Wednesday, October 1, 2008

My New Color

My new hair color.Last night I dyed my hair at the Chinese salon on 86th Street that I usually go to. I think it looks good, although I’m still not sure if I should regret it. I guess I got tired of wearing the same color for over 5 years. What worries me though is how my head is going to look like when the natural color will appear at roots. I guess, I’ll just have to wait and see. O.o teeth O.o

My new hair color.Also, I’m not sure what kind of make up will go best with this color. My sister suggested golden, brown, green and olive eye shadows, but since there is so much choice it’s really hard to make a decision on a particular brand/shade. And I always have a very hard time picking the lipstick color from even a small selection. Decisions, decisions… O.o
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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Little Shopping

New make up from Sephora.Little follow up on the previous post. During the lunch break today I visited one of the Sephora’s stores, which is conveniently located just a couple of blocks away from my office. I got 2 new eyeshadows (golden and green as suggested), eyebrow pencil (first time in my life I must confess) and a new makeup brush for eyes. ) I wish a professional would go with me to a store and tell me what make up would work the best. I still remember how impressed I was with the end result of the work of a professional make up artist on our wedding day. grin
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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Model Car Shelf

Shelf for diecast cars collection.This weekend was a home improvement weekend for us. Yesterday we covered up our basement storage cage with some tarp (before it was see-through), found a place to make copies of all our home keys and weather-proofed our air conditioners for the winter (wind and moisture resistant covers).

Today we finally got around to building a shelf for my old diecast model car collection. It’s been sitting in a box for almost a year now. We were unable to find a shelf anywhere that would work for this purpose, so the only solution was to build one ourselves, just like I did the last time (old one broke a long time ago).

Shelf for diecast cars collection.We went to our local hardware store — Doody Home Center. I said it before and I’ll say it again — this is by far the best hardware store I have ever seen with the most helpful staff.

We picked out a set of boards and asked to have them cut to our specifications. Later on at home we glued and nailed them together and right now we’re in the process of painting the shelf with clear polyurethane. I have put several coats on, but I’ll probably finish it up tomorrow. So we figured we’ll post a couple of pictures of it now. Too bad we didn’t photograph the whole process.
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Monday, October 6, 2008

Exterior Photos

HID headlight of 300C.300C.Yesterday Alena and I took a good number of photos of the car. I picked out several and decided to post them.

First shot above is obviously a headlight. The bigger (outer) ring is the part where HID bulb is. It is used for low beams. The smaller circle contains a normal bulb and it’s used for high beams.

The second photo is my favorite shot from these series. The car looks really mean and aggressive from this angle.

Chrysler emblem on the front grill.Chrysler emblem on the front grill.

300C HEMI badge on the trunk.300C HEMI badge on the trunk.

5.7L V8 emblem on the engine.5.7L V8 emblem on the engine.

V8 HEMI engine.V8 HEMI engine it all its glory. It still is pretty clean.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Completed Diecast Cars Shelf

Diecast model cars shelf in our office.Today I attached mounting hooks to the shelf, Alena bought a set of wall anchors and we put it up. Finally those poor cars have a permanent place. It only took us year and a half.

Diecast model cars shelf in our office. Close-up view.
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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Stocks and Election

There are 2 things that I’m paying attention to that scare me a lot lately. The U.S. presidential election and the stock market.

Presedential electoral map. October 9, 2008.The election seems to be going in the right direction. There are still 3 weeks to go and a lot can happen, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed. However if you haven’t donated anything yet, or can spare something, please be sure to do it. This is too important to ignore. McCain campaign has managed to beat all the records of pathetic and low.

Dow Jones chart for the past year. October 9, 2008.With respect to the stock market — just this Sunday Alena and I were talking and were wondering if Dow Jones is going to go below 10,000 mark. Well, today it hit 8,579. 52 weeks high is at 14,279. That’s a 40% drop in less the a year. I don’t know what this is going to lead to, but whatever it is it’s not going to be good.
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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Just Rambling

Not-so-red-haired me with our 300CI think my hair’s got a mind of its own — not even two weeks has gone since I dyed it, and I’m back at almost blond again. shock shock shock Vaaaaaahhhhhhh!

