Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I Always Do This

I got out one of my smaller mixing bowls to eat cereal out of. I added a cut banana and plum.
Now I'm about to puke and I can't finish it. I am immediately reminded of a scene from Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
I'm off to ballet.

Monday, September 28, 2009


Another thing I almost forgot. I came to the apartment with a whole bunch of groceries. I had eggs, some brownie mix and coconut milk in one of the bags. Well, first, that bag got left in the car for a couple of hours. Oops. Not a big deal. We brought it in. OR SO WE THOUGHT! I remembered the bag going into the elevator. I lost track of it after that. As we were unpacking Sue remembered that that carton of eggs really needed to get into the refrigerator pronto. We looked everywhere for it with no results. Barry looked in the elevator and in the hallways. I actually saw a Target bag (where the eggs were supposed to be) in the apartment building trash can and started frantically going through the trash in hopes that the eggs would be there. No such luck.
We gave up on it thinking that we must've left the bag in the hallway and somebody took it. Well, this morning I get up and start going through the cabinets and there it is! I found the stupid ass eggs. I put them in the refrigerator although I don't know if they're safe to eat anymore. I have a feeling that they are. I mean, what if a hen lays an egg in the evening. You don't check for eggs then, you check for eggs in the morning. So, the egg had been sitting there overnight and it's still fine. Right? Right? I will definitely try it. What do you think?

And We're Off

School is off to a great start. I am all moved in. (Not to be confused with "settled in". That has not been accomplished at this time.) I am yet to unpack 2 boxes of kitchen stuff and get accustomed to sleeping in my new (ever so soft and awesome) bed with new sheets, in a room with no air conditioning and low ceiling and a strange person within 2 feet of me. Gone are the days of blasting Arcade Fire, Beyonce and Bob Dylan at midnight just because I feel like it. After I finished talking to my parents (whispering is more like it) I had to tip toe into my dark bathroom just to soundlessly take my electric toothbrush and remove myself from MY room and MY apartment to brush my teeth out in the hall so that the hum of my toothbrush wouldn't wake up my roommates. Better safe than sorry.

Make no mistake, I am happy to be living with people. If I had to move into an apartment all by my lonely self I would probably stay up crying most of the night, then take my sleeping bag and go out sleeping with the bums of Westwood just so I wouldn't be alone.

My classes have greatly exceeded my expectations. I am in love with my professors. (ESPECIALLY Dr. Nahapetian. This lady is so great that I actually WANT to do classwork, which, mind you, is very tedious right now. Also, she knows my name!) I have not had my artificial intelligence class yet. We'll see how that goes.

I am in the library right now getting a head start on my already heaping homework (or blogging and making faces at my computer).
I have an Ultimate Frisbee team meeting tomorrow. I am very, very excited for that. I will most likely blog about how that goes tomorrow.

IT'S WEEK 1! I am beyond happy to be back in school and excited for the following 10 weeks.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


I want somebody to pinch me and to tell me the past 2 days were just one sick dream that we could wake up from.
(Pictures taken by JY. 09/18-20/09)

Austin Plummer, I wish I could tell you how much everybody misses you. Your family, Fraz, James and other people, whose names I don't even know, would do anything to have you back. Most of the time I'm in denial, but when it hits me it hits me hard. I miss you so much.

F: "Get up." *kicking Austin in his sleeping bag*
A: "I'm going to fucking cut you, fool."

You will never leave my heart, Asstan.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Happy Birthday, V-ROCK!

It's Vova's 22nd birthday today! Yaaaaaay! We're all schleping to USC to celebrate this evening.
I know a lot of girls think you're hot stuff and all that, but I know you're just a big doofus and could lose those love handles of yours.
Actually, I think you're pretty great and I love you.

5 Things I'm Lovin'

In no particular order:

1) Coffee with Cardamom
I love coffee. I've been drinking way too much this summer, but I can't resist. What better way to start off your day than with a fresh cup of coffee. Well, Tessy, a big coffee drinker as well, started experimenting by putting different spices in coffee. Our favorite was grinding whole cardamom along with the coffee beans and brewing it like that. (I usually drink it black, but occasionally I like to pour a whole bunch of sweetened condensed milk in my coffee. Mmm. You know you love it, Tess.)

2) Whatever, Martha
I have to give credit to Mark for this one. This show is great and I have high standards for TV shows. The moment Mark told me about it I knew it was going to be cool. It's basically Martha's daughter, Alexis, and her friend, Jennifer, sitting around watching her shows and making fun of how ridiculous Martha is. I laugh out loud when watching it by myself. It's THAT good. You have to check it out.

