Friday, November 30, 2007

A package from Bean!

1

After Iris and Yeva were asleep, I decided to sneak back out into the living room to play Wii. Marisol's beaten me at baseball for 2 weeks in a row, so I needed practice.

2

Jess was on the sofa! Dressed like... I don't even know what, but it wasn't good.

3

"Dude, Jess. Why are you dressed like a poofball?"

"Ugh. You don't want to know. Colette made me put this on so Fin could see how Myfanwy would look in this dress, because we look alike."

"I would never do that. You should have kicked her."

"I didn't, because Santa's watching me, duh. But anyway, you got a package!"

4

Holy hotdogs! It's a package- from Grandpa Bean!!

5

"Open it up!! Who's it from Inky?"

"Bean!"

"Who's that?"

"She lives in the sky and drinks mint juleps all day, duh."

"Right, Inky. Open the box!"

6

"Oooh! Oooh! Jess, it's a doll! With a dog!"

"Inky! You're so lucky! That's a Cabbage Patch Kid!"

7

"Cool, she's wearing blue! Like Ded Moroz! Jess, if you give me 20 bucks, I'll let you hold her."

"Pass! I'll just sneak her out of your bed later. Ooh, ooh! Her name's Mallory Eva! Isn't Yeva's name Eva in American?"

"Yup. And yours is Poopface!"

8

"Thanks Bean!"

Monday, November 26, 2007

Holiday Visitors


Camping at Boulder Lake, originally uploaded by Colette Denali.

This picture seems like such a long, long time ago. Winter is finally here. It's so cold outside! I have to pretend to be really tough and loving the cold, because I'm from Siberia. Yeva is from Kazakhstan, so she thinks I live with Дед Мороз!

Actually, Дед Мороз is pretty much the best part of winter. He's so much better than Santa. First off all, he comes right to your house, so you don't have to worry about someone sneaky coming down your chimney and getting your New Year Tree all dusty. Also, he has a sidekick. Снегурочка totally beats out those scary elves. Plus? He comes to everyone's house, not just people of a particular religion.

I hope I have an awesome New Year. Last year, I got a bunch of dishes (yawn), a sled (awesome), and a really cozy brown coat and hat. This year I'm really hoping for a computer, so I don't have to bug the big folks to use theirs.

Do any holiday folk show up at your house?

Saturday, November 24, 2007

It's my Birthday! I had a wonderful Party!

Make a wish!





Евка у шарик

Of course, my friends and I had a lovely time. Yeva brought some special Russian balloons. Isn't it cute? It's a little kitty head that says "I love you."

Making a wish

Jen gave me a bottle of Russian Fanta!! I was so excited, because it's really hard to find Russian Fanta. American Fanta is orange soda, like Sunkist (yuck!), but Russian Fanta is carbonated orange juice, like Pelligrino Aranciata or Orangina. I was so happy! I had a cherry pie and some wonderful spaghetti and meatballs. My guests received little Russian candy bars in their treat cups. The chocolates are from my favorite candy company, Red October.

New book!

My friend Violence sent me a package of wonderful, wonderful presents! Back in Khabarovsk, I never got birthday presents, but in America, it's their tradition. Violence gave me this wonderful book of Russian fairy tales. I was so, so happy because I love illustrations by Bilibin! How did Violence know he's my favorite?

My new iPod!

She also sent me- an iPod!!! Isn't that fantastic? I was so happy that I jumped up and down on the bed. Violence even got her parents to put Cheburashka videos on it! It came in this cunning little case with my favorite characters going on a birthday visit- it has Krokodil Gena, Cheburashka, and Vinni Pukh! There was also a wonderful little birthday card and some new posters for my room. Plus? Violence said her mama and my DyaDya Ethan invited me to visit Utah! Thank you Violence!!

Happy Birthday!

