Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday night Nutcracker

Inky at the Nutcracker

One of the sad things about performing in The Nutcracker is that I don't usually get a chance to see the entire performance.  This year, my moms decided to take me when the other cast was dancing.  I dressed up in my favorite silver theater dress and off we went to Lincoln Center.  This isn't the best picture, because it was dark outside, but here I am in front of the famous fountain on Lincoln Center Plaza.

Inky at the Nutcracker

After we had our tickets scanned, we headed up to the atrium. Just off the atrium, you can go on a lovely balcony that overlooks the plaza. You can watch everyone going into all the different theatres. I forgot to take a picture, but there is a huge Christmas tree at the Metropolitan Opera House that is almost as tall as the building! Everyone said it was chilly, but I insisted I was fine in my little white shrug. I love my winter coat, but it's just not the right style for the ballet!

Inky at the Nutcracker

During intermission, I walked around the atrium in my beautiful dress. The theatre is so big and beautiful. The first act went beautifully. One of my favorite dancers, Likolani Brown, was one of the dolls in the party scene. The battle scene between the mice and soldiers was awesome! I am thinking of auditioning to be a soldier next year.

Inky at the Nutcracker

All too soon the second act came to an end and Marie and her Little Prince were flying away in their sleigh. I love going to the ballet so much. I know the music to The Nutcracker so well that it's almost a part of me. I'm happy that I got a chance to see the entire performance from the audience.

Did any of you go see The Nutcracker in your city? I know Kaya and Fiona danced in their local Nutcracker- and Fiona was Clara! Some companies call the main character Clara and others call her Marie. Which name do you prefer?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Holiday Giveaway Winner!

Well, the results are in! See the image below:

Inky's Holiday Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Zabcia! Please contact me at inkymarina@gmail.com to claim your prize! You have until Friday evening at 8pm to claim your prize. If you have not claimed it by then, we will choose another winner.

Thanks everyone for entering!!

-Inky!

P.S. Zabcia- good eye! The photos for the Kite Flying post were taken by a professional photographer, Linnea Farnsworth. You can find her business website at this link.

Monday, December 12, 2011

My Holiday Wishlist

New Year Tree

I don't usually put up my New Year Tree until just after Christmas, but I wanted to put up early this year! I finished putting the lights on, but I still need to do the ornaments. Until then, Ice Bella is going to watch over the tree and protect it from invaders.

So, I've had a few friends ask me for my holiday wishlist.  Here it is!

  1. A Squishable Micro Narwhal- the perfect size for me! I just remove the clip. ($8.50 at Amazon.com)
  2. Sylvanian Families' Mulberry Raccoon Baby Boy ($6.64/ £4.25 on eBay)
  3. Calico Critters Baby Swing- for my baby red panda! ($6.99 at Toys R Us
  4. NanoBlock Space Shuttle ($21.50 at Amazon.com)
  5. Playmobil Cave Woman ($5.99 at ToyWiz.com)
  6. Croudy the Uglydoll clip-on. I remove the clip. ($6.00 at Uglydolls.com)

Inky's holiday wishlist

What are you asking for as gifts for the winter holidays? Which holiday do you celebrate? My family celebrates New Year!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My Official Youtube

Hi everyone! Remember, my giveaway is open for entries until 8pm on Tuesday, December 13th- so tell your friends to come on over and enter too!

Lately, lots of people have been asking me if I have a YouTube account. Until tonight, the answer was no.  However, I decided to create an account because I've had problems in the past with people stealing my photos and using them in their own videos.



This is my very first video. It's a collection of photos of me in Ukraine this summer, set to the song "Evening in Crimea" by the Night Snipers (a Russian band).

Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Holiday Giveaway!

Coffee Giveaway!

It's the holiday season! My family celebrates New Year, but I love Christmas too.  I decided to celebrate the season by sharing one of my favorite holiday traditions with you!

In New York City, it seems like there is a Starbucks on every corner.  I love to stop by the one at Lincoln Center after ballet to get a hazelnut hot chocolate.  To share this holiday tradition with you, I'm giving away:

  • a red doll-sized Starbucks holiday mug (yours will be new in the packaging)
  • a $5 Starbucks gift card

To enter, you just need to leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite Inky blog entry before 8pm on Tuesday, December 13.  Next Wednesday, at noon (December 14) I will pick a winner by randomly selecting an entry with random.org.

You have to be 18 years old or older to enter the giveaway. If you are younger than that, ask an adult to enter on your behalf.

Thanks for sharing my holiday traditions with me! May the odds be ever in your favor!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A present from Katiusha!

A present from Katia

This afternoon I was hanging out on my bed with my birthday Uglydolls. In came my mama- she handed me a package that came for me in the mail! It was a big present from my friend Katia in Ohio! Katia and I are both adopted from Russia; we've been online friends for a while, but this summer we met in Ohio to go to the zoo. I wonder what she sent?

A present from Katia

It's a girl Ice Bat named Ice-Bella! Katia is so silly. She was teasing me about how all of my Uglydolls are boys; she turned Ice-Bella into a girl by giving her a bow!

A present from Katia

I introduced Ice-Bella to Batty Shogun right away. I think they might like-like each other! Thank you Katia, for the wonderful gift!

Inky's new bed

One of my big birthday presents from my moms was a new white daybed! I had been complaining about how my toys fall in the space between my bed and the wall. The delivery guys brought my new bed yesterday and set it up for me. Isn't it nice? Of course, now I want another one so my two beds match!

What does your bedroom look like? Do you share? Have bunkbeds? A desk? Tell me all about it!
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