Friday, February 29, 2008


and this
was the day
they came and
broke the 

Thursday, February 28, 2008

lions, tigers & bears

national holiday.
(protectors of the
fatherland day)
no work!
day at the zoo.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


it did take me awhile
to figure out
why european yogurt
is 100 times
better than that 
stuff you buy
in america.
so creamy, so rich,
so flavorful, delectable.

it took my paying
attention to the % milkfat.
i'm pretty sure that 
7.3% has something
to do with it.

fat-free yoplait
never again.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

black blobs

it wasn't until 
marina's house
that i realized.

when marina,
who is younger,
sat down to her paints
and carefully colored
each flower petal,
while milla creatively
mixed all the paints 
until there 
was that 
big black blob 
in the middle 
of the paper.

that's when i realized
it's not an age-thing.
it's already a
personality thing.

but i do stop her before
she paints a hole
through the paper. . .

Monday, February 25, 2008


ever seen one of the
3 tenors
perform live?

neither had i.
until saturday.

palace of congress

placido domingo.

alex had goosebumps.


Friday, February 22, 2008

wild things

1 and 3 months
and we're beginning
to have our 
own agenda.

favorite books.

mom, please read.

what does it take
to get a story
read around here,

um, no, i'm sorry,
i didn't ask 
for your help.

still don't get it?
take that!

oh, what did i do
to deserve this???

how can i more
express myself?

просто не фига
не понимают. . .

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


tell me.

does this not
have you 110%
that your little 
girl must be
a ballerina?

even i want to be
this little girl. . .

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

yummy du jour

chocolate chip
orange zucchini bread

Monday, February 18, 2008

white on white

and spring has

at least in here.

Friday, February 15, 2008


how long does it
take you
to get out the door?

Thursday, February 14, 2008




Wednesday, February 13, 2008


on the way out of
preschool at the
jewish community center
we stopped at the
rehearsal room to listen
at the door.
we always do.
we're listening for 
"скрипки" (violins).

but we found the room 
empty today.

on a good day,
we walk by just
as they are arriving,
and they will let 
us come in and
get a close look at 
those pieces of wood
that do their 
and send my 
spirit soaring

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


today anya was married.
we were privileged 
enough to be 
invited to join 
in the merry-making.

the limousine riding.

the restaurant
at the top of the
federation tower
europe's tallest building.

one of a host 
of skyscrapers taking shape,
still under construction.

a model of more to come. . .

and my hot date.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


now i just may be
the last person
on earth
to discover him,
but i just found an 
artist i can't 
get enough of.

carl larsson.

 and his home.

his family.

love his perspective.

the color.

dream of being
this beautiful,
heroic mother

who bore
8 children. . .

and find
more inspiration
here. . .

Friday, February 8, 2008


while you're busy
doing your thing,

i'm busy jumping
through the hoops
of the russian

visiting the likes
of establishments
like these,
giving up various
bodily fluids,

filling out forms,
and trying to 
establish permanent

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


and we play hooky
for our
afternoon nap
in order to make
the 6pm showing
at the 
puppet theatre. 

we were into it.
but not that into it,
to be honest.

but we did love
the little museum
inside the theatre
showing old puppets 
from many years past.

milla loves violins.

and mom