3) SportHill Vista Red Shorts
I got these so cheap on backcountryoutlet.com. They were $7.34, so I HAD to get both colors. (I love the red though.) I have shorts that are three times as expensive as these and are not as comfortable. The fabric is light and soft. Best thing: the back pocket. You can't really put anything there if you're running, but it's a great place to stash my iPhone if I'm just walking around town. (Yes, I do walk around town in these. I also wear Crocs.)

Here they are in action. (Rock climbing at Stoney Point. Photo credit: JY & AH)
You can purchase these lovelies here.

4) Google Voice
It's great! My number is 530.451.OLGA. I'm not worried about creepy people calling me because a) nobody reads my blog anyway; b) I can block a number with just a couple of mouse clicks.

I haven't used it as much as I should, (I would like to set up individualized voicemail messages), but what I have used has been awesome. Check out this e-mail that I got. This was the first voicemail I received on this number. Google transcribed it for me almost perfectly (the parts that it screwed up on I couldn't understand clearly either) and delivered it straight to my mail. GENIUS!
I also took advantage of the international rates on google voice. I decided to try it out one day at school. I loaded up $10 on my account and dialed my parent's number in Russia. I talked to my dad on my iPhone for 30 minutes for $1.50. Yea-ha! AT&T can blow me.

5) Moose Tracks Ice Cream
It has fudge tracks and peanut butter cups in it. Need I say more? GET IT AT VONS RIGHT NOW!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Real Simple ♥s J.Crew

Olga does toooooooo.

I was reading the October issue of Real Simple this morning and came upon this page in the style section.
I love that coat, but $800? A camisole for $178? Ahhh. You kill me, J.Crew. I'm not spending any money on clothes Fall season (even though it's my favorite) because I spent it all on the security deposit, textbooks and backpacking equipment.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Santa Cruz Patagonia Outlet

I got to go to a Patagonia Outlet store on my San José/Stanford trip. I was kind of scared it would be lame (like J.Crew Outlet stores), but it didn't disappoint. Finding my size was a little troublesome, but not too bad. There were lots of Large and X-Large sweatshirts and jackets, lots of Capilene (in larger sizes) and swimsuits. For $32.20 (with tax) I got two pairs of shorts and a t-shirt. I was so excited.

1) Supaaaah Awesome Shorts (XS). I don't know what these are called. They're running shorts made of this really comfortable and stretchy material. I squeezed into an XS because that's the only size they had. They seem to fit OK. My ass might be a little too big for these (Thanks, JT), but you'll see me pass you on a trail in these puppies.
These have two awesome zipped pockets to put a key, chapstick (and a snack for longer runs). I love pockets.

Yup, yup. I'm a goon.
Best part: they were $5.40. No joke. I scored these $50 Patagonia shorts for $5.40.

2) Baggies Shorts (XS). You can get these here.
This pair of shorts had been on my wish list for a while. Seeing as nobody was going to get me $40.00 shorts (I know it's an outrageous price for shorts, but they have such good reviews) I decided to take the matters into my own hands. The pattern is wicked and I LLLLLLLOVE the pockets. I love them. I took these on the Sequoia backpacking trip and these didn't chafe, were perfect for going to the bathroom on the trail, and I had somewhere to put chapstick, my ID (in case I die) and snackies.

3) Patagonia Kids T-shirt (L).
Impulse buy. It's soft, has the patagonia logo on it and was $10.00. What more can I ask for?

That's all!

Prolonged Absence

Man, oh man. I just had really exciting 2 weeks. There is so much to blog about and so little time. I just got back from my backpacking trip to the Sequoias. (THE BEST TIME EVER!) I can't wait to tell you all about it and to post pictures. For now I will leave you with a picture of these two crazies.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Love What You Eat, Eat What You Love

So, Sunday, for whatever reason, we decided to have smoked turkey for dinner. And what has to come with turkey? A Thanksgiving dinner, of course. The Bakalors go all out on Thanksgiving. The grocery list is compiled a couple of weeks before the dinner, the oven schedule is decided upon about a week in advance, the cooking begins a couple of days in anticipation of THE dinner of the year. I suppose we had a little practice-thanksgiving last weekend.

I made this pear tart that I make every year. It's really delicious, though a bit of a pain in the ass to make. I can post the recipe here if anybody is interested.

Next up is this mushroom pie. Another dish I make every year and pretty much only once a year. I absolutely love this. I used to think that mashed potatoes were THE side dish of Thanksgiving, but this totally blew the Nessie out of the water.

