Monday, June 1, 2009

Shublya’s New Toys

New toy and a new feather.Today we stopped by a local Petco to buy Shublya some food and have gotten some toys for him.

Checking out the new thing.His favorite is still the feather on a string. We got this thing for him on his first day and by now there was barely anything left of it. So we got a new feather and he’s been running all over the apartment today with the feather in his mouth.

Send the top ball flying.And then we also got him a new toy. There are 2 balls inside and a mouse on a spring.

And send the bottom one spinning.So far he seems to like it. He keeps sticking his paws in the holes and spinning the balls inside. Both must be moving at all times. Such a funny creature.
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Friday, June 5, 2009

Big Island, Hawaii

Satellite image of Hilton resort on Big Island.Alena and I booked our next-next vacation. We’re going to go back to Hawaii for our 3 year wedding anniversary. But if last time we went to Oahu and stayed in Honolulu, this time we’re going to to the Big Island.

We’re going to stay in luxurious Hilton Waikoloa Village resort. And the best part is that we don’t have to pay1 anything for the hotel at all thanks to us being a part of Hilton Honors program.

What we do have to pay2 for is the flight. But flights these days seem to be much cheaper than they were even when we went to Hawaii the first time in 2005. We’re going to rent a car and explore the whole island. I can’t wait to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for example.

This should be a great honeymoon vacation. mrgreen I can’t wait.

  1. We’re staying here for 8 nights. Normally each night runs 40,000 points here, but Gold VIP members get a discount, so we’re spending 235,000. And we have plenty more left for long weekend trips. []
  2. No direct flights, so there is a plane change in LAX. Total cost is going to be $1,782.80 for the 2 of us. The flight is about 13 hours each way. []
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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Shublik and T-Shirts

Shublik stealing Alena's tank.Shublya really likes carrying our t-shirts around the apartment in his mouth and playing with them.

Shublik on the move with stolen property.Just yesterday after work I wasn’t able to find my pink VS tank which I was wearing in the morning. Shublik stole it from the chair where it was left hanging, and hid it someplace (I still have no idea where).

Playing and jumping around.Later that evening the shirt reappeared in the middle of the living room and happy Shublik was playing with it for a while.

More jumping. He keeps throwing it around.He also like to hide under the old puffy jacket of mine. Danya says that he can put Shublya under it with a toy — and the little creature can entertain himself for almost an hour. Funny! )

Sitting under a jacket. He climbed into it himself.
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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bronx Zoo

Lion.Today we’ve done something that we’ve been planning to do for some number of years now — we visited Bronx Zoo. For Alena it was a first time, while I was there once before, more than 10 years ago, and remembered nothing. We also invited Ignat, Vika and their daughter Alisa to go with us.

Female gorilla.With current New York weather being more in line with that of London-Seattle, today was no different. Most of the time we were in the zoo it was raining. Luckily for us it wasn’t raining hard, so we got to see almost everything we wanted to see.

One of the crazy, super noisy lemurs.We saw a lot of animals, but tigers, lions, giraffes, gorillas and polar bear were my favorites. We also saw some crazy lemurs which seem like they wouldn’t be able to make a sound, but at one point they created such a ruckus that I thought I’ll go deaf.

We didn’t have enough time to catch a ride on a monorail and as a result we didn’t get to see elephants and rhinos. This is the only thing that I would’ve liked to add to our listed today, but alas — next time.
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Friday, June 19, 2009

Pan Roasted Sea Bass

Chilean sea bass with mashed potatoes.Surprisingly enough my husband, who normally tries to avoid seafood (unless it is canned tuna, which he kind of likes) asked me to cook some fish for dinner a couple of days ago.

When we were vacationing in Mexico back in April, he got really impressed by the sea bass served in one of the restaurants, and he also ordered sea bass with tofu two weeks ago at David’s place (and liked it!). I think that trick here is that this fish is very mild-flavored.

Dinner in danger of being made "gone"!So knowing this, the choice of fish was easy. Chilean sea bass, mind you, was the most expensive kind of fish in the little Chinese store where I made my purchase ($11.99/lb). There are plenty of recipes of sea bass online, but I did not have much time to look through them, and just picked one of the first ones I stumbled upon (recipe). The dinner came out really nice, and to my joy Danya was happy with it! )
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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Rain, Rain, Rain

Rain, rain, rain.The start of this summer has been “amazing”. It’s been raining for weeks now and it just keeps going. Next week weather forecast looks even worse. This is really strange and really atypical for New York.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Beejive IM 3.0

IMIMApple has finally approved the newest version of Beejive, the one that supports new push notifications. In essence that makes IM as effective as SMS with a key difference of IM being completely free.

Feel free to contact me through AIM or ICQ on iDR2000 or 424614398 respectively. I will get your messages instantly on my phone.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cycling in Colorado

One and only photo of me on my bike.A bit of exciting news for us with regards to cycling — yesterday, with Eldar’s help, I made a reservation for a pair of road bikes at a local to Eldar store.

If we can’t have our cycling in this city at least we’ll enjoy some of it during our trip next month. And not only we’ll do some cycling, but we’ll do it in the heart of cycling country. I think everyone in Boulder owns a road bike.

We’ll be renting a pair of Specialized Roubaix road bikes for $50 a day.

P.S. This is the only photo of me on my bike in existence.
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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Shublya TV

Shublya TV presents. ) We have an hour worth of video of all kinds of tricks that Shublik does, but these short clips are probably the best.

The first one is Shublik trying to get to a piece of pineapple that is inside a clear box.

And this one is my favorite of the two. Towel stealing skills at work. He’s much better at this now and usually does this to every t-shirt he gets his eyes on.
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