 Government of USSR cancelled Daylight Savings as advised by the Governments of Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia. Several months later everyone went back to Daylight Savings! (Weirdos!)

1992 Daylight Savings was finalized.

Are you confused yet? I certainly am. As long as Russia benefits from it!