The crust is probably the best part and it's so easy to make and work with. It's a sour cream crust. Yum! As for the filling, it's the easiest thing in the world. Chop up a bunch of mushrooms, saute them with onions, add some thyme and a package of cream cheese. The hardest thing is to refrain from eating all of it until the crust is finished and it's ready to go in the oven. I seriously make it with extra mushrooms because I can't resist eating it.

The lattice top ties everything together. So pretty. (Yes, I know, one edge got burnt. That's mainly a result of me trying to pack and cook at the same time and not paying attention.)

I think that crimping the edge is difficult. I am very proud of my crimping job on this pie. It usually looks like a mess, but mama taught me how to do it nicely the last time we made a pie together.

Don't these look awesome? I can tell you they tasted pretty great. I can totally put recipes in this post, just let me know.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

J.Crew Pineapple-print Jessie Blouse

This is a bit late. I wore this outfit out last week.
Jeans - Banana Republic
Flats - Nine West

I really love this shirt. One of my favorites from J.Crew. I got it last summer, if I remember correctly. You can see it's a tiny bit transparent, but not too bad. The ruffles just kill me. THEY MURDER ME!

I'm wearing makeup and have my invisalign in. Can you tell?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

San Francisco Adventures

First and foremost, I am very flattered by the sudden interest in my blog generated by the review of the target dress. However, as most of the year I don't get to do a lot of shopping (which is why I live vicariously through Gigi and other awesome bloggers who review clothes), I can't do a lot of reviews. Although I will occasionally blog about what I'm wearing or what I bought, most of the time I'm either writing about my average life or food I eat or make (or both). Just wanted to get that out of the way before somebody starts making mean comments about how stupid/boring my life is or post "BAIT AND SWITCH!!!"

Moving on.

I'm in San Francisco this week! I drove up from LA on Sunday night/Monday morning. The purpose of this trip is to hang out with some friends I haven't seen in a while and to renew my external Russian passport. My high school friend Forrest goes to Stanford and I make an effort to visit him every summer. (We're both on the quarter system, so our school doesn't start until the end of September.) Jessica and JY are both starting San Jose State this year, so I get to hang out with them as well. I'm currently staying with Forrest, but as he has work until late afternoon I have a lot of time to explore the area. Today I decided to get the Russian consulate errand out of the way.

As you can see from the pictures, the weather was gorgeous. I took a train from Palo Alto to San Francisco and then a bus to the consulate. (I drive a stick, so the prospect of driving and parking in SF definitely deterred me from taking the car. Besides, the public transportation system is so great here, I couldn't resist.) The iPhone told me exactly what train/bus to take, what time each departed and arrived and how much the fare was. The plan was for Forrest to pick me up after work. That is until my iPhone decided to test my ability to survive without it.

I was lounging in a park (that I had found by wandering around the city), enjoying the sun, and listening to Ayn Rand when BAM, it ran out of battery. Let me preface this by saying that I LOVE the iPhone battery life. I think it's one of the best things about it. I could use it for a whole weekend without charging it once. Well, I neglected charging it after the long car trip and navigating through the city using 3G while chatting to people through AIM was what finished it off. I think I may have accidentally left AIM on the whole day. So, just as it was about time to let Forrest know where I was so he could pick me up it died. I had wandered so much into the city that I didn't really know where I was anymore and had no iPhone to light up the little blue dot indicating my location.

That's when the temperature started dropping rapidly and I started seeing people in winter coats and pants while I was wearing a t-shirt, shorts and the Patagonia fleece. (This was a true test of the fleece and let me tell you, it got an A+.) Panic set in when I realized I also had to pee every 20 minutes because I had just downed a cup of coffee (black) and TWO cups of water. I felt weird asking to use the same gas station's bathroom more than once so I kept migrating to different ones. (I was also really hungry so I got a Nature Valley granola bar and it totally reminded me how awesome it is.) I finally called Barry from a payphone, who then called Forrest, told him where I was and Forrest rescued me. I was so cold, I kept jumping in place and doing releves. My calves are actually sore from doing so many.

I got to meet Forrest's friend R who turned out to be really awesome. After eating in SF we got back to Palo Alto where we visited R's home's basement. (A California house with a basement?! I know.) It was fucking bomb. He had this really cool lab set-up with a really nice oscilloscope, various meters, a huge and organized collection of resistors, capacitors and jumper cables. Really impressive.

I had a pretty exciting day: I got lost in the city, almost froze to death, cried while listening to Ayn Rand, got to see the biggest basement I've ever seen in my life and Forrest confessed his love for batteries and lights. I assure you it was more exciting in real life. I guess you had to be there.