Monday, June 2, 2008

My Graduation

Us after Alenas graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden.On Wednesday, May 28th, Baruch hosted its 43rd commencement ceremony for the 2008 graduates. Of course I didn’t want to miss the chance to wear a cap and a gown, and to feel proud of myself while doing it. Danya joined me in this quest for finalization of my long way to a college degree.

I wasn’t really sure if the ceremony would be fun, but it exceeded my expectations. There were actually two ceremonies — one in the morning (that’s the one we went to), and one in the afternoon. Both of them took place in Madison Square Garden.

Danya and I arrived to the designated place at approximately 10:10. I put my academic outfit on, and we took some pictures. Then our ways separated — Danya went to the theater hall where all the relatives and friends of the graduates sat, and I went to some corridor, where the excited graduates were bunched up in a long line.

Alena, Felicia and Inna just before the graduation. Photo is a courtesy of Inna R.I met some classmates (Inna and Felicia) in the line and we waited for about an hour before entering the theater hall where the ceremony took place. There were so many people, that I couldn’t even find Danya in the crowd! I called him on the cellphone, waived my hand — and that problem was solved. ) This year around 3,700 people have graduated from Baruch — 2,600 of them with Bachelors degrees, and 1,100 with Masters degrees.

Chuck Schumer speaking at Baruch 43rd Commencement Ceremony. Photo by Inna R.A whole bunch of speakers, including a member of the CUNY Board of Trustees Kathleen M. Pesile, a journalist Alma Guillermoprieto, the president of Baruch Kathleen Waldron, a valedictorian Jonathan Rich, have congratulated the graduates and their families. The best speech was given, not surprisingly, by a politician — a special guest Senator Chuck Schumer. His address was really inspiring — he talked a bit about his career and about his family, and he wished us to enjoy whatever job we’ll end up with.

Graduation at Madison Square Garden.The valedictorian address was memorable too because by graduating from Baruch John Rich continued an ongoing family tradition — 12 members of his family graduated from CUNY schools, starting wih his great-grandmother somewhere back in the 1890s.

I must say that I am glad that I’ve decided to go to the ceremony — I felt a certain happiness, and a sense of achievement. Now all that’s left is to find a good job and to prove that my education is indeed worth something. teeth
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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Golubtsy

Golubtsy — Russian Cabbage RollsI want to post here a perfect recipe for Golubtsy, which was posted by Isha on Kuking.net forums. I was always afraid of this meal, because boiling a whole cabbage and then pulling it apart leaf by leaf seemed like a very daunting task to me. In this recipe, however, the old-fashioned boiling is substituted with microwaving — and this simple change made the recipe work for me.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Air Conditioner Debacles

Events of not so distant Tuesday. The end of ACs.Summer has just started and we already have problems associated with heat. On Tuesday Alena turned on our office air conditioner only to find out that it doesn’t really cool the air anymore.

Then she plugged our 110 volt unit in our living room into 220 volt outlet which was conveniently located right by it. Alex and I tried to open it up, found a burned fuse, tried to replace it, but it just keeps blowing up now. It’s probably fried for good.

Finding an AC repair shop proved to be more difficult then we thought. All the places that we knew about closed down and yellow pages don’t really produce any good results. Now we’re stuck with having to buy a new one I guess for our living room at least, but the problem will be fitting it into the wall opening.

For now I’m just trying to keep Alena away from the last one of the 3 air conditioners that we have in our bedroom. teeth shock And if anybody planned going for a SPA, just come over and drink some tea with us in our living room. mrgreen mrgreen mrgreen
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Lemon Chicken in Caper Cream SauceIn the light of my husband’s newly found appreciation of chicken, I was very excited to cook a Lemon Chicken in Caper Cream Sauce last night.

Similar chicken, called Lemon Chicken Scallopini, was once my favorite meal in TGI Friday’s, but to my utter frustration it was taken off the menu a number of years ago.

When we were driving home from Boston on Memorial Day, we dined at the California Pizza Kitchen restaurant, located in Foxwoods hotel and casino. Danya ordered Chicken Picatta, which tasted — surprise! surprise! — just like the Lemon Chicken from TGIF.