This was definitely my best birthday ever. I hope you all receive your party favors from me soon. When you do, please let me know!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, from me! Inky!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Maia & Inky- friends forever

Today I'm really missing my friend Maia. Did you know I am only a week older than her? We used to live on the shelves together at the Doll Mall in Chicago.

In this photo, we're celebrating a friend's birthday about 1.5 years ago. Maia lent me a very lovely shirt and skirt. She knows how to do little curlies on her hair, but I just have my same old bangs.

I miss you Maia!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Swan Lake in Kharkov!



This is especially for Violence. I took a bunch of movies on the camera while we saw Swan Lake this summer in Ukraine, but I kept forgetting to upload them. There are four of Swan Lake; you can see the others by checking out Colette's youTube stuff.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Hooray!

Guess what happens a week from today?

Friday, November 16, 2007

Inky & Ева


Inky & Ева, originally uploaded by Colette Denali.

Вот Я и Евка! Tonight I showed her some of the pictures from Violence's visit. I told Yeva how Violet learned tons of Russian in less than a month, because I wanted her to learn English. I'm not really sure how long it took me to speak English, but I hope for Yeva it will be fast.

I also hope it will be slow, because she started talking about Khruschev. What? Iris and I once say this really sad movie called Goodbye Lenin. It's about a mother who is in a coma when East Germany and West Germany got smooshed back together. Her son tries to keep her from finding out about capitalism.

I just don't want Yeva to be sad when she finds out that our country never did make it to communism.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Things I need to teach Yeva

Tomorrow, we're going on a little day trip. I want to bring Yeva with, but I don't know if she's ready to see capitalism yet. It's so... bright. Yeva will probably be shocked by all the signs advertising things. Plus, there are no slogans anywhere. Well, there are slogans, but they are all telling you to buy things, not telling you to honor the motherland and Lenin.

Here's one thing I had to learn: when you want juice in America, you put money in a vending machine and it comes out in a can. Then, you can carry your can around with you! Back at home, if you want juice, you can go to a vending machine also. Only there is a glass there. The juice squirts into the glass and you drink it. Then, you wipe out the glass and put it back.

Iris says that the Soviet way is not very sanitary. I said that the American way is very wasteful. Jess says "just carry a water bottle."

What do you think?

Monday, November 12, 2007

The New York State Theatre


The New York State Theater, originally uploaded by Colette Denali.

Here I am last January, at the New York State Theater. That's where the New York City Ballet performs. Guess what? I'm going to go see Balanchine's Nutcracker in three weeks! I'm really excited. Back in Leningrad, they hardly ever perform it, so I've never actually seen it.

This will be my second time at this theater. I also saw Sleeping Beauty there. Have you ever been to the ballet? Which one is your favorite?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Chillin' like a villain with Yeva

The new girl, Yeva, is also Soviet! She's only nine and I'm almost 11, so I have to take care of her. She doesn't speak English yet, but she says she knows a way she can talk to everyone else.

Yeva brought a giant stuffed Krokodil Genadii with her! Now Cheburashka has his best friend, so they can play together.

See those giant bows on Yeva's head? Practically all Soviet girls wear them. My mama never put them on my head when I was little and I was so jealous of everyone else's beautiful bows. I told Yeva that- and she said she hates wearing them!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Holy Hotdogs- it's Yeva!

One

As I said yesterday, there weren't any gorillas or pandas for the October Revolution, but I did have a little party. Iris and I decorated with red tinsel and Marisol and Jess came over after my weekly Wii workout with Marisol.

Two

"Союз! That's 20 more points for me! I'm killing you guys!"

Three

"Inky, you're only winning because you're making us play Russian Scrabble AGAIN. I have to pass every turn, because I don't even know what the letters say!"

Four

"Well, I don't mind really, as long as I get to hold Mulder. He's so cute! I wish I could have a little dog in a bag like Iris. I'd buy her little outfits and collars and stuff. Where is Iris anyway? "

Five

"Marisol, that's almost as dumb as how Inky makes us wear slippers when we come over. Iris said she'd be here after she finished practicing her violin in the living room. "

"Move your giant head out of the way Jess! Iris is over there- and she's got someone with her!"