On a different note — yesterday Lenchik came to NYC to pick up his “new” car — a bit rusty, but still sexy blue Caprice, which served us well for over 5 years. I hope he’ll be able to fix all the little annoying things that need fixing and will enjoy his oh-still-so-muscle blue monster! -)
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Friday, October 17, 2008

Гороховый Суп

Гороховый СупКто о чем, а я снова о супах. На сей раз о гороховом. В детстве я этот суп просто ненавидела, потому что в детском саду его готовили часто, и, очевидно, не слишком хорошо (хотя насчёт этого я уже не уверена).

А готовить этот суп очень просто — единственное надо время. Я его готовила в два захода — в воскресенье днём сварила мясо, а в понедельник после работы доварила суп уже с горохом и картошкой.

Доооолго, часа 2-2.5 варить говядину (я её 2-мя большими кусками закинула) с овощами (луком, морковкой, сельдереем и кинзой) и солью. Потом овощи в мусор, говядину достать из кастрюльки, порезать небольшими кусочками и обратно закинуть. Туда же добавить сухой горох промытый (я добавила грамм 350 на 2.5 литра воды) и варить минут 40-50. Потом туда же закинуть мелкопорезанную картошку, морковку, черный перец горошком и варить еще минут 10-15. Посыпать зеленью, дать немного настояться — и готово.
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Friday, October 17, 2008

First Oil Change

0 to 60 timer on 300C.It hasn’t even been a month yet, but there is already over 2,000 miles on the odometer of our car. Chrysler recommends to have the first oil change done at 6,000, but it sounded just way too long to me. I figured it’s a good idea to get all the break-in particles out of the engine sooner. I used the opportunity to switch to a fully synthetic oil. The car took in 7 quarts of Mobil 1 oil and so far seems to be happy about it.

And yesterday I tested out the built in 0 to 60 timer. For whatever it’s worth it came out to 5.7 seconds, and I guess it’s not a bad result for a car that weights over 2 tons. Also I’m sure it can be improved if done on the track and not on the entrance ramp of I-95.
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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Philadelphia

Daniel and Alena at Penn's Landing.Last Sunday we drove to Philadelphia — the largest city in the state of Pennsylvania. Danya and his dad have already been there on more than one occasion, but for Ignat and I this was a new, uncharted on our personal maps territory.

The City of Brotherly Love is the 6th most populous city in the US. We, however, were more interested not in its modern urban developments, but in the historical landmarks, such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Carpenters’ Hall.

The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.The Liberty Bell is a prominent symbol of the American war of Independence. It was used to summon people for the reading of the Declaration of Independence. It obviously is not the only bell used for such purpose, but definitely is the most famous one.

We waited in a short line in order to get into the center where the bell hangs now. It was surrounded by happily smiling to their cameras tourists and for a brief moment I felt like I touched history. It would be cool to hear what the bell sounds like! )

Independence Hall in Philadelphia.Independence Hall, which by the way is pictured on the back of $100 bill, is the place where the Liberty Bell originally hang. The building is known as a place where the Declaration of Independence was created and approved. We weren’t fortunate enough to get inside the building, but appreciated this piece of history from a very close distance.

The Irish Memorial at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia.We walked a bit through the “Old City” district of Philadelphia and saw the Irish Memorial, dedicated to the Irish people who fled from famine in Ireland in the middle of the 19th century.

Corner of Chestnut Street and 3rd Street in Philadelphia.Before living the city, Danya drove us through more modern districts, but I wasn’t really impressed by anything. After all, all large urban areas are somewhat similar (at least in this country).

On our way back we visited Trenton, the capital of New Jersey. We checked out the State Capitol, which is pretty good looking (we didn’t take any pictures though since it was already dark). All in all — it was a good one-day trip and I enjoyed it! )
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Sunday, October 19, 2008

300C Interior

Dashboard of our car with California walnut inserts.Roomy rear seats with rear air conditioning and seat warmers.More then a week ago Alena and I took a couple of shots of interior of our car during the night with all the lights glowing. One of them is HDR, but the colors are slightly off on it from the true ones. The other one doesn’t show as much detail, but the colors are realistic.

I didn’t want to post them before I had a chance to take a couple of shots during the day time. And we did that today.

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300C dashboard with no zoom and no flash. The touchscreen of navigation and musical system with no glare.
Dashboard close-up. This is an HDR shot. Good details, but the glow color is slightly off.
Interior shot at dusk. True color of the dashboard lights.
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