So, since Danya liked the meal a lot, my mission was to reproduce it at home. I googled “lemon chicken capers”, and the third recipe that came out looked just right. After reading some reviews, I modified it slightly, so here is how I cooked it last night: Continue Reading
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Friday, June 13, 2008

Watcing TV

Watching TV.This is the last one, I swear. This is how we watch TV with Alena. Some of those just play out in my head, the rest — not so much. O.o
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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Got Food?

Got Food?Posting another one of these silly things — I guess I lied in the previous post. You guessed who the main character is though, right?

I was talking to Lenchik a couple of days ago. He informed me that he won some competition by being the first one to swallow a hamburger the size of his head down. He also noted that he manages to gobble up all the food that his roommate prepares right away, leaving nothing for the roommate.

So an old story about Lenchik came to my mind — “Your bananas are going to spoil…”
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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Random Ramblings

Get out of my way, I do not care where my brake pedal is.Yesterday we drove out to Floyd Bennett Field to give Alena some driving lessons. She’s got her Learner’s Permit this Monday.

Get out of my way, I do not know where my brake pedal is.Just two random photos from the series. “Get out of my way, I don’t care to know where my brake pedal is.” And “Get out of my way, I don’t know where my brake pedal is.”

Then it started raining. And it keeps taking breaks and then resuming again. And it keeps going still. I want to publish a photo, but there is already one posted that represents the mood just right.

New York for Obama t-shirt.And on a different topic we ordered a pair of Obama t-shirts with Alena. The site advised to get one size bigger then you normally get and while that works fine for me it was a mistake for Alena. We’ll see if it shrinks after a wash.

P.S. Yes, I know. Car wash. Must take car to.
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Monday, June 16, 2008

Parents’ Apartment

Living room view from the hallway. Note the entertainment unit with a 46 inch wide screen TV in it and 6 spot lights in the ceiling.I made the last post on the parents’ apartment a while ago. I wanted to take some pictures for a while now, but I held myself off so I could post photos of when everything was ready, or almost ready.

Different angle from the same spot. Super comfortable sofa which fits the whole family and a buffet in the corner.That moment finally came on Friday, June 13th, which coincided with our 13th anniversary in United States. The final touch was the installation of curtain rods and the handing of curtains themselves, which my parents ordered a month or so ago.

Living room with a piece of dining table visible. Note an over a 100 year old clock on the wall. It was given to my great grand parents as a gift on their wedding in 1906.There is also a matter of getting the frames for all the paintings they have, but that will not change the general feel of the rooms.

And a nice dining area.All the pictures have captions on them, so just mouse over the photo to see a small description.

Master bedroom. My mom will say that she did not yet have a chance to get a matching bed cover. The monster does not care however.I think the apartment came out really well and is super cozy. I would trade in a second. ) I also will take credit for a lot of it. ) I talked my parents into getting most of the stuff in the living room, including furniture, lights, rugs and even picking the wall colors.

My sister's bedroom. Yes, it really is pink.The bedroom furniture was picked out by my parents themselves, but I like it a lot also.

In conclusion I want to say that I’m very happy for my parents. It’s nice to finally have a nice place which came out so great.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Google Street View

Car of my dad on Google Street View.When Google rolled out Street View some time last year they had only a handful of streets covered in Brooklyn. Mostly highways. When I decided to check it today I was slightly shocked to see majority of streets viewable.

The slightly shocking part was a discovery of an image of my car parked in front of our building. Kind of cool and scary at the same time.

Our car in front of our building on Google Street View.I’m just going to post a screen shot of my car, but I also found my dad’s car parked near their old house. So I’m going to include a link to that straight in Google Maps.

Fun, eh? Now go find yourself. shock
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Life of an Unemployed Graduate

Excel book.So I’m mostly sitting home for the last couple of weeks. I desperately look for any more or less decent job or internship, but, as you probably heard, the economy is kind of going downhill, so there are less opportunities for an entry level than I hoped there would be. Oh well.

I went on a couple of interviews so far. Continue Reading
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