Six

"Hey guys! Guess what! We've got a new roomie!"

Seven

"Hi! I'm Jess! I don't usually wear slippers to parties!"

"Jess, the new girl doesn't speak English. She's from the Soviet Union, like Inky."

Eight

"What!! Another Inky? This is going to be so fun. Only... not at all. Let's just hope she can play Russian Scrabble so that we don't have to."

Nine

"Privyet.' I'm Marinka, but they all call me Inky because it's more American, I think. I lived in Khabarovsk before I came here. What's your name?"

"It's Yeva. I'm from Tyuratam."

Ten

"That's so cool that you're from Tyuratam! Did you get to see it when Mir was launched?"

Eleven

"They launched the whole world? Definitely not, but I got to meet Valentina Tereshkova right after Vostok 6 last summer! Oooh, are you a Pioneer? I'm still a Little Octobrist. You're so lucky!"

Twelve

"Wait... Vostok 6, last year?? You're from 1964!! Holy hot dogs! You're lucky I'm a Pioneer, you're definitely going to need someone to teach you about the world. It's 2007!"

Yeah, so we've got a new girl. Seriously, can you believe she got to meet Valentina Tereshkova? I'm going to need to be really strong for her, poor Little Octobrist. She's lucky she has a Young Pioneer like me, to teach her all about life in the 21st Century.

Uh-oh. I bet she doesn't know what happened to the Soviet Union yet...

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Day Five!

One

So, I was playing pirates tonight and I started thinking.
"Iris? Do you think Mieke's ever coming back?"



Two

"Mieke? She told us she wasn't sure how long she was going to be gone. When was the last time she wrote? Didn't she say she was in Arizona?"

Three

"Yeah, she did. But she hasn't written since. Plus, we've moved since she left. Do you think she remembers us?"

Four

"Mieke's lived all over the place; she gets restless if she's home for too long. But of course she remembers us. She left after Violet did- and Violet writes to you all the time. She even sent you that map, remember? And you sent Uncle Ethan that crocodile thing?"

Five

"Well, Violence has a laptop, duh. She can read my blog. And that was Krokodil Gena, not a 'crocodile thing.' I'm fine with Mieke traveling, but why is there another bed in here if it's not hers? All the other dolls chill up on the shelf thing."

Six

"Right. Anyway! Did you forget what Wednesday is? I thought you'd be all excited and getting ready for it. Even *I* remembered."

Seven

"You mean the 90th anniversary of the October Revolution? I'm hoping we'll get fireworks, a giant bonfire, a gorilla, some pandas, a huge balloon shaped like Lenin, lots of ice cream bars, and a dragon that lets us fly on his back. The front hall closet has been locked for weeks, so I think Colette's keeping the surprises in there."

"Um. I hope you get your wish? I was thinking we'd just have some special treats and maybe watch one of your weird Russian movies. Plus, uh, I really don't think there's anything in that closet."

Eight

Okay, personally, Iris is nuts. Colette and Jen can get anything. That bed's probably for the gorilla and the pandas. Plus, the closet's probably locked so that they can't get out and scare Safran and MIlosz. Iris is so weird. I think she's just jealous that all she gets is that stupid 4th of July when I have The! Awesomest! October! Revolution!"
 

Monday, November 5, 2007

Day Four!

Bunny bread. The woman in the bunny bread kiosk loved Inky.

Here's a good food: Bunny Bread

Here's a gross food: Bunny Foot Stew

Friday, November 2, 2007

My Birthday Month!


inkybdaycard, originally uploaded by Colette Denali.

It's my Birthday Month, November! I'm going to be eleven (again)! If you want to get a treat from me, send your name and address to inkymarina@gmail.com. Unless you know I already have it.

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