You won't find such selection of pastry in any American Starbucks either. (But croissants are way too over-darkened and dry.)

Perks of leaving in a forest: you get to decorate your house with real fir and holly. The downside? Holly is damn prickly!

What are the chances of a random ibrik ordered from Amazon to turn out to be made in Russia! There were no clues.

I mean I don't have any problem with it, but imagine someone's surprise at needing to read a Russian manual :-)

Checking in from our regular visit to Cirque du Soleil. The show is called "Volta".

At my favorite restaurant in NY, Marta. I love watching how they make pizza right in front of me. I'm actually learning things from it. Also, it's the only American restaurant I know that expressly refuses to take tips!

I'm on Westport Jetty, about one third way in. Can't quite see Japan from here, but close enough!

At a local Bed, Bath and beyond. Weed became normal pretty quickly, I think.

I finally did it! I ran the marathon distance around Lake Sammamish. 26.2 miles, 4 hours 13 minutes, two gel packs. Also, my shoes are completely in tatters. Not because of the marathon, I did 958 miles in them overall :-)

Just noticed the background image was gone from my profile… Restored. By the way, it's from here:

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